Matthew Rekowski has been chosen as the November Youth Optimist. In the letter of recommendation, written by Mr. Eric Simkins, he writes that, “since getting to know Matt, he realizes that he is a driven, intelligent young man who enjoys helping others.  “Matt took a course during his junior year that is transcripted with Northcentral Technical College and usually taken during a student’s senior year. He earned one of the top grades in the class and was a great asset to the class environment.” Mr. Simkins also states that, “Matt is always prepared for class, willing to participate and help other students. In discussions, Matt would be the one to ask the deep questions that would lead to further discussions and intrigued the other students to observe topics from different viewpoints – challenging them to further their own understanding. Matt is the kind of student you want in your class.”
Currently with a class rank of 15 of 254, Matt has a GPA of 3.956. He has enrolled in such courses as AP Calculus, Algebra 2 Honors, AP Lit and Comp, AP Physics, Advanced Biology (Anatomy & Physiology and Organic Chemistry. He has received the Merrill Academic Scholar Medal, Merrill Student Athlete Aware and Chemist of the Year.  Matt participates in football and basketball – being the captain for both during his senior year, Track & Field and Tennis. He also is a member of Earth Club, Octagon Club and Link Crew.
Outside of school, Matt has participated in St. Baldricks Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Volunteers for Special Olympics, Silver M Football Camp helper, Middle School football referee, Relay for Life volunteer and Adaptive Swim Lesson Instructor with severely autistic child.
Matt plans to graduate from University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in microbiology, then continue education in medical school.  Matt is the son of Paul and Beth Anne Rekowski.