By Dee Anderson
VP, Riverton and Mt. Pulaski Branch Manager
Ben Fricke, son of Nathan and Heather Fricke of Mt. Pulaski, has been named November Senior of the Month at Mount Pulaski High School.
Ben is active in school sports. He has been a member of the varsity baseball and golf teams, and a member of the JV basketball team. He has participated in pep band, concert band, National Honor Society, Future Farmers of America (FFA), Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), student council, and Spanish club. Ben is a four-year member of the National Society of High School Scholars.
Ben has also received many awards and recognitions. He has been on High Honor Roll consistently during his four years at MPHS. He was a two-time class president and serves as a senior Spanish club officer, senior class treasurer, and student council treasurer. In 2017, he earned the FFA Ag Sales Regional First Place Award. Ben has earned several athletic recognitions as well. He was named a USSSA Great Lakes AU American, named to the First Team Tomahawk Conference and Second Team Decatur Herald and Review for baseball, and was named a Game Day USA All Star.
Ben plans to major in agri-business and accounting and play collegiate baseball.
The Senior of the Month program is sponsored by Conaway Handyman Service and Downing, Przykopanski, Clements, & May Insurance Agency, Inc. The winner is chosen on the criteria of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Ben is also in the running for the $500 Senior of the Year Award sponsored by Illinois National Bank.