by Cori Hilsgen
If Gaby Ruegemer could change something, she would change how humans automatically judge everyone.
Ruegemer said people tend to judge others by certain looks; she thinks they should not “judge a book by its cover.”
She is a senior at Sartell High School who, after graduation next year, hopes to attend college in Rochester to become an ultrasound technician.
“I think it would be fun and interesting to learn about that technology,” Ruegemer said.
Ruegemer is the 17-year-old daughter of Craig and Sara Ruegemer of St. Joseph. She has one brother – Rudy, 8.
Ruegemer was active with the swim team at Sartell for five years and volunteered at Pine Meadow Elementary School in a first-grade classroom.
“I was in swimming from fifth grade through ninth grade,” Ruegemer said. “I liked how the team was a family, but our school was very competitive, and I didn’t like that so much.”
Ruegemer previously worked at a gas station and currently works at a diner. Her position requires her to make shakes and run food.
Fun facts about Ruegemer:
Favorite subject: Science
“Because it is always interesting,” Ruegemer said.
Favorite leisure activity: Spending time with friends doing things like going to movies and shopping together.
“I love to be with my friends during my free time,” Ruegemer said.
She loves animals – a passion she shares with her mother. Ruegemer has a dog named Kovu and a black cat named Jack.
Ruegemer also enjoys outdoor sports.
“I go hunting and fishing with my dad a lot,” Ruegemer said.
Favorite movie: Fast 6
“One of my favorite movies is Fast 6 because it’s action packed and exciting,” Ruegemer said.
Favorite music: All kinds
“I like every type of music because you can always find a song to fit your mood,” Ruegemer said.
Favorite thing she likes to help other people with: She gives advice about anything people might need help with.
“I like to help give people advice if they need it,” Ruegemer said.
Favorite restaurant and food: Applebee’s. Her favorite food there is the boneless chicken wings.
Where she sees herself five years from now:
Graduated from college with a career and maybe starting a family.
The thing she likes best about St. Joseph:
“My favorite thing about St. Joe is it’s a very friendly place to be and everyone is welcoming and kind,” Ruegemer said.
Hilsgen is a contributing reporter for the Newsleaders. The central Minnesota native is a wife, mother and grandmother. She has a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Management and Communication from Concordia University – St. Paul, MN and enjoys learning about and sharing other people's stories through the pages of the Newsleaders.