CHS Student of the Month — Hailey Budke
Hailey Budke is an engaging young lady with a smile that lights up a room. She's also a big fan of Concordia.
"I like the community; the small-town feel," she said. "Everybody's always willing to lend a hand."
A senior at Concordia High School (CHS), Budke is ready for the college life and a career afterwards, but she knows that leaving will be difficult.
"My roots are here," she said. "I'll miss so many things, especially my family and friends. And I'll miss how this community always comes together for events like Fall Fest, and all the sports."
Budke is active in sports at CHS. She plays volleyball and softball, and enjoys softball the most. "I've played softball my whole life. I like it a lot, and really get up for a game."
Budke is also involved with the Catholic Youth Organization, the National Honors Society, Renaissance, and Friends of Rachel. In her spare time, other than being with friends and family, she enjoys working on stained glass projects.
"I've never really been good at things like drawing," she said. "Stained glass allows me to have kind of an artistic side. And I find it very calming," she added with a laugh.
Budke has been doing stained glass for three years, and enjoys the complete process of creating art from an idea. She starts by designing a pattern on contact paper, then places it on a sheet of glass. She etches the pattern into the glass, then cuts the glass and stains it. Each individual piece of stained glass is then fit together, like a puzzle.
She's been working on her current project for almost a year. "It has 70 pieces total, and is about 16 inches long and 13 inches wide."
CHS competes in a stained glass league, and in 2019 Budke won three awards at league competition for her art.
Budke will attend Fort Hays State University in the fall, and plans on majoring in business management.
"I'm excited about going to Hays," she said. "It's a bigger town, but not too big. I'm looking forward to being on my own and experiencing new things."
Budke already has her eye on the future, after she finishes college.
"I'd like to get a start in a bigger city," she said. "Hopefully I can work for a corporation and get my feet on the ground. But I'd really like to come back to Concordia some day and start my own business. I always loved the idea of starting my own cafe. A place for people to sit down and have breakfast and enjoy a cup of coffee, and just visit with each other."
Hailey Budke: CHS Student of the Month.