Rachel Annamarie Pechous
Bon Homme High School 2018 Graduate
Parents: Scott Pechous, Wagner, SD, & Angella Byykkonen, Tyndall, SD
Ambitions and Future Plans: I plan to attend USD in Vermillion this upcoming fall to major in Nursing.
Activities: FFA, Student Council, Competitive Cheer, Volleyball, Girls & Boys Basketball Cheer, Spring Play, Yearbook, BHHS Executive Board, National Honor Society, and Choir.
Honors & Awards: FFA Sentinel, FFA Reporter, Student Council Class Secretary & Treasurer 2014-18, Girls State Delegate, National Honor Society, 2nd place State Cheer, All-American Cheerleader 2015-17, Student Body Secretary, Student Body Vice President, Yearbook Editor, Yearbook Co-Head Editor, and an A Honor Roll student.
Interesting Facts: I have worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at the Tyndall nursing home for two years and I absolutely love it. I also volunteered as a Teacher’s Aide for Kindergarteners during my senior year. I have Czech Danced for thirteen years and volunteer in the Hall every year as well. I like to be involved in many things because it is rewarding to me to know that I have contributed in enhancing someone in some way.
Why do you want to be Czech Days Queen? When I started dancing at five years old I always dreamed of being crowned queen, it is an honor I have been working toward for most of my life. My Czech heritage is a very important thing to me and I love celebrating it every year. By being crowned Queen I would proudly get to represent my home, my heritage, and my great great grandparents that came to America from Czechoslovakia. I want to be Czech Days Queen because I want to spread the importance of the Czech culture and strive to keep our traditions going. I want to show people how important Czech Days is to me and why I enjoy being a part of it.
What does Czech Days mean to you? Czech Days is a tradition that my whole family attends every year. I have not missed a Czech Days yet since I was born and I would love to keep it that way. I have dance Beseda from Kindergarten into my senior year and plan to continue for many years beyond that. Czech Days is considered a holiday in my family and it is the one weekend of the year that we can all eat as many dumplings and kolaches as we want and not feel bad about it. My favorite part about Czech days is seeing people of all ages filled with joy and love while spending time with their loved ones. I am proud of my Czech heritage because it means bringing friends, family, and people from all over together to have a good time and hear some pretty great polka music.