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Steberg does things the right way: Math talent gives him a career direction

Dylan Steberg plans to attend Winona State University and become a math teacher. Photo by Beth Hudson1 / 2
Dylan Steberg holds his awards for being highest team scorer and sixth highest scorer overall at a 2019 math team competition. With him is Kenyon-Wanamingo math team coach Jon Renken. Photo courtesy of Dylan Steberg2 / 2

Editor's note: This story is part of a series highlighting area high school graduating seniors.

KENYON—Dylan Steberg, a senior at Kenyon-Wanamingo High School, has a plan—go to Winona State University and become a math teacher.

"At K-W, we have fantastic teachers," Dylan said. "They believed in me and pushed me to do my best. They are great people and made me feel like I wanted to teach, to have the same effect on students as they had on me. That is something I would like."

He has already had some practice. As a student aide in the physics class, he often helped ninth graders with their homework. He also took a college class called Education 101 and was assigned to shadow a teacher. He chose Jon Renken, a math teacher.

"I got to sit in on the lectures and take notes on him and his teaching style," Dylan said. "When they got their homework, I was able to walk around and help them. I like the feeling when I teach them something and they get it."

Renken saw Dylan's talent. When he heard Dylan's plan to become a math teacher, "I was completely overjoyed," he said, "because I knew that he was going to be great. Not only is he a good student, but he is also an all around good person. I am completely excited to see what the world will have to offer Dylan."

Renken said Dylan is attentive to his work and is always prepared. "Dylan is one of the students a teacher dreams of," he added.

Learning has always been important to Dylan. He has been a member of the math team and Knowledge Bowl, events that let him compete both as an individual and as part of a team.

"For Knowledge Bowl, we had five seniors on the team," he said. "We have been friends forever. We know each other and work really well together. We had to answer questions on history, geography, English, math, and random knowledge questions."

Being part of a group or team has been natural for Steberg, who was born a triplet.

"I am the oldest," Dylan said. "I call them my younger brothers, but it was only a matter of seconds."

Triplet brothers Wade and Luke, and an older brother Calvin, were interested in sports. Dylan wasn't, but Calvin, his senior year, encouraged Dylan to help the football team as a manager.

"I really enjoyed it," Dylan said. "I had three brothers on the team, and it was fun to be with them and see them succeed. It was a way for me to be part of the team and become better friends with people I already knew."

Dylan also kept statistics for the basketball team and helped at the track meets.

He has also been involved in the drama department. When he was a sophomore, the department put on the play "Sweeney Todd" and Dylan ran the spotlight. He liked that, so when the school performed "The Sound of Music" this year, he stepped in again.

"The senior class is phenomenal with their music," Dylan said. "I did the lights and sound which was a lot of work. I felt like I was a big part of that, because without the lights and sound, it is just not the same."

"Dylan is a great student, a great kid," said Principal Matt Ryan. "he is well-respected by his peers. He has served in the role as one of our student school board reps. He is involved in a lot of different things. He is well-liked by everybody because he does things the right way."

Being a triplet is interesting for Dylan because "it is like having two of your best friends living with you forever," he said. "When we were younger, we did a lot of the same things, but now that we are older, we have different interests. My mom always said she tried to make us individuals. It's an interesting relationship because we have known each other since day one."

Dylan said he has "the best parents ever. They support whatever Wade, Luke, and I and our older brother Calvin want to do."

They also taught him that "being nice is what really matters," he said. "I didn't make a lot of friends from being the best in sports, but I made friends because I was nice to kids. Our parents really pushed that. You don't have to be friends with everyone, but you have to be friendly to everyone."

Class of 2019

Kenyon-Wanamingo High School Graduation 2019 is Sunday, June 2, at 1 p.m. in Kenyon-Wanamingo High School gym.

Steve Gardiner

Steve Gardiner taught high school English and journalism for 38 years in Montana and Wyoming.  He started working at the Republican Eagle in May 2018.  He focuses on features and outdoor stories.  

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