Onalaska student honored as Student Ambassador of the Year

An Onalaska student is being honored for his work in and outside of the classroom.

Senior Matt Squire was named the Student Ambassador of the Year by World Services of La Crosse.

The group is a non-profit that develops international partnerships around the world.

Squire not only taught himself Spanish but is now taking German classes at UW-La Crosse.

He also hosted a number of foreign exchange students.

Squire was nominated by his teachers who say when thinking of a candidate, their choice was obvious.

“He’s the kind of student that is not only very dedicated to learning world languages, but he’s also very interested in current events in the world. He’s the kind of student that you see talking with his peers about current event and world issues,” said Onalaska H.S. counselor John Horman. 

Squire admits he is very honored by the award, but says his desire to learn about different cultures will carry on long after he graduates.

“I think it’s really just the curiosity how other people in different society’s live. It’s always been an interest of mine to study foreign countries, foreign languages just, you know the background of the different people, it’s just interesting to me,” said Squire.

Squire and four other award recipients will be honored Thursday at the Citizen Diplomacy Celebration in the Cargill Room at the Riverside Center.

The event starts at 5:30 p.m.