Mathes is the daughter of Don and Glenda Mathes of rural Cherokee. She recently graduated from Ridge View High School in Holstein and will be attending Drake University in the fall.
Throughout her high school career she participated in various school activities, with her favorites being track, marching band, and speech. The classes that she most enjoyed were Physics, Accounting, and English IV Composition. Outside of school, she has been a member of the Battle Badgers 4-H club of Holstein for a number of years. She has also been a member of the St. John's Lutheran Church of Galva, serving as treasurer for the church's youth group.
She has always delighted in the majority of her math and writing assignments. Due to this delight, she has an interest in studying accounting and also journalism in college.