Cassidy Hacker and Jena Schroepfer were named Lions Club Students of the Month for December.

Jena Schroepfer, a senior at St. Mary’s, has been an A Honor Roll student since ninth grade. In addition to excelling in her studies, Jena has also earned Superior awards in the Solo Ensemble Contest for singing and playing clarinet in grades nine, 10 and 11. She won the Academic All-Conference Award for softball as a sophomore and junior, and she’s a member of the Schola Cantorum Church Choir and National Honor Society.

Always challenging herself to do her best in every situation, Jena believes her personal values and strengths will help her succeed. “With that and my faith, anything is possible,” she said.

Jena’s greatest life influence is her late grandmother, Cloe Klinkner, who had a strong faith in God and a big heart for others. “She always held education to the highest standard and encouraged me to do the best that I could,” said Jena.

More about Jena Parents: Marti and Joel Schroepfer 

Plans following graduation: Jena hopes to attend the College of St. Benedict to pursue her interests in Political/Peace Studies and Music. She also hopes to study abroad. 

Hobbies: Jena enjoys reading books, singing, drawing, painting, horseback riding, playing softball, playing clarinet, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends.

Cassidy Hacker,a senior at Sleepy Eye Public, is active in FFA, National Honor Society, YES! Team, choir, cross country, basketball and track. Cassidy is a 4-H member who also serves as FFA chapter President. She was an FFA Region VI State Farmer and finalist at state her junior year and an FFA State Proficiency winner as a sophomore and junior. For volunteer work, Cassidy has helped at farm safety booths and Twilight meetings. For pay, she walks beets and works at a livestock production operation. In addition, Cassidy has maintained A Honor Roll status throughout high school.

Cassidy believes setting goals is one strength that helps her in sports, 4-H, and FFA. “Goal-setting is a key thing to have in college and in a job,” said Cassidy. “I believe that having set so many goals and accomplishing them will help me succeed in all that I do.

Cassidy credits her dad for inspiring her passion for agriculture and animals. He has taught her hard work, independence, and perseverance. “Some wise words my dad told me are, ‘If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan but never the final goal,’ This is something I live by now and will always live by,” she said.

More about Cassidy Parents: Brian and Patty Hacker 

Plans following graduation: Cassidy plans to attend either NDSU or SDSU to major in Agricultural Engineering. She would like to study abroad in New Zealand or Australia while in college. 

Hobbies: Cassidy enjoys reading, running, riding horse, showing livestock, listening to music, being with friends and family, wood working, and raising animals.