Brianna Polesky and Mallory Helget are Lions Club Students of the Month for September.

Sleepy Eye Public School senior Brianna Polesky has actively participated in numerous activities and won a plethora of awards throughout her high school career. In addition to being named KEYC Player of the Week and earning multiple KNUJ Player of the Game awards for basketball, Brianna is also the school record holder for most made three-pointers in a single season. In cross country, she was named conference MVP and champion and best runner, each four times, and she was also named conference champion for track. Brianna is cheerleading captain, a YES! Team core member, yearbook editor, National Honor Society treasurer, and an active member of the band and FFA. She volunteers as a Sunday School music teacher and works at Divine Providence.

Brianna believes her personal values and strengths will help her recognize the advantages to working hard. “The path to success is a rough road, but by working hard and having determination, anyone can obtain their goals,” she said.

Brianna’s parents have positively shaped her beliefs and values; they have influenced her work ethic and taught her to do the right thing. “My parents are the kindest and most humble people I know,” said Brianna.

More about Brianna Parents: Brian and Carol Polesky.

Plans following graduation: Brianna plans to attend a four-year college to further her education and basketball career. She plans to major in nursing or physical therapy; if she chooses nursing, her goal is to obtain her Master’s and apply for her dream job as a neonatal nurse.

Hobbies: Brianna enjoys shooting baskets, fishing, swimming, reading, kayaking, and being with friends and family.

Senior Mallory Helget has contributed her talents to St. Mary’s School in a variety of ways. She has participated in volleyball, basketball, and softball all through high school and has been named to the All-Academic teams for all three sports. Last year, she was a School ExCel recipient. This year, Mallory holds offices as student council president and National Honor Society vice-president. In addition to being a Mass server and a Muscular Dystrophy Association camp counselor, Mallory has also volunteered at the Blood Drive, Food For Kidz, the Essig Baseball fundraisers, and the Youth Volleyball Camp. Mallory has worked as a lifeguard and a swimming lessons instructor since 10th grade and recently became assistant manager of the Sleepy Eye Family Aquatic Center.

When it comes to values and strengths, Mallory is self-motivated and willing to do more work than expected. “I am a very organized and determined person, which will help me to meet deadlines and reach my goals in a timely manner,” she said.

Her sister, Maddy, has been a role model and an encouraging support to Mallory all her life. “Having such a close bond with her has benefitted me in many ways because I know I can always count on her for advice,” said Mallory.

More about Mallory Parents: Terry and Tammy Helget.

Plans following graduation: Mallory plans to attend either St. Thomas University or Loyola University - Chicago for her undergrad and then attend law school.

Hobbies: Mallory enjoys playing and watching sports, especially softball, baseball, and golf. She also likes reading, baking, and spending time with her friends and family at the cabin.