Lauren Klein and Crystal Portner are Lions Club Students of the Month.

St. Mary’s High School senior Crystal Portner is a very busy person. She is active in 4-H and FFA, Honor Society (as president this year), knowledge bowl, Knightline, pep band, Schola church choir, St. Mary’s youth group and Diocesan youth council. Crystal juggles all this with academics and working on her family’s dairy farm.

Crystal feels that growing up in a Catholic school and family has equipped her with many essential values—responsibility, hard work, and compassion for others—that will be helpful in all areas of her life. “By keeping God as my center, I can grow and learn the path that is best for me and my future.”

Crystal said her grandma, Joan Portner, has been the greatest influence in her life, because she’s always been a model of strength. “She is always willing to lend a hand and pick up another hour of Adoration in the church. She shows kindness to all,” Crystal said. “She continues to motivate, pray for and inspire me with all she does.”

More about Crystal Parents: Tom and Mary Portner

Plans following graduation: Crystal plans to attend a four-year university, double majoring in education and Ag. business.

Hobbies: Crystal enjoys reading, jogging, knitting and spending time outside.

Senior Lauren Klein is very active at Sleepy Eye High School and Trinity Lutheran Church. She maintains A honor roll status while playing tennis, hockey and softball; singing and acting in choirs and school musicals; participating in student government, 4-H, FFA, Honor Society, YES Team, and various school committees. Lauren has worked as cashier at Schutz’s, farm laborer, lifeguard and assistant manager of the Sleepy Eye Family Aquatic Center and manager at the Sleepy Eye Arena.

Lauren said she has always been a very determined person who sets high expectations and goals for herself, prioritizes her work and does everything to the best of her ability. “If you want something, work for it,” she said. “But have a little fun along the way. I know these strengths and values will help me in the future.”

Lauren says her mom is truly an amazing person. “My mom is the greatest influence in my life,” said Lauren. “She encouraged me throughout my childhood to work hard, be determined to succeed, and be a good person. She is always there for me through thick and thin. She is the person I aspire to be like when I’m older.”

More about Lauren Parents: Jim and Beth Klein

Plans following graduation: Lauren plans to pursue a four-year degree in Exercise Science, and then apply to a chiropractic school.

Hobbies: Lauren enjoys playing hockey, softball and tennis; singing, dancing and acting; taking pictures, showing goats, reading, shopping and playing piano—all while spending time with friends and family.