Carter Brinkman and Jody Hansen are Lions Club Students of the Month.

St. Mary’s High School senior, Jody Hansen, is a very focused high school athlete—playing varsity volleyball, basketball and softball—and winning a variety of awards and marking many achievement. She is also a cheerleader. Throughout her high school years, Jody has served as class treasurer, volunteered for parish and community events and is a Mass Server. Jody works as a lifeguard and instructor at the aquatic center and accepts many babysitting jobs.

Jody believes her motivation, determination, optimism and hard work will help her succeed academically and athletically. She tries to see the bright side and get the best our of every situation. “I put my entire heart into everything I do and I never give less than 110 percent,” she said.

Jody said her parents are the most influential figures in her life, having taught her many valuable life lessons and pushing her to become a better person and athlete—always there to cheer her on. “They bend over backward to provide me a strong education and healthy lifestyle . . . I couldn’t imagine my life without them for even a minute.”

More about Jody — Parents: Craig and Linda Hansen

Plans following graduation: Jody plans to attend a four-year college and major in chiropractic or exercise science. She hopes to continue her softball career in college.

Hobbies: In her free time, Jody likes to practice and play sports, hang out with friends, work out, swim and listen to music.

Sleepy Eye High School senior, Carter Brinkman, is also a busy athlete and student. He’s played basketball and baseball throughout his school years, winning awards for his efforts. He hopes to continue with baseball in college. Carter is active in FFA and a member of the Honor Society. He volunteers with Food for Kidz and Holiday Lights in Motion. He’s also found a passion for bass fishing, placing in several contests. Carter has a lawn mowing business and works for Mark Thomas Company.

Carter acquired a strong sense of values from his family, including being caring, responsible, respectful and having a strong work ethic. He said attention to these values will help him succeed. “I’ve had a part time job since 10th grade,” he said. “This has taught me to manage my time while being in lots of school activities and maintaining good grades.”

Carter said his parents and grandparents have had a strong influence on him, but thinks his dad probably had the greatest influence. “He shares the same passion I have, including baseball and the outdoors. He has taught me to have fun, but also work hard and dedicate myself to things I want to accomplish.”

More about Carter — Parents: Dean and Sandy Brinkman

Plans following graduation: Carter plans to attend a four-year university to study environmental sciences, natural resources or business. He wants a career that he came make a difference in and be passionate about. (If the school offers a bass fishing team, he’d like that too.)

Hobbies: Carter likes outdoor activities: fishing, baseball, cabin time and hanging out with friends and family.