Parker Neid and Ali Beltz are Lions Club Students of the Month

Sleepy Eye High School senior, Parker Neid, is involved in many school activities. He is very active in FFA, as a member since seventh grade and as an officer for the past three years. Parker has been on the varsity baseball and hockey teams. He is a member of the Honor Society and is an Honor Roll student—also earning Academic All Conference for three years. As an FFA member he participates in many volunteer projects. He’s also volunteered for Food Shelf projects and worked at Food for Kidz each year. Parker has worked at Haala Industries and for the City of Sleepy Eye, while also working with his dad at Neid Farms.

Parker said as he’s grown older, he’s realized what he values and what strengths he has. “By knowing these, I can manage how much work I take in and whether or not what I am doing will be valuable in the future.”

Parker said his dad has been the greatest influence in his life. He said they share the same interests and he’s learned much from him. “He has taught me that there is nothing wrong with being yourself and that if you work hard now, you will be rewarded for those actions.”

More about Parker Parents: Brian and Jana Neid

Plans following graduation: Parker will attend a two-year tech school to become an Ag Service Technician and plans a career as a John Deere Technician in Sleepy Eye.

Hobbies: Parker enjoys his sports—baseball, hockey and trapshooting. He likes welding and enjoys time working on the farm.

St. Mary’s senior, Ali Beltz, is in the news right now as an outstanding hockey player—a sport she intends to play in college. She also has had success with softball and volleyball, all while maintaining A Honor Roll status. Ali is also in other school activities, including YES! Team, Honor Society and Student Council. Hockey and softball figure into her volunteer activities as she helps with youth hockey teams and helps with softball association events. Ali is a Mass Server at St. Mary’s Church and volunteers yearly at Food for Kidz. Ali works as a USA Youth Hockey Referee and as a lifeguard and swimming instructor at the aquatic center.

Ali said she values a strong work ethic, which she has demonstrated in jobs, sports and the classroom. She also said, “My faith has also instilled integrity, honesty, humility and charity into my life, which is my base moving forward.”

Ali said her parents have bothed influenced her life by supporting her decisions, teaching her the importance of family, and showing her the importance of community service. “I can’t thank them enough for all the sacrifices they’ve made so that I can follow my dreams and make them proud.”

More about Ali Parents: Jody and Vicky Beltz

Plans following graduation: Ali will attend the University of Wisconsin River Falls to study pre-medicine. She will play on the UWRF Women’s Hockey team.

Hobbies: Ali enjoys playing sports and any activity with a friendly competition, spending time with friends and family—especially at their annual summer lake vacation, and she likes to put large puzzles together.