Lions Club Students of the Month for April are Courtney Sellner and Isaac Nelson.
St, Mary’s High School senior Courtney Sellner is an A Honor Roll student who is very active in FFA, including earning state awards with her Milk Quality team—which also placed 12th in national competition last fall. Courtney played varsity tennis—serving as team captain this year and danced on Fall Knightline. She also volunteers as a Mass Server and choir singer at St. Mary’s Church.
Courtney’s work experience includes babysitting, vaccinating pigs, milking cows and feeding calves. Her goal after college is to become a veterinarian working with large animals.
Courtney values hard work, organization and taking the initiative toward getting things accomplished. “When someone tells me to get things done in a certain time frame, it will get done well and on time,” she said. She also values being a leader and role model for others.
Courtney says her mom has had a great influence on her life. “She inspires me to look past difficult situations and try to get something out of it to be a better person,” she said. “She always loves me and encourages me—this has helped me work hard and achieve good grades. I hope to become as wonderful as my mom.”
More about Courtney Parents: Gary and Rebecca Sellner
Plans following graduation: Courtney will attend SDSU-Brookings for Animal Science.
Hobbies: Courtney enjoys taking care of her animals, helping others, reading, sewing and spending time with her family and friends.
Sleepy Eye High School senior Isaac Nelson is a student with many interests. He runs cross country and track, takes lead roles in school plays and choir, excels at Speech, belongs to the Honor Society and serves this year as Student Body President. Isaac is also very involved in FFA—winning numerous awards and serves as a 4-H Ambassador.
He takes part in many FFA volunteer events and is active in his church youth group and choir. Isaac is a member of SPOTS—a group that teaches kids life lessons by acting out scenes.
Isaac is employed by Olmar Farms, working in all aspects of the dairy operation and is now head employee trainer.
Isaac believes his personal values of getting things done on time and working hard, and strengths of persevering through tough challenges, will help him succeed. “When I have a set goal that I really want, I pursue that goal until it is accomplished—then move onto the next goal,” he said.
Isaac said the authors of all the books he has read have been the greatest influence in life. “I’ve been reading books ever since I was little and through the years I’ve enjoyed over 1,000 books,” he said. “Along the way these authors have given me knowledge through their writing and taught me life skills through their characters.”
More about Isaac Parents: Brian and Jill Nelson
Plans following graduation: Isaac will attend the U of M - Twin Cities for Animal Science and Computer Science.
Hobbies: Isaac likes reading, biking, bowling, playing piano, showing cows and hanging out with friends