Avery Stevens and Sarah Reinarts are May Lions Club Students of the Month.
Sleepy Eye High School senior Avery Stevens played basketball and baseball throughout high school and will continue with baseball in college. He is an Honor Roll student and earned gold cords for graduation. Avery has volunteered for the food shelf, Holiday Lights in Motion, Food 4 Kidz and as a coach for third and fourth grade basketball.
Avery works at Mark Thomas Company and mows lawns.
Avery feels that playing baseball has given him the values and strengths to succeed in school, and has made him the person he is today. “I’m a pretty grounded person who gets things done. Self motivation is a big thing in anything you do in life.”
Avery said his dad has been the greatest influence in his life. “He has been there with me through the bad and the good times. He teaches me many life lessons; his famous words to me are: ‘No one is gonna give you anything. Go out and get it if you want it.’”
More about Avery Parents: Jason and Jamie Stevens
Plans following graduation: Avery will attend St. Cloud State University for Sports Management and will pitch for the St. Cloud State Huskies.
Hobbies: Avery enjoys lots of sports: baseball, basketball, golf, bowling and weightlifting. He also likes to paddle board, ride his jet ski and go ice fishing. He likes to spend time with family and friends and go camping.
St. Mary’s High School senior Sarah Reinarts keeps busy with a wide variety of activities. During high school she played volleyball, ran track and was a cheerleader and member of Knightline. Sarah is on the YES! Team, sings with Schola and is an Honor Roll student. She serves on the Student Council this year and is also a leader in the River Watch Program. Sarah is a Mass Server at St. Mary’s Church and has volunteered at Party in the Park and Corn Days.
Sarah works as a Nursing Assistant at S.E. Care Center, is a lifeguard at the aquatic center, works as a server at the Event Center and babysits.
Sarah said she values and deeply cares for others. “I enjoy making people happy and feel valued. I am also a hard worker, organized and neat. I feel I am a friend to all.”
Sarah said her grandpa Reinarts has been the greatest influence in her life. “Even though my grandpa went through a great amount of suffering the last couple years of life, he still did everything he could for family and friends and never asked for anything in return. He always made sure I left his house with a smile on my face. I hope to have the same qualities my grandpa had throughout my life.”
More about Sarah Parents: Randy and Deb Reinarts
Plans following graduation: Sarah will attend South Dakota State University in Brookings to study nursing.
Hobbies: Sarah likes hanging out with friends and family, organizing, practicing sports, spending time with her grandma, studying, exercising and working at her many jobs.