Zach Haala and Dani Weiss were Lions Club Students of the Month for February.

St. Mary’s High School senior Dani Weiss is a busy high school athlete, playing varsity volleyball, hockey and softball and was also a football cheerleader. She serves as Class President this year and is an A Honor Roll student. Dani belongs to the YES! Team and was in the school musical, “Bye Bye Birdie.”

Dani volunteers with YES! Team activities and plays TAPS for the Sleepy Eye Honor Guard at funerals. She works at the S.E. Family Aquatic Center and the Event Center.

Dani feels her determination and strong work ethic will help her meet the challenges she will face in the next phase of her life. “I work hard and put in a lot of time to succeed in my school work and sports, and push myself to do the best I can.

Dani said the person who has the greatest influence in her life is her older sister, Lexie. “She inspired me throughout her high school years and also in hockey—I always wanted to be just like her, She’s always told me to be to respectful, kind and humble to everyone around me and spend as much time as I can with my loved ones.”

More about Dani Parents: Mike and Lori Weiss

Plans following graduation: Dani plans to major in Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse; and then hopes to attend dental school.

Hobbies: Dani enjoys activities with friends, family time, visiting her grandparents and practicing her sports.

Sleepy Eye High School senior Zach Haala is a three-sport varsity athlete, playing football, basketball and baseball. He serves as Student Body Co-President this year and belongs to the Honor Society and Knowledge Bowl team. Zach was also in the school’s fall musical this year. During his high school years, Zach has been active in the Stark Baseball Association—umpiring and helping with field maintenance and the concession stand.

Zach values his leadership skills and the ability to be successfully involved in many activities. “I love to be a leader to others, pushing me to see not only me, but others around me grow and strive for success.”

Zach said the greatest influence in his life is his father. “He is a very humble and hardworking man, who always wants to see the best of others and puts others first. He has pushed me to improve in everything I do, yet at the same time has not put great pressure on me and allowed me to make decisions and learn on my own.”

More about Zach Parents: Cory and Kathy Haala

Plans following graduation: Zach will attend Bethel University in St. Paul to study software engineering. He will play on the college baseball team.

Hobbies: Zach enjoys his sports—playing summer baseball (Legion and VFW). He also golfs as a hobby sport.