Abby Johnson and Kelsie Domeier are Lions Club Students of the Month for March.

Sleepy Eye High School senior Kelsie Domeier has a wide variety of interests in school and out. She played varsity tennis throughout high school, was in fall danceline and football cheerleading and during the winter was on the competitive dance team. Kelsie is also active in FFA, YES! Team, Honor Society and is a Student Council Representative and has participated in school musicals and the Bel Cantos vocal group. She does all this while maintaining top academic standings. Kelsie works as a lifeguard at the Sleepy Eye Family Aquatic Center.

Kelsie plans to pursue her dream career working with animals—she will study either exotic animals or marine biology in college. Her interest leads her to SeaWorld and Busch Gardens camp for three years. “I didn’t let the fear of the unknown stop me from learning about my passion, and this led to making friends around the country and learning what it takes to pursue my dream”

Kelsie said her summer SeaWorld counselor, Haley, has been a great influence on her life. “She taught me to be positive, work hard and believe in my dreams.”

More about Kelsie Parent: Jamie Fahey

Plans following graduation: Kelsie plans to attend the U of M - Twin Cities for Animal Science.

Hobbies: Kelsie enjoys tennis, dance, singing and acting, swimming, and traveling—including to SeaWorld Camp. She also likes to spend time with her dog.

St. Mary’s High School senior Abby Johnson is a dedicated member of the YES! Team, plays volleyball and runs track, dances with winter Knightline and Just For Kix. Abby is secretary of the Honor Society and Vice President of the Student Council. She also has enjoyed participating in school musicals.

Abby works as a babysitter and also became a Certified Nursing Assistant, working many hours at the Sleepy Eye Care Center. She loves her work there and plans a career as an RN and then possibly studying to become a Nurse Practitioner.

Abby said she values every person she knows and meets. “I absolutely love working with and being around people, and that is why I think I will succeed as a nurse—the residents love me at the nursing home because I do my job well and show I care about them.”

Abby said her dad is the greatest influence in her life—demonstrating that hard work pays off. “He truly inspires me to never give up, he always makes time for family and influences me to always try my hardest and strive to be the best I can be.”

More about Abby Parents: Carlin and Deanna Johnson

Plans following graduation: Abby plans to attend Minnesota State University, Mankato for nursing.

Hobbies: Abby loves to visit with residents at the nursing home, make memories with her friends, spend time outdoors and make people smile.