Taylor Reinarts and Landon Strong are Lions Club Students of the Month.

St. Mary’s High School senior Taylor Reinarts is involved in a variety of school activities. She is Student Council Secretary, plays clarinet in the concert and pep bands, keeps stats for varsity softball, enjoys being in school musicals and belongs to the YES Team. Taylor volunteers at the church festival and also helps with Holiday Lights in Motion. She works at the Sleepy Eye Hockey Arena.

Taylor said she is extremely motivated to get out into the world and help people with injuries. “I’ve had two knee surgeries and without that difficult period in my life I cannot imagine where I would be today. You always have to find the positive outcomes from bad situations.”

Taylor said her dad is the greatest influence in her life. She said his strong desire to help others has been passed down to her. She also admires how hard he’s worked to raise five children. “My one goal in life is to be as dedicated to my family as he has been to his.”

More about Taylor  Parents: Darla and Scott Reinarts

Plans following graduation: Taylor plans to attend a four-year college to get a bachelors degree in athletic training and then further her education to become a physical therapist.

Hobbies: Taylor enjoys babysitting, visiting her grandma Gladys, cheering on school sports and spending time with family and friends. In the summer she loves going to the lake with the extended Mickelson family.

Sleepy Eye High School senior Landon Strong is a busy athlete, playing football, hockey and baseball. He is also a member of FFA and the Honor Society. Landon served as Class President from 7th through 11th grades and is Student Body President this year. He has worked at the Sleepy Eye Family Aquatic Center, Frontier Labs and as a farm hand.

Landon looks forward to the next steps in life. “I’m excited for a new experience,” he said. “I’m determined to work hard at whatever I do and use my eagerness as motivation.”

Landon said his dad is the greatest influence in his life. “My dad persuades me to try new things and be the best person I can be.”

More about Landon  Parents: Carmen and Travis Strong

Plans following graduation: Landon plans to attend Minnesota State Mankato for business management and play football for the Mavericks.

Hobbies: Landon likes to play football, hockey and baseball. He also enjoys hunting and fishing, and playing video games, cribbage and chess.