Lions Club students of the month for May are Emily Stevens and Leslie Flores.

St. Mary’s High School senior Emily Stevens is on the YES! Team and serves on the Student Council as senior class representative. She is also part of the journalism group at school. Emily plays volleyball and softball and was on the cheerleading squad. She participated in school musicals. Emily has volunteered at church as an Altar Server. She works as a lifeguard at the Sleepy Eye Family Aquatic Center.

Emily values positivity and having a good attitude—she strives for both in sports, school, work, and at home. “Smiling and laughing makes life so much more fun and a lot easier to go through, especially when times might be tough,” she said. “Faith in God keeps me looking forward and helps me plan fulfilling goals for the future.”

Emily said her dad has been a big influence in her life. “He is all about teaching quality life lessons, but still letting me be my wn person. He is an easy person to talk to about everything and gives his honest advice whenever I need, even if I don’t want to hear it.”

More about Emily  Parents: Jennifer and Joel Stevens 

Plans following graduation: Emily plans to attend MSU, Mankato for art education.

Hobbies: Emily enjoys walks with friends, doing hair and makeup, going out to eat with friends, spending tim with family, going to sports events and spending time on the lake.

Sleepy Eye High School senior Leslie Flores is a three-sport athlete, playing volleyball, basketball and softball throughout high school. She is choir at school and is also active in FFA. Leslie’s work experience includes Subway, AmericInn and summer school as a paraprofessional.

Leslie said her attitude is very positive. “I’m a go-getter, meaning that if I put my mind to doing something I want, I will continue to try hard and give my full effort.”

Leslie said her mom is the number one influence in her life. “She has taught me so much though out my years, such as: goals are not easily achieved—you need to work hard constantly to get what you want in life.” Leslie said the second influential person in her life is her softball coach, Tim Hoffmann. “He has helped me figure out what things I truly enjoy, such as softball,” she said. “He continues to push me in a positive way to get me closer to my full potential. He has never given up on me ad continuously helps me with my self confidence.”

More about Leslie  Parent: Nereyda DeLaFuente

Plans following graduation: Leslie plans to attend SMSU for social work.

Hobbies: Leslie enjoys being on sports teams.