Senior Spotlight: Waconia High's Jacob Steinbauer

Waconia High School Senior brings community involvement to another level.

Odds are you won’t find Jacob Steinbauer sitting at home on the sofa. The Waconia High School senior is already the co-owner and operator of two small businesses (Frank ‘N’ Stein’s Pumpkin Farm and Jacob’s Lawn Service) and involved in numerous extra-curricular, athletic and volunteer opportunities at school and in his hometown of Cologne. Lettering in varsity cross-country, wrestling and trap shooting, co-founder of the Benton Lake Watershed Conservancy and volunteer wrestling coach are just a few of this 17-year-old’s accomplishments. Despite accomplishing quite a bit at a young age, Steinbauer believes that there is always room to do more and learns as much as he can from the older generation in his community. “I love sitting down and listening to older people talk,” Steinbauer says. “You learn from their mistakes and improve yourself.” Steinbauer learned his determined work ethic at a young age, when he began working at Buesgens Farms at the age of 14. Steinbauer worked full-time at Buesgens Farms over the summer and continues to do so; he says he knew he could benefit in all areas of his life if he applied this work ethic to all of his activities. “I’m busy, but content and I’m seeing improvement, so why stop?” Steinbauer says.Steinbauer would like to study agronomy in college once he graduates next spring.