Noelle Henneman

February, 2012
Verona, Wisconsin

Noelle Henneman, a senior at Verona Area High School, has helped with her school's annual food drive for the Verona Area Food Pantry in the past, but this year she took the extra step and served as director.The school's annual food drive is a massive undertaking.

Noelle spent countless hours planning for and running the school collections, which ultimately exceeded its goal and collected more than 35,000 pounds of food – enough to provide more than 25,000 meals to those in need in the Verona area. Noelle worked tirelessly to coordinate this effort, and even went the extra mile by contacting area businesses to ask them to donate a percentage of proceeds from one night's business for the food drive. Even with the extra time this additional effort required, Noelle, a full-time student with a part-time job, was volunteering twice weekly at her church as a group leader for both middle and high school students.

Noelle is awarded the February Wisconsin Heroes Award her efforts to make Wisconsin a better place by volunteering to help both the Verona Area Food Pantry, and her youth group.