NOMINATED BY: CLARA MEINERSHAGEN
Jack Noonan was born in Fort Collins, CO and moved to Missoula as a youngster. He was homeschooled in his early years and had many opportunities to explore the area and get involved with a variety of service groups. With his Mom and sister, he volunteered at the Missoula Food Bank and continues to share his family’s monthly food distribution route. As a Hellgate High School student he completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and participated in tennis, swimming and cross country. At age 16, Jack had the opportunity of a lifetime to participate in the American Youth Leadership Program (AYLP) in Cambodia. AYLP, a U.S. Department of State program operated by the University of Montana’s Mansfield Center, is a month-long cultural exchange program focused on leadership development and community service. During both his Junior and Senior years, Jack worked with the Flagship Program at Lowell Elementary School to coordinate an after-school soccer program. He recruited fellow Hellgate High School student volunteers and planned a 6-week curriculum, focusing on teamwork, sportsmanship, soccer fundamentals and having fun. This fall, Jack will begin his college education at Montana State University with a particular interest in Bioengineering. Wherever his path leads, he knows that community service will always be an important part of his life. Jack is thankful for the opportunities that he has had and to the several Missoula community leaders that have helped him along the way, including Clara Mienershagen (Lowell Elementary School), Kelsey Stamm (AYLP), and the staff at the Missoula Food Bank.