Nolls honored as 4-H Family of the Year
Sarah Noll, her late husband, Charles Noll, and their children were honored as the Jefferson County “4-H Family of Year” Saturday night during the annual 4-H Achievement Banquet.
Sarah Noll was a 10-year member of the Stranger Creek 4-H Club in Atchison County as a child. She was a homemaker for 25 years and then worked for the U.S. Postal Service for six years. She is now a speech paraprofessional at Jefferson County North Elementary and Middle School.
This is her 25th year as community leader for the Mooney Creek 4-H Club. She is active in the Corpus Christi Catholic Church and Altar Society, president of the Jefferson County North Booster club, and a member of the high school site council.
Her husband, Charles, had also been honored for 25 years of leadership in Mooney Creek 4-H Club, a club he had belonged to for 12 years as a youth. He was active in the swine project on both the club and county level.
He was a member of Corpus Christi Church where he served as a lector, eucharistic minister, education coordinator, and, along with his wife, was a marriage preparation class leader. He was a member of the choir, and a 50-year member of the Knights of Columbus Council No. 2885.
His parents, August and Alvera Noll, both served 35 years as leaders of the Mooney Creek Club.
He died last June 30 in an accident at his home at age 70.
The children of Charles and Sarah were also honored for their long devotion to the 4-H program.
Aaron Noll, Amanda Rice, Amy Roberson, Angela Noll, Adam Noll, Abby Noll, and Amelia Noll were all 12-year members of the club in their youth. Austin Noll has been a member for 11 years and is the current president. Avery Noll, the youngest, has been a member six years.
Aaron Noll graduated from DeVry with bachelor’s degree in computer information systems and a master’s in telecommunications management. He then acquired a bachelor’s degree in molecular biosciences from University of Kansas and is currently attending medical school at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He and his wife Paola, live in Overland Park with their two children.
Amanda Rice completed a bachelor’s degree in elementary education at the University of Saint Mary and then a master’s in leadership in teaching at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. The mother of one childd, she is a reading interventionist at a Milford, Iowa, school.
Amy Roberson graduated from the University of Saint Mary’s with a bachelor’s degree in biology and then received her Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center in cell biology. She teaches biology at the Oklahoma School of Science and Math. She lives in Yukon, Okla., with her husband, Zach.
Angela Noll graduated from Kansas State University with two bachelor’s degrees in human ecology and journalism and mass communication. She is now in graduate school at the University of Kansas Medical Center working on her master’s in occupational therapy.
Adam Noll received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Kansas state university and is working toward a degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in physical therapy.
Abby Noll received her bachelor’s of science degree in kinesiology at Kansas State University and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Emporia State University in the Newman Division of Nursing.
Amelia Noll is a junior at the University of St. Mary in Leavenworth. She plays on the volleyball team. For the 2011 season, she was awarded Player of the Week by the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference and currently leads the NAIA in digs per game. In 2010 she was awarded Second Team All-Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. She is pursuing a degree in elementary education.
Austin Noll, the Mooney Creek Club president, is a senior at Jefferson County North and is involved with cross country, theater, band, scholars bowl, Student Council, chorus and the church choir. After graduation he plans to attend Kansas State University.
Avery Noll’s 4-H projects include swine, photography, and cooking. He is in the eighth grade at Jefferson County North. He is involved in football, basketball, track, theater, band, and knowledge bowl.
The tradition of honoring a family was started many years ago by the late Roy and Ruby Freer and the tradition has been continued by their family, Bill and Arleta Manville.
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