High School - September 24, 2012

Students

Lucas Kirch
This is the second year Jaren Bailey has had him in class, and found him to be an excellent role model.  He is a genuine gentleman, compassionate towards both other students and staff, and extremely hard working.  He IS what VAHS is all about. Todd Casey states that he is an awesome kid. He works hard and puts in the time at school, while also being a 3 sport athlete. He is respectful to his peers and adults.  Submitted by: Jaren Bailey & Todd Casey

Tiffany Smith
This year Tiffany has volunteered to TA (teaching assistant) in my study hall, and is making a tremendous difference already.   She recently encouraged a student to apply for a job that she has been anxious about, and sat with her to complete the online application every step of the way.  As a TA she has spent time beyond the scheduled class hour to organize the classroom, and is truly invested in providing needed help for teachers and her peers.  She is a positive member of Latino Nation and SSS.

Her own progress and improvement, her determination to stick with school and overcome adversity and challenges, and her enthusiasm and commitment to now share in encouraging and supporting the success of other students is why I feel she exemplifies one of our students that the school board would want to recognize.    Submitted by: Dani Koenig

Bailey Nachreiner-Mackesey
Bailey is phenomenal.  Her leadership and commitment to helping all students at VAHS is incredible.  As one of the food drive directors she commented, "I am passionate about Food Drive because it allows me to connect with the members of the Verona community on a very personal level and we can really see the difference we are making in the Verona community." As a student council leader, she volunteered at the St. Mary’s Nursing Home by decorating and serving meals to the homeless at Savory Sunday, organized a “supply drive” that allowed them to assemble more than 100 personal hygiene and food kits to hand out to homeless members of the community and organized fundraisers for Invisible Children.   She also has been an inspirational leader as a yearbook editor - helping out with one of the largest blood drives in the state.  She stated " being a part of Student Council and Yearbook has allowed me to be a leader in the school and community, and I love the difference it makes in the lives of our students.”   Submitted by: Rita A. Mortenson

Emily Tiedemann
Emily has been a 4 year letter winner on the swim team, and this year has the honor of being one of the team captains. In addition to being a competitive swimmer and team leader, she volunteers each winter at The Empty Stocking Club, where she spends 5 hours helping people, who don’t have the money to buy their children a Christmas present.  She commented, "Every year I see tons of different people, from different backgrounds, who speak different languages all gathered in one place ready for me to help them."  She also volunteers at HospiceCare in the Kitchen baking cakes, cookies, pies and any dessert imaginable for the patients of this facility.  "I get to dress up in official chef attire and let my creative juices flow as I help put a smile on the faces of the patients." As a lifeguard, she has encountered many life saving experiences. In her first year as a lifeguard she had to jump into the water and save a little boy who had wandered into waters too deep for him. This experience has inspired her to become a doctor.   Submitted by: Rita A. Mortenson

Jenna Fletcher
Jenna is a thoughtful, caring leader at Verona Area High School.  She is currently an editor for yearbook and is the Vice President of FFA, and has been a part of FFA for two years. In FFA she has been involved in many community service projects such as working at World Dairy Expo, helping with Toys-for-Tots and the State Fair, to name a few. Last year, she was a part of the mentoring program at the high school and helped the freshmen throughout the year. Outside of school, she has been just as willing to give of her time and talents and has been involved with a major community service project - vacation Bible School at her church.   Submitted by: Rita A. Mortenson

Hailey Polk
Hailey is an incredible student leader at Verona Area High School.  She is one of the yearbook editors, is a member of student council, serves on the student council executive board (as the graphic designer), and is also a freshmen mentor for the 2nd year.  She stated "I absolutely love meeting the freshmen and being there for them!"  In addition she has helped with the food drive every year and is also the manager for the boys' hockey team.   She is also extremely active with her church youth group, volunteering at a nursing home, helping out on "Savory Sundays" or other projects involving feeding the homeless, working at the Salvation Army and a few other events like a short mission trip for one weekend in October.  As a talented yearbook photographer, she is providing her photography services pro bono.   Submitted by: Rita A. Mortenson

Molly Kollman
Molly is one busy senior. When she is not down in the K-wing as a mentor with "her freshmen", you can find her working with the science club as an officer and the brand new robotics team.   In a small team of 5, they will be competing in a nationwide robotics competition sponsored by MIT.  Her favorite discipline is chemistry, guiding her desire to become a chemical engineer.  In college, she also hopes to continue the sport of rowing, which she qualified for Nationals last year.   But she is not a one sport athlete.  She has also been ski racing for the past 8 years.  Molly also likes to channel her energy into other activities such as food drive, student council and National Honor Society.   She stated "What I like about NHS is that it is very focused on community service; not just supporting a cause, but doing something physical for that cause you care about."  With that in mind, and her love for Spanish, she spent 2 months of the summer this year in a small rural community in Paraguay doing incredible humanitarian work.   Submitted by: Rita A. Mortenson

Carletta Campbell
Carletta joined Student Council last year. She volunteered at a community event at Goodman-where she not only served food but was the only student to grab an elderly lady and make her night by dragging her out on the dance floor to polka! 

Academically, she is taking rigorous coursework in AP Psychology. She also knows how important the ACT is so she rode the public bus from Madison to school this weekend to take it. She is challenging and believing in herself and wants to attend college. 

Carletta also understands the value of community service. Recently she shared an idea to bring the "dream bike" campaign to Verona. This is a program where people donate bikes and the company fixes them and gives them to people in need. Carletta has a huge heart.   Submitted by Sarah Domres

Sonia Carrola and Carolyn Hasselkus
They are both outstanding students who demonstrate strong character.  They are positive, helpful to both classmates and teachers, polite, kind, and funny.  They are hard-working, excellent role models.   Submitted by Shari Thompson