Stats: 18, Senior at Harlem High School in of Harlem, Montana
- Perfect attendance since grade school
- Academic All-State for football, wrestling, and track and field
- People to People World Leadership Forum
- Montana Boys State Delegate
- President of Montana State Technology Student Association (TSA)
- President of his local chapter of Future Farmers of America
- Two Gold Cups for Superior Ratings in piano
“Our family name has a reputation of being hard workers and dedicated to the task at hand. I have grown up learning to do the things that are set before me and that is because it runs in the family,” says Trent.
How it began:
Trent Noel has been playing football since he was in the 7th grade doubling his role on the offensive and defensive end. Alongside football, he has also dabbled in wrestling and track and field in high school and won Academic All-State for all three sports for four years. Upon first glance, one may think Trent is the stereotypical jock, but that's not exactly the case. He has managed to always make the Honor Roll each year since grade school, despite growing up in a single parent home and has been named the Valedictorian this year. At Harlem High School, Trent serves his fourth year as president of the Technology Student Association (TSA) and also president of this statewide organization in Montana. He’s also the president of the National Honor Society at Harlem High School.
He also has excelled in his musical talents. For the past three years, he was selected to play at the Northern Montana Honor Band, has earned two gold cups for superior ratings in piano, and currently working on his third.
Outside of school, Trent serves as a leader within his community. In the sixth grade, he was selected to be a part of the People to People World Leadership Forum, serving as an ambassador and having the opportunity to venture to Washington DC. He is also no stranger to giving back, fulfilling various tasks for others such as spending time with the elderly, taking care of pets, and fixing up various areas.
“I have always been fascinated with building and creating things ever since I was little like leggos,” says Trent.
He plans to pursue a degree in Civil-Engineering with the hopes of working for the Montana State Road Department to improve the roads and bridges. He’s shown interest in the Montana State University-Northern.
Trent gives a lot of credit to his mom for acting as a cheerleader, encouraging him to maintain a 4.0 throughout school and perfect attendance. “She has always been there telling me that I can get it done,” he says.
Trent considers words from his head wrestling coach, Lyle Faulkinberry to be the best advice he’s received and that is “You can accomplish anything in this world if you set a goal and then work hard towards that goal.”
Trent’s mom, Katie Noel says, “I admire the fact that Trent is very caring and helpful to all people. He truly loves being with people of all ages, whether working with them, playing games with them or just visiting with them.”
Katie has always encouraged him to give his best in any situation. She admits that it wasn’t hard to get him to give his best since “he has always been a very agreeable person to working hard and setting/reaching goals.”
Parent to Parent:
Katie Noel grew up with the expectations to always doing well and treating people right, although never being forced to do so. “I hope I have passed on to Trent as to what my parents gave me,” she says. Katie has found that “true J.O.Y comes from putting Jesus first, then Others and then Yourself.”
This is her advice to other parents: “Let your child be a child. Let them get dirty and muddy exploring the outside world. Let them wear a Mohawk haircut if they choose to. Know and understand that they will make mistakes, but can learn from all of them. Let them make poor decisions as long as the outcomes will not be detrimental or harmful to them. Let them figure out how the real world works by experiencing it in small, teachable doses. Don’t jump in and “fix” every problem they encounter, that is their responsibility.”