Schmidt nominated for HCCAOD Youth Service Award


Andrew Schmidt with his mother, Carol Schmidt, and grandmother, Jeanne Flanders.

Senior Andrew Schmidt was recently honored as the Noblesville High School nominee for the Hamilton County Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs Youth Service Award.

Schmidt is a member of the National Honor Society, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, has attended Hoosier Boys State as co-representative from NHS and has been a member of the marching and concert band (playing trumpet). He participated in a tutoring program with students desiring assistance.

HCCAOD Youth Service Award high school nominees Andrew Schmidt (Noblesville), from left, Andrew Wakefield (Westfield), Robert Gomez (Hamilton Heights), Kelsie Evoy (Sheridan), Taylor Webb (Fishers), Taylor Fontan (Hamilton Southeastern) and Hamilton County Commissioner Steve Dillinger.

Outside of school, Schmidt has volunteered at the “Climb,” an exercise class with the goal of improving the lives of people who are affected by Parkinson’s disease. He has been active in his church and active in the Good Samaritan Food Drive.

As a 10-year 4-H member, Schmidt has completed 64 4-H projects, including photography, forestry, electricity, construction set, lawn and gardening and his favorite animal projects (meat and dairy goats). He also has volunteered and assisted with the 4-H community Easter egg hunt and Halloween party. Schmidt says his greatest accomplishment has been his participating in 4-H, which has taught him presentation skills, the ability to work hard, play fair responsibility and to accept victory and defeat respectfully, all while having the opportunity to meet new people.

“I’m a third-generation 4-Her. It’s a family tradition,” he said. “4-H has taught me the really important lesson: I’m not going to always get my way. In competitions, I see people get angry. 4-H isn’t about the ribbons or awards. It’s about what you learn along the way.”

Anne Kenley, Schmidt’s guidance counselor, said he is an exemplary student, both in and outside the classroom.

“His volunteer work and participation within the community denotes his service, leadership and good character,” said Kenley. “As a participant in 4-H, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, in his church and school community, he has set a shining example for all to follow.”

Schmidt plans to attend Ball State University in the fall and study accounting.