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Noon Rotary honors November students of the month

Noah Mallek and Alex Favilla

Hudson Noon Rotary Club is proud to honor November Students of the Month to Hudson High School students Noah Mallek and Alex Favilla for their outstanding contribution to academics, extra-curricular activities and community service.

Noah Mallek

Noah Mallek is the son of Robin and Keith Mallek. He has one older brother named Brady.

Mallek has been a Destination Imagination member for the last 10 years. He has been on three different teams and has been to state many times and globals twice.

He is also in a youth group called Networks youth ministries and has volunteered with them; he has gone on seven mission trips total around the U.S. during spring breaks and in the summer. They have partnered with Habitat for Humanity to build homes for people who have lost their homes in natural disasters.

This past summer Mallek attended a three-week exchange program with 26 other Hudson High School students and two German teachers. He is a member of the National German Honor Society this year.

After high school he plans to attend either St.Cloud State or Northland College in Ashland to major in meteorology and become a meteorologist and a storm chaser.

Alex Favilla

Alex Favilla is the daughter of Andrea and Peter Favilla. She has one younger brother named Louie, who is a freshman this year.

In seventh grade, Favilla founded Waggin' Tail Dog Treats, a business where she manufactured and sold pet treats and toys to family, friends, teachers and her community. The business grossed $2,000 in revenue, which was donated to Gregory's Gift of Hope, an animal shelter in New Richmond,

As a freshman she began job training, shadowing Dr. Eric Hawksford of Hudson Pet Hospital over the summers of 2014 and 2015, which has inspired her to want to work with large animals and travel from farm to farm during her work day.

A member of the National Honor Society, she has volunteered by building a community garden and compost, serving as an activity coordinator at Boutwell's Landing senior living facility and a stage manager at The Phipps Theatre, and helping at the local sheep dog trials. Many of these activities were done through the FFA. She is now president of the Hudson Chapter of the FFA.

She is also involved in the STEM Academy and is in the process of creating a Senior Capstone Project based upon STEM concepts that impacts the community and improves the school, which entails making the new school courtyards environmentally sustainable by including a self-sustaining rainwater collection apparatus and irrigation system as well as the first school compost. Additionally, she is working towards the National Leadership Certificate.

Outside of work and school, Favilla was on the HHS varsity tennis team for three years. She played 3 and 5 singles.

Favilla will be going to Iowa State in the fall to study veterinary science with the goal of becoming a large animal vet.