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Slidell High Student Recognized For Outstanding Community Service Activities

Slidell High School senior Hannah Manetta is the latest recipient for the HERO Award given by Sophisticated Woman magazine and Charter Business.

Sarah Cottrell, Associate Publisher of Sophisticated Woman magazine, and Shelly King with Charter Business visited Slidell High recently to present Hannah with the Star-shaped glass HERO Award. Her mother Donna Manetta, a teacher at the school, was also on hand.

Hannah felt very honored to be chosen for the second monthly award which recognizes high school students who have shown integrity and excellent character in their daily lives. She was nominated for the recognition by Senior Counselor Carrie Speer, who said Hannah “truly exemplifies” a young person who has consistently reached out to those who are less fortunate.

The HERO award stands for “Helpfully and Eagerly Reaching Out.”

“She is a hero to so many,” said Ms. Speer in her nomination letter. “I have never met a student who has participated in as many community service programs and volunteer opportunities as Hannah.”

“Her commitment and energy is truly remarkable,” Ms. Speer went on to say. “In the classroom, she is a most conscientious student, receiving a multitude of honors in advanced placement classes. Her 4.35 Grade Point Average is evidence of her academic success.”

The daughter of Bob and Donna Manetta, Hannah will be a third-generation graduate of Slidell High School, and in the fall, she will attend Lewis and Clark College in Portland to pursue a degree in International Affairs.

Hannah is already planning ways to answer the “call to action” to help the Japanese victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami. 

Last summer, she worked in a homeless shelter in Portland, OR, and also on service projects for the Navaho Nation as well as the Choctaw Nation.  One of her most rewarding projects was organizing a run to raise money for Women of the Congo after she heard of the need for funding to help educate those women who live in one of the most dangerous  places in the world. 

She was commended for spending countless hours helping others, from Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts to Vacation Bible School, working with her church’s October pumpkin patch and Halloween “Trunk or Treat” activities. Her community activities include playing the piano for a contemporary worship group at First United Methodist Church

Hannah has dressed as the school Tiger mascot for the past four years, she runs with the cross country team and the track team, and she is a huddle leader for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter. Additionally, she is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Mu Alpha Theta, and serves as secretary for the Foreign Language Club at Slidell High. She is taking part in the senior play this year as well.

Her personal interests include running, working out, yoga, kneeboarding, backpacking, and spending time with friends and family.

Earlier this year Sophisticated Woman magazine teamed up with Charter Business to launch the HERO award program in an effort to honor high school students in St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parishes who exemplify academic excellence, community involvement, leadership among peers, humanitarianism, sportsmanship, and the ability to overcome extraordinary circumstances.

Each month a selection committee reviews nominations and chooses a recipient. They are featured in an article and an advertisement in Sophisticated Woman magazine. More information about the award can be found at

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