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A Special Board Meeting, followed by the Regular Board Meeting, will be held March 11, 2024, at 5:15 pm and 6:00 pm, respectively, at EFR, location to be determined.
The agendas will be posted on March 8th.
A Hall of Fame doesn’t exist to highlight historical events and unique moments in time.
(That’s why we have museums, agreed?)
Rather, a Hall of Fame exists to recognize and honor people who have put their beliefs and talents into positive action over a considerable period of time.
I’m glad our FSD Hall of Fame does this.
With our 2023 Hall of Fame ceremonies coming up on October 6, it’s fitting in my email this week to re-share its origin story as featured on our website.
I think it’s pretty cool!
In 2013, Judy Zehnder-Keller (who passed away in October 2022) approached then Superintendent Mary Anne Ackerman with an idea.
Judy thought FSD should launch a Hall of Fame with the purpose of annually raising the banner for public education and providing the opportunity for publicly recognizing past and present Eagles – graduates and community members alike – who represented the best of what our district is all about.
“It’s really a wonderful thing to see,” Judy said at the time. “Year after year – thanks to great teachers, parents, and community partners – many of the most unassuming ‘young eagles’ in our schools graduate, and then ultimately soar to great heights in life.”
Judy recalled how her dad, Tiny Zehnder, could only go through 10th grade at Frankenmuth High School because FSD didn’t have classes that extended through the 12th grade back in the day.
Tiny transferred to Arthur Hill High School and earned his diploma there, and many years later, he was honored to receive one of their “Alumnus of the Year” awards.
Although this would be just one of many awards Tiny would receive throughout his adult life, the one from school always held a special place in his heart.
“This award didn’t come from a business association or community organization,” Judy said. “My father treasured it because it came from the friends and peers he grew up with.”
With this in mind, Judy gave Mary Anne her reasons why FSD should start a similar Hall of Fame – and Mary Anne fully agreed!
“We’ve definitely had hundreds of grads who have gone on to chase down their dreams and accomplish great things in life,” Mary Anne said.
So, in 2014, the FSD Hall of Fame was born and began highlighting two noteworthy award-winners on the day of the Homecoming Football Parade and Game.
The two awards were named the Alumnus of the Year and the Champion of Children.
The Alumnus of the Year would go to a select FHS grad with a record of accomplishment, and the Champion of Children award could go to any community member with a consistent record of support and service to FSD students and programs, regardless of where they attended school.
With our 10th Year Anniversary of our FSD Hall of Fame coming up soon, I’m grateful Judy and Mary Anne had the foresight and dedication to get it up and running.
I look forward to presenting our 2023 Hall of Fame recipients to you in next week’s email.
And you’re invited to join in the celebrations, too!
• Our Hall of Fame Luncheon is Friday, October 6.
It’s the same day as Homecoming and you may inquire with Toni Henry, FSD Community Education Director, about purchasing tickets.
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• Enjoy the evening’s Homecoming activities on October 6 as well.
– The parade begins at 6 pm.
– Kick-off for the Varsity Football Game vs. Freeland is at 7 pm.
As always, thanks for all you do to support our students and staff!