Catholic Schools Week… Distinguished Graduate

Holy Angels School announced a special award for one of its alumni as part of the Catholic Schools Week celebration. This year’s recipient of the National Catholic Educational Association’s Distinguished Graduate Award is Katie (Gonring) Schoenwetter. A member of the Class of 1963, she had taught in Catholic schools for 29 years and positively impacted students and members of the West Bend community.

According to Principal Mike Sternig, “Katie gave that extra effort for her students and was always willing to step forward to take on additional responsibilities for the benefit of our entire school. Her sense of ministry seemed so natural that those who were touched by her care and concern would begin to take on those same attributes in their own life. Holy Angels was richly blessed by her teaching ministry.”

Schoenwetter was involved in Holy Angels Parish in committee work, as a Festival of Angels volunteer and in Eucharistic Ministry. In addition, her service to the West Bend community in many activities included involvement with St. Joseph’s Community Hospital and the Full Shelf Food Pantry.

When asked about her thoughts on Catholic education, she emphasized that “it provides students with the opportunities to gather together to proclaim the gospel, serve others, praise God and to grow in faith, knowledge, values and respect.” Sternig noted, “Katie provided those opportunities in her everyday life not only for her students but for all who have been touched by her service.”

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