Distinguished Graduate Award

During Catholic Schools Week each year, Holy Angels School recognize a past student with the National Catholic Educational Association’s Distinguished Graduate Award. This year’s award was recently presented to Ann (Matenaer) Casper, a member of the Class of 1949.

The school’s mission statement begins with the words: “We belong to a Catholic community which gathers together to proclaim the gospel, serve others and praise God” and principal Mike Sternig noted that “this year’s distinguished graduate has certainly proclaimed the Gospel by the way she lives her life. She regularly joins the praying community in giving praise to God. Ann is a wonderful role model of service in the community.”

Presenting the award, Sternig recalled that when her own children were students at Holy Angels, Ann and her husband Herman were instrumental in providing all of the cabinets, carpentry and wooden items for the new kindergarten room.

Casper’s service to the community includes involvement in the parish Mission Circle, Salvation Army “bell ringers”, Samaritan volunteers and making sure the desserts at Germanfest are served with a smile. In addition, she is a dedicated member of the Thursday morning church cleaning crew that makes sure the Holy Angels worship space is neat and clean each week.

Casper’s personal faith and fortitude were recalled from the experience she overcame in 2007 as part of the Medjugorje pilgrimage group which was involved in a tragic accident. Undaunted by her own injuries, she always managed a laugh and a smile to make the best of the situation because of her faith.

In his concluding remarks, Sternig praised Casper for a lifetime of joyful service which serves as an example for Holy Angels students and others in the community.


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