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PRESENTS—Mary Kay Selsor, right, president of the Catholic Central High School Foundation presented the 2013 Touhey Award to Mike and Anita Folgert at a ceremony on Saturday, May 11. Pictured left to right Mike and Anita Folgert, Mary Kay Selsor.

Mike, Anita Folgert Are Recipients Of Touhey Award

Over seventy people attended the Touhey Award Ceremony honoring Mike and Anita Folgert Saturday, May 11 at the Best Western Riverfront Inn in Marinette. The Catholic Central High School Foundation hosted the event. Mary Kay Selsor, president of the Foundation was master of ceremonies. The Folgerts were recognized for their countless hours of volunteering at St. Thomas Aquinas Academy in Marinette.

In accepting the award, Mike asked for a moment of silence in prayer for military personnel, firefighters, police officers and emergency responders who are not able to come home at all.

He went on to say, “We would like to thank God for all our blessings and to thank all of you here tonight, the Catholic Central High School Foundation, STAA Board of Trustees, Corporate Board, Selection Committee and those who nominated us for this prestigious award. We are honored, yet humbled to be chosen for this award. Honored to be thought of in such a special way, yet humbled because we feel that so many good people are so deserving of this award. We humbly accept this award on behalf of everyone that volunteers their time and effort to make our parish and school what it is. Many of you have poured your heart and soul, your time and effort, and some even your life savings into Catholic education. All that has been accomplished cannot be from a select person or person’s efforts but only from community spirit. We believe in community and we believe in spirit and this school has both.”

Continuing, “Many of you who know us well know that we are not lifelong residents of this area. Twenty-seven years ago we chose to move here partially because Catholic Education was available. We fell in love with our church and our school. We chose to stay here because of the friendships we have made. Getting involved, working at Holy Family Parish and the pre K-12 school system’s many fundraising events, sports, and maintenance projects has been the best investment we’ve ever made. This has been a wonderful area to raise our four children in. You have given so much to us and all we’ve done through our volunteer efforts is to say thanks.”

The Margaret Touhey Award was instituted at the December 1984 meeting of the Catholic Central High School Board of Education. It was named for Margaret Touhey, one of the five members of the original graduating class from St. Mary’s Institute, which later became Our Lady of Lourdes High School, then Catholic Central High School, and now is part of St. Thomas Aquinas Academy.

Margaret Touhey eventually joined the Sisters of Mercy based in Portland, Maine, and took the name of Sister Mary Xaveria. Through her efforts the State of Maine in 1915 granted a charter to St. Joseph’s College, the first college for women in that state. Sister Mary Xaveria became the first dean of the college and designed plans for some of the original buildings.




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