MCS inducts Hall of Honors recipients

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	The Mattawan Consolidated School District paid tribute to its 2019 Hall of Honor inductees, shown from left, William Kesteloot, Patricia (Bower) Randall, William McNulty, Brandi (McKinney) Laperriere and Katrina (Schlukebir) Schock. 	 Courier-Leader photo/Paul Garrod

    MATTAWAN - The Mattawan Consolidated School District paid tribute Saturday, Nov. 9 to its 2019 Hall of Honor inductees.
    Superintendent Dr. Robin Buchler told the inductees and those gathered at Mattawan High School, “Different from many Hall of Fames across our state and nation, we honor those who have performed at a high level in high school and beyond and those who have given their time, talent, and treasure to make a mark on our greater world.”
    The evening celebrated six individuals in one of three categories. Those honored included:
    • Brandi (McKinney) Laperriere and Patricia (Bower)  Randall, Mattawan alumni recognized for their Contributions to Society.
    After graduating from  Mattawan,  Laperriere attended Hope College. While  there, she interned as a staffer in Washington, D.C. for Peter Hoekstra, U.S. Representative for Michigan’s 2nd congressional district, and Michigan Senator Spencer Abraham.
    While in Washington, D.C., Laperriere, along with fellow staffers, recognized a need for a Christian school in the inner city. With assistance from congress and education professionals, she helped make Cornerstone School a reality.
    She is a co-founder of Grace Nova Counseling, where she specializes in helping children, adolescents, adults, and families.
    Randall graduated from Western Michigan University in 1984 with a BBA, majoring in financing. She championed the first-ever public-private venture  in the city of Portage to build a regional community  senior center.
    Currently the mayor of Portage, she has served on many committees, boards, and organizations, including the  Mattawan Board of Education.
    • William Kesteloot and William McNulty received MCS Service awards, for their direct contributions to the program and services at Mattawan Consolidated School.
    Kesteloot, a physical education teacher, taught at MCS for 35 years, from 1967 to 2002.  He started after-school and lunch activities consisting of floor hockey, square dancing, soccer, and gymnastics. He also coached football as a varsity assistant, junior varsity assistant, ninth grade, and team scout.
    Following his retirement, he returned to MCS parttime, from 2014 to 2017, with the district’s Building and Grounds Department.
    McNulty served MCS from 1978 to 2007. After two years in the district, McNulty was promoted to Mattawan Middle School principal, a position he held for 22 years.
    Set to retire in 2002, McNulty was offered the role of associate superintendent for School Improvement, a role he held until his official district retirement in 2007.
    McNulty was honored in 1996 as an Outstanding Practicing Principal  (State of Michigan), in 1997 as a National Distinguished Principal, and received the 2002 VBISD “Excellence in Education” Administrative Award for “meeting the needs to exceptional students.”
    • Rick Kuiper and Katrina “Katie” (Schlukebir)  Schock received Performance honors given to those who excel in athletics, arts, or academics.
    Kuiper, a sports stand-out at MCS, won 10 varsity letters. He was  All-KVA Conference in basketball (1st Team - twice), and football. He broke the school high jump record, with a jump of 5’9”. He went on to play basketball at Panhandle State College, but unexpectedly passed away in a car accident in 1974.
    Schock was a High School Tennis State Champion and All-American her junior year. She was  the  1992 Girls Doubles runner-up at the US Open, and a four-time All-American in 1997 at Stanford  University, where she was named “Sophomore Athlete of the  Year”and “Woman of the Year.” She competed at the Australian Open, French Open, US Open, and Wimbledon.

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