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Alumni & Friends Honored at 28th Annual President's Dinner

The 28th Annual President's Dinner was celebrated on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 in Michels Commons Ballroom at St. Norbert College. Each year, alumni and friends are honored for their dedication to Notre Dame Academy and Catholic education in general.

This year's award winners are:

  • Founders Award: Roy and Joan Smits
  • Presidents Awards: Bishop Robert Morneau and Ann Hollenback
  • Distinguished Alumni Awards: Eileen Burnett, SJA 1974, and Bill Vande Castle, PHS 1972

Founders Award Recipients
Roy and Joan Smits have given countless hours to NDA through athletics and support of their children and grandchildren. Joan and Roy, a graduate of Central Catholic High School and St. Norbert College, sent their children to Premontre High School and St. Joseph Academy, and their grandchildren attend or will attend Notre Dame Academy. Roy coached various levels of boys and girls basketball for more than 40 years, and Joan has been dedicated to Catholic education.

Presidents Award Recipients
Siblings Ann Hollenback and Bishop Robert Morneau have been selected as Presidents Award recipients, an award given out on special occasions to recognize those living out the mission of Catholic education. Ann has taught at St. Joseph Academy and Notre Dame Academy for a collective 38 years, and remains a beloved biology teacher at Notre Dame Academy. An educator himself, Bishop Bob has made lasting impressions on various Notre Dame Academy students as pastor of Resurrection Catholic Parish and as the current sacramental minister of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish.

Distinguished Alumna Award
Eileen M. (Gallagher) Burnett, St. Joseph Academy 1974, has great passion for the dignity of life, neighborhood preservation, and being involved in spiritual organizations in her community and nation. Fondly known as "the abstinence lady" by her children's classmates, she brought internationally known abstinence speakers to Notre Dame Academy and Green Bay are public schools.

Distinguished Alumnus Award
William J. Vande Castle, Premontre High School 1972, works in municipal law, estate planning, and probate law, serving various communities and organizations in northeast Wisconsin. A chairperson and member of various boards, he enjoys being involved in the Holy Family School Foundation and Holy Family School Board. William also influences the community's youth as an assistant Varsity coach for Notre Dame Academy's boys soccer team.

About Notre Dame Academy: Notre Dame Academy is located in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and is a co-ed Catholic high school founded by the Norbertine Order, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and the Diocese of Green Bay. NDA’s distinctive history embraces the more than 120-year foundation of St. Joseph Academy, Abbot Pennings High School and Our Lady of Premontre High School. NDA offers a globally focused education with a leading IB Diploma Program. Its high-caliber educational community is focused on outstanding learning and creating a lifetime of opportunity for all students.