Point of Light, Distinguished Alumni Award & Jack Schramm Spirit Award Recipients

Dean and Julie Haselhorst are being honored as Points of Light for their deep commitment to Thomas More Prep-Marian.  Dean is the son of the late Walter and Agedia Haselhorst.  Julie is the daughter of Colleen and the late Melvyn Rinke.  They were married in 1990 and have three children, Brianna ‘12, Kolby ‘15 and Collin.  Dean and Julie operate their family farm.  Dean is also Production Superintendent for Hoffman Resources and Julie volunteers and subs at Holy Family Elementary School.  Their volunteerism includes numerous community, Holy Family Elementary, Thomas More Prep-Marian and Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish activities.  Dean is deeply involved with the Knights of Columbus, both on local and state levels and has received many awards.  They have been honored five times as K of C “Family of the Year” and Dean has received the State “Knight of the Year” award.  Dean and Julie are always on call at TMP-Marian and can be found working inside and outside on various projects including ACE Auction, Sports Booster Club, Fine Arts, Key Club Adopt-a-Mile, PTF, First Friday Adoration Adorer, lunch and kitchen helper, bonfire building/clean up, bus barn demolition, parking lot resurfacing, cleaning up tree branches after inclement weather, plus many more.  Thank you Dean and Julie for your never-ending hours of labor and generosity to Thomas More Prep-Marian.

Marvin and Jennifer Rack are being honored as Points of Light for their deep commitment and dedication to Thomas More Prep-Marian.  Marvin is a graduate of Northwest Kansas Technical College in Diesel Mechanics.  Jennifer is a graduate of Fort Hays State University with a BBA in Business Management and BA in General Communications.  They have four children, Jared ‘16, Karl ‘18, Leanne ‘19 and Mark ‘22.  Marvin and Jennifer Rack are the owners of Northwestern Printers, Inc.  They have served on many community boards and committees.  Marvin has received the Hays Area Chamber of Commerce Harley Rhoades and Hall of Fame awards along with the Wild West Festival All American Citizen award.  Through their business, they have sponsored Special Olympic teams and donated various printing services over the years to area schools, churches, non-profit organizations and community events.  As members of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Jennifer has been a past Parish Council member, lector at Mass and Perpetual Adoration participant and both are hospitality greeters and gift bearers.  Marvin is a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #6984 and has received the “Knight of the Month” and “Family of the Month” Award.  Their stewardship to TMP-Marian includes but is not limited to STMS, ACE, booster clubs, HFE Race for Education, soup suppers, school lunch volunteer, score clock operator and many more.  We honor them for their generosity, kindness and continued support.

Arlen Walters was unable to attend last year’s ceremony for Point of Light recepients so he is being honored this year for his dedication and deep commitment to Thomas More Prep-Marian.  Arlen is a 1953 graduate of St. Joseph’s Military Academy and went on to graduate from Fort Hays State University with a degree in Business Administration.  He was employed for 37 years as a sales representative with Nationwide Papers.  Arlen married Muriel ’63 Campbell and they have a son, Craig Walters and two grandchildren, Megan and Abby Walters.  Arlen became an active member of the Alumni Association of Thomas More Prep-Marian after graduation and served as Alumni President in 1963.  This was the same year the Alumni Association purchased the wooden seats for the fieldhouse.  In his spare time, Arlen gradually became one of their class organizers and the class archivist, adding on the 1953 Girl’s Catholic High after the schools merged.  The Class of 1953 has been a standout class with incredible participation in class reunions, class trips and class projects.  Arlen was instrumental in planning many of these trips as well as organizing fundraising projects done by this class for the benefit of the students of Thomas More Prep-Marian.  His respect and admiration for all the faculty including Fr. Anselm Martin knew no bounds.  Fr. Mike Scully and Fr. Charles Polifka served as pastors at St. John the Evangelist Church in Lawrence, KS during some of the 25 years Arlen served as an usher.  Arlen continues to update the Class of 1953 on what is happening at TMP-Marian, encouraging them to stay connected and we truly appreciate all of his efforts and good will.

This year’s Distinguished Alumni Award recipients are Bob ’68 & Susan Wolf.  The Distinguished Alumni Award is an award given by the Alumni Association of Thomas More Prep-Marian for alumni and their spouses that give generously of their time, talents and treasure to the Alumni Association, Endowment Foundation and Thomas More Prep-Marian.  The Alumni Board votes on the nominees and chooses the winner(s).  This award presentation is always done at the Homecoming banquet and the recipients are not informed prior to the announcement at the banquet.  We love to surprise these individuals in front of their classmates and fellow alums.
The Jack Schramm Spirit Award is awarded to the person who has gone above and beyond for sports at TMP-Marian and this year that is Tom ’66 Schenk.  This award winner is chosen by the Thomas More Prep-Marian Sports Booster Club Board and awarded at halftime of the Homecoming Football Game.
A big congratulations to all of these prestigious winners! We at Thomas More Prep-Marian are blessed to have these individuals in our school and lives. We want to thank them dearly for all that they have given to the school.