Three Alexandria high school graduates were inducted into the district's Alumni Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 24 during the Alexandria Education Foundation's awards luncheon at the Broadway Ballroom.
Friends, family members, Alexandria School District 206 leaders and teachers, foundation supporters and others attended the 14th annual celebration.
The inductees are:
- DeWayne Bisek, Class of 1957, law enforcement and retired ATCC instructor. Bisek worked as a correction officer at Stillwater State Prison, and for the Alexandria Police Department and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. He also worked for 31 years as an instructor at Alexandria Technical and Community College, where he was named ATCC Teacher of the Year in 2002. He and his wife, Dorothy (Class of 1961), have three children, Anne Bisek, Nancy Kleespies and Cindy Burnham.
- Mari Leuthner, Class of 1971, television station manager and Realtor. She worked for Central Minnesota Television Company (KCMT) from 1979-1987, for WCCO/KCCO television from 1987-2004 and for KSAX Television in Alexandria from 2005-2012, when the station closed. She then became a real estate agent. She and her husband, Bill (Class of 1967), have two sons, Alexander and Ari.
- Dr. Daniel Suchy, Class of 1961, pulmonologist. Suchy was the co-valedictorian for his graduating class. He served as a naval flight surgeon and a U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant commander He also helped start a bank in Fresno, California. He and his wife, JoAnn, have two daughters, Melissa and Michelle.
The Alumni Hall of Fame was created in 2007 as a means to honor graduates, or any staff or faculty member who has earned distinction or achievement in their professional field. Christine Reilly, executive director of the Alexandria Education Foundation, served as the master of ceremonies.
This year's ACE (A Champion in Education) Award was presented to Jason Lattimer, an engineer at Douglas Machine, by District 206 Superintendent Rick Sansted. The award recognizes individuals who support public education through advocacy, partnership, service, or donation of resources. Lattimer volunteered over a span of more than 15 years in a variety of areas that have enhanced students’ educational experiences.
The Hall of Fame recipients were invited to be grand marshals during the Homecoming Community Parade later that afternoon.