Holy Family Catholic Schools will recognize alumni and friends who have made outstanding contributions in their personal and professional lives. Holy Family Hall of Honor inductees are an inspiration to current students and our community.
Congratulations to the following recipients of the 2017 Hall of Honor awards:
Professional Achievements Award – Brian Kane ‘75
Brian Kane graduated from Wahlert Catholic High School with the class of 1975. He then proceeded to earn degrees from Loras College and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa College of Law.
Holy Family Catholic Schools Service Award – Sandy Gaul
For 37 years, Sandy Gaul has gone above and beyond her title of English Teacher and Department Chair at Wahlert Catholic High School. For years, Sandy has overseen Wahlert’s student newspaper, the Gleaner, the yearbook, and writes the Wahlert Catholic “Fly By” newsletter. She is always willing to help her students, inspiring them to be more creative and urging them to go outside the comfort zone in their writing and design.
Outstanding Service Award – the late Andrew Burgmeier ‘73
A proud 1983 graduate of Wahlert Catholic High School, Andy Burgmeier exemplified the life of a true Christian. Andy’s faith was a focal point of his life as he attended St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Through coaching youth sports teams, Andy was always there to offer support, encouragement and advice. He will be remembered for his uplifting spirit and dedication to his family.
Rising Young Alumni – Kayla Banwarth ‘07
A shining example to every young girl that hard work on and off the court, playing the game right, and never giving up on your dreams can lead to success and fulfillment. Kayla Banwarth earned her spot on the USA Olympic Volleyball team this past year and helped lead the team to a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics. She helped the national team win multiple competitions including the Pan American Cup in 2012 and 2013, the World Championship Gold in 2014 and the World Grand Prix in 2015. Kayla is beginning a new adventure as an Assistant Coach at her alma mater – The University of Nebraska-Lincoln.