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Lake Country Academy Holds Grand Opening Celebration

On Tuesday, May 18th at 1:00 p.m. the Lake Country Academy (LCA) Center for the Arts, Music and Physical Education (CAMP) was fully dedicated before the entire student body, the faculty, board members, local and national dignitaries, and corporate and private donors whose generosity and support made the event possible.

Carla Koepp, LCA Administrator, adopted the theme, "Coming Full Circle" reminding everyone of the journey that had been taken since the school began. Koepp commented, "The opening of the CAMP brought us back to the place we started, to the mission and vision upon which this school was founded."

Several speakers thanked LCA and its supporters for their vision and for offering an educational environment and curriculum. Julie Ewart, Senior Public Affairs Specialist with the U.S. Department of Education said that LCA is "exactly what Secretary of Education Arne Duncan envisions for all schools" in providing opportunities for students to learn and to compete in today's global marketplace and for providing an innovative educational opportunity for students. Representative Terry VanAkkeren, and Tyler Vorpagel, from Congressman Petri's office, both spoke about the leadership that Lake Country's model provides to the state. Laura Bachmann, 2006 alumna, and 2010 Wayland Academy Salutatorian, reminded the students to "take advantage of the things that LCA has to offer." Other dignitaries present were State Senator Joe Leibham, and Suzanne Brault Pagel from Senator Russ Feingold's office.

Lake Country Academy Foundation President, Carrie Bonk, and Governance Board President, Michou Reichelsdorfer, dedicated the hallway outside the C.A.M.P to the founders of the school naming it Founder's Hall. The Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce helped the founders (Mrs. Beth Finch, Mrs. Peggy Ayers, Mr. Don Kollath, Mrs. Jackie Gruenke, Mrs. Carla Koepp, and Mrs. Sharon Zabrowski who was not able to attend), and Mr. Fitz Maurice, the Lake Country Academy Physical Education Instructor in the ribbon cutting ceremony officially "opening" the CAMP.

Lake Country Academy corporate and private donors who worked to ensure that LCA was able to build the facility were honored during the program. Present were Mr. Ralph Stayer from Johnsonville, Mr. Michael Brotz, from the Brotz Family Foundation, and Mrs. Laura Kohler, from Kohler Company. Another generous donor that was not able to attend was Mrs. Launa Stayer, who has been a supporter of LCA for many years. Lake Country Academy was able to build the facility solely by using these generous donations.

Prior to the end the program, the eighth grade class presented "the key to the CAMP" to Mr. FitzMaurice, for his dedication to the physical education program at LCA. A ceremonial "first basket" contest concluded the celebration where 2 LCA student's names were drawn allowing them to be the first to "sink" shots through the new basketball hoops.

Pictured from left to right: Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors in Blue, Greg FitzMaurice, LCA Physical
Education Instructor; Beth Finch, Founder; Jackie Gruenke, Founder and LCA Teacher; Carla Koepp, Founder
and LCA Administrator; Don Kollath, Founder; Peggy Ayers, Founder; (Sharon Zabrowski, Founder not pictured)
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
May 25, 2010