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BISHOP LUERS ANNOUNCES DISTINGUISHED KNIGHT RECIPIENTS!

Distinguished Knight (left to right) Tiffany Albertson (Principal), Sarah Shank (Alumni Director), Becky Henry, Jerry Henry, Father Bill Sullivan and Melissa Hire (Alumni Director).The Outstanding Alumna(s) and the Honorary Alumna(s) Distinguished Knights are recognized each year at Bishop Luers High School Homecoming. These awards, presented by the Alumni Office at Bishop Luers High School, honor an alumna(s) and an honorary alumna(s) who have contributed outstanding and distinguished service to his or her chosen profession and community. These individuals live out the mission of Bishop Luers High School in their everyday life and contribute outstanding dedication, support and service to Bishop Luers.  These recipients also demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the Catholic Church and its principles.

Principal, Tiffany Albertson, is pleased to recognize Father Bill Sullivan, class of 1964 as Bishop Luers 2014 Outstanding alumnus. Fr. Bill grew up with parents who could ill afford to send children to a Catholic school but still sacrificed to make it happen. He was an honor roll student, three-sport athlete and an active member of Key Club during his time at Bishop Luers High School. Fr. Bill has an extended family whom carried on the Luers tradition, including 4 siblings, and 7 nieces and nephews who are now alumnae. He has been a faithful servant to the Fort Wayne – South Bend Diocese for over forty-one years and was the first priest ordained from Bishop Luers High School. Fr. Bill serves on Bishop Luers School Board and has helped in a variety of ways to spread the good news of Bishop Luers and the value of a Catholic education. A classmate, Jim Olsen quotes, “I always knew Bill was a special person by the way he conducted himself during those trying teen years. Not that we ever did anything real bad but at that age boys will be boys. While some of us flirted with trouble (usually on a dumb dare) Bill had much better control, judgment and maturity. When I later heard that he had dedicated his life to God I was not at all surprised.”

The Outstanding honorary alumnus for 2014 has been awarded to a couple, Jerry and Becky Henry. Although both of these individuals graduated from Central Catholic High School, they have spent the last twenty-five years dedicated to Bishop Luers High School. The Henrys have sent their five children to Bishop Luers and have remained fully committed to its mission long after their last child graduated.

Mr. Jerry Henry is a successful entrepreneur in Fort Wayne who has made it a priority in his life to serve his community. He is a board member of numerous Fort Wayne agencies, which help others. These include the Urban Enterprise Association, the Carriage House, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and the St. Joseph Community Association. He has been on the Fort Wayne – South Bend Diocesan School Board for three years. Previously, he served two terms on the Bishop Luers School Board, and was a long time member of the school finance committee.

Mrs. Becky Henry has also spent many hours serving her community and Bishop Luers High School. Currently, she is a dedicated volunteer for Visiting Nurse and Hospice. When her five children attended Bishop Luers, she was always involved with their extra-curricular activities. This Distinguished Knight worked in the Development Office at Bishop Luers for many years, tireless in her pursuit to help the school thrive and evolve. She chaired LuersKnight from 1992-95. Even after stepping away from a formal role in the Development Office, she remained just a phone call away if her assistance was ever needed. They have both remained huge supporters of LuersKnight.

Becky and Jerry Henry, known for their generosity, have sponsored the Henry-Keefer Merit Scholarship to Bishop Luers High School for many years. This is a monetary award given to 10 incoming freshman that score the highest on a math and English written exam. They have truly devoted their lives to their family, to their community, and to our school. Their generous spirit has touched many lives.

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