Honoring Some of Wayland Academy's Finest


Alumni Achievement Award

Wayland's Alumni Achievement Award honors alumni who are deemed to be worthy of "... special recognition by the Wayland community for outstanding achievement in their field or endeavor. Furthermore, the Award salutes the recipient for representing the true ideals of the Academy and setting a living example of what a Wayland education is all about." The Alumni Achievement Award is presented annually to an alumna or alumnus during Wayland's Alumni Reunion Weekend.

Year  Recipients

2016  John McConnell `82
2015  Matt Nielsen `90
2014  John Hughes `64
2012  Jim Janik `74
2010  Dr. Curtis Radford `73
2009  William B. Moore `59
2009  Dr. Walter Thiede `43
2008  Betsy Parker `72
2007  Frederick E. Bishop `57
2006  F. Addison Jones `46 
2006 Marion A. Jones `46
2006  F. Clark Howell `46
2006  Daniel Brickman `76
2006  Larry Smead `56
2006  G. Bruce Laing `66
2003  R. Scott Jones `63
2002  Guy Gottschalk `67
2001  Beth Nielsen `88
2000  Richard H. Kimberly `54
1999  Kathryn Jermain Lillesand `55 
1998  James Pickard `43 
1997  Dr. Matthew N. Songer `76
1997  Thomas E. Nissalke `51
1996  Gloria H. Wheeler H`65
1995  Allen J. Proctor `70
1993  Thomas J. Moore `62
1992  Donald A. Downs, Jr. `67
1991  James T. Kirsh, Jr. `71
1990  Raymond A. Patterson, Jr. `40
1989  Robert W. Pierson `27
1988  Richard M. Fliehr `68
1988  Karl A. Rauschert `47
1986  Joan Wilson `46
1984  Alonzo W. Pond `14
1984  Peter E. Lee `59
1983  Terrill A. Knaack `68
1981   Susan Peterson `63
1980   Jerry L. Nims `43

Alumni Volunteer Award

Established by Wayland's Alumni Association in 2002, the Alumni Volunteer Award is presented to an alumna or alumnus whose "... loyal and steadfast volunteer efforts on behalf of Wayland enhance the mission of the Academy and the Alumni Association." 

Year  Recipients

2016  Janet Sharp Turner `56
2014  Burnett Sullivan `69
2012  Allen Proctor `70
2011  Mike VanHaren `82
2010  Susan Peterson `63 
2009  Jim Downing `94
2008  Rosina Samadani `85 & Judy Scherb `63 
2007  Natalie Wetzel-Rasmussen `91 
2006  Tom Forrester `76 
2003  Eric Gefvert `73 & Eva Hartman Ptaschinski `83 
2002  Terrill Knaack `68 

Young Alumni Award

The Young Alumni Award acknowledges those who have made an outstanding impact within ten years of their Wayland graduation.

Year  Recipients

2016  Megan Petersen `11
2015  Nick Derr `10 
2015  Laura Thompson `05 

Distinguished Service Citation

The Distinguished Service Citation is the highest honor that Wayland Academy can bestow upon an individual. Established in 1961, the award recognizes outstanding service to Wayland. Additionally, many of the previous recipients have manifested one or more notable attributes, such as service to education, distinctive achievement in a particular field of endeavor, and service to society in accordance with the principles and traditions of the Academy itself.

Year  Recipients

2016  Mitch Disch H`93
2015  Roger VanHaren H`84
2015  David Kasper H`81
2014  John B. McKinstry H`10
2011  Joseph A. Lennertz H`86
2009  Richard H. Kimberly `54
2008  Eli Seighman H`71
2005  Constance M. Koehne H`66
2003  John P. Patterson H`72
2000  Judith Pickard Yeakel `47
1998  George S. Cobb H`80