HOLT, Mich. (WILX) – The The Holt Business Alliance honored Holt Public Schools Superintendent Dr. David Hornak and Lucas Schrauben, the district’s director of Secondary Programs, for their efforts to help students and give back to the community.
Hornak received the Ronald Van Ermen Legacy Award from the group at its meeting in January. Pat Brown, vice president of the alliance, noted Hornak’s steadfast leadership during difficult times over the past few years, including the COVID-19 pandemic.
The award is named for Ronald Van Ermen, assistant superintendent of Holt Public Schools in the 1990s. He helped restructure the business alliance to better bridge the gap between business, government and education, and that vision remains the alliance’s mission.
“Dr. Hornak selflessly puts himself into a number of community organizations to stay connected and provide insight as needed,” said Brown. “He is a great inspiration and his wisdom and compassionate leadership continue the legacy of Ron Van Ermen today.”
Schrauben was named the Holt Business Alliance Educator of the Year. The group noted that Schrauben is a graduate of Holt Public Schools and has dedicated his professional career to helping students discover their values, passion and purpose.
“Lucas Schrauben continues to innovate, educate and inspire Holt Public students to be the next great leaders in our changing economy, whether in robotics, aviation, construction or countless other student opportunities,” said Brown. “We are proud to recognize him for his continued dedication to our students and the Holt community.”
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