The sense of family and a solid eduction in faith were two of the greatest memories for an alumni of the Emmetsburg Catholic Schools. Shelly Wentzel Vroegh, a 1988 graduate of ECS shared her memories and affection for the institution during Saturday's AuctionFest event.
Vroegh, the daughter of Mike and Jane Wentzel of Emmetsburg, was the guest speaker at the 29th Annual AuctionFest fundraiser, "This Masquerade"
Vroegh spoke of memories with classmates, citing some of their adventures and mis-adventures during her school years at Emmetsburg Catholic, but also noting that above all, the sense of family was always foremost.
OND?MEMORIES - Shelly Wentzel Vroegh was the guest speaker at Saturday’s Auction Fest event. A 1988 graduate of Emmetsburg Catholic Schools, Vroegh recalled the sense of family and positiviety she received during her education at ECS. -- Dan Voigt photo
"I always knew my Emmetsburg Catholic School family was here to support me in my journey through friendship and faith,"?Vroegh said. "The teachers here helped guide me for my future, and for that I am forever grateful."
"I am so fortunate that my parents saw the value of their daughters receiving a solid Catholic education,"?Vroegh continued. "That education served my sisters and myself very well through our lives. I know that my education here at Emmetsburg influenced my life and the Emmetsburg Catholic School will always hold a very special place in my heart. I want to thank you all for being here and supporting our Emmetsburg Catholic School."
Vroegh went on to graduate from Emmetsburg High School and the University of Northern Iowa and most recently was named Iowa's Teacher of the Year for 2017.
Emmetsburg Catholic School Board President Al Laubenthal introduced the faculty and staff of the Emmetsburg Catholic Schools, highlighting each indivdual's years of service, which drew cheers and applause from the attendees at the event.
Auctioneer Joe Temme of Omaha, NE, once again worked the crowd for the live auction of 62 auctions as well as several games to conclude the event.