2019 Educator of the Year

Posted by Adam Spina on 10/17/2019 1:45:00 PM

Please join me in congratulating WCS Band Director Ms. Lynn Kelsey as the Williamston Area Chamber of Commerce 2019 Educator of the Year. 

Ms. Kelsey began teaching in Williamston in 2004. Under her leadership, the Williamston Bands have earned the highest accolades at the state level and hold the reputation as one of the best programs in Michigan. She has influenced numerous students to continue to perform in bands or pursue music studies post-graduation. Her oversight of the band program begins when students enter sixth-grade at Williamston Middle School and continue for the majority of those students throughout high school. Ms. Kelsey directs the WMS Symphonic Band, the WHS Marching and Symphonic Bands as well as the WHS Jazz Band. Her outstanding teaching is visible to thousands of people each year at concerts, festivals, football games, and parades. 

The WHS Marching Band surprised Ms. Kelsey this week with the news she was selected as the 2019 WACC Educator of the Year. Watch the clip here.

WCS was fortunate to have a second member of our team selected for recognition by the Chamber. Mr. Mitch Lutzke is a Williamston High School social studies teacher as well as an award-winning author and track coach. Mr. Lutzke has written extensively on the history of Williamston and is a sought after speaker who regularly highlights the attributes of Williamston in his presentations. Mr. Lutzke will be conferred with the Hometown Hero Award by the Chamber’s Board of Directors at the awards banquet.

Students surprised Mr. Lutzke by announcing his award during the recording of their school news during his Broadcasting class this week. Watch the clip here.

The 2019 Community Awards Banquet will be held on Thursday, November 7th at 7:00 pm at the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Williamston. Visit the Chamber’s website at williamston.org for information on purchasing tickets for the event. The banquet does sell out quickly, please do not wait too long to acquire tickets if interested in attending.

2019 Community Awards Banquet Flyer

Once again, congratulations to Ms. Kelsey and Mr. Lutzke!

Scenes from Around the District:

Grand Re-Opening of the Williamston CADL Branch:

Williamston CADL Brand Reopening Ceremony

Young 5s students participate in bus safety lessons, co-taught by the Williamston Transportation Department:

Bus Safety Lessons

The Williamston Swim and Dive Team competes at a recent home meet:

WHS Swim Meet