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District Names 2020 Ann Bremer White Hawks Award Winners
Borg Report May 7, 2020
I am proud to announce that a committee made up of Westonka School Board and staff/community members has selected Bob Haddorff, John Legeros and Tirisha Dirks as the 2020 recipients of the Ann Bremer White Hawks Award. The purpose of the annual community award is to recognize exceptional service to Westonka Schools.
The award, which began in 2015, is named in honor of the late Ann Bremer, Westonka School Board member from 2004 to 2017, whose record of service as a district parent, community member and on the school board characterizes the contributions made by the award nominees. Ann passed away in February 2017 after a courageous two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. The annual award epitomizes Ann's spirit and her commitment to public education.
The three community members selected this year are leaders in positively impacting the lives and experiences of Westonka students and their families and advancing the mission and vision of the school district.
Bob Haddorff’s benevolence is well known in the Westonka community. He is an alumnus of Mound High School (1963) and is incredibly proud of his family's legacy and the community in which he was raised. The district’s football field bears the name of his father, Oscar Haddorff.
Each year, Bob Haddorff provides substantial financial support to the Yost/Haddorff/Leopold Award scholarships for the top male and female senior athletes. Bob ensures that he and his family attend the athletic banquet each year to provide senior families a history of the special award.
From personal experience, I know that what makes Bob special is not that he gives so generously, it is the manner in which he gives. He is happy that he can help, pleased that he is included in our rich traditions, and revels in the positive memories of his youth at Mound.
Westonka Activities Director Jeff Peterson can list countless times where the district counted on John Legeros in would-be emergency situations. "John has replaced the lights on Haddorff Field (80 feet in the air), replaced transformers, ran our scoreboard at home events, dug ditches and laid pipe for electrical work," Peterson said.
John has provided significant support to White Hawks athletics over the years as a coach and volunteer, particularly the girls lacrosse, softball, baseball and football programs.
"John is the kind of guy who will do anything to help without complaining and will solve problems along the way,” said Peterson. “His dedication to Mound Westonka and Westonka Public Schools is second to none.”
Tirisha Dirks has been a volunteer in the district for 11+ years. She is considered a "jack of all trades," lending her unique skills to a variety of projects. She has served a variety of roles on the Shirley Hills Primary School PTA and has volunteered her photographic skills for several events throughout the district.
Tirisha currently serves on the Westonka Community Theatre Board and helped brand the Children's Playhouse. She is very talented at building sets and props for primary school Operettas and Grandview Middle School plays. She has also helped coordinate Destination Imagination teams.
“Whenever Tirisha sees a place where she can help, she does,” said Melissa Bray. “I am so grateful to her for sharing her many talents with us. She has made a huge difference in the lives of our students by supporting the many programs that are offered here.”
The district plans to formally recognize the 2020 Ann Bremer White Hawks Award Winners at a home football game next fall. Please join me on congratulating Bob, John and Tirisha and thanking them for their service to Westonka Public Schools!
To learn more about the Ann Bremer White Hawks Award visit www.westonka.k12.mn.us/annbremeraward.