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Top Seniors Honored at Fetzer Center

The Excellence in Education program recognizes the top-three people smilingachieving high school seniors from Kalamazoo County’s public and non-public high schools. This year, 43 seniors were selected for the honor, which comes with a $1,200 scholarship. Each student also had the opportunity to recognize an educator who significantly impacted their K-12 education. Students and the educators they have chosen were honored on Wednesday, April 13, at a reception at Western Michigan University’s Fetzer Center. 

“The Kalamazoo area has a long history of educational excellence and innovation, so it is fitting that we continue the tradition of honoring those practices through the Excellence in Education program,” said committee chair Keevin O’Neill, superintendent of Vicksburg Community Schools.

A collaborative effort among all Kalamazoo County public and non-public schools, local foundations, educational groups and the business community, Excellence in Education was designed in 1986 to focus community attention on the academic and professional excellence of graduating high school seniors and educators within Kalamazoo area schools.

The Excellence in Education program is supported by a permanent endowment established at the Kalamazoo Community Foundation. Funding for the endowment was raised through the leadership of the Monroe-Brown Foundation, with strong support from local foundations, businesses, organizations and individuals.

For information on the Class of 2022 awardees and their significant educators, view the 2022 presentations on the Excellence in Education webpage at