Since 1987 SFCC has recognized an outstanding alumnus at spring commencement. Read about the latest award winner and nominate a graduate for the next year’s award.

Dr. Kristee Lorenz

Dr. Kristee Lorenz, Henry County R-1 School District superintendent, has been named SFCC’s 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.

Lorenz, a Sedalia resident, graduated from SFCC in 1986 with an Associate of Arts and earned a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1988 from University of Central Missouri (UCM). Lorenz taught social studies, speech and theatre at Sacred Heart High School for two years and at La Monte High School for three years, and she taught social studies for one year at Knob Noster High School.

In 1994, Lorenz earned a Master of Science in Counseling from UCM and moved from the classroom at Knob Noster High School to serve as the counselor for 11 years. In 1999, she earned an Education Specialist in Human Services from UCM.

Lorenz became the assistant principal at Smith-Cotton High School in 2005 and served in that position six years. In 2010, she earned an Education Doctorate in Educational Leadership from St. Louis University. From 2011-2012, she was the director of District Education Support for the Sedalia School District 200 and took the reigns as superintendent of the Knob Noster R-VIII School District from 2014-2016. Lorenz is now the superintendent of the Henry County R-I School District in Windsor.

For 29 years Lorenz has touched the lives of thousands of students, mentored hundreds of teachers and support staff and inspired others to become dedicated educators. Peers describe her as a lifelong learner, a hard worker, goal-oriented, and effective communicator who attributes the foundation of her success to the education she received at SFCC.

Distinguished Alumni Recipients

2017Dr. Kristee LorenzClass of 1986
2016Jorge R. GuevaraClasses of 2005, 2006, 2009
2015Dr. Jennifer HargraveClass of 1998
2014Roger C. AustinClass of 1986
2013Dr. Dean DohrmanClass of 1987
2012Tom GerkeClass of 1976
2011James Trujillo, Jr.Class of 2004
2010Saundra OvertonClasses of 1984, 1989
2009Debbie NolandClass of 1972
2008Nellie K. Owen, DVMClass of 1991
2007Marlin G. HammondClass of 1972
2006David C. FurnellClass of 1981
2005Peggy RichardsonClass of 1977
2004Susan HortonClasses of 1979, 1980, 1994
2003Elaine PaxtonClass of 1971
2002Dennis ShullClass of 1980
2001Eric YazellClass of 1987
2000Brad SchnackenbergClass of 1989
1999Brad DittmerClass of 1979
1998James RennisonClass of 1974
1997Jane LuperClass of 1975
1996Patricia GillmanClass of 1988
1995Evelyn JorgensonClass of 1972
1994Tony ClaxtonClass of 1980
1993Barry GuierClass of 1977
1992Leonard DixonClass of 1977
1991Ruth ElmoreClass of 1982
1990Cam JenningsClass of 1974
1989Thomas DeuschleClass of 1978
1988Josephine DeyClass of 1979
1987Debbie BiermannClass of 1973

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