Tigers complete their missions

Congratulations to Chad Wyffels, La Oeltjenbruns and James Carr.

All three were inducted into the Pride in the Tiger Foundation Hall of Fame Saturday evening. The foundation has been recognizing Marshall alumni, faculty and staff members since 2000.

Each of the inductees, according to Executive Director Janel Wartner, has contributed to Marshall school in different ways.

• Wyffels was part of the 1970 Marshall basketball team that made it to state competition. And later as co-owner of Borch’s sporting goods store, Wyffels supported local athletics. Wyffels called the induction “a great pleasure.”

• Oeltjenbruns contributed by working as a secretary for former elementary school principal Bill Swope and later as assistant for former Marshall superintendent Tom Tapper. She has been involved with the foundation from the very beginning. Oeltjenbruns called her induction “an emotional experience.”

• James Carr is a 1981 Marshall High School graduate, businessman and community supporter. This spring, the Carr family will be awarding eight $2,500 scholarships for graduating Marshall seniors. He said giving to the foundation is a family tradition. His parents, Robert and Phyllis Carr, were inducted to the Hall of Honor in 2015.

Recognizing these individuals for their support for education and athletics in Marshall is one crucial mission of the foundation. But inductions into the Hall of Fame makes sure individual contributions are not forgotten.

At the same time, the foundation should be recognized for what it considers its main mission. The foundation provides financial and other support of local schools and the community. This year the foundation awarded more than $60,000 in classroom grants for Marshall K-12 schools. It also awarded 143 scholarships totaling more than $150,000 to Marshall High School graduating seniors.

Like their inductees, the foundation is making a difference in the Marshall community. It deserves congratulations as well.

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