Lapeer Community Schools and the Lapeer High School Alumni Association are proud to announce inductees for the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Hall of Honor:
• Kurt Barrett D.O., Class of 1965: Award-winning doctor and author of numerous medical papers, Dr. Barrett earned a B.S. degree in Biology and Chemistry from Ferris State University, where he was also recognized as a distinguished alumnus. He went on to earn his D.O. from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Barrett has won numerous awards including the Provider Distinction Award from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Dr. Barrett was an accomplished athlete in high school in Lapeer and at Ferris State. He earned the National Football Foundation (Detroit Chapter) Hall of Fame College Scholar-Athlete Award in 1970. A year later, he was drafted by the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League in. In 2002, Dr. Barrett authored the book “Are You Sick of Being Sick?” Since then, his work has been featured numerous times in the American Journal of Gastroenterology. Dr. Barrett resides in Battle Creek, MI.
• Scott McKenna, Class of 1990: A proud Lapeer East High School alumnus and Lapeer resident, Scott McKenna is among the most vocal supporters of Lapeer Community Schools and the entire community. McKenna began his career in public safety in 1995 with the Mt. Morris Township Police Department where he was promoted to Patrol Sergeant, Deputy Sergeant and, ultimately, Chief of Police. McKenna retired from the Mt. Morris Township Police Department in 2014. In 2016, McKenna was elected as the Sheriff of Lapeer County. As a public servant, McKenna has worked tirelessly to ensure the safety of the Lapeer community and to advocate for increased safety and security assets in schools. In his private life, McKenna has volunteered in numerous capacities, and is one of the biggest supporters of youth sports in the community. He has served as president of Lapeer Junior Lightning football and coached with the Lapeer Stingers and Lapeer Steelers. McKenna is one of the founding members of the LEADER Fund, a non-profit association that has raised over $100,000 to support the students and staff of Lapeer Community Schools.
• Laura (Mingee) Moore, Class of 1992: Retired United States Army Master Sergeant Laura Mingee-Moore served her country with distinction for 26 years. After graduation from Lapeer West High School, she left Lapeer for boot camp in South Carolina at 17 years old. While working her way up the ranks, Moore earned a B.A. in Human Resources and a master’s degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology. Moore is currently a Workforce Opportunity Services Consultant at Prudential Financial. She is also volunteers her time with groups supporting veterans as well as Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. During her time in the service, she was stationed in South Korea, Germany, Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan and Qatar. Her service to the United States of America and her commitment to education is a source of pride for the community. Moore now resides in El Paso, Texas.
• Michael Nolan, Class of 1981: Attorney, school board member and local volunteer, Michael Nolan has been an active member of the community for years. After graduating from Lapeer West High School in 1981, Nolan attended the University of Michigan, where he earned a B.A. in Political Science. In 1988, Nolan graduated from the University of Detroit Law School with his juris doctorate. Nolan, an associate attorney at Kohl, Harris, Nolan and McCarthy in Metamora, has been a practicing law for nearly 30 years. A resident of Metamora, Nolan is currently the vice president of the Lapeer Community Schools Board of Education, where he has served for nearly 14 years. He has also been active in numerous local organizations including the Lapeer County Community Foundation, Christian Family Service, Trinity United Methodist Administrative Board and the City of Lapeer Environmental Awareness Committee. Nolan is also one of the organizers of the annual Shoot for a Cure basketball games in Lapeer to raise money for breast cancer research.
All of these inductees have distinguished themselves as tremendous stewards of the education and training they received from Lapeer Community Schools; they are role models for all students and we could not be more proud to call them alumni.
A ceremony will be held to honor our inductees at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in the Irwin Board Room at the Administration and Services Center, 250 Second St., in Lapeer. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.