Scholbrock, Van Veldhuizen to be recognized by IHSADA
The Iowa High School Athletic Directors Association is proud to recognize James Scholbrock as a 2019 Administrator of the Year.
Jim Scholbrock has been the secondary principal at Lake Mills Community School since 1999. He started his career as a teacher and coach at Center Point Urbana in 1990.
Jim is a 1985 graduate of Charles City High School and earned his bachelor’s degree at Iowa State University. In 1999, he completed his master’s degree at the University of Iowa and his certificate of advanced studies from Iowa State University in 2009.
Jim has worked with remarkable students, parents, and staff during his time at Lake Mills and he is grateful to be part of the school and community. He feels that activities and athletics are an important part of education. The real world skills that are taught and learned while performing on the court or stage are extremely valuable. Competing and performing allow students to apply the things they have learned and gain confidence about their abilities to overcome obstacles.
Lake Mills has been a great community for the Scholbrock family and they feel blessed. Jim is grateful for the support that the Lake Mills Community gives to young people and he feels lucky to work with young adults. He is humbled by the kindness and gratitude of others.
He and his wife, LuAnn, have three college-age children. Each of them are proud Lake Mills Bulldog graduates who participated in both athletics and the fine arts.
LMCS Athletic Director, Jim Boehmer, had the following comments about the recognition of Jim Scholbrock:
“Jim is very supportive of all our educational athletics and all activities that our students participate in. He has supported our staff and worked to give us the best opportunities we can to use our co-curricular activities as an extension of the classroom.
What I appreciate about Jim is that he focuses on the right thing: building young men and young women into productive adults. Winning is a by-product and not the focus. He has helped me understand that and that has helped others understand our purpose.
Jim could also have qualified for the service award also, as he works nearly every home event we have. His help at track meets is one of the main reasons we are as efficient as we are. He helps get the kids ready to go and assist the starter at each home meet. He also has worked our home cross country meets and even spent many games behind the microphone at baseball games. His service goes beyond the school as well. His community involvement shows that he is a true Bulldog.
I appreciate the work that he does for our students, our staff, and our entire community.”
The Iowa High School Athletic Directors Association is also proud to recognize Wayne Van Veldhuizen for a 2019 IHSADA Outstanding Service Award.
Wayne graduated from Boyden-Hull High School in 1970 and from Northwestern College in 1974. Beginning in the fall of 1974, Wayne began his teaching and coaching career at Elk Horn-Kimballton. After three years, he taught at Graettinger for the next eight years and coached multiple sports. Finally, in 1985, Wayne moved to Lake Mills and started his career as a school guidance counselor. He retired in 2010 and works part-time at the Rice Lake golf course.
Wayne has taught history, government, and financial planning at the high school level, as well as K-12 physical education. After moving into the role of guidance counselor, he has helped students with career, academic and personal issues from grades 7-12.
Wayne has been the public address announcer at Lake Mills varsity and JV football games since 1990. In addition, he has also volunteered as a lane judge and announcer at Lake Mills track meets each spring.
Most of Wayne’s community involvement has centered around Salem Lutheran Church. He has served on many committees and is a part of the church choir. For several years, he also served on the church council.
Wayne has really enjoyed being involved with young people, as both a teacher/counselor and a coach of four different sports over his 36 years in education.
LMCS Athletic Director, Jim Boehmer, had the following comments about the recognition of Wayne Van Veldhuizen:
“I can’t begin to list all that Wayne has done for our athlete program through the years. I know it includes time coaching basketball and track, announcing countless JV and varsity football games and working nearly every track meet for many years. He was our exchange zone guru for many years.
We have a number of people in town who say yes to helping at events and then go quietly about doing their job. Wayne is one of those people. He just likes helping and enjoys watching our kids perform. He keeps track of all our programs.
Wayne was one of the first staff members I met when I came to Lake Mills and I have respected his commitment to helping our programs and his desire to see our kids succeed. He was and is a behind the scenes guy and that is one of the main reasons I am so glad to see him get this award.”
Jim and Wayne will be receive their awards at half-time of the varsity boys basketball game this Saturday, Feb. 9.
“These two awards are so well deserved by two people who just want to help our kids. But now, I get to publicly recognize their efforts. These awards are great for our entire community. For Lake Mills to get two honorees is a symbol of how great our school and community truly are. Well done, Jim and Wayne and well done Lake Mills,” said Boehmer.