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Principal Raeann Huhn Receives National Catholic Educational Association Leadership Award

Principal Raeann Huhn, who has served St. Francis High School for 38 years (including 20 years as principal), received the 2024 National Catholic Educational Association "Lead. Learn. Proclaim." Award.

Ms. Huhn is one of 11 recipients nationwide to receive this award for outstanding work being done in Catholic education across the country.

The awardees are a mix of leaders, teachers, pastors, and superintendents who are entrusted with the faith formation of students in Catholic school communities.

“Our LLP honorees tirelessly carry out the mission of faith formation deeply invested in the students, the schools, and their ministry,” said Lincoln Snyder, NCEA President/CEO. “Together, let’s honor them for doing the Lord’s work as true servant leaders.”

Ms. Huhn’s career at the school began in 1985 when she was hired as a Business Education teacher. From 1990-1998 she served as Business Department Chair, then Assistant Athletic Director for four years, Director of Athletics for two years, Assistant Principal for six years, and then Principal since 2004. She also coached cheerleading and girls and boys tennis.

“I am honored and humbled to receive this recognition,” Ms. Huhn said. “It is a privilege to partner with the amazing St. Francis High School community and support our outstanding faculty, staff, and students in my role as principal.”

It has been a particularly exciting year for the school. In addition to Ms. Huhn’s national recognition, the school also received the U.S. Department of Education’s National Blue Ribbon School Award, its girls volleyball team celebrated a back-to-back state championship win, and the school is also celebrating its 7th consecutive year as a Microsoft Showcase School.

Phil Kerr, SFHS President, said of Ms. Huhn and the award: "I would like to personally congratulate Ms. Huhn for her achieving this highly prestigious national award. Under her nearly 40 years of leadership, she has fulfilled St. Francis High School's mission of developing Catholic, faith-filled young adults. At the same time, the school has transformed from a well-kept secret on a community level to a powerhouse academic, athletic, and performing arts school now recognized as a top 1% premier school in the United States. This is a perfect testament to a career of dedication to our special school. Well done, good and faithful servant!"

The full biographies for the awardees are on the NCEA website here: 2024 NCEA Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Awards.