Schwitzer Student Center at the University of Indianapolis was packed Monday evening as Southport High School’s Alumni Association held its annual scholarship banquet.
The organization awarded $56,250 in scholarships, which is about $5,000 more than last year. Sixty-two students were on the receiving end of those grants.
The evening also served to honor the school’s Alumnus of the Year, Dr. Philp C. Borst, and Teacher of the Year, Mike Klopfenstein.
Alumnus of the Year
A 1968 graduate, he earned his bachelor’s degree in agriculture and doctorate in veterinary medicine from Purdue in 1972 and ’75, respectively.
Borst took his first steps into politics in 1978 and was named one of the Outstanding Men of America. He served on the council from 1980 to 2007 and held the positions of minority and majority leader, vice president and president. He was the lead sponsor and author of such projects as the Marion County Forensic Crime Lab, the Marion County Criminal Justice Planning Council, Circle Centre Mall, the RCA Dome, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Lucas Oil Stadium and the expansion of the Indiana Convention Center. The council’s Councilman of the Year Award is named after him.
In addition, Borst has served on the executive committee of the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns and continues to lend his leadership skills to a number of community organizations, including the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association and the Big Ten men’s and women’s basketball tournament. He is a past vice chairman of the Indiana Sports Corporation, past board member of the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association and past secretary-treasurer of the Indianapolis Department of Waterworks’ board of directors.
Borst was presented the Purdue Alumni Association National Citizenship Award in 1996 for his outstanding commitment to the community and later was bestowed with the highest award from Purdue’s athletic department, the Club Diamond P Award.
As a founding member of Perry Senior Services, Borst is known for his service to the community. He has never stopped supporting Southport High, most recently contributing to the Feb. 15 gala that honored the school’s 1990 boys basketball team.
Borst, who honored Monday during the school’s scholarship banquet, and his wife of 35 years, Jill, reside on the Southside have two children, Alex and Eric.
Teacher of the Year
A 19-year educator who earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and master’s from the University of Indianapolis, Klopfenstein has spent the past 11 years at Southport, where he teaches journalism and English while advising the staff of the school newspaper.
As the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol expert, he assists teachers of English language learners. He has also taught developmental reading and photojournalism.
Active in extracurricular activities, Klopfenstein has coached the baseball team since his arrival and is the varsity assistant. He is the public address announcer for the varsity football and boys basketball teams and was co-director of the school’s after prom program from 2008-10.
Previously a seven-year teacher at Carroll High in Fort Wayne, he launched his career in 1997 at Bluffton High.
His wife, Heather, taught at Southport from 1997 to 2005.