The award is one of the highest honors bestowed upon a citizen by the state. It is granted solely at the discretion of the governor to those who have uniquely brought admiration and respect to Indiana through their character and accomplishments.
Schulenburg has announced his retirement after a 44-year teaching career, of which 38 years were at Lutheran. A retirement party will be held at the school at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 10.
Michael Brandt, Lutheran’s head of school, made the presentation in front of about 325 supporters at the Downtown Sheraton.
Brandt, in reflecting on Schulenburg’s tenure, stated, “Carl’s impact of dedication, servanthood and compassion has impacted all of us. He truly puts the needs of students, parents, peers, administration, and community ahead of his own. The heartbeat of Lutheran High School is found in our mission to prepare students for Christian life while providing academic excellence.
“If you want to see the example of that heartbeat, spend some time with Carl and you will walk away touched by that very mission. What an honor it has been for all of us to have been blessed by the presence and impact of this distinguished Hoosier.”