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Shorewood School District To Honor Distinguished Graduates at Awards Day
Posted 03/15/2017 12:43PM

Five Shorewood High School alumni to receive Tradition of Excellence Awards on April 28

SHOREWOOD, WI – Shorewood School District will honor five graduates next month for their achievements and service to their communities at the Shorewood Tradition of Excellence Awards Day.

Shorewood alumni Lori Kathryn Holton (Class of 1987), Nick Kalt (Class of 1996), Howard Kissel (Class of 1960), and Tom and Sue Rebholz (Class of 1958) will be recognized during a special day-long event at Shorewood High School on April 28, which will include an awards ceremony at an assembly for all students, a luncheon, a tour of campus, and a reception sponsored by the Shorewood Alumni Association.

"We are proud to honor these Shorewood alumni who truly embody some of the outstanding traits that we hope to instill in our graduates, and help our students understand the importance of service to their community," said Shorewood Schools Superintendent Bryan Davis.

Established in the year 2000, the 100th anniversary of the Village of Shorewood, the Tradition of Excellence Awards are bestowed upon Shorewood High School graduates or faculty who have distinguished themselves in a diverse range of areas, including community and public service; science, engineering, and technology; medicine and public health; the arts and humanities; business; government and political service; education; military service; philanthropy; and other professions committed to serving others. Previous honorees include Chief Justice William Rehnquist and U.S. Congressman and Secretary of Defense Les Aspin, among others.

The 2017 Shorewood Tradition of Excellence inductees are:

Lori Kathryn Holton (Class of 1987)
Lori Kathryn Holton came to Shorewood High School unconventionally, via a Shorewoood Players audition for The Fantastics. Drama Director Barbara Gensler didn't give Lori a role, instead she gave her a high school. Lori played The Narrator, Amanda and Aldonza, in addition to directing and choreographing AFS Showcase, before graduating from SHS in 1987. Later, she played Cinderella, Babylove and Raymonde before graduating from The Boston Conservatory cum laude in 1991. After college Lori found her true calling touring with Music Theatre Workshop, performing for children at risk in Chicago Public Schools. She honed her craft working with the likes of Hal Prince, Bea Arthur, Harry Lennix, and Barry Manilow. Then in 2004, she launched Miss Lori's CAMPUS and "Miss Lori" was born. By 2006 she became a national delight as the first-ever live host of the "PBS Kids Preschool Block." For the last 10 years MLC has partnered with WTTW Chicago, creating 3 original concert tours and a series of PSAs. CAMPUS also has a DVD, live-action musical, award winning CDs and a forthcoming book series called "Little Miss Lori; Adventures in 5 Year Old Living." Miss Lori is a sought after connector who strengthens bonds between families, brands and causes, with blog posts on MissLori.TV and, and through live and social media engagement. Like her parents, Charles and Carol Holton, Miss Lori's mission is to improve the overall health and wellness of children and their families. A mother of three herself, (Skyler, Kaiann and Jaedyn), Miss Lori understands the need for strong role models. She is grateful to SHS for helping her become just such a role model and hopes her work will continue to inspire others to be the best version of themselves each and every day.

Nicholas Kalt (Class of 1996)
Nicholas Kalt was born on October 12, 1977 in Milwaukee, WI, to Joy and Christopher Kalt. He has one younger brother, Vincent. He attended St. Robert's grade school and Shorewood High School, graduating in 1996. After graduation, he attended the United States Naval Academy. While there, he played on the Club Rugby Team, earning All-American honors in 1999. He graduated with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Systems Engineering in 2000. At that time, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. During his time in the Marine Corps, Mr. Kalt was stationed in Camp Pendleton, CA. He was deployed to Iraq once in 2004 as a platoon commander for a platoon of Combat Engineers. While there, he received wounds that eventually led to his medical retirement from the USMC. He retired in 2006 at the rank of Captain. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V," and the Combat Action Ribbon. Upon leaving the armed forces, Mr. Kalt was hired as a firefighter with the city of Long Beach, CA. He has recently been promoted to the rank of Captain. He and his wife, Katy, currently reside in San Clemente, CA.

Howard Kissel (Class of 1960)
Howard Kissel graduated from Shorewood High School in 1960. During his years at SHS, he served as Editor of Ripples, the student newspaper, and found the inspiration for his future professional career through his involvement with the Shorewood Drama Department. Among the roles he played in the Theater Program were Ebenezer Scrooge in The Christmas Carol and Otto Frank in the Diary of Anne Frank. He graduated from Columbia University in New York in 1964 with a degree in Theater and English. He received a Creativity Fellowship from Columbia and spent the following year traveling through Europe working in Theater Companies. He then attended Northwestern University-Medill School of Journalism where he received his Master's Degree. He was inducted into The Northwestern-Medill Journalism Hall of Achievement 20 years after graduating. Howard was the Chief Drama Critic of the New York Daily News for 20 years. Prior to that, he served as the Arts Editor for Women's Wear Daily and "W" Magazine for 15 years, reviewing films, books, classical music as well as theater and interviewed a great number of luminaries in all of the arts. He also had a blog with The Huffington Post after retiring from The Daily News. He was the author of "The Abominable Showman," an unauthorized biography of David Merrick, "Stella Adler the Art of Acting," and" Words with Music," all published by Applause. He was the only person to have been President of both The New York Drama Critics' Circle and the New York Film Critics' Circle. He served on the jury for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and appeared on numerous TV shows, including the Today Show and the David Susskind Show. In 1980, he played Woody Allen's manager in the film "Stardust Memories." Howard Kissel passed away on February 24, 2012. On the night of his funeral, the Lights on Broadway were dimmed in his memory. All of the Theater Marquis went dark simultaneously to honor him—a very unique honor, particularly for a critic! He was also inducted into the "Off Broadway Hall of Fame." Howard Kissel's sister, Judy Kissel, will represent him at the Shorewood Tradition of Excellence Awards Day.

Tom and Sue Rebholz (Class of 1958)
Tom and Sue Rebholz have been forces for extraordinary service in the Shorewood community for over 40 years. They grew up in Shorewood and graduated from SHS in 1958. After graduating from SHS, they attended the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee together and were among the prom royalty in 1961. They graduated from UWM in 1963, married that same year, and settled in Shorewood. Their three children all attended Shorewood schools (Atwater, Shorewood Intermediate School, and SHS). Tom Rebholz served the Shorewood Schools for nearly his entire education career as teacher, coach, and athletic director. Sue Rebholz was a volunteer in Shorewood's elementary classrooms for decades, teaching Choral Reading to an entire generation of Shorewood children, and has also volunteered with numerous Shorewood community organizations, including the Shorewood Historical Society. Tom and Sue have attended church in Shorewood at Lutheran Memorial Chapel. They volunteered their time to support many village and school activities, and co-founded and chaired the Shorewood Arts & Crafts Fair fundraiser, running the event for 16 consecutive years. This annual event is still going strong and continues to be a major fundraising event in the community. They have been involved with organizing Shorewood class reunions for the Class of '58 and have led tours of SHS and the village. Tom and Sue have also served as Grand Marshals at Shorewood 4th of July parades. Together, they have dedicated their time and effort to help make Shorewood a better community.

The 2017 Shorewood Tradition of Excellence honorees were nominated by peers, staff, and students, and selected by a small committee comprised of Shorewood graduates, former administrators, and current staff. The Shorewood Alumni Association is sponsoring a special reception for the honorees, which will be open to Shorewood alumni and community members. Shorewood High School students and staff will also have the opportunity to meet the honorees over the course of the day.

For more information about the Shorewood Tradition of Excellence Awards, please contact Katelin Watson at or Ted Knight at

For more information about the Shorewood Alumni Association sponsored reception, contact

About Shorewood Schools:

The Shorewood School District, located just north of Milwaukee, has been nationally recognized for its tradition of excellence in education. Shorewood High School was ranked the #1 public high school in Wisconsin in 2013 by U.S. News and World Report and has been named a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. The Shorewood School District was ranked #4 among all school districts in Wisconsin by the 2016 Niche School Rankings. The Shorewood School District is comprised of a diverse student population, with 41 languages spoken inside its four schools. Students of color represent approximately one third of our student population. Approximately 80% of Shorewood's graduates go on to study at four-year colleges and universities. Shorewood High School was designed in the 1920s to resemble a college campus, with seven separate buildings housing classrooms and facilities. The Shorewood School District is proud to have many famous distinguished alumni, including Chief Justice William Rehnquist and U.S. Congressman and Secretary of Defense Les Aspin, among others. Learn more at

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