Lasallian educators Otto Wild and Matt Owen '10 each received the Third Annual Carol Feltz Bluhm ’80 Award on Friday, Feb. 16, during halftime of the varsity girls basketball game in the Brick Oven.
The award, named for a standout alumna who died of cancer in 2014, recognizes teachers who go above and beyond their everyday duties by coaching, moderating, or leading an activity sanctioned by the Oregon School Activities Association. The award honors those who embody the mission of Lasallian education and demonstrate integrity, responsibility, servant leadership, and sportsmanship.
Mr. Wild, in his 22nd year at La Salle, serves as the school's music director, teaching choir, guitar, and religious studies, as well as leading vocal training for La Salle’s musical theater.
In his third year at La Salle, Matt Owen ‘10 teaches chemistry, and serves as an assistant coach of the varsity boys soccer team, and as a coach of the track and field team.
Both educators show the kind of commitment to students that Feltz Bluhm -- a basketball star, yearbook editor, and student leader during her time at La Salle -- "wanted to make sure we recognized" forever, said Andrea Burns '97, Vice President of Foundation & Major Gifts.
Carol's husband, Jim Bluhm, noted that coaches and moderators spend "hours and hours" leading practices, planning, and traveling to events so students can pursue their passions.
"She knew it could be a pretty thankless job..." he said. "But the impact the coaches have on the lives of their students and athletes is great. It definitely was for Carol."
Photo, above right: Matt Owen '10 and Otto Wild in the Brick Oven after receiving their awards.
Photo, bottom right: Carol Feltz Bluhm '80