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Mount Marty College Recognizes Family of the Year


Published Date12\13\2012
Mount Marty College recognized the Vandersnick family of O'Neill, Nebraska as the 2012-13 family of the year at the College's family weekend held in early November.

The Family of the Year decision takes into consideration a set of criteria. Generosity in home community or the MMC community, commitment to Christian Values, ability to touch the lives of many people, and the involvement of the family with Mount Marty College and it's loyalty to the instruction and their church and civic involvement.

The Vandersnick's, Leo and Stacy, have a daughter, Tiffany, which is currently a senior nursing major at Mount Marty. Their older daughter, Ashley Wiebelhaus, was also a 2010 graduate of MMC and another sister, Heather, is a junior at Wayne State College.

The Vandersnick's exemplify all that the College and committee were looking for in the Family of the Year. Mrs. Vandersnick is a small business owner in O'Neill, Nebraska and taught CCD for many years in their local church parish along with volunteering as a lector, a member of the choir, an EMHC member, and a Christian Mother's member. Mr. Vandersnick is a liquid fertilizer manager at Central Valley Ag, is an usher at their church parish, and a third degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus. Among their many volunteer positions they still find time to open their home and provide Respite Care, as a part of the foster care system.

Mount Marty College Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs, Sarah Carda, is pleased with this year's family of the year choice. "The Vandersnick's couldn't be a more deserving family of this honor. They give greatly to their community and others and those traits have easily been passed down to their children. Both Ashley and Tiffany gave a lot of to the MMC community. Being involved and serving others seemed to be a way of life for them. It really is a blessing for Mount Marty to have families, such as them, as a part of our community."

The Family of the Year was honored with a plaque at a special brunch during family weekend which was held October 26-27th.