2017-05-17 / News

School districts name Friends of Youth for 2017


Don Twiss Don Twiss Each year at the annual Thumb Track and Field Meet opening ceremonies, Sanilac school districts honor local citizens who have made significant contributions to youth through the years.

These are the honorees who will represent their districts on Tues., May 30, at the meet in Caro.

Brown City

Coach Don Twiss is no stranger to Brown City track. Returning for his second stint as the Brown City High School track coach, Twiss previously served as the boy’s track coach for many years, winning league championships in 1986 and 1988.

In 1988, Coach Twiss was chosen Blue Water Area Coach of the Year. In 2000, his Green Devils team earned Sanilac County and regional championships and placed fourth at the Michigan Track Meet.

Twiss coached Brown City’s first individual state champion, Garnett Kohler, vaulting him into a finalist position as the State Coach of the Year.

Nicole Falls Nicole Falls During his 31 years (1971-2002) in the classroom, he also earned championships as the varsity volleyball and football coach. A career highlight also included a trip to the semi-finals of the high school football playoffs in 1997.

Coach Twiss has three grown children — Tracy, Jamie and Scott — and is the very proud grandfather to Alice and Aiden.

Carsonville-Port Sanilac

Nicole Falls is the Class of 2017 and was the Class of 2014 sponsor.

She spends countless hours working for seniors and the entire school. Falls is the “goto” person to help out at any event. From ticket booth, to clocks, to books, she is always willing to help with anything that needs to be done. In addition, she often donates her incredibly delicious baked goods.

Falls is mother to two current CPS students and one alumnus.

Peg Regan Peg Regan Croswell-Lexington

Peg Regan is finishing her 30th year as an educator this spring. She has been a resident of the Croswell-Lexington School District her entire life. She first wore the Pioneer royal blue as a successful student athlete.

She then attended Central Michigan University, where she obtained her teaching degree. She was assigned to student teach at Imlay City and was hired by Cros-Lex Schools directly from that position.

She has taught advanced math classes and has coached junior varsity and freshmen girls basketball and track all of her tenure.

Her win/loss record has been one of the most successful in the school’s history, while maintaining a high level of character and demanding the same of her athletes. Regan has also been a friend to youth through her work at the Croswell Wesleyan Church.

John Tanton John Tanton She has been on the Thumb Track & Field Meet of Champions Board of Directors, and it is notable that this year she will have a dual role as honoree and servant.

Croswell-Lexington Schools will miss her presence and dedication as she moves to the next phase of her life traveling with her husband, Tim.


John Tanton has been selected as the 2017 Friend of Youth recipient by the board of education. He has been a lifelong resident of Deckerville and has made crop farming his choice of occupation.

He is married to Lynnette and they have three children, Travis, Kristin (Tom), Timmy and grandson Oliver.

Tanton served on the Deckerville School Board for 20 years, some as board president, and as a Deckerville representative on the Sanilac County ISD Board for 12 years.

Nancy Schaub Nancy Schaub He has always taken pride in the school, whether it was working with the children, improving school facilities, or developing fiscal policies that would benefit students and programs for future years.


Nancy Schaub has been named the 2017 Friend of Youth for Marlette.

Schaub and her husband Steve have been married for 38 years and have lived in Marlette for 31 years. They have three children and four grandchildren. Schaub has run a flourishing day care center for 22 years, caring for more than 50 Marlette students.

She has devoted hundreds of hours preparing meals for team dinners, proms, dinner dances, the Senior Tea and Team Connor Night.

She has also spent countless hours in bleachers as a spectator and has put in many hours working at concession stands, helping during the summer recreation program and numerous dance recitals throughout the years.

Julia Cramer Julia Cramer Schaub thanks the teachers in Marlette each year by sending in meals during teacher appreciation week. She has touched the lives of many students in Marlette.


Julia Cramer has been a friend to the youth of Peck for 20 years. She has taught many subjects and age levels and currently teaches literature arts in the high school, including an innovative and popular creative writing course.

During her career, she has initiated a travel club, reading faction and planned numerous field trips, including to Washington D.C.

Cramer coached varsity track, junior varsity volleyball, varsity golf and the language arts team. She has served as class and student council advisor and even sang at baccalaureate and band events.

You can see Cramer at most Peck athletic events photographing student athletes for the local papers or to share with the athletes and their parents. She donates books to the district media center and volunteers for the Sanilac County food distribution.

Michael Carmean Michael Carmean Sandusky

Michael Carmean has led Sandusky Community Schools as its Superintendent for the past seven-and-a-half years. At the end of this school year he is retiring after a 39-year educational career.

During his career, he has taught mathematics, computers, and driver education, coached basketball and softball, and refereed basketball for 20 years. He has been principal at Meachum Junior High School in Millington and principal of New Lothrop Jr/Sr High School.

Carmean holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University, a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point, and an educational specialist degree from Michigan State University.

He and his wife Judy have been married for 38 years and enjoy their two adult children and their spouses.

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