Distinguished Alumni Award

2009 Recipient: Norman Messier

The Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award is presented annually to honor contributions of JSC Alumni to our society, through outstanding career and public service achievements.

Norman MessierNorman Messier, class of 1961, participated fully in college life as a member of the Newman Club, and by playing basketball, baseball, and soccer.  He was also active in dramatics and served on the Athletic Association.  Norm's teaching and coaching careers began in Highgate, and then as a guidance counselor at BFA Fairfax before moving to the Northeast Kingdom where he was a guidance counselor, supervisor of special education and, eventually, assistant superintendent for the Orleans-Essex School District in Derby Line.  Norm also found time to return to Johnson to earn a Master's in Education degree in 1984.

From 1985-96 he served as the superintendent of the Caledonia North School District and from 1996-98 he was the special education coordinator for the Concord School District.  His interests led him to community involvement and coaching soccer, basketball and baseball.  He was a referee and umpire at both high school and college levels.  Norm has also been active in the Babe Ruth League and is an international board member for Babe Ruth.  Ever the civic-minded individual, Norm has been a Legionnaire, a Lion and a Rotarian.  He has served his community on several boards and has been a Village trustee as well as Lister, Justice of the Peace and Moderator for the town of Lyndon.  He has also served as a trustee for Lyndon Institute and Lyndon Riverside School.