The Hatchet Fund

Bad Axe Public Schools and the Huron County Community Foundation proudly partnered in 2015 to form the Hatchet Fund. The Hatchet Fund is designed to benefit the excellent programs offered through the school.  School funds are a great way for alumni, employees, and communities to support local schools permanently by giving to an endowment. As long as the school exists, gifts to the fund will continue to provide additional funding to the district for field trips, athletics and other extracurricular activities, fine arts programs, technology updates, and much more.  The idea to start the Hatchet Fund came from the great people of the Bad Axe community who donate their time, talents, and money to our school programs.  In working with HCCF the process to donate is very simple and donors will know that their gift is going directly to help with the high quality education provided to our students.

The Hatchet Fund grant dollars are distributed through an internal application process and selected by the Hatchet Fund committee.  Teachers and student groups will apply for funding for special projects, equipment, or other educational aides that helps assist with student growth in and out of the classroom.  

If you would like to make a gift to the Hatchet Fund, checks can be made out to HCCF, writing Hatchet Fund in the Memo line, and send them to the Huron County Community Foundation at PO 56, Bad Axe. Gifts via credit card can be made online at huroncountycommunityfoundation.org.  HCCF is a 501(c)3 organization that can accept estate gifts, stocks, investments, gifts of land, and gift of crops. Please contact the Foundation for more details on supporting the Hatchet Fund at 989-269-2850. 

Hatchet Fund Grant Application

Click on the link to complete the Hatchet Fund Grant Application Form.

Hatchet Fund Grant Recipients

2023

Mr. Christian Snider

Mrs. Amanda Wessels

$250

$250

HS Art Studio Supplies

Confetti & Stars Project

2022

Mrs. Jessica Stirrett

$385

Ascent HS Sensory Soothing Supplies

2021

Mr. Don Schadd

$300

CNC Software

2020

Mrs. Autumn Swartzendruber

$250

Art Boosting Ceramics

2019

Mrs. Mary Booms

$160

Middle School Reading Enrichment Books

2018

Mr. Ron Johnston

$115

Middle School PE Archery Supplies

BAD AXE DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD

Alumni Recipients

Bad Axe Public Schools is honored to recognize the following individuals who have received the Bad Axe Distinguished Alumni Award.

Click Here for Complete Bio of Distinguished Alumni (in PDF)

2023

Mr. David Rapson

1968

2019

Mrs. Janice Holz

1960

Mr. Richard Etzler

1983

2018

Dr. Clark Herrington

1944

Mr. Leland "Jack" Rochefort

1951

2017

Mr. Richard Lee

1957

Mr. William "Bill" Tageson

1960

2016

Mrs. Cheryl (Rivard) Rice

1974

Mr. Donald Clark

1963

2015

Mr. George Haley

1966

Dr. E. Lea Schelke

1958

Mr. James Volk

1957

2014

Mr. Stephen Moore

1979

Capt. Thomas Otterbein

1966

Mr. John Rowland

1956

How do I nominate a Hatchet Alumnus?

1.  There are two ways to nominate- online or by completing paper form. Clink the link Distinguished Alumni Nomination (online or paper form) by scrolling back to the top of this webpage.

2.  Complete the nomination form by including:

  • Contact Information of the Nominee

  • Contact Information of the person nominating

  • Description of the alumnus' contributions to their community, profession, or to the state/nation.

3.  Nominations for the Alumni Award must be received by February 15 of that year for consideration.  Nominations will be accepted at any time and all nominations will be kept on file for future considerations.
4.  Nominations forms should be submitted to:       
           Bad Axe Public Schools
           Board of Education Office
           c/o Distinguished Alumni Committee
           200 N. Barrie Road
           Bad Axe, MI 48413

ONCE A HATCHET, ALWAYS A HATCHET!

Friends of Youth Designee

The Friends of Youth is a long standing tradition established in conjunction with the annual Thumb Meet of Champions in the sport of track and field.  Each year, districts from around the Thumb of Michigan select and honor an individual(s) who made a special contribution to youth and youth programs and is not restricted to athletic programs.  Those selected are then recognized as part of the Thumb Meet of Champions held in Caro, MI.  The following is the list of "Bad Axe Friends of Youth" who have earned this distinction representing Bad Axe Schools.

1987

Ervin Ignash

1988

John Blackstock

1989

Bill Walker

1990

Lee Kahler

1992

Virginia Jias

1993

Mike Cottick

1994

Rich Cook

1995

Larry Gavitt

1996

Larry Swackhamer

1997

Sue VanErp

1998

Mary Rapson

1999

Scott MacGregor

2000

Mike & Marge Romzek

2001

Lowell, Beth, and Dave McDonald

2002

John & Gayle Ferris

2003

Wayne Brady

2004

John Rowland


2005

Jeff Maurer

2006

Wayne Turmell

2007

Jean Kociba

2008

Dave & Jeanne Howard

2009

Tom Laity

2010

Neil & Connie Fitzgerald

2011

Don Clark

2014

Lynnette Coon

2015

Debra Kervin

2016

Rick & Lori Kociba

2017

Theresa Byrne

2018

Julie Morneau

2019

Mindy Breault

2021

Sharon Binder

2022

Mark Prescott

2023

Mark Krug

What is Distinguished Alumni Award?

Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes alumni who personify one or more of the following:
 

  • Service to their community

  • Serving as positive, inspiring role model to young adults and others in their community

  • Distinction in professional and personal life.

Each year's class of Distinguished Alumni are inducted as part of the High School Graduation ceremony.