John Laliberte of South St. Paul to receive Alumni Achievement Award

John Laliberte of South St. Paul will be a recipient of an Alumni Achievement Award from Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota on Saturday, Oct. 4, during Homecoming festivities. Laliberte, a 1974 alumnus of Saint John’s, is retired principal of the South St. Paul school district.
Laliberte devoted his entire career to the South St. Paul public schools, as a teacher, coach, dean and principal. Before retiring in 2010, he spent 16 years as principal at Kaposia Education Center, where he knew each of the 800 elementary students by name. He was known for motivating students to read. Students who met their goals have shaved his head, put him in a dunk tank, and transformed him into a human ice cream sundae. Laliberte has taken on an anti-bullying initiative in the community in his retirement.
Launched in 1983, the Alumni Achievement Awards recognize alumni who have been successful in their careers and/or active in church and community service. The awards are presented annually by the SJU Alumni Association Board of Directors and the university during Homecoming weekend. Each 20 through 50-year reunion class recognizes an individual classmate for his accomplishments. An awards presentation is part of each class reunion dinner.

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