Outstanding alumnus winner Craig Sisson, left, poses with his award and Superintendent Jeff Haase.Craig Sisson gives a speech to the assembled students, parents and community members at Otsego Public Schools’ Honors Night after receiving the Outstanding Alumnus Award for 2015.

Otsego honors Craig Sisson as outstanding alum

Otsego Public Schools honored lifetime Otsego resident and 1963 Otsego High School graduate Craig Sisson with its 2015 Outstanding Alumnus Award.
Sisson received the award at the annual Honors Night for Otsego High School Thursday, April 23.
“I am very humbled to receive this honor,” he said.
In his remarks to the 267 students being honored that evening, he wanted to share with them the importance of the life lessons being instilled at Otsego schools, in addition to a quality scholastic education,
“The life lessons of personal responsibility, giving our best effort and being involved in causes bigger than oneself had the greatest impact on my life after OHS,” he said.
Now retired, Sisson is a well-known local businessman after spending 34 years with Nulty Insurance Agency in Otsego. He received the Otsego Chamber of Com­merce Business Person of the Year award in 2009 and also won the Lifetime Service Award for Com­munity Ser­vice in 2013.
Sisson has been an integral part of many initiatives in Otsego. He was a part of the planning and dedication for both the Otsego Area Vet­erans Memorial and the Otsego Historical Museum as well as the Bayberry Court Condominium project.
Sisson also served as a hospice volunteer when that program began in Allegan County.
He remains involved with the education of Otsego students as a mentor for at-risk students in the middle school and is a guest reader for elementary students at Dix Street Elementary School. He and his family amount to five generations who have been in, or are still in, the Otsego school system.
He said despite a lot of changes, the mission has remained the same.
“A lot of history has taken place; locally, schools have been built, schools have burned, administrators and faculty and staff have come and gone; school board members have come and gone; the pace of events has quickened and still Otsego schools educate kids.”
“They send them out into the world, some into positions of leadership and prominence in their chosen field, many to serve their country in uniform.
“The spirit of Otsego schools goes on and it all makes me proud and humble to be a part of the continuum.”
Sisson met his wife of 49 years, Lorna, at Otsego High School and they have two children and seven grandchildren.

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