A longtime and award-winning Winona teacher has been selected to serve as Grand Marshal for this year's Steamboat Days Grande Parade.
The Steamboat Days festival Committee has chosen Luke Merchlewitz to lead the parade on Sunday, June 23rd.
Merchlewitz has taught at the W-K elementary school for 25 years and has been an adjunct faculty member with Winona State University since 2005. He was the Winona Teacher of the Year in 2009 and a Minnesota Teacher of the Year top ten finalist in 2010. He was also a Minnesota Teacher of Excellence.
Merchlewitz is well known for his volunteer rolls over the years with more than 20 nonprofit organizations.
Steamboat Days runs from June 19th through the 23rd.