Since before she was named Kewaunee Schools superintendent in 2015, Karen Treml has been a vocal supporter of Kewaunee County.

Those efforts were recognized Wednesday as Treml was presented with the Vocal Local Award from the Kewaunee County Economic Development Corp., for embracing the principles of the Kewaunee County Buy Local Initiative: improving the quality of life through strengthening local businesses, improving job opportunities and keeping our dollars local.

Treml was flabbergasted to receive the award with an audience of 90 local business and government leaders looking on.

“I look around this room and see so many people deserving of this,” she said after the KCEDC annual meeting at the Rendezvous in rural Luxemburg. “I am so surprised.”

Jennifer Brown, KCEDC executive director, said Treml embraces the spirit of Buy Local.

“Everywhere I go she’s a voice for the local community. She also more than embraces the spirit of collaboration. She’s a joy to work with – you really are a megaphone for everything that is growing and making this community great, not just the Kewaunee School District, but making the county a great place to live.”

Treml thanked the organization and said she sees the three local school districts and the community at large “working together to make this community a better place for everyone.”