On May 26th, 2016, Colonel John C. Church Jr. of the United States Marine Corps came to visit A. J. Katzenmaier Academy alongside a number of other Marines who volunteer at The Academy as The Marines and AJK partner in the Adopt a School Program. The Colonel’s presence on this day was different as he was not there to volunteer. Colonel Church presented Principal Michael Grenda with a Commendation for Outstanding Achievement in Performance of Duties. Principal Grenda was not only presented with a certificate but a coin from The Colonel. The coin is an acknowledgement of excellence on behalf of Principal Grenda’s outstanding motivation and dedication to duty as it reflected credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of The Marine Corps and The United States Naval Service.