CORUNNA — Dr. Walker Foland has been selected as this year’s distinguished alumnus from Corunna High School.
Walker will address the class of 2019 during graduation Sunday.
“It’s an honor to receive an award for distinguished alumni from Corunna. I feel that Corunna has produced a lot of excellent and successful people, and to be considered one of them is flattering. I plan on talking to the class of 2019 about what to expect in the real world. I want to give them some tips to enable them to seize opportunities and not be afraid to pursue their goals,” Foland said.
To be considered as a nominee for the award, a recipient has to meet a number of criteria according to the high school including:
n Having graduated from Corunna High School at least 10 years ago.
n Be involved in Corunna Public Schools or the school district in which the nominee resides.
n Have significant career achievements, dedication, and commitment demonstrated within his or her profession.
n Demonstrate outstanding community service and leadership. This person should be someone who has significantly benefited his or her community through active participation in volunteer activities, government, or civic organizations or devoted time and effort toward activities that benefit the general public, with a specific focus on education.
n Demonstrate in daily life the importance of adhering to and modeling positive values.
“We are fortunate to have Dr. Foland address the class of 2019. He is a shining example of what Corunna students accomplish after they graduate from CHS. I can’t wait to hear the advice he will offer our students,” Corunna Schools Superintendent John Fattal said.
Foland has fond memories of time growing up in Vernon and attending Corunna High school.
“It was an awesome experience. The teachers and staff in Corunna schools were like a family. I always felt supported and cared for. Some of my best memories were going to football games on Friday night and just being kids. My time participating in Odyssey of the Mind (OM) through Corunna was foundational to my adult life. OM taught me to think on my feet and rely on my intellect and creativity to solve problems. As an emergency physician, this has come in handy more than once and has certainly saved lives,” he said.
Foland graduated from Corunna Public Schools in 2002 and attended Michigan State University, from which he graduated summa cum laude from Lyman Briggs College with a degree in human biology.
He then went on to attend medical school at Michigan State University and, after graduation, he completed a four-year emergency medicine residency.
Foland became certified through the American Board of Emergency Medicine and then pursued additional training in tactical medicine through the Department of Homeland Security’s Counter Narcotics and Terrorism Operational Medical Support.
He also completed special deputy training through the Saginaw County Sheriff’s Office and then joined the Saginaw County Emergency Services Team.
Foland is a medical operator on the Saginaw EST team, an attending physician at Covenant Emergency Department and chairman of its ER Safety Committee.
In 2018, Foland was named emergency medicine physician of the year by the Michigan College of Emergency Physicians and later appointed to the State Board of Medicine and Surgery by then-Gov. Rick Snyder.
Foland is a contributing author to multiple textbooks in tactical and emergency medicine and is a nationally recognized podcaster on ER CAST and Emergency Medicine Reviews and Perspectives.
Foland was nominated by Peggy Friess, whose nomination letter notes, “I have known Dr. Foland since he was a student at Corunna Middle School. He has worked hard and has achieved every goal he has ever set for himself. He wears many hats and wears them all with style and grace. I cannot think of a better ambassador for this special honor. He is a Cavalier that we were proud of as a student and now for all the good he does in his community and across the state of Michigan.”