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2010 GHHS Hall of Fame Inductees To Be Honored


A Kendall College art professor and painter of national renown.  A Harvard Medical School assistant professor, researcher, and oncologist. A major league baseball player. The medical director of a prominent cancer center. A Chief Judge. The founder of a stock brokerage. A Harvard MBA and chairman of an international manufacturing company. Two effective and beloved teachers. A sports journalist. An All-American diver who built a storied college swim program. A war hero who returned home to lead a company. A decorated air force pilot. An undefeated football team and a dedicated team doctor.

What do all of the above have in common? Grand Haven High School.  And the 2010 Grand Haven High School Hall of Fame, which will induct them—16 people and one team--on Saturday, November 6 during ceremonies at Grand Haven Community Center.

Dan Martin, President of the Grand Haven Schools Foundation, which launched the GHHS Hall of Fame in 2008, said that all of the inductees were supported by family, community, and schools on their lifelong journey of success.  “A successful community honors its past, supports its present and inspires its future,” he said.

Martin noted that the driving force behind the Hall of Fame is to keep the community focused on creating the next generation of achievers, beginning with quality early child education.  Since 2004, GHSF has been raising funds for preschool scholarships as well as supporting the development of an effective preschool program in the Tri-Cities community.

Before they are honored at Saturday night’s induction dinner, inductees have been asked to share their experiences with today’s GHHS students. On Friday, November 5, artist Jon McDonald will visit art classes, Doctors Kathryn Alguire and David Boruta will visit science classes, Dr. Larry Poel will visit physical education classes; Judge Susan Jonas, teacher Michele Shelton and Coach Robert Kent will speak in social studies classes, Lynne Sherwood and Len Anderson will talk to math and finance students, and the undefeated 1953 football team will don its old jerseys for a photo with the 2010 Buccaneer football team. After finishing their class work on Friday morning, inductees will join members of the Grand Haven Area Public Schools Board of Education for a lunch hosted by GHHS principal Scott Grimes and Superintendent of Schools Keith Konarska.

Although the inductees cannot speak to every class, the entire GHHS student body will get to share in the Hall of Fame excitement when the 2010 Hall of Fame “lip dub” video will premiere simultaneously on the school’s classroom video screens during first period. Choral Music Director Shirley Lemon, GHHS social studies teacher Mary Jane Evink, TV5 producer Dennis Threadgill, along with  nearly 200 GHHS students, participated in the production of the lip dub on Saturday, October 23 at GHHS.  After it premieres at GHHS next Friday, the video will be posted at www.youtube.com.

On Friday night the 2010 Hall of Fame will gather with friends, family and members of the community at a reception hosted by JSJ Corporation at its Grand Haven headquarters.
Both the informal gathering on Friday and the dinner and ceremony on Saturday have received generous financial support by many area companies. Event partners are JSJ Corporation , Shape Corporation, and Mary Jacobson. Category Partners are Varnum Law, Harbor Industries, Northwestern Mutual, Monarch Holdings, and Scholten Fant.  Supporting Partners are Automatic Spring Products, Centennial Securities, Klaassen Family Funeral Home, Shoreline Sport & Spine, and West Michigan Roofing and Construction. 

Food for both evenings is being donated and prepared by a host of local eateries and caterers: Kirby House (Hall of Fame dinner sponsor), The Grand Seafood & Oyster Bar, Graeter’s Ice Cream, Panera, Santo Stefano del Lago, Carol & Company, Consider It Done/Desserts by Design, Edible Art Catering, Fricano’s Pizza, Porto Bello Restaurant, Two Tonys, Sweet Temptations, and Mugs Party Store.

The Honorable Edward Post, Chief Judge of the 20th Circuit Court, will serve as Master of Ceremonies at Saturday’s awards dinner. A new exhibit of 12 paintings by inductee Jon McDonald, entitled “Slavery’s Chill,” will be hung in the Community Center’s upper hall for viewing by dinner guests during the social hour, which begins at 5:30, and McDonald has donated a painting to be auctioned that evening to benefit Grand Haven Schools Foundation. McDonald’s exhibit will remain at The Grand Haven Community Center through November for viewing by the public.

For more information on the Grand Haven High School Hall of Fame or Grand Haven Schools Foundation, visit www.ghsf.org or search Grand Haven Schools Foundation/ Hall of Fame on Facebook.