Service to GHAPS/Society – Class of 1962
Sharon Yonker graduated from GHHS in 1962, and she is truly a lifetime Buccaneer. Her love for others and the GHAPS community has made the Grand Haven school district a better place for all.
After graduating from Central Michigan University in 1966, Yonker taught various grade levels at a variety of schools. Her most fulfilling teaching position, however, was at Elliot School and Central High School, teaching alternative education. Yonker excelled in helping her students succeed in this setting, working tirelessly to develop unique strategies to help students learn, with the ultimate goal of helping all of “her kids” graduate.
Yonker made a tremendous impact in the lives of her students, both in and out of the classroom. If students needed help with their studies or someone to listen, Yonker was there. If they needed food, she fed them. If her students needed a ride, she made sure they arrived safely at their destination. Her commitment and dedication to her job and her students was unrivaled, and the impact she made on so many students is unparalleled.
Not content to relax after retiring in 2005, Yonker continued her passion for helping others. She continues to support, develop and contribute to GHAPS and the entire Grand Haven Community without the need for pay or recognition. Most nights during the school year, she can be found transporting sports fans in the GHAPS golf cart between the parking lot and the sports fields.
Yonker’s work is still not done, and the list of contributions she has made to the entire Grand Haven community is lengthy. She serves as the Buc Boosters Membership Committee chairperson, sells tickets at nearly every home sporting event, assists with the Buc Open fundraiser each year, and knits hats for students in need.
Perhaps Yonker’s greatest contribution is her involvement in BUCS Pride, an organization that helps local families who are affected by cancer. She is one of the founding members of BUCS Pride, and spends countless hours organizing purple shirt games at GHHS, selling t-shirts to support her cause, and doing everything she can to help those battling cancer in our community.