Don Anderson

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Don Anderson

Honorary Award for Service to Grand Haven Area Public Schools

Although his high school years were not spent in Grand Haven, Don Anderson’s leadership helped Grand Haven students realize success in their educational journey.

Don served as the vice principal for Grand Haven High School from 1968 to 1994. During his years of service, he was regarded as a fair disciplinarian and counselor to the student body who affectionately called him “Ace.” Even after retiring in 1994, he later returned to serve as interim principal of GHHS.

Outside his administrative role, Don coached track and launched the Grand Haven High School cross country program. In fact, a cross country invitational is held in his honor each year. When he wasn’t coaching, Don also lent his voice to the announcement of Buccaneer football games.

Don has supported his community through serving on the board of the Ottawa County School Employees Credit Union, Lake Trust Credit Union’s advisory board, and as an elder for his church. Furthering his legacy of support for Grand Haven Area Public Schools, Don was a founding member and board member for the Grand Haven Schools Foundation.

John Angus, PhD

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John Angus, PhD

Career/Academic Accomplishments—Class of 1951

Dr. John Angus’ study of chemical engineering has been as complex and faceted as the field itself. A 1951 graduate of Grand Haven High School, John went on to earn a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan, followed in immediate succession by a master’s degree and a PhD in the same field.

John’s career has been dedicated to the study of natural materials and their conductive properties. His body of work has introduced new and ingenious tools and processes for science and industry as well as consumer electronics and equipment. Currently, John is an Emeritus Professor of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, where he is leading a study on charge transfer between objects of identical composition with varying size and surface roughness.

John’s body of research and published works span nearly five decades. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and has received many honorary academic acknowledgments, including an Honorary ScD and AIChE from Ohio University, where he is also a Fellow and member of the Electrochemical Society.

Richard Baldwin, PhD

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Richard Baldwin, PhD

Career/Academic Accomplishments—Class of 1959

Dr. Richard Baldwin has demonstrated his love for education and dedication to children with special needs throughout his illustrious career.

A 1959 graduate of Grand Haven High School, Richard went on to pursue a career in special education. He received both a bachelor’s of arts degree and a master’s of arts degree from Western Michigan University before completing his Doctor of Education degree from Kansas University in 1973.

Richard developed a passion for working in special education—specifically with hearing-impaired children. After many years of teaching young students, and upon completion of his doctoral degree, he went on to become an assistant professor at Kent State University and then at Texas Tech University.

In 1990, Richard was appointed as the Director of Special Education within the Michigan Department of Education, where his decades of teaching guided him to lead integration and inclusion efforts for special needs students. He retired in 1977 and pursued his dream of writing mysteries (21 to date).

During his career, Richard received numerous awards and commendations.

Michael Bont

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Michael Bont

Cultural/Performing Arts—Class of 1994

Michael Bont’s natural abilities in the visual and musical arts were realized early. As a student at Grand Haven High School, he excelled at art and even created a large-scale acrylic painting that won an award at Showcase. In his free time, he played in garage bands and developed his passion for music. During his junior year of high school, Michael saw a concert by Fugazi and realized his calling was to perform music.

Using a banjo he received for his twenty-first birthday, Michael taught himself to play by listening to Jerry Garcia, Earl Scruggs, and others. While attending Western Michigan University, he met like-minded musicians and formed Greensky Bluegrass, an acoustic bluegrass band.

Greensky Bluegrass developed a significant following, performing over 150 live shows each year and releasing eight albums since their formation in 2000. They have performed at national festivals and incredible venues, including the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado. They have opened and accompanied prestigious artists, including Natalie MacMaster, Bruce Hornsby, and Earl Scruggs, whose albums provided Michaels’s first music lessons.

Bob Constant

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Bob Constant

Athletic Achievement—Class of 1979

Known as “Bobby C.” in school, Robert “Bob” Constant has left a legacy through his athletic career at Grand Haven High School.

In football, Bob was a two-way player, starring as a tailback on offense and a safety on defense. He earned first team all-Lake Michigan Athletic Conference honors in both positions. In basketball, Bob averaged 17 points per game and set individual records for the most assists for a season and a career. Bob’s success in track was equally impressive, setting several sprint records that he still holds today.

Bob’s love of all three sports continued in college at Wisconsin Eau Claire and later, Hope College.

The hard work and commitment that drove his success in sports also helped his career. Bob worked his way from an entry-level position at TruGreen to Corporate Vice President. Later, he helped lead the ARS Company.

Tragically, after a courageous struggle with pancreatic cancer, Bob passed away on October 5, 2016. Like many of his sports records, Bob’s passion for excellence and drive are remembered today.

John Cox

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John Cox

Athletic Achievement — Class of 2002

John Cox’s contribution to Grand Haven High School sports is lasting, including several wrestling records that may be challenging to break.

John was a multi-sport athlete, competing in football, rugby, and wrestling, which was his true passion. His achievements in wrestling are abundant, including being Grand Haven’s first four-time state medalist (all-state), a 52-1 season record, and achieving a state championship in his weight class.

In addition to representing GHHS in wrestling, John was a Michigan Freestyle and Greco-Roman state champion, a member of the Cadet and Junior National Teams, as well as the winner of the prestigious Ironman World Wrestling Championship. At the National High School Coaches Association Senior Championships, he placed third in the country. John’s conduct in preparation for the contest and in competition itself has been proven meritorious time and again, earning him several of the top acknowledgments in the sport.

Upon graduation, John earned a full athletic scholarship to attend The United States Naval Academy, where he earned several honors for athletic abilities, outstanding leadership, work ethic, and competitive spirit. After graduating from the Naval Academy, John was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. Following his years of service, John earned his master’s degree from Boston University and began a career in medical equipment sales. Today, John lives in Upstate New York with his wife and three children, where he spends countless hours as a volunteer coach, helping youth realize their wrestling goals.

Sandy Huber

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Sandy Huber

Honorary Award for Service to Grand Haven Area Public Schools

For nearly fifty years, Sandy Huber has valiantly served and spoken on behalf of the youth in Grand Haven. As a special education teacher, and later an administrator, Sandy’s career with Grand Haven Area Public Schools spanned over thirty years (1974-2005). While teaching and leading, Sandy demonstrated her passion for life-long learning by earning two master’s degrees, one in special education and one in educational leadership. Known for her tireless commitment and willingness to challenge everyone to do “what was best” for students, her interest in the wellbeing of her students poured over into her free time as a volunteer and community leader.

Sandy’s service to the Grand Haven community has included board and committee roles with the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, the Grand Haven Schools Foundation, C.H.I.L.L., Tri-Cities Kiwanis, Greater Ottawa County United Way, S.C.O.R.E., Extended Grace, League of Women Voters, Lakeshore Environmental Education Program, and many others. Programs improving health, education, transportation, and countless other basic needs for Grand Haven students and residents have been developed and furthered through Sandy’s volunteerism and support. She is recognized by her oft-spoken response, “For you, the world,” a testament to her willingness to give her all to her neighbors and community.

Samantha Iyoha

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Samantha Iyoha

Athletic Achievement—Class of 2007

Samantha (Cook) Iyoha has been a star player on numerous teams throughout her athletic career, including four years on the Grand Haven High School soccer team and three years on the varsity volleyball team.

Samantha’s accomplishments include being a letter winner, plus all-conference, all-region, and all-district every year of high school. In addition, she received all-state honors two of her four years on the GHHS soccer team. As a three-time captain of the GHHS team, Samantha defined excellence in her defender-midfielder position.

Also during high school, she was part of Michigan’s Olympic Development Program (ODP) state and regional teams in 2006/2007, and was a member of the Grand Valley Soccer Club in the Super Y League, ranking second in Michigan and thirteenth nationwide.

Her post-high school soccer career continued at Michigan State University, where she played her way into the starting lineup by the second half of her freshmen year and started all nineteen games in 2010. In addition, Samantha played in the Summer W-League (semi-pro) Women’s Fire soccer team.

Dave Klaassen

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Dave Klaassen

Service to Grand Haven Area Public Schools and/or Society—Class of 1959

Even in his high school days, Dave Klaassen was serving his classmates through roles as “waterboy” and “equipment manager” for the football team. After high school, he became a licensed funeral director for Kammeraad Funeral Homes and later the Vice President of VanZantwick, Bartels, and Kammeraad Funeral Home. In addition to his full-time calling, he served with countless local nonprofits and civic organizations, including leadership positions with the Salvation Army, the Grand Haven Lions Club, the Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Grand Haven City Council, and the U.S. Coast Guard Festival Committee.

Behind the scenes, the list of ways Dave has served Grand Haven and the surrounding communities is too great to number, from capital campaigns to negotiating the purchase of Grand Haven’s first trolley and coaching Tri-Cities youth football or baseball.

Dave’s vision and fingerprints are evident everywhere in this community. In 2005, he furthered his legacy of caring for those dealing with the difficulties of losing a loved one by forming Klaassen Family Funeral Homes with his two sons, Scott and Kurt. In total, Dave has served as a funeral director for the Tri-Cities community for the past 57 years.

Dave’s many honors include recognition as the Jaycee’s “Man of the Year,” and recipient of the Salvation Army Others Award, Grand Haven Eagles #925 Outstanding Community Builder Award, and the U.S. Coast Guard Highest Civilian Medal of Honor.

Alison Miller

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Alison Miller

Athletic Achievement—Class of 1996

From the YMCA to the NCAA, sports played a prominent role in Alison Miller’s life. A three-sport athlete (basketball, volleyball, golf) and nine-time varsity letter winner while at GHHS, Alison was also a star in the classroom, graduating as class Salutatorian in 1996.

As a Lady Buccaneer, Alison was best known for her success on the basketball court. As a four-year starter and three-time team captain, she demonstrated skills that earned her several honors, most notably first team All-State and Honorable Mention All-American.

Alison started her collegiate career at Bowling Green State University. A fortuitous coaching change in Ann Arbor led to the opportunity to transfer to the University of Michigan for her sophomore season, where she went on to be the team’s starting power forward for three seasons. In her senior season, the Wolverines had the winningest record in the history of the program and earned a top 20 national ranking and NCAA tournament appearance.

In addition to her degree from Michigan’s Ross School of Business, Alison earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. She spent over a decade working in brand management at General Mills in Minneapolis before moving to Chicago to work for the Chicago Cubs. Today, she is the Chief Marketing Officer for a Chicago based private equity firm, Arbor Investments.