The Excellence In Education event is a long-standing tradition at the community foundation where we recognize and honor the area’s top high school students who are graduating at the top of their classes. Each honored student is asked to select an educator who has had a significant impact on the student’s academic achievements and accomplishments. The educator may be any teacher from the student’s educational experiences, all the way from kindergarten to the present.

At the event, we recognize each student and educator, and the student is presented with a special medallion and certificate. Every year, our event is sponsored by the Alyce R. Erickson Fund. Vin Erickson was one of the founders of the foundation and served as the first president of our board of trustees. He and his wife, Alyce, cherished education and exemplified excellence in all that they did – they’d be the first to applaud the achievements and impacts of our students and educators.

As we couldn’t hold our event this year, we created a video to honor the students and educators instead:

View the video honoring the students and their educator



We’re proud of all of our community’s students and educators and are happy to honor the following this year:

Grand Haven High School

Student Educator
Kathryn Ackerman Nicole Tiefenbac
Juliette Beals Taylor Schriber
Hannah Brackenbury Derek Warner
Natalie Bremmer Elizabeth Gervais
Gregory Brown Abby Williams
Cole Buller Melissa Meyers
Tualatai Chamberlain Taylor Schriber
Alonna Clark Gary Knights
Claire Cowman Rachel Twa
Kate Criswell-North Angel Dean
Natalie Currie Joyce Pollard
Tatum Davis Mark Robertson
Matthew Dickinson Jason Klinger
Grace Doyon Bob Monetza
Gracie Endres Chelsea Bender
George Fullerton  
Jasmine Gard Daniel Newton
Jalen Greene Kathleen Kowalczyk-Fulmer
John Hager Iain Novoselich
Kiya Hammond Shelly Hammond
Chloe Kamminga Alex Harsay
Samantha Kasbohm Holly Michelli
Sarah Knoll Cindy Baker
Samantha Korecki Juli Dick
Luke LaMere Luke Anderson
Tahlia Lehmann Brian Williams
Olivia Perrier Jodi Heard
Lilja Plumert Iain Novoselich
Jenna Ray Melissa Richardson
Skyler Ruiter Kevin Howard
Jessica Skinner John Mauro
Ashley Slater Aaron Smaka
Olivia Striegle Beth Ferris
Jack Timmer Joe Nelson
Ryan Tongue Greg Huizenga
Eden Traub Annie Ratke
Catherine Weigle Penney Johnson
Samuel Woiteshek Sue Leary
Evan Yu Mark Londot
Megan Zelenka Irene Sipe


Spring Lake High School

Student Educator
Louis Addish  
Julia Bajt Sarah Peterson
Liam Beck Joseph Sinn
Erin Burke Susan Strobel
Thomas Callen Karl Sineath
Sophia Castagna Rondalyn Marron
Margaret Cooper Aaron Andres
Zoe Czadzeck  
Lauren DeRose Susan Sova
Clayton Glasgow Mike Truszkowski
Rose Henke Kelli Heavilin
Lauren Hewitt Lisa Schanhals
Rebecca Koratich Lisa Schanhals
Jack Lauinger  
Kevin Losee Lisa Schanhals
Mia McDermott Joesph Sin
Lydia Miller Karl Sineath
Muskaan Multani Karl Sineath
Hannah Powers Lisa Schanhals
Alexandra Reed Lisa Schanhals
Troy Sievertsen Lisa Schanhals
Charlotte Turner Laurie Draeger
Sophie Turner Ben Armey 
Trace Van Dyke Karl Sineath 
Elise Zander Karl Sineath 








Congratulations to all the students and educators!