Senior Scholars honored by GHACF

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On Tuesday, May 3, the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation hosted its annual Excellence in Education Event. The event honors the senior scholars from Grand Haven, Spring Lake, and West Michigan Christian High Schools. Held at the Spring Lake Country Club, the event includes dessert, followed by remarks from the Community Foundation, a keynote address, and presentation of awards.

The top academic seniors from each of the three schools are invited to attend, along with their parents and an educator of their choice. Each senior is presented with a certificate and a medallion to wear during their respective graduation ceremonies. The chosen educator receives a certificate bearing the name of the student who invited them to attend. During the presentation of the medallions, a handful of honored seniors were invited to speak briefly about their chosen educator, explaining how that person has impacted their pursuit of academic excellence. The chosen educators included teachers, coaches, and other mentors who may have impacted the seniors’ journey at any point during their lives.

As guests arrived, the Spring Lake Jazz Band entertained, and during a brief interlude between the opening remarks and presentation of the medallions, GOTAK, an Irish music ensemble featuring violins, guitar, and other instruments showcased their unique talents. The event was hosted by Mrs. Holly Johnson, the current president of the Foundation. Before the presentation of senior scholars, three individual scholarships were presented.

Mrs. Holly Johnson presents Tyler Strandberg with the Mary E. Wilsberg Scholarship.

Mrs. Holly Johnson presents Tyler Strandberg with the Mary E. Wilsberg Scholarship.

One of the recipients of the individual scholarships was Spring Lake senior Tyler Strandberg. Tyler earned the Mary E. Wilsberg scholarship for posting a 4.0 GPA, one of the top ACT scores in his class, and an extensive list of extracurricular achievements. The scholarship will help defray some of the costs for Tyler as he heads to the University of Michigan in the fall.

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Senior Scholars honored by GHACF