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Deadline Extension: Two More Days to Submit Your Nomination!
Deadline Extension: Two More Days to Submit Your Nomination!
David Thomas
On Saturday, October 14, 2017, the GRA family from across the years will
join together for the Edmund E. "Bud" Field Hall of Excellence Recognition Ceremony,
highlighting awards for Distinguished Alumnus, Outstanding Athlete,
Distinguished Service and Distinguished Teacher.

Named in honor of Bud Field for his 35 years of exemplary service
at GRA as a teacher, dorm master, administrator, friend and mentor,
induction to the Hall of Excellence holds significant meaning.

Please consider nominating a special person in your life that has impacted GRA.
Nominations are kindly requested by Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

  • Must have graduated at least ten years prior to selection
  • Should be a respected leader in his/her profession, involved in career related activities
  • Should have contributed significantly through his/her profession or personal life to the betterment of society
  • Is recognized by the community as a positive role model for students
  • Must be a person of good character and high moral standards
Hall of Excellence Distinguished Alumnus Recipients include: Ed Puhl '70, Jan Kallay '66, Jonathon Epstein '79, James Habermas '80, Richard Lippitt '81, Gerald Laurain '73, Gerald Moroso '77, Andrew Rocco '95, Tim Crouch '65, Scott Stettler '85, John DeCato '80, Scott Berkey '70, Jim Gill '70, Sonny Rein '78, Michael Baranowski '86, David Kiros, Andrew Seifert Sr. '84, Brad Levy '73, and Dana Zezzo '86.

  • Must have been a member of the Grand River Academy faculty for at least two years
  • In your opinion, deserves special recognition for touching the lives of Academy students in the classroom, in the dormitory, on the athletic field, and/or in other areas of Academy life
  • Must be a person of good character and high moral standards
Hall of Excellence Outstanding Teacher Recipients include: Alicia Field, John Ginatos, David Kaderly, Larry Wilson, Mark Menzie, John Wooding, Joel Ferree, Richard Curry, Bob Archer, Brian Thomas, Barbara Wilson, Tom Kallio, Sonja Sargent-Robinson, Katy Studer, Louis A. DiFabio, Bill Thomas, Angela Thomas, Jed Trombley, and Brian Ballentine.

  • Must have graduated at least five years prior to selection
  • Must have a varsity letter in one or more sports at the Academy
  • Must have had a significant impact on the Academy's athletic program
  • Must have provided leadership to teammates
  • Must have excelled in statistical data during his participation
Hall of Excellence Outstanding Athlete Recipients include: Leon Hinz '80, Chris Scholl '73, Joseph Chemelli '68, Mike Velotta '72, Richard Nahra '89, Paul Bledsoe '78, William "Skeeter" Wholf '88, Rueben Mitchell '71, Clifford Ewing '69, Roger McCaughtry '64, Erick Kahn '85, James Kassouf '99, Sean Shearer '04, Aaron Tiknis '08, Michael Baker '08, Danny Piccirillo '94, and Stephen and Marc* Simon '05.

  • Is recognized for his/her commitment, dedication, and long term service to Grand River Academy
  • Must have made a significant difference to the life of the Academy
  • Must be a person of good character and high moral standards
  • Is recognized by the GRA community as a model citizen
  • Deserves special recognition for his/her "gifts" to the Academy
Hall of Excellence Distinguished Service Recipients include: Daniel Marty '76, Donna Clarkson, E. Terry Warren, Herbert Gates, Richard Rose, Scott Fisher '79, Carl Bauder, Melissa Nipper, Patricia Ensman, Mark Polzin, Ron Ross, Randy Blum, Jan Lenart, Patrick Geschke, Thomas and Clare Polak, Molly Smith, and Dick Rose.


To submit a nomination for the 2017 Bud Field Hall of Excellence Awards, please contact Assistant Director of Advancement & Alumni Relations David Thomas '11 at or 440-275-2811 ext 246.

Please prepare the following information:
  • Name of Nominee
  • Reason for Nomination
Nominations are kindly requested no later than Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Thank you!

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