Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame

In partnership, Hudsonville Public Schools and the Hudsonville Education Foundation established the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame to celebrate the achievements and talents of distinguished alumni. 

The Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made exceptional achievements in their field, selflessly served Hudsonville Public Schools, or uniquely contributed to their communities locally, nationally, or globally. The selection of these individuals intends to recognize and encourage a tradition of excellence, achievement, commitment, and dedication.

The categories of recognition are: 

  • Cultural/Performing Arts 
  • Career/Military Accomplishments 
  • Service to Hudsonville Public Schools/Community
  • Honorary Achievement – Contribution to Hudsonville Public Schools/Community 

Anyone can nominate a candidate for induction into the HPS Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.No self-nominations, please.

New inductees will be selected and honored annually. Commemorative plaques are presented to the inductee at the annual Eagles of Excellence Gala. Recognition of the distinguished alumni will be displayed on the Academic Wall of Excellence located in Hudsonville High School (currently under construction).

Nominees in the Cultural/Performing Arts, Career/Military Accomplishments, or Service to Hudsonville Public Schools/Community categories must have graduated from Hudsonville High School at least five years before nomination. Posthumous awards may be granted in all categories.

Each year, the Hudsonville Education Foundation Board of Directors will carefully review each nomination and select inductees. Nominees not selected for induction will not carry over into the following year. There will be a limit to the number of inductees that will be allowed per year. 

CATEGORY DESCRIPTIONS

Cultural and Performing Arts – This individual is a graduate of HPS and recognized for achievements in the cultural, visual, or performing arts and/or contributions to promoting cultural activities on a local, state, national, or global level.

Career and Military Accomplishments – This individual is a graduate of HPS and recognized for achievements in his or her profession, resulting in a direct and significant impact in his or her field. The nominee has demonstrated unique talents and/or accomplishments.

Service to Hudsonville Public Schools/Community – This individual is a graduate of HPS and recognized for service to the Hudsonville Public Schools or community or society by sustained example or contribution, and by serving as a significant influence in the lives of Hudsonville students or the community/society through acts of leadership.

Honorary Achievement/Contribution to the Hudsonville Public Schools/Community – This individual is recognized for service to the Hudsonville Public Schools by sustained example or contribution and by serving as a significant influence in the lives of Hudsonville students through acts of leadership. Hudsonville High School graduation is not a requirement in this category.

Deadline: Wednesday, April 13, 2022


Nominations are closed for 2022. 


HPS Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame

2020/21 Inductees
Henry Scholten
Dr. Elmer Vruggink
Ken Goff
Chief Kimberly Koster
Dr. Samuel Maluil

2019 Inductees
Steven Byle
Marshall Elzinga
Stanley Emelander
Howard Perrin

2018 Inductees
Larry Gemmen
James W. Serum
Kurt VanderSchuur
Thomas W. Warke

2017 Inductees
Dave Bolhuis
Esther Luttikhuizen
Marvin J. Overway
Dr. Robert Visscher
Dr. Harrison Visscher
Marcia Wierda