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Grass Lake Alumni Association
Welcome to the web page for the Grass Lake Alumni Association. We are looking for features to add to the page that will be informative about Grass Lake alumni. If you have ideas about what to add to the site, contact Doug Moeckel ('74) by phone at 517-867-5544, or by e-mail at We look forward to hearing from you!

Grass Lake Alumni Association Board of Directors Officers
President - Judy Dorr VanPoperin
Vice President - Cindy Clark Payne
Secretary - Anna Loveland
Treasurer - Jim Howe

P.O Box 374
Grass Lake, MI 49240

E-Mail Address:

“Working together to support Grass Lake students
of the past, the present, and the future.”

Grass Lake Alumni Announcements
1929 Grass Lake Yearbook Offered for Viewing
Click here to find a PDF slideshow of the 1929 Grass Lake Schools yearbook. The yearbook was graciously loaned to us by Bill White and belonged to Bill's mother's sister, Clara Hewlett. It is definitely a treasure. Thank you to Bill and the White family for the loan. (Note that it is quite a large file, but after having opened it, you can scroll through it by hitting the down arrow on your keyboard.)
GLHS 1999 Grad Named Assistant Professor
Congratulations to 1999 Grass Lake High School graduate Bill Shaltis who was recently named as Assistant Professor of Percussion at ​the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis. He will begin his assignment this fall. Bill received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance from the University Missouri at Kansas City, and has been the principal timpanist for the Boise Philharmonic, as well as the New Hampshire Music Festival, while also serving as adjunct percussion instructor Missouri Southern State University. Congratulations Bill!

Aerial Photo Of Howard Stoker Memorial Field
This photo showed up in the School District’s Facebook feeds today. So many of us have so many memories at this wonderful location! This shot shows our Varsity Soccer Girls team playing a game in the past couple of weeks. Thanks to Jeff Gauntlett for sharing it with us.

Sioma and Kulwicki Continue to Succeed
Congratulations to 2012 GLHS graduate Emily Sioma, who was recently crowned Miss Stateline. Emily will graduate this year from the University of Michigan with a degree in Women’s Studies. Her platform that she advocates is organ donations. Emily has won the honor of competing in the Miss Michigan pageant after winning the Miss Jackson Crossroads Pageant.

Congratulations to 2010 GLHS graduate Ben Kulwicki, who recently received his Doctorate of Pharmacy degree with high distinction from Ferris State University. He will begin a pharmacy residency at St. Mary’s Health in Grand Rapids (part of the Mercy Health system) in July as he waits for his wife to graduate in December of this year with her Physician Assistant degree.

Best wishes to both of these individuals as they pursue their next endeavors.
Mailing Addresses for Grass Lake Scholarship Funds
P.O Box 374
Grass Lake, MI 49240
The Grass Lake Alumni Scholarship Fund receives donations to fund scholarships for Grass Lake High School students specifically for the purpose of advancing their education. These funds are directed to specific scholarship funds. The Alumni Association Board annually reviews scholarship applications and works to attribute the scholarship awards to the individual for whom the funds were donated.
Sandy Bromley

PO Box 795
Grass Lake, MI 49240
The Grass Lake Community Scholarship receives donations and uses investments to fund 8-10 scholarships ranging from $500 to $1000 to graduating high school seniors. The scholarship committee acknowledges the donor and the family of the person for whom the money was donated. Scholarship applications are reviewed each spring and the committee receives input from the High School Counselor. They are announced, in memory or in honor of the person, at senior awards night and also at graduation. Awards are printed in the The Grass Lake Times, as well as the Jackson Citizen Patriot.
Sandy Wolfinger

PO Box 394
Grass Lake, MI 49240
The Grass Lake Educational Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) educational resource founded in 1985. It is separate from the Grass Lake Community Schools and the Grass Lake Board of Education. The GLEF exists to provide additional sources of support for the students and staff of Grass Lake Community Schools. Gifts are acknowledged on our Foundation’s web page at and in our quarterly school district newsletters.
Dr. Ryle Kiser
John and Karen White Featured in MLive Story
GLHS graduate John White and his wife, Karen, are featured in a story about their return to the Jackson County Fair after a 40 year absence.
Bunny Leach Appears On "The Doctors" To Support Family
Recently 1971 GLHS graduate and author Bunny Leach appeared on “The Doctors” to announce her foundation’s donation and efforts to support a family stricken by cancer. The foundation is called the “Nicki Leach Foundation” for Bunny’s daughter, who tragically passed away due to cancer. Thank you to Bunny for her efforts to help this family, and others. You can see this particular “The Doctors” episode at You can find Bunny’s Facebook page at Bunny’s website is at
William DeBilzan Update, GLHS Class of 1974
1974 Grass Lake High School Graduate William DeBilzan continues to make his mark on the art world by painting five floors of murals on New York City’s newest hotel, a new Marriott Courtyard Hotel, which is now the tallest hotel in North America. The first link below talks about the hotel and mentions William in the article. The second link will take you to a YouTube clip describing Bill’s work at the hotel. The third link is Bill’s website, and the fourth link is Bill’s Facebook page. Congratulations to Bill on his fabulous work. Most recently he was able to attend the grand opening of the hotel and his work with family members that included his mother, Fran, and sisters Diane and Debbie.
“Throughout the property is original artwork, which includes sculptures and full wall murals by abstract expressionist artist, William DeBilzan. The artwork traverses five floors of the hotel and is inspired by New York City, as well as themes of love and life.”
William’s website:
William’s Facebook page: 

Michael Palmer Update, GLHS Class of 1972
Congratulations to GLHS alumnus Michael Palmer, Class of 1972, whose artwork has been accepted for inclusion and representation by the online Xanadu Gallery at The Xanadu Gallery is in Scottsdale, Arizona. 

Female Leaders Make Their Mark in GL Government
Grass Lake has a history of strong female leadership as early as 1947, as reported in the Jackson Citizen Patriot and the Grass Lake News. Despite no hot-button issues, voters propelled the Young Women’s Party of Grass Lake into power in Grass Lake Village in 1947-48. And it made national news. See the link for to see the entire story.
Grass Lake Alumni Registration Form
We are interested in knowing where you are at and what you are doing. Click here to fill out a registration form that will allow us to update our database and more easily contact you with alumni news and notifications of alumni activities. If you ever have questions, comments, or ideas, please contact Doug Moeckel ('74) at 517-522-5544, or at

Grass Lake High School Transcripts Now Easy to Access
Applying to college, transferring to another school, or confirming your education for employers is hard enough. So we've made it easy to send your official High School transcript to any college or organization. Now you can make a request through and they obtain approval from Grass Lake High School, format your information, confirm that the transcript was sent using postal mail or secure electronic delivery and, for institutions that accept electronic records, provide verification that your transcript arrived.
Graduation Composite Photos Now Available
Through the work of Sandy Bromley, Susan Solo, Brian Thompson, John Sullivan of Aireal Associaties, Jim Howe, and James Dameron, and others, a project to preserve Grass Lake High School's senior composite photos has been in progess. Many of the photos are displayed in the Schoolhouse Apartments and can be seen by appointment only by contacting Dick or Marlene Clark. More composites are stored at Grass Lake High School waiting for re-framing. 65 years of composite photos have been digitized and are ready to be made public. Click here to access a slide presentation of these photos, which begin with the graduating class of 1912. Click here to read about this project and find out what needs to be done yet. If you have suggestions, please contact Doug Moeckel at 517-522-5544, or by e-mail at

Grass Lake Educational Foundation Supporting Students
The Grass Lake Educational Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) educational resource founded in 1985. It is separate from the Grass Lake Community Schools and the Grass Lake Board of Education. The GLEF exists to provide additional sources of support for the students and staff of Grass Lake Community Schools. The GLEF Board meets monthly to discuss fundraising opportunities, current business, and to award mini-grants to staff members. If you have questions, or would like to make a donation, please call Superintendent Brad Hamilton at 517-522-5545. Please remember that the Grass Lake Educational Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization and, as such, donations qualify as charitable contributions on both the Michigan and Federal income tax returns. Click here to see a printable informational flyer for the Foundation.

GLHS Alumni Files
 GLHS Connections Obituaries
This service is provided to current and former Grass Lakers who may be interested in being informed of the passing of folks with connections to Grass Lake Schools.
Alumni Contacts
+ (Dorr) Van Poperin, Judy
+ Moeckel, Doug
Click on name to see details.

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