Wayland High School Scholastic Honors Night and  Alumni Hall of Fame Induction 

Wayland, MI – Wayland Union High School students will be recognized for their academic achievement at the annual Scholastic Honors Night/Alumni Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.  The event will be held onTuesday, April 19 at 7pm at the Wayland Union Fine Arts Center. 

The evening will honor high school students in grades 9-12 who have earned a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

Featured guest speaker is Katie (Hindenach) Stone who is a 2003 graduate from Wayland Union Schools and is currently a fourth grade teacher at Steeby Elementary School in Wayland.  She has her B.S. Degree from Central Michigan University and her Masters of Education in Instruction and Curriculum from Grand Valley State University. Katie also serves on the Social Studies and School Improvement committees.

The evening will also see two new members inducted into the Wayland Union Schools Alumni Hall of Fame – Cheri Ritz and Roger VanVolkinburg. 

Ritz has received many awards that include National Coach of the Year, MHSCA Coach of the Year, Regional Coach of the Year 7 times and District Coach of the Year 14 times.  Her accomplishments include 22 Conference Championships, 20 District Championships, 8 Regional Championships, 5 Final Four Appearances, and two State Softball Championships. She teaches physical education at Wayland Middle School and has coached varsity softball, varsity volleyball and varsity tennis.  She has coached varsity softball for 32 years and has been an athletic director for nine years.  

VanVolkinburg, a 1979 graduate, has served on the Wayland Union School Board, Education Foundation Board, Wayland Chamber board, Wayland Township Planning commission, and currently is the Wayland Township Supervisor and Chairman of the Local Revenue Sharing Board for the Gun Lake Tribe.  Roger and his wife Cynthia live in the Wayland area.  They have two daughters; Joy Stuive (WUS class of 1998) and Jamie Schumaker (WUS class of 2000) and two grandsons; Tyler and Austin Stuive, both who attend Wayland Union Schools.

The Alumni Hall of Fame award began in 2001 and receives nominations from the public.  Individuals must have made an important contribution to Wayland Union Schools, the WUS community, or to society in general.  

The public is invited to attend this special event.  

WUS Media Contact:

Laurie Zywiczynski
Director of Community Relations
Wayland Union Schools
(269) 792-2281 ext. 2811