Outstanding Alumnus Award
2021 Outstanding Alumnus...Will it be you???
In 1993, The EFG established the Outstanding Alumnus Award. The award is given annually to candidates who meet the following criteria:
- Be a graduate of Greenville High School.
- Have been out of high school at least ten years.
- Have modeled citizenship by sharing their talents for the improvement of the quality of life for their community, and enhanced the development of youth. Note: career or business by itself is not necessarily a criteria.
The EFG selection committee will determine recipients based on the information provided. Those qualified nominees who are not selected will automatically be candidates for the following four years.
2020- Stephen Wyckoff, Class of 1965
We are pleased to announce the nomination and selection of Stephen Wyckoff, GHS Class of 1965, as this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Alumnus Award. Nominated by his fellow classmate, Janis Wheeler, Steve has been a lifelong resident of our Greenville area community. During these many years Steve has participated in many activities and has contributed selflessly of his time to many organizations and their missions. As president of his graduating class, he has been involved with and assisted in many events for bringing his fellow classmates back together, for class reunions, and homecomings. After graduation from high school, Steve continued on to Michigan State University where he received his bachelor’s degree in advertising in 1969. After MSU, Steve would go into the retail shoe business with his father Earl and the former Wyckoff’s Shoes store in downtown Greenville. In 1973 he married the former Dawn Denbrock and together they have celebrated 46 years of marriage.
In 1981 Steve went to work for the former Greenville Printing Company where he enjoyed many years in a career as an outside salesman for the company. At the same time, Dawn was pursuing her own career as a teacher in the Greenville Public Schools. It was during this time period that Steve, already a Ducks Unlimited member, started over 40 years in various capacities at the local, state, and national level for this organization and the many contributions it makes to our conservation and natural resources. He has served as DU’s state chairman and until recently chairman of their board of public policy. He has represented for Michigan DU for conservation efforts in Washington DC. For his many years of service and dedication to not only DU, but to our State of Michigan and its natural resources, Steve was awarded last July, the annual DNR/Natural Resources Commission, Partners in Conservation Award.
Some of Steve’s other accomplishments include over 30 years as a high school basketball and football referee including two state championship games, a couple of terms as Greenville Board of Education member, several terms as both trustee and Chairman of our Education Foundation of Greenville, current member of the Montcalm Conservation District Board (including leading the recent successful millage effort to fund 4H, the Conservation District, and MSU extension in our area), board member of MMUSA which has included organizing our area candidate forum every two years bringing our legislative candidates running for office together to discuss their views on conservation, environment, and wildlife issues affecting area sports people. With his involvement with both education and the outdoor world, Steve has impacted many area youth, whether it be through youth days representing DU (fly tying, DU presentations and virtual days to Middle School students), Montcalm Conservation District presenter for their annual 5th grade field days, and in special events like the annual State Land Clean Up each spring, MMUSA Youth Days, DNR Youth hunt, QDMA, and through the educational committees, organizations, and boards he has served on.
Steve is also the recipient of other prestigious awards: the Michigan DU Russ Bengal award the highest award in the State); Local Flat River Chapter DU’s Red Merritt award; and, 2015 Greenville Alumni Association speaker. Congratulations to Steve Wyckoff on his exemplary career of service and dedication. He joins an impressive slate of previous Outstanding Alumnus Award recipients. Well deserved and best wishes Steve.
Previous Outstanding Alumnus Winners
2019 Chris Hansen (Class of 1975)
2018 Blake Hollenbeck (Class of 1985)
2017 Robin Walters (Class of 1973)
2016 Patrick Cameron (Class of 1986)
2015 Dr. Anthony Youn (Class of 1990)
2014 Jeff Day (Class of 1971)
2013 Bruce Towne (Class of 1986)
2012 Tim O’Brien (Class of 1981)
2011 Michael Stafford, PhD. (Class of 1983)
2010 Walter B. Jaehnig Jr., PhD. (Class of 1960)
2009 William Cook (Class of 1953)
2008 Karen Carbonelli (Class of 1958)
2007 Gerald Nelson (Class of 1954)
2006 Stella Royce (Class of 1944)
2005 Kathy Thomas Holt (Class of 1962)
2004 Dr. N. Peter Sorensen, Jr. (Class of 1956)
2004 William L. Johnson (Class of 1961)
2003 Byron Cook (Class of 1950)
2002 Larry Sweet (Class of 1952)
2001 Bob Hansen (Class of 1951)
2000 Richard Rasmussen (Class of 1931)
1999 John Stafford (Class of 1956)
1998 Jerry Blumberg (Class of 1956)
1997 Susan Brace Lovell (Class of 1956)
1996 Fred Meijer (Class of 1937)
1995 Linda O’Connor Stafford (Class of 1956)
1994 Ray Tower (Class of 1936)
1993 Stan Kemp (Class of 1963)