Allendale Alumni Hall of Fame
ALLENDALE ALUMNI HALL OF FAME TO HONOR FIVE INDUCTEES AT DINNER, NOV. 10, 2016
2016 Hall of Fame: Ruth Crowe, Scott MacDonald, Paul Melcher, Joe Modderman & Keith Piccard
The Allendale Alumni Hall of Fame is set to honor the 2016 class of inductees during a dinner celebration, Thursday, November 10 at the Main St. Pub. Five honorees will be inducted into the Allendale Public School Alumni Hall of Fame for their service and commitment to education and the Allendale community. This year's honorees include Ruth Crowe, Scott MacDonald, Paul Melcher, Joe Modderman, and Keith Piccard.
The 2016 Alumni Hall of Fame Awards dinner begins at 6:30 pm with Hors d'oeuvres and dinner will be served beginning at 7 pm. The Main St. Pub is located at 11240 University Parkway, Allendale. Tickets are $30 per person and may be purchased by calling 616-892-3482. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Allendale Public School Foundation Scholarship program.
The Allendale Public Schools’ Alumni Hall of Fame celebrates the achievements and talents of distinguished school alumni. It recognizes individuals who have made exceptional achievements in their field, significant contributions to Allendale Public Schools, and/or unique contributions to their communities on a local, state, national or global level. The recognition categories are: Athletics, Career Accomplishments, Cultural/Performing Arts, Honorary Achievement-Contribution to Allendale Public Schools, and Service to the Allendale Public Schools/Community. The Alumni Hall of Fame recognizes and encourages a tradition of excellence, achievement, commitment, and dedication among future generations of Allendale students.
Introducing the 2016 Allendale Alumni Hall of Fame inductees...
Ruth Crowe was a standout athlete during her years at Allendale High School. She was a member of the Girls Basketball team who earned State Runner-up in Class D in1976 and the Softball team who won the State Championship in 1977.
Following her graduation from Allendale High School, Ruth attended Texas Women's College where she was a member of the Softball team, which won the National Championship in 1979.
During the 1980's, Ruth represented the South Region in the National Sports Festival on the Handball team where she earned a Gold and Silver medal for her athletic abilities. She began her career in the US Army where she was a Platoon Honor Graduate. During this same time, she continued her Handball career, attending both the World Championships and the Goodwill Games.
She has worked at the Los Angeles Police Department, served as a Division I Collegiate Softball Coach, and owns her own business. When Ruth isn't managing Buster's Design Team, she enjoys tapping into her creative side as an artist.
While he was still a student at Allendale High School, Scott MacDonald knew he wanted to work in the medical field. After he graduated in 1979, Scott attended Oakland University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy. He also studied in the Pre-Med program at Nazareth College of Kalamazoo.
After spending time as a Physical Therapist, Scott spent 30 years working for Physiotherapy Associates in various capacities, including facilities, Worker's Compensation, auditor, safety, clinical compliance and outcomes. He is currently the Regional Director of Clinical Services for Select Medical that acquired Physiotherapy Associates earlier this year, where he provides clinical training, education and support for 160 facilities in 12 states. Scott is also currently working on his doctorate degree in Physical Therapy.
Scott was elected to the Allendale Board of Education in 2002 and completed his service in December 2014. He served as president of the school board from July 2011 through July 2014. Scott is especially proud of the new school buildings (K-8 Campus) that were completed during his tenure.
Mr. MacDonald has volunteered with the AHS Sports Medicine team for 15 years, and helped organize the program to its current level. He continues to volunteer time with this program alongside the current medical staff.
Scott is a member and past president of AMBUCS, Inc., a nonprofit charitable organization with a diverse membership dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities. He works with Men’s Ministry, group life ministry and Sunday Experience ministry at LifeStream Church.
Scott and his wife of 34 years, Mary have raised three boys that all graduated from APS.
Paul Melcher graduated from Allendale High School in 2003 where he was a member of the choir and show choir. The same year, Paul won first place at the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony Piano Concerto Competition, where he performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in DeVos Hall.
Paul earned music degrees from St. Olaf College, a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance, and Central Michigan University, a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance. As a member of the St. Olaf Choir, Paul performed all over the United States and in Norway. He has played prestigious venues such as DeVos Hall, Heinz Hall, Severance Hall and Carnegie Hall.
In addition to his piano performance, Paul is also a talented vocalist. He sung opera roles such as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Rodolfo in La Boheme, and Rinucchio in Gianni Schicchi with the Central Michigan University opera program. Since 2012, Paul has worked with Opera Columbus (Ohio), where he has performed as the pianist for their production of La Boheme, as a tenor soloist in Pagliacci and is currently performing as pianist for La Traviata.
Paul is the Director of Music at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Marysville, Ohio where he is the Church Organist, Pianist, Cantor and Choir Director. Paul is the visionary for the parish's yearlong concert series called Music on the Hill. The program hosted 14 concerts that included professional as well as pre-professional musicians. Paul has brought in talent from major conservatories such as Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Cleveland Institute, New England Conservatory, Jacobs School of Music, Belgrade Conservatory, Oparto Conservatory of Music, Tanglewood Music Center, and The Ohio State University to perform as part of the Music on the Hill program.
Joe Modderman still holds the Allendale High School record for scoring the most points in a single basketball game - 51 to be exact! His basketball career is legendary, both at Allendale HS and beyond.
During his years at AHS, Joe Modderman earned All Area/All Conference Basketball championships in 1991 and 1992. He earned a spot on the 1991 and 1992 All State First Team for Basketball. He was second runner-up for Michigan's Mr. Basketball in 1992. Joe led the Falcons to a combined record of 70-4 during his career and a berth in the Class D title game.
Following graduation, Joe spent three years at Iowa State, then transferred back to Grand Valley State University for his senior season and immediately turned the Laker basketball program around. GVSU went 23-6 during his final year and claimed the GLIAC Tournament title enroute to the NCAA DII National Tournament. Joe averaged 24.2 points and 8.1 rebounds with single-game highs of 40 points and 17 rebounds. He was named the 1996-97 GLIAC Player of the Year and earned Basketball Gazette, DII Bulletin and ABCA First-Team All-American honors. Joe ranks in the top 10 of five different single-season categories for Grand Valley State.
Joe graduated from GVSU and played professional basketball overseas from 1997-2004. He was named an All-Star twice during his professional career. He later returned to GVSU as an Assistant Men's Basketball Coach for six years.
Today, Joe Modderman is the Varsity Boys Basketball Coach at his alma mater, a position he has held since 2011. During his tenure, the team has been league champions twice (2014/15 and 2015/16). He co-owns RLM Property Investments with his brother, Roger. Joe and his wife Melissa, have four children, Brooke, Grace, JJ and Bailey.
Keith Piccard is a middle school science teacher at Allendale Public Schools, as well as an adjunct biology professor for Grand Valley State University.
Keith received a Bachelor of Science degree in the field of Group Science/Biology and Elementary Education from Grand Valley State University. He also earned his Masters of Education degree in Biology at Grand Valley State University.
Keith's experience in planning and implementing lessons and laboratories in the field of biology and ecology, as well as teaching a large student body, has prepared him to be able to organize and conduct a wide range of interpretive programs, lessons, lectures, activities, and special events to help promote environmental / science education. Keith enjoys helping students and adults understand processes involved in biology and ecology. He hopes to instill a passion for science.
As a scientist, Keith is thrilled watching people of all ages make new connections and/or discovery. He is committed to meeting individual learning needs for all his students. Keith always approaches concepts through lecture and laboratory efforts that nurture these different learning styles. Through diligence, compassion, and thorough preparation, Keith strives to make a positive impact on people through his work in ecology and biology.