On November 28, Grand Haven High School Interact was awarded a prestigious 2023 Governor's Service Award for decades of exemplary service.
From The Tribune - www.grandhaventribune.com

GRAND HAVEN TWP. — The Grand Haven High School Interact Club was recently awarded the Governor’s Service Award to commemorate its 23 years of connecting students with the local community through acts of service.

On Tuesday, math teacher and Interact Club advisor John Mauro joined last year’s club co-presidents Avery Rant and Simone Dennison – both now GHHS graduates who took initiative over the club’s numerous service projects during the previous school year – at a ceremony held at the Fox Theater in Detroit to accept the club’s Youth Impact Award.

The Youth Impact Award is given to individuals and organizations that help guide and encourage the positive development of Michigan youth in “making a difference in their communities, state and nation.”

The GHHS Interact Club was one of 43 individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations recognized by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Community Service Commission for their commitment to serving and improving the lives of those in communities across the state through volunteerism and philanthropy.

For Mauro, the award was a “lifelong achievement” for the GHHS club, symbolizing each of his previous students’ commitment to making a difference in the Tri-Cities area.


"It was a nice touch to include Rotary's history with Interact in the award presentation.," said Interact Advisor John Mauro


The Governor's Service Awards is an annual statewide recognition event that acknowledges the contributions made through volunteerism, service, and philanthropy.  This prestigious event has been hosted by the Michigan Governor for nearly 30 years to acknowledge the commitment of Michiganders, organizations, and businesses in improving the lives of people and communities.

The Governor’s Service Awards is coordinated by the Michigan Community Service Commission, the state’s lead agency on volunteerism and service.