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Welcome to the Okemos High School Alumni Website!

The Official On-line Publication of the

Okemos Alumni Association

This site is for all Okemos High School Alumni

Students / Teachers / Administration

(If this is your initial visit to the Alumni Website, look around, then be sure to click on "First Time Visit" and sign-in.  There is no cost to sign-in and by leaving your email address, you will receive all the classmate updates.)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Okemos Alumni Association

Publishes a Book

The Okemos Sprint King, Dick Ewing 1953

Our First Nomination for the Okemos Athletic Hall of Fame

 

 

Okemos Athletic Director, Ira Childress receiving the Nomination for the OAHOF from Rod Ellis.  Since the book is a (very) limited edition, you can read it on-line at this website.  Click "Alumni Hall of Fame, Athletics, scroll down to Dick Ewing 1953, or click the link above.

 

 

 

 



 

Okemos Alumni Association

Announced at the Okemos Education Foundation Awards Banquet Thursday 11/16

$10,000 Gift Creates John Bjorkquist Alumni Science Fund

As a result of the interest and excitement created by the visit of Dr. Tom Yunck to Dave Chapman's Science Classes, an anonyous Alumni Donor has stepped forward to commemorate the event by creating a new Science Fund in Tom's honor.  At Tom's request, the honor was passed to Okemos Biology teacher and coach Mr. Bjorkquist.  Thank you Dave Chapman for inviting Tom to your class.  Thank you Tom Yunck for giving your time to inspire the latest generation of Okemos scientists.  And Tom thanks Mr. B. for being such an inspirational teacher.

 

Dave Chapman, Science Teacher at OHS

John Bjorkquist, beloved and respected Biology and Cross Country Coach at OHS from 1962 to 1991.

Rod Ellis, President of the Okemos Alumni Association who just wandered into this picture and without a doubt the worst cross country runner that Mr. B coached.

 

 

 



 


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1)   Would you like to contribute to this "Match" Science Fund?

 

Class of 1985  and   Class of 1986

Announcing Elizabeth and Catherine Atkins

www.twosisterswriting.com

Authors, TV Host, Actors and Ghost Writers

Thursday, November 9

 with Jennifer Garmon's Creative Writing Class at the High School

Lunch Reception at Schuler's Book Store, Meridian Mall

What a wonderful day with Okemos students!

(Would you like to read the email chain to make this event happen?  click this line)

Catherine Atkins with Creative Writing Teacher Jennier Garmon

Catherine * Elizabeth * Jennifer Garmon



Christine Sermak

Principal

Okemos High School

"We appreciate you bringing back our amazing OHS alumni!   It is so beneficial for our students and faculty."

Thanks Rod, Christine     

Nov.  13, 2017

 


Catherine Atkins Greenspan '85 and Elizabeth Atkins '86 talking to Creative Writing students

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Elizabeth, Jennifer Garmon, Catherine and student Olivia Terry                                 (Rod Ellis photo bombing the pic)

 

Matt Ottinger with Elizabeth (also a TV host) and Catherine in the Okemos Channel Studio

Librarian and English Teacher Sandy Fields holding Catherine's latest book, The Veronica Series

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Signing at Schulers Book Store

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catherine Atkins (Greenspan), Jill Slocum (Tribell), Deb and Dave Premoe, Dave Winters, Rod Ellis, Sky Tribell, Elizabeth Atkins

 


 

Class of 1967

Announcing   Dr. Don Stacks

The Institute for Public Relations will award

Don W. Stacks, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Strategic Communication at the University of Miami

the prestigious Jack Felton Medal for Lifetime Achievement, an award

made for lifetime contributions in the advancement of research, measurement and evaluation in public relations and corporate communication



 

Dr. Thomas Patrick Yunck Ph.D. and Okemos Class of 1967

Tom Yunck returned to a Welcome Home Reception on Friday at “Henry’s Place”.   On Monday, Tom talked to Mr. Chapman’s 5th hour Earth Science class.  Then at 3:00 he presented “The Coming Revolution in Satellite Data” to other students, alumni, guests and the public, in the High School Kiva.  Tom’s company is launching those “revolutionary” satellites now.


Channel 6 and 10 had him on the evening news.

Tom holds a BSEE from Princeton University and a PhD from Yale University, and is the founder of GeoOptics, Inc. where he currently serves as its chairman and chief technical officer. Previously, he served as its chief executive officer and president. Prior to GeoOptics, Inc., Yunck served as the chairman of the Foundation for Earth Science and as a research manager for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is an inductee into the Space Foundation's Space Technology Hall of Fame. His research has helped pioneer the domestic and consumer usage of GPS technology. Since his initial proposal, he's been involved in every aspect of the development and validation of GPS for atmospheric sounding.

Yunck was raised in Okemos, graduated a National Merit Scholar and with heroic achievements in Track and Cross-country.  In honor of his late parents, Yunck created The John and Ruth Yunck Family Endowed Professorship in Comparative Literature, the Yunck Family Endowed Chair in Interdisciplinary Studies, the Yunck Family Endowed Postdoctoral Research Fund, and the Yunck Family Endowment for Computational Mathematics, Science, and Engineering all at Michigan State University.

Whew…Tom!  You’ve been busy!  Welcome home”. (Click Tom's name, then play Sky Tribell's video we put together.)

 

Tom Yunck at our welcome party on Friday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike Durocher ("Rocket Science!  Too much for me!")                                 Coach John Bjorkquist, great stories about Tom's hard work and dedication.

Charlie Campbell,Ron Mott,Jon Chiesa,Cindy Bjorkquist,Tom,Dave Chapman,Gail McNeely,Jill Slocum (Tribell),Sky Tribell,Mark Premer, Bill Copeland


Bob Chetrick and Aria Chetrick,Tom Yunck and Carol Bordet, Cassie Ellis 



 

From Dan Curtis   max@maxinspect.com
The 2017 Okemos Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony

Took place on Thursday, October 5, 2017

Okemos Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2017

CoachesBob Porritt - Longtime Okemos teacher and coach of four different sports including football, track, basketball, and baseball. Coached over 1400 student-athletes and 800 athletic contests over his 30+ year career, including multiple Capital Circuit league team champions in football and track. •Jon Wozniak - Longtime Okemos teacher and track & field coach; "Coach Woz," as he was affectionately known, was a legendary throws coach who helped develop numerous conference, regional, and state champions.

Student-AthletesMark Abraham - Boys Basketball; All-State selection in basketball and helped his teams to the 1981 state runner-up and 1982 state championship team titles; earned a baseball scholarship to Michigan State University •Denyse Adams Ferguson - Cross Country; 1985 Class A cross country state champion and one of the nation's top cross country runners with multiple Top 20 national finishes; also won the 1986 Class A 3200m state championship title (track); went on to run cross country at Harvard •Christine Bader - Girls Tennis; 2002 state champion and state finalist in 2000 and 2003; ranked No. 25 in the Midwest Girls' 18 division in 2004 and earned two USTA sportsmanship awards; At Michigan State University, she earned multiple All-Big Ten honors and Big Ten Sportsmanship awards for tennis •Kathy Barron - Girls Basketball; All-State honoree who helped lead her teams to the 1982 state championship and 1983 state runner-up titles; Honorable Mention All-American as a senior; earned collegiate Academic All-American honors at the University of Notre Dame •Tom Dudley - Swimming; 1978 state champion in 500 freestyle; earned numerous All-State honors and held Okemos High School records in several events; went on to swim for the University of Michigan from 1978-1982 where he was a multiple-time Big Ten finalist. •Robyn Flewelling Fralick - Girls Basketball; All-State selection who voted MVP of the 1999-2000 team which advanced to the MHSAA final four; was a four-year starter at Davidson College; coached the Ashland University Women's Basketball team to the 2017 NCAA DII National Championship and was named 2017 WBCA NCAA DII National Coach of Year. •Colleen McKinley Deaven - Swimming; Won four consecutive state championships in the 100 breaststroke from 1980-84 and was ranked in the Top 75 nationally; went on to Michigan State where she was a three-year letter winner and Big Ten finalist. •Mike Mertz - Boys Basketball; All-State honoree who helped his teams win two Class B basketball state championships in the 1980s; also All-State in football; continued his basketball career at Albion College and was an Academic All-American. •Taylor Moton - Football; All-State selection and Lansing State Journal Dream Team honoree; earned collegiate All-American honors at Western Michigan University; became the first and only Okemos alum to be selected in the NFL Draft (2017 NFL Draft, 2nd Round - Carolina Panthers). •Terri Peters - Track & Field; Versatile state qualifier who set OHS school records in the 100, 220, and 440yd dashes and long jump from 1975-78; went on to star in basketball at Lansing Community College and Ferris State University. •Nathan Overholser - Boys Tennis; Became the first freshman ever to win a state title at No. 1 singles when he captured the 1994 Class A state individual title; also helped lead his team to a Class A state team championship; continued his athletic and academic careers at the University of Florida; played professionally following his collegiate career. •Todd Scarlett - Football; All-State selection who helped lead his team to a runner-up state championship finish in 1976; played football at Michigan State University and was part of the 1978 Big Ten Championship-winning team. •Fred Stehman - Wrestling; Two-time state champion (145lb & 154lb) and 1964 Olympic Trials participant; All-American, Big Ten champion, and Yost Award winner while at the University of Michigan. •Astin Steward Vick - Track & Field; Won the 2003 MHSAA state championship in the discus and still holds the Division 1 lower peninsula state finals meet record; Earned multiple All-American honors and won the Big 10 discus championship while at Purdue University. •Dave Valkanoff - Boys Basketball; All-State honoree who helped his team win the 1981 Class B boys basketball state championship team title; also an All-State football player; continued his basketball career at Albion College. •Jon Wiseman - Boys Basketball; Versatile multi-sport student-athlete from 1968-72 who earned All-State honors in basketball; played basketball and baseball at Aquinas College Team •1984 Boys Soccer Team - Won OHS' first boys soccer state championship

-- Ira Childress Athletic Director Okemos High School (517) 706-4930, Melissa Biel, OHS Athletic Office secretary, at 517-706-4931

Follow us on Twitter @OkemosAthletics "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." --Ralph Waldo Emerson GO CHIEFS!!! 


 

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Homecoming  - Welcome back to Okemos

New Okemos Alumni Hangout

Henry Kwok of Okemos High School class of 2003

I am proud to call this my home to raise a family and make a business. I am also a proud sponsor of this website, which I believe is a great tool to connect with other chieftains of all years. I hope that my bar & banquet hall will be frequented by Okemos alumnus so we can share stories of our experiences when we attended OHS! For more information about Henry's Place feel free to visit http://www.okemosalumni.org/ResourcesContactsEvents.htm for details or check out Henry's Place website: pubmeridian.com

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Thank you Class of 1972 for your gift!

The gift, according to Gerard Durocher, is to be used to perpetuate

the Alumni website and the "good work being done" by the Association.

Thank you Class of '72!!

...and thank you, Jerry, for getting a haircut!

 

 

 

 

 

 

(You too can make a tax-deductible gift to the Association.  Specify gifts for Okemos school programs or the Association.  Non-specific gifts will be given to OHS)



 

Report in on the Hurricane Disaster Forum

 I have gotten a lot of email from everywhere, so I thought we would set up an Open Forum for classmates to check in and leave a report.  Go to "Open Forums" or just click this link.  Be sure to tell us which disaster you were in or affected by.  Thanks to Al Hopkins for checking and reporting on class of '63.  Thanks to all that reported, it's a relief to hear from you!

Rod Ellis


 

We have 169 Classmates listed as living in Florida!  Another 95 Classmates living in Texas...has anyone heard from any ot them?  If so, please post whatever you know on the Hurricane Forum.


 

Class of 1962 55th Get Together Aug 18-19

From Jill Axline Roth:

Hey OHS classmates. Remember.........Mayfair on Fri. August 18 @ 6:30 or so; 6:00 or so at Spags in Williamston on Sat. 8-19 and brunch at Gables on the 20th in late morning -- 10:00 ish. We do need a head count for Sat. nite @ Spags so let me know if you plan to join us.

Class of 1957 to Celebrate 60th Reunion July 15-16

The Class of 1957 will celebrate it's 60th reunion July 15-16 according to John Bratzler.  Some 30 people are expected to attend.  The Class of 1957 has the distinction of holding the school individual basketball game scoring record.  The late Max Creaser scored 55 points in the old band box gym in a game against Fowlerville. Among its other notable members is Dr. Joe Ferrar, Professor Emeritus of Mathermatics, The Ohio State University.  Joe's wife, Sara Jo ('58),is the daughter of H. Owen Reed, composer of the school alma mater, Proud Chieftains.

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Honoring the Class of 1957
60th Anniversary of Their Graduation

The Class of '57 numbered 70 people, 28 of whom attended their 50th 10 years ago.  They started in the Okemos Consolidated School system in 1944, 19 members strong.  This gives one the notion of how fast Okemos grew post WWII.  Check out their class history as read at their 50th reunion.

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Class of 1967

50th Class Reunion  

IT'S OVER! POST YOUR PICTURES!

******** This is what we have so far -- click above ******

Coral Gables, School and Neighborhood Bus Tour, The University Club, Sunday Brunch

POST YOUR PICTURES OR EMAIL THEM TO:

Contact Mary Fox White whitmaf49@gmail.com  

OR

Ingrid Sturk Schultz

joedrumer@aol.com

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Athletic History

Announcing a new page devoted to the life stories of great Okemos athletes

Recounting past accomplishments and great moments

(It's a start, but we need your submissions!)



 

The Okemos Alumni Association

Non-profit corporation has been formed

PROFILE UPDATES


•   Elisha Eisenberg (Agami) (2000)  12/11
•   Anders Lindquist (2000)  12/11
•   Alex Salehi (1982)  12/10
•   Joe Alvarado (1987)  12/9
•   Lauren D'Amore (2000)  12/8
•   Destiny Tyson (2007)  12/5
•   Ted Halm (1972)  12/4
•   Kelly Koivu (Ferguson) (1977)  12/1
•   Carlene Andrus (Webster) (1951)  11/26
•   Eugene (Butch) Brown (1966)  11/23
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WHERE WE LIVE


Who lives where - click links below to find out.

9 live in Alabama
6 live in Alaska
78 live in Arizona
3 live in Arkansas
1 lives in Armed Forces Europe
257 live in California
96 live in Colorado
11 live in Connecticut
6 live in Delaware
12 live in District Of Columbia
170 live in Florida
54 live in Georgia
7 live in Hawaii
2 live in Idaho
147 live in Illinois
54 live in Indiana
5 live in Iowa
10 live in Kansas
12 live in Kentucky
9 live in Louisiana
2 live in Maine
38 live in Maryland
37 live in Massachusetts
3,160 live in Michigan
42 live in Minnesota
3 live in Mississippi
29 live in Missouri
4 live in Montana
6 live in Nebraska
17 live in Nevada
3 live in New Hampshire
21 live in New Jersey
10 live in New Mexico
63 live in New York
49 live in North Carolina
77 live in Ohio
5 live in Oklahoma
28 live in Oregon
40 live in Pennsylvania
6 live in Rhode Island
15 live in South Carolina
2 live in South Dakota
22 live in Tennessee
95 live in Texas
14 live in Utah
8 live in Vermont
62 live in Virginia
52 live in Washington
1 lives in West Virginia
37 live in Wisconsin
5 live in Wyoming
1 lives in Alberta
3 live in British Columbia
2 live in Ontario
1 lives in Australia
1 lives in Finland
4 live in Germany
1 lives in Italy
1 lives in New Zealand
1 lives in Peru
1 lives in Philippines
1,640 location unknown
631 are deceased

MISSING CLASSMATES


Know the email address of a missing Classmate? Click here to contact them!

JOINED CLASSMATES


Percentage of Joined Classmates: 6.3%


A:   419   Joined
B:   6185   Not Joined

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THE JOHN BJORKQUIST ALUMNI SCIENCE FUND



The Science Fund was created by an anonymous Alumni to honor his former Biology teacher. The fund will match all donations up to $10,000 (until June 30, 2021).