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Robert Monetza

Honorary Service to Grand Haven Area Public Schools

Bob Monetza has been a coach for the Science Olympiad program in Grand Haven for 24 years. Although Bob is not a graduate of Grand Haven High School (GHHS), he has coached hundreds of students who earned Science Olympiad medals, inspiring them to become future leaders in science and technology.

Bob first became involved with the Science Olympiad program when his children participated on team events at GHHS. His background as an engineer made Bob a natural fit for the building events, and his involvement grew when he began coaching in 1998. Despite the rigor, Bob generously gave countless hours and donated his coaching salary back to the Science Olympiad program. During his tenure, teams advanced to 26 regional, 26 state, and 23 national tournaments, resulting in five Science Olympiad National first place medals.

In addition to coaching, Bob has supported his community as a board member in many civic organizations, including the Tri-Cities Historical Museum. Bob served on the Grand Haven City Planning Commission for nine years, and served on the Grand Haven City Council for twelve years, including two years as Mayor.