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Air Zoo Science Innovation Hall of Fame Awards & Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame


Join us at the Gala Event of the Season Honoring our Region's Best and Brightest Educators, Students, and Aerospace Innovators!

SIHOF Awards at the Air ZooThe Air Zoo in Portage, MI is pleased to announce the fifth annual Science Innovation Hall of Fame Awards Gala & Dinner which will take place on Saturday, April 21, 2018. This festive and interactive evening is focused on recognizing southwest Michigan high school students and K-12 level educators who have innovated and excelled within the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) and honoring the 2018 class of Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinees. Each spring, the Air Zoo presents the Science Innovation Hall of Fame Awards at a highly-publicized and interactive gala that draws notable Michigan luminaries from all areas of industry, education, government, and the arts.

See bottom of page for sponsorship info, educator and student award descriptions, and a list of the 2018 Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinees.

We invite YOU to be a part of this amazing event!

Event Date & Time: Saturday, April 21, 2018, 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Event Location: The Air Zoo, 6151 Portage Rd, Portage, MI 49002

Join us in the celebration!

Tickets to the 2018 Hall of Fame Awards Gala include daytime admission to the Air Zoo on April 21, an opening reception with an impressive silent auction, all award festivities, entertainment by musician & educator Keith Hall and an elegant three-course dinner provided by Millennium Restaurant Group! Menu options to include:

Slow Roasted Strip Loin Medallions*
Coffee and cocoa rubbed, prepared medium rare with a merlot demi-glaze

Pan Seared Airline Chicken Breast*
Lemon & white wine brined breast of chicken drizzled with a lemon butter caper sauce

Grilled Vegetable and Goat Cheese Wellington
Marinated grilled zucchini, squash, bell pepper, red onion, and portobello rolled in savory puff pastry with goats cheese, served with a classic tomato basil sauce

*denotes gluten-free menu option

For questions or to purchase tickets, contact Nate Melvin via email, or telephone at 269.350.2812.

Award Descriptions:

Air Zoo Science Student working with DNA

Student Excellence Award - $500 Financial Award

- The Student Excellence Award honors high school students who excel in the studies of science while also seeking to expand their knowledge and leadership skills outside of the classroom.

Student Art & Science Award - $500 Financial Award

- The Student Art & Science Award recognizes a high school student who exemplifies the special harmony between arts and sciences.

Educator Excellence Award - $750 Financial Award

- The Educator Excellence Award recognizes excellence and innovation in the teaching of STEAM subjects, the fostering of deep and meaningful student learning, and generation of exceptional student achievement.

The 2018 Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinees are:

  • Col. John D. Amundson, USAF, Retired
  • Richard E. Harrison
  • Dennis E. Norton
  • Maj. Gen. Don R. Ostrander, USAF, Retired
  • Col. Samuel M. Ursini, USAF, Retired

Sponsorship Opportunities Available!

Show your support for our region's best and brightest Educators, Students, and Innovators! To learn about available levels of support, download a sponsorship form by clicking HERE. For questions, contact Nate Melvin, Air Zoo Director of Engagement, via email or at 269.350.2812. You or your company can play a major role in supporting Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math education in our area!

A Special Thanks to our 2018 Event and Award Sponsors:
Agio Imaging * Aon * Burnham & Flower Insurance Group * Dave & Kathy Campbell * Cliff Mulder Retirement and Investment Planning of Raymond James * CTS Telecom, Inc. * DENSO Manufacturing Michigan, Inc. * Eaton * Esper Electric * First National Bank of Michigan * Derek & Molly Geerlings (Chase Bank) * Gull Lake Marine * The Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport * The Kalamazoo Community Foundation * KSS Enterprises * Millennium Restaurant Group * Miller Canfield * Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial * Pete & Barbara Parish * RAI Jets * Rieth-Riley Construction Co., Inc * Schupan & Sons, Inc. * ServiceMaster of Kalamazoo * The Tyler Little Family Foundation * Donna Ward * Dar Wellington * Western Michigan University * WowToyz, Inc. * WWMT-TV Newschannel 3 * Zoetis

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