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The Bucs' Blade

Student Advocates Around GHHS: Matthew Pohl

Nathan Burns
Matthew Pohl, the safety coordinator and student advocate, is a familiar presence at the cafeteria entrance. Positioned in his iconic metal folding chair, he watches over the well-being and requirements of every student. His commitment has made a profound impact on the entire school community, resonating throughout the building and beyond.

Do you have any favorite small businesses?

Must Love Dogs downtown, I know the owner. And I also run my own business doing beekeeping.

What was your favorite type of class when you were in school?

Science classes, like the nature ones Mr. Glass teaches. 

What is your favorite type of music?

Country music.

If you could do anything on your weekend, what would it be?

Go to Silver Lake Sand Dunes.

What positive changes have you noticed in recent years?

Better communication with staff. And with the party cart and stuff like that, it’s definitely a lot more interactive, and I enjoy that.

What is your favorite school event?

I love it when they do the state send-offs and walk down the hallway.

You are trapped on a desert island, what three things do you bring?

Dr. Pepper, my dog and my family, especially if they read this.

What is your favorite family memory?


If you won a million dollars, what would you do with it?

Pay off our house, make sure my kids have the money they need and use what’s left over for some traveling.

What concerts have you been to?

I haven’t been in a long time. I saw the Pentatonix at the Allegan County Fair a bit ago. Beyond that, it was back in the 80s with heavy metal bands.

What is your favorite out-of-town activity?

Arts and craft festivals, and those sorts of activities.

What is still on your bucket list?

Alaska, I want to do a long trip there, maybe like a cruise with excursions, and Australia, those are the two big travel bucket list places. 

What is something no one would expect you to have done?

The polar plunge eight years in a row. I used to work at Muskegon Correctional Facility and they did a bunch with that. I would be jumping into Muskegon Lake in 10-degree weather and then running up the hill to get back.

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Nathan Burns
Nathan Burns, Reporter
Junior Nathan Burns enthusiastically joins The Bucs' Blade hoping to become a better writer. With a passion for math and computer science, he aims to bring a unique perspective and make multimedia and entertainment content.

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