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My Town: School chief believes Heights decision is step in right direction

My Town: School chief believes Heights decision is step in right direction

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MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (Muskegon Area Intermediate School District)-- Muskegon Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Superintendent Dave Sipka said Tuesday he believes Muskegon Heights Public School Academy’s decision to “self-manage the school” is a step in the right direction.

Sipka and Gregory Weatherspoon, Muskegon Heights Public Schools’ emergency manager, held a joint press conference to answer questions about the solution to keep neighborhood schools open while continuing to improve academic results.

My Town: MAISD names new superintendent

My Town: MAISD names new superintendent

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich.—The Muskegon Area Intermediate School District Board of Education has named its top choice to take over as district superintendent.

Thursday afternoon, the board unanimously approved offering Dr. John Severson the position.  MAISD Board President Dwight Vines says Severson is eager and excited to take over the post.

“I was treated very well by members of the staff and community during my visits, and I look forward to getting to know everyone better. I am humbled to have been selected to serve the MAISD in this way,” said Severson.

 Severson has served as superintendent of Harper Creek Community Schools for the past ten years.  He previously worked as a community education administrator at Portage Public Schools and principal of Harper Creek High School.  He holds a master’s in educational leadership and a doctorate in educational leadership from Western Michigan University.

My Town: Baker College students place in top ten in national competition

My Town: Baker College students place in top ten in national competition

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MUSKEGON, Mich. (Baker College of Muskegon) – Baker College of Muskegon students won numerous awards at the Business Professionals of America (BPA) National Leadership Conference (NLC), April 30-May 4, in Indianapolis that drew approximately 5,500 students and advisors from across the U.S.

All four Baker College students who competed earned top 10 rankings. The competition results for the Baker College of Muskegon students are:

Chad Bazzett of Montague won first place in computer network technology, second place in computer security and third place in information technology concepts. He also placed in the top 10 in systems administration using Cisco.

Ryan Poindexter of Whitehall won first place in systems administration using Cisco.

My Town: Muskegon moves May 14 Officers Memorial Service

My Town: Muskegon moves May 14 Officers Memorial Service

MUSKEGON, Mich.—Muskegon community members are encouraged to honor fallen heroes and their families while paying tribute to local law enforcement during the annual Muskegon Police Officers Memorial Service this Wednesday, May 14.

This year’s ceremony is being moved to the Paul C. Johnson Pavillion at Heritage Landing, because of construction at the Hall of Justice.  The memorial will begin at 6 p.m.  Lt. Christopher McIntire, commander of the Michigan State Police Rockford post, will be the guest speaker.

My Town: 2014 Grand Rapids Walk to Cure Arthritis a success

My Town: 2014 Grand Rapids Walk to Cure Arthritis a success

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  The 2014 Grand Rapids Walk to Cure Arthritis is in the books.

Organizers say more than 500 people filled John Ball Park Zoo for the May 3 event, which raised more than $84,000 to support Arthritis Foundation programs.

The event honored three-year-old Mackenzie Proefrock of Norton Shores, who was diagnosed with arthritis at age two.

“Arthritis is a terrible disease,” said  her mother, Jeanne. “We are very grateful to all the people who came to today’s event. We know that, with their support, we can and will find a cure.”

More than 2.3 million adults and 10,300 children in Michigan have arthritis- 31 percent of the population.

My Town: Local business recognized with excellence award

My Town: Local business recognized with excellence award

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MUSKEGON, Mich.—For the second year in a row, Carmichael Heating & Air Conditioning, a West Michigan-based heating and cooling business, was recognized at the Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems annual dealer meeting with a Tier 1 Medal of Excellence (MOE) Award.

The MOE award is a business enrichment program specifically designed to recognize Bryant dealers like Carmichael Heating & Air Conditioning  that do “whatever it takes” to improve their business.  The decision to honor a Bryant dealer with the MOE distinction is based on their sales growth, product mix, and customer satisfaction.  Additional criteria such as their dealer program utilization and the company’s self-assessment are also taken into consideration.

My Town: Muskegon area students advance to state competition

My Town: Muskegon area students advance to state competition

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich.—Ten students from the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center are in Saginaw this weekend, competing in a state computer aided design competition.

The students earned top awards and honors during the Michigan Industrial and Technology Education Society Regional Competition at Fremont High School last weekend.  More than 400 student CAD projects were on display during the competition; MACTC students earned eight first place awards and had 15 projects qualify for the state competition, based on accuracy, craftsmanship and difficulty.  

The first place winners from MACTC included Sarah Morse (Montague), Mariah Olsson (Montague), Aaron Rahrig (North Muskegon), Jager Burrous (Fruitport), Garrett Damm (Whitehall) and Giovanni Shull (Ravenna). Shull placed first in three categories. The top four winners included Summer Moore (Montague), Jacob Chvala (Orchard View), Sam Cassidy (Holton), Alena Krispin (Mona Shores), Shull, and Burrous.