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ChoiceOne Bank awards Scholarship Money

ChoiceOne Bank awards Scholarship Money

ChoiceOne Bank awarded scholarships to seniors from 11 different high schools again this year including Sparta, Kent City, Rockford, Cedar Springs, Kenowa Hills, Eggleston, Oakridge, Ravenna, Newaygo, Coopersville and Grant. One senior from each school won a $500 scholarship after writing a 300 word essay, “What does your community mean to you?”

“We value the youth in our communities,” said James Bosserd, President and CEO of ChoiceOne Bank. “It is our hope that our students return to their roots to raise their families once they have completed their college studies and grow their businesses. This scholarship contest helps our youth to think about the importance of community, especially as they graduate from high school. It’s a local thing.”

Included in this article are just 5 of the 11 students who received scholarship money. Congratulations to all students who participated.

It's Vacation Bible School Time Again

It's Vacation Bible School Time Again

“Journey off the Map” is the name of the Vacation Bible School session activities this summer at Berrean Church in Muskegon, MI.

Bible School runs July 19 – 23 at the Church, located at 635 Seminole Rd. in Muskegon. Activities include games, crafts, music, snacks, teaching and worship rally.

For additional information, please contact Carolyn Raymond at 231-557-6121 between 6 – 8:30pm.

Business competition in California results in job certifications for tech students

Business competition in California results in job certifications for tech students

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On May 6, 2015, Muskegon Area Career Tech Center (MACTC) students Xavier Baron (Oakridge), Matthew Visger (Montague) and Jailon Jamison (Fruitport) traveled to Anaheim, California to compete with the brightest and most skilled computer whizzes in the nation.

The three Muskegon Area Career Tech Center (MACTC) students qualified by earning top spots at the state-level Business Professionals of America (BPA) Leadership Conference. Though the teens didn’t place in the top ten this year, they enjoyed the challenge and the opportunity to visit the West Coast including a visit to Disneyland. While there, Xavier earned a Security Fundamentals and a Networking Fundamentals certification. Matthew also earned his Networking Fundamentals certification. These certifications will allow them to bypass entry-level classes and open the door to places of employment.

2015 Ravenna Senior Awards Night

2015 Ravenna Senior Awards Night

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Ravenna High School graduating seniors were awarded $345,600 in scholarships during the senior awards night. The members of the class of 2015, which consists of 82 graduating seniors, were awarded with scholarships such as the Jonathan Link Memorial Scholarship, the START scholarship, the Michigan Competitive Scholarship, the DI State Scholarship, the Bruce and Antonia Privacky Memorial Scholarship, and many more.

Other awards that were given include the Ravenna Academic Hall of Fame award, which was given to the Valedictorians Brianna Grimm and Emma Pahl, as well as the salutatorian Justin Jones, the Citizenship award, the MIAAA award, the Academic Excellence award, and various awards for athletics and academia.

Grand Haven High School among Top Schools in the U.S.

Grand Haven High School among Top Schools in the U.S.

U.S. News and World Report has awarded Grand Haven High School the prestigious Silver Medal ranking in the latest “America’s Best High Schools” results released on Tuesday.

Out of 21,000 High Schools, GHHS ranked in the top five percent of all high schools in the U.S. In Michigan, they ranked 32nd out of 862 high schools, including charter and magnet schools, placing them in the top four percent.

Tracy Wilson, Principal at GHHS, said “We are extremely proud of our students and the staff for again attaining this accomplishment. This award demonstrates that we continue to have a program of excellence on a state-wide and national level. The ranking also affirms the K – 12 teaching staff, parents and community.”

Superintendent Keith Konarska said, “This ranking validates what we know to be true, that our district is one of the premier districts in the country. This is another great day for our school district.”

Whitehall Middle School science teacher wins national award

Whitehall Middle School science teacher wins national award

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Susan Tate, Whitehall Middle School science teacher, recently was awarded the 2015 Paul DeHart Hurd Award. Tate was honored for demonstrating both exemplary science teaching performance in the middle level classroom, and leadership in sharing these skills and ideas with others.  The award was presented by the National Middle Level Science Teachers Association (NMLSTA), a Division Affiliate of the National Science Teachers’ Association.

Tate won  a $1,000 prize from Delta Education, Inc., a complimentary membership for one year in the NMLSTA, and a plaque.  To be eligible to receive the award, entrants must be members of the NMLSTA, a full-time middle level classroom science teacher, and have three years teaching experience.

Local students head to national history contest after state win

Local students head to national history contest after state win

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Two Orchard View ninth grade students already have their summer travel plans booked. On June 14-18, 2015, Brooke May and Allison Toney will travel to Maryland to participate in the National History Day Competition. In late April, May and Toney earned their way to the national competition at the University of Maryland by winning first place in the category of Website (group) during the Michigan History Day State Competition at Dewitt High School.

Over 600,000 students worldwide competed in the state level contests, with 3,000 making it to the national finals. The History Channel will be showcasing the final national winners in each category.