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Walker food drive nets thousands of donations for families in need

Walker food drive nets thousands of donations for families in need

WALKER, Mich.—Thousands of West Michigan families will have something more to eat, thanks to the hard work of Walker area schools and businesses.

Community Officer Gil Redzinski says 14 businesses and students at Kenowa Hills High School, Central Elementary, Zinser Elementary and West Michigan Academy collected approximately 6,000 non-perishable food items, which were delivered to 30 struggling families Dec. 17.  Approximately 2,000 of those items were collected by Kenowa Hills High School students alone; as a reward, the winning class got a pancake breakfast served by Officer Redzinski and two principals.

Avoiding winter break brain drain: Tips to keep students focused

Avoiding winter break brain drain: Tips to keep students focused

With the winter break approaching for students across Michigan, so too approaches the end of one semester and the beginning of another.

To facilitate a smooth transition while keeping students’ minds sharp and focused during their time off, Great Lakes Cyber Academy educators recommend a series of time-tested tips for maintaining the momentum so  the second half of the school year is even better than the first.  

Superheroes - finishing the fight against cancer

Superheroes - finishing the fight against cancer

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.-- It is relay season!  Are you ready to relay? 

The 2014 Relay For Life of Comstock Park Committee is excited to begin the planning process for our May 16, 2014 event.  Teams re now forming and registration has started.

The theme for 2014 is Superheroes, which should be tons of fun to decorate and create entertaining games around.  Relay For Life of Comstock Park 2014 is all about fun while finishing the fight against cancer!  Whether you have an interest in being the captain of your team, a team member, a committee member or a volunteer, we invite you to join in the fun.

Dictionaries impress 3rd Grade Students

Dictionaries impress 3rd Grade Students

Even in these days of digital everything, third graders still get excited over receiving a dictionary all their own.

Kinney Grange No. 754 has handed out more than 1000 dictionaries to Kenowa Hills third grade students since 1995.Granges across the nation raise money every year to buy dictionaries for these students and others.

Tracy  Horodysky, a teacher of 15 years at Zinser Elementary, says her students still love to read the dictionary. “They use it as a writer’s tool to help them with their stories,” she said. The dictionary is still one of the most powerful things a student can keep right on their desk.

One Grange member, Emma Dausman of Walker said, “It is fun just to see their expressions as the book becomes theirs,” when handing out the books.

Information gathered from the NW Advance Paper

West Catholic Student of the Week-Nick Coulson

West Catholic Student of the Week-Nick Coulson

Not every graduating senior can say they have accumulated more than 2000 volunteer hours but Nick Coulson has done just that in the past four years at West Catholic High School. A lot of his hours have been with the Civic Theatre where he was involved with 13 productions along with the West Catholic school theatre department, being in four productions.

Nick is also a member of Students for Life, the National Honor Society, Peer Ministry and a Eucharistic Minister.

Nick is working at GFS Marketplace and hopes to pursue a musical theatre career at a University next fall.

Reed Kamyszek Awarded Prestigeous Elite 89 Award

Reed Kamyszek Awarded Prestigeous Elite 89 Award

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—Orange cross country redshirt junior Reed Kamyszek received the Elite 89 Award at the pre-NCAA Championship banquet on Thursday night in Terre Haute, Ind. Kamyszek received the award for being the best student-athlete in this year's field of runners, maintaining the highest cumulative grade point average of any participant in the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Cross Country Championship.
 
Kamyszek is currently a triple major in biochemistry, ethics and psychology as an academic senior at Syracuse University. Last spring he was named to the 2012-13 CoSIDA Academic All-District and Academic All-America Third Team.