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My Town: Rock & roll nutrition show tours West Michigan

My Town: Rock & roll nutrition show tours West Michigan

HOLLAND, Mich.—A rock and roll nutrition show has arrived in West Michigan.

“Jump with Jill” kicked off a series of performances at five area schools Monday, with a live show at Thomas Jefferson School in Holland.  It’s one of five schools that won a statewide contest, thanks to the generosity of Michigan’s dairy farmers and milk processors and the United Dairy Industry of Michigan as part of their Fuel Up to Play 60 program. 

“Dairy is one of easiest and richest ways that kids can get the calcium they need for strong bones,” says Amy Viselli with the United Dairy Industry of Michigan. “Jump with Jill has serious fun with a serious message. They even dress up a milk jug as a rapper named Calcium.”

My Town: U.S. News and World Report releases top high schools list

My Town: U.S. News and World Report releases top high schools list

KENTWOOD, Mich.—A charter school in Kentwood is the top West Michigan school on U.S. News & World Report’s latest list of Best High Schools.

The publication recently released its list of the top 500 schools nationally. The rankings are based on the student to teacher ratio, AP course involvement and math and reading proficiency scores.  The School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas, TX took the top spot.

In Michigan, 60 schools made the cut, with International Academy in Bloomfield Hills taking the top spot.  Excel Charter Academy-Grand River Prep School in Kentwood ranked second among Michigan schools.  City Middle/High School and Black River Public School were the only other West Michigan schools to crack the top ten.

The list of local schools includes:

MSU’s second annual Gran Fondo cycling event raises funds for skin cancer research

MSU’s second annual Gran Fondo cycling event raises funds for skin cancer research

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Michigan State University College of Human Medicine announces plans for its second annual Gran Fondo on June 28, 2014.

Italian for “Big Ride,” proceeds from this this non-competitive cycling event go towards programs to increase awareness, prevention and detection of skin cancer and supports MSU’s skin cancer research.

Four Hope College students and alumni receive NSF Program recognition

Four Hope College students and alumni receive NSF Program recognition

HOLLAND – A total of four Hope College graduating seniors or recent graduates have received recognition through the prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship program of the National Science Foundation.

Senior Caitlin Ploch of Redford received a fellowship through the program. In addition, 2013 graduate James Bour and 2012 graduate Hilary Bultman also received fellowships, and 2013 graduate Meagan Elinski received an honorable mention.  Bour and Bultman had each received honorable mentions last year.

Hope students or graduates have received fellowships or honorable mentions through the program every year for more than 20 years, and this is the seventh consecutive year that multiple graduating seniors or recent alumni have been recognized.  The NSF awarded 2,000 of the fellowships nationwide this year.

My Town: Hope College students to present creative and research projects on April 11

My Town: Hope College students to present creative and research projects on April 11

HOLLAND, Mich.– What does designing a tetrahedral robot,  the effect of Facebook on happiness and self-esteem, the effect of music tempo on cycling performance, and Louis XIV all have in common?

They're all original research topics by students of Hope College.

These research projects will be highlighted during the annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creative Performance at Hope College on Friday, April 11, from 2:30 p.m. to 5: 30 p.m. at the Richard and Helen DeVos Fieldhouse.The public is invited.  Admission is free.

My Town: Collegiate Vocal Competition April 6

My Town: Collegiate Vocal Competition April 6

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Students from Aquinas College, Hope College and Grand Valley State University will hit a high note Sunday, April 6 with Opera Grand Rapids' Collegiate Vocal Competition.

The event begins at 7 p.m. inside the Betty Van Andel Opera Center, located at 1320 E. Fulton in Grand Rapids. Guests can also listen to the Second Division winners from Western Michigan University and Hope College.

My Town: Hope College students receive Goldwater Scholarship and honorable mentions

My Town: Hope College students receive Goldwater Scholarship and honorable mentions

HOLLAND – A total of three Hope College juniors have received recognition through the highly competitive scholarship program of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.

Andrew Valesano of Sherwood, Ore., has received a Goldwater Scholarship for the 2014-15 academic year, while Caitlin Kozack of Carol Stream, Ill., and McLane Watson of Louisville, Colo., have each received honorable mentions.  The foundation selected only 283 students for scholarships and only 247 for honorable mention nationwide.

The scholarships were awarded by the Board of Trustees of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation to undergraduate sophomores and juniors.  The Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from among 1,166 mathematics, science and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide.