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Great Lakes Elementary honored with International Baccalaureate authorization

Great Lakes Elementary honored with International Baccalaureate authorization

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Great Lakes Elementary celebrated a first for the West Ottawa School District, becoming the first elementary school authorized to teach the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday.

With Principal David Stefanich and staff and students looking on, students cut the ribbon to signify Great Lakes receiving the honor in remarkable fashion.

Following a February two-day visit by a two-person evaluating team, the school was notified it had been authorized effective immediately without any recommendations for change, a rarity for an IB school.

“When I went through training, we were told the authorization visit was pretty grueling and they were pretty blunt about what your shortcomings were,” Principal David Stefanich said.

Zeeland brass quintet is rated top in the state

Zeeland brass quintet is rated top in the state

The Zeeland High School Brass Quintet was recently chosen as the top high school brass quintet in the state. The group performed at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival (MYAF) at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo May 12, 13, and 14. Two members of the group were also chosen to participate in the Festival’s Honors Band.

Public reception May 24 to honor Zeeland Superintendent Feenstra

Public reception May 24 to honor Zeeland Superintendent Feenstra

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A public reception honoring Superintendent Gary L. Feenstra's 18 years of service to Zeeland Public Schools is set for Tuesday, May 24, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the Zeeland West High School cafeteria. Refreshments will be served. The event provides an opportunity for parents, students and citizens to meet with Gary prior to his retirement.

"I can say with all honesty that this job has been the most wonderful work experience of my life," Feenstra said when announcing his retirement last December.  

Feenstra, 60, was hired as superintendent in August, 1993, from a field of 45 candidates.  He came to the job with 18 years experience as principal for Holland Public Schools at the elementary, junior high and high school levels. He also taught for one year in Holland and two years in Indiana.

Huizenga Hosts Academy Night Wednesday, May 18th

Huizenga Hosts Academy Night Wednesday, May 18th

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2nd District, MI - U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, MI-02, invites all high school students interested in serving their country through one of the United States Service Academies to the informational Academy Night Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel in Holland. Refreshments will be served.
 
Students and their parents will have a chance to meet liaison officers and talk to Huizenga’s staff about the application process for admission to one of these military academies during this casual evening.

Bria (Ebels) DeBoer is named Zeeland East varsity girls' basketball coach

Bria (Ebels) DeBoer is named Zeeland East varsity girls' basketball coach

Bria (Ebels) DeBoer is taking over coaching duties for the Zeeland varsity girls' basketball team.  She succeeds Bob Rilley who stepped down this spring after 20 years of coaching the Chix.

"We are thrilled to have Bria take on the position," Zeeland East Athletic Director Tim Ritsema said. "She will make a very seamless transition afer serving here as our freshmen and JV basketball coach.  The girls like her and respect her. Bria will continue the quality program established by Bob Rilley."

DeBoer brings a wealth of basketball experience to the position.  She was a standout cager for the Hope College women's team from 2002 through 2006 and served two years as the team's captain, including Hope's national championship team of 2006.  DeBoer was named Defense Player of the Year in 2006; was named Final Four Most Outstanding Player the same year; and was featured in Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd" edition in April, 2006.

Suzanne Coney accepts certificate of appreciation from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Suzanne Coney accepts certificate of appreciation from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

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Waukazoo Elementary secretary Suzanne Coney and teacher Lynne Gallagher couldn’t help but tear up when Cathy Courey explained to Gallagher’s third-grade class on Wednesday that there is no cure for diabetes.

Coney and Gallagher have both been touched by the disease – Gallagher has a daughter with Type 1 diabetes and Coney helps two students in Gallagher’s class deal with the disease every single day.

Courey, executive director of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Great Lakes West Chapter, wasn’t telling either woman anything they didn’t know.

GVSU welcomes $38,800 grant from DTE

GVSU welcomes $38,800 grant from DTE

Grand Valley State University (GVSU) has received a $38,800 incentive payment from DTE Energy for making energy efficiency improvements on its main campus in Allendale and at three satellite campuses in Holland, Muskegon and Grand Rapids.

In a ceremony today at the 2011 Energy Conference and Exhibition DTE Energy's John Lobbia, marketing program manager, presented a $38,800 check to Terry Pahl, GVSU facilities engineer. The incentive payment is an element of DTE Energy's Your Energy Savings initiative, a program designed to help DTE Energy customers improve the energy efficiency of their homes and businesses.