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A crowd at the top: Seven valedictorians at West Ottawa

A crowd at the top: Seven valedictorians at West Ottawa

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Seven valedictorians with 4.0 grade-point averages and four salutatorians with 3.99 GPAs are the top students from the West Ottawa High School Class of 2011.

Valedictorians are Christy Ky, who was also named as the top scholar, Emily Kolean, Megan Lee, Ryan McCormack, Erin Niergarth, Lucas Smyk and Kyle Van De Riet. Salutatorians are Amy Brunelle, Gina Kim, Emily Martinie and Danielle Schmidt.

West Ottawa Select Women's Ensemble Given Superior Rating

Holland (WZZM)--   The West Ottawa High School Select Women’s Ensemble was one of only three choirs to be given a superior rating at the State Choral Festival on Thursday and Friday at Fair Haven Reformed Church in Hudsonville.

Four West Ottawa choirs performed at the state festival for the panel of adjudicators from across the country, with the other three – Bella Voce, Concert Choir and Vocalaires – getting excellent ratings.

“This panel of judges was the toughest I have ever seen in my career,” said West Ottawa Choir Director Pam Pierson, a 35-year teacher.

Hope College Features Tulip Time Organ Recitals May 11-14

Hope College’s popular contribution to Holland's annual Tulip Time festival continues with organ recitals on Wednesday-Saturday, May 11-14.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Occurring every half-hour, the 20-minute performances begin at 10 a.m. with the last performance beginning at 1:30 p.m.

The organists include David Bellows, a 2005 graduate from Rochester, N.Y.; Marie Blauwkamp, a 1962 graduate from Zeeland; Dr. Elizabeth Claar, who teaching and performing includes serves as a staff accompanist at Hope; Christopher Dekker, a 2009 graduate from Hudsonville; David Schout, a 2000 graduate from Zeeland; and Linda Strouf, a 1984 graduate who is an adjunct assistant professor of music at Hope.

Hope College 2011 Graduation Activities

Hope College 2011 Graduation Activities

HOLLAND - Hope College will hold its graduation activities on Sunday, May 8:

Baccalaureate will be held on Sunday, May 8, at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at Dimnent Memorial Chapel. The Baccalaureate sermon will be delivered by the Rev. Dr. Blaine Newhouse, newly appointed executive director of Geneva Camp and Retreat Center and most recently pastor of preaching and leadership with Calvary Reformed Church in Holland. Admission is by ticket only.

Approximately 730 graduating seniors will participate in Commencement on Sunday, May 8, at 3 p.m. at Holland Municipal Stadium. Dr. Jesus Montaño, associate professor of English at Hope, will be the speaker. The ceremony will also include the announcement of the recipient of the 2011 Hope Outstanding Professor Educator (H.O.P.E.) Award, presented by the graduating class. In the event of inclement weather, Commencement will be held at the DeVos Fieldhouse.

West Ottawa Middle Schools presents "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"

West Ottawa Middle Schools presents "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"

From West Ottawa Band Boosters

The West Ottawa Middle Schools present the musical comedy, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” on May 6, 7, and 8. Audiences of ALL ages will enjoy to this lively tale. This family show is filled with foot-stomping, toe-tapping songs that will introduce a whole new generation to Mark Twain’s memorable characters.

Hope College Honors Faculty/Staff for Service to Students

HOLLAND – Registrar Jon Huisken and education faculty member John Yelding have been named recipients of the college’s 12th annual “Vanderbush-Weller Development Fund” awards for strong, positive impact on students.

The award recognizes and supports the efforts of Hope faculty and staff who make extraordinary contributions to the lives of students. Huisken and Yelding will be honored during a dinner on Thursday, May 5.

“John Yelding and Jon Huisken epitomize the essence of going above and beyond the call for students,” said Dr. Richard Frost, vice president and dean of students at Hope, whose office coordinates the award, which is presented based on nominations from the campus community.
 

Hope Geology Students to Travel from Holland to Halland (Sweden)

HOLLAND – A group of three Hope College geology students will have a unique opportunity to participate in a research project in Sweden later this month.

The students, junior Nate Erber of Rockford, junior Dean Hazle of East Grand Rapids, and sophomore Leah LaBarge of Hudsonville, will spend three weeks as interns with the Geological Survey of Sweden, making detailed maps of rocks along the coast of the province of Halland, the only team from abroad to do so.

“The survey is mapping this area on a very large scale,” said the students’ Hope faculty mentor, Dr. Edward Hansen, professor of geological and environmental science, who will be accompanying the group.  “We’ll go into a few places and map it in a detail that the survey can’t.”