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Holland student wins third place at North American International Auto Show poster contest

Holland student wins third place at North American International Auto Show poster contest

HOLLAND, Mich.- Zeeland West High School and Visual Communications student at Careerline Tech Center (CTC), Stephanie Miller, recently won third place at the North American International Auto Show's (NAIAS) 23rd Annual High School Poster Contest in the 11th grade division. Miller received $100, a framed certificate, and two tickets to the Auto Show for her winning design.

Established to engage the creative minds of Michigan's future artists, the annual contest recognizes students from local art communities. The 2011 contest received 740 poster entries from 79 high schools all over the state of Michigan.

Sally Salkowski, Visual Communications Instructor for Careerline Tech Center, was pleased with Miller's third place win. "Once again this year, one of CTC's Visual Communications students has placed in this extremely tough competition," said Salkowski.
"I'm just so proud of these students and their awesome talents!"

Hope College Veritas Forum Will Run Jan. 13-15

HOLLAND – Exploring what genuine community looks like as the world becomes increasingly virtual will be the focus of the eighth biennial Veritas Forum at Hope College, which will take place on Thursday-Sunday, Jan. 13-16.

Featuring a variety of presentations including three keynote addresses, two panel discussions and a concert, the forum will examine the topic “True Communities True Selves: Exploring True Community in a Virtual World.”

Although the Veritas Forum has been planned for the campus community, the public is invited.  Admission is free to all events except for the concert.

Hope College Honored Nationally for Community Engagement

HOLLAND – Hope College has received national recognition for exemplary service-learning as one of only 115 colleges and universities across the country named to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s “2010 Community Engagement Classification” on Wednesday, Jan. 5.

The college’s dean of students, who coordinated Hope’s application for the recognition, said that he especially appreciates the selection because it affirms the way that community engagement and service is expressed as a core value at Hope.  Even though educating students “for lives of leadership and service in a global society” is part of the college’s mission statement, he noted that it happens through the efforts of hundreds of individuals--students, faculty and members of the staff—who choose to come together in multiple ways to make a difference, whether tutoring area children, raising funds for the American Cancer Society or helping provide a village in Africa with clean water.

Ottawa Area ISD Board of Education leaders honored in January



Holland, Mich.- Intermediate School District (OAISD) is joining 552 local and 57 intermediate school districts across the state to honor and thank the community volunteers who make up the OAISD Board of Education for their untiring dedication to public education.

“We proudly join educators and community members in saluting our own education advocates as they provide vision and leadership for student achievement, academic programs, district funding and school facilities,” Karen McPhee, Superintendent of the OAISD, said. “Their service ensures that decisions about public schools are made by those most familiar with the needs of our community’s children and families.

ZPS - Gary Feenstra retiring at end of the school year

ZPS - Gary Feenstra retiring at end of the school year

From: http://www.zps.org

Gary Feenstra announced December 17 that he will retire this summer as superintendent of Zeeland Public Schools, capping 18 years of service to the district and an education career totalling 39 years.

"I can say with all honesty that this job has been the most wonderful work experience of my life," Feenstra said. The 60-year-old superintendent cited a desire to spend more time with his family. 

Carol Slagh, Board of Education president, said the Board accepts his request for retirement "with deep regret.

Hope Professor's “Social e-textbook” Concept Wins Competitive Fellowship

HOLLAND - The unique "social e-textbook" pioneered by Hope College faculty member Dr.

Hope College Mortar Board Chapter Leads National Book Drive

Hope College Mortar Board Chapter Leads National Book Drive
HOLLAND - The Hope College Alcor chapter of Mortar Board has placed first in the national organization's "Virtual Book Drive" for the third consecutive year, raising funds to provide books to children nationally as well as locally.

The chapter raised $10,899.61 in the July 24-November 12 drive, which the national Mortar Board organization held in conjunction with First Book, a national literacy nonprofit.

The Mortar Board Virtual Book Drive is a fundraising challenge in which chapters compete to raise funds in order to bring new books to local programs serving children from low-income families.  The funds are available for use through the First Book Marketplace, where programs can choose from hundreds of high-quality titles at deeply discounted prices.

A tenth of the total will support First Book's work providing books to children all over the country.  The remaining 90 percent will be used in Holland, along w