- Students from Central Woodlands 5/6 School and Northern Trails 5/6 School have their artwork titled “Caricatures, Artists, and Bobbleheads” on display at the Grand Rapids Art Museum through April 6. The students, along with their art teacher Merrily Holladay, created over 100 bobbleheads for an exhibit which coincided with Laughfest.
- Congratulations to four Odyssey of the Mind teams who will represent their school and our school district at the World Finals. The following are competing on the world stage: Not-So-Haunted House Problem 2 Division III, Forest Hills Northern High School and Forest Hills Central High School; The Stackable Structure Problem 4 Division III Forest Hills Central High School (also recipient of the Ranatra Fusca Award for excellence in creativity); and Seeing is Believing Problem 5 Division I Thornapple Elementary School. The World Finals will be held at Iowa State University, May 28-31.
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All three Forest Hills high schools had students lend a hand and help out with this year’s Festival Day at Lincoln School. Festival Day is organized by Artists Creating Together, a nonprofit organization in Grand Rapids which provides workshops in all arts to individuals with special needs. Festival Day is just one event they help coordinate and sponsor. The FHPS high school volunteer clubs send students each year, and this year, over 100 students volunteered for the day. Read more
This month, Forest Hills Public Schools’ Odyssey of the Mind teams competed on the world stage. The top six finishers in each problem and division were recognized before a crowd of over 10,000 attendees. Congratulations to Thornapple Elementary School for earning a third place winner in the Division 1 Performance problem. The Forest Hills Central High School’s Structure team overcame destructive humidity to capture fourth in their hotly contested problem. The Forest Hills Northern High School’s Technical team clearly had some chemistry going with the judges, whose strong positive reaction to their performance helped earn them a sixth place finish. The Forest Hills Central High School Technical team gave a dreamy performance and snagged a top-20 finish, coming in 18th (despite losing two of their seven team members to the District Championship Varsity Soccer tournament.) Way to go Forest Hills teams! We’re all proud of you! Read more
Congratulations to the following recipients of the Bend Emdin Guiding Principles in Action Award: Forest Hills Central graduates Sydney Vinton, Alexandra Wittenbach, Isabella Fiorenzo, Mariah Otolski and community members Dawn McDonald and Jeannine Leslie.
The award is presented each year to those in our schools and community who have started a project of long-term benefit, and/or have consistently demonstrated the district’s guiding principles of respect, caring, collaboration, diversity, learning, trust, open communication and high expectations over many years of service to our students, schools and/or community.
Twelve Forest Hills Eastern High School students participated in the DECA State Conference. Students competed in categories such as fashion and apparel merchandising, human resource management, travel and tourism, marketing, and many more. They spent the weekend networking and presenting their ideas to local business professionals in their respective areas. It was a great experience for the students and Austin Whitsett, a senior at FHE made it on stage to receive an award as a State Finalist. We look forward to a strong DECA chapter with many of the state qualifiers returning to Marketing in the fall.
Congratulations to India Stewart Dunning, senior, Forest Hills Northern High School, who is one of 1,000 Gates Millennium Scholars for the Class of 2014. More than 52,000 students applied through a multi-layered process, in the most competitive year in the program’s history. Gates Millennium Scholarships are awarded by the United Negro College Fund through a historic $1 billion grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The scholarship recognizes strong leadership, community service and academic achievements. The Gates Scholar can attend any college or university in the country for a fully-paid undergraduate degree. The scholarship is renewable up through a doctorate degree in specific fields. Dunning plans to attend Howard University in the fall.
The following Forest Hills Central High School students recently were recognized at an honors reception at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. Congratulations to Alexandra Hoiles who has been accepted to the US Naval Academy; Taylor Mackey who received the Congressional Medal of Merit; and Ryan Whitlow has been accepted to the US Air Force Academy.
We wish Evan Zeiger, eighth-grade student at Central Middle School good luck in the National History Bee Finals in Atlanta, Ga., June 6-8. He recently finished second place in the regional finals. This is Evan’s second year making it to the Finals. The Finals will have approximately 700 students competing.
Congratulations to the following elementary school students for their achievements in a statistics poster competition sponsored by Grand Valley State University: First Place: Joseph McClelland, Ada Vista Elementary, “Time Out!”; Second Place: Lucy McLean, Pine Ridge Elementary, “Cat Adoption in the US”; Third Place: Samantha McClelland, Ada Vista Elementary, “Precious Pets. There were more than 600 entries in the 13th Annual Michigan Statistics Poster Competition for students kindergarten through 12th grade. Entries were judged in four grade level categories: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12.
Congratulations to Ruchir Gupta, sophomore at Forest Hills Central High School, for receiving the President’s Volunteer Service Award given by Prudential. Congratulations also to Alexis Loehfelm, a seventh-grader at Northern Hills Middle School for being a Distinguished Finalist in the Spirit of Community Service Awards. These awards honor young Americans for their outstanding community service and individuals who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their community and country through personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact, and personal growth.
Dylan Malburg won a $10,000 scholarship through the Emmy organization. They are flying him to New York to receive the scholarship. He is able to use the funds to further his education wherever he chooses. Michael Aaberg and Kallen Schwark are Finalists in the “President Gerald R. Ford Essay Challenge”. Both students are seniors. The awards ceremony will take place at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. Kallen Schwark has been named one of 565 semifinalists in the 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholars competition.