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Alexandria Vaughn-Earvin, a seventh-grader at Forest Hills Central Middle School, recently spoke to a panel of Grand Rapids city officials and leaders. She shared why attending college would help her achieve her goals. This opportunity was part of KidSpeak 2015, an annual forum facilitated by the Mayor’s Youth Council, managed by Our Community’s Children, that gives young people in kindergarten through 12th grade the opportunity to speak directly to legislators, community leaders, and other officials about issues of importance to them. KidSpeak 2015, “Where Are We Going & How Do We Get There?” is about how young people see their future sense of self.
It was the world premier of the oldest music notation ever written. The music came to life on stage with world-renowned pianist Malek Jandali, Forest Hills Central senior and violinist, Tasneem Sannah, and the FHC orchestra. According to orchestra director, Andrew Pool, “It’s a gift. It’s about music, hope, harmony; it’s about understanding a different culture through the lens of music.”
Congratulations to Madeline Bissett, a student at Forest Hills Northern High School, and Alexis Simonson, a student at Forest Hills Eastern High School, for receiving top accolades and honors in this year’s essay contest sponsored by the Economic Club of Grand Rapids. Students had to write on the topic, “PAYING IT FORWARD: Why and how does service and philanthropy impact the economic vitality of a city and region?” To read more about the event and the contest, click here.
Amrit Deol, from Forest Hills Eastern High School, and Sophia Frankel, from Forest Hills Northern High School, were named finalists in the Gerald R. Ford essay contest (with over 600 entries from all over the state). Students responded to the essay prompt: “The Meaning of Integrity Today.” Winners were selected based on adherence to the theme, quality of narrative, originality of the essay, as well as on proper use of grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Congratulations students!
Congratulations to Forest Hills Northern High School students, Emily Pool and Christina Dood, and Forest Hills Eastern High School student, Jordan Moreau. They are among 10 recipients of the Hutt Scholarship given by Lake Michigan Credit Union. The Hutt Scholarship actually is an essay contest where students responded to the prompt: “25 years from now, how will the world be a better place because of you?”
Congratulations to Eastern Middle School students, Sam Volk and Drew Kunik, who took first place in the Nico-TEAM poster competition in Grand Rapids. The Nico-TEAM coalition of community physicians, dentists, medical students and researchers sponsored a poster contest with area middle school students. The purpose of the event was to heighten the awareness of the harmful effects of smoking in this at-risk population.
Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University is pleased to announce Graphic Design student Jamie Vander Werf as the valedictorian of the college’s 2015 graduating class. Vander Werf, a 2010 graduate of Forest Hills Eastern High School, will be a keynote speaker during KCAD’s commencement ceremony on May 9.
Several students from Eastern High School attended a hands-on career and college readiness event called Career Quest 2015. During this unique experience, students learned from medical professionals, foremen, mechanical engineers and many more. They explored key West Michigan industries expecting solid job growth in the near future. They also made connections between the classroom and the workplace by interacting with technology, tools and professionals from many different fields.
Taking skills learned in a classroom and applying them to every day life took on a whole new meaning for some students, their families and staff in the FHPS Mandarin Chinese Immersion Program. Click here to read about their amazing, recent trip to China.