Students from Forest Hills Eastern and Northern high schools in the Gone Boarding class were recognized for their work and ideas they brought forth to izzy+, an innovative office furniture designer located in Spring Lake, Mich. FHE seniors, Garryn Johnson and Tyler Kaminski, created the winning prototype of an element which will be incorporated into an adjustable height desk. This semester the two schools have been collaborating with izzy+ to create a functional design element for a piece of office furniture that will be unveiled at NeoCon, the commercial design industry’s launch pad for innovation and national convention. Johnson and Kaminski each were awarded a scholarship and will be given additional opportunities throughout the design, build, and marketing stages of the product. The Northern students who also created and submitted ideas were awarded Amazon gift cards for their hard work and inspiration. Northern students include: Joshua Spiegel, Credence White, Nihad Dzebo and Alexander Lavertue. The schools’ collaboration and work with izzy+ will continue throughout this school year, and hopefully into the future. More information will be released this spring with final pictures of the piece of furniture and additional information about the collaborative project. Gone Boarding is just one example of an FHPS classroom taking students’ learning outside school walls and partnering with businesses to give students real-life experiences and applications. Gone Boarding is an innovative class that pairs woodshop, design, critical problem solving and creativity with physical education and much more. The class is available at all three high schools.