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Alexis Stark

Alexis Stark
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Alexis Stark is a reporter, covering Caledonia and Kenowa Hills and is a roving reporter for Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming and Grand Rapids Community College. She grew up in metro Detroit and her journalism journey brought her west to Grand Rapids via Michigan State University where she covered features and campus news for The State News. She also co-authored three 100-question guides to increase understanding and awareness of various human identities, through the MSU School of Journalism. Following graduation, she worked as a beat reporter for The Ann Arbor News - covering stories on education, community, prison arts and poetry.  Following a stint as a copywriter for a Grand Rapids area PR firm, she transitioned from communications to freelance writing and reporting for SNN.  Read Alexis' full bio or email Alexis.

Fourth-grade hockey fan gets a magical hour on ice: ‘I made the shot!’

Raised as a Red Wings and Grand Rapids Griffins hockey fan, Jackson Solow lights up while skating on an ice rink wearing his favorite hockey jersey...

Nurses administering COVID tests at school, working with families

Now stationed in all Kenowa Hills Public Schools, eight nurses are caring for students and administering Covid-19 testing...

Voters approve bond request by 2-to-1 margin

The approval of the $17.79 million bond will restore and renovate Lee Middle and High School, which was badly damaged by a June 2019 roof collapse...

Senior Scouts return to grade school, sprinkling kindness

Four former Dutton Elementary students are using their platform as Girl Scouts to inspire kindness in younger generations of Wildcats...

Learning from a place full of living things

Rebecca Perry and her class of eager kindergartners spent their morning exploring the newly redone Living Lab at Zinser Elementary...

Elementary school awarded with Blue Ribbon stats

Discovery Elementary School was named a 2020 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. School leaders attribute success to culture and academics...

Sensory splendor

Dutton teachers worked together to prepare lessons with creative twists to accomodate the needs of the kids while following the safety requirements for the 2020 back-to-school plan...

Two-stepper, avid reader owes career to her first-grade teacher

Jenn Shultz is the new Emmons Lake Elementary School principal. SNN gets to know her in this edition of Meet Your Administrators...

Foundation funds math curriculum, mental health coordinator

The Caledonia Education Foundation recently awarded the district a $75,000 grant to pay for a new math curriculum and to free up dollars to add a new position to serve students’ mental, social and emotional health needs...

Students reopen fine-dining restaurant six months after closing its doors

GRCC’s The Heritage has reopened to the general public, with culinary students cooking, baking their way toward degrees...

‘We’re educators; we always make it work’

Kelly VanDyke’s roots in Kenowa Hills reach back to her days as a student teacher there in the Resource Room. Entering her eleventh school year as a special education teacher at Central Elementary, she is preparing for new students, safety protocols and classroom learning, reimagined...

Leaving a greener footprint

Thanks to three years of work by devoted students, Crestwood Middle School earned the Evergreen School Environmental Stewardship Designation from Michigan Green Schools...

Whole-child advocates ready to lead, collaborate

SNN gets to know these new elementary principals in this edition of Meet the Principal...

New online academy looks to provide paced learning, support

Approximately 25 percent of Kenowa Hills students -- about 300 -- opted for virtual learning to start the year...

High school closes due to positive COVID-19 cases

Caledonia High School is closed for in-person instruction through Friday, Sept. 11, after five students and one staff member tested positive for COVID-19...

Schools start remotely, offer choice of plans

Kenowa Hills Public Schools developed two options for the 2020-2021 school year: allowing families to choose between 100% face-to-face instruction or 100% virtual learning...
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