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Morgan Jarema
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Morgan Jarema is a Grand Rapids native and a product of Grand Rapids Public Schools, including Brookside and West Leonard elementaries, City Middle/High School and Ottawa Hills. She found her tribe in journalism in 1997 and has never wanted to do anything but write. For 15 years she was a freelance journalist for The Grand Rapids Press, covering local schools and government, religion, business, home & garden and lifestyles. She and her husband, John, think even those without kiddos should be invested in their local schools and made to feel a part of them. Read Morgan's full bio or email Morgan.

Sophia Luettke Doesn’t Hope, She Plans

Barely a week out of high school forever, Sophia Luettke sat in the three-season room at her East Grand Rapids home and wondered how her day would play out: laser tag, go-karts or high ropes? The 18-year-old East Grand Rapids...

Students Build Arm, Little Girl Scoots

Being born without a forearm has never slowed down Maeli Gottschalk. That is, until she got to the age when most kids yearn to ride a bicycle. Turns out she was only slowed temporarily, thanks to some students at...

Planting Thanks, Growing Hope

About a dozen children from around Greater Grand Rapids gathered at the Kent ISD Educational Services Center building to plant annuals in commemoration of World Refugee Day. The children, who attend the West Michigan Refugee Education and Cultural Center’s after-school...

Tech Center Criminal Justice, Aviation Students Earn State Award

Arriya Harris is entirely comfortable about a future as a woman in a field that's traditionally been mostly men. The same goes for Damaris Sanchez. "I just want to be treated the same as the guys," said Arriya, 17, an...

Finger-Pointing Baboons Named Hands-Down Art Competition Winner

Marissa Drew is drawn to illustrating animals with human bodies. Good call. Now she knows others agree with her artistic whimsy. A painting she initially drew for her high school Advanced Placement art and digital art classes has gained...

Kent Career Tech Center Principal is Top Michigan Administrator

As principal at Kent Career Tech Center, John Kraus leads a more-than 100-member staff for more than 20 career-focused programs. He also oversees the educations of some 2,400 students on the center's campus and four satellite sites. Here's who John Kraus...

Students Meet Plumbing Gadget Pioneer

Students at Innovation High sat in on an unusual show & tell this week, where the main attraction was a toilet. That's right, a commode in theclassroom. And it was all in the name of showing students how one...

Industries Ready to Hire Meet Students Ready to Work

Luis Vinalay walked into the Kent Career Tech Center on April 29 prepared to find a job. Copies of his resume kept nice and clean in a fancy leather binder? Check. Suit and Tie? The very one he wore to...

Kent ISD Administrator Honored with National Award

Laurie VanderPloeg, director of Special Education and Early Childhood at Kent ISD, is regarded as a superstar in her field. But her colleagues say she's one of the biggest team players they know. VanderPloeg traveled to San Diego, California over...

Forge Ahead with Life After High School, Say Grads

Being nervous about how your life will unfold after high-school graduation "isn't something you should be thinking about too much," said Arshano McKenzie, a Kellogsville High School graduate who is now working toward a career in medicine. "If you...
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Virtual career exploration a hit with students

The district helped shape the online program, which is now being used to varying degrees by a handful of area schools...

‘Middle school’s gonna love you’

The annual rite of passage for fifth graders was modified because of safety measures to help curb the spread of the coronavirus...

‘We have a newspaper? I want to join’

When teachers were tasked to come up with and lead two-week courses in January on topics of interest to them, Melissa Moens created the Crossroads Chronicle...
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