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2013 Graduate Beat the Odds – Again

Thomas Komor has literally been overcoming obstacles and beating the odds since birth. Born 16 weeks premature on Aug. 29, 1994, and weighing just 1 pound 11.5 ounces, he was given a 20 percent chance of surviving. He spent 3...

Students Debate International Issues, Roleplay UN Delegates

Their names are Emily Livermore, Kate VerMeulen, and Annalise Brinks, but they have aliases spanning the globe: Brazil, Canada, Australia, Nigeria. Want to know more about them? Ask how they feel about nuclear proliferation, climate change, or ISIS. But expect...

‘To Be Dramatic, Or Not To Be…’

Middle school students can be so dramatic. That's especially true in the middle school's fledgling Shakespeare club. Case in point: a recent rehearsal of a scene from "A Midsummer Night's Dream," when seventh-graders Drew Huegli and Hannah Bodine, as the ill-fated...

Banging on Rocks Shapes Global Learners

Sixth-grader Sam Williams used firm, deliberate pressure with a deer antler to try to chip flakes off a sedimentary rock, called chert. She was using a skill right out of the Old Stone Age, though she acknowledged it was...

First-class virtual travelers explore holidays around the world

Cultural traditions and vocabulary, plus simulated airplane travel was all part of learning about other countries...

Kentwood, EGR Tops in Constitutional Competition

What’s it like to answer in-depth questions about the U.S. Constitution in front of a panel of lawyers, judges and professors? “It’s good, because we know what we are talking about,” said East Kentwood High School junior Destiny Lewis, who...

Odyssey of the Mind Unfolds as Epic Adventure

Dan Delano's head pops up in the top window of the cardboard castle. The East Grand Rapids Middle School student flops a very long blond braid down the side of the castle wall. On the ground below, a witch talks...

This Former Park Ranger Has Sung Competitively in Four Languages

School: Wealthy Elementary What and where was your previous job? Special education teacher at Wealthy Elementary Degrees: Bachelor’s degree in special education from Michigan State University, master’s degree in educational administration from Grand Valley State University Other positions you have held in...

East GR’s Jack Lado takes the title at Spelling Bee with “bollo”

For nearly 15 minutes, totaling 18 rounds, Jack Lado and Aashray Mandala matched each other, word for word, until Aashray slipped and Jack won the 41st annual Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee

Bond requests pass in Rockford, Lowell; maintenance levy fails in Sparta

Six districts passed requests, ranging from non-homestead millages to major bond proposals for new and revamped buildings...

Community Service Projects Pave Way to Eagle Scout Status

From footbridges for hikers to garden beds for a school that serves special-needs students, Eagle Scouts in the East Grand Rapids High School Class of 2014 have left their mark on the community through projects and years of service...

A Capitol Idea

Lakeside Elementary fourth-graders recently paid a visit to the state Capitol as part of the social studies curriculum on the State of Michigan. Classes were given a tour of the building and a look at the rotunda. They met...

Chess Mates: Club Logs 30 Years and Counting

At 3:30 on most any Tuesday afternoon, the hallways of Lakeside Elementary are teeming with students eager to make their way out of the building and homeward. In the colder months, however, getting out of school is the last thing...

EGR selects new superintendent

The district’s Board of Education voted unanimously on June 21 to offer the superintendent’s position to Heidi Kattula. She would replace Sara Magaña Shubel, who will retire at the end of July...

EGR Students Work Hard “Spring Greening” the High School

The East Grand Rapids High School landscape is ready to flourish, thanks to members of the new high school gardening club, “Wild and Dirty.” Students embraced their kick-off “Spring Greening” project recently, following the advice of the Dr. Seuss character...

Laps and Lessons: Coach Guides Students to Become Better Swimmers, People

East Grand Rapids High School swim coach Milton "Butch" Briggs has helped many athletes swim their fastest laps and personal best races. But it's the ripples Briggs has spread from the pool into the school and community that his swimmers...
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