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Fifth-grader’s Story Tops with Readers

When the boat she was solo sailing on Reed's Lake last summer capsized, Rachel Anne Williamson could see her mom onshore and knew her instructors were coming for her. Nonetheless, "I was concerned about hypothermia," admitted the Breton Downs...

How Clean Water Boosts School Attendance

Alex Kaufmann and Sofia Debano joined their classmates in the Central Woodlands 5/6 school gymnasium recently to culminate a service learning project centered on the essential role water plays to those in developing countries. They are also putting into perspective...

Spelling Bee Winner off to National Bee

The third time was the charm for Aiden Mischley. The Forest Hills eighth-grader bested 18 students from six counties on March 22 to take first place at the 39th annual Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee. Other top participating districts included...

It’s Showtime for Student-designed Production

Trenton Brink twirled around wearing a purple jacket and top hat as he sang the gentle opening lines of "Pure Imagination," from the book and movie "Charlie and The Chocolate Factory." The pressure is on for the Knapp Forest Elementary...

Robots Take Over Schools for State, World Qualifiers

Four Kenowa Hills students surrounded a box of wires, wheels and pulleys they called Judy, making last-minute adjustments. They had spent six weeks putting her together, after school and on weekends. Now was the time to send her out...

Disable the Label

Josh Vandyk has been called names by his peers. "Monster" is one that particularly hurt, he said. There have been others. And he's heard the "r-word": retarded. The word that was once widely accepted as a synonym for someone with...

Winning the Superhero Poster Contest

The top 20 posters in this year's River City Water Festival Superheroes Contest have been selected and are on display through March 12 at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Winners of the contest, open to areastudents in grades 5...

Area Special Education Teams Shoot and Score!

Kenowa Hills High School recently hosted for the second year a regional Special Olympics basketball tournament. Schools from Byron Center, Sparta, Forest Hills, Thornapple Kellogg, Hudsonville and Holland sent teams. Kenowa Hills students filled the stands during the game, held...

Celebrating Chinese Culture All Year

As a college student, Yang Du pictured himself teaching English to students in his native China. Instead, he's teaching his native Chinese to students in the U.S. And he said students here show even more curiosity and enthusiasm for...

High School TEDx to “Burst Bubbles”

Just about a year ago, Marie Lachance could sum up her state of mind as “nervous but hopeful,” though her friend Anna Laffrey would also add “stressed.” This year, with the second annual TEDxEastGrandRapidsHigh just around the corner, Lachance...

Student Group Explores Latest Assistive Technology

Tony Bonofiglo was trying to be as helpful as possible to the woman sitting across from him. She was wearing a blue plastic band on her head with a playing card tucked inside. The card had a picture of...

Hitting the Airwaves for Clean Water

A group of Forest Hills Central Middle and Northern Trails ⅚ School students (now at Northern Hills Middle) were on the air this month promoting good care of the earth. Students worked with WGVU radio and television last school year...

Little Hats, Big Hearts

Brittany Rosely and Sydney Paalman liked the idea of making loom caps for newborns to raise awareness of heart problems. Besides, agreed the Forest Hills Eastern Middle seventh-graders, there's just about nothing cuter than a baby in a tiny...

Segregation, Civil Rights and a Local Neighborhood

It's one thing to read about the country's Civil Rights movement. It's another entirely to get a visit from three local women who came of age during that period. Forest Hills Northern Middle students were visited recently by three area...

Foundation Just Keeps on Growing

Forest Hills Eastern High School teacher Jaclyn Hartman's science students will be able to study a real-world issue for which jobs are currently being created and shaped, thanks to a $487 grant from the Forest Hills Public Schools Foundation....

All Things Salmon-y

At home, Koen Unangst helps take care of the family dog. At school, he helps take care of nearly 200 newly hatched salmon. So the Pine Ridge Elementary fourth-grader speaks from experience when he says "taking care of a...

Connecting those in need with those who want to help

A pair of brothers with tech savvy and big hearts have created a website to help during the COVID-19 crisis...

I regret taking normal for granted

A Forest Hills Central High journalism student shares her thoughts. We invite students and staff in our coverage area to submit theirs to SNN@Kentisd.org...
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