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School Spirit Personified: ‘He Never Has a Bad Day’

Jared Scheidel ambles onto the ballfield and members of the Knights varsity baseball team greet him as they get ready for practice. “What’s up, coach Schy?” one player says, using his nickname. “Hi guys!” Jared calls back. “You ready?” As players...

History as Song and Story

It was the true story of a horrific murder, but Ben Bedford sang the tale to a gentle melody. “Pulled by four strong arms from sleep/where he prayed to the Lord his soul to keep/to that half-ton Chevy on a...

Playing in Tune with Giving Hearts

Elizabeth Catlin tentatively plucked a few notes on a violin after eighth-graders McKenzie Watkoski and Presley Avery showed her how. The she gamely played along with a blues tune played by the student orchestra, which had come to entertain...

‘A Great Big World Out There’

Experiencing faraway lands is important to staff and students at Kelloggsville and Comstock Park high schools. What impact does globe-trotting have on students, and how do they raise the money needed to add those stamps to their passports? Read...

Mind Sports Roundup

Editor's note: Academic competition season is upon us! In Mind Sports Roundup, School News Network will be running roundups of events including Odyssey of the Mind, Science Olympiad, MathCounts and robotics. The following items were submitted by Kent ISD...

Student Teachers Become Co-teachers in the Classroom

In one corner of the classroom, second-grade teacher Dee Eidson discussed a book about snakes with five students, teaching them how to support facts with evidence. “Why don’t snakes smell with their noses?” she asked. Opposite her, student teacher Kevin...

Students Put a Face on Anti-Bullying Message

Kenowa Hills High School students will be the faces of a worldwide anti-bullying campaign, thanks to their creative collaboration with martial-arts champion and motivational speaker Mariah Moore. The former Lowell High School student is using posters and stories of...

Students Create Stuff, Match Wits in After-School Clubs

With great care, sixth-grader Jon Lesky is constructing a Lego robot he calls “Peace Man.” “He builds stuff out of his imagination that will help take down this guy,” Jon says, motioning toward another Lego man he calls “a super...

Martial Arts Champ Fights Back Against Bullying

Olivia Allen believes there's nothing more valuable than firsthand knowledge. So when the president of the Kenowa Hills anti-bullying club, Knights Lights, listened to Mariah Moore speak about her experiences of being bullied in high school, Olivia didn't want to...

Special Times for Special Friends

First-grader Ja’Nia Gossett is reading to fourth-grader Madeline De Young from “The Pigeon Has Feelings, Too!” by Mo Willems, and putting quite a lot of feeling into it. “Yippee! I win!” Ja’Nia crows, quoting the bird’s boast. “You’re looking at...

Youngest Board Member Wants to ‘Help Fix Things’

Eric-John Szczepaniak remembers leaving his job at the Alpine Township polling place last March with a novel idea formulating in his mind. Having completed his work at the township for the Michigan presidential primary, the 18-year-old Szczepaniak started tossing around...

Spirit of the Season: Students Give to Aid Refugees

She may only be in seventh grade, but Zoe Paskewicz is well aware of what’s going on in the world. Scenes of refugees fleeing Syria and ISIS-inflicted cruelty make her want to help others far from her West Michigan...

Film Award Boosts Would-be Director’s Dreams

Aaron Voogt considered it a long shot, but he was willing to take the gamble. A year ago as he viewed contestants' work at the Mosaic Film Experience, Aaron, then a junior at Kenowa Hills High School, wondered how his...

Learning by Doing: ‘We Actually Touch Stuff’

Ava Vandenberg doesn't have anything against computers. But give her a pinch of salt, a splash of Kool-Aid and a handful of chocolate chips, and she has a new outlook on school. That's the benefit of a hands-on science project...

A History Lesson Taught with a Song

Dozens of students sat scrunched in a hallway as Jason Hammond sang them a history lesson. “With a load of iron ore twenty-six thousand tons moreThan the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed empty,That good ship and crew was a bone to be...

Making a Difference with a ‘Crazy Idea’

Emily Rosbury wasn't so sure the plan was such a great idea the first time she wound her way down the upper-grades hallway armed with her precious sticky notes. But the sixth-grader at Kenowa Hills Middle School, along with classmate...
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‘Be The Change’

Kenowa Hills High School senior Carlos Velazquez created a compelling and inspirational anti-bullying video titled "Be the Change." It was inspired by Carlos' belief that bullying victims often turn into perpetrators themselves, and this cycle continues until someone reaches...

Shades of Life

Editor's note: Students in Grace Bollman's English class at Kenowa Hills High School were assigned to write a poem reflecting on the book "Tuesdays with Morrie" by Mitch Albom. This one was written by 10th-grader Haily Raupp. A morning following...
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