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Students Honor Vet with Patriotic Quilt

Three boys stood with an Army veteran pledging allegiance to a faded flag, the gulf of years between them vanishing into their solemn words: "one nation, under God, indivisible ..." The fourth-graders from Kenowa Hills' Alpine Elementary School looked proud...

‘I Did That Too’: Child of Migrant Camps Helps Hispanic Students

Another day at Alpine Elementary is winding down when Sylvia Saucedo-DeVries looks up to see a young man come in the office. Miguel Vega, 18, attended this school as a child and wants to say hi to his former...

Students Sideline Differences with Basketball

When Kenowa Hills HighSchool basketball players took to the court with some special-needs students, they encountered a challenge: One young man in a wheelchair couldn’t reach the hoop with the ball. So they set up a trash can at...

Ready, Set, Teach

The just-risen sun glows through the window as Grace Bollman walks into her classroom, room G121 of Kenowa Hills High School, and gets ready to greet her incoming students on the first day of school. Even after two decades of...

Learning Takes Shape with Geometric Blocks

Put a bunch of different-shaped wooden blocks in front of kids, and they’re bound to do goofy things with them. Second-grader Dylan Fischer, for instance, put a cone, a pyramid and a rectangle on his head as a kind...

Students Win Silver in Statewide Essay Contest

Susan Lamb, a junior and Cole Visser a senior, placed second in a medical essay contest they entered as part of their Anatomy and Physiology class at Kenowa Hills High School.  Each received a $50 cash prize, a merit...

Kenowa Students Thirsting to Serve Others

Ask Jovonta Pimpleton how he feels about going to the Dominican Republic, and he’ll be straight with you: “I’m nervous.” He’s never been out of the country and this will be only his second time on a plane. Then there’s...

Kenowa Students Add College to High School Schedule

Erika Simonds didn’t expect that going to college while still in high school would be like this. “It’s exactly the opposite of what I thought college would be,” said the 17-year-old junior at Kenowa Hills High School. “I thought...

For Katelyn Bowman, College is a Glass Slipper

Katelyn Bowman loved Cinderella. As a child she watched the movie over and over, and wore her Cinderella costume every Halloween. It’s no mystery why Katelyn identified with hard work. “She was like the house maid,” says the Kenowa Hills...

Science Teacher Hikes Appalachia, Gains Inspiration

The sign near the top of Mount Washington confronted Ray Byle like a park ranger in a bad mood.  “STOP,” it read. “This area has the worst weather in America. Many have died there from exposure even in the summer....

Optimists Donate Books Needed for New Core Curriculum

When in need, go to an Optimist. That’s what Kenowa Hills fifth-grade teachers did when they decided they needed new books at Central Elementary School. They asked the Kent Optimist Club of Grand Rapids for help in purchasing titles...

Hallway Heroes Battle Bullying in Kenowa Hills

Natalia Quizena knows what it feels like to be bullied, so she takes her job as a Hallway Hero very seriously. “It hurts,” says Natalia, a fifth-grader at Zinser Elementary in Kenowa Hills. “You can’t learn, because you’re focused...

Student Saves Drowning Man

For just a split second, Tiana Studebaker hesitated when she saw a man lying on the bottom of the pool. “I was like, ‘This isn’t my job. Somebody go down there and get him!’” recalls Tiana, a self-assured seventh-grader at...
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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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