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Debate Team Qualifies for Tournament of Champions

Michael Obuchi tied to quit the high school debate team after three years at the end of his junior year. He was burned out, he recalled, and it was just too time-consuming. But Abbie Booker wasn't going to let him...

Fifth-grade Author Keeps Turning Out New Fiction

In colorful markers, Oummu S. Kabba neatly wrote "O.S.K," adding a smiley face inside the "O," during her book-signing event at Barnes & Noble bookstore in Grandville's Rivertown Crossings Mall. Catering to a steady stream of shoppers, the Discovery Elementary...
Seventeen Kentwood Public Schools elementary students made up the first iLEAD cohort

‘If I Can Do it, You Can Do It’

Dressed in red, resemblant of flaming hot sauce, Bowen Elementary fifth-grader Yoe Shi Yar played David Tran, a Vietnamese immigrant who founded Huy Fong Foods, Inc. "I was born in 1945 in Soc Trang, Vietnam. I am 72 years old....

AP or early college? What’s a student to do?

For college-bound students hoping to earn credits early and save on tuition, choosing the right kinds of courses for their particular programs can make a big difference...

Science Teacher Applies VanAndel Institute Principles to Classroom

A lot of noise comes from East Kentwood High School AP biology teacher Chad VanHouten’s class. Cockatiels may be whistling, students may be feeding the python and her babies or the class might be reacting to experiments. Snakes, a...

Science Comes Alive with Community Engineers, Programmers, Experts

From the science behind a beautiful smile, to forces of flight and how liquid nitrogen works, Kentwood Public Schools elementary students got see, hear, touch and taste science at work recently, thanks to community partnerships. The district recently hosted three...

Teachers Share Expertise to Improve Learning, Their Own Teaching

Crestwood Middle School psychologist Kathy Lennon was feeling surly. She was not about to listen to social worker Cathy DeHaan lead a session at the EKConference 2015. Lennon sat at her desk and picked loudly at the cardboard on her...

Up Close with In-Demand Careers

Beginning a career in manufacturing after high school can pay off fast, said industry rep. Angie Huyghe. An apprentice in the toolroom can make a total $160,160 in the first four years after graduating from high school. By that time,...

So Long, Lunch Lady — But Not for Long

Agnes Fischer bustled behind her serving station in the the East Kentwood Freshman Campus cafeteria. The fried chicken went fast and she grabbed another tray. She passed out the hearty pieces with sides of mashed potatoes and salad to...

Giving back as others gave to them

Three sisters, refugees from Rwanda, devote their Monday evenings to volunteering at the Learning Café, an education center in Grand Rapids that serves refugee children...

Students explore myriad career options as they look toward the future

The event included 32 workshops and 140 career and college representatives, and spanned industries including higher education, skilled trades, the military, public services, public safety, retail and more...

Students, Teachers to Converge for Annual Livestream for Education

For Linda Olejnik, attending her first Livestream for Education was like getting "a creative shot in the arm for teaching" in her American literature classroom. Olejnik, now the assistant principal at Catholic Central High School,  said speakers were dynamic,...

Computer Fields Beckon Girls to Great Careers

Rachel Bowman likes robots so much she wants to own a robotics company someday. She spends half her school day in the Information Technologies program and the other half in the Mechatronics programs at Kent Career Tech Center. In both...

Culture Club

With flags hoisted high and signs declaring "We Are EK" in different languages, nearly 100 district high school students gathered for a photo. It was a proud display of culture for students who accepted the invitation to represent their...

Me and My Dad

Hector Rodriguez sat with his daughters, Jocelyn, a kindergartner, and Aaliyah, a fifth-grader, munching on breakfast sandwiches and sipping juice. "I wish Pappi was here for us all day!"Jocelyn said. Rodriguez said he, too, wished he could stay all day at...

STEM fair projects lead to university research spots

Four 2018 East Kentwood High School graduates used projects from last school year to get into an elite University of Michigan research program...
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