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Her electrifying style

Abby Bolen stands alone in a small room, the vibrantly painted viper violin positioned on her shoulder, her bow moving fast and intense. She plays a song that sounds like rock and roll with a Celtic flair. Abby, 16, plays...

No Debate About it: Debating Skills are Valuable

The mere idea of debating on stage may cause some to break out in hives, but students are usually far from tongue-tied by the time they take their spots behind the podium, say local high school debate coaches. “Debate is...

Ninth-grade Students Connect with Second-graders through Books

“Waxy the Candle was very sad. He was teased and bullied until he went mad,” read ninth-grade student Kim Tran to Brookwood Elementary students. Tran’s story goes on to tell how Waxy lights up a room for all to...

Students Get To Know Each Other Over ‘Mixed-Up’ Lunch

While eating lunch with a random group of peers, Valleywood Middle School eighth-grade classmates discussed what they can’t live without. “I can’t live without my cell phone,” said Victor Eskew. “I can’t live without music,” said Reyna Delgado. “I can’t live without...

Kentwood Students Begin Kenyan Water Project with Journey of Their Own

Water splashed and faces grimaced as Challenger Elementary students took on the task of hoisting buckets containing about 20 pounds of water a short distance from a preserved wetland area to their school. “Painful. My back! Horrendous,” said Challenger Elementary...

Students Support Cancer Research at Van Andel Institute

When five East Kentwood High School seniors were looking for a way to support breast cancer research, they looked locally to the Bart Williams Breast Cancer Research Lab at Van Andel Institute (VAI)  in Grand Rapids. These students, who also...
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