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Student Leaders

Determined leader sprints past K-12 finish line, pushed by her little ‘star’

Growing up, DaJa West always knew she was going to graduate from high school. But when she became pregnant, “some people doubted me,” she said. They shouldn’t have...

Trades are a passion for this award winner

Senior Mia Ramos is one of 65 high-school students statewide to be named a recipient of the 2021 Breaking Traditions Awards from the Michigan Department of Education...

Student vaccine ambassadors spread the message: ‘do your part’

Six students from GRPS schools were chosen to be COVID-19 vaccine ambassadors by the state of Michigan...

Aspiring high-school ag teacher hopes to return to her home district someday

She was recognized in March for teaching in elementary programs and promoting agricultural literacy...

Newcomer paves her way in biology, business

This Wyoming High School senior has overcome language barriers and other obstacles of succeeding in the U.S. and now is choosing from among major college scholarship offers...

‘I’ve always believed in justice’

Committed to social justice and anti-racism advocacy, eighth-grader Ari James is working to be an agent of change in her school, community and state...

Third-grader collects winter clothes, blankets to help those in need

(Photo by Dianne Caroll Burdick) Brown Elementary third-grader Jojo Gurd has worked to collect winter clothes and other items to help people experiencing homelessness in Grand Rapids...

Entrepreneur, philanthropist, third-grader

This student leader wants everyone to be included...

Senior Scouts return to grade school, sprinkling kindness

Four former Dutton Elementary students are using their platform as Girl Scouts to inspire kindness in younger generations of Wildcats...

This student leader aspires to inspire

His advice: seize all opportunities, reach out to others...

Inspiration from others fuels his ambition

A political hopeful prepares further during a national conference for student leaders...

‘I didn’t give up’

If a challenge becomes an excuse, said senior Clair Jansma, “it's much harder to overcome and you sacrifice opportunities”...

‘I want to change the world’

Ja'Kaurie Kirkland makes an impression on pretty much everyone he meets, including us. Learn what’s behind his positive outlook...

Young leaders leave a literary legacy

Fifth graders did their research, worked with a budget and chose a new collection of books for their school as part of a new library legacy committee...

She’s a model for leadership, addressing big issues

With a focus on local, national and global issues, Eleanor Cooper has dedicated herself to serving as a voice for minorities, an advocate for change...
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