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Student Leaders

A series dedicated to students that go above and beyond to serve their school, peers and community.

School events ‘go live’ thanks to pair of juniors

Thanks to the innovation and initiative of two high school computer students, others can now take a class in producing live-feed video...

This leader is always learning

Elle Waldron is president of the Northview High National Honor Society, but she prefers listening to telling others what to do...

‘I Want to Do Something Big’

If you visit junior Alexis Sell at Crossroads High School, you'll likely find her helping a fellow student, packing care bags for people in need or organizing her report as a Board of Education student representative. But just two years...

High School Sideline: Organic Milk

It looks like big things are on the horizon for sophomore and Future Farmers of America member Shannon Good. Shannon is really no "future" farmer; she's already milking cows, driving tractors and cleaning stalls at her family's small dairy and...

Students Lead Drug, Alcohol Awareness Conference

Two hundred Kent area students, selected for their leadership potential, gathered for a day of lessons and activities as part of the Empowering Youth Leadership Conference at Calvin College. The conference was produced by eight volunteer students from area schools...

Tireless Go-getter Makes Her Community a Better Place; Dreams of a Brighter Tomorrow

Maria Aguirre likes to help other people's dreams come true: making sure a child has presents wrapped under the tree on Christmas morning, doing her part to fund cancer research, helping distribute grants to organizations doing good in her...

Student’s Video Work Helps Shape District Future

Helping pass bonds for a school district and a fire department by creating videos isn't expected from a high school senior, but Nathan Seeber has done it. Jerry Robinson, Nathan's digital video teacher, said he's not sure how the bond...
East Lee senior Mitzi Hernandez holds a proclamation by the Grandville City Council declaring January “National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month”

Students Bring Concerns from Classroom to Council

East Lee High School students recently served as a voice for the millions of victims of human trafficking worldwide, including thousands in West Michigan, by making a presentation to the Grandville City Council in support of a proclamation. Seniors Mitzi...

Practicing leadership on the playground

Sixth-through-eighth graders are using the skills they learn in the semester-long leadership class and paying them forward helping out at the elementary school to reinforce good behavior...

Getting it All on Film and Dreaming Big

If you want to know a bit about David Tay and the pride he takes in his school, watch this video. It’s a lip-dub he filmed of the high school last spring, a catchy cavalcade of students dancing, running up...

Learning Leadership through Volunteering, Competing

For East Kentwood High School seniors, serving residents cake and ice cream for Christmas at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans was much more meaningful than just completing an assignment for class. "They were really happy because they don't get...

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...

Linh Le Works Hard, Shares Talents

A defining moment for Linh Le, who spoke no English when she started eighth grade at Kelloggsville Middle School, was her mastery of the math constant Pi. She rattled off about 150 of the digits following 3.1415-- stopping at times...

‘Leader of Leaders’ is All About Creating Change

During her shifts as a dietary aide at St. Ann’s Home, 18-year-old Naomi Cuenca likes to chat with 97-year-old Isabel Butkiewicz. “How are you?” Naomi asked her one recent afternoon. “I’m alive,” Isabel cheerfully replied, as she always does. Then she...

Student Rep Sees School Board Service As Preparation

Parker Fritz is one of those guys you just know is going places. That's why when the Kent City Community Schools Board of Education decided they wanted to mirror neighboring districts by having a student representative, they asked Parker. For the...

Students Offer Peers a Safe Place to Get Away

The room is buzzing. Kids chomp on pizza as they play chess, a game of “Sorry” and laugh at videos of people doing goofy things. Others chat cheerfully. It’s just what Emma Fraam had in mind when she organized Lunch...
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