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My Town: Hudsonville student's film earns her a scholarship

My Town: Hudsonville student's film earns her a scholarship

HUDSONVILLE, Mich.—A Hudsonville High School senior is cashing in on her film talent for college.

Rachel O’Connell recently won the Judges Choice Grand Prize in the Discover Manufacturing Today Video Challenge, earning her a $1,000 job training scholarship for Grand Rapids Community College.

O’Connell, a Careerline Tech Center Media Communications student, competed against high school students in 13 West Michigan counties for the honor.  Each student had approximately three weeks to produce a video highlighting why a career in manufacturing is a great career choice.  In that time, students had to obtain contacts and secure mentor companies, film, edit and submit their entries. Nearly three dozen CTC students tapped Automated Machine Systems, Holland Litho, JR Automation and Gentex for help with their films.

My Town Hudsonville: Volunteers needed to create butterfly haven

My Town Hudsonville: Volunteers needed to create butterfly haven

HUDSONVILLE, Mich.—Greenthumbs are needed to help create a new haven for butterflies in Hudsonville.

Gary Byker Memorial Library was recently awarded a grant by the Wildflower Association of Michigan to plant a butterfly garden in the lot in front of the library entrance.  The library is looking for volunteers to help plant the space with butterfly-friendly greenery on May 17 at 10 a.m. Those interested in helping should contact Ellie at 669-1255 ext. 4 for more information.

The Gary Byker Memorial Library is located at 3338 Van Buren Street in Hudsonville.

My Town: Kent Career Tech Center names first National Tech Honor Society members

My Town: Kent Career Tech Center names first National Tech Honor Society members

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—A dozen students from Kent Career Tech Center are now members of the National Technical Honor Society.

The students were inducted into the Tech Center’s inaugural NTHS class for demonstrating outstanding skills in their program and overall academic achievement.  The NTHS is similar to the National Honor Society, but with tougher requirements, including involvement in a career or technical education program, a 3.5 or higher GPA and community service hours.

My Town: Rock & roll nutrition show tours West Michigan

My Town: Rock & roll nutrition show tours West Michigan

HOLLAND, Mich.—A rock and roll nutrition show has arrived in West Michigan.

“Jump with Jill” kicked off a series of performances at five area schools Monday, with a live show at Thomas Jefferson School in Holland.  It’s one of five schools that won a statewide contest, thanks to the generosity of Michigan’s dairy farmers and milk processors and the United Dairy Industry of Michigan as part of their Fuel Up to Play 60 program. 

“Dairy is one of easiest and richest ways that kids can get the calcium they need for strong bones,” says Amy Viselli with the United Dairy Industry of Michigan. “Jump with Jill has serious fun with a serious message. They even dress up a milk jug as a rapper named Calcium.”

My Town Hudsonville: Beer City Spring Fest debuts May 3

My Town Hudsonville: Beer City Spring Fest debuts May 3

HUDSONVILLE, Mich.—Holland is getting ready to host a new event celebrating Michigan’s growing craft beer industry.

The inaugural Beer City Spring Fest will take over the Hudsonville Fairgrounds Saturday, May 3.  More than 30 microbreweries, cider mills and distilleries will be showcasing their brews.  The event kicks off Beer Week in the Greater Grand Rapids area, which is the first week of May.

The American Legion Neal E. Fonger Post 179 is organizing the event, which will also include live music and food.  The proceeds will benefit local veterans and Autism Support of Kent County.

“Tickets went on sale Thursday, and we were amazed by the response,” said Joe Boyer of Fluid Art. “We nearly sold out of VIP tickets in the first two hours. [It’s] hard to believe this was a dry town just a few years ago.”

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  The Kent Intermediate School District is getting a federal boost to physical and nutritional education programs. 

 U.S. Department of Education has awarded 67 grants totaling more than $33 million to local education agencies and community-base organizations.  Only two groups in Michigan were awarded funding; KISD is getting $429,404 for programs to help K-12 students develop healthy lifestyles and meet state standards for physical education.

“A healthy, active lifestyle is an important ingredient of academic success,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “These grants are a resource to help schools and communities develop programs that teach students the importance of staying active and developing healthy lifestyles. We need more states, districts, schools and communities to recognize the critically important role of physical education in improving student engagement and achievement.”

My Town Grandville: Chiropractic taps high school design students for new logo

My Town Grandville: Chiropractic taps high school design students for new logo

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—  A chiropractor coming to Grandville has turned to high school students to help adorn her new business.

Dr. Courtney Acton challenged Mrs. Kreuyer’s graphic design class to create a new logo for Acton Family Chiropractic.  She says what the students came up with was so amazing, it was difficult to pick just one.  In turn, the students got real-life experience in their field. 

Last month, Dr. Acton returned to the high school to announce the first, second and third prize winners.  She actually picked two first place winners because she liked combining the logo created by Ryan Hufnagle with the type design by Carlos Rivera.  Ashtyn Nichols’ entry also earned her a gift card.

Acton Family Chiropractic is expected to open within a couple weeks.