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Four Hope College students and alumni receive NSF Program recognition

Four Hope College students and alumni receive NSF Program recognition

HOLLAND – A total of four Hope College graduating seniors or recent graduates have received recognition through the prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship program of the National Science Foundation.

Senior Caitlin Ploch of Redford received a fellowship through the program. In addition, 2013 graduate James Bour and 2012 graduate Hilary Bultman also received fellowships, and 2013 graduate Meagan Elinski received an honorable mention.  Bour and Bultman had each received honorable mentions last year.

Hope students or graduates have received fellowships or honorable mentions through the program every year for more than 20 years, and this is the seventh consecutive year that multiple graduating seniors or recent alumni have been recognized.  The NSF awarded 2,000 of the fellowships nationwide this year.

My Town Kalamazoo: Students duct tape principal to the wall

My Town Kalamazoo: Students duct tape principal to the wall

KALAMAZOO, MIch.-- On Thursday, April 3, students at Paramount Charter Academy had the opportunity to duct tape their principal to the gymnasium wall.

The students have been logging their reading hours throughout March for a chance to duct tape their principal or dean as a reading reward. For each book read, the students earned a duct tape raffle ticket. The top reader in each wing got to choose who they wanted to duct tape to the wall.

The event is a way to celebrate the end of a successful March is Reading Month.

Paramount Charter Academy, located in Kalamazoo, is a free public charter school serving students in young 5s through eighth grade.

Kalamazoo Chorus sings before Detroit Tigers game

Kalamazoo Chorus sings before Detroit Tigers game

KALAMAZOO - The Kalamazoo Children's Chorus sang the National Anthem Saturday at the Detroit Tigers game.

The Chorus sounded wonderful and they really impressed the Tiger management, not just with a beautiful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, but with how prompt and professional the children were.  With about 1500 hockey kids ahead of them - who were to leave the field before we got on - they called the children to the field suddenly and several minutes earlier than expected, telling them to "Go, go, go."   So 120 children made a mad dash down the ramp, tossing coats and water bottles aside along the way without losing formation and stepping onto the field so calm and collected that no one suspected that they'd just made a 30 yard dash!  

The Tiger's were so impressed we had an invitation to return and sing again even before we'd even left the field!

My Town: Kalamazoo Children's Choir to sing during Tigers game

My Town: Kalamazoo Children's Choir to sing during Tigers game

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—West Michigan will be well-represented during the Detroit Tigers’ opening weekend at Comerica Park.

During the game against the Orioles Saturday, April 5, the 120 children that comprise the Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus will sing the national anthem.  Taylor Stevens, an alumna of KCC, will be directing the chorus.

"This is so exciting for the children and for me," Stevens said.  "We've never done anything like this before."   

During the game, Mona Shores High School’s ball teams will also be accepting a $10,000 Grand Slam Grant check.  Coach William Lent will also throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

My Town Holland: Hope College's student-run radio station wins four national awards

My Town Holland: Hope College's student-run radio station wins four national awards

HOLLAND, Mich.-- WTHS, the student-run FM radio station at Hope College, won four national awards during the 74th annual conference of the International Broadcasting System Inc.,  held in New York City March 7-9.

WTHS won first place among all college and university radio stations in the country for “Best Sports Talk Show,” with “Real Radio” by unior Nate Winter of Saugatuck and junior Tom Zahari of Canton, who is sports director and the news co-director.

My Town: West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

My Town: West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Looking for a job?  The list of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For is out.

The businesses are nominated by staff or community members.  Judges then whittle down the pool to 101 winners, based on communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, retention and other categories.    This year’s winners are: