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My Town: May 15 ceremony honors officers killed on duty

My Town: May 15 ceremony honors officers killed on duty

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A Walker police officer killed while trying to stop two robbers is among the nearly three dozen officers who will be honored during the Police Memorial Day of Service ceremony Thursday, May 15.

The memorial will begin at 10 a.m. inside the Grand Rapids Police Department lobby, due to the weather.  Dave Hiller, the executive director of the Michigan Fraternal Order of Police, will be the guest speaker at the event. Those who will be honored are:

My Town: EKHS students selected for Michigan Youth Arts Festival

My Town: EKHS students selected for Michigan Youth Arts Festival

KENTWOOD, Mich.-- Four instrumental music students from East Kentwood High School have been selected to participate in the Michigan Youth Arts Festival, held on the campus of Western Michigan University, May 8th-10th.  

They are:

  • Derek Bartlett (11) Honors Jazz Ensemble-Trombone
  • Peter Cripps (11) Honors Band-Tuba
  • Claire Ross (12) Honors Orchestra-Horn
  • Travon Williams (12) Honors Jazz Ensemble- Piano

For Cripps and Ross, selection was a result of proficiency examinations at State Solo and Ensemble.  Their scores were among the highest in the state for their instruments. Williams and Bartlett were selected as a result of outstanding performances at the State Jazz Festival.  The adjudicators nominated several students from throughout the state.   A panel of judges selected the top 20 students for the Honors Jazz Ensemble based on their performances.

My Town Kalamazoo: WMU team wins case competition at association's annual conference

My Town Kalamazoo: WMU team wins case competition at association's annual conference

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WMU)--A team of Western Michigan University students won the 2014 National Grocers Association University Case Competition, earning the top spot for creating a locally focused marketing strategy for an independent grocer in Ohio.

The competition, designed to further the professional development of students, brought together food and retail marketing students from 10 universities during an annual industry conference Feb. 8-12 in Las Vegas. Fourteen students represented WMU, with a team of seniors taking home the top prize of $8,000, which will support scholarships and programming.

Members of the winning team were:

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: Memorial set for senior diocesan priest

My Town Kalamazoo: Memorial set for senior diocesan priest

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Funeral arrangements are set for a senior priest of the Diocese of Kalamazoo.

Reverend John M. Grathwohl was 84 years old when he passed away Sunday, March 30. 

Fr. Grathwohl was a pastor of St. Thomas More Student Parish from July of 1981 until he retired in 1995. He also served a number of parishes in the Diocese of Kalamazoo and the Diocese of Lansing, including St. Charles of Borrome, St. Augustine Cathedral Parish, St. Monica, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Ambrose, Immaculate Conception, and St. Mary in Paw Paw.  Fr. Grathwohl also served as a U.S. Army chaplain in Vietnam during the height of the war.