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My Town: Ten advance in 2014 Bishop Baraga Film Festival Competition

My Town: Ten advance in 2014 Bishop Baraga Film Festival Competition

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Student filmmakers are getting ready for the final round of the 2014 Bishop Baraga Film Festival Competition.

Students in grades 8-12 submitted short videos about their Catholic faith.   The competition has been whittled down to ten finalists from four districts.  During Champions Night on May 13, their films will grace the big screen at Celebration Cinema North in Grand Rapids.    A panel of judges will pick the top three films, which will receive cash prizes. The grand prize is $2,000.

The ten finalists include:

My Town Kalamazoo: Library and school millages approved by voters

My Town Kalamazoo: Library and school millages approved by voters

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—  The Kalamazoo Public Library District will get more funding to continue its operations.

Tuesday night, voters approved raising the current operating millage to 1.1801 mills for 20 years, beginning this year.  The final vote was 6,317-2,055.  The proposed millage will generate approximately $3.1 million to cover the library’s operating costs in the first year.

Voters in My Town Kalamazoo also decided two other ballot proposals.  In a 12,647-5,839 vote, they approved renewing the Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency's Regional Enhancement Millage of 1.5 mills for three years.  Voters also approved a $15.4 million bond to upgrade facilities at Vicksburg Community Schools, by a vote of 1,222 to 949.

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:

My Town Kalamazoo: Common Core the focus of May 5 meeting

My Town Kalamazoo: Common Core the focus of May 5 meeting

KALAMAZOO, Mich.— All Kalamazoo County residents are invited to learn more about the hot educational issue of Common Core during the next meeting of Kalamazoo Citizens for Responsible Government.

Local education expert Melanie Kurdys will discuss Common Core during the meeting, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Monday, May 5 at Colonial Kitchen Pancake House, 7617 S. Westnedge.  The meeting is free and no reservation is necessary.

KCRG is an independent organization that meets on the first Monday of each month at 8:30 a.m. at Colonial Kitchen Pancake House. For more information, contact John Gisler at jgisler5@comcast.net.

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 Kalamazoo: Western Michigan University graduation April 26

My Town Kalamazoo: Western Michigan University graduation April 26

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—More than 2,700 students will receive degrees during Western Michigan University’s commencement ceremony this Saturday, April 26.

WMU President John M. Dunn will preside over the four spring ceremonies, which will take place throughout the day.  The events start at 9 a.m. with graduates of the College of Education and Human Development and Extended University Programs.  At noon, graduates of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Health and Human Services and Aviation will receive their degrees.  The 3 p.m. ceremony is for the College of Fine Arts and Haworth College of Business.  The final ceremony at 6 p.m. will include graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences.