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Catholic Central Student Named Semifinalist in 71st Annual Intel Science Talent Search

Catholic Central Student Named Semifinalist in 71st Annual Intel Science Talent Search

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Jan. 30, 2012 -- Catholic Central senior Jessica Wojtczak was named a Semifinalist in the 71st annual Intel Science Talent Search.  This is the nation's oldest and most prestigious pre-college science competition. Jessica is one of 300 finalists out of 1,839 entrants, the largest number this competition has seen in over a decade. Each Semifinalist receives an award of $1,000 from the Intel Foundation with an additional $1,000 going to his or her school.

Ms. Wojtczak's entry in the competition investigated emotion and the role of sleep in memory consolidation as a way to determine how the brain prioritizes and controls memory.

Teresa Weatherhall Neal: Treating GRPS Like Family

Teresa Weatherhall Neal: Treating GRPS Like Family

By Rachel Melville

The newly appointed Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) interim Superintendent lives up to all of the raving reviews: She is a team player; an advocate of the GRPS community, a force of stability and holds a clear vision and plan for the schools. Teresa Weatherall Neal is all of these things… and much more.

When asked how she was handling the first few weeks of her new appointment, Weatherall Neal smiles and refers to two prominent pieces of art work in her warm and inviting office. “Once I had these pieces in place, I was ready to go to work," she says. The artwork she refers to is a framed campaign poster of Brown vs. the Board of Education, the landmark decision of the United States Supreme Court that declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students unconstitutional. The other piece of artwork is a pencil and paper sketch called “The Hand,” depicting an...

Cooley Law School’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day program

Cooley Law School’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day program

On January 16, the Black Law Students Association at Cooley Law School’s Grand Rapids campus hosted the school’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day program. The topic of this year’s event was Where are all the black men?  which focused on the numbers of incarcerated black men and their transformation when they are released from prisons/jails.

Program panelists included Grand Rapids attorney Patrick Miles, 61st District Court Judge Benjamin Logan, social worker Stacy McGinnis and Joe Jones from the Grand Rapids Urban League. The program was moderated Cooley students Kara Beaufort and Phil Harte.

Meijer Scholarship Program Enhanced For Meijer Team Members and Their Children

Meijer Scholarship Program Enhanced For Meijer Team Members and Their Children

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Meijer team members and their children will have a chance to receive up to $10,000 this year to further their college education with the Fred and Lena Meijer Scholarship, a competitive scholarship administered by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation.

“My brothers and I are proud to honor our parents with this new scholarship opportunity for Meijer team members and their children,” said Doug Meijer, co-chairman of the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based supercenter retail chain.

The Fred and Lena Meijer Scholarship is a private scholarship fund that was established at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation in 1975 originally for children of Meijer team members that awarded $500 scholarships. In 2010, the scholarship program was expanded to include Meijer team members and increased to $1,000 awards. The Meijer family funded the scholarship in 2011 with a significant endowment gift to the Community Foundation.

GRPS Centers of Innovation: It Takes a Whole Community

GRPS Centers of Innovation: It Takes a Whole Community

Rachel Melville

Launched in 2007 by then-Superintendent Bernard Taylor, Jr., the Centers of Innovation takes five schools whose structures have been redesigned to foster public/private partnerships and offer students and their parents more school choices. The five centers include the University Prep Academy (UPrep), the Academy for Design and Construction (Union campus), the Grand Rapids Area Pre College Engineering Program, also known as GRAPCEP (Creston), School of Business, Leadership and Entrepreneurship (Ottawa) and finally, the School of Health, Science and Technology (Central).

January Series starts 24th year at Calvin College

January Series starts 24th year at Calvin College

by Holly Bechiri in collaboration with Chelsea LaForge

Once again, Calvin College provides -free to the public- daily speakers for the month of January with a variety of topics and presentations.

Calvin College's January Series will be held January 4-24 this year, with weekday presentations starting at 12:30 in the Covenant Fine Arts Center AuditoriumAdditional viewing locations are available, as well as online streaming of audio, for most speakers. A full list of the speakers and the topics covered in their presentations can be found online.

Several Grand Rapids Schools Awarded Arts Education Grant

Several Grand Rapids Schools Awarded Arts Education Grant

On Wednesday, December 21, 2011 the Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids announced the results of their annual grant process, awarding $23,625 in Arts Education Grants for 2011-2012. Twenty-two arts educators in the Kent Intermediate School District received funding, which comes directly from the Arts Council's annual fundraising efforts for the Arts Education Funding Pool. Additionally, a gift of $3,385 was made to the Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation in support of arts education in the Grand Rapids Public Schools. Funds for these grants are raised from individuals, corporations and foundations that value students' exposure to the arts. Donors see the value of a basic arts education for all students as a means of improving self-esteem and overall academic achievement.