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“I Believe I Become” ArtPrize entry highlights student aspirations

“I Believe I Become” ArtPrize entry highlights student aspirations

by Grand Rapids Public Schools in NONPROFIT

A team of visionary and creative art students from Grand Rapids Public Schools are working to create a mural to enter into this year’s ArtPrize competition with support from several local businesses.

Local artists Georgia Taylor and Marco Riolo are working with student artists from Grand Rapids Public Schools. Students on the creative team are Sophie Rodriguez, a junior at Creston High School, and 2011 Ottawa Hills graduate Maurica Stewart. Students on the production team are Robert Daylie, Zaylie Bebee, and Luiz Farfen. The mural will be on display at DeVos Place during ArtPrize.

The subject of the mural: the students’ expression of I Believe I Become, the rally cry for a local education initiative now in its second year.

Nichol on Rockford, state champs collide

Nichol on Rockford, state champs collide

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- The Super Bowl of West Michigan high school football kicks off the 2011 season this Thursday night. The Rockford Rams visit the Lowell Red Arrows in a long-awaited matchup between multiple state championship winning programs. Former Lowell quarterback and current Michigan State wide receiver Keith Nichol recently shared his thoughts on the matchup with WZZM 13 Sports.

Meanwhile, two defending state champions open the season against each other the following night. The Grand Rapids Catholic Central Cougars meet the East Grand Rapids Pioneers Friday night for the first time since 2007. That's the second game of a doubleheader that night at EGR. It follows West Catholic versus Orchard Lake St. Mary's.

Stay tuned to WZZM all season for the best high school football coverage in West Michigan and check us out daily on Highschoolsports.net!

 

Grand Rapids YouthBuild accepts applications for those wanting GEDs, building certifications & more

Grand Rapids YouthBuild accepts applications for those wanting GEDs, building certifications & more

News Release:  July 20, 2011 (Grand Rapids, MICH) – Grand Rapids YouthBuild is proud to partner with Habitat for Humanity of Kent County and Bethany Christian Services to offer 18-24 year olds the opportunity to earn stipends while obtaining their GED and developing marketable job skills.

Grand Rapids YouthBuild is the newest of 273 YouthBuild programs across the country. The 10-month program offers a paycheck to low-income young adults as they work towards their GED, earn Pre-Apprentice Certification Training and develop life skills. As a team, they build an affordable home with Habitat for Humanity of Kent County from start to finish alongside the Habitat family who will purchase the home.

This program is possible as a result of collaboration between many organizations.

Planting a SEED for science research

Planting a SEED for science research

A handful of local high school students are getting the opportunity to research alongside Calvin professors this summer. The program is called Project SEED, and it offers paid research opportunities to students who wouldn't typically have those opportunities.

Chemistry professor and SEED administrator Mark Muyskens said that the program is intended to foster a love of research in students before they attend college.

"It gets a whole new group of students involved with research at Calvin. We hope the experience motivates these young people to consider a career in science," said Muyskens.

High school students will be spending the next eight weeks in Calvin's DeVries Hall. Each student is paired on research projects with a Calvin professor:

Justin Mason, 16, from City High School, will work on splice variants in Zebrafish with chemistry professor Eric Arnoys.

Longtime GRPS Teacher Retires

Longtime GRPS Teacher Retires

Longtime Grand Rapids Public Schools teacher, Dave Huyser, is leaving after a whopping 43 years of service. The North Park Elemetary favorite will cap off a life-long career of broadening young minds with a surprise party today at the school located at 3375 Cheney NE.

Mr. Huyser is much more than a Math teacher to many of the kids. He was also a running coach, science fair genius, bike riding hero,  and major mentor in the young lives of students. He was often admired by children and parents alike for innovative and creative learning ideas... especially during times of continued cost cutting. Mostly, the 64 year old Grand Rapids native is loved for pushing the envelop of learning and never being afraid to try new things, often times despite distirct reccomendation.

The party begins this morning at 11:00 am in the gym.