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The Squire has been Rockford’s free weekly newspaper since 1871. Our loyal readership includes over fifteen thousand homes in the Rockford area, including the affluent Lakes area of Lake Bella Vista, Bostwick Lake and Silver Lake; Belmont, Blythefield, as well as Algoma, Courtland, Cannon and Plainfield Townships. The Squire is distributed through the U.S. Post Office every Thursday. We also deliver to in-town businesses and homes with paper carriers and news stands in our grocery stores and over thirty local shops.

Spencer inducted into Tower Guard

May 21, 2009 // 0 Comments

Chris Spencer, a 2008 Rockford High School graduate, was recently inducted into the Tower Guard at Michigan State University. The Tower Guard is the oldest student organization on campus. Members pledge 120 hours in service to students with visual and learning disabilities on campus. Members are selected from the top five percent of their class as one of the four pillars of the organization. The other three pillars are leadership, character, and service. Spencer finished the year with a perfect 4.00 grade-point average.

Why do we live here?

May 21, 2009 // 0 Comments

by DAVID KELLER School Board Trustee Rockford Public Schools I asked myself that exact question a few months ago when the snow was coming down and we hadn’t seen sunshine in several days. In addition to the winter season dragging on, our state economy was heading south, along with many of Michigan’s residents to look for warmer weather and better opportunities. So why do we live here? Why have we picked West Michigan, in this community of Rockford to reside and raise a family? The answer for me is… my children. This is where I want to raise and educate my children. My wife has lived in Rockford her entire life, I’ve been here for the last 20 years, and we wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. We have a great community and public school system. While I may be biased, there are not many school districts in this state that can boast the accomplishments that have made Rockford Public Schools the great school district that it is. Rockford Public Schools (RPS) and its students are exemplary. To note just a few accolades and accomplishments, I didn’t have to dig too deep. Every RPS building has been recognized as a State and/or Exemplary National Blue Ribbon School-RPS is the only Class A school district in Michigan to earn this recognition. For four straight years, every school building in the Rockford school district has earned straight A’s through the Michigan Education YES! Accountability system-only one other school district in West Michigan has earned this recognition. Rockford High School has had eight students recognized as National Merit Finalists over the past two years. One hundred and one Rockford students competed in this year’s Michigan Math Prize Test, nine of these students made the top 1,000 (out of approximately 12,000 taking the test) and our teams finished first and second in our division. RPS had 12 teams qualify for the state competition of the Odyssey of the Mind program. Ten of these teams “placed” in the competition and five of these teams qualified for the world competition (the entire state of Michigan qualified only 15 teams to the world competition). Our band and choir students consistently earn the highest ratings at all competitions. They have performed in such […]

Kasper commits to Elmhurst College

May 21, 2009 // 0 Comments

Katie Kasper of Rockford has made a commitment to attend Elmhurst College in Illinois next fall where she will also play volleyball for the Bluejays. “Katie was our first commit to the volleyball team this year and it was a sign of good things to come,” said Elmhurst Head Coach Julie Hall. “She is a six-foot lefty that can block and swing and has the attitude of wanting to prove herself. She will be a great addition to not only the volleyball team but to the college as well. I know Katie will be very involved, and as a premed major, will keep our high academic reputation solid. We’ll keep working on her vertical leap so she will become an even stronger threat. She is the first true right-side hitter we have had in a while, so there won’t be much positional training to do over her career. The fact that she can swing all across the net just adds to her offensive threats.” Kasper earned two varsity letters in volleyball from Rockford High School. She was voted her team’s Most Improved Player and the November 2007 Athlete of the Month during her junior year. She served as team captain during her senior year.Also a success in the classroom, Kasper was a member of the National Honor Society.

Rockford crew earns distinction as Michigan champions

May 21, 2009 // 0 Comments

by CANDY BURRIS The Rockford crew team was prepared and went to Kensington Metro Park with one goal in mind:  to win the state title. They knew the competition would be tough, especially with powerhouses like Ann Arbor Pioneer and Orchard Lake St. Mary’s in attendance. But the Rams charged forward and, at the end of the day, they stood tall and victorious. Of the 13 boats that were entered, all made it to the finals-all which tallied points for the Rams. To make it fair for every participating school, only one boat was allowed per race. So, even though Rockford often had two boats in their lineup throughout the year, only one could be entered for this state regatta. The Rams assembled their best and started claiming the state champion distinction as each boat crossed the finish line. When all was over, the Rams earned seven first-place finishes, one second-place finish, and one third-place finish. Staking claim to first place and earning the title of Michigan state champs were:             men’s double-Tim Carlson, Sebastian Sirecki;             women’s senior four-Michelle Kuhn, Darcy Peck, Olivia Kacsits,          Christine Kasper, coxswain Jenny Denike;             women’s junior four-Maddie Anderson, Megan Korson, Camille Pulver, Rebecca Markam, coxswain Danille Frick;             women’s lightweight eight-Raechel Wrona, Shelby Jacobs, Richelle Huizinga, Molly Guthrie, Chris Scoffield, Clara Harding, Katina Goad, Jane Vandervelde, coxswain Dani Teft;             women’s lightweight four-Wrona, Harding, Jacobs, Scoffield, coxswain Lauren Fay;             women’s junior eight-Anderson, Markam, Pulver, M. Korson, Kara Korson, Kendra Bilardello, Lena Kleinoeder, Sarah Lemanski, coxswain Frick;             women’s junior four-M. Korson, Markam, Anderson, Pulver, coxswain Frick;             men’s junior eight-Andrew Troyanowski, Zach Troyer, Ian Sims, Nate Harrison, Zach Haugen, Jeff Gleghorn, TJ Jacobs, Austin Burris, and coxswain Andrew Saelens. Silver medal winners were the women’s senior eight boat of Shannon Schmutz, Alicia Dickinson, Olivia Neilsen, Marie Albano, Michelle Kuhn, Darcy Peck, Olivia Kacsits, Christine Kasper, and coxswain Jenny Denike. Bronze medal winners were the men’s pair boat of Levi Pulver and Landon Burris. The Rams will compete in two different regattas this weekend. Four of the boats are heading to the Scholastic Rowing Association National Regatta in New Jersey (women’s senior four, women’s junior four, women’s lightweight eight, women’s freshman eight), while the […]

Varsity softball team defeats Jenison 2-0 on senior night

May 21, 2009 // 0 Comments

It was the same old story for the Rockford Rams varsity softball team Monday afternoon, May 11, as they once again defeated the Jenison Wildcats by the score of 2-0. This time, the Rams got it done in the standard seven innings, unlike the 13-inning marathon the teams engaged in earlier this season. Although the length of the game was different this time around, there were a number of similarities besides the obvious final tally. The game once again featured stellar pitching by Tricia Graham, some outstanding plays by the Ram defense, and a couple of big hits at key times to propel the Rams to the victory, which improved their OK Red record to 10-3 (22-5 overall), good for second place in the conference behind Hudsonville. Graham, the Rams’ sophomore hurler, allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out seven Wildcat batters. The only serious threat she faced was in the fourth inning when Jenison got a two-out single for their first base runner of the game. After the next batter walked, Graham buckled down, got the next batter to strike out swinging to end the inning. The Rams got on the board early in the contest thanks to another big hit by the Wildcat killer, centerfielder Lauren Pasciak. “LoLo,” who smacked the game-winning hit in the first meeting between the two teams, ripped a hard line drive toward center field, which eluded the Wildcat outfielder and made it all the way to the fence. The hit was ruled a triple, and Pasciak scored on a throwing error from the outfield to the cutoff. The Rams clung on to the 1-0 lead for the majority of the afternoon. Junior catcher Karli Showers helped thwart a potential Jenison rally in the top of the sixth inning. With a fast runner already on second base with just one out, Showers made a spectacular diving catch of a fouled bunt attempt on the third-base side. Graham then calmly got the next batter to pop out to second baseman Taylor Sergent to end the inning. The Rams gave themselves a little breathing room in the bottom of the sixth inning as Peyton Wells smacked a triple over the head of the right-fielder for a one-out triple. […]

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