A $500 scholarship is available to Rockford High School seniors planning on attending a college or university in the fall of 2009 to study horticulture, landscape architecture, environmental science or related fields. One scholarship is awarded based on an essay submitted in their field of study. Scholarship applications are available in the Rockford High School Guidance Office or call (616) 863-6033. The deadline is March 30, and the scholarship will be awarded in April.
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On January 23 author and musician Kevin Kammeraad visited Valley View Elementary at the request of the Valley View PTO. Kevin wrote children’s books such as A Curious Glimpse of Michigan and The Tomato Collection. Valley View held an assembly where Kevin sang songs with the children, read from his books and spoke to the children about his writing career. He informed them he started writing when he was their age by keeping daily journals. Later, as an adult, he turned those journals into childrens books. A few students won the chance to have lunch with Kevin. Their parents bid on this opportunity during Valley View’s Parents Night Out silent auction. Kevin and the winning children shared a nice pizza lunch while he further discussed writing and his career as a childrens author.
by PATRICK KEELEY Rockford women’s water polo, the defending state champions of 2008, went to Ann Arbor Pioneer for their Early Bird Tournament to start the season. Although the first game ended well, with a 15-4 win over Dexter, the next three games against Ann Arbor area teams were painful to watch. Rockford lost to the Hornets of Saline (8-3) Ann Arbor Pioneer (8-2). A last-second half-pool bomb that slipped between the Rams’ goalie’s hands gave the River Rats of Ann Arbor Huron a 6-5 win in the Rams’ last game of the day. Coach Reickard was realistic, “When you graduate five starters from a state championship squad, you will have to have a learning experience. We are doing a lot of feeling out, and we made a lot of strides. The games got better as the tournament continued. We are moving on.” Following are the goals scored in each game: Saline-2-0, 3-2, 1-0, 2-1; final 8-3 (Rockford goals by Mary Keeley, Kelsey Vermeer, Ariel Beattie). Ann Arbor Pioneer-2-1, 2-0, 2-1, 2-0; final 8-2 (goals by Christina Weston, Amanda Johnson). Ann Arbor Huron-0-1, 1-0, 0-1, 5-3; final 6-5 (two goals by Molly Wooldrige and Natalie Beeg, and one by Keeley). Rockford starts the season with games against Holland, Grand Haven, and then Jenison on March 30.
Parkside Elementary School student, Andy Hansen, 9, placed first in the 9-10-year-old age group in the 63-pound weight class at the MYWA Western Michigan regional championships recently held in Lowell. Hansen, son of Scott and Jennifer Hansen of Rockford, advances to the state championships at Michigan State University on April 4 and 5.
by CANDY BURRIS In a test of physical strength and endurance, the Rockford crew team stood up to the challenge and excelled. Claiming first-place honors for the second year in a row, the Rams clearly showed they were the best in West Michigan. Competing against Forest Hills Central (FHC), Forest Hills Eastern, Lowell, East Grand Rapids (EGR), Forest Hills Northern, Northview, and Grand Rapids Boat Club, Rockford pulled out a first-place finish with 34 points, 17 points ahead of their closest competitors, EGR and FHC. The race was held at FHC, where rowers competed in two-meter races on indoor rowing machines called ERGs. Medals were given for first-, second- and third-place finishers, with the following Ram crew members taking home the honors: novice men: Matt Vermeer first, Bryce Vanderberg second novice women: Sarah Lemanski third lightweight women: Shelby Jacobs second openweight men: Landon Burris second openweight women: Olivia Kacsits first, Christine Kasper third coxswain men: Dylan Itter third coxswain women: Jesi Hernandez third Other team members placing in the top 10 for the Rams and earning points to ensure Rockford’s first-place win were: novice men: Andrew Christensen fourth, Nate Roohol fifth, Andrew Troyanowski seventh novice women: Kate Frasier fourth, Lena Kleinoeder fifth, Julia Fraser seventh, Kendall McConnohie ninth lightweight men: Tim Carlson fifth, Troy Paskeiwicz sixth, Tyler McDaniel seventh, Kyle Brown 10th lightweight women: Rochelle Huizinga fourth, Rachael Wrona sixth, Clara Harding seventh, Rebecca Markham ninth openweight men: Levi Pulver fifth, Zach Hagen ninth, TJ Jacobs 10th openweight women: Darcy Peck fifth, Michelle Kuhn sixth coxswain men: Danny Bronkema sixth coxswain women: Lauren Fey ninth Coached by Tim Jacobs and Greg Hobart, the Rams will compete at their first regatta of the season on Saturday, April 18 at Riverside Park in Grand Rapids. The public is invited to attend and there is no charge for admission.