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Chamber offers area High School Seniors scholarship opportunity

February 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) wants to promote education in the local area. Each year the chamber offers area students the opportunity to vie for a $1,000 scholarship to further their education. The scholarship award may be used for public, private or community colleges, universities and specialized schools or training programs directly following the student’s graduation from high school. To apply for the scholarship a student must do the following: Complete the RCC Scholarship Application Form. A letter of reference from a high school administrator, coach, teacher, instructor, or Rockford Chamber of Commerce member. This is limited to a one page, typed double-spaced or hand printed document with a signature. A response to the essay theme “In a world where violence and threatening behavior have become commonplace, how can communities assure a feeling of safety and how do they prepare its youth for such a world? This response must be submitted in a two-page, double-spaced or hand printed format. Applicants may go to to download the application. After completing the above, please send to: Linda Southwick, Executive Director, 17 S Monroe Street, Rockford, MI 49341, or to: Completed applications and essays must be received at the Chamber Office no later than midnight Friday, March 6, 2015. The RCC Scholarship winner will be notified by March 13, 2015 and announced at the Rockford 11th Annual Community EXPO Saturday, March 21, 2015, with the winner invited to accept the award on stage. A certificate will be presented to the winner by a member of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce board at their high school honors convocation.  

Five Rockford instrumental music students were selected to be part of the 400 students chosen for this year’s Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association’s (MSBOA) All-State Bands.

February 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Five Rockford instrumental music students were selected to be part of the 400 students chosen for this year’s Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association’s (MSBOA) All-State Bands. Over 2,000 students auditioned for a coveted chair in the five instrumental ensembles: Middle School Band, Middle School String Orchestra, High School Band, High School Orchestra and High School Jazz Band.   Each ensemble debuted at 10th Annual Michigan Music Conference held at the Grand Rapids DeVos Center January 22-24, 2015. “The Rockford band directors are extremely proud of these fine young musicians and all of their accomplishments,” according to North Rockford Middle School (NRMS) director Cullen McCarthy speaking on behalf of himself, Rebecca Kilgore-Longtin, East Rockford Middle School (ERMS) band director, and Brian Phillips, director of the high school band. Rockford students have been selected for All-State honors since the inception of the program 10 years ago by the MSBOA. Representing Rockford in the High School Band were clarinetist Leah Cedarquist and French horn player Josh Fagerlin. Honorable mention honors were bestowed to oboist Ilene Gould and French horn players Thomas Staublin and Eden Stargardt. At the Middle School Band concert, ERMS was represented by trombonist John Jones and tubaist Mason VanDorp. Bassoonist Evan Powers represented North Rockford Middle School. Three ERMS students also received honorable mention recognition: clarinetist Allison Werkema, French horn player Haley Yeager; and trombonist Cameron Shope. To be considered for the All-State Bands, each student had to prepare an assigned short musical composition, a series of scales and sight-read a piece of music during their allotted 10 minute recorded audition.   Each audition was assigned an identification number with no reference to the student or school they represented. A panel of adjudicators evaluated each submission and placed each in ranking order based on the ensemble the student auditioned.   From this list, the required number of instruments was selected to fill each section in the five ensembles. Each school’s band members and directors are currently preparing for the upcoming State Solo and Ensemble Festival and District MSBOA band festival.

Rockford Youth Night!

February 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Rockford Department of Public Safety will host the 10th annual “Rockford Youth Night” at MVP Sports Club on Friday, February 20. Children will enjoy an opportunity to swim or play basketball, football, volleyball and dodgeball with their local police officers and fire fighters. The event will also include a pizza party and a fire equipment station where children will have an opportunity to try on turnout gear and handle firefighting tools. Youth Night has been a popular event for officers and kids for the past eight years, offering a great opportunity for officers to have positive interactions with local kids. Dodgeball is generally the most popular part of the event, but kids and officers generally move around the gym and try different activities. MVP Sports Club provides a safe and fun environment for the participants to enjoy the evening. “We are hoping to have a good turnout this year. It really is a great opportunity for kids and our officers to have some fun.” said Community Policing Officer Ian Graham The cost of the event is $6 per participant. Those that pre-register before February 9 will receive a free t-shirt at the door. Please contact the Rockford Department of Public Safety with any questions or for additional information at (616)866-9557.   Rockford Youth Night   Friday, February 20, 2015 8:00pm – 11:00pm At MVP Sports Club in Rockford   DRUG FREE – ALCOHOL FREE – TOBACCO FREE   The Rockford Department of Public Safety and MVP Sports Clubs are hosting the:   10th ANNUAL ROCKFORD AREA YOUTH NIGHT!!!     Middle School Kids (Grades 6th-8th) are invited to spend an evening playing basketball, dodge ball and volleyball with local police officers.   Pizza (served until 10:00 pm only) and music, T-Shirts guaranteed for only those that pre-register.   Cost is $6.00 to pre-register (Guaranteed T-Shirt) and $6.00 at the door (NO T-Shirt)   Pre-Registration Deadline: February 9, 2015   Any questions or additional information about this event can be directed to the Rockford Department of Public Safety at (616) 866-9557.   Rockford Youth Night Student Registration Form   Student Name                                                                                                                                                                 Address                                                                                                            City                                                      Telephone Number                                                      Email Address                                                                Date of Birth                                       Grade                                                    Circle One:   Male     or     […]

Ashley Mann completes ‘magical’ internship

February 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

  Ashely Mann, a 2009 graduate of Rockford High School is completing her schooling at Central Michigan University. She recently had a great opportunity and is finishing her internship at Walt Disney World. She had a magical experience during those six months starting back in August and said it is hard to leave. She would love to go back. Congratulations, Ashely!

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