On June 19, 2015, 16 North Rockford Middle School sixth and seventh grade Spanish Immersion students, accompanied by parents Stacy Anderson, Jeyvon Fiveash, Jennifer Gluth, and John Hoyle, teacher Maestra Clare Adamus and principal Lissa Weidenfeller, set off for an 11 day trip to Costa Rica. This was the second trip for the middle school Spanish Immersion program and is different from other district trips in that the students were completely immersed in the Spanish language. Through this experience, the students grew as world citizens as they formed relationships with Costa Rican students. They also were empowered as Spanish speakers as they were exposed to new vocabulary and interactions, and became environmentalists as they saw another country utilize its natural resources. The trip was contracted through EF Tours and had the benefit of a Spanish speaking guide who accompanied the group throughout the entire experience. The group’s guide, Antonio Cedillas, stated that it had been ten years of leading tours since he had led a tour completely in Spanish to this degree. He was so impressed with the group’s dedication to Spanish use and the fluency level the students have obtained and utilized during the jam-packed trip. The students participated in activities that included cultural experiences, outdoor sports that highlight the Costa Rican ecology and biodiversity, and interactive activities with locals. Whether it was zip lining through the rainforest, kayaking on Arenal Lake next to a volcano, hiking through Santa Elena Cloud Forest, or chasing monkeys and hermit crabs on Manuel Antonio beach, the students were exposed to native speakers and navigated the new experiences in Spanish. While the adventures flooded the students with new vocabulary, the most eye-opening experiences were with local Costa Rican students. The Rockford students visited a small school called Escuela La Guaria in La Fortuna in which the principal was also the teacher and balanced instruction for 23 students in grades first through sixth. Rockford students discussed pop culture, clothes, school schedules, sports, and foods with the students, and learned more about their worldly neighbors than they ever could have from a textbook. The Costa Rican students could not believe how fluent the students were and stated how excited they were to visit with American students who could actually communicate […]
Western Michigan University’s official graduation list for the spring 2015 semester, which ended in April, is now available as a Microsoft Excel file and Adobe PDF document (see attachments). WMU students officially graduate at the end of the University’s four academic terms. These terms and the month they end are: fall semester, December; spring semester, April or May; summer I session, June or July; and summer II session, August. The University conducts formal commencement ceremonies at the end of all but the summer II session. From Belmont: Kristen Anne Boonstra earned her Bachelor of Business in Administration Advertising and Promotion. Tiffany Lynn Couturier was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Development. From Rockford: Cullen Dequoy earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. Alexander John Ebenstein graduated with a Certificate Program in Geographicc Information Science. Alexander John Ebenstein was awarded a Master of Arts in Geography. Mackenzie Leigh Kasmer received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Taylor R Larson earned a Bachelor of Arts in Film, Video, and Media Studies, graduating MAGNA CUM LAUDE. Nathan T Macqueen graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration Integrated Supply. Rachel Lynn Marshall was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Global and International Studies. Katherine Alexa Palmisano graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management and earned the educational excellence of MAGNA CUM LAUDE. Tyler Pratt earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Sales and Business Marketing. Elizabeth J. Reuter graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Tourism and Travel. Jeffrey Ryan Schmitt earned a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Flight Science. Eric Michael Smith earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance. Jacqueline Elizabeth Fernandez earned a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Health Services: Occupational Therapy. She graduated CUM LAUDE.
Quality Dining, Inc. local BURGER KING franchisee, announces the funding of $109,000 in BURGER KING continuing education scholarships for high school seniors and an additional $30,000 in scholarships for employees of BURGER KING including 57 scholarships of $1,000 each in the greater Grand Rapids, Muskegon area. Since 2001, Quality Dining has funded over $2 million in continuing education scholarships. Rockford High School student Veronica Dubravec is one of the recipients of this highly-sought scholarships. “We thank our guests for their continued support of our scholarship program,” says Gerald O. Fitzpatrick, Senior Vice President of the BURGER KING® Division at Quality Dining. “We extend our congratulations to all our 2015 scholarship recipients and wish them the best in their future endeavors.” The BURGER KING McLamoresm Foundation scholarship program was designed to recognize students who maintain academic standards and are also involved in co-curricular and/or community service activities. Since 2000, The Foundation has granted more than $25.3 million in scholarships to more than 24,000 students.
Jacob Wood, of Rockford, was named with High Honors to the 2015 spring semester dean’s list at University of Northwestern – St. Paul. The dean’s list includes full-time students with a grade point average (GPA) during the semester of 3.65 (out of 4.0) or higher. Wood is pursuing a degree in History at Northwestern. Highest honors are awarded to students with a GPA of 3.90-4.0, high honors are awarded to students with a GPA of 3.75-3.89 and honors are awarded to students with a GPA of 3.65-3.74.