Rockford Area Historical Society News and Updates

June 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

Terry Konkle – President On June 4, 2015 the annual Rockford Area Historical Society (RAHS) picnic was held at the Community Cabin. This potluck affair is the last meeting of the RAHS year because the group does not meet in July and August and starts its new year in September. After the meal, which was once again a tremendous success (there are some great cooks in the RAHS ), several items were discussed beginning with a report from Kathy Christensen who coordinates the visitations to the museum by the area second graders. Kathy and her helpers, Linda Critchell, Kirsten Farmer, Carla Blandford, Carlene Stamp, Marilyn Drumm and Madge Bolt, are a very organized group who present an educational tour for second graders of the Rockford school district. Kathy reported that twenty four classes from eight elementary schools visited the museum on nine different days. A total of 532 students took part along with 294 adults. That is a total of 826 visitors. The dedication and expertise shown by Kathy and the others makes for a very positive experience for the visitors. One of the goals of the RAHS is to preserve and present Rockford area history, and Kathy’s group of volunteers makes a fine presentation! A second area of importance at the picnic meeting was the election of officers for the new year. Carla Blandford presented a list of candidates for all of the different positions and asked if there were any other nominations from the audience. Since there were none, the slate was accepted by a unanimous vote. The following will lead the RAHS for the coming year: President-Terry Konkle, Vice President-Jack Bolt, Recording Secretary-Jennie Griffee, Corresponding Secretary-Carla Blandford, Treasurer-Dianne Skiver, Trustee-Joan Bunn, Trustee-Bob Winegar, Trustee-Shirley Norman, Trustee-Floyd Havemeier, Museum Curator-Dick Johnston, Museum manager-Al Pratt, Museum research director-Pat Frye, Programs and program publicity coordinator-Janette Konkle and Hosts and Hostesses coordinator-Kathy Christensen. The RAHS is very fortunate that these people have agreed to help continue to support the Society. Many of them have been doing this successfully for several years. The meeting ended with the group divided into four teams with each team working together to answer twenty Rockford area quiz questions. Each member of the winning group was to be awarded a prize (eight […]

The Rockford Bands finished the year on a high note as each of the schools, as accolades were awarded at both the Junior and Senior high levels for their spring competition season.

June 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

Both the 8th grade concert bands at East Rockford Middle School (ERMS) and North Rockford Middle School (NRMS) in addition to all three of the Rockford High School (RHS) concert bands earned a Superior Rating at the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association’s (MSBOA) Festival this spring.   In addition to the ensembles spring festivals, several individual high school band members participated in the MSBOA State Solo and Ensemble festival.   Based on their performances at State this year, two ensembles from Rockford were featured at the 2015 Michigan Youth Arts Festival at Western Michigan University May 7-9, 2015. Michigan Youth Arts Festival features the best of the best musical talents in Michigan. The saxophone quartet, under the direction of RHS Instructor Brian Phillips, featured Skylar Berlin, Soprano; Ethan Dunnum, Alto; Sam Corey, Tenor; and Jacob Malone, Bass.  The Jazz Combo consisting of Sam Corey, Tenor Sax, Brooks Barnes, String Bass and Sean Perlmutter, Drums was the only jazz combo invited to perform at the festival based on their state scores.  The Jazz Combo is under the direction of NRMS instructor Cullen McCarthy.   During the RHS Spring Awards Concert held in the RHS Fine Arts Auditorium on May 19, 2015, individual musicians we also recognized for their outstanding contributions to the band program.   The Louis Armstrong Jazz Award recognizes outstanding musical achievement and an incredible dedication to the jazz program.  This year’s honor was bestowed to senior Sean Perlmutter, Drums.  The John Philip Sousa Award recognizes superior musicianship, dependability, loyalty and cooperation and was awarded to senior Jack Ombry, Trumpet. The Director’s Award for Band was presented to senior Hannah Jamrog, flute, for going beyond the normal classroom expectations, leading her fellow musicians by example and enriching the foundation of the music program in Rockford. Section leader awards were also presented to the following students:  Hannah Jamrog, Flute; Ilene Gould, Oboe; Leah Cedarquist, Clarinet; Simon Page, Bass Clarinet; Elizabeth Bush, Bassoon; Skylar Berlin; Alto Sax; Sam Corey, Tenor Sax; Jacob Malone, Baritone Sax; Jack Ombry; Trumpet; Joshua Fagerlin, Horn; Zach Bennett, Trombone; Ken Smith, Bass Trombone; John Bomer, Euphonium; Cameron Perini, Tuba; and Miles Ferguson; Percussion.   Although the school calendar may have ended, the bands will continue to perform for audiences this summer.   The […]

James Doman names Sparta valedictorian

May 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

James (J.J.) Doman has been named valedictorian of Sparta High School class of 2015 at commencement ceremony on May 28.  In addition to ranking at the top of his class with a 4.18 GPA, J.J. was also active in NHS and a member of the Student Council.  He  also participated in football, baseball, track (varsity letter) along with four consecutive years of basketball.   His parents are Mark and Jane Hess of Rockford and Jim and Stacy Doman of Sparta. J.J. will attend Michigan State University Eli Broad College of Business.

Rockford student named to Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

May 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

Brian Ayers of Rockford was named to the National Honor Society go Phi Kappa Phi at Grand Valley State University. Ayers is the son of  Ann Ayers and is pursuing a bachelors degree in Marketing at Grand Valley. The primary objective of the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is the recognition and encouragement  of superior scholarship and character in all academic disciplines. Undergraduate students are eligible for consideration who have senior statues and are scholastically in the upper 10 percent of their class; or who have reached the final period of their junior year and are scholastically in the upper five percent of their class. Grand Valley State University is dedicated to providing a rich learning environment for students, offering a wide range of majors and hands-on research opportunities. Highly credentialed and responsive faculty and individual advisors and mentors promote a liberal arts emphasis that teaches students critical thinking a problem solving skills.

Rockford Education Association Scholarships Announced

May 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

By Jackie Holland-Decker At the Honors Convocation at Rockford High School on May 21, six young women were named the winners of the Rockford Education Association Scholarships, the Kent County Education Association Scholarship, and the Rockford Secretarial Association Scholarship. The first awards were presented by the Rockford Education Association for future teachers. The committee poured over more than 15 applications and discussed them at great length before determining the four recipients. This quartet of applicants stood out above the rest because of their excellence in the classroom and in character, and their determination to enhance the lives of children. Miss Darbee Farley, the daughter of Troy and Sandy Farley, plans to attend Drake University where she will study Elementary Education and earn an endorsement in Special Education for grades K-8. On her application, Miss Farley noted that her desire to teach special education began in fifth grade and carried on through middle school when she worked as a Ram Buddy with special education students. She continued working with them through Special Olympics and as a teacher’s aide this past year at Parkside Elementary. She gets especially excited when students accomplish things that so many of us take for granted. Throughout high school, she also has been a ready volunteer as a member of Student Council and is committed to serving others. Miss Kaitlin Bird, the daughter of Jim and Pamela Bird, plans to attend Aquinas College in the fall to pursue her dream to be an Elementary School teacher. Miss Bird said on her application she is spurred on to this career because she loves children and wants to make school fun yet educational for them. Her playful, child-like personality will give her an advantage in this realm. Because she is a person who cares and is willing to help others, she has been quite involved in civic activities throughout the community, including work as a camp counselor, as a Vacation Bible School leader, as a Leo Club member, and for two service projects which repaired homes for impoverished people. As an outstanding bowler on the Rockford High School team, she shared her talent and skills with team members and also participated in the Special Treasures bowling program for disabled children. Miss Jordan Hill, the […]

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