Have you ever wanted to travel around the world and learn about different cultures? CASE Exchange Student Programs would like to invite you to see the world without leaving home, by hosting a foreign exchange student from South America, Europe or Asia for the upcoming school year! Each year, CASE provides high school age students the opportunity to travel to the U.S. and live with a warm and caring host family, while attending a semester or academic year at the public school closest to the host home. The students have full medical coverage and their own spending money. The host family provides room, board and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for some lucky foreign teen. Many families find that when they open their hearts and homes to an exchange teen, they suddenly find their home filled with fun and laughter, all wrapped in a charming foreign accent. CASE also has an Outbound Program that offers American teens the opportunity to travel abroad as exchange students for a summer, semester or full academic year. To qualify, American teens must be between 15 and 18 years old and hold a B or better average in school. For more information on hosting an exchange student, or becoming one, contact Rick Wiltse at (616) 805-3136 or call the CASE Regional Office toll free at (877) 417-9675. For more information, visit www.case-usa.org.
Rigney-Dodd Anna Kathleen “Kassi” Dodd and Jacob Thomas Rigney were married on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009, in Indianapolis, Ind. The civil ceremony was performed by Judge Michelle Scott. Kassi is the daughter of the late Howard and Donna Dodd of Rockford. She received her doctorate in jurisprudence from Southern Illinois University in 2004. Jacob is the son of Jamie and Joseph Rigney of Rushville, Ind. He received his doctorate in jurisprudence from Indiana University Bloomington in 2002. Kassi and Jake met while working as Marion County Indiana deputy prosecutors. The couple is currently residing on the northeast side of Indianapolis.
Sayers-Phillips The marriage of Lauren Sayers and Jeremy Phillips will be celebrated on September 4, 2010, in New Hampshire, where they reside. Lauren is the daughter of David Sayers and Michelle Cleveland. Jeremy is the son of Darrell and Barbara Phillips of Rockford. The bride-to-be graduated from Rockford High School in 1998, has an associate’s degree in graphic design, and is currently working on her bachelor’s of fine arts degree at Plymouth State University. The future groom is a 2000 graduate of Rockford High School, has a degree in environmental studies and outdoor recreation from Central Michigan University, and is currently the naturalist at an environmental education center in Pennsylvania.
The West Michigan Youth Ballet Company is preparing for its first annual full-length Nutcracker Ballet, composed by Tchaikovsky, on Dec. 12 and 13, at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center (FHFAC), 600 Forest Hills Ave., Grand Rapids. Four students from the Rockford school district are members of the company, and are looking forward to performing in this wonderful Christmas tradition. Rockford High School senior Rebecca Richmond will appear in the role of the Sugarplum Fairy in both matinees, and dance in the Reed Flute and Snow variation in the evening show. Rockford senior Kathleen Bomers will dance the part of the Kissing Doll in all three performances, as well as the Snow and Flowers variations, and has the lead role in Reed Flute. Lauren Hyink, a fifth-grader at Cannonsburg Elementary School, will perform as a soldier and in the Chinese Ribbon dance. Mary Camp, a first-grader at St. Patrick’s School will be a gingerbread and a mouse. All four girls are “nuts” about this ballet, and would love to have their friends and neighbors from the Rockford area join them to see the marvelous talent that is present in our city. Tickets are $12 for adults, and $6 for children 10 and younger. Performances will be on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 13 at 1 p.m. After the Sunday performance there is also the opportunity to take part in a “tea,” where you will be able to meet the dancers in person. Those tickets, which are available to performance ticket holders, are $2 for adults and $4 for children. Each child will receive a door prize and make a beautiful craft to take home. And, of course, refreshments will be served as well. After each performance the audience has occasion to buy beautiful Nutcracker-related gifts at the boutique, which make nice presents such as teachers gifts and mementos. Tickets can be obtained by calling the FHFAC box office at (616) 493-8966.
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