As far as the Michigan School Vocal Music Association (MSVMA) is concerned, Rockford may just be the top choir program in the State. This year, Rockford High School had three choirs selected as part of the top-14 choirs in Michigan. Each year MSVMA selects the top choirs to perform at a special gala recital as part of the Michigan Youth Arts Festival (MYAF). Only one other school in Michigan had more than one choir selected. This year’s recital is scheduled for Friday, May 14. Each of the RHS Choir Directors had an ensemble selected: David Duiven’s Chamber Singers, a mixed ensemble made up of all upperclassmen; Mandy Mikita Scott’s Women’s Chorus, an all-sophomore choir accompanied by Peggy Odren; and the extracurricular men’s ensemble, the Rockford Aces, directed by Jed Scott. As Mr. Duiven put it, “this is really the state championship for choirs. Having one choir selected among this group is a great honor. Having three selected is unprecedented!” Indeed, the last time a Rockford choir was selected was in 1993, though last year one choir was nominated. Said Mrs. Scott, “there are so many fine choirs across the State that many of the very best schools don’t even have one choir selected.” The selection is the culmination of a statewide multi-step process that began in January with District Solo & Ensemble Festival. Some 400+ choirs performed at 16 district locations; the highest rated were permitted to continue to State Solo & Ensemble in April. At the State level, they performed two classical pieces and were asked to sight-read a piece to demonstrate their musical skills. Of the 50 ensembles performing at each of the four state sites, six were nominated for MYAF performance. A four-judge panel made up of choral experts then listened “blind” to the 24 nominated recordings and selected the 14 that would perform. According to Ginny Kerwin, Executive Director of MSVMA, “The decisions by the listening panel were difficult because of the high quality of choral artistry displayed by all of the finalists.” The choirs selected for inclusion are typically the top curricular ensembles at each high school represented, like Rockford’s Chamber Singers. The other two choirs from RHS are less typical. As Mrs. Scott puts it, “to have an all-sophomore […]
April 29 2010
Bayes named MWQA president The Michigan Water Quality Association announced recently that Terry Bayes of Bayes Water Treatment in Sparta has been elected their Association president for 2010. For more information about the Association, visit their website at miwqa.org. Seminar explores vaccinations myths, truths Independent vaccination researcher Mary Tocco will be the speaker at a seminar featuring a variety of questions regarding vaccinations and immunity. The seminar will be held Thursday, April 29, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Rockford American Legion, Merritt Lamb Post, 330 Rockford Park Drive, NE. Topics covered: Do vaccines cause autism? Is the H1N1 a safe flu vaccine? Should pregnant mothers get vaccines? Do you have a choice? Vaccine Ingredients & Production Natural Immunity Gardasil and our teenage daughters Micro-Vascular Strokes Abortion and vaccines Mary Tocco has been an independent vaccination researcher for over 30 years. She is currently on the boards of the American Chiropractic Autism Board (ACAB) and the World Association for Vaccine Education (WAVE), she is the Director of Vaccine Research and Education for Michigan Opposing Mandatory Vaccines, and is helping to manage Hope for Autism (HFA). Mary is also an “Ask the Expert” columnist for Mothering Magazine. Mary’s mission is to reach parents through any means necessary to help them make informed vaccination decisions. She believes parents need to know their healthcare options, promoting health without toxic medications and drugs. Mary’s goals include empowering and encouraging parents to learn how the human body was meant to develop and function so they do not live in fear of infectious diseases, to study unvaccinated children to compare them with their vaccinated peers and to organize multi disciplinary treatment centers for those injured by vaccines. Visit www.childhoodshots.comw for more information.
Thursday, April 29 Pink Polo Power—6 p.m. at Rockford High School Natatorium to raise money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The Lady Rams varsity and JV water polo teams will host two games against Zeeland, decked in pink caps with pink balls and plenty of pink polo power. Event also includes contests, games, face painting, and t-shirts and ribbon items for sale, along with breast cancer awareness literature. Kevin Cole & The Gershwin Brothers in Concert—7:30 p.m. in Calvin Chapel in Grand Rapids, as part of the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. For tickets, call (616) 526-6282; adults $20, students $10; or e-mail email@example.com; also on sale at the chapel on the day of the concert. Mary Tocco Seminar—5 to 8 p.m. at Rockford American Legion Post #102, 330 Rockford Park Dr., covering vaccination awareness topics to help parents make informed decisions on vaccinations. Visit www.childhoodshots.com for more information. Thursday–Sunday, April 29–May 2 Texas Hold ‘Em Fundraiser—5 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 1 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, at Westwood at the Crossing on West River Drive in Comstock Park, to raise funds for Meadow Ridge Elementary School. Saturday, May 1 Spring Art & Fine Craft Sale/Show—10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rockford United Methodist Church, 159 Maple St., Rockford, held by the Rogue River Artists Association. Cloth-It-Up Fashion Show—7:17 p.m. at the Rockford dam. VIP seating available for $5. General admission is free. All proceeds go toward the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund. For more information, call (616) 874-4113. Sunday, May 2 Swiss Steak Dinner—noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Rockford Masonic Lodge. Cost is $8 for adults; $3 for children under age 10. Dinner includes Swiss steak, vegetable, mashed potatoes with gravy, salad, dinner roll, dessert and beverage. Tuesday, May 4 El Dia de los Niños/El Dia de los Libros—6:30 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Celebrate the Day of the Child with traditional Mexican crafts, music and other activities. Country Music—9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, corner of 10 Mile Road and Shaner Avenue in Rockford. Music by the Rogue River Band. Enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks. Mended Hearts Meeting—7 p.m. at Spectrum […]
For several years Algoma Christian School has participated in the Michigan Geographic Bee. For the first time ever, a student from the school has earned his way as a semifinalist. Seventh-grader Jacob Hoskins, son of Dan and Laureen Hoskins, has been notified by the Natioah through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school’s Geographic Bee winner. School-level winners then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. In each of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Dependents Schools, and the U.S. territories, the National Geographic Society invited the students with the top 100 scores to compete at the state level. The 2010 Michigan Geographic Bee will be held in the Bernhard Center at Western Michigan University on Friday, April 9. They will be answering questions such as geography, state capitals, cities around the world and rivers and mountains. The state winner will receive $100, the “National Geographic Collegiate Atlas of the World,” and a trip to Washington, D.C., where he/she will represent Michigan in the national finals at the National Geographic Society headquarters, May 25-26, 2010. The first-place national winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, lifetime membership in the Society. The national winner will also travel (along with one parent or guardian), all expenses paid, to the Galápagos Islands. The winner will experience geography firsthand through up-close encounters with the wildlife and landscape of Galápagos. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. A teacher from the school district of the national winner will receive a trip to attend the Google Geo Teacher Institute in July 2010, where he/she will get a hands-on experience with Googles resources and learn about innovative instructional strategies. “We are pretty excited about this and hope he does well and if he qualifies he will go on to national,” said Terry Yoder, principal of Algoma Christian School.