Three students from Assumption School in Belmont have been named local winners in the 42nd annual America & Me Essay Contest, sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance. Alexander Bolin earned first place, Liam Cowen earned second, and Lindsey Kramarz third. All three received an award certificate for their achievement. As the school’s first-place winner, Bolin’s name will also be engraved on a plaque for permanent display in the school. Bolin’s first-place essay now advances to the state level competition, from which the top 10 essays in Michigan will be selected. The top 10 statewide winners, who will be announced in April, will each receive a plaque, a medallion and a cash award of $1,000. In addition, the top essayists will be honored at a banquet in Lansing, meet with Michigan’s top governmental leaders, and be the featured guests at a Lansing Lugnuts minor league baseball game dedicated in their honor. A team of finalist judges that includes a top Michigan government official and the sponsoring teachers of last year’s top two statewide winners will determine the ranking of the top 10 statewide winners this year. Several thousand eighth-grade students from nearly 500 Michigan schools participated in the 2010-2011 America & Me Essay Contest, which was conducted with the help of Farm Bureau Insurance agents across the state. The topic of the 2010-2011 contest was “My Personal Michigan Hero.” Started in 1968 and open to all Michigan eighth-grade students, the contest encourages Michigan youngsters to explore their roles in America’s future. As sponsor of the contest, Farm Bureau Insurance has earned 11 national awards from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. Following is the winning essay by Alexander Bolin. My Michigan Hero My Michigan hero is my Grandpa Bo. He was a war hero of Vietnam. He was also a Michigan State Trooper. Papa Bo does not like to talk about the war, but he does tell stories about his time as a police officer. Papa Bo received a commendation for saving someone’s life. One time, Papa was working and he saw a pheasant sitting on a split rail fence by a farm. Behind a pheasant he saw a farmer who waved at him, so he waved back. A while later, Papa thought he would go back […]
On May 15, Girl Scout Junior Troop 2731 of Assumption School in Belmont successfully completed their Bronze Award, the highest award a junior-level Girl Scout can earn. The Bronze Award consists of completing badge work in skills and leadership, in conjunction with planning and executing a service project. Each girl needed to complete 15+ hours to earn this award. The troop chose their school’s music center as the focus of their project to show school spirit and give back to their school community. The music center needed acoustical and visual improvements, both of which the Scouts were eager to supply. To fund their project, the troop used their proceeds from their Girl Scout cookie sales. Together the troop created six original, music-inspired paintings to energize the space visually. To address the acoustical problems, they sewed and hung fabric to cover the room’s entire back wall to help diminish echo in the room. They also completed other improvements such as painting the doors, walls and hallway floor, building and installing coat hooks, hanging a new light, reupholstering the piano bench, and even polishing the old piano. The room and hallway were completely transformed and the troop feels that the school’s band and music programs will certainly enjoy using the newly refurbished room. Troop 2731 members who earned the Bronze Award are: Kirsten Brinkmeier, Katie Cruikshank, Heather Denton, Rachel Foster, Molly Kalinowski, Mary Novak, Aubrey Paganelli, Maddie Ripple, Kate Sakoski, Eliza Solarawicz and Margarita Whyte.
This year, the Assumption School’s Advent Outreach Project was the collection and delivery of approximately 175 care packages to the children at Metro Health Breton Clinic. The Assumption students tied fleece blankets for the project and used the blankets to wrap up a pair of pajamas and a children’s book as Christmas gifts for the patients at the clinic. On Friday, Dec. 18, the student council representatives were able to visit the clinic (as shown in the photograph) and personally present some of the gifts to children there.