First ever in school’s history After play was delayed due to rain on Saturday, May 12, the competition continued on Monday, May 14, with every player knowing what was expected. They went into competition with a three-way tie between Rockford, Hudsonville and West Ottawa. Everyone knew they had to give their best and one extra step higher to win, and they did. The girls played their hearts out and no matter for which position, because it was all for the team. “Conference was something we’ve never achieved,” said Coach Tom Huizing. “We wanted to represent our school and the program. We knew that we had a chance at the conference title. It was just a matter of doing it. We put out the best on the court and it was good enough. I’m very proud of these young ladies. Their hearts are big and their game backed them up.” Renee and Courtney Fedeson (two doubles) and Allysa Bowman (four singles) were conference champs, while Marjeanne Bothma (two singles) and Paula Downs and Brittney Raisch (three doubles) were conference runners-up. “Winning conference is really exciting, especially since it was the first time ever for Rockford,” said senior Lauren Korlewitz. “We had a great day and all stepped up to beat teams that we weren’t expected to. It wasn’t easy, but we fought hard and earned the win.”
Rockford student Courtney Fedeson, 13, of Belmont was honored in the nation’s capital for her outstanding volunteer work during the presentation of The 2009 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Fedeson-along with 100 other top youth volunteers from across the country-received a $1,000 award as well as personal congratulations from former First Lady Laura Bush at the 14th annual award ceremony and gala dinner reception. It was held at the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History. Courtney, a seventh grader at North Rockford Middle School, was named the top middle school level youth volunteer in Michigan last February. It addition to the cash award, she received an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip with her parents to Washington, D.C., for the recognition events. “The young people receiving these awards genuinely care about making a difference in the lives of others and have accomplished so much-in their own communities and around the world,” said Mrs. Bush, who delivered the keynote address at last night’s ceremony. “I thank and congratulate them for their outstanding volunteer work. Students with this kind of commitment and leadership ability are essential to the future of our nation.” Courtney is an inspiring example of young Americans who care deeply about the needs of others and who have taken the initiative to help meet those needs,” said John R. Strangfeld, Chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial, Inc. “By honoring them, we hope not only to give them the recognition they so richly deserve, but also to inspire others to follow their example.” Nearly 20,000 young people submitted applications for the 2009 awards program last fall through schools, Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and affiliates of the Points of Light Institute’s HandsOn Network. The top middle level and high school applicants in each state were selected in February, and were flown to Washington the week of May 4 with their parents for four days of special recognition events. Rockford student Courtney Fedeson, 13, of Belmont was honored in the nation’s capital for her outstanding volunteer work during the presentation of The 2009 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Fedeson-along with 100 other top youth volunteers from across the country-received a $1,000 award as well as personal congratulations from former First […]
Pearce invites ‘Spirit’ recipient Courtney Fedeson to Lansing State Rep. Tom Pearce welcomed to the Michigan Capitol today Courtney Fedeson of Belmont, one of two top youth volunteers to receive the 14th Annual Prudential Spirit of Community Award. Fedeson, a 12-year-old seventh grader at North Rockford Middle School, was recognized during today’s Legislative session by the full House chamber for her accomplishment and was presented a House of Representatives’ resolution of congratulations. “I congratulate Courtney on her accomplishment and for becoming a role model for other youths who want to make a difference in their communities,” said Pearce, R-Rockford. “I was especially impressed with her maturity and graciousness during our visit to make sure it was understood her Girl Scout troop and other volunteers deserve recognition too. This is a tremendous example of how our entire community embra- ces volunteerism.” Fedeson helped lead her Girl Scout troop to beautify the front entrance of her school. The project included designing, raising funds and installing new landscaping, concrete sidewalks and a brick sculpture base. Fedeson and her parents Brian and Jodi Fedeson also had lunch with Pearce while in Lansing. As a state honoree, Fedeson received $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and she will travel to Washington D.C. in May for national recognition events with all other states’ honorees and the naming of America’s top youth volunteers for 2009. The program was created in 1995 by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals to emphasize the importance of service to others and contributing to communities.
by CHRISTINE BIGNEY Courtney Fedeson knows the importance of sticking to a project until it’s finished. In this particular case, $1,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C. was the reward. Courtney, a seventh-grader at North Rockford Middle School, was awarded an engraved silver medallion that signified her selection as one of Michigan’s top two youth volunteers for 2009 in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. The ceremony took place at the school board meeting on Monday, March 9. The award, sponsored in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), is part of a broad initiative created by Prudential Financial to encourage young people to become involved with community service. The award was presented by Douglas Kliewer, a financial planner and representative from the well-known insurance company. “We want to recognize the students who donate an insurmountable amount of hours for their community,” said Kliewer. Courtney was honored for helping her Girl Scout troop lead a project that landscaped and beautified the front entrance of her school. They raised approximately $12,000 to fund this project. “I think I understand now what a great community I live in; a place where people will pitch in and volunteer,” Courtney said. “All you have to do is take the initiative and act.” Courtney was one of 104 other top honorees from across the country to win this prestigious award. She will join them in early May in Washington, D.C. for several days of national recognition events. Ten of them will be named America’s top youth volunteers for 2009 at that time. Courtney’s father, Brian Fedeson, is extremely proud of his daughter’s accomplishments. “This is an impressive award. If Courtney wins one of the top ten, $5,000 comes back to the Rockford area to help area charities.” Courtney plans on saving her $1,000 award for college. She wants to become a lawyer. “I found out that I can make a difference,” said Courtney.