Breaking all records previously set, 14 Rockford teams competed at the state finals on Davenport University’s campus against the brightest and most creative students in Michigan. Teams traveled from all over Michigan to compete, from Suttons Bay to Brighton, and creative teams converged to compete for the top two places that will reward them with a trip to the world finals competition in late May. All 14 Rockford teams that competed placed seventh or above. The Roguewood, Cannonsburg and Parkside elementary teams received Honorable Mention status, while the Cannonsburg Elementary and two teams from North Rockford Middle School both received bronze medals for a third-place finish. The teams who will represent Rockford at the world finals are: three teams North Rockford Middle School, two teams from East Rockford Middle School, and two teams from Rockford High School. In addition, two Rockford teams received the highly coveted Ranatra Fusca award which, if chosen, will automatically advance a team to the next level. Cannonsburg Elementary School and Rockford High School each received this award, boosting the world finals team count to eight. To round out a wonderfully, creative, sunny and successful day, two senior Odyssey alumni received the Michigan Odyssey of the Mind scholarship. Congratulations go to Evanne Zainea and Alexis Lawton. Congratulations also go to all the hardworking Odyssey of the Mind teams, coaches and parents, who represented Rockford successfully. They are wished the best of luck at the world finals competition in May.
Rockford High School senior Kimberly Weston will continue her basketball career next year at Davenport University while studying business. Weston signed her letter of intent on Thursday, Nov. 10. “I have always dreamed of playing college basketball,” said Weston. “Today, it feels like a part of that dream came true.” Weston, a point guard for the Lady Rams, averaged 13 points per game, four assists per game, three rebounds per game, and shot 75% from the free-throw line last season. She is also a four-year varsity player, a three-year starter, and a three-year team captain. Her coach Jessica Yonkers said, “Kimberly has been a joy to coach these past three years. She is a tough competitor and a great leader. I am looking forward to her senior season and to seeing her play next year at Davenport.” As a junior, Weston was named Class A All State Honorable Mention and made the OK Red All Conference team. Weston was OK Red All Conference Honorable Mention her sophomore year. During Weston’s sophomore season, her team made it to the state quarterfinals and was also the first team in Rockford girls basketball history to surpass 20 wins in a season.
Davenport University has announced that several local students have been named to the Dean’s List for the spring/summer 2011 semester. To achieve the Dean’s List, a student must maintain a minimum 3.5 grade-point average while enrolled in at least nine credits of regular coursework. The local students who have been named to the Dean’s List at Davenport University are: Karlee Despres, Brian Durham and Jeanne Van Kammen, all of Belmont, along with Rockford students Faye Dean, Marcy Hoste, Barbara Kubik, Aaron Plooster and Lawrence Richardson. Founded in 1866, Davenport is a private, nonprofit university with campuses across Michigan and online courses serving an enrollment of more than 13,000 students. With tuition among the lowest of all private universities in the state, Davenport provides high academic quality, small class sizes, conveniently located campuses, faculty with real-world experience and more than 40 dynamic undergraduate and graduate programs addressing in-demand careers. More information is available at www.davenport.edu.