Kendra Kalnins 6th Grade Health Quest Magnet Kendra’s parents are Ed and Julia. Her brother, Troy, is in the fifth grade. She attended Lakes Elementary. Kendra enjoys reading and competing in swim with Riptide. Her favorites include Math with Mrs. Knudsen, ice cream, the movie “The Great Outdoors,” and books by Lemony Snicket. Kendra hopes to become a marine biologist. She admires her swim coach, who always believes in Kendra and pushes her when she feels she cannot do something. Kendra is proud of being short, because that helps her as an athlete. Kirkland Broekstra 6th Grade Structures Magnet Kirk’s parents are Jason and Teresa. His siblings are kindergartener, Dylan, and third-grader, Rachel. He also has a dog named Chewy. He attended Meadowridge Elementary. Kirk enjoys baseball, football and reading. His favorites are Language Arts class with Mr. Allers, eating crab, the book “Son of Neptune,” and University of Michigan. If he could take a dream vacation, he would travel to Colorado. Kirk looks up to his dad, who is smart and athletic, but also works hard. He is proud of making the all-star team for baseball. Danielle Pellerito 7th Grade Danielle is the daughter of Bill and Susan. Her brothers are ninth-grader Tyler and fifth-grader Jacob. She also has a cat named Maggie. Danielle attended Meadowridge Elementary. She plays volleyball for ERMS and also plays soccer. In addition to playing sports, Danielle also enjoys going to MVP, hanging out with her friends and family, and volunteering. Danielle’s favorite class is Speech & Drama with Mrs. Klaes, her favorite food is spaghetti, and her favorite movie is “Footloose.” She would like to become a kindergarten teacher. Danielle admires her mom, who Danielle describes as a person that is always happy and someone that tries to cheer people up when a situation is bad. She is very proud of earning good grades. Ty Dalton 7th Grade Ty is the son of Pat and Nanci. His siblings include ninth-grader Rylie and fourth-graders Max and Regan. He also has three lizards and a dog. Ty attended Crestwood Elementary. He plays basketball and soccer and also enjoys hanging out with friends. Ty’s favorites include Wood Tech with Mr. Wackerle, pickles, the movie “Battle […]
East Rockford Middle School
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.
Three students from East Rockford Middle School have been named local winners in the 43rd annual America & Me Essay Contest, sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance. The three students, who earned the first-, second- and third-place awards for their school, are Christine Alexander, who earned first, Gabby Alcala, who earned second, and Annalise Petzak, third. All three received an award certificate for their achievement. As the school’s first-place winner, Alexander’s name will also be engraved on a plaque for permanent display in the school. Alexander’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 will each receive a plaque, a medallion and a cash award of $1,000. In addition, the top 10 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 over 400 Michigan schools participated in the 2011-2012 America & Me Essay Contest, which was conducted with the help of Farm Bureau Insurance agents across the state. The topic of the 2011-2012 contest was “My Personal Michigan Hero.” Started in 1968 and open to all Michigan eighth-grade students, the contest encourages Michigan youngsters to explore the greatness of America and its people. As sponsor of the contest, Farm Bureau Insurance has earned 11 national awards from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.
Madeline Fryc from East Rockford Middle School (ERMS) and Hannah Willman from North Rockford Middle School (NRMS) were chosen as this year’s Rockford Lions Club Peace Poster winners. Both students’ work represents the incredible talent that is prevalent in Rockford’s middle schools. Madeline’s submitted artwork was chosen as both the local and district winner, which is a great honor, as it competed with hundreds of other pieces of submitted artwork. As winners of their respective school’s competition, both Madeline and Hannah received a $100 gift card from Pegasus Sports. As the winner of the Lions District comprising 50 clubs, Madeline was also awarded a $100 U.S. savings bond. Open to students 11-13 years old, the Lions Annual International Peace Poster Contest encourages young people to creatively express their understanding of international cooperation, peace and tolerance of other beliefs. Each year Rockford Lion Bob Spaeth organizes this program for middle school students with the cooperation of NRMS art teacher, Rachel Kibbe, and ERMS art teacher, Sarah Mullen. The Rockford Lions salute the talent of Madeline and Hannah and thank the Rockford school system for its continuing outstanding contribution to the development of its young people.