RHS News once again has the best newscast in the state of Michigan! Each year, the Rockford High School (RHS) broadcast communications class enters the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) high school and college broadcast competition. This year, the MAB awarded RHS News first place in “Newscast” hosted by Sam Vlaming, Molly Guthrie and Paige Helm. RHS also won second place in “Sports Play-by-Play” by Andrew Rademacher and Jake Schemmel, and “Public Service Announcement” by Beccie Manshaem and Melissa Eberlein. Honorable mentions went to Mitch Flinsky, Justin Wynn and Mike Rogan in the Michigan Air National Guard Current Events Program and to Dylan Bronkema and Andrew Rademacher for the news feature on American Idol Matt Giraud’s visit to RHS. The honorees will be attending the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo in Lansing on March 9 to accept their awards. The students wrote, videotaped and edited all 22 entries in the advanced broadcast communications class under the direction of instructor Kris DeYoung and technician Jason Springer. The video topics ranged from distracted driving and winter driving to Matt Giraud and the Rockford Education Foundation. When Eberlein found out how well her video did in the contest, she replied, “I was shocked. I didn’t know people would like it [her PSA] that much.” Schemmel said, “It was a very fun experience and I learned a lot from it, and I was glad all my hard work paid off by finishing second in such a prestigious contest.” “I was proud to see everyone pour their heart and soul into their entries. They all deserved to win,” Springer added. DeYoung commented, “I could not be more proud of this team. It was amazing to watch their determination and dedication. They were coming in before school, after school, at lunch, even offering to come in on a snow day. Now that’s heart.” RHS Broadcast Communications took second place overall for the MAB “Station of the Year.”
February 17 2011
You knew it all along. Jayna Liu and Dave Steffes have something no one else in Rockford has—the best lips in town. By popular vote (with names covered) the staff at the Squire pondered long and hard to pick the most pleasing pucker from the many people who contributed to this year’s Best Lips contest. To be fair, although Dave was a no-brainer top-lip winner, there was a three-way tie for the best female lips, with former Best Lips winner Michelle Zeck and Kelly Mills a third-party judge had to be brought in to make the final decision. Our king and queen of lips in Rockford are invited to stop by the Squire office at 331 Northland Drive (two doors south of the Michigan State Police post) to pick up your prize (don’t get too excited though).
Carrie Yeomans has been with the Squire the longest time of our current sales team. Her territory is downtown Rockford and Belmont. Those who know her appreciate her unflappable professionalism and genuine caring for her partners in business. At the Squire we are thrilled to be able to work with Carrie and enjoy the many qualities she brings to the office and to our lives as well. The following is Carrie’s biography. Thanks for being part of our team. I was born and raised in Belding and attended high school there. After graduation I moved to the Greenville area and am still located there. I have been married for 18 years and I have four children, all grown now. I worked part time jobs when I was raising them and enjoyed being home with them the majority of the time. It was after they all graduated that my husband said “now that you have done the hardest job in the world (by some peoples standards) so why don’t you take it easy and get a full time job!” That is when I started working at the Rockford Squire. I will celebrate my four year anniversary here this year. I started in the northern territory of Rockford, including Cedar Springs, Greenville and Sparta. But I have since taken over the central Rockford territory. I have had to make myself a rule to never carry money with me when I am out visiting my accounts because there are too many temptations out there. It would be easy to spend more than I make as I visit the wonderful shops, restaurants and businesses who are in my area. I enjoy walking around town and visiting with my clients. By being available to my customers visually and by phone, I want to be able to help them get the word out to the community to help their businesses succeed and grow. Many times they let me know how well they did with their ad and it makes me glad that I’m a part of the Rockford Squire. We work diligently to deliver a superior product and I think we accomplish that . After all, we didn’t get to be the Rockford hometown newspaper for 140 years any other way. I […]
Chandler Woods staff is proud to be supporting eight-year-old Johnny Teis through their Jeans Days For A Purpose (JDFAP) during the month of February. Johnny was a Chandler Woods student—along with his brother and sister—until his family moved to Arkansas about a year ago. Shortly after moving, Johnny was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. After months of treatment that kept his tumor from growing, his December MRI showed that the tumor is growing again. Johnny has been given less than six months to live, but that is not stopping his family and friends across the nation from showing him how much he is loved and supported. Staff members will be wearing special “Johnny’s Team” t-shirts with their jeans on the three Fridays of the month. They will also be taking a group photo and video to send to Johnny and his family. Friday, Feb. 4’s moral focus assembly will focus on “Johnny the Brave,” showing the students a video of the courage of one little boy who has touched our lives forever. He is Johnny the Brave—what a great model for the month of Courage. It will also be the school’s first day of JDFAP for him. On JDFAP, students and staff pay money to wear jeans and donate the cash to a cause. Friends of the Teis family have made and posted an amazing video of Johnny. Check it out online at www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4oqb1LE4Ks.
Protest The offices were besieged by protesters when I suggested I might do less humor in this column and get a lot more serious. Protesters on both sides of the question slowed our work at the paper and interfered with production. Both of the citizens who opposed my suggestion said the world needed more smiles. The one in favor said there were indeed many problems I should address and was protesting against the other two. To resolve the issue we conducted a survey: • Forty-seven percent of those surveyed, when asked if Roger Allen’s column should be changed, replied, “Who?” • Fifty-three percent said, “What?” With no overwhelming majority, I will continue to look for good jokes and occasionally make a few serious comments. Speaking of Protest It paid off for the Egyptian people and may start a new trend. Our own country was founded with a protest nearly 250 years ago. The one in Egypt was remarkably peaceful. The world could use more of that. Starting right “If you’ll make the toast and pour the juice, Sweetheart,” said the newlywed bride, “breakfast will be ready.” “Good! What are we having for breakfast?” asked the new husband. “Toast and juice,” she replied. A few years later… Little Johnny’s new baby brother was screaming up a storm. “Where’d we get him?” Johnny asked his mom. His mother, who recognized the wonderful gift of life as coming from God, answered, “He came from heaven.” Johnny replied, “Wow! I can see why they threw him out!” Many years later… “It’s just too hot to wear clothes today,” complained the husband to his wife as he stepped out of the shower. “Honey, what do you think the neighbors would say if I mowed the lawn like this?” She replied, “Probably that I married you for your money.” Many, many years later… After putting her grandchildren to bed, the grandmother changed into her old slacks and a droopy blouse and proceeded to wash her hair. As she heard the children getting more and more rambunctious, her patience grew thin. Finally, she threw a towel around her head and stormed into their room, putting them back to bed with stern warnings. As she left the room, she heard the three-year-old say with […]