June 7 2012

Local students graduate from Albion College

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Several local students recently graduated from Albion College: Taylor Harding graduated cum laude from Albion College on May 5, receiving a degree in biology with a minor in psychology and chemistry, with a concentration in neuroscience. Harding was one of just 23 students to graduate with Albion College honors, signifying completion of the College Honors Program and an original thesis. The honor of cum laude signifies that Harding graduated with a cumulative grade-point average above 3.5. Harding is the son of David and Megan Harding of Rockford and a graduate of Rockford High School. Albion College student Timothy Wernet graduated summa cum laude from Albion College on May 5, receiving a degree in economics and management and communication studies, with a concentration in the Carl A. Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management. The honor of summa cum laude signifies that Wernet graduated with a cumulative grade-point average above 3.9. Wernet is the son of Timothy and Suzanne Wernet of Rockford and a graduate of Lowell High School. Albion College, located in south central Michigan, offers the innovative Albion Advantage of education, experience and personalized mentoring that create exceptional career and life work preparation. Unveiled in 2010, the Albion Advantage attracted national attention from such publications as The Chronicle of Higher Education and Forbes magazine for its comprehensive, multiyear vision of liberal arts education as a springboard to student success. Albion offers outstanding programs in law, medicine, education, management and the sciences and regularly appears on “best value” national college ranking lists.

East Rockford Middle School Students of the Month for March 2012

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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 […]

North Rockford Middle School Students of the Month for April-May 2012

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Lilianna Guerra 6th Grade Fine Arts Magnet Lilianna is the daughter of Heather and Ed Guerra. She has two brothers, Nick and Lucas, as well as a dog named Shelby. Lilianna attended Roguewood Elementary and is actively involved with volleyball and softball. Her favorite colleges are Grand Valley and Michigan. Her favorite class is P.E. and her favorite teacher is Mrs. Ferguson. She really enjoys the Hunger Games books and likes to listen to music by Britt Nicole. The person that she admires the most is her magnet teacher Mrs. Ferguson, and she is most proud of going to state for all-stars last year.     Nicholas Besta 6th Grade Community Service Magnet Nicholas is the son of Maria and Pat Besta. He has a brother, Joseph, as well as a dog and a cat. Nicholas attended Belmont Elementary School and is very involved with Odyssey of the Mind and the hydroponic garden in his classroom. Nicholas also enjoys basketball, tennis, and playing video games. His favorite college is Michigan and his career goal is to have a good job and a family. Nick’s favorite teacher is Mrs. Hodges, he loves to eat steak and he really enjoys Austin Powers movies. He likes to listen to music by the Black Eyed Peas and read the Harry Potter books. The people that he admires the most are his parents. Nicholas is most proud of his family, and for taking 10th place in the World at Odyssey of the Mind.   Hailey Harju 7th Grade Hailey is the daughter of Nedra and Gus Harju. She has a brother, Colin, as well as a dog named Zuko, a cat named Salem, a rabbit named Fluffy, a horse named Sugar, and a hamster named Alexandro. Hailey attended Valley View Elementary and is active in our equestrian team. She also plays the piano and clarinet. Hailey’s favorite college is Wisconsin, and she hopes to become a large-animal vet one day. Her favorite class is Eastern Hemisphere with Mr. Barr. Hailey’s other favorites include eating soft shell tacos, reading the Harry Potter series, the “Hunger Games” movie and listening to Adele. She is most proud of being a Mackinac Island Honor Scout, and the people that she admires the most are […]

Ed Koehn opens collision center

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Recognize these people: Jack Price, Heather Odren, Lenny Wentz, Rick Palm, Eric Montgomery? Ed Koehn is a name well known and respected in West Michigan. Ed and Aaron Koehn are excited to announce the opening of the Ed Koehn Collision Center. Located conveniently on 14 Mile between Rockford and Cedar Springs, the Collision Center shares the same property with the all-new Ed Koehn Chevrolet dealership. “We feel very fortunate to have acquired Jack Price, a lifelong resident of the area, to operate our Collision Center.” The owners of Ed Koehn are pleased to introduce an amazing team of experienced specialists to their new center. Price brings 35 years of expertise in customer relations, insurance company relationships and business management that are focused on customer satisfaction and quality of work for their customers. He is nationally recognized and is Certified Platinum by I-Car (please visit I-Car.com). He is also nationally certified through ASE and state certified with the state of Michigan. He enjoys music, both playing and singing. Odren brings 11 years of experience in the collision and glass industry. She carries the “Mark of Excellence Award” from General Motors. Her knowledge of the collision industry and her relationship with the insurance companies make her a valuable asset in meeting your repair needs. She will assist you in scheduling, help answer any repair questions you may have, and keep you and your insurance updated on the repairs of your vehicle. She will greet customers with a smile and their keys when the repairs are finished. Odren enjoys family time and, with four kids, looks forward to date night with her husband Andy (alias Shmoo). Wentz, “Collision Specialist,” brings 22 years of experience from minor scratch-and-dent repairs to full structural repair. He is state certified as well as PPG Waterborne Paint Certified. Wentz brings versatility to the organization, allowing him to work in both the body repair and paint departments to keep your vehicle on track for completion. He is well known and respected for his custom painting skills, and enjoys fishing and golfing. Palm, “Collision Specialist,” brings 35 years of experience from minor scratch-and-dent repairs to full structural repairs including full frame vehicles using a state-of-the-art computerized measuring system. He is I-Car, ASE and state certified, […]

Ruger Rimfire Challenge draws 112 shooters

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On Saturday, May 19, the Rockford Sportsman’s Club (RSC) hosted the 2012 Ruger Rimfire Challenge. This was a charity shoot and RSC will be donating a check for at least $2,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project (visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org for more information). RSC is proud to be selected again this year to host the event and there will be 14 sanctioned regional and state matches across the USA in 2012, reported Scott Fries, match director. The 2012 World Championship Ruger Rimfire Match will be held in September in New Tripoli, Pa. “We had 112 registered shooters from lower and upper Michigan, Ohio and Illinois. A .22 caliber pistol and rifle were required. Each of the six unique stages involved all steel targets, which allows the shooter to instantly tell if they had a hit or a miss,” Fries said. Winners of a prize table with over $3,500 in donated items from Ruger’s national sponsors were chosen by a random drawing. Among the prizes shooters could win were three Ruger firearms. All shooters who completed the courses of fire took home a prize that included gift certificates and firearms accessories. “This match was made possible by seventeen RSC member volunteers that step up again and again to ensure that our events are fun, well-organized and safe,” said Fries. Winners included: first place men’s limited division, Jake Wedge of Belding and Terry Waskul of Richland (second place). First place in men’s open division was Craig Brunner from Cedar Springs and Jake Wedge of Belding (second place). First place in women’s limited division was Angel Miller of Kentwood. First place in women’s open division was Ellen Klungle of Rockford. All 11 junior shooters received a participation award plaque. For more information and pictures regarding this and future events, check out www.rockfordsportsmansclub.com. RSC is a 501-C3 organization and all events are open to the public.

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