June 9 2011
Rebecca (Becky) Delacher of Belmont was chosen as recipient of the national Area Representative of the Year Award by International Student Exchange (ISE) at a conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina. ISE is a respected and established nonprofit organization that places hundreds of foreign students in American high schools each year. “Becky is just so dedicated, so passionate about her job,” said Mary Miller, ISE’s regional manager. “I’ve been with this company since 1992 and only once or twice has a Michigan representative been chosen for this honor.” Becky is a regional advisor and area representative for ISE and has been involved with student exchange for 10 years while placing at Rockford High School as well as other schools in the metropolitan area. In selecting the recipient of this award, ISE looks for a representative who has excelled in supporting the exchange students, the schools they attend, and the host families. “For the area representative, the exchange experience is much more than just finding a host family for the student,” said Miller. “Becky is dedicated to making sure that everyone involved in the student’s placement has a rewarding and memorable experience.” Over the past years, Becky has placed more than 150 students from many countries around the world with families in the greater Grand Rapids area. “It is a real honor that not just the schools and students she works with know how deserving she is, but also the New York office recognizes the quality of work she does,” added Miller. ISE sponsors a cultural exchange based program, during which hundreds of foreign students are introduced to America every year. Host families open their homes to foreign students, sharing traditions, learning new customs, and introducing the student to our community and country. The students become part of the family, and usually keep in touch after they return home. Most families find that hosting is a wonderful experience. Those interested in information about hosting a foreign exchange student should contact Miller at (800) 378-9395 in Grand Rapids.
What can only be described as a phenomenal season came to an end Saturday, June 4, for the Rockford girls water polo team, losing in the state final game to Okemos High School. The road to the final game began Friday with a Ram victory against a tough Ann Arbor Pioneer team. The fans were on the edges of their seats the whole contest, watching the Rams grab a tough 8-7 overtime win to advance to the semifinal game. The game started with two stubborn defenses battling to scoreless first quarter. After that, it was an evenly matched back-and-forth event until senior Lauren Hulsebus scored the winning goal late in overtime on a soft touch pass by senior Taylor Downs. The dogfight ended with junior Casey Wolfer scoring three times and sophomore Adrianna Craft scoring twice. Also adding to the goal total was senior Brandy Fase and junior Maddie Levine. Defense was the key in this game with Fase and Wolfer getting six steals apiece, Hulsebus added four steals and senior Jamie VanPortfliet had five, Downs two and Craft had one. Senior goalie Tiffany Elenbaas had nine saves in the game. Saturday morning saw the Rams at it again against the Ann Arbor Huron River Rats. This contest, however, was controlled by Rockford from start to finish. Even though Huron scored the first goal, the Rams answered with two of their own. Craft scored an unassisted goal and Downs put one to the back of the net on an awesome assist by VanPortfliet to end the first quarter up 2-1. Hulsebus and Wolfer each scored in the second stanza and Rams were up 4-1 at the half. The second half saw the River Rats scoring two goals, but it wasn’t enough. Downs and Wolfer both added goals in the third period and Hulsebus put the icing on the cake with two scores in the fourth for the 8-3 Ram victory, sending the girls into the state final game. The final game against Okemos had both teams trading goals throughout the first half. Wolfer scored once and Fase added two beautiful goals on long outside shots, and this game started out in true championship fashion with a 3-3 tie after the first half. The second half, […]
The Rockford girls lacrosse team claimed the regional title, advancing to the state semifinal against the winner of the South Lyon and Ann Arbor Pioneer regional final. It is the fourth straight trip for the Lady Rams to the semifinal game. The girls hope to defend their 2010 Division I championship. The Rams went through a rough stretch at the end of the season, finishing 1-4 against some very strong competition. But when their season was on the line, they reached deep and pulled out two great team wins to claim the regional title. In the semifinal against Lansing Waverly, the Lady Rams jumped out to an early lead, controlling the draw from the opening whistle. Freshman Meghan Datema and sophomore Erica Neumen were key in that effort, with Datema controlling eight draws and Neumen five. The Rams scored early and fast, tallying twice in the game’s first 1:40. The Ram defense was led by senior captain Sydney Gray, as Gray and her defensive partners Kendall Carr, Kendall Short, Kyleigh Egnatuk, and Datema shut down the attack from Waverly. Jenna Chaffee continued her stellar play in net with 15 saves. The Ram offense was led by Neumen and Kendra Winicki, with Neumen scoring four times and Winicki adding three goals and three assists. The Rams battled crosstown rival Forest Hills in the final. The two teams had split their earlier conference match-ups, each winning at home. The Rams were not to be denied, making it look easy. After giving up the opening goal, the Rams scored the next five and never looked back. Alyssa Neumen was a standout on the center draw and scored six goals to lead the Rams. Sister Erica scored five, and added three assists, five ground balls, and three caused turnovers. Forest Hills had no answer for the Neumen sisters and their teammates. Senior Taylor Balch had a solid game with two goals, an assist, and a great takeaway on check from behind at midfield that led to a Ram goal. Gray and Hannah Maroe led an excellent defensive effort, as the Rams played their best game of the season, winning15-8. Chaffee was strong again with 11 saves between the pipes. The semifinal is Wednesday, June 8, at South Lyon at […]