Aquinas College is proud to announce that Catie Rietsema, from Rockford High School, will continue her running career as a Saint. The former All State performer has led the Rams to four top six finishes at the MHSAA Division I state cross country meet, including a third-place finish during her senior season. Rietsema has a personal best of 18:30 on the cross course and career bests on the track of 5:19 (one mile) and 11:28 (two miles). Coach Mike Wojciakowski stated, “Catie comes from a tradition-rich program that focuses on team success. I believe she is an excellent addition to our core group of runners which is being formed here at Aquinas College. Catie has the ability and the work ethic to make an immediate impact on our team.”
March 31 2011
The Rockford girls junior varsity and varsity 2011 water polo season is off and running. With only one week of practice under their belts, the girls “plunged” into their new season with the determination and aggression that has become a trademark for Rockford water polo. After the traditional warm-up Early Bird Tournament hosted by East Grand Rapids (EGR) on March 18 and 19, the Rams were back in EGR’s tank for game on Thursday, March 24, where the Rams defeated their host 9-4. The EGR Pioneers jumped out to a quick start, scoring a goal halfway through the first period. But that was about all the offense they could gather, as the Rams took control of the game quickly. Rockford sophomore Adrianna Craft tied the score at one apiece with a goal early in the quarter. Senior Lauren Hulsebus had the assist. Junior Casey Wolfer then scored an unassisted goal and also scored on a five-meter penalty shot to end the first period with the Rams leading 3-1. The second quarter saw Wolfer scoring again, assisted by senior Brandy Fase. Rockford started the second half scoring immediately with Hulsebus finding the goal on an assist from Wolfer. The Pioneers had a brief scoring spurt with two goals late in the period, but the Rams sealed the deal in the fourth quarter with Wolfer and Craft scoring two apiece. As in years past, Rockford’s defense played a strong part in the win. This defensive pressure was a constant aggravation for the Pioneers. The Ram defense was led by Fase and junior Maddie Levine with two steals apiece. Senior goalie Tiffany Elenbaas had six saves in the game. The evening began with Rockford’s junior varsity team defeating EGR 8-3.
To be named to the Dean’s List at Hope College, a student must have a minimum 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. The following students have recently been named to the Dean’s List for the first semester of the 2010-11 school year. Belmont students include junior Laura McCambridge, senior Nicole Buccella, senior Brett May and sophomore Bennett Riddering. Rockford students include sophomore Logan Sheasley, junior Alyssa Brillinger, sophomore Megan Kelley, junior Rachel Doud, freshman Katie Carlson, senior Sarah Mosier, senior Emily Cordes, junior Karli Rowe and senior Sara Dykstra. Hope College is a four-year, co-educational, liberal arts college with an enrollment of 3,202 men and women and is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America.
Lessons Learned by LARRY WATTERS Principal, Parkside Elementary School There is a poem and poster entitled “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” by Robert Fulghum that I had hanging in my classroom years ago. Some of the significant instructions Fulghum had listed on the poster include: “Share everything. Play fair. Don’t hit people. Put things back where you found them. Clean up your own mess. Don’t take things that aren’t yours. Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody. Wash your hands before you eat. Flush. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you. Live a balanced life—learn some and think some and draw and point and sing and dance and play and work every day some. Take a nap every afternoon. When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together. Be aware of wonder.” These words of wisdom, although hopefully learned in kindergarten, are not always acted upon as we become adults. That is why so many of us in Rockford Public Schools (RPS) have been blessed to work in a profession where we are reminded of many of the tenants mentioned above by those that have learned them most recently: elementary students. I was reminded of one of the tenants the other day as I learned of a first-grader who decided to pick up trash from the entire playground. When asked why he decided to spend his time picking up our playground, he responded with, “I want to make the world a better place. Besides, I use the playground. Don’t you think I should help keep it clean?” Clean up your own mess. A fourth-grader, when challenged by his teacher to make a difference in the world, made “puppy chow” and sold it at his mother’s workplace, raising over 50 dollars. He used the money to purchase movie gift cards for a family whose mother was battling serious medical issues. When asked his intent, he answered, “I wanted them to enjoy a night out and not worry about their mother’s illness. I wanted to do something to help.” We all should hold hands and stick together. During conferences, the elementary school buildings hold book fairs. Each student in the building is able […]