Margaret Smiley

Rockford’s Top 10 Academic Graduates Honored

June 10, 2010 // 0 Comments

In a large school district like Rockford, earning top 10 academic honors is an incredible achievement. Rockford’s top 10 students are an example of excellence for our district. If you see any of these students in the future, congratulate them on their hard work and wish them well in their future endeavors. Rockford will be proudly represented in these students as they work toward their next accomplishments. Ryan Romain Rockford’s top graduating student and valedictorian for the RHS class of 2010 is Ryan Romain, son of Mike and Sheryl and brother to Rachael and Kylie. His graduating GPA is 4.620. Romain said his favorite class is English. Romain is Social Studies Student of the Month, National Honor Society member, and National Jack London Short Story Competition honorable mention. He participated in track and field for four years, cross country one year and bowling two years. He was cross country Athlete of the Month, most improved track athlete his junior year, All-State 4×400-meter relay, and senior All-Conference track athlete. He was in marching band for three years with 1st Division State Solo and Ensemble rating for a saxophone solo his sophomore and junior years. Inspired by other people who set high goals, and either achieve them or exhaust every effort in trying to achieve them, Romain’s advice to freshmen is to “develop strong relationships with your teachers. The teachers at Rockford are amazing, and will do anything they can to help you.” His favorite memory is “during the track and field regional meet last year, our 4×400-meter relay surprised all the competition by dropping several seconds off our previous best time, which qualified us for the state meet—the first 4×400-meter relay team to do so in several years.” Next year, Romain will attend Harvard because “it is an amazing school with limitless opportunities,” where he will major in English and minor in either government or history, and eventually become an attorney. Brian Ginebaugh Rockford’s second-highest graduate in academic achievement is Brian Ginebaugh, son of Charles and Sarah and brother to Scott. He graduates with a GPA of 4.58. Among his favorite classes are anything math and science related. Ginebaugh is a four-year academic letter winner, a member of the National Honor Society, and this year’s salutatorian. […]

Lady Rams track and field make it 12 regional championships in a row

June 3, 2010 // 0 Comments

The Women’s Track and Field Team continued their undefeated season along with their string of Regional Championship when they outdistanced the 15 team field at Houseman Field. The #1 state ranked Lady Rams tallied 178.5 points to outdistance second place East Kentwood with 153.5 and the rest of the field. “This makes it 12 in a row with this one being against some of the toughest competition,” said Head Coach Randy VanderVeen. The Lady Rams claimed three individual first place performances by seniors Samantha Mette and Sarah Birkemeier. Mette won the 100 Hurdles in a time of 15.1 in addition to the 300 Hurdles in a time of 47.2. Birkemeier won the Pole Vault with a height of 11’ 8”. Three relay teams claimed first place finishes. The Rams 400 Meter Relay of Courtney Klawieter, Margaret Smiley, Elise Schierbeek and Abby Blanchard had a winning time of 49.7. The 800 Meter Relay which won in a time of 1:42.7 was made up of Rachel Jerrils, Klawieter, Smiley and Blanchard. The 1600 Meter Relay of Smiley, Katie DeHaan, Jerrils, and Katie Carlson won in a time of 4:01.4. This Regional Championship set the Rockford Rams up to compete for the MITCA Team State Championship at Jenison on May 29 as well as having participants in 16 of the 17 events in the MHSAA State Championship hosted by Rockford on June 5.