Lady Rams to defend state title Rockford’s varsity girls water polo team is ranked sixth in the state this year. Ann Arbor Pioneer has soundly defeated the Lady Rams three straight this season, and have at least three players heading on to play Division I college. Rockford girls will defend their state title against Ann Arbor Pioneer in the first round of the Michigan Water Polo Association championship at Jenison High School Natatorium at 7:45 p.m. on Friday, May 29. Come on out and cheer for the Lady Rams! Hudsonville will play against Saline at 4 p.m., East Grand Rapids against Okemos at 5:15 p.m., and West Ottawa against Ann Arbor Huron at 6:30 p.m. The four teams that win will continue on to the semifinals, and those two winners will play for the state title.
May 28 2009
Sports physicals will be offered for Rockford athletes as follows: Wednesday, June 3 at North Rockford Middle School, beginning at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, June 4 at Rockford High School, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 5 at East Rockford Middle School, beginning at 11:00 a.m. The cost is $20, with checks payable to Rockford Athletics. Physical cards must be completed and signed by the athlete and their parent prior to the physical. Forms are available at all secondary schools in the district. Physicals must be dated after April 15, 2009, and must be on file prior to participating in any sport for the 2009-10 school year. Also, for a complete list of summer camps at Rockford High School and for updated sports schedules, visit the “Sports” page at www.rockfordschools.org.
by JACKIE HOLLAND-DECKER Call the Rockford girls soccer team “The Avengers.” On their way to victory in the OK Red conference tournament, the Rams avenged both of their league losses and handed early leader East Kentwood (EK) its only two conference losses. The tournament win gave the Rams a runner-up finish in the conference standings, a half game behind the Falcons. The two teams matched losses in the OK Red with two, but Rockford’s 2-2 tie to West Ottawa on May 6 gave the Falcons the edge. This week, the Rams may have a chance to avenge that tie with a match-up against West Ottawa in the district tournament. “I am very proud of what these girls have done,” said Rockford Coach Amira Ponne. “We avenged our two conference losses [to Grandville and Grand Haven]. Conference champs or runners-up-I don’t care. EK will know that we beat them not once but twice. We are champs in my mind, and everyone else knows that we are the team to beat. I hope the girls can keep this run going strong through districts.” After retaliating for an earlier 1-0 loss to the Grandville Bulldogs with an impressive 5-1 win in the tournament opener May 14, the Rams handed the Falcons their second loss Monday, May 18, with a 1-0 shutout on East Kentwood’s fast turf field. That victory placed them into the final round at Grand Haven on Wednesday, May 20. The Rams strode into the Buccaneer stadium with one main purpose: avenge a 2-1 loss 19 days earlier. They accomplished that mission with finesse. “Our girls are playing great soccer, and players are stepping out of the woodwork,” said Coach Ponne. “The key to success is to stay hungry for the win. We need to play hard and confident, but also with humility. I think we learned early on this season that at this level it’s anyone’s game.” The Rams are a unique team in that they do not feature one or two star players. Although junior Britanni Pierce scored the goal in the victory at Grand Haven, and senior Rachel Doud scored against the Falcons-both with assists from Sydney Benda-many other players have scored along the way and have pressured the opposition’s goalkeepers. […]
A ‘student stimulus plan’ by BLAKE R. BOWMAN Principal, Lakes Elementary School A few weeks ago, Michigan State University’s (MSU) men’s basketball team defeated Louisville to advance to the NCAA Final Four in Detroit. Recognizing that the Spartans’ magical run through the tournament was providing a lot of positive energy for an economically challenged region, MSU Head Coach Tom Izzo said after the game, “Let’s face it, every state’s been hit this year. It’s been a tough time, but ours has been hit maybe as hard as anybody’s. I’m just hoping we’re a silver lining. I’m hoping that we’re the sunshine. I’m hoping we’re something to embrace, to be involved with…” The sun shone brightly on Michigan for the next week. I should know. I went down to Detroit for the Final Four games, and it was a spectacular environment down there. MSU’s athletic director, Mark Hollis, referred to the team’s achievements as the “Spartan stimulus plan.” And, for a week, it worked some awe-inspiring magic. But the Final Four is over now. For all the fun and exhilaration that we had, any true stimulus plan has to be based on something more lasting. The Federal government’s economic stimulus plan is slated to provide some much-needed relief for struggling programs, but even this is a one-time windfall. Where can we turn to find hope and inspiration that will stand up against the tests of time? Take a look at the students of Rockford Public Schools. I’m the biggest MSU fan you’ll ever meet, but I missed the Louisville game because I was at Rockford High School with my two oldest children, watching the incredible musical performance of “Beauty and the Beast.” Sure, that performance is over, but every time you turn around in this town, you’ll find more of our students doing outstanding things. At this year’s Community Expo last March, I was proud to watch many of my students from Lakes sing in front of a gym full of people. It was very exciting to watch them shine publicly! Most of Rockford’s schools were represented at that event. Rockford’s musical departments are executing amazing performances all of the time. North Rockford Middle School (NRMS) offered an Arts Night last month that spotlighted NRMS students […]
The deadline for students to apply to the Michigan Green Chemistry Governor’s Award competition has been extended to July 15, 2009. The awards were announced by the Green Chemistry Roundtable and will honor industrial, academic, student, and nonprofit efforts to green Michigan’s economy. The award program is open to individuals, groups and organizations in Michigan, both nonprofit and for profit, including academia, educators, nonprofit advocacy groups, and industry. Award recipients will be honored at a special dinner at the Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit on Sept. 24. The award program recognizes advances that either incorporate the principles of green chemistry into chemical design, manufacture or use; or that promote activities that support or implement those technologies. The Roundtable will present one or more awards in each of the following categories: Business: individual efforts, team efforts and/or corporate efforts for a green chemistry technology in any of the four focus areas identified in the nomination packet. Academic: academic research and development efforts in any of the identified four focus areas. Education: green chemistry education efforts at any level, from high school to post graduate, in any of the identified four focus areas. Public: community reform that recognizes efforts from advocates, local government, service organizations and/or the general public in any of the identified four focus areas. Student: undergraduate and graduate chemistry and engineering student design projects that incorporate one or more of the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry. Further information on the Michigan Green Chemistry Program, along with a copy of the nomination packet, is available on the DEQ website at www.michigan.gov/deqgreenchemistry, or by calling the DEQ Environmental Assistance Center at (800) 662-9278.