Hans Schroder, a 2008 Rockford High School graduate, received a bachelor’s of science degree in psychology from Michigan State University (MSU) in May. Schroder will continue at MSU as a graduate student in clinical psychology, a six-year program. His research focuses on how the brain responds to mistakes and the implications this has for understanding psychological disorders such as anxiety and depression. He has published two research articles, which have been featured in major media outlets such as Wired, The Wall Street Journal, and www.abcnews.com.
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Rockford High School (RHS) is pleased to announce that sophomore Kory Young has committed to play baseball at Michigan State University (MSU). Young was recruited to play shortstop for the Spartans. MSU is regarded as one of the top baseball programs in the Big 10 Conference. MSU won the Big 10 title in 2011 and they are in the hunt again this year. Young will be joining Kirk Gibson’s son, Cam, on the baseball field at MSU. Young, who has worked extremely hard over his career, was part of the 2011 Rockford state champions team as a freshman. The very talented sophomore is the top rated sophomore infielder in the state of Michigan, according to MichiganBaseballProspects.org. He is again determined to be a major contributor and a force for the defending state champions, Rockford Rams. In the summer, Young plays travel baseball for Rockford Team Ram and Elite. Team Ram is coached by RHS varsity assistant coach Steve Fusee. Young is the son of Brian and Kim Young of Rockford.
by REBECCA FINNERAN In my book, few things can top a morning stroll around Kent County’s Pickerel Lake-Fred Meijer Nature Preserve. Dewey cattails, the occasional call of an owl, and graceful, white swans slipping through the unbroken mirror of water are things we sometimes equate with a spring-fed, mountain lake. Unknown to many, this Kent County park is a jewel that is right here in our own back yard! Located just a few miles from Grand Rapids, many folks come to Pickerel to enjoy nature but few really know the hidden treasures that lie within its boundaries. To celebrate this pristine beauty and lend a helping hand at educating the public on bringing nature to your own back yard, an event has been scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. “Discover Pickerel Lake!” is a cooperative project between Michigan State University (MSU) Extension and Kent County Parks and is organized by a cadre of nature-lovin’ volunteers by both groups. According to Ginny Wanty, coordinator for the MSU Extension “Master Naturalist” program, anyone who loves the out-of-doors will want to partake in this event which is designed for families and folks of all ages. While hiking around the two-mile loop at the water’s edge, kids can complete an “eye spy” scavenger hunt as well as listen to 12 narrated stations with adult volunteer educators. Kids who complete their scavenger hunt will be entered into a drawing for a free “Discover!” t-shirt. Wanty said that folks will be delighted to observe waterfowl, woodland birds and wild turkey, chipmunks, deer and, yes, even beaver during this event. “Few people realize that beaver are a part of the Bear Creek watershed, let alone are found so close to home,” Wanty said. The beaver’s elusive nature makes them hard to see during the daylight hours but in the fall, you may see them sliding through the water on a quiet morning or early evening. Evidence of the beaver activity is quite a sight, said Wanty, with those characteristic “pointed” tree stumps and large twig shelters at the south end of the lake. Besides home to beaver, the post depression era system of dams and engineered […]
Rockford graduate and student/athlete Brain Fischer recently committed to run track at Michigan State University (MSU) next spring. He plans to study physiology at MSU, with the hopes of later attending graduate school. He is slated to run any events from the 100 to the 400 and the 4×1 and 4×4 relay teams at MSU. The MSU coach was at the MHSAA state meet and heard that Fischer was running with mononucleosis and was so impressed that he spoke with Fischer shortly after and offered him a spot on the MSU track roster. Fischer’s best time in the 100-meter dash was 10.7 and the 200 was 21.8, which were run at the regional track meet.
Archers, crew, rugby represent district by BETH ALTENA Students from Rockford were well represented at this year’s Meijer State Games and during opening ceremonies at Fifth Third Ballpark, a blaze of Ram orange filled the stands. Archers from the Rockford Sportsman’s Club led the parade of athletes Friday, June 24 and teams from Rockford included rowing and rugby athletes. Olympic archer Glenn Meyers shot a blazing arrow across the ball field to ignite the cauldron after the special tip of his arrow was set alight from the torch. The second annual Olympic-style games for the first time included archery competition, which took place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Rockford High School. Begun last year in Michigan as a way to stimulate economic growth, this year’s event is estimated to have brought more than a million dollars in spending. According to Hank Meijer, CEO for the company that is the major sponsor for the state games, Michigan’s is the fastest-growing state games in the nation, with 24 different games and venues across the state. The West Michigan Sports Commission (WMSC) is responsible for the annual event, which had over 5,000 athletes of all ages competing in events from wrestling to pickleball. Competition is completed by 2 p.m. at each venue so visitors have the opportunity to visit the town or city which is the host. In addition to Rockford High School, Cannonsburg Ski Area and The Score Restaurant & Sports Bar held events—mountain biking and sand volleyball, respectively. “This is an opportunity for athletes, young and not so young, to set goals,” said Meijer. “I wish all athletes a great weekend of accomplishment, competition and fun.” Wayman Britt, WMSC vice chair, introduced a cast of speakers including Michigan’s Luietenant Governor Brian Calley and Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo and football coach Mark Dantonio. “The state games are a signature event of the West Michigan Sports Commission,” Britt said. He said the games encourage economic development and quality of life. The archery tournaments were organized by Rockford’s Jeff DeRegnaucourt and will be held in Rockford each year. DeRegnaucourt said all visitors, both athletes and fans, were provided a packet of coupons and information from Rockford merchants. The home of the state’s only Junior Olympic Archery […]