On March 24, Our Lady of Consolation (OLC) School grades six through eight competed in the 28th Annual Region 12 Science Olympiad Tournament held at Grand Valley State University. The Science Team trained under Mrs. Schuler, the eighth-grade science teacher; Mr. Parker, the middle school social studies teacher; and Mr. Lang, the middle school math teacher. The school participated in 23 events lasting throughout the entire day. OLC starting training for the science fair projects in October 2011, and training sessions were conducted on a weekly basis. There were 42 schools in attendance and over 3,000 students, coaches and family members attending the science fair. OLC competed very well in all categories. In the Catch-It event, the team of Elizabeth Urbik, Yvonne Danko and Caitlin Wilson not only brought home the gold but set a new record. Catch-It is an event where a 67-gram steel ball is dropped in intervals of 30 centimeters down a pipe. On the bottom of the pipe is a basket constructed of small wood sticks over a hole. If the wood-constructed basket catches the steel ball at 30 centimeters, the steel ball is raised to the next 30-centimeter level up. You have 10 tries or until the basket breaks until you are complete. The OLC girls completed a height of 120 centimeters until the 10 tries were completed.
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Five boys and five girls from Rockford, ages 10-14, were named local champions of the 2012 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship and have earned the right to compete at the district level. Knights of Columbus Bishop Richter Council #7761 in Rockford sponsored the local competition at Our Lady of Consolation gymnasium. All youngsters ages 10 to 14 were eligible to participate. Maggie Schichtel was the 10-year-old girls champion and Jack Schichtel was the winner of the 10-year-old boys division. In the 11-year-olds bracket, Kinzie Keller was the girls champion and Alec Cote was the boys champion. Twelve-year-old winners in the girls and boys divisions were Cassidy Fought and Ben Gorton. The 13-year-old girls division was won by Morgan Mikowski and the boys by Nick Ludwig. Fourteen-year-old champions were Abby DeMaet in the girls bracket and Jake Herremans in the boys. Each contestant was allowed 15 free-throw attempts in the contests. Ties were settled by successive rounds of five throws per contestant until a winner emerged. Each of the winners will compete in the district competition to be held on February 5, 2012 at Our Lady of Consolation gymnasium with an eye toward moving on to the regional, state and international levels.
Youngsters are invited to visit the 10th annual petting zoo at Bishop Hills Elder Care Community, 4951 Eleven Mile Road (behind Our Lady of Consolation Church) in Rockford on Friday, Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. According to Sue Bodenner, of Bishop Hills, youngsters love petting the variety of creatures brought in by Farm Animals on the Go! The event is free and one of the fun, interactive things to do at Rockford’s 35th annual three weekends of Harvest Fest.
Local sites offer plenty of options Julie Buehler of Our Lady of Consolation Church (OLC) and School, said Michigan Blood donates $10 to the school’s youth program for every person who attempts to donate blood at the twice-annual blood drives there. This year, a larger-than-normal shortage in blood caused the organization to add another drive. The next opportunity to donate at OLC will be on October 20 from noon to 7 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments make things run more smoothly. The blood drive is just one of many community events that take place on the church property throughout the year, which makes the church a good community neighbor. About 1,700 families are members and 160 students are enrolled in the school, which is pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. OLC was founded in 1971 as an offshoot of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Belmont. The affiliated churches share many resources, including the nuns of the Consolata Missionary Sisters, who celebrated their 100th year as an order in 2010. The sisters were brought here from Italy in the 1960s by Msgr. Podjeski from their mother house in Turin, Italy. In addition to Belmont, the order has 12 missionaries throughout the world, including parishes in the most impoverished areas of Alabama. The sisters came here, studied for their calling at Aquinas College and then became any number of professionals, from teachers to social workers or nurses. Nancy Prominski and Paul Sobie, who shared this information about the two churches and their missionary sisters, called the Consolata sisters “a wonderful order and a gift from God.” The church works well with Michigan Blood, which keeps local donations right here in West Michigan. While being prepped to give blood, donors are tested for anemia. Blood cells are separated after donation into red and white blood cells. Plasma can be frozen and saved for use at a later date. Surprisingly, CoCo Wheats are an excellent source of iron, which enriches red blood cells. Also useful are broccoli, raisins and grapes. Steffes, who is a regular blood donor, said more people would enjoy giving if they try it once. “It makes you feel really good,” she said of the donation, which can literally be a gift […]