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Hope announces Dean’s List

January 26, 2012 // 0 Comments

Hope College, located in Holland, Mich., is pleased to announce its Dean’s List for the first semester of the 2011-2012 school year. To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must have a minimum 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. Among those listed are Rockford students: senior Alyssa Brillinger, freshman Sloan Ouellette, junior Megan Kelley, freshman Taylor Rummel, sophomore Lauren Girard, freshman Kaitlin Cress, junior Patrick Malley, senior Rachel Doud, sophomore Peyton Wells, sophomore Katie Carlson, senior Lisa Markham, senior Karli Rowe and freshman Paige Fawcett. Other local students listed are junior Bennett Riddering of Belmont, senior Amy Veltkamp of Cedar Springs, and senior Rachel Jantz of Sparta. Hope College is a four-year, co-educational, liberal arts college with an enrollment of 3,249 men and women and is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America.


July 21, 2011 // 0 Comments

Rockford student awarded GVSU scholarship  Eric Henderson of Rockford has been named a recipient of a Faculty Scholarship to Grand Valley State University (GVSU). A recent graduate of Rockford High School, Henderson is the son of Phil and Laura Henderson. To be considered for a Faculty Scholarship, the recipient must have a 3.6 high school grade-point average (GPA), a minimum ACT score of 29, and attend a scholarship competition. The award is renewable for three additional years with a minimum 3.5 GPA. GVSU is dedicated to providing a rich learning environment for students, offering a wide range of majors and hands-on research opportunities. Highly credentialed and responsive faculty and individual advisors and mentors promote a liberal arts emphasis that teaches students critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Albano named to Niagara Dean’s List  Marie Albano of Rockford was named to the Niagara University academic dean’s list for the spring 2011 semester. To qualify, students must attain a 3.25 academic grade-point average for the semester. Founded in 1856, Niagara University is a comprehensive master’s institution sponsored by the Vincentian Community, an order of priests and brothers founded by St. Vincent de Paul. Located on the Niagara River at the northern boundary of the city of Niagara Falls, N.Y., the university enrolls more than 4,000 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs in its four colleges: Arts and Sciences, Education, Business Administration, and Hospitality and Tourism Management. It also offers programs in teacher education and graduate education in the Toronto and York regions of Ontario. For more information on programs and offerings, visit www.niagara.edu. Bialkowski graduates from Montreat College  Kathryn Bialkowski of Rockford graduated from Montreat College’s School of Professional and Adult Studies in May with a master of arts degree in education. Montreat College is a Christ-centered liberal arts institution with its main campus for four-year traditional students in Montreat. The accelerated School of Professional and Adult Studies program has campuses in Asheville, Charlotte and Black Mountain, with courses being taught in Cherokee, Murphy and other N.C. locations. Herbel named to Dean’s List  Andrew Herbel of Sparta is on the Dean’s List for spring semester 2011 at Manchester College in North Manchester, Ind. He graduated May 22 with a degree in chemistry, and is also a graduate […]

Rockford’s top ten academic graduates honored

June 4, 2009 // 0 Comments

In a large school district like Rockford, with 610 students in the graduating class, 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. Allison Dodgers is the tenth-ranked student in the 2009 Rockford High School graduating class. With a grade-point average (GPA) of 4.527, Dodgers is the daughter of Chuck and Karen. Her favorite subjects in school include choir, literature, science and math. In addition to working hard on academics, Dodgers participated in school musicals, “Oliver” in her junior year and “Beauty and the Beast” this year, where she played Mrs. Potts. She also takes private voice lessons, does volunteer work and is active in her church youth group. Dodgers plans to major in biology and has the long-term goal of going into the medical field while remaining strongly affiliated with her church, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and becoming involved in missionary work. Sharing the rank of the eighth-highest graduating senior is Lena Sims, the daughter of Connie and Les. Sims graduated with a GPA of 4.546. The classes she found most enjoyable at RHS include physics and accounting courses. The student-athlete also competed in crew for three years. Sims is a member of the National Honor Society and is a volunteer for C-Snip. She will attend Ohio State University to study business, but has not yet decided on a business specialty. She has not made a decision on what her career will be, but it will be in the business field, perhaps in the financial world.      Trevor Holloway is the sixth-ranked RHS class of 2009 graduate. The son of Donald and Lela, Holloway graduates with a GPA of 4.570. Among Holloway’s favorite subjects are AP physics and AP chemistry. A student-athlete as well as an accomplished academic student, Holloway also participated in crew and marching band. He played in the wind ensemble band, is a National Honor Society Member, has been a Boy Scout, and is active in community […]

Rockford girls soccer shoots lights out

April 30, 2009 // 0 Comments

by JACKIE HOLLAND-DECKER The Rockford soccer team was on fire Friday night, April 24, taking 29 shots and a record nine corner kicks against visiting Jenison. Three of the shots went in and many more could have if not for the formidable goal-keeping skills of the Wildcats’ Kelly Hevelhurst, who made 15 saves. The Rams beat Jenison 3-0 for their sixth shutout of the season. Rockford controlled the action for most of the game, including the last few minutes when Hevelhurst was heard pleading with her teammates to help her out. “These girls are still hungry for goals,” junior keeper Hevelhurst told her teammates. “Don’t give up.”   Junior Kate Huyser scored first for the Rams on her second corner kick of the night. Her first corner, just four-and-a-half minutes into the game, found its way to Kayla Knoll, whose header went just wide and was caught by Hevelhurst. Two-and-a-half minutes later, Huyser sent a perfect corner toward the same spot, but it arched at the right time and sailed into the far-side netting. The Rams, who are 5-2-2,  utilized their depth throughout the game, and Jordan Diffenderfer was one of those who came off the bench and proved how strong Rockford really is. Twenty-two minutes into the game, she outran the Jenison defense on a through-ball from Britanni Pierce and let it go with her left, but Hevelhurst made a great save. Not to be denied, she took a big throw-in from Katie Purvis on the edge of the six-yard box, sent it over to Rebekah Hazel on the other side, took the return pass, and drove it home with 33 seconds left in the first half. Senior Rachel Doud closed out the scoring with 10 minutes left in the game with a shot right in front of the net. The goal was set up by a pass from Pierce in lots of traffic. Doud kicked the ball, which bounced off a Jenison defender, and then kicked it again, sending it on the ground past Hevelhurst. Also giving Hevelhurst a workout throughout the night were Pierce, Hazel, Matti Graves, Tessa Heeringa, Syd Benda, and Sam Decker. “She was a great goalie,” said Rockford Coach Amira Ponne. “Otherwise, we would have had at least three […]