Is it hard not to plagiarize? Where do story ideas come from? How do writers decide what to put in a story? Fifth-grade journalism students at Valley View Elementary had great questions to ask Rockford Squire editor and reporter Beth Altena on Monday, April 20. The kids put out their own student-run paper and were excited to hear from a local writer.
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Once again, Rockford Public Schools will be represented at the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals competition. Twelve teams competed at the State level on April 18. Five of those teams received honorable mentions (two Roguewood teams, a Valley View team and two North Rockford Middle School teams). The following five teams have now advanced to the World competition to be held at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa from May 27-30: Crestwood Team: Noah Barclay (Crestwood), Paige Barnard (Crestwood), Joey Benda (Lakes), Jessica Gerkey (Crestwood), Olivier Larente (Crestwood), Courtney Lemoine (Valley View), Blake McWatters (Assumption BVM). Coaches: Jan Barclay, Karla Lemoine, Marianne McWatters. Valley View Team: Natalie Clum, Ethan Kolderman, Katie Lawton, Chase Lindeboom, Megan Lindeboom, Avery Sweeney, Paige Thompson. Coaches: Angela Clum, Joan Lawton. RHS Team: Merry Buelken, Sammi Cook, Shannon Melick, Matt Nauta, Matt Rettinger, Brian Talsma, Evanne Zainea. Coach: Matt Zainea. NRMS Team: Michaela Behrens, Katie Hollstein, Sarah Jamgotch, Christopher Lemoine, Daniel Nauta, Mark Veitengruber, Anaiah Zainea. Coaches Becky Behrens, Karla Lemoine. Valley View Team: Logan Anderson, Calvin Garvey, Corinne Giersh, Giselle Goad, Grant Hoffman, Ben Johnson, Makayla Schmetzer. Coaches: Sharon Anderson, Kelly Hoffman. A total of 15 teams from Michigan will compete at the World level, with one-third of those teams coming from Rockford Public Schools.
After being soundly beaten by Grandville High School’s women’s rugby team in their first-ever scrimmage a few weeks ago, the Rockford Women’s Rugby Club (RWRC) took their revenge in a match on Tuesday afternoon, April 21. The match was on Grandville’s home turf and took place in a freezing mixture of snow and rain. Led by two scores from Mallorie Webber and a two-point conversion kick from Jill Nelson, the final score was Rockford 12, Grandville 0. “It was a total team effort and we’re very proud of our young women” said Head Coach Kaileigh Russo. Rockford was solid in all phases of the match, displaying tenacious tackling, aggressive running, superb scrummaging, well-executed line-outs, and overall intensity. This all resulted in Rockford usually having the better field position of the two teams, which contributed greatly to the win. The outcome of the game is especially sweet for the Rockford players, being that this is the first year for RWRC and only the club’s third game played ever. Russo’s assistant coaches-namely Taru Nieminen, Jim Nelson, Mike (Kiwi) Taylor, Molly Schmidt and Rockford Rugby Football Club’s Tony Martinez and Zack Nelson-all contribute their time and knowledge about rugby to help the club. RWRC’s next game is Saturday, May 2, at the home pitch at Roguewood Elementary School against Redford. Come out to support Rockford’s newest full-contact sensation, Rockford Women’s Rugby Club.
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 […]