Talented and resourceful student encourages others Sadie Smyth, 10, is the daughter of Bill and Pam Smyth and sister to Jacob, 15, and Eli, 7. Sadie is described as enthusiastic and full of energy and life. This young lady is caring and quick to volunteer for anything. She is also known as a friendly yet respectful student. Sadie’s friends look to her as a leader and problem-solver who will be fair and honest. She creates cards and encouraging notes and gifts for others. A talented and resourceful person, when she was nine, Sadie made a piñata for her cousin’s birthday. Well-grounded as a giving person, Sadie participates in Jump Rope for Heart and Relay for Life. She also helped set up a large garage sale as a fundraiser for her Hockey Fights Cancer Relay team. She has donated her hair to Locks for Love and is a volunteer safety at Roguewood Elementary School. A fun person to be around, Sadie is always upbeat, and her positive attitude is infectious to those around her. Because she truly cares about others, she brings out their best qualities as well. Described as “sweet,” Sadie is always looking for ways to help others, whether by encouraging them when they are down or giving a helping hand. Among her hobbies are drawing, writing, reading, and soccer, where she plays on the U11-A SCOR team. She has also played hockey for six years with the Rockford Hockey Association. This year Sadie hung up her hockey skates in order to pursue other sports, including lacrosse and snowboarding. She is an active member of Blythefield Hills Baptist Church. Because Sadie is a student who always works to find ways to help others, and because of her persistently cheerful attitude, she is the Rockford Spanish Immersion Example in Excellence for 2011.
Members of the Rockford Squirt hockey team get a thrill at a recent tournament in Traverse City. They got to meet former Redwing tough guy Joey Kocur and get a few pictures taken with one of the great “bruise brothers.” Pictured are (front, l–r) Camryn Gabriel, Sadie Smyth, Jonathon King, Tucker Hendrie, Austin Czarnopys, and Paul Sikkema; (back) Joey Kocur. These members and the rest of the team had two wins and one loss on the weekend.