James (J.J.) Doman has been named valedictorian of Sparta High School class of 2015 at commencement ceremony on May 28. In addition to ranking at the top of his class with a 4.18 GPA, J.J. was also active in NHS and a member of the Student Council. He also participated in football, baseball, track (varsity letter) along with four consecutive years of basketball. His parents are Mark and Jane Hess of Rockford and Jim and Stacy Doman of Sparta. J.J. will attend Michigan State University Eli Broad College of Business.
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Students from Rockford and Sparta high schools were awarded the honor of being accepted into a highly competitive summer science program hosted by Ferris State University (FSU) and CVS Pharmacy this past summer. These students got the opportunity to learn about pharmacy, drug design, chemistry and science by working in local CVS pharmacies as well as Dr. Boncher’s research laboratory at FSU. Among the brightest and most talented of the Rockford and Sparta area, these students got the opportunity to work right next to pharmacists in area pharmacies and learn about drug interactions, filling of prescriptions as well as day-to-day operations in a pharmacy. After this experience, they traveled up to Big Rapids and got involved in diabetic research synthesizing analogues to better improve upon drugs such as Avandia. While at FSU, they also learned how products such as toothpaste, Chapstick and various gels are made. Students presented all their work at Kendall College of Art and Design after the completion of the summer program. “These students were such fun to work with and their excitement, passion and curiosity for learning is very refreshing,” said Dr. Boncher.
Hello, readers! My name is Bethany Hart. I’m interning here at The Rockford Squire during the summer months. When school begins again in the fall, I will be a senior at Sparta High School. My younger sister, Emily, also attends Sparta High School and my mom is an alumna of Sparta. My dad, Mike Hart, graduated from Rockford High School. Even further in the future, I plan to attend college to earn a degree in professional writing, with minors in Spanish and psychology. My right leg is partially paralyzed due to a virus I contracted as a baby. I am an avid fantasy, science fiction and realistic fiction reader. Being a reader led me to start writing; writing eventually led me here to the Squire. I am interested in journalism because most of the writing I have done up until this point has been fictional, personal or school-related. While I am interning here at the Squire, hopefully I will learn more about the journalism industry, writing and editing, and what goes into creating a newspaper.
With his nomination to the McDonald’s All American High School Boys Basketball Team, Jake Plite of Sparta High School is being recognized as one of the top prep standouts in the nation, becoming one of just a select number of male players nominated for the honor in Michigan. Plite is among just more than 2,100 nominees competing nationwide to fill one of 24 positions on the Boys Team, and play for the honor of raising proceeds for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Central Ohio. The final team roster will be announced on ESPNU on February 11 at 5:30 p.m. ET. Plite was nominated by the McDonald’s All American Basketball Team Boys Selection Committee, a group of 32 prominent basketball experts, including nationally renowned coaches and top high school sports journalists. The 33rd annual Boys Game will tip off at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 31, at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio, and will air live on ESPN. The Girls Game will precede the Boys Game at 5:30 p.m. ET and will broadcast live on ESPNU. Proceeds from ticket sales of both games will benefit RMHC of Central Ohio. To date, millions of dollars have been donated to RMHC chapters from proceeds generated at the McDonald’s All American Games. RMHC’s core three programs include the Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Family Room and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile—extending the reach of the charity to directly improve the health and well-being of children around the world. Since 1977, more than 750 male players have competed in the McDonald’s All American Games, forming an elite list that reads like a “who’s who” in basketball history. McDonald’s All American athletes include basketball greats Alonzo Mourning, Magic Johnson, Kevin Garnett, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant.