Traverse City Record-Eagle

Education

October 6, 2011

Newsmakers: 10/06/2011

• An estimated 500 people attended the Baker College of Cadillac centennial celebration recently. In addition to the Baker College 100th anniversary, the campus celebrated 25 years in the Wexford/Missaukee area. There were free activities for people of all ages, including chair massages, Zumba lessons, a petting zoo, face painting, rides in a big semi-truck, a fire truck, crash car dummy demonstrations and tours of the campus. A free lunch was provided by Dawn Fresh Catering from Ebels. Rich Spicer, a disc jockey from Mix96, added to the day's entertainment with music and special door prize drawing announcements.

• Traverse City Area Public Schools will receive a Safety Award from the SEG Self-Insurer Workers' Compensation Fund for its exemplary safety practices. The Safety Award is presented by the Fund to four members annually for demonstrating claims experience improvement and implementing risk-management practices during the school year.

• The following local students recently graduated from Northern Michigan University in Marquette. Associate degree: Shawnna M. Goodburn, of East Jordan. Baccalaureate degree: Ashlie R. Krajewski, of Gaylord; Misty L. Aikin, of Manistee; Laura M. Williams, of Williamsburg. Master's degree: Emily M. Bochniak, of Petoskey.

• The Traverse City Central High School Debate Team won their first Varsity Invitational championship recently at Birmingham Seaholm, led by Skylar Thompson and Clara Trippe. Immediately following that win, the duo of Mike Payne and Katie Stanton took their second Varsity championship in as many weeks at Detroit Country Day. Individual honors were earned by Thompson, (Speaker 3) at Seaholm; Stanton, (Speaker 8); and Payne, (Speaker 5) at Country Day.

• Recently Pathfinder School 6th-8th graders were involved in a barn raising as part of a program called Teamwork and Timbers, sponsored by the Michigan Barn Preservation Network. A quarter scale post and beam barn was delivered to the school in pieces, and then assembled on the soccer field of the lower campus. Master craftsman Chad Womack, as well as his sons, Rory and Theo Womack (both Pathfinder alumni), were some of the people involved in the raising.

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