Traverse City Record-Eagle


September 14, 2010

Education Newsmakers: 09/14/2010

• The Otsego Memorial Hospital Foundation has awarded $3,000 in scholarships to four local students pursing a degree in a health-care-related field: Ashley Gapinski, Della Lambert, Raechel Percy, Stephanie Smith.

• The Northern Michigan Detachment of the Marine Corps League awarded four $1,000 scholarships to local high school students who will be entering Northern Central Michigan College this fall: Chris Berish, of East Jordan; Deanna Alfsen, of Inter Lakes; Nichole Speigl, of Charlevoix; Neil Carolan, of Harbor Springs.

• Traverse City Area Public Schools, with nearly 1,500 employees, is one of seven school districts in the country to be recognized with General ASP's 2010 AppliTrack Award, for its innovative ways in streamlining the hiring process and supporting TCAPS' mission and goals. Winning school districts will receive a $500 grant to be applied towards their AppliTrack service, a plaque for display, and the opportunity to showcase their district to other AppliTrack users during General ASP's new monthly "HR Best Practices" webinar series.

• Traverse City Area Association of University Women has participated in the Women's Book Project that has as its goal the distribution of books featuring girls and women as the major subject. "Eleanor, Quiet no More," by Doreen Rappaport, is the 2010 book to be donated to 14 elementary schools and 10 libraries in the area.

• Three employees from Traverse City Area Public Schools' Transportation Department took part in the Michigan Association for Pupil Transportation Conference and Michigan's Best Mechanic Competition in Grand Ledge. At the conference team members, Shaun Dennis, Tim Murray and Gary Wilkins, spent time learning about innovation and the technology of new buses being built.

• Bowl Games of America Performances have selected of the Traverse City West Senior High School Titan Dance Team as featured performers in the 77th annual FedEx Orange Bowl halftime show in Miami Jan. 3 in the newly renamed Sun Life Stadium.

• Suttons Bay High School math teacher Kathleen Arvo recently became TBA Credit Union's second Education Stimulus Grant recipient. Arvo will use the funds to purchase a series of DVDs detailing how algebra is used for solving real-world problems while explaining math concepts that may confuse many students, as well as 25 graphing calculators that will provide students with hands-on learning.

• The Gala Preview Opening for "Café Society: coffee house portraits," an art collection created by William Hosner, recently at the Little Traverse History Museum generated $6,650 toward the Café Society Educational Fund, a scholarship William Hosner established at the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation. Once the fund reaches $10,000, an annual scholarship of $1,000 will be awarded to a northern Michigan coffee house worker in perpetuity.

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