Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 16, 2010

Education Newsmakers: 11/16/2010


---- — -- The following were named scholarship winners of the Traverse City National Writers Series. The poetry winner was Emily Pittinos, of Beulah, for her collection "We Wake Up." A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, she is a freshman at the University of Michigan. The nonfiction winner was Abby Woughter, of Traverse City, for her essay "Paper Dragons." She is a senior at Traverse City Central High School. The fiction winner was Michael Russell, of Traverse City, for his short story "The Werewolf's Addiction." A 2010 graduate of St. Francis High School, he is a freshman at Northwestern Michigan College.

-- St. Mary School in Lake Leelanau held its first-ever Entrepreneurship Competition, awarding $1,000 to the winner, Luke Kermode Photography. The Bauervic Foundation funded the competition. Kermode is a junior at SMS.

-- David Keep, son of Dr. John and Martha Keep, of Traverse City, earned first-place honors in the Young Artist Piano Division at the recent Music Teachers National Association Wisconsin state competition. A senior at Lawrence University majoring in piano performance, Keep advances to the MTNA's five-state East Central Division competition Jan. 7-9 at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. Winners at the division competition advance to the MTNA's national competition March 26-30 in Milwaukee.

-- Third-grade students in all 13 Traverse City Area Public Schools elementary schools received dictionaries from the Kiwanis Club of Traverse City. As part of the Dictionary Project the Kiwanis have donated dictionaries to local students for the past three years.