-- The Traverse City Optimist Club recently hosted its annual oratorical contest. The winners go on to compete in the Regional Contest. Each student was given four minutes to speak on the topic, “Why My Voice Is Important.” All five received a certificate from the Optimist Club for participating in the Optimist Oratorical program, begun in 1928, which emphasizes public speaking.
Judging were Carol Taberski, Registrar at North Western Michigan College, Scott Blair, manager of the Wasterwater Treatment Plant, and Jim McGee, owner of The Place, Inc.
-- The Northwestern Michigan College Children’s Choir’s top group, Cantus, recently took a performance tour to New York City, which culminated in earning the Grand Champion honor at a festival competition at the College of Staten Island. Cantus was awarded a gold medal for their performance at the festival, as well as earning the competition’s top award for choirs. Cantus is made up of fifth through ninth grade students.
-- Northern Michigan area students Laurie Asava and Heather Waldron were among 10 recent college graduates featured at the 18th Governor’s Education Summit in East Lansing. The Governor’s Education Summit brings together hundreds of education, business and workforce professionals from across Michigan for a day of presentations, featured speakers and opportunities for collaboration. Asava, a Traverse City native, is a recent graduate of Michigan State University and chose to stay here in Michigan instead of seeking employment out-of-state. Waldron is a native of Petoskey and a recent Albion College graduate.
The theme of this year’s Summit, “Collaborate. Create. Connect,” continued the conversation from the Governor’s Economic Summit held in Detroit in March to discuss talent needs in Michigan.
-- The Traverse City West Senior High School Choral-Aires were selected as the top Youth Arts Festival ensemble choice at State Solo and Ensemble Festival on April 13. They also received the most awards at the festival. TC West Senior High School Senior Joseph Kiessling was also selected as a Youth Arts soloist.