n Three Traverse City area students were among the top 100 finalists selected statewide for the 2014 Michigan State Geographic Bee on April 4 in Kalamazoo. Joey Buffum, from Glen Lake Middle School, Matthew Failor, from Traverse City East Middle School, and William Kalajian, from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Middle School, were among the top 100 scores in tests submitted to the winners of school bees across the state. The state bee will be held at The Fetzer Center at Western Michigan University.
n Baker College, Cadillac, has been named in the top 25 Best for Vets: Business Schools by Military Times, a media organization that provides news to service members and their families. The Best for Vets national designation includes the MBA and doctorate of business administration programs offered by Baker College Center for graduate studies and Baker Online.
n TBA Credit Union has awarded a Classroom Improvement Grant to Cherry Knoll Elementary School for $600. The grant will help fund a Makerspace, a collaborative and creative learning environment that encourages student interest for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
n The Board of Education of Grand Traverse Academy has announced that Full Spectrum Management, LLC, led by Dr. Mark Noss, of Traverse City, has been named as the charter school’s new education service provider. Dr. Noss is a former Grand Traverse Academy board member and president and has been involved with the school since its inception.
n The following area students were selected as finalists for Verdi Opera’s 20th Annual Italian Songs and Arias Vocal Competition for Michigan High School Students: Ella Bruining, of Traverse City West Senior High School; Sage De Agro-Ruopp, of Interlochen Arts Academy; Logan Dell’Acqua and Marin Tack, of Traverse City Central High School. They will compete in the final Concert of the Finalists on May 4.