-- Two students from Forest Area Community Schools, Fife Lake, were named winners in the 45th annual America & Me Essay Contest sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance. Ruth Archambault took First Place and Julia Hopson took Second Place. The topic of the contest was “My Personal Michigan Hero.”
-- Traverse City West High School senior Dakota Lee won a $10,000 scholarship to attend Kendall College of Art and Design (KCAD) in Grand Rapids. Lee won the award as a part of the college’s annual Art Day Competition.
-- TBA Credit Union has awarded a $1,000 Classroom Improvement Grant to Westwoods Elementary School. The grant funds will be used for sustainable art equipment, displaying student art and student art supplies. Educators from Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau counties can visit tbacu.com to apply online.
-- Daughters of the American Revolution Job Winslow Chapter recently recognized three area students. Bellaire High School Senior, Sierra Kintigh, was named the DAR Good Citizen for 2014. Kintigh received a $1,500 scholarship, pin and certificate. Traverse City Central Elementary student Olivia Seymour was honored for her American history essay on “The Lives of Children During the American Revolution.” She placed second in Michigan in the fifth grade category. Junior Jessica Hodges was named “Michigan Outstanding Junior.” This recognition honors young women who promote the DAR’s historical, educational, and patriotic objectives.
-- Loren Leslie Wagner, of Traverse City, was named to the Dean’s List at the University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y., for the fall 2013 semester. Wagner is a graduate of Traverse City West Senior High School.
-- Three area high school seniors have been selected to receive Cherryland Electric Cooperative’s college scholarships worth $4,000 each. The students are Samantha Purifoy, of Glen Lake High School, Amanda Rottman, of Grand Traverse Academy, and Taylor Town, of Traverse City West Senior High. They will receive $1,000 a year for four years.
To be eligible, applicants have to receive their electric service from Cherryland.