Traverse City Record-Eagle

July 6, 2013

Education Newsmakers: 07/06/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — - The 25 wineries of the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail raised just over $4,000 toward their new Leelanau Winemaker Scholarship Program during the Spring Sip & Savor wine tour held May 4 and 5. The event donated a portion of revenues to the scholarship fund. The annual event will continue to be the main source of funding for the scholarship. The scholarship will provide financial assistance to regional students interested in pursuing careers as winemakers and vineyardists. An educational path to earn certificates or associate degrees in viticulture or enology will be provided through a strategic partnership with the Viticulture Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA).

- The April 2013 issue of Highlights for Children published a submission entitled “Mincus” by 10-year-old Madeleine Myers in its “What’s Hiding Under the Bed?” section. Madeleine, the child of Daniel Myers and Bethany Thies, is a fifth grader at TCAPS Montessori at Glenn Loomis. According to Madeline, “Mincuses are shy creatures that live under beds. They come in many different colors, although blue and red are most common. Mincuses are afraid of the dark, so they use their three long tails to grab toys from children’s beds to sleep with. When you see toys under your bed, you know a Mincus is in your house!”

- Taylor Weckstein, of Traverse City, freshman at Central High School, was recently presented with an engraved bronze medallion to recognize her selection as a Distinguished Finalist for 2013 in The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. She is being honored for founding “Giving 1 Family at a Time, G.1F.T.,” a charitable organization that helps one family at a time to get back on their feet financially.

- Olivet College recognized the best of its student body at the annual Honors Convocation held in April. Sierra Clark, of Traverse City, received the Betsy Dole Sisterhood Award. The award is given to honor a student for their contributions of the growth and development of Olivet College that exemplifies social justice in the area of gender. She also received the Chorister of the Year Award. This award is given to the student who best exemplifies the ideal of choral singing through dedication, talent and team spirit.

- Several local students received academic awards at Albion College’s recently held annual Honors Convocation. Emily Ellison, Traverse City West Senior High School graduate, received a Lepard Family Pre-Medical Scholarship. She is majoring in biology and is a member of the Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program. Bailey Judson, Traverse City Central Senior High graduate, received a William C. Henning Scholarship in Communication Studies. She is majoring in communication studies and is a member of the Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program.

- Traverse City Central High School student Nicole Tubaki has been named a 2013 Presidential Scholar by the United States Presidential Scholars Program. She was also recognized as a National Merit Finalist and earned a perfect score of 36 on her ACT exam.

- Two Traverse City West Senior High School students were among the 22 students from across the state selected to receive the Breaking Traditions Award. The awards were established by the Michigan Department of Education of Career and Technical Education to recognize students who have been successful in Career and Technical Education (CTE) program areas that are non-traditional for their gender. Traverse City West Senior High Senior Erin Fluharty was selected to receive the Michigan 2013 Breaking Traditions Excellence Award. She is pursuing a career as a firefighter. Traverse City West Senior High School Senior Iesha Robinson was selected to receive the Michigan 2013 Breaking Traditions Merit Award. She is pursuing a career in the culinary arts. She attended TC West Senior High School from September through February and now attends Kingsley High School.