To Traverse City Central and Traverse City West high schools for ranking among the most challenging high schools in the state and nation, based on the Washington Post’s annual rankings. TC Central ranks 23rd in the state and 1,350th in the nation in this year’s America’s Most Challenging High Schools results. TC West ranked 27th in the state and 1,445th in the nation. The Post takes the total number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education exams given at a school each year and divides them by the number of seniors who graduated in the spring. Nine percent of about 22,000 public high schools in the nation ranked this year, including 35 from Michigan. Both made the list four years in a row
n To the volunteers who staff Munson Medical Center’s Navigator Program, which pairs women diagnosed with breast cancer with a companion who’s already won the fight. Companions help guide patients and their families from diagnosis through treatment. Munson is seeking more volunteers for the program.
n To the Traverse City Area Public Schools Alumni Network, which is hosting the Crosstown Campus 10k run April 26 to promote the alumni network and raise money for the district’s fine and performing arts programs. The run begins at 7:30 a.m. at Traverse City West Senior High School, will travel past the district’s original high school, now Central Grade School, and end up at Traverse City Central. Registration is $40 but will increase as the event nears. Visit tcapsalumni.weebly. com.
n To a group hoping to organize a local curling club in Traverse City. Don Piche said he has wanted to organize a club for years. He wasn’t sure what kind of response his proposal would garner. Then 55 people turned out for a late March organizational meeting. The group hopes ti be forming leagues by next winter The group will host a clinic at Centre ICE in Traverse City from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 26. For more information, go to facebook.com/tccurlin.
n To a Leelanau County beach walker who came upon a 40-foot section of a 19th century boa that was exposed by the recent harsh winter. Ward Lamphere, who owns a condo at the nearby Homestead Resort, came across the wooden beams March 31. A group of children unearched some ships’ ribs in 2009 near the area.