— To Elk Rapids High School, which remained one of the top scorers in Michigan according to SAT data released recently.
Eighty-two juniors took the statewide standardized assessment and averaged 1,109.5, which was good for 51st. Students scored an average of 555.7 on the math exam and 553.8 on the reading/writing exam. Sixty-eight percent of the test-takers scored well enough to be labeled as “fully college ready.”
— To several northern Michigan artists who are looking to make their mark on ArtPrize, the world’s largest art competition.
Traverse City resident and first-time ArtPrize participant Karen Hammond is among more than 1,400 artists scheduled to display their works in nearly 200 venues around Grand Rapids during the Sept. 19-Oct. 7 event. Hammond, 51, entered a piece she titled “Michigan the Beautiful,” a 6.5-by-7-foot canvas that she covered with 2D and 3D materials.
Birgit Zipser, a part-time resident of Empire, said her 30-by-30-inch oil painting “Footsteps in the Sand” is a motif from Pierce Stocking Drive, a scenic route at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The landscape artwork includes the sandy beach and water with the sun’s reflection.
“I love this area,” she said. “I love hiking in the Dunes. It seemed natural to start painting the Sleeping Bear Dunes.”
— To the Forest Area football team, which will be debuting new digital-camo stars and stripes jerseys for its game against Onekama. The Kalkaska County Veterans Coalition helped give their home field a “patriotic theme” for a ceremony that will take place to honor area veterans during the game.
"This will be a first for us and we want to express our appreciation and support for those who have laid their lives on the line for our freedoms,” said Warriors head coach Brian Mumby.
— To Central Lake sophomore Desiree Herrst. The 15-year-old received a Michigan Governor’s Service Award for Youth Volunteer of the Year after contributing her time and talents to several nonprofit organizations and efforts. Herrst was the youngest award recipient this year.
The teen’s many volunteer activities included helping with a New Year’s celebration for the Grand Traverse Children’s Museum, making dozens of hand-sewn cat beds for the Antrim County Animal Shelter and creating Disney-inspired yarn wigs for the Magic Yarn Project, which benefits pediatric cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
“It feels — I don’t know how to say it — I’m very proud of myself. I’m pretty ecstatic,” Desiree said.