n Three students from Woodland School, Traverse City, were named local winners in the 44th annual America & Me Essay Contest, sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance. The three students, who earned the first, second and third place awards are Emily Andreasson, first, Emmalyne Tarsa, second, and John Reicha, third. Several thousand eighth grade students participated in the 2012-2013 America & Me Essay Contest. The topic of the contest was “My Personal Michigan Hero.”
n On March 15 eighth grade students from Traverse City East Middle School and Traverse City West Middle School competed in the District 3 Michigan History Day Competition held at Traverse City West Middle School. Judges selected presentations to move on to the State Finals Competition to be held at Saginaw Valley State University.
Michigan History Day 2013 District 3 State Qualifiers include: Sherman’s March: The First Taste of Total War, Erin Huls, TC East Middle School; The Impact of the California Gold Rush, Alex Schwitzer, TC East Middle School; Dorthea Dix and her Fight for the Mentally Ill, Erica Hall, TC East Middle School; The Soo Locks, Madison Raymond and Caleb Smiley, TC West Middle School; Meltdown at Chernobyl, Claire Bergin and Addison Bank, TC West Middle School; Gang Wars, Katelyn Albrecht and Brenna Daly, TC West Middle School; The Voices of Gettysburg, Margaret Miron, TC East Middle School; Music and Race; Helping the Breakdown of Segregation, Madeline Merwin, TC West Middle School; The Night that Changed America - The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln, Jessica Smith, TC East Middle School; Cotton is King: The Road to Industrialization, Elise Miller, TC East Middle School; Among the Dead, Charlotte Groleau, TC West Middle School; The Emancipation Proclamation, Sarah Berry and Emilie Fleming, TC East Middle School; The Voyage of the Great White Fleet, Henry Linenger and Carson Harrington, TC West Middle School; Black Civil War Soldiers: Fighting for Freedom Against all Odds, Lexi Schoonover and Natalie Wagner, TC East Middle School; Patriot Literature: Inspiring Freedom, Victoria Koro, TC East Middle School; The Spark that Started the Fire for Women’s Rights, Anna Morgan, Ellie Morgan and Hannah Witte, TC West Middle School.
n Over 39 high school juniors and seniors representing five West Michigan career centers gathered in the West Shore Community College Tech Center on March 15 for the Sixth Annual Engaging Student Champions (ESC) Leadership Competition. Madeline Steinebach from TBAISD Career-Tech Center took second place in Employability and Interview Skills, and Angilee Welch from TBAISD Career-Tech Center took third place in Employability and Interview Skills.
n Rachel Taylor, senior at Traverse City West High School, is the 2013 recipient of the annual Zonta Club of Traverse City Young Woman in Public Affairs $1,000 award. In her application she wrote, “I want to leave the world a better place ... I want to make a difference. I want to change the world for the better.”
The goal of the Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) program is to encourage more young women to participate in public and political life by recognizing a young woman’s commitment to the volunteer sector, evidence of volunteer leadership achievements and a dedication to the advancement of the status of women.
n Two communications instructors and one administrator are NMC’s 2013 winners of the NISOD award. Susan DeCamillis, chair of NMC’s Business Academic Area as well as director of Academic Affairs, and developmental English instructors, Nancy Gray and Kristen Salathiel, have each been named recipients of the award for teaching and leadership excellence in higher education.
NMC is one of more than 700 community college members of NISOD, the National Institute for Staff & Organizational Development.