Traverse City Central High School students Annabelle Arends, Morgan Davis, Lauren Fleming and Emlin Munch were named finalists in the 25th annual Italian Songs and Arias Vocal Competition. The finalists perform a live concert with piano accompaniment in May.

The following eighth-graders from Trinity Lutheran School were recognized in the 50th annual America & Me Essay Contest, sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance:

Emily Rasmussen, first place; Daniale Lakanen, second; and Kenneth Grye, third. Rasmussen’s essay advanced to the state level contest. This year’s essay theme was “My Personal Michigan Hero.”

The following eighth-graders from Traverse City West Middle School were recognized in the 50th annual America & Me Essay Contest, sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance:

Anna Sperry earned first place, Ben Doriot was second and Henrik Buttleman came in third. Sperry’s essay advanced to the state competition.

Brandon Corbett, of Traverse City, was named to the Troy University chancellor’s list during the third term of the 2018-19 school year. The chancellor’s list recognizes full-time undergraduate students who earn a 4.0 GPA.

The Kiwanis Club of Traverse City named Kingsley High School senior Marie Pierson as Student of the Month for the week of March 19.

Pierson is secretary of Student Council, involved with Volunteer Club and a member of STAND Club. She participates in varsity basketball, cross country, track and Big Buck Night. She received honors including third place on foreign language day for reading a book in Spanish, honor roll for four years and sociology student of the month. Pierson maintains a 3.8 GPA and plans to study psychology and play basketball at Spring Arbor University. She hopes to work as a parole officer.

The following students graduated from Grand Valley State University at the end of the fall 2018 semester:

Weston S. deTar, of Central Lake; Krystle Y. Lewis, of Elk Rapids; Marissa L. Ingersoll, of Fife Lake; Tatiana R. Solem, of Honor; Stephanie S. Gustafson, of Kalkaska; Jordan M. Balhorn and Julianne M. Fosgard, of Lake Ann; Jarett A. Sobkowiak, of Lake Leelanau; Morgan K. Olson, of Kewadin; Tyler J. Fessell, of Maple City; Dylan J. Evatt, of Suttons Bay; Michael M. Cunningham, Hannah P. Eves, Travis L. Garvin, Kaden D. Gillow, Jane N. Hursey, Justin J. Ingraham, Sean A. Kilbourne, Olivia A. Kniat, Lucas R. Little, Mallory K. Litwiller, Laura A. Mason, Jade A. McFadden, Richard A. Milock, Taylor J. Moore, Taylor K. Peck, Jessica A. Polzien, Mary E. Priestly, Nathan M. Reicha, Brittany A. Roberts, Samantha M. Struck, Jolene G. Therrien and Aaron D. Wilkinson, of Traverse City; and Alexander A. Aseritis, Katelyn M. Gallagher, Savannah L. Micunek and Janel M. Ritt, of Williamsburg.

Rylee P. Scott recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas. The U.S. Air Force Airman is the son of Dena Lamarch, of Traverse City, and graduated from Grand Traverse Academy in 2017.

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