Woodland School students were named local winners in the 49th annual America and Me Essay Contest, sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance. Bren Jorgensen earned first place and her essay will advance to the state level competition. Travis Holl achieved second place and Mia Miller came in third.

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The University of Kansas named Maggie M. Dupuie, of Traverse City, to the honor roll for the fall 2017 semester.

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Susan Ness, a Travers City Central High School graduate, earned a fall 2017 dean’s award with distinction at Colgate University. Ness is studying sociology.

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West Senior High School Titan VEX Robotics teams 3767X and 3767A recently qualified for the 2018 VEX Robotics World Championship, set for April 24-28 in Louisville, Kentucky. Additionally, two RoboRunners groups are advancing to worlds: elementary team 1313A and middle school team 1313M.

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Becky Stillin, of Northport, daughter of Terry and Patti Stillin, earned the 2017 U.S. Air Force Airman of the Year honor. She won on her squadron level (aeromedical evacuation) and her group level (operations). She is currently stationed at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. She is filling a year-long assignment as administrative assistant to the Chief of Transportation Command for the Armed Forces.

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The Kiwanis Club of Traverse City recognized Jessie Williams as Student of the Month for the week of March 13.

Williams, a senior at Traverse City St. Francis High School, is president/secretary of Choir Council and president/founder of Political Awareness Club. She is also in National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society and National Society of High School Scholars. She is a member of the marching and concert bands, Dei Cantanti and Bel Canto choirs and the Career-Tech Center Front Street Writers program. Williams maintains a 4.15 weighted GPA and plans to study choral music education and journalism.

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Alia Bringas-Brand, 17, of Interlochen, is a Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Teen recipient. Bringas-Brand earned the 2018 Gold Medal Portfolio for her art portfolio “Ephemeral Works.” She will also receive a $10,000 scholarship and her work will be displayed in the Art.Write.Now. 2018 National Exhibition in New York City.

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Madison Hertel, a senior at TC West Senior High School, recently received a student award from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Advisory Commission. They chose Hertel based on her safety awareness campaign concerning the dangers of distracted driving. In 2016, Hertel participated in the Strive for a Safer Drive initiative for which she created a four-minute video depicting the dangers of texting and driving. She also produced a video for Catholic Human Services showing the dangers of drunk driving among youth.

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Traverse City West Senior High School’s robotics team won the FIRST Robotics District Competition in mid-March in Gaylord, qualifying for the state contest this month. The Titans also won the Industrial Design Award for their machine’s form and function. TC Central High School’s team won the Engineering Inspiration Award and was a district tournament finalist.