The following NMC employees will receive awards for teaching excellence from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development:

Margaret Fox, office manager for the Health Occupations Academic Area; Holly Gorton, executive assistant to the NMC president; Kristy McDonald, business academic area instructor; and Beckie Wooters, dental assisting instructor.

Fox has worked at NMC since 1997, Gorton since 1994 and Wooters since 2002. McDonald previously won the NMC Imogene Wise Faculty Excellence Award and has been at the college since 2008.

Traverse City VEX Robotics teams were recognized after the Michigan State VEX IQ Championship in February. RoboRunners Elementary Team 1313A and RoboRunners Middle School Team 1313M also won the Excellence Award for their age groups. The middle school team also received the Robot Skills Award.

The Suttons Bay Norsemen Robotics Team recently ranked sixth out of 40 teams during a district competition and came in second in the final round. Students also earned the Team Spirit Award. The team went on to compete in the Consumers Energy division at the State Championships. They ranked 68th out of 542 teams and earned an invitation to participate in the First Robotics World Championships.

Kiwanis Club of Traverse City recognized the following as students of the month for the week of March 12:

Maddison Muzljakovich is a senior at Traverse City St. Francis High School. She is a member of Students for Life, Patriot’s Club, National Honor Society and Athletics in Faith. She plays varsity tennis and is the varsity cheerleading captain. She received All-State Academic Athlete Award, Kristen Kay Carroll Cheerleader of the Year Award and the 3 C’s Award. Muzljakovich maintains a 4.21 GPA and plans to attend the University of Michigan School of Nursing.

Carmen LaFranier, a senior at Grand Traverse Academy, is a member of National Honor Society and Youth Group. She participates in varsity basketball, choir and school plays. LaFranier maintains a 3.8 GPA and plans to pursue cosmetology after high school.

The following Interlochen Arts Academy students obtained national honors during the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards:

Athena Nassar is one of 16 graduating seniors in the nation to win the Gold Medal Portfolio. Nassar receives a $10,000 scholarship for her portfolio “Metamorphosis,” which includes poetry, short stories and fiction. Her work will be displayed at the Art.Write.Now.2019 National Exhibition in New York City.

Sophie Paquette earned the Silver Medal with Distinction for her writing portfolio “Phantom Limb.”

Seniors Fiona Stanton and Gabriela Romero-Johnson won an American Voices Award and an American Visions Award, respectively. These awards are given to one writer and one visual artist from each region. Romero-Johnson received the visual arts award for her comic art “Breath.” Stanton earned the writing award for her flash fiction work “Circus People 1926.”

Visual artist Zhijin Hu’s mixed media piece “Metropolitan: Are we Satisfied of What We Have?” won a Gold Medal and a Best-in-Grade Award.