- To the Leelanau Community Cultural Center and the All Points North Foundation. The Cultural Center earned a $60,000 grant from the Foundation. The funds will support the installation of a rooftop solar system on the Old Art Building, which is expected to begin this spring.
- To the Frankfort Panthers girls basketball team. Frankfort won the area’s first girls hoops district championship Wednesday, knocking Bear Lake from the four-team bracket, 50-36. The victory clinched the Panthers’ sixth straight district championship.
- To five students from Traverse City Area Public Schools who have been named finalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholar competition. Matthew Failor, Lukas Hazen-Bushbaker, Edward Roe and Massimo Vozza, all of Traverse City Central High School, and Traverse City West Senior High School’s Ian M. Beck made the 2019 finalist list.
- To Warren Call, who has been named chief executive officer of TraverseConnect, the parent organization of the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce and Venture North Funding.
Call, 39, is a vice president and private bank regional manager at Huntington National Bank in Traverse City. He also is chair of the Grand Traverse County Economic Development Corporation.
- To Russell Springsteen, founder and chief executive officer of Right Brain Brewery, who is the Michigan Council for Exceptional Children’s Dr. Dawn Gallup Honor Recipient for 2019. Springsteen has helped provide employment opportunities to at-risk individuals working with groups like the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ Michigan Rehabilitation Services, BrickWays, Grand Traverse Industries and the Northern Lakes Community Mental Health Authority.
- To the Northern Lakes Community Mental Health Authority in Traverse City, which received a Healthy Michigan Worksite Award from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The award is for “investing in wellness programs designed to improve the health of its workforce,” according to a release.
- To the Leelanau School in Glen Arbor, which qualified to participate in the 2019 National Academic Quiz Tournaments High School National Championship in Georgia and the Small School National Championship in Chicago. The team finished first in the Northern Michigan Quiz Bowl League and earned a trophy at the Mid-Michigan Small School Winter Tournament.