SHORT TAKES: Winners popping up all over the place

By Daily News • Last Updated 11:18 am on Wednesday, February 01, 2012

In these struggling times, when there’s so much bad news going around, it’s a great feeling to know that we’ve got winners all around us. And significantly, but not surprisingly, the accolades have to do with education.

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Last week Greenville’s Susan Gould, director of Greenville High School’s Band and Orchestra was named Teacher of the Year by the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association. No surprise to those of us who have long admired Gould’s talents and achievement with her students.

Look for story on another decorated Greenville teacher in a future edition of The Daily News.

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Next on the agenda is the $100,000 grant Baldwin Heights Elementary School won from The Ellen DeGeneres TV Show and Target stores.

Baldwin Heights Principal nominated the school with a 2,500 word description of how they would use the reward. Although there were 50 individual schools and districts that receive the award nationally, Baldwin Heights was the only Michigan school to receive the award.

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How about introducing the president of the United States to your college classmates and maybe millions of other Americans?

That honor fell Friday to Christina Beckman, a Greenville High School graduate, student at the University of Michigan and daughter of Jim and Kim Beckman of Greenville. President Obama spoke before some 4,000 people in Ann Arbor, and Miss Beckman was undoubtedly pleased to hear the president speak to the mounting costs of tuition in college education.

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In his Ann Arbor address, we were glad to hear Obama reiterate his message to the nation’s schools of higher education to control their costs at the risk of losing even more loss of government funds. His words echo the challenge from Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, who has charged our state colleges, largely independent of government accountability, to rein in their liabilities or face state financial consequences.

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Is this fun or what?

Never forget we’re living in a country where everything believable — or even unbelievable — can become a part of our lives. That’s what puts us apart from much of the rest of the world, and that’s what presents the challenge to all of us to preserve the potential.

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