“It all started with the Miss Danish Festival Pageant!” Two local women, Lauren Walsh as Miss Danish Festival and Emily Smith, Miss Danish Festival 2013 and reigning Miss Pride of the Peninsulas, were among 34 contestants seeking the crown Saturday at the Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant at the Frauenthal Center of Performing Arts in Muskegon.
As the empty halls reflect the fact that school has been out for nearly 10 days, the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education still had business to finish before it could wrap up its school year. The board, meeting in the high school media center Monday night, approved by a 7-0 vote final amendments to the 2014-2015 general fund and food service budgets before moving on to approve the proposed 2015-2016 budget.
Lauren Walsh was no stranger to the stage when she competed in the Miss Danish Festival pageant last August. She was, however, new to the world of pageants, with that contest being her only pageant. Winning that title has permitted Walsh, 18, a recent Greenville High School graduate, the privilege of competing in the Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant.
In the 1970s and 80s, Greenville didn’t have much ethnic diversity and things haven’t changed much, said Dr. Anthony Youn at the 126th annual Greenville Alumni Association meeting and dinner Saturday night at the Greenville High School cafeteria.
Memorial Day is not about politics, it is not about conflicts, it is not about parades and bands. It is about the sacrifices made for freedom, according to Pastor Philip Van Dop of First Congregational Church of Sheridan, who spoke at a Memorial Day service at Lester J. Sitts VFW Post 5065 in Sheridan on Monday.
When Hailey Olger was 5 years old, she won the Sheridan Springfest junior princess contest. She was also the only contestant. History has a way of repeating itself.
A familiar saying for brides is, “Something old and something new…” The two have become one in this village, just in time for this weekend’s Springfest.
One day after graduating its class of 2015, the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education turned its focus on to the next school year. On Monday night, the school board discussed issuance of certificates of completion and next school year’s budget. Rather than receiving a diploma for graduating, students who have severe cognitive learning impairments often receive a certificate of completion, Superintendent Amy Meinhardt explained.
As a graduating senior, Michelle McKormick didn’t know what she wanted to do after high school. She went to Central Michigan University and soon picked a job at the CMU radio station doing traffic reports — on a campus where most kids had bikes.
Rachel Sutherlin isn’t your typical college student, and because of that, she is especially grateful to participate in Montcalm Community College’s graduation.