When Miss Danish Festival 2012 Emily Smith competed in the Miss Michigan Scholarship pageant this summer, she considered the possibility of returning. That thought became a reality when Smith, now a freshman at Western Michigan University, won the Miss Greater Kalamazoo pageant earlier this month.
Though “flowers speak a language without using words” Jeanne Hawkins, an expert on the language of flowers, used the eloquence of words as guest speaker at the closing event for the year-long One Book, One County presentation Thursday night.
Student counts and copier equipment are two very different subjects, but both could mean increased revenue for Central Montcalm Public School. Superintendent Kristi Teall explained to the Board of Education at their monthly meeting Wednesday night that the student count taken in February totaled 1,708 students, and administrators estimated a decline of 10 students, or 1,698, going into this school year.
In 1963, a local group of 30 or so stepped out on faith, first meeting in a house basement and then later at the Union Hall on Charles Street. The group, consisting mostly of eight families, formed Faith Baptist Church, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Sunday with a special service “From Generation to Generation: Celebrating 50 Years of God’s Faithfulness.”
More than three years ago, the Central Montcalm Board of Education voted to purchase a digitalized sign to be installed in front of the high school, however, the issue is still unsettled due to current financial constraints.
What originally began as a one day fundraising event 35 years ago is now a fun-filled, three-day celebration, and this year’s Trufant Jubilee went off without a hitch with great weather and attendance.
Amber Kibler remembered how much her older sister loved serving as the Trufant Jubilee queen in 2011. She also remembered how her brother enjoyed the year he reigned as Trufant Jubilee prince. So, in a last minute decision, Kibler opted to compete for the queen’s pageant herself. The decision paid off, as Kibler walked away with the title of Miss Trufant Jubilee Queen 2013.
Instead of pulling special needs students out of the classroom, Central Montcalm staff came up with a different solution — putting caregivers into the classroom.
With 30 young women competing in three different categories in a contest that lasted 3 1/2 hours, it was Sarah Thompson, who, in the end, walked away with the crown, sash and title of Miss Belding.
Alisha Gatchel has been involved — and won — local scholarship pageants such as the Young Miss Danish Festival Scholarship pageant and the Miss Heartland Outstanding Teen pageant. The Greenville 16-year-old now has one more to add to her resume. She was crowned Miss Spirit of the State Outstanding Teen earlier this month.