“I have learned so much,” is how Brianna Van Houten described her week-long experience as one of 33 contestants in the Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant. Contestants from all around the state converged on the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts stage in Muskegon this past week for the 70th annual Miss Michigan pageant, where the winner represents the state at the Miss America Scholarship pageant in September along with dedicating the next year of her life as a role model with state-wide appearances.
Since she was a little girl, Brianna Van Houten has been performing on stage and loved it. The 19-year-old Greenville resident is on stage this week in what could become a life-changing experience: Becoming Miss Michigan and competing for Miss America.
Friends Bata Helman and Frances Sorrell look forward to the Carson City Frontier Days Grand Parade every year. Like many others, staking out their spot with lawn chairs and blankets lining Main Street, the two longtime friends like the parade entries and meeting up with family and friends. But they also have another reason to be thankful for their lawn chairs, sitting curbside to the parade route.
Kenneth Swartz and his wife Iva Mae sat through the roll call at the 127th Greenville Alumni Association banquet Saturday evening. They heard the request for the recent 2016 graduates to stand, then they heard the request for those who graduated in 10 years ago in 2006.
In 1942, following the bombing of the Pacific fleet in Pearl Harbor, the United States joined World War II. Hundreds of young men felt the pull of their patriotic duty and went to enlist in the armed forces. John Hansen, then age 23, was one of those.
Laura McCallum and Sydney Stauffer ranked as the top two academic scholars in the Central Montcalm High School Class of 2016, earning the roles of valedictorian and salutatorian.
Throughout their four years of high school, the two have both been in National Honor Society, served as president and vice-president of their senior class and have been leaders in various clubs and organizations.
The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education recognized both band and robotics students during Monday evening’s meeting. Members of the high school band, under the direction of Matt Reed, earlier this year earned a Division I rating at the state Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA) festival.
Members of the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education approved budget amendments and hired a new Upper Elementary School principal during Monday’s meeting.
The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education took the next step in securing financing in preparation for a two-series bond issue, in anticipation of a voter millage renewal.
While libraries are renowned for lending books, the Tamarack District Library in Lakeview is starting a Seed Library this spring. The kick-off for this new program was last Saturday at a “Sow It Forward” program featuring a Michigan expert in saving diverse heirloom seeds, along with a special appearance by a world-wide botanical seed saver.