As beach toys and swimwear are replaced on store shelves by backpacks and notebooks, it’s a clear reminder that school is just around the corner.
Shorts are always popular summer attire, but in school the appropriate length is up for debate.
However on Monday, the Central Montcalm Public Schools Board of Education settled the debate — for that school district, at least.
Brianna Van Houten began competing in pageants when she was 9 years old, half of the now-18-year-old’s life. Her goal was to someday be Miss Danish Festival.
That determination paid off Saturday night, as the Greenville teenager was crowned.
Kaitlin Papendick wasn’t going to compete in the Miss Stanton 2015 Scholarship pageant. But Miss Stanton 2014 Hailey Hollenbeck was persistent that she try, and other friends also pushed her to go for it.
Angela and John Elliott roamed the village street with their five boys, ranging in age from a rambunctious 10-year-old to an 8-week-old baby wrapped in a sling. The boys darted from building to building, enjoying a sample of what life was like back then. The Stanton family was one of many visiting Heritage Village on Montcalm Community College’s Sidney campus for the 29th annual Montcalm Heritage Festival during a three-day celebration that features historical displays, events and entertainment on the village just west of the Montcalm Community College campus.
It took the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education only 29 minutes to conduct two meetings Monday evening. The first meeting — the annual organizational meeting — named school district attorneys, Title IX coordinators, a homeless liaison and established a regular monthly meeting schedule.
“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.