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My Town: Aquinas student awarded Amway scholarship to study in China

My Town: Aquinas student awarded Amway scholarship to study in China

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Aquinas College student and native of New Bern, N.C., Joanna Sendor, has been selected as a recipient of the Amway China 100,000 Strong Scholarship.

This $5,000 scholarship will finance Sendor’s participation in Michigan State University’s summer marketing program in China. During this three week program, students will travel to five Chinese cities where they will visit businesses and historical and cultural locations. The program is designed to help students gain an understanding of the Chinese consumer and business to business marketing.

My Town: Local representative honored as Afterschool Champion

My Town: Local representative honored as Afterschool Champion

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A lawmaker from West Michigan is being honored for championing support for afterschool programs and the children who participate in them.

Rep. Peter MacGregor and Rep. Rashida Tlaib were recently honored as Afterschool Champions during a “Breakfast of Champions” by the Afterschool Alliance in Washington, D.C.  Both state representatives worked together last year to generate bi-partisan support to restore critical afterschool funding in the Department of Human Services budget.  MacGregor and Tlaib were also instrumental in securing funding for a summer learning loss study by Michigan State University researchers.

MacGregor represents East Grand Rapids and the townships of Cannon, Courtland, Nelson, Oakfield, Plainfield, Spencer and Grand Rapids.

My Town: Veterans honored at pinning ceremony

My Town: Veterans honored at pinning ceremony

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (White Pine HC)– The Village of Heather Hills, a locally owned and operated White Pine Community, in collaboration with Hospice of Michigan, Forest Hills Foods, Health Care Associates and the Law Offices of Shawn Weera, recently hosted a pinning ceremony to honor Michigan’s veterans.

The ceremony paid a special tribute to 56 veterans in the community in observance of Armed Forces Day.

“At The Village of Heather Hills we understand the importance of serving the community, and we are proud to recognize our local veterans for serving our country,” said Heather Hills spokesperson Melissa Ferens.  "Our veterans inspire all of us in our mission to promote and preserve health and wellbeing, much as they helped preserve our freedoms as Americans."

My Town: Amway co-founder hosting final book meet and greet May 20

My Town: Amway co-founder hosting final book meet and greet May 20

KENTWOOD, Mich.-- Amway co-founder Rich DeVos will host a final meet the author event Tuesday in connection to his latest book, "Simply Rich: Life and Lessons from the Cofounder of Amway."

This is DeVos' fifth book, which chronicles his life, from his humble beginnings to the friendship with Jay Van Andel that led to the founding of Amway and DeVos' other entrepreneurial and philanthropic successes.  The book focuses on the people who helped shape DeVos' life, from a father who bolstered his confidence to the grandfather who showed him how to make his first sale.

DeVos will meet with readers from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 20 at Baker Book House, located at 2768 East Paris Ave. SE.  

My Town: Rockford Special Olympics athlete graces cereal box

My Town: Rockford Special Olympics athlete graces cereal box

ROCKFORD, Mich.— The face of a Special Olympics Michigan athlete from Rockford is now gracing grocery store shelves.

SpartanNash has selected David Paquette to be featured on boxes of Spartan brand honey and oat crunch with almonds cereal this month.  Paquette was named the 2013 SpartanNash Healthy Athlete of the Year last may during the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics State Summer Games.  He has been involved with Special Olympics Michigan for 15 years.  He has lost 55 pounds because of his dedication to living healthy, sparked by is participation in SOMI.

Paquette will visit the Cascade D&W Fresh Market to sign autographs this Friday, May 16 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.  He will also appear at the Northland Drive Family Fare on Saturday, May 17 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

My Town Forest Hills: KCTC student wins prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship

My Town Forest Hills: KCTC student wins prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Kent ISD) — Kent Career Tech Center student India Stewart Dunning, from Forest Hills Northern High School, has been selected as one of the 1,000 Gates Millennium Scholars for the Class of 2014.

Her achievement marks the second year in a row that a Kent Career Tech Center student has been selected for this national award. She is a graduating senior heading to Howard University.

More than 52,000 students applied through a multi-layered process, in the most competitive year in the program’s history.  Gates Millennium Scholarships are awarded by the United Negro College Fund through a historic $1 billion grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

My Town: NorthPointe Christian senior wins state art contest

My Town: NorthPointe Christian senior wins state art contest

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Michigan Senator Dave Hildenbrand recently shook hands with NorthPointe Christian School senior Liz Diemer as she accepted a third-place award in a state-wide art competition.

The “In God We Trust” contest was open to juniors and seniors across the state of Michigan.  Student art pieces were created to commemorate the 150th anniversary of legislation enacted to place the motto “In God We Trust” on U.S. coinage.

Diemer’s award-winning piece incorporates a striking combination of our country’s flag and the bald eagle.  Both are included to symbolize America’s freedom and faith.  Liz’s artist statement further explains the value of our motto: