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FHN star in running for MVP

FHN star in running for MVP

Forest Hills Northern QB Jake Martin is in the running for the Mercy Health 13 On Your Sidelines MVP for Week #6.

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Schools Featuring Optimal Flexibility Hold Informational Events for Michigan Families

As families continue to seek school options featuring greater flexibility and control for their children’s education, Michigan’s leading virtual and blended learning schools – Michigan Connections Academy, Great Lakes Cyber Academy and Nexus Academy’s three campuses in Grand Rapids, Lansing and Royal Oak – have scheduled a variety of information events throughout October.

Interested families are encouraged to attend upcoming events to learn more about how virtual and blended learning works, meet teachers and familiarize themselves with the schools’ award-winning curriculum.

“We have seen a huge change in our son’s self-confidence and motivation to learn since

Cascade Community Foundation Iron Chef Competition Tonight

Cascade Community Foundation Iron Chef Competition Tonight

Grand Rapids Community College Secchia Institute for Culinary Education student chefs will be competing this evening, using the "secret ingredient," for the opportunity to take home the Iron Skillet Award and a College Scholarship. They will be preparing gourmet cuisine for the judges to savor.

Cynthia Kay Afendoulis will be honored at this year's event with the Claude and Marion Robinson Community Leadership Award. This is awarded to an individual who is committed to improving the community and the lives of neighbors. Cynthia is the owner of Cynthia Kay & Co., a media production and corporate communications company.

Aquinas College Honors Notable Alumni

Aquinas College Honors Notable Alumni

On Thursday, September 25, Aquinas College honored notable alumni as a part of its 13th annual Awards Gala. Brad Smith (’91), president and CEO of Intuit, a software company based in California, received the Outstanding Alumnus Award. Jacqueline D. Taylor (’80), Ph.D., a higher education administrator for more than 30 years, received the Outstanding Alumna Award.

“Both Brad Smith and Jacqueline Taylor are outstanding examples of Aquinas alumni,” said President Juan Olivarez. “In their fields they have set great examples for innovation and long term thinking. We’re proud to honor them both and to count them among our graduates.”

Smith earned his master of management degree from Aquinas College in 1991. Prior to joining Intuit, he served as the senior vice president of marketing and business development at ADP in Grand Rapids. In 2003, he joined Intuit as the vice president and general manager of the Accountant Central and Developer Network.

My Town: Rangers rally for Gilda's Club in inaugural game Sept. 26

My Town: Rangers rally for Gilda's Club in inaugural game Sept. 26

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Forest Hills Central’s varsity football team is taking the battle against cancer onto the gridiron this week, with an inaugural game benefit ting Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.

The Rangers will take on West Ottawa Friday, Sept. 26 in the charity game at the FHC stadium.  Tailgating will start at 6 p.m. and kick-off is 7 p.m. All proceeds from the event will go to Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.  For additional information, contact Kathleen Buzzitta at kathleenswanson@hotmail.com (616) 308-1646.

Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids provides emotional support to cancer patients and their loved ones through networking, workshops and community activities.  The nonprofit organization serves more than 10,000 people each year at its two club houses in Grand Rapids and Lowell and five community centers.  

Schools with Unique and Flexible Learning Models Host Information Sessions

The new school year has arrived and some families may still be undecided on the best education option for their child.

My Town GR South: Calvin professor receives grant to study ants' guts

My Town GR South: Calvin professor receives grant to study ants' guts


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Calvin College)-- To a bacteria researcher like John Wertz, germ is a four-letter word. “I cannot stand the word germ,” said the Calvin biology professor, “because it suggests that all bacteria and viruses are bad.”

In fact, the vast majority of bacteria are good, he said: “We need them. We are much more at risk for disease when our bacteria are out of whack or we don’t have them.”

Wertz has spent his career studying “good” bacteria and was recently awarded $479,000 from the National Science Foundation as part of a $2 million grant to continue his research.

Wertz’s portion will be used to cultivate never-before-seen bacteria in the laboratory, a skill he honed while still a graduate student at Michigan State University.