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Meijer Great Choices Student Film Festival accepting submissions

Meijer Great Choices Student Film Festival accepting submissions

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Time is running out to register for the upcoming Meijer Great Choices Student Film Festival.

The competition is designed for Michigan high school student filmmakers to showcase their talents.  Students are asked to produce a 30 second public service announcement promoting building character, healthy lifestyles or celebrating diversity.  Filmmakers are asked to target one of two audiences: kindergarten through 6th grade students or 7th through 12th grade students.  The winning work will be used in classrooms.

The deadline for submitting a PSA is Feb. 7, 2014 with a $10 registration fee; students who submit an entry by Jan. 17 pay only $5 for registration.  For more information on the Meijer Great Choices Student Film Festival, visit the competition website here.

One day left for Northview High School art display

One day left for Northview High School art display

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Time is running out to see the talents of Northview High School students on display at the Kent ISD building.

Artwork created by students in the high school’s advanced art and fashion design classes is on display in the building’s lobby now through December 12.  The exhibit features pencil and ink drawings and pastel pieces created by sophomores, juniors and seniors.

“It’s about getting my students to realize that their art can make a difference and can be a great way to get others to understand things that are important to them or society,” says instructor Tricia Erickson.

The Northview High School art display is part of a rotating series of exhibits from schools within the Kent ISD. Artwork from the students of Byron Center Christian Schools will go on display in January.

The Kent ISD building is located at 2930 Knapp NE in Grand Rapids Township.

Student team wins award at World Series of Innovation

Student team wins award at World Series of Innovation

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich.-- Two 18-year-old students are among the winners of this year’s World Series of Innovation.

Joshua Kunnen and Jayson Vandyke, who attend the Kent Career & Technical Center, won the People’s Choice Award during last month’s international competition. Their challenge was to come up with a new product or service that addresses everyday opportunities.  The two created IsePure All Natural Cologne.  As part of their product pitch, Kunnen and Vandyke also created a 60 second commercial. 

Kunnen and Vandyke will split $2,500 in cash, as well as a $200 Amazon gift card and other prizes.

More than 7,000 student teams entered the international competition; the other finalists were from the Washington D.C. and New York areas. 

'Gobble Wobble' organizers hope to top last year's donation

'Gobble Wobble' organizers hope to top last year's donation

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Thousands of people are expected to break a sweat this Thanksgiving to help feed children in need.

This is the sixth year for the "Gobble Wobble," presented by Gazelle Sports.  The 4.1 mile fun run begins at 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day at East Grand Rapids Middle School.   The  “Widdle Wobble,” a one mile run for children, kicks off at 8:05 a.m.

Residents call for moratorium to block tower construction

Residents call for moratorium to block tower construction

ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—People living near the site for a proposed 150 foot cell phone tower are taking another step to try to block the project at 6390 Knapp St.

Planning Director James Ferro says on Monday, community members filed a request with the township to put a moratorium on building permits for cell phone service providers.  The Ada Township Board is  expected to weigh in on the request during its regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. November 25.

AT&T recently applied for a building permit for the site, after the township’s 120 day hold on building permits passed.  The Ada Township Board enacted the hold so AT&T could try striking a deal with Forest Hills Eastern to install the tower on the school’s campus; however, no deal was reached in that time period.

Five tips to create a learning-friendly home from Michigan Connections Academy

Five tips to create a learning-friendly home from Michigan Connections Academy

With school in full swing, many students are spending lots of time outside of the classroom working on homework or studying.

Families can improve regular study habits by following are a few household tips from educators at Michigan Connections Academy, a tuition-free, K-12 public virtual online school.

1.  Reduce clutter and get organized

Voters approve bond for Forest Hills Public Schools upgrade

Voters approve bond for Forest Hills Public Schools upgrade

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich.— Forest Hills Public Schools will get a $45 million dollar bond to upgrade classroom technology, expand school facilities, buy school buses and develop and improve playgrounds, athletic fields and athletic facilities.

Tuesday night, voters overwhelmingly approved the bond proposal, by 4,678 votes to1,502 votes.  The .38 mill ($0.38 per $1,000 taxable value) bond will be limited to 22 years, taking effect in 2014.

For a link to the complete election results, visit the WZZM 13 homepage here.