Grand Rapids Community Foundation expands Challenge Scholars program to reach more students
April 27, 2016; mibiz.com
GRAND RAPIDS — Grand Rapids Community Foundation is expanding its Challenge Scholars program to include every graduating student at Union High School.
The program offers two years of tuition-free college at Grand Rapids Community College to students who attend Union for four years and have a GPA of 2.0 or higher. Students are also offered support through professional development and career coordinators.
The comeback kids: How Grand Rapids Public Schools are making a dramatic turnaround
April 28, 2016; rapidgrowthmedia.com
When Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal took the stage to deliver her first State of Our Schools address at Ottawa Hills High School five years ago, the district was in serious disrepair.
… Neal’s emergence as GRPS’s rising star was a long time coming. One of nine children, she grew up with her siblings and parents in Grand Rapids, attending Madison Elementary School, South Middle School and Creston High School. At the age of 16, she began working at Creston High School her alma mater that she was forced to close as superintendent because of poor attendance and a myriad other problems and was so successful as a work study student that she was asked to start full time, prompting her to graduate early (which she had enough credits to do). She attended Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University and Western Michigan University, and, for the past 41 years she has worked in GRPS, including as a receptionist, secretary, compliance officer, assistant to the superintendent, and, now, superintendent.
Campbell inks six for 2016 Cornerstone recruiting class
April 27, 2016; victorysportsnetwork.com
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Head volleyball coach Ryan Campbell is pleased to announce the signings of five local and one out-of-state standouts to the 2016 recruiting class. The Golden Eagles will enter the 2016 campaign fresh off a 27-11 year in which they made it to the semifinals of the WHAC Tournament.
… ALEX POLAKOVICH Grand Rapids CC / Carpe Diem Volleyball Club