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My Town: U.S. News and World Report releases top high schools list

My Town: U.S. News and World Report releases top high schools list

KENTWOOD, Mich.—A charter school in Kentwood is the top West Michigan school on U.S. News & World Report’s latest list of Best High Schools.

The publication recently released its list of the top 500 schools nationally. The rankings are based on the student to teacher ratio, AP course involvement and math and reading proficiency scores.  The School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas, TX took the top spot.

In Michigan, 60 schools made the cut, with International Academy in Bloomfield Hills taking the top spot.  Excel Charter Academy-Grand River Prep School in Kentwood ranked second among Michigan schools.  City Middle/High School and Black River Public School were the only other West Michigan schools to crack the top ten.

The list of local schools includes:

MSU’s second annual Gran Fondo cycling event raises funds for skin cancer research

MSU’s second annual Gran Fondo cycling event raises funds for skin cancer research

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Michigan State University College of Human Medicine announces plans for its second annual Gran Fondo on June 28, 2014.

Italian for “Big Ride,” proceeds from this this non-competitive cycling event go towards programs to increase awareness, prevention and detection of skin cancer and supports MSU’s skin cancer research.

My Town:Students advance to Science Olympiad State Tournament

My Town:Students advance to Science Olympiad State Tournament

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—More than a dozen teams of West Michigan youth will head to Lansing next month for the Science Olympiad State Tournament.

The teams competed for a spot in the competition during the Region 12 Michigan Science Olympiad event held Saturday.  It was the 30th anniversary for the competition, held at Grand Valley State University.

Based on the results, the following teams will compete at the state Capitol:

            Middle School Teams (in order of place)

1.     Lakeshore Middle School

2.     Grandville Middle School

3.     Jenison Jr. High

4.     Chandler Woods Charter

My Town: GHAPS Superintendent receives top marks on evaluation

My Town: GHAPS Superintendent receives top marks on evaluation

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GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (Grand Haven Area Public Schools)— Grand Haven Area Public Schools Superintendent Keith Konarska is a "highly effective" leader according to school board members. The annual evaluation was given at a special board meeting held on Wednesday, March 26.

"Keith is a highly respected and admired educational leader of our district," Board President John Siemion says. "It is through Keith's leadership that our district is successful."

Konarska was evaluated in eleven areas including: Relationship with the Board; Community Relations; Staff Relationships; Business and Finance; Educational Leadership; Personal Qualities; Evaluation of Staff; Progress toward the School Improvement Plan; Student Attendance; Student/Parent/Teacher Feedback; and Student Growth and Achievement.

My Town: Hope College Conference to feature students' research on China missionaries

My Town: Hope College Conference to feature students' research on China missionaries

HOLLAND – Original research by Hope College history students will be featured in the conference “Cross-Cultural Encounters: China and the Reformed Church in America” on Friday, March 28, starting at 2 p.m. in the Maas Center auditorium.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

The afternoon conference will feature presentations by four students who conducted independent research focused on RCA missionaries to Amoy (now Xiamen) on the southeast coast of mainland China during the latter-19th and early 20th centuries.  The event will conclude with a keynote address by Dr. Ryan Dunch of the University of Alberta in Canada.

My Town Grand Haven: Fire Barn Gallery welcomes child artists

My Town Grand Haven: Fire Barn Gallery welcomes child artists

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.— The Fire Barn Gallery is tapping some of the youngest community artists to fill the walls of its latest exhibit.

“Past Present and Future- A Children’s Show” will feature work by Grand Haven area students, from kindergarten up to sixth grade.  Each piece will feature either a past, present or future theme.

"When I consider the difference between the art of children and that of adults, my first thought is the inhibition factor.  I think that witnessing that kind of uninhibited expression, and the totally unique form it takes, is something that resonates with a lot of us," says Chris Protas, director and curator of the Fire Barn Gallery.

My Town: Muskegon instructor wins pastry chef of the year

My Town: Muskegon instructor wins pastry chef of the year

MUSKEGON, Mich.--  Baker College of Muskegon is home to the pastry chef of the year in the 2014 Great Lakes Regional Masterpiece Chocolate-Pastry Competition.

This is the second consecutive year Justin Raha has won the honor.  Raha is an instructor at Baker’s Culinary Institute of Michigan.  He’s also the owner and executive pastry chef of Grand Finale Desserts & Pastries in Grand Haven.

All competitors had to create a chocolate display piece, a chocolate anniversary cake and plate presentation and a petite four presentation with eight bonbons, in honor of the event’s 25th anniversary.