Education actors: 12/27/2021 | Local news

  • These Western Michigan University students were recently introduced to the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi: Matthew Baker, of Alanson; Ann Ditlow of Lake Ann; and Catherine Conners, of Traverse City.
  • Cecelia E. Denton of Maple City was named to Northland College’s Dean’s List for Academic Achievement in the fall term of 2021. Denton is in second year at the Wisconsin school.
  • Northwestern Michigan College recently received a $ 90,000 Aviation Workforce Development Grant from the Federal Aviation Administration. The funds will help train high school teachers in the basics of unmanned aerial systems and equip each teacher with a multi-rotor unit to use with their students. The grant builds on the school’s selection as a UAS college training program in 2020.
  • TCAPS honored two educators at the 2021 Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principal Association State Conference. Cherry Knoll Elementary School Principal Victoria Derks has been named Region 13 Principal of the Year for 2021, and West Middle School Assistant Principal Jonathan Swegles has been named Principal of Region 5 year for 2020. His honor has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The Kiwanis Club of Traverse City honored the following students during the weeks of December 7 and 15:

Traverse City West Senior High School student Meredith Gallagher is a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society. She has participated in basketball, soccer, marching band, band, and the Sci-Ma-Tech program. She was recognized by the Society of Women Engineers and featured on the Honor Roll during her four years of high school. Gallagher holds a GPA 4.0 and plans to study civil or environmental engineering at a university in the Midwest.

Roy Schlomer, senior at TC West, is a member of the National Honor Society, the Euchre Club and the Math Club. He has participated in the fanfare, the wind ensemble, the philharmonic orchestra, the jazz orchestra and the pit orchestra. He maintains a GPA of 3.97 and plans to go to college.

Cora Pomaranski, an elder at TC St. Francis High School, is a member of the Student Council (Treasurer), the National Honor Society, and the Kiwanis Key Club. She played basketball, football and tennis. Honors received include Academic All-Conference for Basketball and Football, and AP Scholar with Distinction. Pomaranski maintains a GPA of 4.19 and plans to study engineering or pre-medicine at a university.

Kiley Long, senior at Grand Traverse Academy, is a member of the National Honor Society, the NJHS and the Steam Club. She volunteered at the State Theater and participated in dual enrollment at Northwestern Michigan College and Art in the Park (GTA Art Show). She received an award for interpersonal communication and was on the honor roll every four years. Long has a 4.0 GPA and plans to complete her Associate’s degree at NMC, then she will study Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan. She plans to enroll in medical school.

  • The Kiwanis Club of Traverse City honored the following students during the week of December 20:

Scott Harvey is in his final year at Traverse City Central High School. He is a member of the National Honor Society, the Sports Analytics Club, and the Kiwanis Key Club. He has participated in golf, Sci-Ma-Tech and the Modeling the Future competition. He received an academic award, the 99th percentile of the SAT, third place on the golf circuit, the Top 10 Elite Division 2020, an academic letter as a freshman of golf, and third place in the American Math Competition. Harvey has a GPA of 3.94 and plans to study statistics and business analysis at the University of Notre Dame. He aims to become an actuary or business / sports analyst.

Nicholas Caruso, senior at TC Central, is a member of the National Honor Society. Caruso participated with the ski team, athletics, marching band and jazz orchestra. He made the honor roll during his four years of high school. He maintains a GPA of 3.72 and plans to study physics or political science at university.

Erica McInnis is in her final year at Kingsley High School. She is a member of the National Honor Society, STAND and the high school directory (editor). McInnis has participated in track and field, sprint training, wrestling (manager), the Teacher Academy and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She made the four-year high school honor roll and received a School Leadership Award. She has a GPA of 3.6 and plans to attend Northwestern Michigan College for two years, then transfer to a college to study elementary education.


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