Charlie Feller, sporting a black and orange TK Trojan shirt, shook hands Friday after school with TK high school and middle school students - many of whom he hopes to coach in football in the coming years.
Feller was hired by the district as a special education teacher and will also serve as the varsity football head coach. He begins his job at TK Jan. 23 with conditioning workouts at 6 a.m.
Several Thornapple Kellogg High School students will compete at the state BPA (Business Professionals of America) competition after placing in the top four at the Region 1 regional competition.
Nine TKHS students will advance in 13 events at the state BPA contest in Grand Rapids March 17 to 19.
TKHS students went above and beyond their normal service learning day experiences in December and this year gave back to TK staff.
Six TKHS entries in the Scholastic Art Contest earned honors. TK students made 12 submissions to the competition this year with half of them earning honors. Four students received those awards for their works.
Noah Miller has grown up watching Western Michigan University football games with his parents having season tickets. Now, Miller and Heather Price, both TKHS alumni class of 2016, will have the chance of a lifetime as members of the WMU Bronco Band to play during a prestigious bowl game.
WMU will take on Wisconsin in the Cotton Bowl at 1 p.m. Jan. 2. The game will be televised on ESPN.