First-grader Adam Beard wiggled in his seat while he meticulously painted each of the six pieces of a wooden ornament in bright colors. He stopped to examine each piece making sure no spot was left bare. "This one's mine," he said excitedly, beaming with pride as he handed over the pieces to waiting high school students. Armed with hot glue guns, the older students carefully put the pieces together to form a beautiful 3-D ornament ready for the first-graders to use as their own decorations at home.
Bob Buys, a U.S. Navy veteran, said he was "humbled and honored" to be named the Middleville Veteran of the Year and he thanked the Middleville and Thornapple Kellogg School community for honoring veterans. "I'm proud to be a veteran and I'm proud of the Middleville and TK community for being patriotic and paying respect. This community just gets it," he said.
Thornapple Kellogg High School Elizabeth Thurber Chapter of the National Honor Society welcomed 66 new inductees Monday night. Of the members inducted, 53 are members of the junior class and 13 are seniors. The additional members brings the chapter to a total of 126 members.
The TKHS October students of the month were recently honored. Pictured in front from left are seniors Lauryn Abbott, Georgia Kaboos, Alexander Miller, Shylin Robirds, Cole Risner, Jack Schneider, Dominik Strak, Brad Syers (second row) juniors Emma Bainbridge, Carmen Beemer, Genesis Bowers, Savannah Bronkema, Katrina Chapman, Josiah Ray, Corrin Replogle, Thomas Solomon, Anna Timm, Andrew Tuokkola, Claudia Wilkinson (third row) sophomores Brett Caswell, Claire Sierawski (back row) freshmen Nicholas Barton, Sophia Beckering, Aislynn Bierenga, Michael Blair, Mitchell Corner, Eli Fliearman, Jennifer Logan, Grace McNabnay and Collin Wright. Not available for the photo were junior Charles VanDemark, sophomore Larissa Robinson, and freshman Tilona Haskin.
Jenna Walters is the October TKHS Rotary Student of the Month. She is the daughter of Robin and Jason Walters and active in many activities in high school.