05-11-2017 Schools news and calendars

W-A-Y Watervliet High School April Students of the Month

 Cali Doty has been selected as one of the April students of the month. Cali joined the program in the summer of 2016 as a junior and in a few months quickly elevated herself to senior status.

She has earned almost 1 credit in the month of April alone. That is amazing!

Cali is the daughter of Rebecca Green.  Cali enjoys spending time with family and friends. In her free time she likes playing with her dog and pool and darts with her boyfriend.

After she graduates from the W-A-Y program, she would like to move somewhere with a warmer climate. Her career plans are to study either nursing or to become a veterinarian.

Jeff Priebe has been selected as one of the April students of the month. Jeff joined the program in the winter of 2017 needing only about 3 credits and has recently satisfied those requirements qualifying for the May 18 graduation.

He has earned 1.53 credits in the month of April. He earned 1.03 in the last week alone. That is amazing!

Jeff is the son of Jeff Priebe and Kim Small. Jeff enjoys fishing, snowboarding, traveling, riding dirt bikes, math, building things, hunting and exercising.

After he graduates from the W-A-Y program, he plans on attending Lake Michigan College and would like to do something that involves math and building things like a woodshed or running a CNC machine.

Erika Gunn has been selected as one of the April students of the month. Erika joined the program as a true freshman, and since that time, has worked steadily towards her credit requirements. She is really working hard and has recently surged with credit attainment. April alone saw her earn 1.85 credits. That is awesome!

After high school, Erika plans on going anywhere life takes her but does plan on attending a college or university to major in philosophy and art.

Lake Michigan College degrees and certificates awarded

 On Sunday, May 7, 2017, 526 degrees and certificates were awarded to 514 Lake Michigan College students during the 70th annual Commencement ceremony held at the LMC Mendel Center.

 Associate Degree recipients include:


Lane Sterling Alsup, Samantha Rose Alsup, Kelsey Jelaine Boven, Aaron James Cramer, Robert Michael Cromer, Megan Leigh Daugherty, Cody M. Fajardo, Eunice Irene Hansen, Sarah Elizabeth Hauch, Kristina Marie Johnson, Salena M. Jonjevic, Steffen Patrick Kolenko, Gavin Jeremy Lewis, Taylor Michael Noack, Jonathon Lee Punches, Quincy Michael Querfurth, Kimberly Sue Shearer, Kayla Marie Sink, Tori Lynn Streu, Kersten Nichole Strunk, Miranda Kay Trux, Jason David Walter


Coty Richard Clark, Fausta Adriana Flores, Theresa Lynn Getz, Annabelle Hernandez


Hope Marie Barker, Tracee Jean Brumley, Austin James Carlson, Levi Richard Engle, Traci Ann Harmon Fields, Jacqueline Angelica Hedges-Llerena, Tama Alisa Lewis, Robert Thomas Lovell, Alaina Martinez, Christopher Lynn Rouse, Tiffany Dian Welty

Certificate of Achievement recipients include:


Megan Leigh Daugherty, Stephanie Ann Enders, April Michelle Gonser, Tori Lynn Streu


Kelly Ann Cotman, Samantha Marie Hannan

Level 1 Certificate recipients include:


Robert Michael Cromer, Jordy Hanners


Kyle Gerner

Watervliet Public Schools Calendar of Events

Thursday, May 11

Varsity Softball & Baseball, Home vs. Gobles (DH), 4:30 p.m.; JV Softball & Baseball at Gobles (DH), 4:30 p.m.

Friday, May 12

Muffins for Mom at South School, 7:30-8:15 a.m.; Varsity Golf at Eau Claire – Pipestone Creek, 4:00 p.m.; Varsity Soccer Home vs. Comstock, 5:00 p.m.; Varsity Track at Gobles Invitational, TBA

Saturday, May 13

Varsity Baseball at Eaton Park (St. Joe) vs. Buchanan, 12:30 p.m.; Varsity Baseball at Eaton Park (St. Joe) vs. LMC, 3:00 p.m.

May 14-May 17

MS Honors Club Field Trip

Monday, May 15

Varsity Baseball & Softball at Lawton (DH), 4:30 p.m.; Girls Varsity Soccer, Home vs. Hackett (Senior Night), 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 16

MS Track at Saugatuck, 4:30 p.m.; JV Baseball at Hartford (DH), 4:30 p.m.; WHS Senior Class Awards Night, HS Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 17


Golf make-up date if needed, 4:00 p.m.;

JV Softball & Baseball Home vs. Lawton (DH), 4:30 p.m.; MS Track at Brandywine, 4:30 p.m.; Girls Varsity Soccer at Delton-Kellogg, 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 18

Varsity Baseball at Berrien Springs (DH), 4:15 p.m.; W-A-Y Watervliet High School Graduation, HS Auditorium, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, May 19

Varsity Track Regionals at Kalamazoo-Comstock, TBA

Saturday, May 20

Varsity Softball at South Haven, TBA

THESE “KUTE KIDS” are… the youngest and oldest grandsons of Bill and Vicky McDonald of Watervliet. John McDonald is 2 and the son of Bill and Tanya McDonald of Jenison and Alex Danneffel, 22, is the son of Jay and Valerie Danneffel of Holland. Alex is also the grandson of Jim Danneffel and the late Beverly Danneffel of Watervliet and John is the grandson of the late Jim and Deborah McTague of Watervliet.

Friday, May 12, 11:30 a.m. “COLOMA HIGH SCHOOL SALMON RELEASE” at Watervliet’s Hays Park as part of the DNR Salmon in the Classroom program.

Friday, May 12, 5-7 p.m. “SWISS STEAK DINNER” at Riverside United Methodist Church, 4401 Fikes Rd, Riverside. Price by donation. Call 849-1131 for more information.

Saturday, May 13, 11 a.m. “SKATE PARK RIBBON CUTTING” at Hays Park in Watervliet. Includes silent auction, pop for sale and free hot dogs.

Saturday, May 13, 2 p.m. “SUPERHERO RUN” at Hartford High School sponsored by Domestic Violence Coalition. $20/runner. Sign up online at domesticviolencecoalition.org or by phone at 269-655-9008.

Tuesday, May 16, 7 p.m. “BERRIEN COUNTY & THE GREAT DEPRESSION” at North Berrien Historical Museum, 300 Coloma Avenue. Free event. Call 468-3330 or email kristen@northberrienhistory.org for more details.

Friday, May 19, 5-7 p.m. “RETIREMENT OPEN HOUSE FOR BARB RADDE” at the Salem Lutheran Preschool, 275 Marvin in Coloma. Call the church office at 468-6567 for more information.

Saturday, May 20, 8 a.m. “HARTFORD INDIAN EMERALD ANNUAL GOLF CLASSIC” at Lake Cora Hills, 56640 C.R. 671, Paw Paw. Call Dan Dowd at 269-325-2253 for more information.

Saturday, May 20 & Sunday, May 21 “ANNUAL NATIVE PLANT SALE” at Sarett Nature Center during regular business hours. Sun-loving, shade-loving and butterfly-friendly plants will be available.

Wednesday, May 24 “CRUISE IN & CAR SHOW” fundraiser at Countryside Academy, 4800 Meadowbrook Rd., Benton Harbor.

Tuesday, May 30, “SELF-PUBLISHING WORKSHOP” presented by Littlest Bird Productions and author, Nicola Symonds at the Watervliet Public Library. One hour sessions at 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Cost is $10. Call the library at 463-6382 to sign up.

Saturday, June 3, “HHS 40-PLUS YEARS ALUMNI REUNION” at Lake Michigan College Mendel Center, 2755 E. Napier Ave., Benton Harbor. Social hour at 5:00 p.m.; Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Visit www.hartfordmichigan.com for more information.

August 14-19 “BERRIEN COUNTY YOUTH FAIR” in Berrien Springs. For more information, visit www.bcyf.org or call the Fair Office at 269-473-4251.

Saturday, Aug. 19, 11 a.m. “WPS 40 YEAR CLUB” annual meeting at Watervliet Middle School, 450 E. St. Joseph Street. Social hour at 11 a.m.; lunch at noon. $15/person reservation due by 7/30. For more info call Marsha Stennecke Cole 269-463-3712 or Donna Gillard Curtis 269-463-6680.

Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. “STORY HOUR” at Coloma Public Library. A free weekly program for toddlers and preschool-aged children, it does not require sign-up. Call 269-468-3431 for information.

Thursdays, 10:15 a.m. “STORY TIME” at Hartford Public Library for children 5 and younger; every week during the school year. Call 269-621-3408 for information.

Thursdays, 6 – 10 p.m. “Trap shooting” at the Coloma Rod & Gun Club.

Second Thursday of each month, 3 – 5 p.m. “BERRIEN COUNTY PARKINSON SUPPORT GROUP” at Lakeland Healthcare Frederick S. Upton Education Center rooms 5 & 6, 1234 Napier Ave. For info, contact Michigan Parkinson Foundation at 800-852-9781 or bcpdsupport@aol.com.

Third Monday of each month, 3 – 6 p.m. “FOOD BANK” at Central Assembly of God, 6801 Ryno Rd., Coloma, 269-468-8422.


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