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06-20-2019 School news & calendars

Students of the Month W-A-Y Watervliet High School May 2019

Nate Prim W-A-Y Watervliet High School announces their first student of the month for May is Nate Prim. Nate joined the program in January of this year and has already earned three credits. In May alone, he earned 1.25 credits! He comes to the lab on a regular basis and does a great job of asking questions when he needs help.

Nate’s parents are Brandi & Jim Meersman. After graduating from the W-A-Y program, he would like to go to school to become a video game creator. In his spare time, he loves to play video games. He presently considers school to be his full-time job. Nate’s advice to other students is to always work hard. He also suggests when writing to look for better words than the basics… he says it will make you sound smarter!

Collin Rogers Their second student of the month for May is Collin Rogers. Collin joined W-A-Y in January of this year as a senior and is very close to graduating! During the month of May, he earned 1.3 credits. He has been going to the lab and submitting projects while there and also submitting things from home.

Collin’s parents are Jody Rogers and Mike Rogers. After high school he plans to pursue a job in the medical field. He wants to start out at Lake Michigan College and then finish at a bigger university. During his free time, he enjoys playing basketball with friends, binge watching TV shows and playing video games. He has also been working as a bagger at Harding’s in Hartford for the past year. He enjoys conversing with customers and hearing what they have to say. Collin’s advice to other students is to try to separate schoolwork from what other things are going on in your life. Sometimes things may seem to be going wrong, but when all is said and done, those things will be forgotten and all that matters is that you got your diploma.

Soledad Alvarado The third May Student of the Month in the W-A-Y program at Watervliet High School is Soledad Alvarado. Soledad joined in September of 2018. Since then, she has steadily earned five credits while working hard to complete her math credits. In May, she earned just over one credit. Soledad has been going to the lab daily for help with math projects and to participate in group lessons.

Her parents are Jesus Alvarado and Mireya Alvarado. After graduating, she plans on going to LMC then transfer to Western Michigan University to study for a business and agriculture degree. In Soledad’s free time, she enjoys writing poetry or just about anything. She loves to be outside when the weather is nice. She works with her dad in his landscape and construction business. Some words of advice Soledad would like others to know is that you need to believe in yourself and know that you can do it. There is always something inside of you that is greater than any obstacle you encounter. Congratulations to Nate, Collin and Soledad!

Coloma Junior High School Principal’s List/Honor Roll 2018-2019 Second Semester

Principal’s List includes those honor students who have a straight “A” average for the full semester. 6th Grade Principal’s List Tucker Arend, Eddy Granados, Callen Hickmon, Mackenzie Hosbein, Isabel Marfia, Amelia Poole 7th Grade Principal’s List Liliana Contreras, Jodi Dotson, Mackenzie Garcia, Boden Genovese, Alyse Grenon, Benjamyn Hess, Clara Kimmerly, Trevor Massey, Kyra Rodgers, Fletcher Todd 8th Grade Principal’s List Hannah Grenon, Brodie McQuillan

Honor roll includes students with a minimum GPA of 3.00 and no more than one “C” for the full semester. Citizenship must be satisfactory in all cases. 6th Grade Honor Roll Karen Alvarez Maltos, Carson Ashley, Derriana Beard, Haley Bither, Zoey Boyd, Annibelle Cole, Noah Dibble, Angel Fernandez, Elissa Fischer, Daitin Gargano-Bittner, Alisson Gonzalez, Christine Hampton, Aryssa Hannan, Alivia Jimenez, Caige Lofblad, Silvina Lopez, Gavin Morlock, Ethan Ott, Jacob Pleyer, Aubrey Stevens, Heavyn Swetay, Wesley Tillotson, Kennedy Wheeler, Garrett Wolfe 7th Grade Honor Roll Olivia Abbott, Andre’a Bale, Amber Cheek, Aidan Cripe, Carter Crist, AshLynn DeLaTorre, Jamie Dotson, Elizabeth Garcia, Mariah Harris, Mckinleigh Kraemer, Ingrid Kublick, Mia Lawson, Julissa Mireles, Miryssa Nelson, Payton Penkal, Isabella Reinhardt, Mykaylah Schwanke, Hanna Sicurello, McKenzie Sing, Kourtney Smith, Hannah Wagner, Amarae Williams, Cecilla Williams 8th Grade Honor Roll Camryn Brown, Kyle Burnette, Lilean Dunafin, Yohaly Estrada, Carsyn Goldner, Andy Granados, Seth McQuillan, Addyson Milnickel, Kaleb Mwewe-Smith, Preston Parker, Kayla Pratl, Cristian Quintana-Santana, Preston Scott, Wyatt Sinnett, Hudson Sternaman, Olivia Stroba, Skyler Wolfe

W-A-Y Watervliet High School Honor Roll Winter/Spring Semester

It is important to recognize students who have demonstrated hard work and have achieved at a high level. Students who have dedicated themselves to reach goals and surpass expectations need to be recognized. They are no different at W-A-Y Watervliet High School. They have created an honor roll system to publicly recognize students who have earned 1.5 credits or more for the semester, and earned grades of A’s and B’s or better. The Honor Roll for the 2019 Winter/Spring Semester is as follows: 1.5 credits – A’s and B’s: Emily Monaghan & Jazmin Moron; 1.75 credits – A’s and B’s: Soledad Alvarado, Danielle Bidol, Carly Zavoral; 2.00 – 2.25 credits – A’s and B’s: Hannah Meader* & Robbie Porphir; 2.50 – 2.75 credits – A’s and B’s: Alana Burnett, Ariel Collins, Haiden Edelberg, Natalie Harris, Cassandra Kimbro*, Nate Prim; 3.00 credits – A’s and B’s: Emily Ashley*, Nadia Lauzon, Audrey Romeo; 5.75 credits – A’s and B’s: Jessica Gearhart* & Hailey Wright The asterisk ‘*’ indicates these students have met all graduation requirements. The W-A-Y Watervliet High School staff is very proud of all of their students, and wanted to recognize the students mentioned above who have used strong work ethic, drive and dedication towards their educational goals and achieve at such a high standard.

Lakeland Health Foundations award $100,000 in scholarships and grants

Through the Allied Health Careers Scholarship program, Lakeland Health Foundations awarded a total of $39,500 in the form of 34 scholarships to Lakeland team members and area students pursuing a career in health care. Another $60,500 will be awarded in department grants to support continuing education opportunities for Lakeland team members. Over the past 25 years, Lakeland Health Foundations have awarded more than $1.5 million in scholarships and grants to Lakeland team members, departments, and volunteers. This has been made possible largely through endowments from community members designed with the sole purpose of investing in healthcare education and training. “This event is one we look forward to each year because it’s an opportunity to recognize many of our team members who are pursuing additional education and training which ultimately helps us take better care of our patients,” said Brandi Smith, Vice President of Philanthropy and President, Lakeland Health Foundations. “It’s also a wonderful way to continue to honor the legacies of our donors who’ve created the endowments by which we provide these scholarships.” The Leo Soorus Leadership Award and grant, developed through Lakeland Health Foundations, honors Soorus’ many contributions to southwest Michigan as a Lakeland executive and as a leader of multiple community and professional organizations.

Thursday, June 20, 3 p.m. “WILDLIFE WONDERS” at Sarett Nature Center, 2300 Benton Center Rd., Benton Harbor. The program will feature a few different live animals at Sarett including birds, reptiles, insects and amphibians. Non-member adult cost is $5. Friday, June 21, 9-10 a.m. “REP. GRIFFIN OFFICE HOURS” at Hartford City Hall, 19 W. Main St. No appointment necessary. June 21-22 “GARAGE SALE” held by Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet Auxiliary in the hospital garage. Friday 9-5 & Saturday 9-4. Proceeds benefit Auxiliary projects. Saturday, June 22, 8 a.m.-noon “CAR WASH & BAKE SALE” at Watervliet Free Methodist Church, 7734 Paw Paw Ave. Proceeds benefit Ark Encounter trip for kids. Call 463-8280 for more info. Saturday, June 22, 9 a.m. “PICKLEBALL LESSONS” for beginners at Coloma High School tennis/pickleball courts; free to community members – equipment provided. Pre-register by calling 468-4639. Saturday, June 22, 9 a.m.-noon “LADIES CONFERENCE” by Gwen Kapcia at The Shore Church, 623 Church St., St. Joseph. All ladies are invited to this free event. For more information, call 269-208-7545. Saturday, June 22, noon – 4 p.m. “INDUSTRY HISTORY DAY OPEN HOUSE” at North Berrien History Museum, 300 Coloma Ave., Coloma. FREE event; donations are always appreciated. No RSVP required. For more information, contact the North Berrien Historical Museum at (269) 468-3330 or June 22-23 “AIR, LAND & SEA” Lest We Forget war re-enactment event in St. Joseph. Visit for complete list of activities. June 24-27, 6 – 7:45 p.m. “VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL” at Salem Lutheran Church. Early sign-up at June 28-30 “WATERVLIET INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION” Saturday, June 29, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. “STEAK FRY” at Watervliet Municipal Airport, 8560 Airport Dr. Sponsored by the Watervliet Airport and EAA Chapter 585. Sunday, June 30, 7 a.m.-noon “PANCAKE BREAKFAST” at Watervliet Municipal Airport, 8560 Airport Dr. Sponsored by the Watervliet Airport and EAA Chapter 585. Sunday, June 30, 2 p.m. “POLAR BEARS OF WWI” at Van Buren County Museum, 58471 Red Arrow Hwy, Hartford. Call 269-621-2188 for additional information. July 15-20 “VAN BUREN YOUTH FAIR” For more information visit Saturday, July 27, 4-9 p.m. “WHS CLASS OF 1977 60TH BIRTHDAY PARTY” in the banquet room at Chief’s Bar, 4790 Territorial Road, Benton Harbor. More details may be found on the “WHS Class of 1977 Reunion” page on Facebook; by contacting Greg Krell at, or by calling Greg at 269-876-8260. August 12-17 “BERRIEN COUNTY YOUTH FAIR” Visit for more information. Saturday, Aug. 17, 11 a.m. “WATERVLIET ALL CLASS REUNION” at Watervliet Middle School, 450 E. St. Joseph St. Social hour 11 a.m.; lunch served at noon. $15/person registration due Aug. 9. Anyone that graduated from, or attended the Watervliet Public School system is welcome to attend (also current & former employees). More information is available by calling Marsha Stennecke Cole at 269-463-3712, or Donna Gillard Curtis at 269-463-6680. Saturday, Aug. 24, 6 p.m. “50-YEAR CLASS REUNION” for Coloma High School Class of 1969 at Coloma F.O.P. Lodge, 470 Angling Rd. For more information, email, call 630-464-8287 or check out the Facebook page of Coloma High School Class of 1969 50th Reunion. RSVP required. Sept. 5-8 “ANTIQUE ENGINE & TRACTOR SHOW” at Michigan Flywheelers Museum, 06285 68th Street, South Haven. Watch for more information on or Facebook. Saturday, Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. “FESTIVAL OF FAMILIES” hosted by Berrien RESA at the Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds, Berrien Springs.


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