Lansing Art Gallery gives students opportunity to win scholarship through art

By Eve Kucharski
Listen Up Lansing Staff Reporter

The Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center is located in downtown Lansing, and has been a part of the Lansing community for 50 years. Throughout that time, it has changed locations and staff, but one of its most long-standing traditions has been going on for over three decades. This tradition is known as the Art Scholarship Alert, or ASA. It is a juried competition that exhibits the work of high school students from nine counties across Michigan, and awards winners financial assistance as well as recognition for their achievements in the arts. According to the art gallery’s website it has awarded collectively $106,000 to young artists in the area.

Okemos High School guiding students to college through its guidance department

By Kelly Sheridan
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter

OKEMOS — Every year, thousands of students apply to colleges with the assistance of numerous people. Okemos High School has instituted an assistance program that allows students to have all the tools necessary for applying to their colleges, as well as finding the colleges that fit for them. Hedlun Walton, the director of guidance services at Okemos High School, said the process begins in the spring of a student’s junior year. The school hosts an evening presentation, where they invite an admissions representative from Michigan State University or the University of Michigan to come and give general advice on completing applications and writing essays. “Our assistance begins with helping students position themselves to have a competitive application and to do the appropriate amount of college exploration to make sure they are selecting schools that would be a good fit for them,” Walton said.

What are Meridian schools doing to keep student obesity at bay?

By Lauren Captain
The Meridian Times Staff Writer

It can be quite alarming to hear the statistics with obesity in the United States, but Michigan is one state to be especially worried about. From the year 1990 to 2014, the obesity rate in Michigan jumped from 13 percent of overweight people to an alarming 32.6 percent. What is most concerning about this last number is that the age group of 10 to 17 years old occupies almost half of this number. This number is 14.8 percent, which happens to almost the same number of obese people of all ages in Hawaii. This is something to notice and not ignore.

Holt has more high school grads than the national average

By Stevie Pipis
Holt Journal Staff Reporter

Kerry Pahl said her daughter attended Holt schools for a year before moving back to the Lansing School District. “She liked the teachers, and had to work harder because of the higher academic standards. Holt schools have a pretty good reputation,” she said. The numbers bear that out. The U.S. Census website says that 94.5 percent of the population of Holt ages 25 and over are a graduate of high school.

Holt rallies around high school athletics

By Roya Burton
Holt Journal Staff Reporter

High school athletics are a great reminder about the love the of the game, and the reason why sports are played in the first place. It’s about the athletes, fans and the student body, but also the surrounding community. According to the U.S Census Bureau the city of Holt, Mich. holds a population of just under 24,000, and supporting local high school sports is a way of life. No matter what season, on just about any game day expect the stands to be filled with not only students and parents, but local supporters.

In battle of Meridian schools, Okemos High School tops Haslett counterpart

By Chris Hung
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter

Statistics show Okemos High School tops Haslett High School in state and national ranking, despite their proximity. While the academic environment of Okemos High School outperforms Haslett High School, both schools remain better than both the state and national averages. According to U.S. News, Okemos High School maintains its position as the 10th best high school in the state of Michigan, while being 494th in the country. Haslett High School ranks 38th in the state and 1,176th in the nation. Both schools fall under the jurisdiction of Meridian Township as public schools and are just over five miles apart from each other.

Still in high school, but earning college credits at Haslett High

By Julie Campbell
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter

HASLETT — When it comes to Haslett High School, it’s more than just high school classes. With the amount of college credits they offer, it’s almost as if the students are part time attending a two-year college. According to the Haslett High School website, the school is fifth-best in the state and 62nd-best in the country when it comes to college readiness. “Currently, all of our advanced placement classes offer college credit upon receiving a 3 or higher on their AP exam,” said principal Bart Wegenke. “Most of our Haslett High School students take at least two AP classes so they are at least half way through their freshman year before they begin college.”

There are students at Haslett that take enough AP classes in which they earn credit that would normally take them two years to earn at college.

Reusing old computer parts = saving cash, according to St. Johns’ school math

By Madeline Sewell
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

Running a school is a costly endeavor. Specific actions are taken every year to try and alleviate financial strain that day-to-day necessities place on the school. On Oct. 26, the St. Johns Public Schools Board of Education took steps to help cut down on the strain that computers put in its budget.

One year into change, Holt High School officials okay with split campus plan

By Carrie Lynch
Holt Journal Staff Reporter

Just last year, Holt High School sent seniors on their own while freshman joined everyone else. The North Campus holds college class for seniors and the South Campus, or the Main Campus, holds class for the freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. Holt Public Schools Superintendent David Hornak said this change was beneficial to all students of high school age. Prior to this change, ninth-graders had their own building, separate from grades 10-12. “Moving the ninth-graders to the senior high helps them to engage in high school experiences for preparation of high-stakes standardized testing and provides resources to keep students on a path to a successful future,” said Hornak.