Farmington area students earn top honors

East Middle School student selected for the Honors Junior Choir

Walter Alexander, an eighth grade student at East Middle School, has been selected to participate in the Honors Junior Choir in New York this June.

Participation in the Honor Performance Series is through director nomination and audition. Students may also self-nominate and apply with a teacher recommendation.

The Honors Junior Choir is limited to the most talented and select middle school performers from 45 US States and Canada. Selected Junior Finalists receive the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with other accomplished peers and learn from renowned conductors for a week as they prepare for and perform at a truly world-class venue – Carnegie Hall. The week will also allow the students to experience performance arts in New York City and see the sights through a guided tour.

Harrison students are MHSAA Scholar Athlete Finalists
Jared Char and Charles (Randy) Perkins
Jared Char (left) and Charles (Randy) Perkins (contributed photo)

Harrison High School seniors Jared Char and Charles (Randy) Perkins have both been selected as finalists by the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Scholar Athletes. Char and Perkins represent Boys Class A division. Char plays baseball and football and Perkins plays soccer and participates in track, both are also International Baccalaureate (IB) students. This year, 374 schools submitted applicants and 1,425 application packets were received.

The applications were judged by a 58-member committee of school coaches, counselors, faculty members, administrators and board members from MHSAA member schools. Thirty-two of the finalists who met the qualifications will be presented with $1,000 scholarships.

To be eligible for the Scholar-Athlete Award, students must be high school seniors, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 and previously have won a varsity letter in at least one sport in which the MHSAA sponsors a postseason tournament. Applicants must show active participation in other school and community activities, respond to a series of short essay questions, submit two letters of recommendation and a 500-word essay on the importance of sportsmanship in educational athletics.

MHSAA Scholar-Athlete Awards program is celebrating its 27th anniversary. The MHSAA has recognized student-athletes since the 1989-90 school year and awarded 672 scholarships. Scholar Athlete Awards are underwritten by Farm Bureau Insurance.

North Farmington High School Automotive students excel

In January, North Farmington High advanced auto students tested in the Student Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certification program, and 33 Certifications were earned by students in the areas of Brakes, Electrical, Maintenance and light repair and Engine repair.

North Farmington Automotive Students
Students competed in the Skills USA regional competition held at Washtenaw community college. Front row: Matthew Blair, senior, Irtaza (Sunny) Malik, senior, Anthoy Greenbay, senior, Darlene Angeles, eleventh grade; Back row: Michael Cieslak, senior, Sean Colenso, eleventh grade, and Paul Thornton, senior. (contributed photo)

ASE Student Certification is designed to evaluate and certify students who are near finishing their areas of study in Automobile Service and will begin to take their first step in building a career as a service professional in the automotive industry.

(left to right) Students who placed included: Sunny Malik third in electrical, Paul Thornton* 1st in Brakes, and Matt Blair* 1st in Master Tech. *Moves on to the state competition.
Students who placed are (l-r): Sunny Malik third in electrical, Paul Thornton* 1st in Brakes, and Matt Blair* 1st in Master Tech. *Moves on to the state competition. (contributed photo)

On Friday, February 5, 2016 students from North Farmington Automotive competed in the SkillsUSA regional automotive contest at Washtenaw Community College. The team competed against 14 other schools and placed, they will be moving on to the state competition, which will take place April 8-10, 2016 in Grand Rapids Michigan.

North's automotive program has nine students participating in Co-op program (working after school in a local automotive repair facilities). Employers supporting our program are Tamaroff Honda, McElroy automotive, Northwest Tune Up, and Franklin Auto Service.
North’s automotive program has nine students participating in Co-op program (working after school in a local automotive repair facilities). Employers supporting our program are Tamaroff Honda, McElroy automotive, Northwest Tune Up, and Franklin Auto Service. (contributed photo)

The SkillsUSA competitions showcase the best of career and technical skills, beginning locally, to state and finally national levels.

Recently senior Matt Blair received support from Bob Sellers Buick GMC Dealership in Farmington by allowing him to job shadow and train with their technicians for two days in the areas of engine performance/diagnostics, drivel lines and transmissions. This will give him an edge for the state level competition. At the state competition level a student technician is expected to be able to use dealership specific testing and diagnostic equipment, also diagnosis 2016 vehicle emissions, fuel and ignition systems. By working with the dealership Matt will be able to expose himself to the 2016 technology. This is a great educational partnership.

Matt Blair has also been selected by North Farmington’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department as CTE student of the year, and will be honored at Oakland schools on May 3.

For more information about the automotive program at North, visit nfhsauto.weebly.com or Facebook.

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