Schools rise to the top

Despite years of getting squeezed by government budget cuts, our schools still rise to the top in nearly every category.
May 2, 2013


Our students at Grand Haven and Spring Lake schools consistently excel.

Yet again, both districts recently made the U.S. News & World Report’s list of the top 25 high schools in Michigan. Yet again, local students achieved high marks on standardized testing scores. Yet again, Grand Haven’s Science Olympiad teams earned top honors at the state tournament.

Academically, there are few areas in the country with such a thick vein of pure gold.

But it doesn’t end there.

Our students also produce Broadway-esque plays and musicals. They win architectural and writing competitions, art shows, music and choir honors, and back-to-back basketball state championships. Our athletes — whether they’re on the field, the slopes or waves — are always competitive and bring their top game.

Part of this is thanks to our community, which is full of driven, compassionate and cultured people who provide an environment for our youth that is conducive to learning and growing.

So, as our school district leaders grapple with state funding issues, and a budget squeeze they say has brought them to their knees, we have to say that we’re not worried.

Why? Because quality triumphs in the Tri-Cities.

Our educators will continue to provide an excellent education for our students. Our dedicated staff members and coaches will continue to share with students their passions for art, science, music, performing arts and sports — to name just a few subjects. And our families will continue to provide the boost that our students need to get them over the top.

Of these things, we have no doubts.

Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung, Alex Doty and Fred VandenBrand. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.


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