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GH schools, students recognized for innovation

Krystle Wagner • Jun 21, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Work within Grand Haven Area Public Schools to prepare students for career fields is being recognized.

On Tuesday, 11 Grand Haven students and Superintendent Andy Ingall received recognition during the Michigan Design Council awards held in Ann Arbor. Through the council’s 2018 Michigan Design Prize competition, Matthew Kik, Addison Saurbaugh, Cengis Tulu and Sydney Wenberg from Peach Plains Elementary School received the Gold Award for their Swiss Stick product.

The Bronze Award was presented to Peach Plains’ Brody Ebel, Madeleine Jensen, Conner Sylvester and Alayna Thompson for their product called Utracks.

Mary A. White Elementary School students Evelyn Portenga, Mary Pugsley and Carmen Tolliver received the honorable mention for their Treasure Hunt Booth App. Superintendent Andy Ingall received the 2018 Michigan Economic Development Award.

“I’m so proud of our students for the awards they won at the Michigan Design Council awards,” John Siemion, school board president, said. “They were truly thinking outside the box with their designs.”

Siemion said he was also pleased Ingall received recognition.

Grand Haven schools also recently received recognition from the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development, which named the district a Marshall Plan for Talent champion.

The Marshall Plan for Talent is aimed at developing talent for in-demand careers by changing talent and the education system.

“I am proud that our district is helping to lead the way for the Marshall Plan with our partnership with Shape Corp. and PRIME,” Siemion said.

In 2017, PRIME (Partnership Response in Manufacturing Education) launched at Grand Haven High School. The SME PRIME program with Shape Corp. works to build programs that addresses academic and industry needs for talent.

This fall, the district, in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg, will launch a new opportunity called Homegrown.

Through Homegrown, several elementary school classrooms will partner with a group of local businesses. Students will work to solve a driving question or problem facing the business.

Ingall said the district “seeks success for all.”

“Our students have many different talents and interests, and we do our very best to prepare them for a variety of paths after graduation,” Ingall said. “But knowing about some of the specific career opportunities available right here in our community and throughout Michigan, we are focused on the development of creative problem solving skills, from elementary all the way through high school.”

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