Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Members of the Royal Oak Corps earn Catherine Booth Award.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Whiz Kids: Christina Marshall, Audrey Rowland and Lexie Wood Corps: The Salvation Army’s Royal Oak Corps Accomplishment: The three young ladies won the Catherine Booth Award from The Salvation Army. Their hard work earned them the highest award offered by the program. In recognition of their efforts, the girls names will be recorded in the official honor roll housed in The Salvation Army's International Headquarters in London. Key to awesomeness: As part of The Salvation Army’s Girl Guard program, the girls each worked to earn 20 emblems and planned and executed their own service projects. Do you know our next Whiz Kid? Know a great kid who made Eagle Scout? How about a school group that worked on a project for charity? Did your local …
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Royal Oak High School sophomore earns accolades after a spectacular season on the basketball court.
School: Royal Oak High School Accomplishment: The sophomore guard lead the Ravens varsity girls basketball team in scoring and helped the team to a winning season and post play this past season to a 12-9 record (8-6 conference). Key to awesomeness: Stormont's high level of basketball prowess garnered her four major awards including OAA All-League, Oakland County 2nd Team (Oakland Press), All-State Honorable Mention (Detroit Free Press) and Royal Oak Ravens Girls Basketball 2010-11 Most Valuable Player. "Sami had an outstanding sophomore year," Royal Oak girls basketball head coach Brian Sopata said. "She scored in double figures every single game, which won us some games and certainly kept us in others. Sami really loves the game of …
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Roeper School sophomore Chloe Rybicki-Kler was named a Joyce Ivy Foundation Summer Scholar.
Whiz Kid: Chloe Rybicki-Kler of Royal Oak School: The Roeper School in Bloomfield Hills Accomplishment: Sophomore Chloe Rybicki-Kler was named a Joyce Ivy Foundation Summer Scholar for 2011. Rybicki-Kler is one of 56 young women to receive the scholarship for pre-college study at top colleges and universities and has chosen to study this summer at Brown University in Providence, RI. Rybicki-Kler will be honored at a reception and dinner May 14 in Ann Arbor, featuring an address by the 2011 Joyce Ivy Foundation Leader of the Year, Kim Schatzel. Admissions officers from several Ivy League and other leading universities will attend the event event to share their perspectives about academic life on these campuses. Key to awesomeness: “Chloe is…
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Royal Oak High School delegates excel at the spring national conference.
Whiz Kids: Kate Kelley, Cody Hoeffel and Emma Holcomb School: Royal Oak High School Accomplishment: The Royal Oak High School Model United Nations team earned the highest awards at the Lake Erie International Model UN (LEIMUN) spring national conference at Kent State University in Ohio. The three attending delegates won the Best Small School Award for overall excellence. This is the highest award given, according to adviser and Royal Oak teacher Steve Chisnell. Individual awards: Together, the team had the highest average score of the conference schools, earning it the prestigious team award. The LEIMUN conference tested hundreds of delegates from more than a dozen schools from four states. Do you know our next Whiz Kid? Know a great kid …
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
MSU bound Matti Baltrusaitis plans to use her athletic expertise in front of the TV cameras one day.
Matti Baltrusaitis Age: 17 School: Senior at Shrine Catholic High School Cumulative GPA: 3.9 Accomplishments: As a member and captain of the Shrine High School girls varsity cross country, basketball and soccer teams, Baltrusaitis was the recipient of All Catholic awards in each sport. She is also a member of the National Honor Society, serves as choir president, varsity football team statistician, coach for the Shrine grade school fifth-grade girls basketball team, founder of the Shrine Service Club, Kairos Leader, student director of the Shrine Middle School Choir - Music Connection, math and science tutor, yearbook committee, and a Goliards member (advanced choir). Key to Awesomeness: Baltrusaitis plans on attending Michigan State …
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Royal Oak Special Olympics Team Gets Ready for March Madness
Whiz Kids: Robbie Ellwood, 22; Joe Rex, 24; Brett Wagner, 24; Philip Cowan, 20; Anthony Kucharski, 19; Matt Meister, 18; Michael Mendez, 18; Jon Gelman, 21; Erik Edwards, 20; Liane Matzenbach, 18; Scott Veselenak, 18; and Michael Misuraca, 17. Accomplishment: Members of the Royal Oak Hot Shots! made it to the Special Olympics state basketball finals. Key to awesomeness: The team – led by coach Barry Cowan, of Royal Oak, and assistant coach Mena Muray – secured a spot in states by winning the district basketball tournament in Saline in late February. About 750 athletes will compete in the state finals in Rockford on Friday and Saturday. Do you know our next Whiz Kid? Know a great kid who made Eagle Scout? How about a school group that …
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Cora Essenmacher excels on sporting fields and in the classroom.
Age: 18 School: Shrine High School, Royal Oak Accomplishment: Essenmacher excels in sports, music and academics. Key to awesomeness: Essenmacher is a multi-sport participant exceeding in basketball and soccer. She also is a member of the concert choir and the Royal Oak Renegades Mentor soccer program serving children 3-4 years old. Essenmacher maintains a 3.0 GPA and plans to attend Alma College to study secondary education (history and religion). "Of all the activities I participate in, I have to say basketball is my favorite, but soccer is right there, too," Essenmacher said. "I have played both sports since I was really young and my goal is to coach both of them someday. I fell in love with basketball from watching Kobe Bryant and Rip …
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Royal Oak High School senior Zachary Pasikowski receives $500.
Whiz Kids: High school seniors Zachary Pasikowski and Kevin Cunningham Schools: Royal Oak and Clawson high schools. Accomplishment: Both students are the recipients of the inaugural Royal Oak Hockey Moms Club college scholarship awards of $500. The program was open to graduating seniors involved with the Royal Oak Hockey Association. Key to awesomeness: Pasikowski is a Royal Oak High School National Honor Society member with plans to study engineering at Michigan State University. In addition to playing hockey for 11 years, he also plays Ravens varsity lacrosse and tennis, referees hockey for young children, assists in the Learn to Skate program at Lindell Ice Arena, and volunteers for many disaster relief efforts. Cunningham is a Clawson …
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Teens, teachers and others volunteer their time to replant Louisiana wetlands damaged by Hurricane Katrina.
Thirty-eight Royal Oak High School students returned Friday from New Orleans after working to replant Louisiana wetlands as part of an environmental restoration project. The students in grades 9-12 were accompanied by 11 adult chaperones on the trip, during which they planted 6,500 cypress saplings in three days, starting on Valentine’s Day. The effort was a part of the Interact Club, led by Royal Oak High School teacher and club advisor Steve Chisnell. Chisnell said it was grueling work as the group waded through heavy mud and thick brush “to complete the work, rebuilding the natural barrier against future floods in the region, restoring vital habitats for wildlife.” The group spent Thursday meeting with Robert Green, a Lower Ninth Ward …