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Based on his exceptional performance on the Cello at the MSBOA State Solo and Ensemble Festival, Michael Proulx has been selected to represent West Catholic High School and perform at the Michigan School Youth Arts Festival. This is reserved for the highest rated musicians in the state of Michigan. He will perform as part of the Honors Orchestra on Saturday, May 20, at 2:30 pm at Western Michigan University. Congratulations Michael Proulx!
On Saturday, March 18, 2017, nineteen band students participated in the Michigan School Band and Orchestra State Solo and Ensemble Festival. They had the opportunity to earn 23 medals and earned 23 medals! It is a tremendous honor to be invited to the State festival, and the students should be congratulated on their success.
Michael Bearden – Marimba Proficiency 1 Solo, Division “1”
Margaret Camp – Alto Saxophone Proficiency 2 Solo, Division “1”
Margaret Camp – Piano Proficiency 1 Solo, Division “1”
Matthew DiCosola – Alto Saxophone Proficiency 1 Solo, Division “1”
Michael Proulx – Cello Proficiency 3 Solo, Division “1”
Jack Reeves – Euphonium Proficiency 1 Solo, Division “1”
Mary Sacha – Flute Proficiency 1 Solo, Division “1”
Grace Verdun – Violin Freshmen Solo, Division “1”
Elizabeth Sacha, Mary Sacha, Hannah St. Andre – Flute Trio, Division “2”
Matthew DiCosola, David Luczyk, Andrew Sacha, James VanWeezel – Saxophone Quartet, Division “1”
Charles Cortes, Christian Galloway, Michael Kane, Jaylen McKinney, Madelyn Mitchell, Michael Proulx, Jack Reeves, Andrew Schuler – Trombone Octet, Division “1”
Anna received the honor of Michigan’s Top Youth Volunteers of 2017 as part of the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Ten students from Michigan were chosen. The award represents the United States’ largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer service.
Two students from Carolyn Hathaway’s Honors English 9 class won the Grand Rapids Right to Life 2016 essay contest. Joshua Haskell took first place in the Junior contest (Grades 7- 9) and Hope Thome took second. Both won cash prizes and their essay will be entered in the National Right to Life Essay Contest in January. Congratulations to both Joshua and Hope!
Religion teacher Pat Nugent was featured in a recent article on the website of Catholic Extension. The article highlights how Nugent encouraged his classes to raise money for various Christmas causes at its mission dioceses. He and his students have raised over $3,000 during the last seven years. Before each Advent season, Nugent shares the Wish List from the organization, and the students choose which one they want to raise money for. The entire article can be accessed at https://www.catholicextension.org/stories/leading-example.
Congratulations to freshman Lauren Gutierrez who won First Place and a $500 award in the Rosa Parks Essay Contest sponsored by the Rosa Parks Sculpture Committee and the City of Grand Rapids. The contest encourages young people in the community to write about the influence of Parks’ historical bus ride to protest segregation and injustice. Lauren wrote the essay as an assignment in Mrs. Carolyn Hathaway’s Honors English 9 class. She is the daughter of Rudy and Kelly Gutierrez and a member of St. Piux X Parish.
Senior Abigail Jaroszewicz was honored on Wednesday, October 12, at a luncheon at Cascade Country Club. Last spring, Abby was selected as an MSU Outstanding Junior and received a $1,000 scholarship to MSU.
She hopes to attend MSU and study English or Political Science. Congratulations!