It was Boss' Day this week. I'm not big on made up holidays--ask my wife. I do appreciate a sincere thank you, though. This week I got quite a few; I was humbled at times. We have good employees, and I can't thank them enough. So, when I get a thank you from one of them, it means a lot.
It was a good week to be in charge of Whitmore Lake's schools. As the weekend concluded, news started to spread that our Equestrian Team were runners up in the state championship. I was so happy and proud of them.The actual work week started with a briefing on how WLES art teacher, Tracy Carbary, is incorporating animated video production into her graphic arts classes - very cool stuff for 6th grade students. Then, I learned our cross country team won the conference championship. Later in the week, our volleyball team put itself in a great position to win their conference championship. (You can read more about these accomplishments below).
I am proud to be a part of this organization and look forward to what next week will bring.
Community Scholarship Fund
A group of community members, alumni, retirees and parents gathered in our high school media center last week to discuss their goal for the year. What is it, you ask? To award 20, $1,000 scholarships to the WLHS class of 2017 graduates.
Since 1974 when the Community Scholarship Fund board awarded its first $500 scholarship, this groups has awarded $149,000 to WLHS graduates. That is a staggering number, especially considering the size of our community and the size of our graduating classes. This year alone, 30% of our graduates could head off to their secondary plans with a scholarship from this group.
You can read more about their cause and how you can get involved in the Whitmore Lake News blog piece HERE. I highly recommend you also "like" their new Facebook page to stay up to date on their fundraising efforts and help spread the word to your network. Simply click the "invite friends to like this page" box on their page. And if you are able, make a tax deductible donation HERE.
Upcoming Community Events
If this Thursday's Scare N' Share event at our Elementary school wasn't enough fun for local families, they still have plenty to choose from. Tomorrow evening from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Whitmore Lake Community Recreation is hosting their 6th annual Boo Bash and Splash. Kids come in costume and get to enjoy carnival games, cupcake decorating, kid-friendly Haunted House courtesy of Elevate Concert Series and then head to the pool for a spooky open swim. Advanced tickets are just $5 per kid, and can be purchased HERE. Adults are free.
Then this Sunday, October 23, is Northfield Townships' Trunk-or-Treat from 2-5 p.m. along with the Ribbon Cutting Celebration to celebrate Northfield Community Park located at the property on Main Street next to the Post Office. You can find more details here: http://www.twp.northfield.mi.us/calendar.php
And to extend the Halloween season, local theater group, Lakeside Performing Arts Company, is hosting a mystery dinner theater, Café Murder, November 4 and 5. The DIO is catering, and I hear their fried chicken is out of this world. Details on that event can be found HERE.
Have a happy Halloween, Trojans!
Successful fall in Trojan Athletics
Our student-athletes brought it this fall.
After securing first place at Regionals, our Equestrian team came in second place at the state championships last weekend! Their achievement secures them a team and school record for the WLHS Equestrian program. Co-Coach Audrey Blaszczyk attributes the team's success to all the work the riders put in over the summer. And it certainly paid off as represented by the impressive trophies they will be adding to their case. Coach Blaszczyk anticipates the team will come out even stronger next season, as three riders will be seniors determined to secure that first place trophy and come out as State Champions.
The Equestrian teams includes:
- Megan Prast (Captain)
- Samantha Maulbetsch
- Annoura Miller
- Emerald Cole
- Haley Stockwell
- Co-Coach - Audrey Blaszczyk
- Co-Coach - Robert Head
Trey Cucuro, Colton Seigle, Hunter Fanson and Maddie Vershum were named first team in the TCC. Jordan Craven and Maggie Lustig were named TCC second team with Kevin Lamont receiving honorable mention. They head to the Larry Steeb Invitational tomorrow then compete at Regionals on October 29 with the state finals on November 5.
Join me in congratulating all our student-athletes and their coaches on their accomplishments! They exemplify Trojan pride at its finest!
It is a great day to be a Trojan!