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Student Recognitions from Feb 15 Board Meeting

Seaholm Students, Black History Month

Seaholm Seniors Kamryn McPhaul and Syminee Miller were recognized at the Feb. 15 board meeting for collaborating with a team of students from the Black Student Union to create the theme "Seaholm Stands Up," addressing the central essential question of "What do you stand for?" This theme resonated throughout the speeches and readings during their Martin Luther King Assembly.

Kammy and Syminee then collaborated with Seaholm's graphic art teacher to design a T-Shirt for the event that included on the arms “They say, Stay Down” on one arm and then “And we stand up” on the other. The theme became, "Stand Up" and the central essential question became “What do you stand for?” which resonated throughout the speeches and readings in the presentation.

Students Adrian Corrales, Kammy McPhaul and Taft Parsons, were also recognized for their work in celebrating and educating the Seaholm community during Black History Month. These students researched, organized and made presentations to students and staff on Thursdays during February during lunch.

Groves Students, Black History Month

For the Groves High School 2022 Martin Luther King Day Assembly, the Falcons were fortunate enough to have a student-led discussion with State Representative Kyra Bolden around the focus of this year’s assembly theme, Moral Courage. Following the virtual assembly, staff members facilitated small group discussions ending with a call to action.

Groves High School recognized the following students at the board meeting on Feb. 15, who contributed and participated in this year’s Martin Luther King Day Assembly: Faith Whitted, Amanda Acey, Joelle Allen, Rachel Akaba, Emma DeMarco, Clarice Kim. Maya Juratli, Erika P. Rice, Mikaila Doede, Grace Alkatib, Joshua Woods, Amiri Walker, Daddy Barbee, Alex Warren and Paige Williams.

U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

Seaholm High School seniors Evelyn Wilson and Brady Wright have been chosen as candidates in the U.S. Department of Education’s 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

Evelyn and Brady are two of 5,000 students chosen out of 3.6 million students graduating from high school this year. This is considered one of the highest honors for a graduating senior, scholars are selected based on “superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities,” states a U.S. Presidential Scholar press release. 

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students. Application for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program is by invitation only. Students may not apply individually to the program or be nominated (outside of the above process).

Derby Dragons Swim Team

Derby's Red Team swimmers won the COMSAC League Swim meet by almost 100 points.  

An absolutely great night of swimming with both our red and white teams. It was a treat to have the girls swim together and show such support for one another. It was a complete Derby team win with a phenomenal effort from every single swimmer. Officially, Derby Red won the meet (almost 100 points ahead of the runner-up) and our White team came in 7th. There were so many huge time drops and fantastic finishes. Below are highlights of our swimmers and who scored in the championship.

Michigan School Vocal Music Association District Solo & Ensemble

Groves junior, Jaedon Salata, participated in the Michigan School Vocal Music Association District Solo & Ensemble competition on Saturday, January 15 at Milford High School. She earned a first division rating with a PERFECT score and will participate in the state Solo & Ensemble competition in the spring. Congratulations, Jaedon!