During the build day on a weekend, Kalamazoo Public Safety brought in their bomb robot for a demonstration for the robotics club. This advanced robotic device weighs 460 pounds. It is sensitive enough to untie a shoelace, yet withstand an explosive situation. The bomb squad division of public safety also works with the Hazmat hazardous material division in Kalamazoo. They are trained several times throughout the year all over the USA. The Gobles Voltage expresses their deepest gratitude to Kalamazoo Public Safety.
The Gobles Voltage traveled to GVSU for the robotics event that announces the rules for this year’s competition. The game is called First Stronghold. Our club will go to the Gull Lake district (at Lakeview HS in Battle Creek, March 10-12) and the Ann Arbor district (April 7 - 9). This is our third year and our running robots are Sally, Mustang, and suggest here for this year’s robot name.
Operation Holiday Cheer
To honor our men and women serving in the military, Gobles students once again created holiday cards to send overseas. The Southwest Michigan Chapter of the Blue Star Mothers put together holiday boxes every year to let the military personnel know that they are not forgotten. They call the program Operation Holiday Cheer. It has become a tradition, here in Gobles, to have the high school NHS and Mrs. Butler’s 5th grade art classes team up to create beautifully decorated cards and envelopes to add to the care packages. Mrs. Butler says that her NHS group purchases cards and that most of them get signed by students and community members during the Red Cross Blood Drive. The 5th graders design the envelopes with festive holiday motifs and make handmade cards, too. This year we finished almost 200 cards!
Successful Blood Drive
In addition to being part of Operation Holiday Cheer, other National Honor Society news is that we beat the quota set for us by the Red Cross at our October 30th blood drive. The Red Cross hoped for us to collect 33 pints and we got 41! We had 25 student donations, many of them 1st timers! The hope is that once they donate here they will become lifelong blood donors - every pint collected can provide for 3 medical procedures and/or medical research needs. High school drives bring in a huge percentage of the blood collected in the United States making these drives a very important part of the Red Cross efforts.
Every donation also adds to the money that comes back to Gobles in the form of scholarships handed out at graduation time. There are 2 more drives scheduled for this school year, February 4th and April 15th. If you can, please consider donating!
Advisor, Mrs. Butler, would like to congratulate the NHS membership and the officers, led by President Emily Bolhuis, for a great job. The Red Cross always compliments us on our organization and service to the community.
Gobles staff attended the 4th Annual Michigan Project Lead The Way Conference at Eastern Michigan University on October 28. Presenters during the morning session included Jeff Rehlander, Phil McAndrew, and Bob Lisowski.
Our high school engineering course is brand new this year! Students during the 1st Quarter will focus on the Design Process.
NHS members take a break from working the blood drive. Pictured from left to right are: Hailee Waltz, Hailey Wendell, Samantha Boettcher, Emma Harbaugh, William Adams, Trevor Rigney, and Regan Thorpe.
Our robotics team went to the junkyard this summer to get some supplies. We cooled down for some ice cream after working in the hot weather.
Our school raised $130 on the first ever United States Red Nose day on May 21, 2015. The money raised was donated to Comic Relief, Inc., which is a 501(c)(3) public charity with a global vision of a Just World, Free from Poverty.
A video created by Gobles High School senior Alyssa Ellis has been named a finalist in the annual Meijer Great Choices Film Festival, a video competition open to high school students across Michigan.
The festival received more than 420 entries, and Ellis’ video “Eyes are Eyes” was named a finalist. The video was made as a Public Service Announcement (PSA) to celebrate diversity, and as a finalist Ellis will win a cash prize, plus recognition at an event at Celebration Cinema in Grand Rapids where her video will be shown alongside other finalists from high schools across the state. As a finalist Ellis could also win a scholarship in video production to Compass College of Cinematic Arts in Grand Rapids.
For the contest students had to create a short PSA, a 30-second commercial, that focuses on an area important to the lives of high school students. Ellis said she wanted to focus on the celebration of diversity because equality is such an important issue to her.
“Equality is very important to me, so I wanted to show the ways people can be both different and the same,” Ellis said. “The video uses eyes as a metaphor, and in my piece the viewer sees eyes of different shapes, sizes, and colors, but each one is as very much human as the next. That’s the point I’m trying to make.”
“To make the video I had friends volunteer to let me put my camera very close to their faces and eyes. It can be uncomfortable to be photographed so closely, and I’m very grateful to my friends for letting me take such close videos of their faces and eyes.”
When Ellis got the news her video had been named a finalist, the first person she called was her dad in Texas.
“I was so excited to call my dad,” she said. “He is the one who gave me my first camera when I was about seven, so he’s the one who started me on this journey. It was a very special feeling to call him and share the news.”
Ellis made the video as part of her independent study of filmmaking with GHS film and media teacher Corey Harbaugh. Harbaugh calls Ellis the most creative and visionary student he has ever seen working in video.
“Alyssa Ellis is a world-class talent when it comes to video production,” Harbaugh said. “But she’s so humble, and her work is so positive and affirming, that it doesn’t scream out for attention. Instead, she is quietly building skills and sending out a message of peace, equality, and gratitude, told through amazing and thoughtful image work and video sequencing. One can’t watch a video made by Alyssa Ellis and not be moved. She has developed a special talent.”
Winners of the Meijer Great Choices Film Festival will be announced at a special awards ceremony in Grand Rapids on June 6. As a finalist, Ellis will even be provided limousine transportation from the screening at the theater to a special reception at Compass College.
Ellis is also known for her digital photography which often mixes elements of whimsy edited into shots to create a scene of fantasy.
by Corey Harbaugh
On Tuesday night, May 19, Gobles Public Schools opened their doors to a very special group of people. The senior citizens of Gobles were treated to dinner. The employees of the school system worked together donating time and food to celebrate the senior citizens of our community. The guests enjoyed soup, desserts and bingo. Members of the National Honor Society and the 6th grade class, along side parents, teachers and Gobles alumni helped serve the honored guests of the night. The highlight of the night were the giveaways donated by local businesses, Perrigo, Curves, Wahmhoff’s Tree Farm, Dickerson’s Growers, and Gobles Grocery. The whole evening would not have been as successful without the help of the lunch staff of Gobles. The use of the kitchen and the time donated by staff members was greatly appreciated.
The senior citizens of our community bring a lot of knowledge and support to our school district. In attendance were grandparents who attend and support our athletic events, a beautiful lady who has donated books to our elementary students many years, grandparents who we see donate time to volunteer at events and many faces that have been seen supporting their grandchildren during our Grandparents Day. Thank you senior citizens of the Gobles Community. Gobles Public Schools was honored to serve you for one evening.