Our high school engineering course is brand new this year! Students during the 1st Quarter will focus on the Design Process.
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 April 21st, twenty-six new members were welcomed into the Gobles High School, Mitchell Gordon Chapter of the National Honor
Society. Advisor Carrie Butler presented each new members with a certificate, a membership card, and a pin to commemorate their induction into this nationwide service organization. Mr. William Eichberg gave the address to honor new inductees.
NHS strives to recognize students who not only excel in academics but also in the areas of character, leadership, and service. Students become eligible as sophomores if they have a GPA of 3.00 or above. Applicants are then evaluated by the staff and Faculty Council in those other areas before being accepted. As a service organization, the GHS NHS runs 3 Red Cross Blood Drives, a holiday food drive, and a fundraiser to help end child abuse in Van Buren County; they help at the Senior Citizen's Soup Supper, send cards overseas to American Troops, and assist in many other worthy causes.
New members include:
Returning members also participated in the ceremony, thus renewing their commitment to the NHS.
Returning members are:
Congratulations to all members.
Gobles High School was well represented in the 12th Annual SAC All-Academic Banquet that took place on April 30, 2015 at the Community Center in Lawton. All twelve school in the SAC selected their top five seniors to the SAC All-Academic Team. The five representatives for Gobles High School each have earned a perfect 4.0 GPA and have participated in a multitude of extra-curricular activities. The five top Gobles students are Pierce Vreeland, Taylor Fifer, Shannon South, Cheyenne Allyn-White, and Michaela Scholte. Congratulations seniors!
Gobles High School English teacher Corey Harbaugh joined scholars from Israel, France, and the Netherlands, plus two American scholars, in Washington DC on March 11 to share original research as part of a panel on the state of Holocaust education around the world. Harbaugh attended the Comparative and International Education Society international conference and shared his work as a guest and representative of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
The session was attended by history and education professors from around the world, and Harbaugh was the only speaker on the panel who works as a classroom teacher rather than a scholar or college professor. Many in attendance remarked that it was a refreshing change to hear how education happens and should happen from a voice actually teaching in the classroom.
Israeli scholar Zehavit Gross remarked that the duty of Holocaust education is to help students help to "light a candle in the world" rather than "to curse the darkness", a theme which Harbaugh reiterated by sharing his strategies for Holocaust education with teachers in Gobles, Michigan. Harbaugh shared that in his classroom, the ultimate goal of Holocaust education is to prepare his senior students to become better citizens of our country, and the world after they graduate from Gobles High School.
Harbaugh wrote a chapter about his research into Holocaust education for the book As the Witness Fall Silent: 21st Century Holocaust Education in Curriculum, Policy, and Practice, which will be published by Springer Books on April 15.
Attention Citizens of Gobles!
Do you have yard work that needs to be done this spring, but are unable to get out of the house to complete it? Do you know someone that would appreciate a helping hand with their yard work?
On April 29th, Gobles Middle High School students will be participating in the 3rd annual community and school wide Service Learning Day event. Students 6-12 will be available to assist anyone with outdoor activities and/or projects such as: weeding, planting, cleaning, pruning and other spring cleaning projects. Anyone who is interested in having students volunteer at their home or residence should contact the school and leave a message with Veronica Peterson at 269-628-2113 ex1505. Your message should include your name, a phone number where you can be contacted at, and your address. Your message will be returned with a follow-up call to confirm at the beginning of April.
By Noah Fraser and Liliana Perales
8th Grade Student Journalists
--GOBLES--From beginning to end, it was another award-winning marching season for The Gobles High School Marching Band.
The band opened the season of competition in Otsego and took first place, with awards for Best Percussion, Music, Color Guard, and Marching. The band concluded the season in Jenison and again won first place overall, with several more caption awards. The band also won awards in Hastings and Lakeshore, and at the Marching Festival held in Paw Paw.
This year Gobles is performing Carmina Burana, music composed by Carl Orff. According to Gobles Band Director Emily Cox the piece is powerful and harder to march than any other piece that the band in has performed in some time, and she is proud of what she saw from her students this year.
“I am really excited and proud of our band,” Cox said. “We were bigger than ever and we had to work harder to improve than in other years because of the difficulty of our marching show.”
Senior band member and co-leader of the percussion section, Tucker Harbaugh, said the success they’ve had comes from a combination of hard work, tradition, and leadership.
According to Harbaugh, the drum line has a reputation to uphold.
“When I started in drum line in 8th grade, the band took almost every award in every competition,” Harbaugh said. “After the seniors left that year, we had to rebuild to where we are today. We have strong leaders and a great music teacher in Ms. Cox. She is funny, sets high standards, and cares about our success as musicians.”
“The drum line hasn’t taken anything but first place my entire time in the band,” Harbaugh said. “We practice a lot. I was born into being a percussionist because my dad was a percussionist, too. It was fantastic to go through my band years undefeated as a drum line. We leave a proud tradition behind us, and everyone has high expectations for what we put on the field.”
Once again the band features students in grades eight through twelve, and the 8th graders now take up the tradition of excellence established over the years by the Gobles band.
Congratulations to Gobles High School for being named to the U.S. News and World Report Bronze Medal Winner report. Gobles High School was named as one of 191 Michigan high schools to make the list as either a gold, silver or bronze award winner. There are 873 high schools in the State of Michigan.U. S. News and World Report magazine named Gobles High School as a Bronze medal winner for test scores that outperformed the average for schools with similar demographics.
“Being named a Bronze Medal winner is a reflection of the hard work and dedication that our teachers have in providing a quality education for our students. Not every school earns this honor, and it is an accomplishment that our school and community should be very proud of achieving,” stated Phil McAndrew, Gobles High School Principal.
“Gobles High School is in the top 20% of high schools in the state of Michigan because of the cultivated culture of excellence that is the standard in the building. The administration and the teaching staff have done, and continue to do an excellent job of creating this culture where excellence in education is not just another catch phrase, it is an expectation,” stated Jeffrey Rehlander, Superintendent of Gobles Public Schools.
“The College Board has announced the fifth annual AP District Honor Roll- a list of 547 districts across the United States and Canada being honored for increasing access to advance placement course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams,” stated a Courier Leader article in November. Gobles High School was named as one of the 547 districts who made the AP Honor Roll. “Considering that approximately 18,000 high schools across the nation and Canada offer AP coursework, being named to the AP Honor Roll is a distinct honor. It is a reflection of the dedication and hard work by our AP teachers who see the value in providing quality, college-tier advanced coursework,” said Phil McAndrew, High School Principal. “It is also a reflection of our student population who have accepted the responsibility to challenge themselves academically. The students who take AP coursework know that the coursework is tough, but choose it anyway.”
Marc Kline, AP American History teacher, stated, “I've been pleased with the effort the students are willing to put into preparation for the rigorous class work load and test. We are fortunate to have both the parent and administrative support we do for our AP programs. Any success we do enjoy is the result of a team effort!”
“AP classes here at Gobles drive both the students and the teachers to challenge themselves in ways that they have not been challenged in the past. Students are challenged with the rigor of the particular class itself, and teachers are challenged as an outcome of bright minds either wanting questions answered or making points that are unique and creative. The students/teachers learn a great deal from each other in classes like these, and we are fortunate here at Gobles, a small District, to have so many AP classes offered, taught by a staff with many years of experience under its belt,” remarked Pam Westcott.
AP teachers in the middle-high school building include Ms. Pam Westcott, Mr. Bob Lisowski, Mr. William Eichberg, and Mr. Marc Kline. Together, they have over 47 years of AP teaching experience.
The Gobles Tigers track teams delivered a strong 1-2 punch in the D4 track regional competition held at Gobles High School Friday. The girls team earned the first place trophy, led by strong relay teams and dominating individual performances by junior Kimberly Barber, while the boys finished a very close second, upsetting meet favorite Marcellus.
Girls coach Lowie van Staveren called the performance by his team almost flawless.
"What an amazing night for Gobles Track and Field," van Staveren said. "What can I say? So many girls contributed to running an almost flawless meet, and the boys came within a hair's breadth, finishing second to Kalamazoo Christian (coached by Gobles graduate David Arrasmith). Everyone heard the Tigers roar tonight. Way to go, Gobles!"
Barber took first in the 100m and 200m dashes, and also finished first in the long jump. She also anchored the first-place Gobles 400-meter relay team (with Jordanne Kovach, Kylee Vosburg, and Taylor Fifer).
The girls also won the 800 meter relay (Kovach, Vosburg, Fifer, and Michaela DeKilder), the 1600m relay (DeKilder, Fifer, Emily Chilla, and Hailey Baxter), and the 3200m relay (Baxter, Michaela Scholte, Alissa Dickerson, and Logan Litchfield).
In the boys' meet, junior Gary Rynd set a new personal best in the pole vault (12' 8), tying for the highest vault of the night, and Pierce Vreeland earned big points for his team in the high jump (tied-first) and long jump, qualifying for the state championship meet in both events. Senior distance runner Josiah Dickerson also turned in a strong night for the Tigers. Dickerson was part of the boys regional champion 3200m relay team (with Mason Lawson, Austin Dobbins, and John Brockway).