Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The HAZMATs finished fifth at the Michigan State Competition on April 15, qualifying to attend the competition in St. Louis, Missouri April 24-27.
Students on the robotics team at Lake Fenton High School recently finished fifth place at the Michigan FIRST Robotics State Competition, earning a spot in the world competition later this month. On Saturday, the team - called the HAZMATs - earned one of the 27 berths that Michigan fills at the FIRST World Championships held in St. Louis, Missouri April 24-27. The high school's seven-year-old team has been recognized for many achievements, but this is the first time they have qualified to attend the St. Louis competition, according to a press release from the team. The mission of FIRST is to inspire youth to be the science and technology leaders of tomorrow by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build their skills, inspire …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Melody Draeger, a sophomore at Lake Fenton High School, has been selected to play in game.
Melody Draeger, a sophomore at Lake Fenton High School, has recently been selected to compete in the Queen of Diamonds Showcase North (QDSN) at Kent State University, January 5th and 6th, 2013. The QDSN is now in its 19th season. The QDSN is part of the Queen of Diamond’s Showcase events which are the largest fastpitch softball showcases of their kind in the U.S. This event continues to attract athletes from 20+ states and 2 Canadian Provinces. Its sister showcase, the Queen of Diamonds Showcase South, is in its 5th season. Both events have over 2,000 applicants in which just 264 athletes are selected. This showcase is very unique as athletes actually apply to this event individually and are selected based on many criteria ranging from …
Monday, December 10, 2012
Lake Fenton High School's Starfish Initiative holds its first public event.
A large group of walkers from the Fenton area and beyond braved cold temperatures Sunday to join Lake Fenton High School’s anti-bullying organization, The Starfish Initiative, in honoring the memory of Josh Pacheco, a bullying victim who committed suicide. The walkers started out at Andrew G. Schmidt Middle School, in the Fenton Area Public Schools district and hiked to Bush Park. Pacheco was 17 and a junior at Linden High School. He committed suicide on Nov. 27. His parents said bullying played a role in his death and said Pacheco was gay, which led to him being bullied both inside and outside of school, according to the Flint Journal. Lake Fenton High School senior Matt Wilson, who began The Starfish Initiative, said he was bullied as a …
Monday, September 24, 2012
Students march to Knuths' house for special performance; raffle proceeds will go toward their trip to participate in Disney World parade.
The rain held off on Saturday afternoon, so Orlin Knuth, of Fenton Township, was able to collect on his raffle prize at home. He and his wife, Gail Knuth, waited outside as neighbors came out to watch. Then the Lake Fenton Marching Band became visible, marching a short distance from the high school to the Knuths' house on Jennings Road. Family and friends settled in from their positions in the backyard, as the 136-member band lined up and began to play their 25-minute Command Performance show. Under the direction of teacher Ryan Gonder, the students, dressed in their marching band uniforms with the color guard behind them, got their audience's feet tapping with the Lake Fenton fight song, "Brown-Eyed Girl," "Sweet Caroline," Led Zepplin's…
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Property tax values are leveling off after four years; organization has 12 new programs for adults, teens and children.
Like many entities that depend on property taxes, Southern Lakes Parks and Recreation (SLPR) has had some tough times. But after four years of decreasing property values, funding is recovering, said Director Vince Paris. "The last four years has been somewhat brutal," Paris said. "It's finally leveled off." Last year's property tax revenue was $381,000, he said, and this year, it's within a couple hundred dollars of that. SLPR’s budget has two areas, administration ($400,000) and recreation (approximately $660,000), he said. Staff and board members are working on the 2013 budget, which will be ready in about six weeks. SLPR’s budget is based on the calendar year. Due to funding, one of the big changes has been going from seven full-time …
Monday, September 17, 2012
Blue Devils are hosting a Homecoming 5K Run/Walk that's open to the public, on Oct. 13.
The Lake Fenton High School cross country teams pitched in over the summer, and now the school has its own cross country course for the first time. Coach Chris Sobczak said he and the runners spent at least 30 hours over the summer constructing the course after practice. They marked out the course, painted posts, dug holes, buried wooden 4 by 4s, and installed a gate. "It was a lot of work, but we knew we wanted to get it done," Sobczak said. "We stayed after for two, three or four hours and worked on it." All of the runners lent a hand, and students Skylor Smith, Mike Dailey and Becky Fernelius put in a lot of time and were there after every practice to help, he said. Funding was from donations and an account that was set up a couple of …
Thursday, August 30, 2012
All-day kindergarten, improved communication are highlights for both districts; Fenton High School to eliminate Top 10 beginning with Class of 2016.
The 2012-13 school year is ready to begin on Tuesday, but students aren't the only ones with goals and new looks for the upcoming year. The Fenton and Lake Fenton school districts have their aspirations -- and improvements throughout the buildings -- set to greet children when they walk into class after Labor Day. Fenton Area Public Schools (FAPS) has some improvements in store, Dr. Timothy Jalkanen, superintendent, reports. The big one is a new website for the school district, which will go live in October. It's designed to improve communication across the district, with both parents and community members at large, Jalkanen said. Communication When Fenton developed the strategic plan that the school board adopted toward the end of last …
Friday, May 25, 2012
Seniors gather one last time at special lunch.
Some were happy, some were sad and many Lake Fenton High School seniors were a little bit of both. Students from Lake Fenton and Fenton High School attended their last day of high school Thursday. Lake Fenton hosted a special lunch for the seniors, who were dressed in cap and gown. Lake Fenton senior Tyler Hammond said he made some amazing memories with his friends over the years. "We've been together for a long time," he said. "I'm sure we will get together over the summer." Graduation for both schools will be June 3.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Longtime high school teacher accepts her award at the Lake Fenton Education Foundation's annual dinner.
Lake Fenton High School instructor Kathy Kearns wanted to become a teacher all of her life. Not only did she become a teacher, her fellow teachers selected her for Teacher of the Year. "I feel so loved," Kearns said, after a Lake Fenton Education Foundation dinner and awards ceremony on Saturday evening at Spring Meadows Country Club in Linden. "It's wonderful. I didn't know it was coming. It means a lot to me. "I work with so many wonderful teachers, and you can't do it all yourself." When she learned about the award, Kearns was surprised when Principal Todd Reynolds, Assistant Principal Tony Simmons and Superintendent Wayne Wright all came to her classroom. "I must have done something really good, or I'm in really big trouble," she said…
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Bringing you the latest and greatest for the weekend in Fenton and the surrounding area.
Our pick for today: 'The Wizard of OZ' Where: Lake Fenton High School, 4070 Lahring Rd, Linden (at the corner of Lahring and Jennings roads) When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10 as well as 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 Cost: Adult tickets are $8; it's $5 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are available in advance at the high school office as well as at the door. Why go: Support local student theater and see a classic performed! Come back to Fenton Patch tomorrow for more weekend-things-to-do options. Or, visit our Events guide here.