NW Staff

Student volunteers awarded

NMU students Jenny Grasch and Laura Garlick were recently rewarded the Bill and Wilma Verrette Oustanding Community Service Internship Award for their volunteer work with the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum.

The students each received $500 to donate to the Children’s Museum, and were also the Student Leader Fellowship Program’s (SLFP) project of the year.

Grasch and Garlick, who were co-presidents of the NMU Chemistry Club, began their internship through the SLFP. The students organized their volunteer project around providing fun and engaging science activities for the children, Grasch said.

The focus was put on providing children with projects children could also take home. Grasch and Garlick assisted students in making things like silly putty, bouncy balls and fake snow. It was important that the activities were hands on and could provide children with a fun way to learn about science, Grasch said.

SLFP often teaches students how to become leaders in the community, and it was inspiring to be able to inspire future scientists, Grasch said.

— James Dyer

Heritage Center Photo Winners

The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at Northern Michigan University recently announced the winners of its student wildlife photography contest. Dominic Davis, an English major from Marquette, won first prize for “Spotted,” a black-and-white photograph of a deer on Presque Isle. David Pavlik, a zoology major from Holt, took second place with his color photograph of an American Bittern bird on the Presque Isle bog walk.

In addition to the winning photographs, eight other student submissions will be on display in the center’s gallery in 105 Cohodas Hall as part of the George Shiras III installation, which opens May 19. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

–– News Bureau

Construction Challenge Held

Nine Upper Peninsula schools recently competed in the fourth annual U.P. Construction Skills Challenge at Northern Michigan University.

The Dickinson-Iron Intermediate School District in West Iron County took first place, followed by the Dickinson-Iron Intermediate School District Technical Education Center in Iron Mountain. The Delta-Schoolcraft Intermediate School District in Escanaba took third.

At the all-day event, students worked on building deer-blind structures designed by the Northern Michigan Constructors (NMC) student organization. Their efforts were judged on craftsmanship, safety and teamwork. Competition judges represented Carpenters Local 1510, Electricians Local 1070, the Safety Store in Marquette and the NMC.

— News Bureau