A 15-year-old student has been charged with arson following an incident last week at Sturgis High School.
According to Sturgis police, a paper-towel dispenser was intentionally set on fire in a bathroom shortly before 1:30 p.m. Friday. Fire crews arrived to find a moderate amount of smoke but no fire.
With the aid of school-security video, district officials and law-enforcement personnel were able to determine the suspected culprit. He was detained for arson and lodged by juvenile court.
Students were kept in their classrooms and fans were brought into the school to help remove the smoke.
Sturgis High School’s Chance Stewart was named a member of the Class B All-State basketball team by the Michigan Associated Press.
Stewart, who has signed a letter of intent to play football for Western Michigan University in the fall, was a Class B honorable-mention basketball recipient a year ago.
Stewart is second in career scoring leaders for the Trojans and set a single-game scoring record for Sturgis this past season, when he scored 43 points against Kalamazoo Loy Norrix during post-season play earlier this month.
The Associated Press Class B basketball All-State team, as selected by a panel of 11 Michigan sports writers, included Corky Emrick of the Sturgis Journal.
Two Sturgis High School students recently won Gold Key awards in the regional Scholastic Art Contest at South Bend Regional Museum of Art.
Peyton Boughton won in the mixed media category with a pencil and ink wash drawing. Brianna Lindsey won in the jewelry category with a ring. Because the girls’ pieces were judged Gold Key winners, the pieces will go on to New York City for national competition.
High school art teacher Sally Baldwin said the competition is one of the oldest and most prestigious national high school art shows.
The South Bend show runs through March 1 at The Warner Gallery at the South Bend Museum of Art.
A four-star quarterback from Sturgis High School made his college choice official Wednesday.
Chance Stewart signed his letter of intent to attend and play for Western Michigan University. Boosted by Stewart’s signing and 27 others Wednesday, the Kalamazoo-based university finished with the 60th-ranked signing class in Division I, the highest ever for a MAC school.
Stewart, a three-star athlete who also excels in basketball and baseball, finished his football career for the Trojans with 56 passing touchdowns, nine rushing TDs and more than 6,400 yards passing.
Stewart originally committed to Wisconsin, but reconsidered after a coaching change for the Badgers.
Applications for the 2014 Sturgis Area Community Foundation scholarship program are now being accepted.
Seniors at Sturgis High School are eligible for consideration and may pick up an application at the guidance office.
Scholarships opportunities are also available to seniors attending school in Centreville, Mendon, Colon, Constantine, White Pigeon and Burr Oak. Applications may be obtained online at sturgisfoundation.org.
Applications will be accepted through March 28.
Sturgis Public Schools Superintendent Tom Langdon is one of five finalists for the top administrative post at Jackson Public Schools.
Langdon, 49, was interviewed for the position this week.
He came to Sturgis in 2011 after serving several years as an administrator and superintendent for Big Rapids Public Schools.
Langdon, whose current salary is $125,000, is vying for the position also being sought by candidates from school districts in Ann Arbor, Mount Clemens, Eaton Rapids and Vestaburg.
A finalist is expected to be chosen before the end of January.