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.
A pair of three-star athletes – one a senior at Sturgis High School and the other a senior at Mendon – have been named St. Joseph County’s male and female prep athletes of the year for 2013.
The honor, bestowed by the Sturgis Journal sports department, went to Chance Stewart and Brooke Howard.
Stewart, whose high school career has seen him excel in football, basketball and baseball, will continue his football career at Western Michigan University. The four-star quarterback committed to the Broncos last year.
Howard has been an integral part of volleyball, basketball and track teams during her career at Mendon. With Howard as its leader, Mendon’s volleyball team made back-to-back Final Four appearances in the Class C volleyball finals in 2012 and 2013.
Howard, who scored her 1,000th career basketball point as a junior last season, plans to attend Grand Valley State University.
A Sturgis Middle School math teacher has been named the winner of the 2013 John E. Oster Award.
Cynthia Sprowl, a district employee of more than 30 years, was announced as the recipient during a recent luncheon sponsored by the Sturgis Rotary Club.
The award is presented on behalf of the John Oster Memorial Fund, established in 1981 by Jo Ellen Oster. It recognizes a Sturgis Public Schools teacher for teaching excellence and community involvement.
Prior to his death, Oster discussed implementing a fund to provide an endowment to be given each year to a teacher for his or her contribution to the Sturgis community and to the education of students in the district.
The Sturgis Area Community Foundation holds and administrates the fund that carries Oster’s vision of proper teacher recognition.