Sunday: Our Youth

Traditional skills

By COREY KELLY Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — For three days, a small temporary colony of craftsmen and women was formed in a woodland setting near the Yellow Dog River for the Traditional Arts Gathering. The gathering was funded by a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and ...

Milwaukee youth workforce program transforms lives

By ANA MARTINEZ-ORTIZ Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service via AP MILWAUKEE— When JaQuawn Seals was 16 years old, his life was following a trajectory that would probably have resulted in jail time or his death. As a gang member, Seals wasn’t making good decisions, but he eventually made ...

Sowing seeds at Sawyer

K.I. SAWYER — Does food taste better when you’ve grown it? Ask a student at K.I. Sawyer Elementary School. Linda Wagner’s third-grade classroom has been putting in fruit and vegetable waste in its vermicomposting worm bin throughout the school year, with the worms decomposing the ...

The academic benefits of theater

Personally, I am very into theater. I know a lot of people think that theater is just a hobby, and they’re right, but it’s a hobby with benefits. Academic benefits, to be specific. First of all, according to aate.com, students who perform in theater statistically do better on SATs than ...

Dragons & Dinos

MARQUETTE — With the hit HBO series “Game of Thrones” nearing its end, dragons — which figure prominently in the show — are kind of “in” now. Those mythical creatures as well as dinosaurs, which really did exist on Earth, were the focus of “Diggin’ those Dragons & ...

Entertainer’s program emphasizes reading, provides free books

By STEPHANIE SHOMIN Traverse City Record-Eagle TRAVERSE CITY —î About 56 percent of third-graders test below proficiency in reading, according to the 2019 Kids Count in Michigan Data Book. The international nonprofit Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library aims to change that. Parton, who ...

A collection of creativity

MARQUETTE — Where can artwork depicting a steampunk guitar, the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury and a snail be found under one roof? The annual High School Art Show at the Marquette Arts and Culture Center. An artist reception took place in the MACC’s Deo Gallery on ...

It’s all about the beat

mahogany harris, 9 Hi! My name is Mahogany and I am in fourth grade and go to Sandy Knoll Elementary. I’m 9 ½ and I will be 10 on Sept. 10. It will be my golden B-DAY (kids like me never say birthday). Music will always be in my blood. I was about 4 years old when my mom turned on the ...

Challenging skills

MARQUETTE — Career and technical education can involve automotive parts as well as water chestnuts wrapped in bacon. High school students from across the Upper Peninsula gathered at Northern Michigan University’s Jacobetti Complex on Friday for the 2019 Upper Peninsula CTE Skills ...

California approves free phones, internet for foster youth

By CHRISTOPHER WEBER Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Young people in California’s foster system will get free cellphones and internet access under a unique program approved Thursday that supporters say will bridge a digital divide. The California Public Utilities Commission passed ...

Give your mayo-heavy American potato salad a French twist

By AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN American-style potato salad, thickly dressed with mayonnaise and sweet pickle relish, is archetypal picnic fare and will always have a place on summer tables. But we’ve cooked (and eaten) piles of it over the years, and these days we yearn for something ...

Value of Prevention

By TRINITY CAREY Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Sixty-eight students from Marquette County stood up against substance use and abuse by creating public service announcement videos that highlighted why our choices matter. Winners of the PSA contest were awarded cash prizes and ...

How you can make an impact on Earth Day

Earth day is coming up, and I thought I would talk about how you can help the environment. It might not seem like there is a lot of things you can do to help the environment, but even by making little gestures in your daily life you can help. Before we get into that, it is important to know ...

Source of security

K.I. SAWYER — Most people need a little timeout now and then. However, when a grade schooler is having a bad day, be it due to a lack of sleep, hunger or emotional issue, time away from the classroom can be crucial. When a teacher at K.I. Sawyer Elementary School notices a student ...

Yowie surprise inside chocolates are perfect for Easter baskets

NEW YORK (AP) — Easter egg hunts are proof that your children really can find things without Mom's help. This year, let your children discover the importance of animal conservation with Yowie ‘surprise inside’ Chocolates. Step away from the hollow rabbits and crack open a new world of ...

Take a step back, breathe, and live in the moment

Hi, my name is Rachel, I’m 14, and a freshman at North Star Academy. Today, I’m writing about one of the big things in my life right now: growing up. Growing up seems to be one of the biggest and scariest things in our lives, yet one of the most exciting things (at least for me, it seems). ...

Healthy & active

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — It’s better to find out what it’s like to be “super drunk” in a middle school gymnasium than on a busy highway after getting pulled over by police. Special “drunk” goggles gave Bothwell Middle School students the chance to ...

Voices of youth

What are you most looking forward to about summer vacation?