Sunday: Our Youth

Gwinn grade schoolers paint wooden trucks

GWINN — Toys have more meaning for children if they create them on their own. Or at least paint them. Sawyer Elementary School kindergarten students painted wooden cars during a special art session Thursday. Gilbert Elementary students were to take part in the same activity ...

Part I: My family takes a trip to Oregon

Eleanor Grosvenor, 12 I was so excited this past September because I was going to travel to Oregon for my uncle’s wedding. It was so hard to wait, but finally the day came. We had to wake up pretty early because our flight was at 5 a.m. in the morning. We drove to the airport and got on the ...

Winter warmth

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer GWINN — Rayna Quayle, a sixth-grader at Gwinn Middle School, has seen students come to school in cold weather wearing no hats, gloves or even a jacket. Their lack of basic attire for cold weather worries her. “They come in with sweatpants and ...

Arkansas teen creates children’s home in Kenya

By SARAH MORRIS Jonesboro Sun AP Member Exchange JONESBORO, Ark. — Maddie Archer is no ordinary college freshman. The 18-year-old runs Under His Wings International, a nonprofit that funds a children's home in Kenya with 21 kids in its care. “The way mine is different is Under His ...

Voices of youth

What about the winter season are you most looking forward to?

Three Upper Peninsula robotics teams make state championships

MARQUETTE — Robotics are alive and well in the area, and even downstate. Three Upper Peninsula FIRST Tech Challenge teams have qualified for the state championships set for Dec. 15-16 at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek. In the final round of elimination matches at a Nov. 11 ...

Father Marquette is a good school for everyone

michael mankee, 12 The Father Marquette Catholic Schools are schools filled with amazing teachers and kind faculty members. I’ve been attending the schools since I was 4 years old and I’ve made lots of friends over the years at Father Marquette. Through all of my time at Father Marquette ...

This Thanksgiving, whip up a pumpkin cheesecake with ginger

By ELIZABETH KARMEL, Associated Press Pumpkin is so popular today that there is hardly anything that hasn't had a pumpkin variation. Some of them are no-brainers, others are so far-fetched that I don't understand who is buying them, much less eating them. Back in the day, a pumpkin ...

Weathering creativity

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — The whimsical and colorful Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum was a comfortable respite from the blustery wintry conditions that were outside the building Thursday. However, youngsters still could have learned about the weather ...

Autism has shaped me in many different ways

If your best friend was the one that was picked out of 160 children to have autism, would you volunteer to take their place? “I Volunteer.” That’s what I would say. Why? Because I love living with autism. It’s helped shape me and it has given me the abilities that I have. It may have ...

Lemonade for literacy

K.I. SAWYER — Who would think a lemonade stand would be popular on the first day of significant snowfall in the area? That happened Tuesday at K.I. Sawyer Elementary School. Teacher Whitney Buchan’s first-grade class was responsible for the surge in lemonade popularity that day. “I ...

Robo-kids

MARQUETTE — The fascination with robotics isn’t limited to the younger generation. Proof of that was apparent Thursday night at the Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette when local youth robotics teams, the Robogators and Cold Logic, gave demonstrations of two robots: Roberta and ...

Mountain biking a fast-paced, exciting sport

I like mountain biking because it is a fast-paced activity. Mountain biking is a sport because it involves physical exertion, individuals and teams that compete against each other for entertainment. I ride the Marquette north and south trails. My favorite trail is either Down Dogger, or Eh ...

Teen active in 4-H programs shines in environmental education role

MARQUETTE — Marquette County has a notable 4-H teen environmental and outdoor education science leader in Hannah Peterson. As a younger 4-H member, Peterson had amazing experiences at the Upper Peninsula 4-H Camp. Ever since, Peterson and her family have been big supporters of the program, ...

Coder Dojo 906

MARQUETTE — There are Coders. There are Dojos. And then there are Coder Dojos. Coder Dojo 906 is a community-based programming club for young people ages 5 to 17 who want to learn how to code and develop websites, apps, programs and games. It’s also a chance for kids to have fun ...

Choir Camp a really good time for everyone

This past summer I went to the second annual Choir Camp at St. Peter Cathedral. At first I was nervous. Would all the kids there be ready to go to Hollywood? Would I be the one kid who is totally off pitch? Well, let me tell you how I came to find this camp. One day I was waiting for my ...

SMALL SEED SAVERS

MARQUETTE — An adult might not get a kick out of squishing a cherry tomato, but a 3-year-old might. That activity was part of a Tuesday program at the Peter White Public Library, “Seed Saving for Kids.” Actually, it wasn’t just “for the kids” as it also was “by the ...

Voices of youth

What Halloween candy is the worst, and which is the best?

‘Screenagers’ Coming soon to a screen near you

MARQUETTE — Teenagers using cell phones? It’s an everyday occurrence. However, it can get out of hand, and tempering the use of such electronic devices in the digital age is the subject of the film “Screenagers.” The 68-minute film will be shown Monday at Kaufman Auditorium, ...