Sunday: Our Youth

Facing fears, challenges on the skill hills

How I started skiing was, my grandpa took me out a lot. My mom and her sisters would go skiing with my grandpa a lot when they lived in Minnesota. So when I was about 3 or 4 years old my grandpa and my mom would take me to Marquette Mountain, and they would always try to take me as far as I ...

Real World Experience

MARQUETTE — Students of Republic-Michigamme High School traveled to Northern Michigan University’s Jacobetti Center with Industrial Arts teacher Matt Barbercheck to learn about materials testing procedures prevalent in engineering and technology fields. The goal of the field trip was to ...

STEAMing their way into… MAKERSPACE

MARQUETTE — Marquette Senior High School junior Branden Lindgren on Thursday tapped into the Maker Movement at the appropriately named Makerspace. The spot is a great place for students to learn about anything related to STEAM: Science, technology, engineering, arts and ...

Swimming is challenging and relaxing

When I was 4 or 5 years old my swim lesson instructor Shawn taught me how to swim a lap in the pool. From then on I was determined to swim as many lengths as I could do. We started with the basics, something called “monkey, airplane, soldier.” I have come a long way from the basics and ...

THEY BUILT THIS SIMCITY

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — What’s your “city of the future”? Some North Star Academy students already have a good idea. Last month at the Suburban Collection Showplace in downstate Novi, the North Star Academy 2 team won the Engineering Society of ...

A good PILOT GIG PROGRAM

MARQUETTE — Last September, Marquette Alternative High School students saw Marquette in a way they rarely do: from Lake Superior. They were treated to a ride in the community Cornish pilot gig, created in 2015 by a group of local residents who finished the 32-foot-long red-and-orange ...

REACH AND RISE

MARQUETTE — A mentor might not completely turn around a child’s life, but even getting a smile in an otherwise dreary day is worthwhile. It’s always good to keep that in mind, but every January has a particularly special meaning for mentoring. This year marks the 15th ...

Living in a winter wonderland

Esme Ulland-Joy, 8 When it is wintertime I like to go sledding with my dad and brother. One time we had a contest to see who could perform the best tricks. Most of the tricks included standing on the sled (of course we held the string). Once, we even tried going down the hill all in one ...

POETRY OUT LOUD

MARQUETTE — Standing in a spotlight and reciting a poem from memory in front of your peers is daunting enough. Try doing that in front of judges as well. However, eight brave Marquette Senior High School students did just that in Wednesday’s Poetry Out Loud competition, with ...

Students learn how to react to bullying

By JESS COHEN Associated Press VINCENNES, Ind. — Sporting a highlighter-yellow “ReACT to Bullying” T-shirt and standing beneath a projection slide-show about bullying, Matt Hart gave the students gathered in the South Knox Middle/High School auditorium a disclaimer. “Everything ...

School employee fired for tweet aimed at student’s spelling

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A school system employee in Maryland who had a lighthearted quarrel with a student on Twitter over the student’s spelling has been fired. Katie Nash tells The Frederick News-Post that she was fired on Friday afternoon from her $44,000-a-year job. A Frederick County ...

Voices of youth

What does ‘The American Dream’ mean to you?

Life with autism

Since I was little, my parents and I always thought I had ADHD and bipolar disorder; my mom and dad never really thought about me having autism. My mom only knew of the lower end of the autism spectrum, where someone might have a lot of trouble functioning in daily life. We didn’t know there ...

’Solving for Tomorrow’

MARQUETTE — More emerging technology means more options, and a grant awarded to Marquette Area Public Schools should help students explore those options. MAPS grant writer Sara Cambensy and Marquette Senior High School science teacher Rebecca Simmons have written a state-level winning grant ...

Frigid northern China hosts snow and ice sculpture festival

HARBIN, China (AP) — The city of Harbin in China's frigid northeast is hosting one of the world's largest festivals featuring ice sculptures of animals, cartoon characters and famous landmarks. The festival, which officially opens late Thursday and last year drew more than a million ...

My favorite video games from the 1980s

Michael Mankee, 12 I like old video games better than new games. I still like the new games, but I think the old ones are better because they don’t have a story that gets confusing, they don’t make you deaf, and they don’t make you scared from midnight to 6 a.m. Here are some of my ...

Child’s play: Lego master builders show work at White House

By MICHAEL MELIA Associated Press ENFIELD, Conn.— The assignment for this year’s White House holiday display came with a tight deadline. A team of Lego master builders, within 2 1/2 weeks, had to create 56 unique gingerbread houses out of the toy bricks, one for each state and U.S. ...

TOTS on ice

NEGAUNEE — When 3-year-olds are learning ice skating, you’re going to get falls, and Wednesday at the Negaunee Ice Arena was no exception. However, tears or embarrassed looks weren’t the norm for the tykes doing all the falling. Perhaps they were too young to be overly ...

No one should be defined by a label

Why do we use the word gay to define a person? No one should have a label. People should be able to live their day-to-day life and not be treated differently just because they are gay, bisexual or transgender. The United States has made progress to accept people for who they classify as. In the ...

Polar Expressing their creativity

MARQUETTE — The kids who visited the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum Thursday evening didn’t take a magical train to the North Pole, but they could have easily imagined it. The tale “The Polar Express,” written by Chris Van Allsburg in 1985 and made into a 2004 movie with the ...