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Superiorland Yesterdays

EDITOR’S NOTE: Superiorland Yesterdays is prepared by the reference staff at the Peter White Public Library in Marquette.

30 years ago

NEGAUNEE — Janice Anderson, a biology teacher at Negaunee High School, is the recipient of the 1989 Upper Peninsula Science Teacher Award. The presentation was made by the Society of Sigma Xi at Northern Michigan University. Anderson was selected from candidates nominated by high school principals through the U.P. Negaunee High School Principal Richard Koski said Anderson has a keen interest in her students, and works with them on a one-to-one basis. He added that her students often go on to do well at colleges and universities. A Negaunee native, Anderson received a bachelor’s degree from NMU and a master’s from Oregon State University, where she was a teaching assistant. At Oregon State she specialized in marine biology, ecology and science education. Prior to returning to Negaunee to teach in 1975, Anderson taught at high schools in Belleview, Wash., and Warren Woods. She and her husband, Rolf, are the parents of two sons, Chet and Kirk. She is the daughter of Alice Sivula of Negaunee.

60 years ago

NEGAUNEE — Miss Francine Valenti, St. Paul High School sophomore, will leave Monday for Hartford, Conn., where she will be one of two students representing the Upper Peninsula at the National Science Fair, a three-day program which opens Wednesday, May 6. To qualify for the Hartford trip, Miss Valenti won first place in the 10th through 12th grade division for girls at Northern Michigan Science Fair held the second weekend in April at Northern Michigan College, Marquette. Joining the Negaunee girl as a winner of a Hartford trip was Robert Bray, Vulcan, whose exhibit of an electrostatic Van de Graff generator won top honors for boys in grades 10 through 12. Accompanying the two Upper Peninsula delegates to Hartford will be Mr. and Mrs. Rollin Thoren, Marquette. Mr. Thoren is a member of the faculty at John D. Pierce High School. St. Paul School officials Wednesday shipped Miss Valenti’s bacteriology experiment to Hartford. The Peninsula winners will reach the Connecticut city Tuesday in time to assemble their exhibits for the opening of the National Science Fair Wednesday morning.