“Vigil of Angel Hooper,” one of SM East student Andrew Hartnett’s photographs.SM North students Chelsea Turner and Forest Kinsey won first place scholarships at this year’s Shooting Stars Gala.Students from northeast Johnson County left quite an impression with the judges for this year’s Shooting Stars Arts Scholarship program.SM East students won a program-leading four scholarships at the gala celebration held last weekend. SM North students earned two scholarships, as well.Now in its 18th year, the annual Shooting Stars Gala recognizes some of the top high school artistic talent in the county. The Arts Council of Johnson County selects two scholarship recipients for each of nine categories: literature, two-dimensional art, three-dimensional art, photography, production and design, strings, theatre performance, voice classical, and winds and percussion.Local winners this year were:First place in literature: Forest Kinsey, SM North; Maureen Davis, nominating teacherFirst place in photography: Andrew Hartnett, SM East; Adam Finkleston, nominating teacherFirst place in strings: Molly Gasperi, SM East; Jonathan Lane, nominating teacherFirst place in theatre performance: Chelsea Turner, SM North; Maureen Davis, nominating teacherSecond place in theatre performance: Abby Cramer, SM East;Second place in production and design: Katie Sgroi, SM EastFirst place winners receive a $1,400 scholarship. Second place winners receive a $700 scholarship. Nominating teachers receive a $350 honorarium.
Sophomore pitcher Sara Groenewegen was next to bat and smashed the ball deep over the center field wall, driving in the three runs. After junior pitcher Nikki Anderson relieved Stober, Groenewegen closed out the night. “Hitting is contagious. Attitudes are contagious. Our energy is contagious,” senior infielder Kaitlyn Richardson said. “With our team, once our momentum starts, we just keep rolling. We never feel too down. Once we get that first hit, we start rolling.” “[Competing is] all you can ever do. [You have to] get out there, compete like crazy and try to win. When you try to make things perfect, you get caught up,” Allister said in February. And though the latest matchup was a nonconference game, the Gophers played with as much intensity as their home opener against top-10 ranked Michigan. Sophomore infielder Sam Macken started Minnesota off with a single into right field, which Richardson followed with a double. The Gophers fell behind early Wednesday after freshman pitcher Kylie Stober gave up two solo home runs. Minnesota pushes past South Dakota Matt GreensteinApril 16, 2015Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintBefore Wednesday’s 8-2 victory against South Dakota, Minnesota played a dozen consecutive games against Big Ten opponents. Allister’s team brought her words to life Wednesday. Junior catcher Taylor LeMay affirmed the Gophers’ dominance with a home run in the bottom of the fourth inning, which her successors followed with two more runs. “I didn’t even know where it went. I was just worried about touching first base,” Groenewegen said. “My game plan was to get a strike and hit it, and I did.”Minnesota controlled the game from there. Since the season’s beginning, head coach Jessica Allister has preached the importance of competing at all times. Groenewegen threw a no-hitter in her last appearance and kept the momentum rolling Wednesday, closing out the contest with three strikeouts in two innings of relief. The run support gave Minnesota’s pitchers the opportunity to relax while in the circle. But in the bottom of the third inning, the Gophers turned up the heat, scoring three runs. “I just go in, throw strikes, and good things happen,” Groenewegen said.
Marc Blackman, CEO of Gold Eagle Co., and Jens Schueler, president, Schaeffler Group USA Inc., will serve as the 2018 chairman and first vice chairman, respectively, of the board of governors for the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA). AASA is the light vehicle aftermarket division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA).AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement“Marc and Jens are valuable assets to the AASA board of governors as we continue to build on AASA’s mission to advance the business interest of our automotive aftermarket supplier members and the industry as a whole,” said Bill Long, AASA president and chief operating officer. “We also wish to recognize and thank our outgoing Chairman Joe Pomaranski for his dedication to this association and the industry, and wish him all the best upon his retirement.”The following supplier executives continue to serve with distinction on the AASA board of governors:Alex Ashmore, president, Delphi Products & Service SolutionsMike Carr, vice president and president, North America, Axalta Coating SystemsTim Corcoran, managing director, Region North America, ZF TRW AutomotiveRick Jamieson, president and CEO, ABS FrictionRafaat Kureshi, vice president international business and supplier development, Spectrum Brands, Global Auto CareHoward Laster, head of independent aftermarket North America, Business Unit Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket, ContinentalEnrico Manuele, regional president Automotive Aftermarket N.A., Robert Bosch LLCDavid Peace, president and CEO, Airtex Products and ASC IndustriesJack Ramsey, senior vice president, North America Aftermarket, Gates Corp.Eric Sills, president and CEO, Standard Motor Products Inc.Also serving on the AASA board are Steve Handschuh, president and CEO of MEMA, and Bill Long.
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