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Pointes of Pride

Pointes of Pride

  • All the Spanish teachers at South are members of the AATSP and offer the National Spanish Exam to their students each year. Participation in the National Spanish Exam is voluntary for students and this year our participation grew from 337 participants in 2017 to 410 participants in 2018. Nearly half of the students this year earned a national award with scores at or above the 50th percentile. Congratulations to the Grosse Pointe South Spanish students who attained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2018 National Spanish Examinations. Students from South earned 7 gold, 32 silver and 44 bronze medals along with 110 honorable mentions.  “Attaining a medal or honorable mention for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious,” said Kevin Cessna-Buscemi, National Director of the Exams, “because the exams are the largest of their kind in the United States with over 150,000 students participating in 2018.”

  • Also, this spring 89 new members joined the 119 current members of the Spanish Honor Society at South (Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica). Students must maintain a 3.33 overall GPA with an average of 3.67 in all their Spanish classes. The Spanish Honor Society at South was established in 2005 and has 912 graduates from the program.

  • North’s Alex Harring is a Detroit News/CATCH Outstanding High School Graduate. 

  • Pierce eighth grader Ava Balfour will be competing in a national math competition in Chicago this weekend.

  • South’s Maren Roeske was one of only 28 students across the nation who earned the Princeton Prize in Race Relations.

  • Please help us thank and congratulate our 2018 Distinguished Volunteers: Jacquelynn Armstrong, Susan Artinian, Paige Domzalski, Lesley Graham, Randie Kohler, Catherine Lee, Lindsey Novack, Renee Palazzolo, Jeff Somers, Melody Van Arragon.


  • Chris Geerer’s Parcells 8th graders have swept the Michigan 8th grade eCybermission awards!  See page 11 of is “a webbased competition designed to cultivate student interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by encouraging students in grades six through nine to develop solutions to real world challenges in their local communities.” It is sponsored by the US Army Educational Outreach Program (which also sponsors Camp Invention), and is endorsed by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

    • The Lions, consisting of Grady Cate, Evan Burney, and Aaron Mitchell, have taken 1st place in the state.  Each of them will receive a $1000 savings bond for their engineering design and testing of a prototype device to remove trash from public areas.

    • The Eye of the Storm, Zoe Nichols, Maelisa Watkins, Sarah Lawlis, and Alexis Lambert, earned 2nd place and $500 savings bonds each.  Their engineering project involved building and testing a prototype model of a raised cement building that can withstand hurricane force winds and storm surge.

    • Receiving Honorable Mention are The Radical Scientists:  Lila Hartley, Sarah Arrabi, Maraina Smith, and Henrietta Martha.  They engineered a method to increase solar panel charging in less time using a series of mirrors.

  • Both North and South won Spartan awards at the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association and North Principal Kate Murray was chosen as the MIPA Administrator of the Year!

  • North’s Abby Cadieux who was selected as a Detroit News/CATCH Outstanding High School Graduate for 2018.

  • Alex Harring and advisor Shari Adwers headed to San Francisco last week for the Journalism Education Association and National Scholastic Press Association 2018 National High School Journalism Convention. North’s Alex Harring was honored as one of 36 national finalists for Journalist of the Year.

  • North received its second First Amendment Press Freedom Award, of which there were only 11 in the country

  • North Pointe won 1st PLACE Best of Show in the highly competitive national newspaper special issue category

  • South Tower was All-MIPA and won 68 individual awards

  • North-South Gearheads qualified for the World Championship Competition!  They compete April 25-28 at Cobo Hall. Ritika Pansare was selected as one of the 100 worldwide Deans list Finalists! Of the 100, ten will be selected as Deans List Award winners at the World Championships. Their advisor is Jason Wolfsen.

  • Grosse Pointe Artists Association’s Second Annual Promising Artists exhibition is on display 9 a.m.-6 p.m. through May 6 at The War Memorial and features the work of many GPPSS students, including Best of Show Sea of Minds by Kristina Rogers 11th grader at GPS; Second Place Beauty in the Dark by Jaicha Smith 10th grader at GPN; Third Place Gauntlet by Daniel Draper 11th grader at GPS; Honorable Mentions A Mother's Love by Nia Crutcher 10th grader at GPN, Sans for Sunset Five by Daniel Feldman 12th grader at GPN, Breaking Point(e) by Lauren Sancya 12th grader at GPS, The Stinkies by Cassandra Marie Pinder 11th grader at GPS. In addition to the Artists Association sponsored awards, Juror Rock, who founded Live Coal Gallery presented four Yvette Rock Zeitgeist Awards to students whose work reflects the “spirit of the times." Those awards went to: Nia Crutcher for “The Divide,” Sophie Kehrig, 12th grader at GPN for “Shots Fired!/Reverberation,” Lauren Porter for “Black Hair” and Lauren Sancya “Breaking Point(e).” She also issued Live Coal Gallery Procurement Invitations to these GPPSS students Nia Crutcher, Jaicha Smith, Elijah Manson, and Kristina Rogers.

  • Congratulations to North’s Steve Kosmas and our all female Rocketry Team who is headed to the national competition in Washington DC!  Only four teams from Michigan made it to the 2018 Team America Rocketry Challenge Finalist Fly-Off.

  • The North Instrumental Music Program just returned home from a marvelous trip to Toronto and Niagara Falls,  They performed in the "Festivals of Music" festival at the Toronto Center for the Arts in Toronto, Canada on Friday, April 20th.  The Orchestra received an "excellent" rating, the Concert Band received a "superior rating," and the Symphony Band received a "superior" rating.  All ensembles ended up 1st place in their respective classes, and the Symphony Band received the William D. Revelli Award for the highest overall score at the festival. 

  • Parcells Student Rose Nada Housey Johnson won second place out of 818 essays submitted by 29 Optimist Clubs across the State in the Optimist Clubessay contest. The goal of the contest is to promote positive youth development and character education. She will be honored May 5th.

  • The Elementary Physical Education Teachers raised over $41,000 for the American Heart Association in their Jump Rope for Heart Programs.  Not only did our students learn how to keep their hearts healthy they also helped by collecting donations to help others keep their hearts healthy.  Thank you to the Grosse Pointe Community for all their donations and support of our program.