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POINTS OF PRIDE
- At the high school, GB Dignify raised over $2,000 for United Way and Community Foundation of Greater Flint that went towards the Flint water crisis. They collected over 50 cases of water to donate. GB Dignify students also help the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan in Flint to sort and organize food. In January, they broke the Food Bank’s Saturday record for most food sorted by one group on a Saturday! They sorted 15,020 pounds of food in 3 hours. They continue to serve at the North End Soup Kitchen in Flint and the Boys and Girls Club of Flint.
- Grand Blanc
Schools, as a district, raised over $21,000 this year for the Area 13 Special
Olympics, beating their previous year’s record of $17,000 and surpassing
this year’s goal of $20,000!
- Grand Blanc High School Clubs and
Classes raised over $28,000 in monetary, food, and gift donations for
- Grand Blanc High School Student Council donated over
$5,000 in food and gifts to thirty-seven FISH families during the holiday
season. Student Council will send four officers to the MAHS/MASC
summer camp at Albion College to develop their leadership
skills. Student Council also attended six KLAA meetings throughout the
school year collaborating with other schools on improving student morale
- Blueberry Ambassadors at several buildings continue their random acts of kindness in our community, supporting Adopt-A-Pet, Catholic Charities, and FISH to name a few. In the fall,
- Mason Student
Council members held a bottled water drive to help support Holmes STEM
Academy in Flint where students were unable to use drinking fountains
during the Flint water crisis.
- Our district was proudly represented at both the VEX Worlds Robotics Competition and the FIRST Robotics World Championship. East and West Middle Schools sent teams Major Trouble (East) and Team 9678X, "The Nerdlings" (West) to the VEX Worlds Competition while the high school EngiNERDS ranked 33rd in the Tesla Division at the FIRST World Championship. The all-girl Team “Major Trouble” 6838C won the AMAZE Award at The 2016 VEX Worlds Competition. This award is given to a team that has an amazing, well rounded, top performing robot. They were an example of spirit, commitment, hard work, dedication, ingenuity, and excellence. Currently, “Major Trouble” is #1 in the World for Middle School tournament awards, and #7 in the world for both High School and Middle School. The girls have had a spectacular year, winning 16 awards in almost every category available. Just in their second year, West Middle School’s Team 9678X “The Nerdlings”ranked 66th in their division in the World!
- Five senior art students were presented with The Scholastic Art Regional Award and one senior went on to compete at the Nationals in New York City.
- Six senior art students successfully earned college credits through the Kendall School of Art & Design Dual Enrollment Program held at the high school.
- Mason Elementary's book bowl teams took first and second place in the county competition this year.
- Three seniors participated in
Zehnder’s High School Snow Carving Competition in Frankenmuth.
- Seven high school automotive students competed at the regional SkillsUSA Automotive Competition and three metaled, allowing them to compete at the State Automotive Competition.
- Two seniors earned top five in their competition. Five GBHS seniors became state certified automotive technicians and worked their senior year at dealerships such as GM, Toyota, Buick, BMW, and Mercedes.
- The GBHS Bobcat Banner newspaper staff won seven individual awards and received a gold rating overall.
- The GBHS Center for Student Success
(CSS) program has a lot to be proud of this year. In addition to so
many of our students recovering credit, graduating on time, and turning
around their academic and personal lives, our CSS students got
involved in meaningful ways inside and outside of school. Students engaged
in leadership training, team-building, organized a service project
partnering with D.R.A.W., Disaster Relief at Work, ran a mentorship
program working one on one with at-risk middle school students, and
participated in Law Day. Students focused particularly on community
service to those in need in our area. They hosted a Farmers’ Market
and gave out over 10 tons of fresh produce; they volunteered at the Food
Bank of Eastern Michigan; they took multiple trips to Flint to hand out water
in efforts to benefit those affected by the Flint water crisis.
Finally, our 40 seniors were part of our college student program;
"College Connection", allowing seniors to attend Olivet
University, Mott Community College and University of Michigan-Flint monthly.
They shadowed students, sat in on classes, and learned of scholarship
One of GBHS Debate teams placed 5th
in the open division. Our students also took 2nd and 3rd in speaker
The Instrumental Music Department
continues to be a source of pride for the high school and the community.
While the Marching Band continually ranks within the top competitive bands
in the State of Michigan, the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind
Ensemble, and Jazz Band each consistently receive superior ratings at all
MSBOA Festivals. Furthermore, the Winter Drumline placed 4th at the
MCGC State Finals, the Regional A Winter Guard placed 7th in the 2015 MCGC
State Champion. Several soloists made their talents known through
competing in District Solo and Ensemble as well as State Solo and
Ensemble, earning superior ratings. The GBHS Band Program is large
and varied, and certainly offers something for anyone interested in music.
We want all students to succeed, and we know that they can only do that
when we push them to new limits, experiences and expectations. Altogether,
the Instrumental Music Department embraces its title as one of the premier
high school music programs in the State of Michigan.
- The Grand Blanc High School International Thespian Society produced three productions this year including: Almost, Maine, Our Best To You, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Every year our acting and technical theatre students receive several thousand dollars in scholarships from Universities both in the USA and abroad. Our Thespian troupe also provides scholarships for members who have shown dedication both for our productions and throughout Genesee County. There are two recipients this year.
- In March 2016, GBHS sent five students to compete against the top schools in Michigan at the University of Michigan-Flint Math Field Day. Our students finished 9th out of the twenty-five schools that participated. One student placed first in the "Chalk Talk" event.
- In April 2016, GBHS sent three students to compete in Saginaw Valley State University Math Olympics. Two of the three students finished in the top 10% and received an honorable mention.
- In April 2016, GBHS sent
three teams of four to Mott Community College Mathematics Competition.
GB teams took second overall with one sub-team taking first place and
another taking third place.
- In October 2015, over 200 GBHS students took the Michigan Math Prize Competition test. Statewide, approximately 10,000 students took this test. Eighteen of our students qualified for Part 2 of the competition, placing them among the top 1000 math students in the state. One student placed 75th in the state, earning top honors.
- In February 2016, eighteen GBHS students were invited to take part in the American Mathematics Competition.
- Five students performed exceptionally well, finishing in the top 20% nationwide.
- 14 students successfully
represented Grand Blanc and competed in the 2016 KLAA Math and Science
This year the Varsity Quiz Bowl
team placed second in their division. The Junior Varsity team placed
The Grand Blanc Robotics Team
2337, The EngiNERDs, had a great season bringing home awards from all
their district events. They were District finalists at the Troy District
competition, as well as receiving the Engineering Inspiration award at
both Kettering and Troy Districts, which they then had the chance to
present at the State level. The team ended the year as quarter finalist
and in 33 place out of 75 teams on Tesla Field, which is one of 8 fields
all having at least 75 teams competing on them at the World/National
Competition in St. Louis, Missouri.
Having a team of just nine
members, Grand Blanc placed fifth out of thirteen teams at the Region V Science
Olympiad competition held on March 19, 2016 at Mott Community College. The
team medaled in 12 out of 19 events and placed 8th or better in every
- Our GB Unified Club had an increase in participation this school year. This group is part of the Special Olympics Project Unify program which is a youth-centered, school-focused initiative that brings students with and without intellectual disabilities together through education, sports and youth leadership. The mission is to provide all students with the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to create and sustain school communities that promote acceptance, respect and human dignity. Activities for GB Unified included creating a unified basketball, volleyball and bocce team, fundraising for our Area 13 February Polar Plunge, organizing a school-wide R-word campaign in March, and participating in a community service project with the residents at American House Independent Living Center. This club included 15 special Olympic athletes and 25 general education partners.
- Most exciting of all is the
addition of a Unified Sports class to the high school schedule. This
class will combine students with intellectual disabilities and student without
disabilities for sports training and competition. Unified sports creates
unique teammate bonds through sports experiences which fosters a culture
of inclusion and understanding among students of all abilities.
- United Nationalities Initiating Thinking and Equality (UNITE) is an organization at Grand Blanc High School that addresses cultural awareness and individual differences. UNITE has sponsored the following activities throughout the years: International Talent Show, multicultural student forums and student leadership training in diversity. This year UNITE proudly sponsored the return of diversity speaker, Dr. Michael Fowlin for an all school assembly and members have participated in critical issues forums at the University of Michigan-Flint. UNITE encourages all who share our mission from students to community members to join and help create a more inclusive school community.
- The Grand Blanc High School Vocal Music Department is highly regarded in the State of Michigan and has once again been busy singing at numerous community events and locations. The students performed at the Great Lakes National Cemetery and joined other local choirs to sing Handel’s “Messiah” with the Flint Symphony Orchestra. The choirs have earned outstanding achievements this year. In addition to exceptional concerts and performances, Chorale, Girl's Glee Club, and Mixed Chorus performed at the district and state levels of the Michigan Schools Vocal Music Association’s choir festivals, earning “Excellent” scores. Bass Clef and Treble Tones, as well as numerous soloists, competed in District Solo and Ensemble as well as State Solo and Ensemble, earning “Excellent”, and “Superior” ratings.
- Yearbook received statewide recognition and national top honors. Among them were thirty-five awards at the state competition with twelve of those awards being first place, the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) First Class award with all four marks of distinction, the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association (MIPA) Spartan award, and the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) Gold award. We were featured in our publisher's Lookbook as one of twenty top yearbooks. One senior placed third in a national photo contest, one senior was awarded the top yearbook journalist in the state of Michigan, and one senior won first place in a national design contest.
- Youth Volunteer Services, coordinated through the Career Resource Center, is an overwhelmingly positive high school program for students that promotes responsible citizenship and community participation. Self-esteem, service, and career opportunities are enhanced for the students who volunteer. Through the 2015-2016 program students donated over 11,500 hours of their own time to local businesses and organizations.
2015 Boys Golf – Qualified for MHSAA
Regionals Girls Soccer – District
Champions, 2015 Regional Champions Boys
Track – KLAA West Division Champs; KLAA Lakes Conference Champs Girls Tennis – KLAA West Division Champs;
KLAA Lakes Conference Champs Girls Water
Polo – National Scholar Team, Bronze Level
- Fall 2015 Boys Tennis - won the KLAA West Division
for the 7th straight year. Grand Blanc is now 35-0 in the West
Division Boys Soccer - KLAA
Division champs, KLAA Lakes Conference Champs, KLAA Association Champs,
District Champions, five team members Academic All-State Volleyball – Team All-Academic Girls Swim & Dive – First Team
All-Conference; one swimmer was State Champion & All-American
Winter 2015-2016 Boys Basketball – KLAA West Division
Champions Boys Swim & Dive – KLAA
Lakes Conference Champs; KLAA West Division Champs; academic All-State
Team; National Scholar Team, Silver Level
Hockey – Team All-Academic Skiing
– Girls Team Divisional Champs
Over 37% of GBHS students
participate in Athletics, with almost 200 student athletes competing in
Grand Blanc Powerlifting had two
regional champions, fourteen state qualifiers, five All-State lifters, and
one senior became our second state champion!
Grand Blanc Schools
has several student athletes who participate in Special Olympics
competitions throughout the school year. We had two high school
athletes participate in the Alpine Ski program at Mt. Holly during the
month of January and then compete at the Winter State Games held at the
Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse City. In addition, eight high
school athletes participated in a district bowling team and one high
school athlete participates on the GBHS cross country and track and field
team. These nine athletes compete at Summer State Games at Central
Michigan University. At the State level, athletes earn gold, silver
and bronze medals or a participation ribbon.
- Four Student Athletes signed NCAA Letters of Intent and received athletic scholarships. Teams participate in a wide range of service projects, such as adopting FISH families, providing overseas military packages, collecting food, water and clothing for neighbors in need, and donating funds raised for cancer patients.