GBCS Points of Pride
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 local charities.
- 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 and participation.
- 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 opportunities.
- One of GBHS Debate teams placed 5th in the open division. Our students also took 2nd and 3rd in speaker points.
- 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 Competition.
- This year the Varsity Quiz Bowl team placed second in their division. The Junior Varsity team placed first.
- 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 event.
- 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.
- Spring 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 (50-free)
- 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 multiple seasons.
- 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.