Mathis Wouters is a very busy young man.Indeed, three sports and five clubs will place quite a burden on a high school student. Not to mention the small matter of maintaining a 5.0 grade-point average in a curriculum consisting solely of Advanced Placement classes.So, how does the San Pasqual High senior find time to not only participate in so many activities, but excel at all of them? “It’s definitely a skill I’ve acquired over four years of high school,” said Wouters, who runs cross country and track and plays soccer for the Eagles. “I figured out exactly how long things take me.”How Wouters found out about the honor, which is bestowed on only 20 prep athletes across the country, was a scene unto itself.San Pasqual stages an event each spring during which outgoing seniors are celebrated in front of family and friends during a lunchtime gathering on the Escondido campus. The event isn’t only for athletes. Soon-to-be military members and … [Read more...] about Achievement in academics, athletics for San Pasqual runner
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opinion The Detroit News Published 10:45 PM EDT Mar 13, 2019 EV owners get gas tax break I remain curious about the gas tax as it is blatantly unfair to support electric vehicles and punish those using internal combustion engines. Note that Macron tried this in France and the residents didn’t respond well. We should be ready to consider a tax on miles driven, which will equally tax those with electric cars/internal combustion vehicles and trucks and buses. So far the Democrats have agendas that don’t fairly spread the cost of rebuilding our roads. John Morrow Reasons why community colleges struggle I share Ingrid Jacques' skepticism ("Money alone won't lead to more grads," March 12) about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's funding proposals for public higher education in Michigan. Regarding the one about free community college, it's already that way for those who need it to be free. Last time I checked, need-based Pell grants (derived from federal funds) … [Read more...] about Letters: Other views on gas tax, free college, art
Fast, shifty and tough, John Matchefts was considered an elite high school running back in Eveleth. Yet he was better at baseball. His high school teammate, John Mayasich, called Matchefts the “Phil Rizzuto of our era in baseball up here on the Range,” referring to the Yankees’ Hall of Fame shortstop. “He could do everything,” said Mayasich, who thinks Matchefts could have played baseball at the University of Michigan. But Matchefts didn’t play baseball after high school, or football, for that matter. Because hockey was his true calling. The No. 3 player on the Pioneer Press’ countdown of the top 75 players to play Minnesota high school hockey, Matchefts was one of the first stars of the high school sport. He played in three state tournaments for Eveleth, recording 14 goals and 12 assists in his three trips, the last two of which ended in state titles. Matchefts helped Eveleth post undefeated runs to state titles in his junior and senior … [Read more...] about The 75 greatest players to play Minnesota boys high school hockey: No. 3, John Matchefts
opinion The Detroit News Published 10:15 PM EST Jan 14, 2019 A more diverse University of Michigan benefits all The Detroit News editorial (“Students pay high price for UM diversity goals," Jan. 9) mischaracterizes our efforts to enhance the quality of the university and promote broader access to life-changing education through our investments in diversity, equity and inclusion. The editorial claims that 76 UM employees are solely “dedicated to diversity efforts” and that this is a wasteful use of university resources. In reality, more than 80 percent of the positions existed before the 2016 formal launch of our diversity, equity and inclusion initiative and represent our longstanding commitment to these values. Some of these staff do work that is required by federal law, such as the professionals in our Office for Institutional Equity who conduct investigations into allegations of sexual misconduct, age discrimination and gender bias and protect civil … [Read more...] about Letters: Other views on diversity, border wall, water
Rick Kelleher is a big, white-haired, crisply presented man who looks very much the way you’d expect a Boston Irish power broker to look. If you found yourself sitting next to him on a plane, you might notice how he kept the conversation flowing naturally and emphasized his points with the physicality of a great salesman, dramatically raising his eyebrows and cocking his head. On this morning, Kelleher is seated at a back table in the lobby restaurant of the elegant Boston Harbor Hotel, where the server knows exactly how he likes his house-smoked salmon. He carries himself as if he owns the place, and, in a way, he does. Related Links New England’s smallest colleges are struggling Former Mount Ida students sue, accusing college leaders of fraud The college debt crisis is even worse than you think Sitting across the table is a man who is also in his late 60s but who cuts a very different figure. Kumble Subbaswamy — unassuming, of slight build, with … [Read more...] about ‘ZooMass’ no more. Is turning UMass Amherst into an elite university needed?