News & Notes - 5/11/23 Grosse Pointe Times

Grosse Pointe Times | Published May 10, 2023


DAR presents awards to students
GROSSE POINTE SHORES — The Louisa St. Clair Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution presented students with its 2023 Youth and Education Awards during a ceremony March 4 at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club in Grosse Pointe Shores.

Winners of the American History Essay Contest were Makenzie Waterson, a Brownell Middle School eighth grader; Maria Melhem, a Parcells Middle School eighth grader; and Jamesetta Tucker, a Brownell eighth grader. Winners of the Patriots of the American Revolution Essay Contest were Max Goerlich, Jillian Whitton, Claire Juip and Shade’ Patrick, all of whom are 10th graders from University Liggett School.

Youth Citizenship Awards — selected by their principals based on the qualities of service, courage, honor, leadership and patriotism, according to a press release — included eighth grader Emma Reed, seventh grader Leah “Bella” Maldonado, sixth grader Adelyn Christian and fifth grader Stella Coop, all of Brownell; eighth grader Elliana Orlando, seventh grader Hannah Grace, sixth grader Vanessa Singh and fifth grader Palo Ivanaj, all of Parcells; eighth grader Julia Boyd, seventh grader Dalina Kokoshi, sixth grader Jack Stenz and fifth grader Brendan Orehowsky, all of Pierce Middle School; and eighth grader Margaret “Maisy” Huebner, seventh grader Brian “BJ” Clark and sixth grader Lexie Spain, all of ULS.

Junior American Citizen award winners include Abby Turnbull, a sixth grader at L’Anse Creuse Middle School, for her stamp design, and the Neighborhood Club Preschool, for their banner.

Constitution Week Poster Contest winners are Parcells fifth grader Nathan Harris, who earned first place; Parcells fifth grader Charlotte Dayne, who earned second place; and Parcells fifth grader Mirabella Whipple, who earned third place.

Good Citizen Awards — given to students graduating from high school this year — are Sophia Dragich, Penelope Griffioen, Jaden Jennings and Meredith Tiderington.


Group art show to open
GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The Pointe Studio Ten — a group of female artists mostly from the Grosse Pointes — will have its first show since the COVID-19 pandemic started with a display of work at the Grosse Pointe Congregational Church Arts Ministry Gallery from May 18 to July 9.

A public opening reception with refreshments and music by the Matthew Daher Jazz Trio will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. May 18. The show will include works by current Pointe Studio Ten members Zena Carnaghi and Nobuko Yamasaki, of Grosse Pointe Shores; Isabelle Goosen, Charmaine Kaptur and Bette Prudden, of Grosse Pointe Woods; Carole LaChiusa, Kathleen McNamee and Jacqueline Rybinski, of Grosse Pointe Farms; Lori Zurvalec, of Grosse Pointe City; Linda Boyle, Ruth Harvey and Cindy Sommerville, of Grosse Pointe Park; and Linda Allen, formerly of Grosse Pointe City, now of Shelby Township.

Grosse Pointe Congregational Church is located at 240 Chalfonte Ave. in Grosse Pointe Farms. The gallery is open to visitors from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays and when the church is hosting other programs or activities. For additional hours or more information, call the church office at (313) 884-3075 or email


Musical theater students take part in state competition
GROSSE POINTES — The Wharton Center for the Performing Arts is partnering with Broadway in Detroit to present a showcase for the 11th annual Sutton Foster Awards at 6:30 p.m. May 21 at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit. Students will perform selections from their school musicals, along with Broadway medleys.

Grosse Pointe North High School’s production of “Beauty and the Beast,” Grosse Pointe South High School’s production of “Mamma Mia!” and University Liggett School’s production of “Aida” are among the participants.

“Supporting the creativity and passion of students in our region is a great joy for all of us at the Fisher,” Broadway in Detroit General Manager Jamie Budgett said in a press release. “We are incredibly excited to collaborate with our friends at Wharton Center to bring these awards to the city and cannot wait to celebrate the tremendous talent of students from across the state.”

Showcase tickets cost $15. For tickets or more information, visit or call (800) WHARTON.


Walk to support mental health and suicide prevention
GROSSE POINTES —The seventh annual Suicide Prevention Walk and Mental Health Fair, hosted by the Family Center of Grosse Pointe and Harper Woods, will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 21 at Grosse Pointe North High School, 707 Vernier Road in Grosse Pointe Woods. The event is being organized in partnership with the Grosse Pointe Public School System and Kevin’s Song.

No registration is necessary, and the event is free. Participants are invited to raise money for the Grosse Pointe Farms-based nonprofit, Kevin’s Song — which is working to raise awareness about suicide and suicide prevention. Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome. For more about the event, visit


Documentary to be screened
GROSSE POINTE SHORES — “America You Kill Me” — an award-winning, feature-length documentary about the life and legacy of gay rights pioneer Jeffrey Montgomery, who grew up in the Grosse Pointes — will be shown at 7 p.m. May 16 and May 30 at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, 1100 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Shores. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for the screenings.

The film, which includes adult themes, is recommended for those ages 18 and older. The screenings are presented in partnership with the Ford House, WE GP, Between the Lines, Ferndale Pride, Motor City Pride and Macomb County Pride. Tickets are free, although donations to WE GP are welcome and can be made by Venmo at @We-gp or online at For tickets, visit