Kim Froeses first major artistic
endeavor generated plenty of interest
at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, resulted
in her first major sale, and will now
bring some international fame.
The Croton artists piece, Face
You Need Us, is headed for the
Ripleys Believe It Or Not museum
in Amsterdam after a Ripleys
executive bought it last week while
it was on display at ArtPrize.
Ripleys has more than 30
Odditoriums around the world.
The unusual creation stands more than seven
feet tall and boasts 55 faces. Everything is covered in the material from approximately 90
hornet and wasp nests. It was featured in a Sept. 24 article in the TimesIndicator.
Froese said that Ripleys offered a
big enough check that she did not have to think about it very long.
I was pleased, she said, and
not just because of the money. I wont have to rearrange my house, figure out where
to put it, and try to keep the dust off it.
A team of students from Newaygo High School, accompanied by
teacher Luke Francis, participated in the Code Michigan event at The Stream in downtown
Local Code Michigan event
produces State's top winning app
coding is the act of creating works of software for the purpose of promoting government
transparency, citizen engagement, government efficiency, public policy, and monitoring
emerging issues and economic development.
Stream is this regions technological epicenter, a facility created to meet the needs
of an increasingly fluid economy.
two combined to host Code Michigan, the three-day marathon of technological innovation,
held at The Stream in Newaygo from Oct. 3 through 5.
team of Eric Buehler, Josh Hulst and Ryan Graffy, all of the Grand Rapids area, won the
first-place prize in Newaygo and the grand prize in the entire state for their SnowFi
application, which shows where snow plows are and what roads have been cleared for safer
commutes. Similar events were held in Detroit and Marquette.
was great to be a part of Code Michigan and were ecstatic that we won, Buehler
received a prize of $15,000 and a chance to see their project become a reality.
than 40 participants arrived at The Stream on Friday to work either alone or in teams.
weekend some code developers across the state showed what can happen when they use their
skills for the public good, said David Behen, director of the Michigan Department of
Technology, Management and Budget. Congratulations to all our participants. I look
forward to seeing their submissions hit the app store.
participants ranged from full-time software developers to college students. They also
included a quartet of Newaygo High School students accompanied by their teacher Luke
Ive learned here this weekend is immeasurable, said Austyn Page. Experiencing
all the collaboration that went on was pretty amazing.
weekend was like a months worth of work in the classroom, said Francis.
students each spoke of the help they received from Alex Mason and Mitch Dodge, a pair of
competitors who provided quite a bit of mentoring throughout the weekend.
were great, said Makayla Walma. They just showed up and asked if we needed any
worked with us all weekend, added Leah Gerencer.
group from Kalamazoo spent the weekend holed up in one of The Streams glass enclosed
offices. Their entry, Michigan Outdoors, provided an app to locate all
recreational options for an area. The team won the prize in the local Tourism and
Recreation category and won second place in this region.
at The Stream are very honored to have been selected as one of the sites for Code
Michigan, said Stream Director Rhonda Wert-Carr. Everyone involved with The
Stream is celebrating that the grand prize winner came from our location, and we are
elated to have 25 out of our 40 participants walk away from The Stream as winners.
next step is to help our winners activate their newly created concepts.
participants each seemed mostly enthusiastic about the event but were unanimous in their
praise of one aspect of this innovative Codeathon.
food was amazing, said Zach Smith of Central Michigan University, part of a trio who
came to Newaygo from Mt.Pleasant, Kalamazoo and Ann Arbor to participate in the
Gala Gourmet Catering and the Riverstop Café kept the development teams well fed, and
ample snacks were provided throughout the weekend.
Michigan Newaygo was made possible through the support of The Fremont Area Community
Foundation, Haworth, Nestlé, ChoiceOne Bank and Google.