QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“They were leaving school and walked through someone’s alley and a man shot my friend, right in his face. He never got charged with anything because the police said they were on his property so there was nothing that could be done about it. So (Martin’s story) really hits close to home. … A child should never be in a predicament where he goes to the store to get something and the next thing you know he’s gone.”

— Herman Brooks III, 21, who marched with about 20 other Ferris State University students on Thursday to raise awareness about the death of Trayvon Martin. The story of 17-year-old Martin’s death has resonated with Brooks, who lost a friend at the same age at the hands of a gunman who was never punished.

 

“I don’t know what to say. I’ve been coming to these state finals for a lot of years as a spectator. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better Class C game than that one. It was a battle back-and-forth.”

— Bob Raven, girls basketball coach for Morley Stanwood for 19 years, on the Mohawks Class C state championship. The school’s first-ever state championship capped a perfect 28-0 season for Raven and his players.

 

“We’re really excited to be here. I know coming off of a couple of weeks ago, we were pretty down about the conference tournament. We were able to put that behind us pretty quickly. We didn’t want one weekend to define what was a great season.”

— Ferris State coach Bob Daniels said he and his team are excited about playing in the university’s second NCAA tournament appearance.

 

“I don’t like to see buildings going empty. That building was set up for early education. … It’s a resource in the community and we’re outgrowing our space at the ISD, so it makes sense to bring all of early childhood education together to collaborate.”

— Karen Schneider, MOISD director of general education, who helped develop the idea for re-opening Eastwood Early Childhood Center as a community early childhood center.

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