Rochester High School Alumnus, Class of 1955, Receives Diploma after Six Decades

A former Rochester High School student, Richard Armstrong, is scheduled to receive his diploma Monday, February 9, at 7:00 p.m., during the Board of Education meeting at the Rochester Community Schools Administration Building, 501 W. University Drive. “We are extremely honored to be celebrating this occasion with Mr. Armstrong,” said Rochester Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert Shaner. “There is a definite pride and sense of accomplishment that comes with receiving a … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Teen Loses Brave Battle with Cancer

Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan K. Barnett (far left) joined Gage Garmo's friends on Sunday to paint the town yellow, Gage's favorite color. Photo from Facebook

When used properly, social media can be a wonderful tool for spreading news quickly and affecting change as was evidenced over the past few days with the story about a courageous Rochester High School senior named Gage Garmo who was battling bone cancer. Rochester Media first heard about Gage's story on Facebook. How he was told his time was short and how his friends and the community were rallying to support him like the former football player had always done for them. As of Monday, … [Read more...]

Rochester Artist Pays Tribute to Fallen Soldier with ArtPrize entry

2014 ArtPrize entry by Larry Binkowski - photo by Michael Dwyer

Artist Larry Binkowski Larry graduated from Rochester High School in 1970 and attended Oakland Community College in Auburn Hills. He took art classes with long-time instructor, Ray Katz. However, for the most part, Larry is a self-taught sculptor, now living in Auburn Hills. Figurative and portrait sculpting in the public, as well as the private sector, is where Binkowski’s career began. That moved into working on product prototypes for a large toy company, then miniature figures for … [Read more...]

James Young drafted by Boston Celtics


It was reported by WXYZ Detroit that "James Young, who grew up in Rochester Hills, Mich., is getting ready for life in the NBA after being selected by the Boston Celtics at No. 17 on Thursday. Young shined for the Kentucky Wildcats, where he put on a show with dunks and clutch three-pointers during his time in The Bluegrass State. Many basketball experts say that Young increased his NBA value during the NCAA tournament after shooting over 40 percent from three-point range to go along with 18.5 … [Read more...]

Rochester Community Schools Class of 2014 Graduates with Highest Honors

According to a press release, Rochester Community Schools Class of 2014 will hold its graduation ceremonies during the week of June 2, 2014 and all commencement ceremonies are held at the Ultimate Soccer Arena. Rochester High School                  Tuesday, June 3 Adams High School                        Wednesday, June 4 Stoney Creek High School             Thursday, June 5 The Class of 2014, comprised of 1,272 students, is the first to … [Read more...]

Friends of the Falcons Gala to honor top Rochester athletes

Falcons Gala

Rochester High School Celebrates Success At Rochester High School, the saying goes, “It’s always a great day to be a Falcon.” This year, the Falcons are celebrating those great days with a festive event to support future successes on the Falcon fields. The accomplishments of the Falcons are many and include the Falcon Wrestlers who earned a District Championship aided in part by Shwan Shadaia, the two-time 189-pound state champion. His brother, Shane, also competed at the state level … [Read more...]

Art & Apples Festival Ranked #13 in the Nation!

Sunshine Artist Logo

Paint Creek Center for the Arts (PCCA) is pleased to announce that the Art & Apples Festival is now ranked #13 in the nation by Sunshine Artist Magazine. “Being named the top 13 festival in the U.S. by Sunshine Artist Magazine was fantastic news for the staff and board members of Paint Creek Center for the Arts,” said Ellen Hughes, PCCA Marketing Director. “The Art & Apples Festival is a year-round effort and the #13 ranking gives merit to our hard work and dedication.” The … [Read more...]

Hall of Fame for Michigan Women Induct Retired Rochester Educator

Our Fabulous Foremothers handmade Dolls by Gladys McKenney

Hall of Fame for Michigan Women Induct Retired Rochester Educator By Michael Dwyer Gladys Holdeman McKenney Gladys Holdeman McKenney is one of nine inductees this year into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame. Eight women and one group were selected to be the 2013 class. They will be honored at an awards dinner on Thursday, October 17 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing. This will be the 30th annual event. Gladys says she is a bit embarrassed to receive the … [Read more...]

Inaugural Summer Golf Scholarship Winners Announced

(Left to right)Mike Bylen, Managing Partner Pine Trace; Allison Friebe, Rochester High School; Annica Taylor, Stoney Creek High School; Philip Mai, Stoney Creek High School; and Rochester Hills Councilman Mark Tisdel.

Three Rochester Community School students were selected to receive the Inaugural Summer Golf Scholarship and recognized before the Rochester Hills City Council meeting on Monday evening. Sponsored by Pine Trace Golf Club, Allison Friebe, of Rochester High School, and Annica Taylor and Philip Mai of Stoney Creek High School, were each presented with a three-year scholarship giving them access to the Pine Trace driving range, putting/chipping areas, and the 18-hole course. “This … [Read more...]

School board selects interim superintendent

Tresa Zumsteg, Ph. D.

The Rochester Board of Education voted Monday to enter into contract negotiations with a candidate for interim superintendent. Tresa Zumsteg, Ph.D. was chosen by a board committee to replace outgoing Superintendent Fred Clarke, who over the summer announced his intention to find another job. He has not yet resigned, so it’s not yet known when Zumsteg will start. Zumsteg will be paid on a per diem basis to work alongside Clarke getting ready to take over. Once Clarke leaves, she will … [Read more...]