New education subcommittee begins review of Michigan Merit Curriculum

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Dale Zorn on Thursday participated in the first meeting of a new education subcommittee as it reviews the Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC).

“Receiving a quality education is vital to having a rewarding career in today’s economy,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “More than 10 years ago, Michigan adopted one of the nation’s most rigorous sets of high school graduation requirements, designed to set high goals for students and to help them reach those goals. I am honored to be serving on a new panel tasked with ensuring that the Michigan Merit Curriculum is providing our students an education that gives them the tools necessary to be successful, obtain a well-paying job, and lead meaningful and fulfilling lives.”

In Thursday’s meeting, the subcommittee heard from former Lt. Gov. John Cherry and St. Clair Superintendent Dan DeGrow about the 2004 Commission on Higher Education and Economic Growth. Cherry headed the commission, which was created by Gov. Granholm in 2004 to help double the number of Michigan college graduates in 10 years and ensure that Michigan provided residents with the necessary skills for the jobs of the 21st century.

As a result of the commission’s recommendations, the state enacted the MMC in 2006. Since that time, Michigan students have been required to obtain, as a condition of receiving a high school diploma, a minimum of 18 credits in eight specific subject areas.

“It was great to hear the insight of the people who helped shape the state’s education curriculum a decade ago,” Zorn said. “Education is not one-size-fits-all, and there is always room for improvement. As we undertake this top-to-bottom look at the MMC, my goal is to ensure that it gives all students an education that best meets their needs and prepares them for success.”

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Photo caption: Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, (left) listens as former Lt. Gov. John Cherry and St. Clair Superintendent Dan DeGrow discuss the 2004 Commission on Higher Education and Economic Growth. Zorn is a member of a new education subcommittee reviewing the Michigan Merit Curriculum, which was enacted in 2006 as a result of the commission’s recommendations.

Zorn, Kahle honor state champion Hudson High School wrestling team

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, and Rep. Bronna Kahle, R-Clinton, on Thursday honored the Hudson High School varsity wrestling team at the Michigan Capitol for winning the 2017 Division 4 state championship. The Tigers have been to a state record nine consecutive finals — winning six state titles during that time.

The lawmakers presented Coach Scott Marry and the team with a special tribute signed by Zorn, Kahle and Gov. Rick Snyder.

During Senate session, Zorn offered the following remarks:

“Representative Bronna Kahle and I are pleased to introduce and welcome to the Michigan Senate, the 2017 Division 4 Michigan state wrestling champions: the Hudson High School Tigers.

“It is an honor and a great privilege to offer congratulations to the Hudson Tigers on an amazing season and such a great history of superior wrestling. They were ranked number one nearly the entire season, demonstrating their abilities, sportsmanship and school spirit in support of each teammate.

“The season will be remembered as a true competitive year that was tough and psychological. This dedicated team of high school athletes triumphed over mental and physical strife to truly become an inspiration to their community.

“The state title weekend turned out to be one of the most dominating performances in high school championship history. The championship weekend started with the Tigers defeating Munising 79-0 at the quarterfinals. The Tigers then ended up in the Division 4 championship match after defeating Bronson 38-25 in the semifinals. They then went on to defeat their long-time rival New Lothrop 51-13 to win their sixth Division 4 team state title.

“Having now appeared in nine consecutive title matches, the Hudson Tigers finished this season with an overall record of 19–9.

“We offer our congratulations to the 2017 Hudson High School varsity wrestling team and Coach Scott Marry on their remarkable season and for bringing home the state championship title to a very proud Hudson community.

“I would also like to welcome their athletic director Jeremy Beal and their coach Scott Marry, who was named the Division 4 state coach of the year. It is a great honor to present a state tribute to the Hudson Tigers in recognition of their 2017 state championship, but let it be known these boys are not finished; they will be back!”

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Photo caption: Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, and Rep. Bronna Kahle, R-Clinton, on Thursday honored the Hudson High School varsity wrestling team at the Michigan Capitol for winning the 2017 Division 4 state championship. The Tigers have been to a state record nine consecutive finals — winning six state titles during that time. The lawmakers presented Coach Scott Marry and the team with a special tribute signed by Zorn, Kahle and Gov. Rick Snyder.

**PHOTO ADVISORY** Zorn presents posthumous Congressional Gold Medal

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, on Saturday presented a posthumous Congressional Gold Medal in honor of Burnell Brandeberry’s service with the Civil Air Patrol during World War II before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Brandeberry is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ardith, who accepted the medal on his behalf.

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Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, on Saturday presented a posthumous Congressional Gold Medal in honor of Burnell Brandeberry’s service with the Civil Air Patrol during World War II before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Brandeberry is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ardith, who accepted the medal on his behalf. Pictured with Brandeberry (seated) from left are: Lt. Col. Mark Woodruff, vice commander of the Michigan Wing Civil Air Patrol; Col. Curtis Boehmer, Michigan Wing commander; and Zorn.

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Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, on Saturday presented Ardith Brandeberry with a Congressional Gold Medal, posthumously honoring her late husband’s service with the Civil Air Patrol during World War II. Burnell Brandeberry served in a squadron based in Adrian, where he learned to fly and earned his wings before leaving to train as a B-29 tail gunner in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Upon discharge from the Army, Brandeberry studied education and became a teacher at schools in Illinois and Ohio. He also served as an elementary school principal in the Toledo area, where he retired. Brandeberry died in 2013 at the age of 86.

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Sen. Zorn to hold a coffee hour in Adrian on April 28

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Dale Zorn has announced that he will conduct a district coffee hour in Adrian on Friday, April 28.

Coffee hours are open to residents to express their opinions or concerns about state government or to request assistance with a state issue.

The coffee hour will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Adrian District Library, 143 E. Maumee St. in Adrian.

“I am holding this local coffee hour in order to help provide residents a convenient opportunity to meet with me in person,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “My aim is to provide the best service possible for the hardworking people of the 17th District. I look forward to continuing a regular series of meetings throughout the district and hearing directly from constituents in one-on-one discussions.”

To respect other patrons of the library, no town-hall style discussions will be entertained. No appointment is necessary.

Residents who are unable to attend the coffee hour may contact Zorn’s office at (517) 373-3543 or via e-mail at SenDZorn@senate.michigan.gov.

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***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Sen. Zorn to present a posthumous Congressional Gold Medal

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn will be presenting a posthumous Congressional Gold Medal to Burnell Brandeberry on Saturday in Temperance. Brandeberry is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ardith, who will be receiving the medal on his behalf.

Who:
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida;
Ardith Brandeberry; and
Area veterans and community leaders.

What:
A posthumous presentation of the Congressional Gold Medal to Burnell Brandeberry.

When:
Saturday, April 15 at 6 p.m.

Where:
Bedford Township Hall
8100 Jackman Rd.
Temperance, MI 48182

Why:
On May 30, 2014, President Obama signed Senate Bill 309, a bipartisan bill awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to World War II members of the Civil Air Patrol. On Dec.10, 2014, Forty-six Civil Air Patrol World War II members were awarded the medal in Emancipation Hall at the Capitol. Following the presentation, the Civil Air Patrol began searching for other wartime members, both living and deceased, to perform similar presentations in their local communities.

The medal is presented in honor of Brandeberry’s service with the Civil Air Patrol during World War II, before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Brandeberry served in a Squadron based in Adrian, learning to fly and earning his wings before leaving to train as a B-29 tail gunner in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Upon discharge from the Army, Brandeberry studied education, earning his Master’s Degree in Education Administration from Bowling Green State University, and became a teacher at schools in Illinois and Ohio. He also served an elementary school principal in the Toledo area, where he retired. Brandeberry died in 2013 at the age of 86.

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