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Your Dream is Our Dream: Celebrating Student Success

Your Dream is Our Dream: Celebrating Student Success brings you conversations with students and educators that ignite and inspire dreams. Students from all levels of education share in their own words how learning connects them to achieving their goals and exploring their ambitions.

  • This podcast series is hosted and produced by Kent ISD Communications Specialists Joy Walczak and Nate Gimby and the team at WGVU Public Media.
  • Kent ISD is proud to partner with WGVU in showcasing student success and how teaching and learning help make dreams come true. 
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  • Before they finish high school, Abby and Cole will complete their Associate Degrees at GRCC and have a top five finish at a NASA competition under their belts. They’re both getting a jump start on their education and careers at no cost by taking part in a program called Launch U.
  • When Brady Bowers heard the word “quadrilateral” he knew he was headed to Washington. Bowers won the Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee setting him up for a spot on stage at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in June, an achievement made possible with support found at school
  • When Angel moved from Puerto Rico to Michigan, he had no idea what opportunities awaited him. After entering Kent ISD’s Empower U program at Goodwill Industries his entry into meaningful employment and increased independence began
  • Lessons in agriscience and farming grew into a hydroponic and microgreen business for a busy Lowell High School senior with the help of his teacher and FFA advisor
  • Just a year ago, Luz Hernandez was in a coma, intubated and clinging to life. As her recovery from COVID began in 2022, she vowed to return to school to continue learning English after losing some of her language skills to her bout with deadly virus
  • Joel Perez hasn’t had a typical high school experience until now. As he navigates advanced placement classes, football practice and his role as a student leader, he’s focusing on a future in front of the classroom
  • Madi Storey is intent on giving back. Inspired by others who aspire to hold office, defend the disadvantaged and assume roles in improving lives, she is learning to lead
  • As a fifth grader, Bishop Cobbs has big dreams of being a professional athlete, but after a summer coding class, he’s adding video game designer to his ambitions
  • Jordan Holliday is on track to become a police officer with some training and an internship under his belt before he finishes high school
  • Elyzabeth Martinez has completed the Kent Career Tech Center EMT Program and is now a Life EMS Ambulance Responder