High School OT.com - Three Holiday Invitational alums taken in NBA Draft
My father, my first teacher and a jazz lover who always sought to share his interest with his younger daughter, introduced me to Lady Day and her music. I went on to devote a book to exploring her personal significance to me and to larger questions about gender, race and class. Like DuBois, I also sat awestruck at McDonalds performance: one great artist paying homage to another. And, although I am one of the many women who signed the letter pressing the administration to include women and girls in this program, that does not mean I, or any of us, question the presidents respect for black women. DuBois mentions the presidents love for his wife and his two beautiful daughters. As so many of us do, I find that heartwarming.
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For his college career, Stauskas shot 44 percent from 3-point range. The very next pick in the NBA Draft was also a Holiday Invitational alum. Vonleh (Indiana) was selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the ninth overall pick. Vonleh led his New Hampton (NH) team into the Holiday Invitational in 2012 and earned all-tournament honors as New Hampton fell to Word of God in the championship game. Vonleh was held to just seven points in the final. At Indiana, the 6-foot-9 and 247-pound Vonleh averaged 11.3 points, 9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. Warren (North Carolina State) was selected by the Phoenix Suns with the 14th overall pick. Warren played in the HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational with both Riverside High School and Word of God Christian Academy. He earned all-tournament honors as a freshman at Riverside in 2009. Warren averaged 24.9 points per game last season for the Wolfpack, shooting 52.5 percent from the field.
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Holiday Inn West in Kalamazoo has a new owner; management has ties to hotel in Grand Rapids | MLive.com
Rayman said Greenleaf remains committed to the Radisson Plaza in downtown Kalamazoo and all its retail and restaurant outlets, as well as to its Wings Stadium and Wings West properties. Wings Stadium is the home of the Kalamazoo Wings ECHL hockey team and a major entertainment venue. Wings West has two ice rinks for public skating and has an Old Burdick's restaurant/tavern. The property has about 70 employees, full- and part-time, who are now employees of the new owner. Rayman said Ellen Markle, manager of the Holiday Inn in Grand Rapids, has become general manager of the property. The Old Burdick's West restaurant there will continue to operate under that name for another year, until the property's new owners decide what direction to take with the food and beverage venue.
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