Summer break has been shorter for our students over the last few years as local schools have adopted the balanced calendar. For two seniors, the break seemed even shorter as they took advantage of special courses at out-of-state colleges. Kaleb Dunn (HFS ’14) took two college classes via the Pre-college: Rising Star program at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Georgia, and Emma Delaney (HFS ’14) spent three weeks at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee at the Berklee College of Music studying ballet. To read more about their experiences, please continue reading on the Providence High School Website.
Class of 2007 grad wins groundskeeping contest
Andrew Marking (HFS ’07), head groundskeeper for the Quad-Cities River Bandits’ ballpark in Davenport, Iowa, recently won the Sports Turf Managers Association Stars and Stripes mowing pattern contest. A Purdue graduate in turf science and management is in his second year caring for the turf at Modern Woodmen Park, where the Class A minor league baseball team plays.
Marking’s “4th of July on the Banks of the Mississippi” field design incorporated a star design cut into the infield grass with a U.S. flag in center field and a cross-cut pattern flanking both sides of the flag. A post of the design received more than 200 likes on Facebook, enough to win him the contest – and a complimentary pass to the 2018 STMA Annual Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.
Marking and his assistant created the design for the contest, but their first responsibility is ensuring a consistent playing surface. Still he enjoyed doing something different that garnered so much attention.
“As a sports turf manager, crafting a safe playing surface is always our primary concern, but this contest succeeds in providing members an opportunity to express themselves on a global stage,” Marking said. “And it feels great to have the field recognized. I never thought that I would have received all the media attention that I have with winning the award. It shows all the hard work that my assistant and myself have put into the field paying off by how the field looks and plays.”
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