Meet Angie Phillips

Angie is inspiring to those around her and motivated to go
above and beyond. Last semester she initiated and coordinated a Noorthoek student food drive to contribute to the GRCC food pantry program drive. Outside her involvement in Noorthoek, she also seeks to help others by volunteering at other area non-profits while holding a job at the YMCA.

Angie has many interests including the outdoors. In the warmer months she enjoys biking and hiking on our area’s bountiful trails especially in Grand Haven. She serves as a caregiver for her father and lives with her son, Jake.

A longtime resident of Jenison, Angie graduated from Jenison High School. She has been a Noorthoek student for the past six years after her son encouraged her to do what she always wanted to by attending college. She thanks GRCC and Dr. Enders for the opportunity to attend class on the campus of GRCC. She feels blessed and wishes all students success for years to come. Angie’s 2016 poem “A Hero” expresses her gracious attitude.

When I look around at the world I live in,
I see heros everyday.
Men and women who pick themselves up
Minute by minute
to face another challenge.
Those who forge ahead with perseverance
and determination to keep on going
and learning.
I see a hero in the young man
With no word, but a beautiful grin
When he hears his name.
I see a hero in the face of a girl with a warm, bubbly hello,
and contagious smile, a mile long.
I hear a hero in the voice of one with an excited story to tell
And share with all.
A hero is the cherished loved one,
Or special friend
With a warm tender smile,
And a bear of a hug that says,
“I am proud of you”
wrapped in love.
These are the heros I see every day.

Meet Tanis Hooker

tanis-hookerTanis, a friendly and kind-hearted person has been attending Noorthoek Academy since 2013, after graduating from East Grand Rapids High School. He is very interested in athletics. He swam for the EGR swim team for 4 years – his favorite race being the 50 Free. He finished in the EGR Triathon, loves to swim, snow ski, and is challenged by rock climbing at the Higher Ground Climbing Center. He also likes to travel and cheer for his favorite Michigan football teams, yes, U of M and the Lions.

He is very involved in the Central Reformed Church. He has many friends and will always say yes to social events. His 2015 Poem called “My Church” reads:

I feel peaceful and welcomed when I enter the door.
I was an active member of youth group.
Life long friendships were made.
I hope we grow our church with more young people.

He volunteers at Kids Food Basket, Holland Home and Addie’s Pantry, and is also an Independent Business Owner for Amway. He has lots of customers who love his products.

Tanis hopes to live independently in the future. Currently, he attends a life skills program at the Mayfield campus of Grand Rapids where he is learning to overcome his visual impairment. Family is important to Tanis. Another recent poem reads:

My extraordinary grandma,
even in poor health, she prays for others.
Always listens. Never criticizes.
Her kind and generous spirit make her even more lovable.
My grandma lives life to the fullest,
inspiring me to persevere,
no matter what.

Noorthoek is a very special place for Tanis. He likes the classwork, being able to attend GRCC athletic events and being part of campus life. He especially enjoys having a voice in what and how they want to learn.