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New and old business

I have some exciting news about a golf outing Lochmoor Club is hosting with Pointe Magazine in the fall. That’s the “new business.” But before I get into that, I have some “old business” — namely, our “Top Grad” selections in the last May-June issue, as well as in each of the last six June issues of Pointe Magazine, beginning with Volume 1, No. 1 in May-June 2010.

Parents of an actual “Top Grad” ask how we can make the claim of “Top Grads” when, in fact, our grads are not the No. 1 and No. 2 students for each of our high schools, i.e., Grosse Pointe North and South and University Liggett. We never intended for our “Top Grads” from each of the high schools to in fact be the No. 1 and No. 2 students academically. We require they be “among” the Top Grads of each of the schools, that they have a minimum 3.75 grade point average and that they be “well rounded,” i.e. active in academics, extra-curricular activities and community service.

There are good reasons why we do not attempt to determine the No. 1 and No. 2 students at each of the schools, at least as far as grade point average. For one thing, we sought to feature both a boy and a girl from each school. We would have to be very lucky to happen to have a boy and girl turn out to be the No. 1 and/or No. 2 students at each school. Chances are we could end up with two girls or two boys. That was not our goal.

Secondly, since this is a bi-monthly magazine, we are assigning stories some 45 days in advance of the publication date. So for the May-June issue, we are seeking “Top Grad” nominees at the beginning of March — some three months prior to graduation. Accurately determining the No. 1 and No. 2 students that far in advance of graduation would be impossible or lucky.

The parents also question who our “sources” are for our Top Grads. While we will not divulge individuals, we can say we solicit from among school board members, school administrators and, at times, parent organizations and parents themselves. True, this is not scientific. Nor is it intended to be. As far as we are concerned, all our seniors in the Pointes are “Top Grads” and deserve recognition.

Among the teasers on the cover of the magazine, we announced, “Top Grads: Editor’s Picks from the Class of 2015.” On the table of contents page, we list: “Top Grads: Pointe Magazine’s Top Picks for 2015 High School Graduates.” However, on the top of the pages where we profiled the students, we only headlined: “Top Grads 2015.” In the past we have included the words, “Editor’s Picks” on the profile pages as well. This last time we inadvertently did not. For that and the confusion it may have caused among students and parents, we apologize. We certainly did not mean to offend or slight anyone.

In the future, we will not use the term “Top Grads” and instead will use the moniker, “Pointe Grads: Editor’s Picks from the Class of 2016,” etc. We hope that will eliminate the confusion and not offend or disappoint the students and parents of students who were, in fact, the “Top Grads” of their class.

Now to “new business.” Yes, we are excited to announce the 1st Annual “Lochmoor Club & Pointe Magazine Columbus Day Charity Golf Outing.” Lochmoor has generously agreed to sponsor the event. Our first benefitting charity will be “Special Kids Inc.,” an organization ably run by Jeanne Lizza of Grosse Pointe Woods. Special Kids offers individual, specialized therapies and services to children with developmental or learning disabilities in the Grosse Pointe area. Special Kids is a Michigan nonprofit corporation and an IRS 501(c)(3) organization.

Lunch will be provided by National Coney Island, and the shotgun start will be at 1 p.m. at Lochmoor Club on Columbus Day, Oct. 12. The scramble format is always a fun outing, allowing even the occasional golfer a chance to contribute to the team. There will be all the “skins” competitions, of course, including Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, Hole in One Challenge, and much more. Following the event will be a tin can raffle, awards ceremony and a gourmet buffet with open bar.

We are looking for golfers, of course, and we have hole, bar, buffet and many other sponsorship opportunities available. To sign up to golf and/or be a sponsor, go to our website, www.grossepointemagazine.com, or email me at publisher@grossepointemagazine.com. Look forward to seeing y’all there! Fore!

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