The "Gemmys"

Honest sharing of experiences. That's what the Gemmys are about. Returning and local alumni take to the stage in front of the entire Manistique Area School 6-12 grade classes in a one of a kind opportunity. The Gemmys started in 2016 with James Studinger sharing his stories of growing up in Manistique, college experiences and into his current career, aspirations and family life.

The Gemmys carry a couple of common themes - 1) That being from Manistique is much more a reason you will succeed in life and by no means a limitation. Whether your aspirations are the far reaches of the world, the pinnacle of medicine, riches, political, social, compassionate accomplishments or a wonderful life in your hometown. All is possible and incubated throughout your experiences and relationships in Manistique. 2) LUFU - Love You for You. We succeed in life by helping others rise rather than by breaking them down. Embrace your unique qualities and the wonderful differences in others.

Each spring Manistique welcomes two alumni to present their story at the Gemmys. It's an expiernce equally beneficial for the students and the presenters.

Previous Gemmy Presenters

Future Gemmy Presenters

Would you like to speak at the Gemmys? We are booking speakers well in advance, so if interested, please let us know now by filling out the Gemmy Submission form below. James Studinger will contact you directly to discuss. Thank you for your help. Manistique Area School students have wonderful opportunities in life, but these opportunities are leveraged many times over by hearing from Alumni Gems. You have the ability to impact your hometown and foster a prosperous and compassionate culture for generations to come. Looking for more ways to get involved? Be sure to look into the Gem Hosting Program and the Gems' Alumni Association.

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Alumni "Gem" Hosting Program

We can help the Manistique area kids and community by sharing our own home with students, and opening doors for them to experience things they may be dreaming of in their future.

The Gem Hosting Program is the perfect platform to make this happen. Juniors apply to be a guest of an approved Alumni Host family to spend a week with over the summer. During that time the students can visit the alumni's job, be exposed to people in the career of their interest, maybe see a college campus, meet community leaders, catch a baseball game... It's an amazing opportunity for students to be exposed to endless possibilities.

When they return to Manistique the students will draft a report, which they will present to Manistique community leaders in the auditorium for the other students to learn from. The students will be questioned on what they learned, and ideas that they think could help their community. The top three presentations will be awarded a prize.

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If you'd like to be considered for the Alumni Gem Hosting Program please fill out form below

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Manistique Area Schools "Gem" Alumni Association

The Manistique Area Schools “Gem” Alumni Association is an intentional effort to reconnect alumni with their hometown – the community, the school system, residents, students, and businesses.

Our mission is to provide information and connections to alumni from Manistique Area Schools back to those who are in the community. We will share the “what’s happening here” stories – the Who, What, Where, How and When—with those who have graduated from Manistique Area Schools. By sharing this information, we hope to help alums understand what’s happening in the Manistique area and how they might be able to help. Our alumni association will help reconnect all of us to this wonderful, magical place. 

Our hope is, that by helping alums understand what’s happening in the Manistique area, some will decide to be philanthropic, some will volunteer their time, and others will offer their expertise to the conversations about the future of our hometown. There are many ways in which we alums can give back to the hometown that gave us so much when we were growing up there. Let’s start a conversation about your passions, your experience, and where you might be able to offer support.

We have many graduates from our school system who have either remained in the area, or have returned to the area. Some of these people have become engaged in the workings of the community, bringing their skills, experience, and resources to bear to create a higher quality of life for everyone. A few of these “Gems” are listed below,

We have two high school interns assisting in gathering the names and contact information for graduates of Manistique Area Schools this summer (2017). Once we have this information compiled into a database, we will begin communicating with the alums! We hope to have our first newsletter out by Labor Day, so please stay tuned!

Notable Alums Who Have Engaged

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