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Chargers Making a Difference

Lightning Bugs: Middle School students Anna Grdjan, Jayda Schreiber, Ana VanHarten and Morgan Vogler.

On Feb. 10, four representatives from CTA’s Lightning Bugs (formally Girl Talk, currently in its fourth year), volunteered at Solon Township Hall for the Annual Spaghetti Dinner. The girls: Ana VanHarten (6 th Grade), Jayda Schreiber (6 th Grade), Morgan Vogler (6 th Grade), and Anna Grdjan (7 th Grade), along with teacher leader, Ms. Liscombe, helped set up for the event, serve food, pass out baked goods for the dessert auction, and clean up afterward. “The girls had a great time serving the community and cannot wait to help out again next year,” shared Liscombe. All money raised goes towards the development of Velzy Park.

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2017-2018 CTA Honor Roll


Semester 1

Middle School

Grade Student Name GPA

06 Atwood, Shadrach 3.1

08 August, Elizabeth 3.5

07 Beiter, Landon 3.8

08 Benson, Jesse 3.4

08 Besmer, Evan 4.0

06 Besmer, Trinity 3.2

06 Brinley, Nadelynn 3.8

08 Brown, Jordan 3.1

06 Christie, Gabrielle 3.6

07 Covell, Remington 3.3

06 Creveling, Jaxson 3.8

07 Davenport, Haydn 4.0

06 Dillon, Jacob 3.5

08 Fisk, Alison 4.0

08 Fisk, Austin 4.0

08 Fisk, Nathaniel 3.2

08 Fleet, Raven 3.0

06 Fulkerson, Jack 3.6

07 Grdjan, Anna 4.0

06 Holmes, Abigail 3.6

06 Hoops, Thomas 4.0

06 Jaggers, Jacob 3.5

07 Jibson, Brenna 4.0

08 Knowlton, Elizabeth 4.0

08 Marek, Sawyer 3.6

08 Mason, Cheyenne 3.3

06 McSorley, Caden 3.1

08 McSorley, Kendallyn 3.5

06 Montambo, Saige 3.8

06 Piskun, Danielle 3.0

06 Rypma, Ryan 3.1

06 Schreiber, Jayda 3.5

08 Shelagowski, Alyssa 3.6

07 Slock, Ethan 4.0

07 Slock, Kaden 3.8

08 Stevens, Zachary 3.0

06 Sullivan, Mason 3.5

06 VanHarten, Analiese 3.9

06 Vogler, Morgan 3.0

07 Walker, Malikia 3.8

06 Warner, Conner 3.2

06 Willis, Sierra 3.2

07 Winn, Emily 3.6

08 Winters, Ivan 4.0

06 Winters, Kaden 4.0

08 Wortz, Molly 4.0

High School

09 Alverson, McKenzie 4.0

12 Armstrong, Dawson 3.6

12 Aspinall, Cortney 3.9

11 August, Danielle 4.0

09 Buchanan, Anthony 3.3

11 Calkins, Brianne 3.5

09 Calkins, Calvin 3.1

11 Davison, Matthew 4.0

11 Dillon, Joshua 3.0

10 Fahling, Gabriela 3.2

12 Gibbs, Hannah 3.9

11 Hawley, Hailey 3.6

10 Hirsch, Travis 3.6

10 Hofstra, Hannah 3.9

12 Hofstra, James 3.7

09 Hoogerhyde, Grayce 3.1

12 Howard, Austin 4.0

12 Imhoff, Elise 4.0

11 Jahns, Elizabeth 3.4

11 Lovett, Nathan 3.2

09 McSorley, Carson 3.6

12 Miner, Leslie 3.7

12 Nguyen, Dat 3.3

12 Nguyen, Khanh 3.5

10 Puttakerd, Premyuda 3.4

12 Ryder, Jamie 4.1

10 Shelagowski, Ashley 3.9

12 Sidlauskas, Violet 3.3

09 Sidlauskas, Willow 4.0

12 Thebo, Tayler 3.8

11 Tran, Hien 3.2

09 VanDyke, Audrey 3.0

12 Watson, Autumn 3.9

10 Watson, Faith 3.0

09 Wierda, Tori 3.4

11 Winters, Logan 3.9

11 Wortz, Charles 3.1

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16 Early Release Day (Students and Staff)

19-20 Mid-Winter Break (No School)

23 Basketball Game vs. WM Aviation 5:30/7:00 p.m.

24 Enchanted Snow Ball (Daddy Daughter Dance)


8 MS/HS Choir Concert – 7 p.m.

9 Early Release Day (Students and Staff)

19 Town Hall Meeting

19-22 Student-Led Conferences

23 Early Release Day

29 Early Release Day (Students and Staff)

30-April 6 Spring Break

* Early Release Dismissal Schedule

• K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

• 6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

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Substitute Positions Available


Teachers and Classroom Aides

Creative Technologies Academy, Cedar Springs, MI

$90-110/day – Temporary Teachers

Creative Technologies Academy is seeking interested individuals that could work as substitute teachers for the Academy. We have daily substitute teaching opportunities for this school year. To qualify to substitute teach in our school, applicants must have a transcript indicating completion of 90 credit hours from a four year college or university with a minimum 2.0 GPA or hold a valid or expired Michigan Teaching Certificate. All interested individuals should contact Dan George, Superintendent/School Leader at dgeorge@ctachargers.org.

$10.00/hour – Temporary Classroom Aides

For additional information regarding classroom aide requirements and position details, contact dgeorge@ctachargers.org.

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Helping People And Changing Lives

Third grade students show their Compliment Collage’s they made to instill confidence through compliments.

Staff and students with one of the fleece tie blankets they made during the day of service projects.

This year CTA students have been able to work with an AmeriCorp Vista representative through the Heart of West Michigan United Way. Our high school students crafted tie blankets for Degage Ministries plus tie hats that they gifted to others. Some of the organizations that received the hats were Degage Ministries, North Kent Connect, and The Bridge. Elementary students read books with our high school students, and talked about the power of compliments.

Elementary students also decorated lunch bags for Kids Food Basket. We all enjoyed being able to give back to our community to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

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Leading On and Off the Court

Dan George poses with Allen Durham who was one of his former basketball players with the Grace Bible College Tigers Men’s Basketball team.

Earlier this month, CTA was excited to welcome Allen Durham of the Philippine’s Meralco Bolts professional basketball team to their campus. Allen was named MVP of the PBL (Phillipines Professional Basketball League) in 2016 and 2017. Allen spoke with the high school students about his career and how self-discipline, respect, and humility helped lead him to success.

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Chargers Up Their Game In 2018

chargers basketball: Front (L to R): Tony Buchanan, Avery Bishop, Casen Armstrong, Jordan Brown, Ivan Winters, Landon Winters. Back (L to R): Assistant Coach Kyle Knarr, Tobius Potter, Luke Hubbard, James Hofstra, Dawson Armstrong, Charles Wortz, John Wortz, Collin Bishop, Head Coach Todd Bowmar

Lady Chargers: Front (L to R): Haven Nguyen, Hannah Hofstra Middle (L to R): Gam Puttakerd, Elizabeth Jahns, Ruby Tompkins Back (L to R): Head Coach Lisa Perry, Tori Wierda, Brin Calkins, Autumn Watson, Faith Watson, Molly Wortz, Assistant Coach Kyle Knarr

The Chargers have entered 2018 on a tear, winning all eight games they have played, including a nail-biter against Big Rapids Home School. The Chargers are paced on offense by Seniors James Hofstra and Dawson Armstrong, while Junior Charles Wortz commands the defense from the middle. Sophomores Luke Hubbard and Collin Bishop have provided the team with a balanced scoring attack. With five regular season games left, the Chargers are in a great position to finish the season off strong with a strong showing in a post-season tournament in Lansing the weekend of March 3rd.

With two weeks left in the regular season, the Lady Chargers have come a long way. They had a big win over the Big Rapids Homeschool team. The girls have been working hard on finishing shots and have increased their team shooting percentage. The Lady Chargers have also caused a lot of turnovers for opponents on a scrappy defense. As the season draws to a close, seniors Autumn Watson and Haven Nguyen look to finish strong. Both seniors have contributed a great deal to the team and will be missed next year. The Lady Chargers hope to add a few more wins to their record in these last two weeks of the season and finish strong.

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Red Hawk wrestlers move on to regionals

Lucus Pienton looks to shoot against his Lowell opponent.

Wrestling is often coined as the “toughest six minutes in sports.” Six Red Hawk wrestlers proved their toughness this weekend as they advanced to the Division 2 Regional Finals.

Ryan Ringler defeated Austin Engle (#2 migrappler.com) to win his second District Championship and reach the 150-win milestone.

Meanwhile, Aaron Smith, Trevor Marsman and Lucus Pienton placed second for the Red Hawks. Pienton lost in a close match to #1 ranked Alec Rees from Sparta and will look for vengeance at the regional final. Marsman finally broke 100 lbs but still couldn’t handle Nick Korhorn of Lowell in the finals. Aaron Smith will make his second trip to individual regionals looking for a sweeter ending and a trip to Ford Field.

Jacob Galinis and Anthony Brew finished the day with consolation victories to move on in the tournament.

The Regional Finals will be held in Byron Center​ on Saturday, February 17, with wrestling starting at 9 a.m. The top four from each weight class will move on to the State Finals at Ford Field.

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Red Hawk bowlers looking to win conference

Sophomore Omani Morales placed 5th out of 46 and junior Sarah Galloway placed 12th out of 46 at the Caledonia invitational pre-regional singles.

Sophmore Omani Morales placed 2nd out of more than 100 bowlers at the Mona Shores invitational with a three-game series of 574.

The Red Hawk boys and girls bowling teams have been busy trying to roll their way towards a conference championship.

On January 31, both the boys and girls won their conference matches against Ottawa Hills, 30-0. 

On February 3, they competed at the Hudsonville invitational. The boys finished  8th out of 12 teams, and the girls finished 3rd out of 12.

On February 7, they bowled in a conference match against Northview. The boys won 26-4, and the girls won 17-13.

At the Mona Shores invitational on February 10, the boys placed 12th out of 24, and the girls took first place. Sophomore Omani Morales placed 2nd out of more than 100 bowlers with a three-game series of 574. 

On February 11, at the Caledonia invitational pre-regional singles, sophomore Omani Morales placed 5th out of 46; and junior Sarah Galloway placed 12th out of 46.

The teams were scheduled for a match against Forest Hills Northern on February 14 (Wednesday evening), and then the post season on Saturday, February 17 at Northview. The outcome there will determine the conference championship. The girls team is currently in first place, and the boys are tied for first place with Northview and Lowell.

Girls bowling team took first place a Mona Shores. From L to R: Coach Jackson, Rose Batey, Sarah Galloway, Alexa Thompson, Omani Morales, Michayla Paige, Katelyn Paige, Assistant Coach Trevor Ruark.


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WMP wrestlers all finish in top three spots

Blake Peasley, 85 lb Champion in the 9/10 age group. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit entered 14 grapplers to wrestle this weekend and all 14 placed in the top 3 at various tournaments.

Kellen Weckesser at 59 lbs and Kamden Witte, 67 lbs, both in the 9/10 age group, traveled to Lakeview. Both Weckesser and Witte went undefeated and claimed Championship titles. 

Xavier Carpentier, 70 lbs, 11/12 age group, 75 lb Harper Cheng 9/10 age group, and 58 lb Desmond Smith, 7/8 Novice age group, all travelled to Thornapple Kellogg-Middleville.  Smith finished 3rd. Carpentier and Cheng both went undefeated and claimed Championship titles. 

Drew Moro traveled to Minnesota for the Gopher State Nationals. Moro entered the 66 lb 3rd/4th grade division on Saturday. He went 3-1 for the day, finishing 2nd. Moro then entered the 65 lb 1st/2nd grade division on Sunday. He went 2-1 for the day, finishing 2nd. Moro came home with two new belts!

The remainder of the team traveled to Dewitt for the Central Greights tournament. Tyler Parmeter, 75 lbs, 9/10 age group, finished 3rd. Tatianna Castillo, 55 lbs, 7/8 age group, finished 2nd in the All Girls division. Brody Compau, 46 lbs, 7/8 age group, finished 2nd in the open division. Champions of the day are 67 lb Quinten Cassiday, 9/10 age group; 67 lb Luke Egan, 9/10 age group; 85 lb Blake Peasley, 9/10 age group; 61 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 7/8 age group, and 52 lb Blake Werkema, 7/8 age group. 

“Wrestling is one of the best sports for building character. These kids and their parents are amazing. I cannot wait to see these kids finish out their careers on the podium at High School State Finals,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus.

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