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Make for Change


This past December, the CTA elementary and middle schools participated in a “Make For Change” campaign in which the students brought in coin change from home. We mixed things up this year by allowing the winning class to choose the charity that would receive the funds. In order to win, one class needed to have the most positive or least amount of negative points; pennies were worth 1 point, nickels were worth negative 5 points, dimes were worth negative 10 points, quarters were worth negative 25 points, and dollars were worth negative 100 points. Each morning, students were given the opportunity to put silver coins in other grades’ jars, and then put their copper coins in their own class’ jars. During a period of nine days, the students of CTA came together and raised $920!

Each morning it was such a pleasure to see students walking up and down the hall with their bags of coins. The teachers did a fantastic job of hyping-up the contest; for example, teachers would pretend to get angry when students would bring in coins to add to their classroom’s jars. Yes, students and staff got caught up in the competition of the contest, but we also knew the underlying reason for the contest: to raise money for a specific charity.

The seventh grade came up with the win! Their class raised a positive $50; every other class end up in the negative. Nice job, seventh grade! As a result of their win, the seventh grade class had to make the hard decision of where to donate the funds. With a lot of deliberation, the students decided to donate the money to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital’s Child Life! Child Life is an area of the hospital that helps the patients and their parents/families feel as much at home as possible; they provide arts and crafts, books, and games for everyone involved!

We are happy to have had another successful “Make for Change” campaign! Great work showing others what Chargers look like, CTA elementary and middle schools!


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Lady Chargers Fall Short vs. Thunder

CTA-Girls-BasketballThe Creative Technologies Academy Lady Chargers headed south to Wyoming to face the Grand Rapids Thunder this past Thursday night. The Lady Chargers, with a 1-2 record heading into the game, were looking to see how they could perform against one of the better home school teams in the area. The Thunder started off quickly offensively, and stifled the Charger attack with a 1-3-1 defense, and pulled away with a 40-10 victory.

CTA was unable to score in the first quarter, but got on the board during the first posession of the 2ndquarter on a Vicky Hanes 10 foot jumper. The Lady Chargers battled hard on the boards all night, but just could not match the size and strength of the Thunder. Leading the way for CTA was senior Hannah Hubbard with 4 points and 7 rebounds. Senior Olivia Wortz came off the bench to score 4 points and grab 3 boards, and 7th grader Hannah Hofstra, in her first game, pulled down three rebounds of her own. The Lady Chargers resume play this Tuesday at Holland Calvary.

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CTA Boy’s Basketball Team Continues Hot Start


Last season, Creative Tecnolgies Academy head coach Scott Bultman and his crew were unable to find the win column, but oh what a difference a season makes. After two impressive early season wins, the Chargers boy’s basketball team played a pair of games against Ellington Academy. In both matchups, the Chargers (4-0) dominated from start to finish, winning 60-39 on Monday, and another double digit win on Friday night 51-35.

Freshman Dawson Armstrong has really come on strong for the Chargers, scoring a career high 19 points on Monday, and then matching that once again on Friday. Senior Logan Ogden has continued his great season with his first double double of the season, including 17 points.

The key this season, says Coach Bultman, is not only the starters playing well, but the bench players bringing a lot of energy. The Crash Crew, starring senior Hunter George and the Hawkins brothers, Bailey and Preston, clamped down defensively and held Ellington in check in each of the two games. “I feel Hunter George is as good a defensive guard as we have in our league (or non league) and he sets the tone for the rest of our defense,” said coach Bultman. “Switching from zone last year to all man to man, even on inbounds plays, takes a team commitment and leadership, and we get that from Hunter.”

Next week, the Charger’s schedule toughens up, as they travel to Holland Calvary on Tuesday, followed by a trip to Wellspring Academy.


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Varsity and JV Cheer hit goals at Hudsonville

The CS Varsity Cheer team took second in their division at Hudsonville.

The CS Varsity Cheer team took second in their division at Hudsonville.

Cedar Springs Competitive Cheer teams traveled to Hudsonville this past Saturday for their annual invitational. This was a tough competition that brought several Division 1 teams from the east side of the state to compete. The day started off a little shaky with their bus breaking down en route, causing a delayed arrival and less time to warm up and practice. Our girls still performed with confidence.

The High School Competition had 22 teams competing and was split into four different pools.

The JV Cheer team took seventh in their division at Hudsonville, but beat their highest scores of the season.

The JV Cheer team took seventh in their division at Hudsonville, but beat their highest scores of the season.

The Junior Varsity competed in the JV Pool, which had nine teams competing. Cedar Springs earned a score of 183.30 after Round 1, putting them in 6th Place. Round 2 gained an additional 160.10 points bringing their subtotal to 343.40 and keeping them in 6th Place. The conclusion of Round 3 gained an additional 230.7 bringing their overall score to 574.1 and finishing the day with a 7th Place overall. “Even though we were the only Division 2 team competing, the girls beat two of their team goals,” said Head Coach Katy Baird. “They beat their Round 1 and Round 3 high scores, and gave them their highest overall score of the season. I am extremely proud of their hard work and dedication.”

The Varsity Team competed in the Varsity D2, D3 and D4 Pool, which had three teams competing. Cedar Springs earned a score of 221.20 after Round 1, putting them in 2nd Place. Round 2 gained an additional 212.74 points, bringing their subtotal to 433.54 and keeping them in 2nd Place. The conclusion of Round 3 gained an additional 284.8 points bringing their overall score to 718.34 and finishing the day in 2nd Place, after DeWitt’s Championship high score of 762.42. “This was the most difficult competition we have competed at,” said Head Coach Anne Olszewski. “The teams from the east side of the state are far more experienced and talented. They have a very large cheer history with many state titles. West Michigan is behind the times in competitive cheer. It was so good for our Cedar Springs Athletes to see what our sport is and how it is performed at a higher level. I was so grateful for the opportunity to expose the girls to D1 schools and elite stunts. We set goals for ourselves at the beginning of the season. One was to break 700 for our total score. That was a carry over from last season that they never reached. Saturday, we were at 718.35! They also wanted to score above 200 in round 2. We did that as well with 212.34. It’s time to get back to work and see if the experience will elevate their work ethic and realize that there is nothing that they can not do if they put their minds to it!”


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MS Cheer team conference champions


The Middle School cheer teams both earned championships last week.

Red earns conference title; White gets first championship at Hudsonville

The two teams representing Cedar Springs Middle School Competitive Cheer traveled to Thornapple Kellogg High School in Middleville for the Conference finals on Tuesday, January 13. There were 16 teams competing for the 2015 Conference Championship title. The teams in attendance were: Allendale, Caledonia, Cedar Springs Red, Cedar Springs White, Coopersville, Comstock Park, Hastings Blue, Hastings Gold, Kenowa Hills, Lowell, Northview, Sparta, Thornapple Kellogg, Wayland, Wyoming Black and Wyoming Purple.

Cedar Springs White took the mat and earned a score of 88.90 after Round 2, placing them 5th overall. After the completion of Round 3, an additional score of 237.10 advanced them to 4th Place with an overall score of 324 points. “Some last minute adjustments were made to the routine and the team had a few hours to learn new material,” said Head Coach Cassandra Chartier. “I am so proud of the hard work and dedication these girls continue to show each week. I couldn’t have asked for a better performance! Great job White Team.”

Cedar Springs Red immediately took the lead after Round 2 with a high score of 129.68. Keeping the lead with a score of 257.80 after Round 3, Cedar Springs Red secured another Conference Championship with an overall score of 387.48. This is the third consecutive year in a row that Cedar Springs Middle School Competitive Cheer has secured the Conference Championship Title. “I love the Cedar Springs Cheer Community! I couldn’t be more proud of this group of athletes and their supporters,” said Head Coach Amy Arnold. “The girls work extremely hard, on and off the mat and I am thankful to have such supportive parents and fans to cheer us on! It’s a defining moment for me when other coaches compliment my teams’ performance and their representation of this sport.”

CS White gets championship at Hudsonville

Both Cedar Springs Cheer teams traveled to Hudsonville to compete last Saturday, January 17. Twenty-six teams competed and they were split into six different pools. Cedar Springs White competed in the 7th/8th Grade Pool B, which had seven teams competing. After Round 2, Cedar Springs White was in 4th Place with a score of 71.78. They gained momentum and earned an additional 239.9 points with an overall score of 316.68 points. Cedar Springs White finished their day with their first championship of the season. “My girls brought me to tears this week. Their hard work and dedication has paid off with an almost flawless Round 3,” said Head Coach Cassandra Chartier. “Their pride and excitement after hearing their team’s name called for their first championship was a proud moment of my coaching career.”

Cedar Springs Red competed in the 7th/8th Grade Pool A, which also had seven teams competing. Cedar Springs Red had a score of 122.96 after Round 2, putting them in 2nd Place. The completion of Round 3 earned an additional 261 points with an overall score of 383.96. This score secured a 2nd Place for Cedar Springs Red, after Mona Shores’ championship and final score of 384.28. “I am so proud of my girls. They are a fun and hard working group of young ladies that always encourage each other to do their absolute best,” said Head Coach Amy Arnold.


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Youth wrestlers win awards at tournament


Over 600 youth wrestlers attended the western region MYWAY Youth tournament at Rockford High School on Sunday, January 11. Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club sent 32 novice and open wrestlers into the highly competitive tournament, bringing back a total of 12 awards, nine of whom were champions!

Winners in the novice division 4-6 year age group were Veronica Tapia 1st at 40lbs, Eli Gunderson 1st at 37lbs and Tyler Parmeter 1st at 55lbs. In the 7/8 year division was Wyatt Cooper 2nd at 97lbs. In the 9/10 age group was Carter Falan 1st at 85lbs. In the 13-15 age group was Fred White 1st at 80lbs.

Winners in the Open division in the 7/8 age group were Keaton Klaasen 1st at 55lbs and Pistachio Gonzales 1st at 61lbs. In the 13-15 age group were Allexis Gonzales 2nd at 138lbs, Aaron Smith 3rd at 138lbs, Gage Gardner 1st at 155lbs, and Ryan Ringler 1st at 170lbs.

All of the Cedar Springs Youth wrestlers worked very hard at this tournament and even though many did not win medals, they gained experience and will continue to improve each week.


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Wrestlers battle at Byron Center

Zak Schmid, from the 11/12 Open Age group, is undefeated.

Zak Schmid, from the 11/12 Open Age group, is undefeated.

Byron Center Wrestling hosted this past weekend’s Western Region Tournament and was the largest event of the season so far with over 700 grapplers competing. This was another busy week for West Michigan Pursuit. They took 30 grapplers to compete, with 14 entering into novice and the remainder entering into the open division. The team battled 92 times with 50 ending in victory, placing 21 in the top four. “My wrestlers continue to grow and gain momentum as we move toward the ultimate goal of qualifying to compete at the 2015 State Finals!” said Head Coach and Owner, Dave Andrus. “I am very pleased at their improvement and am thankful to have such supportive parents.”

This week’s placements are as follows:

4th Place Medalists include Ever Benitez in the 7/8 Novice age group in the 72 lb wt class, Casey Eberspeaker in the 7/8 Open age group in the 64 lb wt class, Landon Foss in the 7/8 Open age group in the 52 lb wt class, Anthony Szubinski, Jr. in the 9/10 Open age group in the 67 lb wt class and Maston Wood in the 11/12 Open age group in the 119 lb wt class.

3rd Place Medalist include John McKay in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 43 lb wt class, Lucus Pienton in the 13/14/15 Open age group in the 138/145 lb wt class, Brandson Wood in the 7/8 Open age group in the 40/46 lb wt class and Caleigh Wood in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 40 lb wt class.

2nd Place Medalists include Lee Braun in the 7/8 Open age group in the 58 lb wt class, Derek Egan in the 13/14 Novice age group in the 90 lb wt class, Luke Egan in the 7/8 Open age group in the 52 lb wt class, Kameron Ogden in the 7/8 Novice age group in the 52 lb wt class, Blake Peasley in the 7/8 Open age group in the 67 lb wt class and Hannah Pienton in the 11/12 Novice age group in the 90 lb wt class.

Champions are Logan Bennett in the 9/10 Novice age group in the 67 lb wt class, Gage Bowen in the 7/8 Open age group in the 82 lb wt class, Chayson Eberspeaker in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 52 lb wt class, Jayden Marcano-Cruz in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 46 lb wt class, Josh Vasquez in the 7/8 Open age group in the 52 lb wt class, and Zak Schmid in the 11/12 Open age group in the 133 lb wt class. Special Recognition goes out to Zak Schmid who remains undefeated!

If you are interested in learning more about this sport or if your wrestler is looking to compete at the next level, check them out. They are located in the Cedar Springs Sports Plex, practices are Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

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EPSON scanner imageJackie L. “Jr” Remmele, Jr. 37 of Greenville, died Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus. Jack was born May 8, 1977 in Adrian, Michigan. He was a 1995 graduate of Cedar Springs High School and had been a volunteer with the Cedar Springs Fire Department. Surviving are his mother and stepfather, Jackie and Jim Davis; father and stepmother, Jack and Vicki Remmele; stepgrandparents, Jerry and Pat Davis; stepbrother, Joshua and Kristy Davis; stepaunt, Cindy Puffenberger; special friend and family, Tracy (Hill) Dorma and Gary and Janice Hill. A memorial luncheon and a time to greet family and friends will be held Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 12 – 3 pm at the Cedar Springs American Legion Post, 91 1st Street, Cedar Springs.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.


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EPSON scanner imageEdna Andersen, 94 of Cedar Springs, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at Metron of Cedar Springs. Mrs. Andersen was born November 21, 1920 in Newark, New Jersey, the daughter of Jacob (Jack) and Bella (Kasen) Stoll. She served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was stationed in North Carolina at Moore General Hospital. There, she met and fell in love with a fellow soldier, Niels Andersen. They enjoyed 65 years of marriage and working together, living at 21 different addresses. Her associations included the Cedar Springs Women’s Club, founding member of REGM (Ruth Estrin Goldberg Memorial) for Cancer Research, and Cedar Springs Historical Society. She volunteered many hours calling for Red Cross Blood donations and spent many happy hours working with Niels in the Cedar Springs Museum Gift Shop. Surviving are her children, Soren (Diane Novak) Andersen, Beth Andersen, Karen (Ronald) Meier; grandchildren, Tony (fiancée, Claire Peters), Carmen (Tim) Sheehy, Joe, Jack, Steven and Tom; great granddaughter, Annabelle Sheehy; special friends, Waleed Howrani and Donna Clark. She was preceded in death by her husband, Niels in 2010. The family will receive friends Saturday from 10:00 am until time of service at 11:00 am at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Donna Clark officiant. Interment with Military Honors by the U.S. Army at Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cedar Springs Public Library, 43 W. Cherry St., P.O. Box 280, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs


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C-OBIT-PeerLouis C. Peer, Jr., age 94, of Greenville, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at his home under the loving care of his wife, daughters, and Spectrum Health Hospice. The son of Beryl (Snider) & Louis Clint Peer, Sr., he was born on May 3, 1920. A very proud veteran of World War II, Louis served in the United States Navy aboard the U.S.S. Pennsylvania. Following the war, on December 7, 1946 he married Geneva Ostrom and raised seven children, and enjoyed over 68 years of marriage. Louis retired from Federal Mogul Corp. after 32 years of service and enjoyed woodworking, golfing, hunting and fishing. Lou volunteered many hours at North Kent Service Center and Cedar Chase Golf Course for many years. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Wilda Morris and Janice Hauff; brothers, George, Stanley and Donald Peer; daughters-in-laws, Wilma Peer and Patricia Peer; and two infant grandchildren. Surviving are his wife, Geneva Peer, children, Duane and Anne Peer, Devere Peer, Phyllis Peer, Darwin & Linda Peer, Marvin & Bobbie Peer, David & Molly Peer, Doreen & Kim Akkerhuis, and Dawn & Randy Kincaid of Cedar Springs; brother-in-law, Martin Hauff; sister-in-law, Lisa Peer; also many grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Visitation is Thursday from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. Service at 11:00 a.m. on Friday at Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville. Committal services, with full military honors at Forest Home Cemetery, Greenville, will take place in the spring.

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