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Field Trip to the Capitol Introduces Government and History to Students

Students on the steps of the Capitol before the tour.

Field Trip to the Capitol Introduces Government and History to Students

CTA’s 4th and 5th grade students visited the State Capitol in Lansing at the end of October. The first portion of the tour consisted of a visit to the Michigan History Museum, where students were able to learn about Michigan’s rich past, from the time of the state’s earliest peoples to the late 20th century. Docents were available to add dialect to the exhibits – many of which provided hands-on opportunities for the students.

After the visit to the museum, the students enjoyed a short walk to the State Capitol Building, where they were guided through several key rooms to learn the history and architecture of the building. The students enjoyed looking up at the stars on the dome in the rotunda and then going down below to see people walking on the glass floor in the rotunda above them. Senator MacGregor was able to meet the groups of students and escort them to the senate floor, where he was able to share more about some of the governmental processes that take place.

“This trip to the museum and capitol was a great way to put our Michigan history and government lessons into real life perspective for our students,” shared fourth grade teacher Kristi Norman.

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Brighton Miller commits to play basketball at Aquinas

On November 1, Cedar Springs had their first student-athlete of the year make their college commitment official when senior Brighton Miller (4.23 GPA) signed to play collegiate basketball at Aquinas College. Brighton is pictured at her signing ceremony with her mom Christine, and her father and coach, Brandon.  

Also attending Brighton’s signing ceremony were numerous family members, friends, administrators, staff, teammates and coaches, including the Aquinas College Basketball staff. 

“We are extremely excited to have Brighton as part of our women’s basketball program at Aquinas College,” said Head Coach Nash, from Aquinas College. “Brighton is an outstanding student-athlete. Her work ethic and knowledge of the game will be a huge asset to our program.”

“Brighton is a multi-sport standout athlete for Cedar, and she has especially shined on the hardwood for the Red Hawks since her freshman year,” said Cedar Springs Athletic Director John Norton.

Brighton is excited about the commitment. “Aquinas just felt like a good fit for me. I like the location, and I am just excited to be able to keep playing at the next level beyond High School. I am extremely thankful to my Mom and Dad for their support, and giving me this opportunity,” she said.

Brighton and the Red Hawks will begin preparing for their coming season next Monday, November 12. With Brighton leading the way, it should be an exciting season for the Lady Red Hawks.

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Red Hawks end season with loss to the Big Reds 34-18

The Red Hawks couldn’t stop Cameron Martinez, of the Muskegon Big Reds. Photo by Kelly and Rob LaLone.

By Judy Reed

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks ended their season on an ice covered field at Grand Haven High School last Friday, November 9, when they lost to the undefeated Muskegon Big Reds in the regional championship by a score of 34-18. But what a season it was!

The team went 10-2, which is their best record since 2000, when they went 11-2 and made it to the semifinals. They lost their first game this season to a tough Saginaw Swan Valley 12-21, and then went on to win 10 straight, including two playoff games. They won their first ever OK White Conference championship (6-0) and went on to become District Champs, defeating a previously undefeated Mount Pleasant for the title. They only allowed 95 points during the regular season, and 55 during the post season, with the Muskegon game making up the bulk of that. 

Kapolka explained why his team had such a great season and what he will remember about it. “We were successful because our team was unselfish, and played hard for each other. This group enjoyed being around each other and loved playing football. They never had a bad day on the practice field or weight room, and it was an honor for me to coach this group,” he said.

The loss to Muskegon brought an end to the best season Cedar Springs has had since 2000. Photo by Kelly and Rob LaLone.

Muskegon scored first in Friday’s game with 8:44 on the clock in the first quarter on a 4-yard run by Cameron Martinez, and Carlos Hernandez-sias kicked the extra point. Cedar Springs then scored with 4:54 left in the first, on a 5-yard run by QB Kolby Swank. The extra point run was no good. Cedar Springs then kicked off to Muskegon, and the ball was run all the way back by Myles Walton to the Cedar Springs end zone for a touchdown. The first quarter ended with a score of Cedar Springs 6, Muskegon 13.

The Red Hawks then scored again in the second when Ethan West ran left 20 yards for the touchdown. Swank’s pass to West for the extra points was no good. Muskegon did not score in the second, so it ended with a score of Muskegon 13, Cedar Springs 12.

Muskegon scored twice in the third on runs by Cameron Martinez—a 32-yard run and a 75-yard run. Extra points were good, and the score at the end of 3 was Muskegon 28, Cedar Springs 12.

Both teams scored again in the fourth quarter. The Big Reds scored on a two-yard touchdown by Martinez, and the extra point was no good. The Red Hawks scored with 3:20 left, when Sage Serbenta ran the ball in two yards for the touchdown. Swank’s pass to Ryan Ringler was no good. The final score was Muskegon 34, Cedar Springs 18.

“I thought our kids played tough Friday night,” said Coach Gus Kapolka. “We made a few too many mistakes, and against a team like Muskegon it makes it difficult to win. It was a disappointing end to our season, but I’m proud of how our kids handled themselves against a tough opponent. I thought they represented Cedar Springs well, and our community should be proud of the job they did.”

Leading rushers for Cedar Springs were Serbenta with 94 yards; West with 81; Ringler with 31; Lucas Pienton with 24; and Swank with 14. The team rushed for 244 yards.

For Muskegon, Martinez was the leading rusher with 232 yards. The team total was 321.

Leading in tackles for Cedar Springs was Ethan West, with 11; Xavier Anderson with 9; Ryan Ringler with 8; Seth Almas with 6; Landon Totten with 5; Ben Shaw and Sage Serbenta with 4; Lucas Pienton, Gage Gardner and Zack Schmid with 3 each; and Brayden Marvel, Bryant Maley and Tyler Salinas all had one.

Ali’vonta Wallace led the Big Reds in tackles with 12.

When the Red Hawks come back next season, they will be missing some of the familiar names from this season. What does Kapolka see in the team’s future? 

“We lose an amazing group of seniors who have raised the bar of expectations in our program” he remarked. “Their impact on our program will be felt for a very long time. With that being said, we will return approximately 5 starters on both sides of the ball, including our leading scorer and rusher from this year’s team, Sage Serbenta. In addition, our JV’s finished 8-1 and the freshmen were 6-3, so the future is bright for our program.”

Congratulations to the Red Hawks on a great season! 

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Cedar Springs student wins national award

Pictured L to R: American Legion Unit #287 Education Chairman Mary Anne Yuncker, David Vernon, Jasmine Fankhauser, Rachel Vernon, and Deborah Chambers, 2017-2018 Unit President. Not pictured is Unit Poppy Chairman last year LoraLee Nauta.

Congratulations to Jasmine Fankhauser for winning a National award for the best poppy poster in the Poppy Poster contest sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary. Ms. Vickie Burke was the art teacher who encouraged her class to enter the contest. Jasmine followed the guidelines and won at the local, district and state levels before winning the National award. 

Her poster was featured at the American Legion Auxiliary National Convention in Minneapolis, Minn. in August. She was presented her certificates and a $50.00 prize for her outstanding talent at a ceremony on November 8. “We hope to have even more entries next year,” said Mary Anne Yunker, Education Chairman for American Legion Unit #287.

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CTA Float Bridges Eras and Wins 2nd Place Trophy

A group of Charger students and parents spent two days working on the Lego-themed float for the Red Flannel Festival Parade and took second place for their creativity and hard work. The motto they used for the design was “The Past is the Building Block of the Future.” 

Stacy Keuhs spearheaded the project and used her creativity to develop the float and theme to help promote CTA and what it stands for to the community. “Legos came out the same time that the Red Flannel Festival Parade started and I thought it would be a great way to tie the two eras together,” shared Keuhs. “Our school likes to keep things fun and interesting and it was a lot of fun to build and design!” Thank you to those who contributed to the float building, decorating and driving, walked in the parade and to the family friend who opened her home and garage to host the float-building – it was a true reflection of the CTA spirit!

The CTA float is piled high with “Legos” and the handprints of the students helping to build the future.

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Hustle and Heart Set the XC Team Apart

L to R: Gabi Fahling, Faith Watson, Ethan Slock, Ethan Watson, Jordan Brown, Collin Bishop, Dawson Ingersoll, Kevin Miner, Hannah Hofstra, Karly Fisk, Head Coach Todd Bowmar.

This year’s Charger Cross Country teams are led by Juniors Collin Bishop and Faith Watson. Collin was awarded as a member of the All-Conference team this year. Faith, missed the team by one place. Senior Dawson Ingersoll works to lead the team into the State Championship, a meet where the team ran their season best last year. Junior veteran, Hannah Hofstra has worked with newcomer Gabi Fahling to create a competitive environment at practice, working toward career bests. Rounding out a young team, underclassmen Kevin Miner, Jordan Brown, Ethan Slock, Ethan Watson and Karly Fisk have all achieve several season bests and a few career bests. The team completes their final two races on 10/20 in Shepard at the Class D State Championship; and on 10/27 in Allendale at the West Michigan Independent State Championship.

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Soccer Team Wraps Up First Season

Front (L to R): Joey Hanes, Austin Fisk, Evan Besmer, Aaron Wright, Carson McSorley, Jesse Benson, Sawyer Marek, Ivan Winters. Back (L to R): Assistant Coach Kyle Knarr, Tom Guerrato, Jeff Marek, Avery Bishop, Kaden Winters, Jake Perry, Landon Winters, Ryan Rypma, Matt Willis, Parker Tompkins, Head Coach Mark Winters. Not pictured: Binh Nguyen.

The soccer team had a good run for its first-ever team in school history. The team, comprised mostly of underclassmen, went up against some tough varsity teams and held their own. Under the direction of coaches Mark Winters and Kyle Knarr, the team has improved tremendously this season both offensively and defensively. We look forward to the team growing together over the next few years and becoming a leading competitor. We are very proud of the first-ever soccer team at CTA!


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Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting

Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting

“The Future Starts Today”

Monday, October 22 

6:00 p.m. 

CTA Auditorium

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Grades K-5: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Grades 6-12: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

FlexTrac Grades 9-12: (7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. including 2 self-scheduled hours)

October 18 NHS Induction Ceremony – 6 p.m.

20 XC Meet @Maple Creek Golf Club

22 Town Hall Meeting – 6 p.m.

22-25 Student-Led Conferences Book Fair

25 Picture Retake Day

26 Early Release Day Popcorn Day

27 XC Meet @Allendale

29 Basketball Tryouts

November 1 Cedar Springs Brewing Co. Fundraiser 7-8:00 p.m.

2 Early Release Day

16 Early Release Day

*Early Release Dismissal Schedule

● K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

● 6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

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Advanced Placement® Offering Added to CTA Coursework


This year Creative Technologies Academy is excited to announce the addition of an Advanced Placement® course! AP® Computer Science Principles offers a multi-faceted method to learning the foundational concepts of computer science. This class introduces students to such topics as algorithms, cybersecurity, and the creative aspects of programming. Students will experience a rigorous curriculum that provides the opportunity to use current technologies in addressing real-world issues. The AP® Computer Science Principles exam will be administered in May. Students who earn a 3 or higher can earn college credit for their scores.

AP® or Advanced Placement® are trademarks registered by the College Board, which is not affiliated with Creative Technologies Academy.

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