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Cedar Springs Competitive Cheer sweeps Portage Central invitational

The first competitive cheer meet of 2019 took place on a foggy Saturday morning at Portage Central High School on January 5. Despite the challenges of illness and a limited practice schedule due to Christmas break, the Lady Red Hawks swept the invitational by earning first place in all three levels.  

The Varsity, JV, and Middle School cheer teams sporting their medals at the Portage Central invitational. Courtesy photo.

“We were lucky enough to take all three levels (Middle School, Junior Varsity and Varsity) to Portage Central this week,” commented Varsity Coach Anne Olszewski. “We always try to take the entire program to at least one invitational so they can support one another and see one another’s hard work.” 

Twelve schools competed at the Varsity level, with four teams competing in the Division 2 bracket. Although Cedar Springs consistently earned the highest scores in their Division, they ended the first round in fourth place overall and had to dig deep in order to close the gap between them and that number one spot. The squad earned their highest round three score to-date and was able to secure the second highest overall score of the event, with a combined score of 733.64, only 1.64 points behind Portage Central High School. 

JV Coach Katy Hradsky remarked, “I am ecstatic at the level of skill from this small and young team and excited to see what else they achieve this season. Our scores have been consistent over the last month and we have gotten great feedback from judges and coaches on how ‘exciting, unique and fun’ our rounds are! This is just the beginning of our journey.”

“I am super proud to take an entire program to the Kalamazoo area and show them what we have just north of Grand Rapids. It’s a proud day for Red Hawk Cheerleading,” replied an enthusiastic Coach Olszewski.

The High School teams will travel to the east side of the state to compete at the Stoney Creek High School Competitive Cheer Invitational in Rochester Hills on Saturday, January 12. Good luck Lady Red Hawks! 

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Creative Technologies Academy reauthorized by Ferris State University

Academy to Receive Longest Contract Issued by FSU

In anticipation of the expiration of CTA’s current contract with Ferris State University in June of 2019, the Academy met with a team from the FSU Charter Schools Office in early November for a rigorous reauthorization review and evaluation of the Academy. 

The results of that review and evaluation were very positive for the Academy and the Charter Schools Office recommended reauthorization to the Ferris State University Board of Trustees.

The FSU Board of Trustees met on Friday, December 14, and unanimously concurred with the Charter Schools office and approved the reauthorization of Creative Technologies Academy with a seven year contract beginning July 1, 2019. Dr. Ronald Rizzo, Director of the FSU Charter Schools Office, said this about the Academy: “Ferris State University is proud of the efforts and achievement of Creative Technologies Academy. The seven-year reauthorization by the FSU Board of Trustees represents our confidence in the continued growth and development of the academy. FSU looks forward to our ongoing partnership with the Board and administration of CTA.”

During the evaluation process, the FSU Charter Schools Office looked at CTA’s school improvement process, initiatives, and results; facilities; school culture; mission accomplishment; website; student outcomes; governance and leadership; resources and support systems; contract performance; and curriculum. 

Dan George, CTA Superintendent, expressed gratitude for the staff and families that make up the CTA community. “We’ve tried to create a no excuses culture at CTA that focuses on growth and continuous improvement and our staff and families have bought into those goals,” said George.

“Many people don’t understand the accountability process for schools like ours. We have the same accountability requirements as any other public school for the state, and we have the additional rigorous reauthorization process with Ferris State University. Seven-year contracts are given sparingly by FSU. Most contracts are 3-5 years and some schools don’t make it through the reauthorization process and are closed. We are grateful for this expression of confidence and trust by Ferris State University and the Charter Schools Office. When people believe in what you’re doing it is extremely gratifying.”


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Varsity cheer takes first in their division at West Ottawa

Varsity cheer took finished first in their division and third overall at West Ottawa.

On December 15, all three levels of the Cedar Springs Competitive Cheer team traveled to Holland and competed in the West Ottawa Invitational. 

The Varsity team placed first in their division, with a combined score of 709.26, but several critical errors were made in Round Three that resulted in the squad falling from first place overall to finishing third. Coach Anne Olszewski offered this comment: “This was an incredible learning experience for the teams. The Varsity took first and took home a trophy, but it was not our best performance. This experience will prepare us for future competitions when the margins are tighter, and a greater level of concentration is necessary.”

JV cheer finished third at West Ottawa.

The JV team finished third within a large field of Division 1 schools. Coach Katy Hradsky is facing challenges with minor injuries and eligibility issues and is using the strengths of her athletes to maximize scoring for each round. Coach Olszewski said about the team, “I am so proud of the girls and am very lucky to have Coach Katy as part of the coaching staff.”

The Middle School team earned the highest scores of their season and finished 2nd place overall against a pool of 26 teams! “They are one of the few teams that throw back-handsprings in round 2. That’s a testimony to Coach Abby Olszewski. She has a team of primarily 7th graders and they are still scoring as high as the 8th grade teams,” reported Anne Olszewski.

The team will be competing at the Jenison Invitational on December 19, which will be the last competition for 2018. The road to state will continue in 2019…#EARNIT!

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Red Hawk Bowling results

On December 12, Cedar Springs had a conference match against Forest Hills Central at Forest Hills Central.  The Boys won 28.5-1.5. The girls won 23-7, with junior Omani Morales bowling her high school high of 267, and setting a new school record for high score in girls bowling.

On December 15, Cedar Springs hosted a tournament at Westgate and 17 schools attended. The boys finished 5th, with freshman Cody Marshall bowling his new high school high of 212. The girls finished 8th. 

Junior Omani Morales placed 6th in individuals with a 2 game total of 390. Senior Dane Conely placed 10th in individuals with a 2 game total of 424.

On December 17, Cedar Springs hosted a conference match against Northview. The boys lost 7-23. The girls won 23-7, with senior Morgan Nauta bowling her High school high of  119. 

Last week freshman Kayla Walters bowled her high school high of 118 and freshman Audrey Waite bowled her high school high of 117 against Lowell.. 

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Youth wrestlers at Reeths Puffer

By Jacquie Troupe

CS Youth wrestlers with their medals. Photo by J. Troupe.

Cedar Springs Wrestling sent 25 wrestlers to Reeths-Puffer O & N on Sunday, December 16. They had 27 pins in 25:34 (1st) and scored 308 TMP (1st). They finished the day 52-34. 

Coach Scott Marsman said “We’re so pleased with how the kids are improving every week. They show up to practice every week ready to go and are excited to wrestle with confidence about what they are doing on the mat every Sunday. We have a great group of kids and parents and are really looking forward to the rest of the year!”

In the 2012-14 46lb class Brycen Alber placed 2nd, had 4 pins in 3:48 (1st), fastest pin was :19 (11th) and scored 18TMP. In the 49lb class Henry Galinis placed 2nd, had 2 pins in 1:55 (39th), his fastest pin was :21 (13th) and he scored 26TMP(34th). Ethan Trompen placed 3rd and his fastest pin was :24 (16th).

In the 2010-11 52lb Novice class Eli Gunderson placed 2nd and scored 15TMP. Kyam Gorby placed 3rd and scored 22TMP. Tristan Wilkerson placed 4th. In the 61lb class Dillon VanDyke placed 2nd, had 3 pins in 2:07 (5th) and his fastest pin was :39(53rd). In the 82lb class Tanner Wood placed 2nd. In the 52lb Open class Dawson Pike placed 4th. Chasyn Winchel was the 1st Place Champion in the 72lb class, had 3 pins in 2:18 (7th), his fastest pin was :36 (44th) and he scored 17TMP. At Christmas Sparty he placed 2nd. 

In the 2008-09 69lb Novice class Spencer Schoenborn was the 1st Place Champion, had 2 pins in 1:04 (24th) and his fastest pin was :24 (21st). In the 70lb class Caleb Austin placed 2nd. 75lb class Kale Faurot placed 4th and scored 33TMP (6th). In the 110lb class Zach Vu placed 3rd. In the 75lb class Deegan Pike placed 2nd and his fastest pin was :50(87th). In the 78lb class Blake Falan placed 2nd and his fastest pin was :31 (30th). Jon Libera placed 2nd in the 81lb class, had 2 pins in 1:42 (35th) and his fastest pin was :22 (14th). 

In the 85lb Novice class Rory Schoenborn was the 1st Place Champion and scored 32TMP (12th). In the 90lb class Kaiden Dreyer placed 2nd had 3 pins in 2:15 (6th) and his fastest pin was :43(69th).

In the 2004-05 138lb class Antwuan Nicholls placed 2nd, had 2 pins in 1:13 (26th) and his fastest pin was :34(38th). Carter Falan was the 1st Place Champion, had 2 pins in 5:19 (75th) and scored 28TMP (24th).

In the Christmas Sparty 150/170lb 15U Individual Maston Wood Placed 3rd.

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CREATIVE TECHNOLOGIES ACADEMY SCHOOL CALENDAR


SCHOOL HOURS | Grades K-5: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Grades 6-12: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.


Dec. 21 Early Release Day

Popcorn Day

Varsity Basketball Games @Davenport University

Dec. 22-Jan. 6 Winter Break

January

2-5 Girls Varsity Basketball Tournament 

4 MS/JVBoys Basketball Games @Lighthouse Baptist Academy

7 School Resumes

8 Boys MS/Varsity Basketball Games @Martin Luther High                                 School

Girls Varsity Basketball vs Zion Christian 

Jostens Informational Meeting

11 Early Release Day 

School Bank

Varsity Basketball Game @Libertas Christian School

14 PA Meeting

15 Varsity Boys & Girls Home Basketball Games 

Jostens Orders Due

17 Annual Spelling Bee 

21 Varsity Boys & Girls Basketball Games @Algoma Christian

*Early Release Dismissal Schedule

● K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m. | ● 6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.


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CTA Drama presents hilarious spoof on Charles Dickens’ classic story with “A Christmas Chaos”

Sydney Petersen and Nolan Patin “accidentally” ended up in each others’ costumes and added much laughter to the performance.

On Friday, December 14 and Saturday, December 15 the CTA Drama department presented their third annual fall play. This unique twist on Charles Dickens famous story follows a group of actors who are forced to put on  A Christmas Carol  after the Royal Shakespeare Company gets lost. The local actors scramble to do their best to bring the story to life, but end up with two Tiny Tims, a narcissistic Scrooge, ghosts in bed sheets, an actor who plays both Bob and Mrs. Cratchit at the same time and much more! The CTA drama department continues to build and expand the program with bigger shows. This show was performed by 22 students in grades 9-12. Because of the unique script writing, students not only got to play classic Christmas carol characters but also got to play themselves trying to put on the show. It was a show within a show! Overall, the play brought some big laughs yet still told the story of “A Christmas Carol”.

Elizabeth Jahns and James Hazen played out the scene between the beggar and Ebenezer Scrooge.

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Chargers Quest for the Net

The girls and boys basketball programs are off to a great start. This year, the boys program added a middle school team that has kicked off the season and currently with a 2-3 win-loss and are led by captains Avery Bishop and Landon Winters. The boys varsity team is off to a strong start at 4-1 and are led by captains Charles Wortz and Luke Hubbard. Both teams are coached by Todd Bowmar. The girls varsity team is 2-2 on the year so far and are led by captains Brin Calkins, Hannah Hofstra, and Faith Watson and are coached by Lisa Perry. CTA is now a part of the Great Lakes 6 league and both teams are looking like strong contenders. Be sure to come on out to support them and watch them in action at any of their home and away games!

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Elementary Students Performed the Polar Express

K-5 students all performed together for two of the songs in the concert.

On Monday, December 3, the Elementary students performed in a music concert themed around the book “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg. The students dressed in their pajamas just like the kids in the story. Several 3rd, 4th and 5th graders read the story of the Polar Express at the concert. In between the readings, all the students sang different songs that helped to tell the story. The students learned American Sign Language to go along with two of the songs:  Believe  and  When Christmas Comes to Town. These two songs also featured soloists during the verses. The concert was directed by Bethany Holtrop and Jeremy Holtrop accompanied two songs on the piano.

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Holiday Concert Features Three Choirs and Alumni

The Charger Voices were conducted by Mr. Jeremy Holtrop.

On Monday, December 17, the CTA middle school and high school choirs performed their annual holiday concert. This concert featured three different choirs. Our middle school choir, Harmonic Chargers; our high school choir, Charger Voices, and our recently formed a cappella choir, Voices of Lightning. Each group performed 4-6 pieces and then all singers performed together to close the concert on “Christmas Canon Rock” which featured CTA student, James Mauric on electric guitar. James rocked it out mimicking the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Also, CTA alumni choir students came back and performed “Carol of the Bells” as part of a yearly tradition.

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