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Hometown Hero


Alexander Hemry

Alexander Hemry

Alexander Hemry, a graduate of Cedar Springs High School class of 2011, recently completed Basic Training at Lackland AFB. Alexander graduated as part of the 323 Squadron flight 208, on March 28 and 29. He completed his advanced training on August 28 and is now known as Airman 1st Class (A1C) Hemry. He has been assigned to the 1st Special Operations Wing, aboard AC-130U Spooky II Gunship and will be stationed out of Hurlburt Field, FL.

Hemry is the son of Don and Jeannine Hemry, of Cedar Springs.

The Hemry family says, “Congratulations Alexander, we are very proud of you!”

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High School receives award


Cedar Springs High School recently received their MI HEARTSafe Schools award. Pictured (L to R) is Kyle Guerrant, Deputy Superintendent Administration and School Support Services for Michigan Department of Education; Tracy Zamarron, MSN RN, Supervisor, Community Nursing Education, School Health Advocacy Program and former Cedar Springs School Nurse; Raquel Ahern, RN Spectrum Health, Cedar Springs School Nurse; Ron Behrenwald, Cedar Springs High School Principal; James K Haveman, Director of Michigan Department of Community Health.

Cedar Springs High School recently received their MI HEARTSafe Schools award. Pictured (L to R) is Kyle Guerrant, Deputy Superintendent Administration and School Support Services for Michigan Department of Education; Tracy Zamarron, MSN RN, Supervisor, Community Nursing Education, School Health Advocacy Program and former Cedar Springs School Nurse; Raquel Ahern, RN Spectrum Health, Cedar Springs School Nurse; Ron Behrenwald, Cedar Springs High School Principal; James K Haveman, Director of Michigan Department of Community Health.

Cedar Springs High School is one of 40 schools from the state of Michigan and one of only five in Kent County to receive the new MI HEARTSafe Schools designation, which recognizes schools that are prepared to respond to cardiac emergencies.

The Michigan Departments of Community Health (MDCH), Education (MDE), Michigan Alliance for Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death of the Young (MAP-SCDY) and the American Heart Association (AHA) gave out the awards for the first time late last month. Between 1999 and 2009, there were 3,134 young individuals between 1 and 39 years of age who died of sudden cardiac death in Michigan. Of those, 246 were between 5 and 19 years of age.

Governor Rick Snyder, MDCH, MDE, MAP-SCDY, AHA, and many community partners are committed to reducing the number of sudden cardiac death in our youth. The recognition of the first MI HEARTSafe Schools is another forward step in the effort to do so.

Public Act 12 of 2014 requires all schools (grades kindergarten to 12) to have a cardiac emergency response plan in place by July 1, 2014. Michigan schools that already have an existing cardiac emergency response plan and have taken additional steps to be prepared for a cardiac emergency applied for the new MI HEARTSafe Schools designation beginning in November 2013. This designation recognizes those first 40 schools that have taken steps above and beyond to prepare to respond in the event of a cardiac emergency, and is awarded for a period of three years.

In order for a school to receive a MI HEARTSafe designation, it must perform at least one cardiac emergency response drill per year; have a written medical emergency response plan and team; have current CPR/AED certification of at least 10 percent of staff; have accessible, properly maintained and inspected AEDs with signs identifying their location; and ensure pre-participation sports screening of all student athletes using the current physical and history form endorsed by the Michigan High School Athletic Association.

Schools that meet all of the requirements will be able to apply for the MI HEARTSafe School designation each year.

Besides Cedar Springs, the other schools in Kent County that received the award were Innovation Central High School, Kent Career Technical Center, Kent Transition Center, and Kent Vocational Options, all in Grand Rapids.

For more information about the MI HEARTSafe Schools program, visit www.migrc.org/miheartsafe.

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Community comes together to support teacher


More than 1,500 people gathered in the Cedar Springs High School gym last Saturday night for a basketball game between past and present Detroit Lions and Team Hazel, a group of community members who have come together to show their support of Cedar Springs High School teacher and soccer coach, Scotty Hazel. Hazel is undergoing treatment for liposarcoma. This is his second fight against cancer.

The event raised $12,500 towards Hazel’s cancer treatments.

The fundraiser was the brainchild of former CSHS teacher Cliff Young. The event featured several Detroit Lions players, including Rob Rubick, Herman Moore, Bill Bentley, Cory Schlesinger, Devin Taylor, and Tahir Whitehead. They played against a team made up CSHS teachers and community residents, including MSU standout and CSHS grad Austin Thornton. But the game was strictly for fun—full of hijinks, laughs and special substitutions from the sidelines. During halftime, the players signed autographs, and residents had the chance to bid at a silent auction.

Young said the event greatly exceeded his expectations, both in attendance and in the amount of money raised.

“Rob Rubick, who runs the Lions team, said it was the biggest and most raucous crowd they have played for,” noted Young.

But one of the most memorable parts of the night came early on. “Watching Scott join his family on the floor, raise his hands in the air, and stand while more than 1,500 people cheered before listening to Bekah Lou (Scott’s daughter) address the crowd will forever be burned into memories,” said Young. “Such a humbling experience. While the night was such a celebration of Scott, it was also the coming together of a wonderful community and a showing of profound generosity.”

Young said that Scott and his family are incredibly appreciative and happy about all that went on. “It was a great and memorable night all around.”

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Detroit Lions players coming to Cedar Springs


Current and former Detroit Lions players to compete against local players in basketball game to raise money for teacher’s cancer treatment and expenses

Scotty Hazel

Scotty Hazel

On Saturday, May 3, at 7 p.m., current and former Detroit Lions football players will take on local members of “Team Hazel,” a group of community members who have come together to show their support of Cedar Springs High School teacher and soccer coach, Scotty Hazel. Hazel is undergoing treatment for liposarcoma. This is his second fight against cancer.

The game will be in the Cedar Springs High School gym. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and may be purchased at the door. Half time will feature player autographs and a silent auction.

More than 700 tickets have already been sold to the “Team Hazel versus Detroit Lions” game. A large portion of ticket sales have come from the students he’s inspired over the years. The public outpouring of support is evident on the “Purple Haze Page” on facebook. It has more than 1,700 members.

The following Detroit Lions players will be in attendance:

Herman Moore, 11-year NFL WR and 4-time Pro Bowler. He is currently the Lions career leader in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns.

Bill Bentley, a second-year CB out of Louisiana-Lafayette. He was a third-round draft pick in 2012 and has over 40 tackles in his short career.

Cory Schlesinger, 12-year NFL FB and 3-time Pro Bowl alternate. He was a bruising back, scoring over 14 career touchdowns and is most famous for helping open holes for Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders

Rob Rubick, a 7-year NFL TE and Grand Valley State University football standout. He now does color commentary and broadcast work for the team.

Devin Taylor, at 6’ 7” and 270 lbs. this DE is a player to watch.

Theo Riddick, former Notre Dame star for coach Brian Kelly, figures to see a lot of action this year at both WR and KR.

Tahir Whitehead, a second-year LB and special teams standout. Last year, he won the Yale Larry Special Teams Most Valuable Player Award, recording nine tackles and a forced fumble.

Local players include many Cedar Springs teachers, residents, and alumni, including Austin Thornton, a former member of the MSU basketball team. The event will be announced Trey Reed, another Cedar Springs graduate.

If you would like to make a donation, make checks payable to Cliffton Young and mail to 6487 Blythefield Ave NE, Rockford MI 49341. All funds will be deposited into a special fund set-up for Scott Hazel at Lake Michigan Credit Union.

 

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Cedar Springs Wrestlers Clean Up the Community


Copper, brass, water heaters, sheds, tractors, auto parts, etc… If it is metal the Cedar Springs High School wrestling team is recycling it. The student athletes are cleaning up the community and using the profits to achieve their goals on the wrestling mat.

currently, eighteen Red Hawks are participating at the Flat River Wrestling Club in Lowell, MI. Flat River provides the wrestlers with some of the best instruction in the state. The scrap metal drive has funded over two thirds of the expenses for the Spring and Summer sessions.

Over 3 tons of metal has already been recycled and the team is seeking more. If you would like to help clean up contact Coach Nick Emery 616-799-0163 or connect on facebook.com/groups/cedar.springs.wrestling/. The team accepts pickup or delivery.

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Residents enjoy Community Night


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Cedar Springs Public Schools Fine Arts night was part of Community Night this year. Post photo by J. Reed.

Community Night, put on by the Cedar Springs Community Action Network, was back this year after being canceled due to severe weather last year. Residents, businesses, school groups, and other non-profits came together last Thursday, at Cedar Springs High School, for the 27th annual Community Night.

Area businesses and non-profit groups rented tables to showcase their business or group to residents. And this year there was a new twist—Cedar Springs Public School students were able to showcase their talent to a broader audience with the

Businesses and non-profit groups showed the community what they have to offer at the annual Community Night last week.

Businesses and non-profit groups showed the community what they have to offer at the annual Community Night last week. Post photo by J. Reed.

addition of fine arts night. There was student music, drama and art from students of various ages.

It was a great night to see what’s available in Cedar Springs and the kind of talent our students have!

 

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High school students hope lip dub goes viral


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Students at Cedar Springs High School all got to be part of something special before leaving for spring break—a lip dub that involved all 900 students at the school.

According to TV Production teacher Justin Harnden, it was 100 percent student filmed, planned and directed.

Harnden said that a discussion in their CSTV (Advanced television production) class at the beginning of the year got the idea going for the lip dub, and once they got into the third trimester, senior Alex Hughes took the idea even further. “He got everyone in the school involved, and then, with the help of junior Bryan Taylor, organized the whole event,” explained Harnden.

The video was done during Cedar Pride week, and was put out to showcase the pride that students have in the school. The lip syncers were members of various school clubs and sports. Filming was done by Joel Carter, Cody Hoogerheide, and Derrick Liggett, with Hughes and Taylor directing.

Harnden said they had 10 full runs with the singers, many more times through with just the directors planning the route, and the only time they had everyone involved was for the filming, right before their Cedar Pride assembly on Thursday, April 3, the day before spring break began.

The  video was online on their youtube channel by 4:30 p.m. that day, and had over 12,000 views in less than 24 hours. They currently have just over 20,000.

Have you seen the video? Help the video go viral by viewing and sharing with friends and family. It can be found on youtube.com, just search for Cedar Springs TV or Cedar Springs High School lip dub.

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Community Night and Fine arts night merge


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Community Night is a place to try out something new and meet the people who live, work and play in our community.

April 17 from 6:00-8:30 p.m.

 

Wouldn’t it be great if you could go to ONE spot and shop for a place to get your hair done, check out a church you’ve been thinking about attending, buy some jewelry, win a door prize, find a new insurance agent, check out educational opportunities, meet others in the community, and be entertained all at the same time? You can! Just come to the annual Cedar Springs Community Night, on Thursday, April 17, from 6-8:30 p.m. at Cedar Springs High School. Admission is free.

The event, put on annually by the Community Action Network, has become a tradition for many businesses, organizations, churches, and school groups to show the community what they have to offer. And each year, hundreds of visitors visit the 100-plus booths set up throughout the school.

This year, the Cedar Springs Public Schools Fine Arts Department has decided to merge their Fine Arts Night with Community Night.

What does this mean? It means music in the auditorium, art on the walls, and improv drama groups mingling with attendees throughout the building. It means more activities and more fun!

Come on out and enjoy the fun!

 

 

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En Gedi auction a big success


Guests browse auction items at the En Gedi silent auction.

Guests browse auction items at the En Gedi silent auction.

Cedar Springs High School hosted the one and only fundraiser of the year for En Gedi youth center Friday, March 21, and people in the community responded both with their presence and with their pocketbooks.

Approximately 150 people attended this year’s big event, which included a silent auction with over 145 items, and 10 bigger items were in the live auction. A money machine and dice game allowed the guests to have some fun. The excitement continued while enjoying the delicious appetizers.

According to Sue Wolfe, the goal for the auction was to make $12,500, to maximize the matching gift from CS Manufacturing. They surpassed that goal by $5,000. Kevin Pike, Co-Chair of the event, reported earnings of $17,794 from the auction, ticket sales, and raffles, plus the $12,500 match from C S Manufacturing, which brought them to $30,294.00 earned for En Gedi in one night.

Guests enjoyed an array of delicious appetizers.

Guests enjoyed an array of delicious appetizers.

“The En Gedi Team is grateful to our community who graciously donated the items and then to our attendees who generously gave,” said Pike. “We know they saw it as more than as a donation for an item, but as a lasting investment in our people’s lives.”

Wolfe was excited to see they exceeded their goal. “Our annual budget is $28,000 so this will allow us to expand on our high school programs and special events,” she explained.

 

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Don’t miss Resurrection Celebration 2014


ENT-Resurrection-CelebrationFLYER2Would you like a new way to celebrate Easter this year? Or, are you wondering how Easter is even relevant to life today? Either way, you won’t want to miss Resurrection Celebration, coming to Cedar Springs High School on Saturday, April 19 at 2 and 7 p.m.

This community production is a musical drama highlighting the birth, life, death and struggles of Jesus Christ. A contemporary drama, written by Kaleigh Rosenberger, is interwoven with the historical and focuses on the struggle of a young man, who is overcoming his addiction, and what he needs to change his life. The dramas are directed by local playwright Scott Phillips, Jan Malmo, and Cherryl and Kaleigh Rosenberger.

The music features contemporary Christian songs sung by characters in the play and a strong choir.

There are dozens of people from the community involved in this production—members of local churches, teachers from the Cedar Springs School System and citizens of West Michigan. You are bound to see someone you know! Bring your friends and family to see this exciting event.

Shows are at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The play will run about 2 hours with a short intermission. Admission is free, but tickets are encouraged to be sure of a seat. Pick up tickets at The Springs Church from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and at The Cedar Springs Post, Cedar Springs Public Library, Main Street Restaurant, Alpha Omega Coffee and Games, and Perry’s Place, all in downtown Cedar Springs.

For more info, find our event on Facebook—just search for Resurrection Celebration. Or, send an email to resurrectioncelebration@outlook.com.

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