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Teen defends Post newspaper, will miss prom


 

Peyton Elliston

By Judy Reed

Cedar Springs High School senior Peyton Elliston was upset a few months ago when Cedar Springs Public Schools stopped distributing the 150 copies of the Post to the school buildings without notice. The Post and the school later negotiated to drop fewer papers there, but Petyon said she still isn’t seeing it at the high school.

Last month, Peyton put together three packets of information, along with a Post that she hung in the bathrooms in the senior hallway. The cover page said that “the transportation office was directed by the superintendent to abstain from distributing the newspapers any longer. This is nothing short of an attempt on control and censorship. While I understand that many people have resorted to using the Internet to access the daily news, the Cedar Springs Post is still a relevant collection of the significant events taking place in our community. We reserve the right to have access to the town newspaper within our schools, and we will not let one woman prevent us from keeping up with the stories surrounding Cedar Springs.”

The cover letter was accompanied by anonymous comments from students and community members.

Peyton and her mom Tami met with Assistant Principal Anne Kostus on the issue. According to Tami, they made an agreement that Peyton would take a one-day suspension for “insubordination” though there is nothing on that in the handbook. She said the agreement was that she would still be able to go to prom if she behaved. Students who are suspended cannot normally go to the next dance.

Tami said the insubordination came from the fact that the week before, Peyton had asked a lunch employee if she could put something on the tables (a paper) and was told she had to get permission. She didn’t put the papers out.

While Tami and Peyton thought the ordeal was over, she said she later got a phone call from Kostus saying that she should not have told her Peyton would be able to go to prom. It wasn’t fair to the other students.

Tami said the change came after the petition came out to ask the Superintendent to resign. Tami is one of the backers of the petition.

Peyton, who has a 4.0 average and will go to Michigan State for pre-law, said she would do it again. “It’s censorship, you can’t censor the students’ material,” she said.

In last week’s Post, Board President Heidi Reed made the statement “Just as our students do not sacrifice their First Amendment rights at the schoolhouse doors, our individual Board members retain their individual rights as citizens when they volunteer to serve our school community,” when she was speaking about statements made on a board member’s personal Facebook page. Peyton’s dad brought that up when he met with Kostus, but was reportedly told it didn’t apply to Peyton, because she didn’t ask permission. But was also told if she had asked, it wouldn’t have been given. He has contacted the ACLU regarding Peyton’s right to free speech.

The Post reached out to Kostus to confirm the story or give a comment, but said that she couldn’t discuss the discipline of a student due to the privacy act.

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Hometown Hero


Cameron Umphrey, US Marine Corp

Cameron Umphrey, the son of Mistie Bowser and the late Brett Bowser, and Michael and Kim Umphrey, all of Cedar Springs, Michigan, graduated from the United States Marine Corp, Hotel Co. 2nd Batallion, Platoon 2022 on March 2, 2018, at Parris Island, South Carolina.

Cameron deployed to boot camp on December 4, 2017 and began the rigorous mental and physical challenges of boot camp. He not only succeeded and completed boot camp but he also earned the Ironman Award, which lists him as the most physically fit Marine for his whole company, which was over 550 Marines with a score of 598 out of 600! This achievement along with others put him as an honor graduate and he was recognized at graduation by receiving the top award. Cameron also earned the rank of Private First Class and will continue to succeed and climb the ranks as he attends two more schools and then is assigned to a base. 

Cameron is a 2016 Cedar Springs High School graduate where he excelled in football, hockey, cross country and track.

He attended GRCC before enlisting in the Marines. 

“We are so proud of Cameron. He makes his family so proud and we love him so much!” said his mom, Mistie.

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DENNIS J. HAYDEN, SR.


Dennis J. Hayden, Sr. age 60 of Grand Rapids, died Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Dennis was born January 18, 1957 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Earle and Ruby (Beach) Hayden. He graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1975 and served in the U.S. Air Force. Surviving are his children, Dennis Jr., Brandi and Billie Jo; father, Earle Hayden; sisters, Earla (Phillip) Alber, Donna Johnson; brothers, Owen (Nancy Czyzewski) Hayden, Aaron (Kelly) Hayden; many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother. The family will greet friends Thursday, January 25th from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at 11:00 a.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor David Fernlund officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Degage Ministries or Mel Trotter Ministries.

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

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Incoming freshmen orientation


 

The class of 2022 will step into the world of high school and experience freshmen orientation next Thursday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m., at Cedar Springs High School.

Incoming Freshmen Orientation is the only corporate opportunity for students and their parents to learn about the Michigan Merit Curriculum and receive the CSHS Course Curriculum Guide, walk through the PowerSchool enrollment process, and get general questions about high school answered. 

This meeting is designed to provide parents with information they will need to ensure their child’s success in high school and beyond. 

Highlights include:

  • Review Graduation Requirements 
  • Gain an understanding of course offerings/sequence/credit requirements 
  • Develop a 4-Year Course Plan 
  • Outline PowerSchool Enrollment Process 
  • Discuss World Language Requirement 
  • Advanced Placement Course Information 
  • Dual Enrollment Requirements 
  • Tech 21 Academy Opportunity 
  • Kent Career Technical Center (KCTC) & Kent Transition Center (KTC) 
  • College Board Information 
  • Highlight Athletic Requirements and Sports offered 
  • Identify Student Organizations and Clubs 

The event will take place in the Cedar Springs High School auditorium, 204 E. Muskegon, at 7 p.m.

Questions? Call 616-696-1200 or email: rebecca.kooi@csredhawks.org (Student Last Name A-K) orshelley.pero@csredhawks.org (Student Last Name L-Z). 

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Solon man dies in crash


Aaron Dault, 23, died early Sunday, when the car he was driving left the roadway and struck a tree. Facebook photo.

 

Aaron Dault takes the ball upfield for Cedar Springs Varsity Soccer in 2010. Post file photo.

A 23-year-old Solon Township man died early Sunday morning in a one-car crash on White Creek Avenue.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, the crash occurred about 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning on White Creek Avenue, between 18 Mile and Wiersma, when the car that Aaron Lee Dault was driving veered off the roadway and struck a tree. Police reported that he died instantly. 

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, and police are investigating whether alcohol was a factor.

Aaron Dault, 23. Facebook photo.

Aaron is the son of Dean and Kara (Wiles) Dault, of Solon Township.

Aaron graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 2013, where he played varsity soccer and track. He was currently finishing his bachelor’s degree at Ferris State University. Aaron was also involved at his church, St. John Paul II Catholic Church here in Cedar Springs. According to his obituary, “he was adored by the parishioners and everyone he met. He will be remembered for his million dollar smile, holding the door open, and saying ‘hi’ to the people as they came for Mass.”

Click here to see Aaron’s obituary.

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Varsity wrestlers shine on and off the mat


Red Hawk wrestler Jacob Galinis. Courtesy photo.

The Cedar Springs High School wrestling team kicked off their season early in December and have been busy handing out surprises both on and off the mat ever since.

Off the mat, high school wrestlers adopted a family for the holidays, and team mom Teresa Galinis, along with some of the wrestlers, shopped, wrapped, and delivered gifts to the family for Christmas.   

On the mat, wrestlers have brought home some exciting wins this season against schools with historically good wrestling programs, including Fruitport, Grant, Mona Shores and Greenville. 

Individually, five wrestlers placed at the Kent County Championships held two weeks ago, where 22 schools were represented, and that number is expected to increase before finals in February. Off-season training camps along with an unbeatable work ethic, depth, returning talent and upcoming talent has propelled Cedar Springs wrestling to a viable (and feared) contender in a very difficult OK White conference. 

Wrestlers head to Greenville today to face both Lowell and Northview in what was sure to be a nail biter in an OK White conference showdown. Come out and show them your support!

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BRISON CHRISTOPHER RICKER


Brison Christopher Ricker of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 16, passed away on the morning of Saturday, December 23, 2017, after a brave & courageous battle with DIPG brain cancer. He was surrounded by his family in the comfort of his home, and rests now, comfortably in the arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Born on January 4, 2001, Brison grew up in Cedar Springs and attended Cedar Springs High School. He was outgoing and driven by his faith in everything he did—always striving for greatness. Brison raced motocross, and played soccer and basketball. He loved watching sports too. Brison had a great sense of humor and a kind heart to match. He was an incredible and loving son, wonderful brother and best friend, grandson and teammate, and was loved by so many. Brison leaves behind his parents Brian and Kimberly (Morris) Ricker; brother Preston Ricker; grandparents Kathryn (Gary Burger) Ricker, Joe (Gail) Ricker; Mark Sheldon; uncle Mark Ricker; and many special friends. He was preceded in death by his grandmother Deb Sheldon. The funeral service for Brison will be celebrated by Pastors Julian Newman and Dawn Damon at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 30, 2017, at Resurrection Life Church, 3233 10 Mile Road NE, Rockford, MI 49341. Relatives and friends may call on the family during a time of visitation from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the church. Those wishing to offer an expression of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to Brison’s family to assist them with funeral expenses. Brison will be laid to rest in Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs, Michigan.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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CS Athletic hall of fame


 

The Cedar Springs Athletic Department, in conjunction with the Athletic Boosters and the Athletic Leadership Council, is looking to create an Athletic Hall of Fame for Cedar Springs High School.  We are well aware that an Athletic Hall of Fame had previously existed in the former High School building. We are asking for ANYONE who may have information on the previous Hall of Fame, the contents of the Hall of Fame, the selection process, or any members who may have been in the Hall of Fame (maybe even you or a family member) to please come forward and share that information with us.
We are looking to gather as much information as possible on the previous Hall of Fame.  If you have any information at all as it relates to this, we very eagerly await to hear from you.  Please share what you may know on this topic with the Cedar Springs Athletic Department, and Athletic Director, John Norton. He can be reached via phone at 696-9080 or via email at john.norton@csredhawks.org.

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Red Hawks beat undefeated Pioneers


Red Hawk Ryan Ringler leaps over several Pioneers as he scores a touchdown. Photo by K&R LaLone photography.

Community pep rally Thursday evening

By Judy Reed

Before last Friday evening, October 24, the Cedar Springs Red Hawks Varsity Football team had only played the East Grand Rapids Pioneers a handful of times—four times to be exact, and none were wins for the Red Hawks. Two of those games were play off games. As a matter of fact, the last time Cedar Springs faced them was 10 years ago, in 2007. It was also a pre-district game at East Grand Rapids, and the Pioneers went on to win the state championship. But the Red Hawks turned up the heat Friday night, and gave the Pioneers (who were undefeated) a run for their money with a 41-40 win. And now the Red Hawks will face DeWitt in the district final on Friday, November 3, at 7 p.m. at DeWitt. Read more here.

There is even more to celebrate than the Varsity football team, and Cedar Springs High School invites everyone to come out for a community pep rally tonight (Thursday, November 2) at 8 p.m. at Red Hawk Stadium. They will celebrate band and cross country going to state, and other great things going on. The event is free. Come on out and show your spirit!

UPDATE: from Cedar Springs Public Schools… The Community Pep Rally for tonight has been moved from the Red Hawk Stadium to the Cedar Springs High School gym due to the weather.

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Former MLB player dies of carbon monoxide poisoning


Ross Powell was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in 1989. Photo courtesy of Mark Schumann.

Ross John Powell, 49, a Cedar Springs High School graduate and former Major League baseball pitcher, died last week in Texas, after his lawn care van was overcome with carbon monoxide fumes.

His father, Lyle John Powell, 72, was also found dead in the van.

The Collin County Sheriff Department told media that it appeared the van rolled to a stop in a cul-de-sac of Thunder Bay Drive and Enchanted Way, in Lucas, Texas. 

Powell, who played for three different MLB teams, and served as a youth baseball coach, had recently opened the new lawn care business.

Ross Powell (above) and his father, Lyle, were found dead in a commercial lawn care van last week. Photo from Ross Powell’s facebook page.

A woman who saw the men in the van reportedly called 911 after she knocked on the window and got no response. 

The fumes were so intense that a sheriff’s deputy, EMS officer, and three firefighters were all transported to the hospital for treatment and then later released.

Ross was a 1986 graduate of Cedar Springs High School, where he was selected as an All State pitcher his senior year. He pitched for three seasons at the University of Michigan and was a third-round draft pick for the Cincinnati Reds in 1989. He made his major league debut on Sept. 5, 1993. In April 1994, he was traded to the Houston Astros. In July, 1995, his contract was sold to the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was his last year in the major leagues. His career spanned eight seasons. 

Ross’ father, Lyle John Powell, 72, was also found dead in the van.
Facebook photo.

Ross was living in Carrollton, Texas.

A funeral service was held on Wednesday, Nov. 1, in Allen, Texas. A memorial service will also be held at a later date in Michigan.

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