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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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Local grad selected for Women in Sports Leadership Award


 

 

Teri Reyburn, a 1972 Cedar Springs grad and daughter of Dick and Joan Covell, was selected for the prestigious award.

Teri Reyburn, a 1972 Cedar Springs grad and daughter of Dick and Joan Covell, was selected for the prestigious award.

From the Michigan High School Athletic Association

 

As leader of one of the Lansing area’s most successful athletic programs and a key voice in the creation and growth of the Capital Area Activities Conference, Teri Reyburn has contributed significantly to mid-Michigan sports during 15 years as athletic director at DeWitt High School. Those successes and her continuous service to Michigan High School Athletic Association programs were celebrated Sunday, Feb. 2, when she received the MHSAA’s 27th Women In Sports Leadership Award during the WISL banquet at the Crowne Plaza Lansing West.

Each year, the Representative Council considers the achievements of women coaches, officials and athletic administrators affiliated with the MHSAA who show exemplary leadership capabilities and positive contributions to athletics.

Both DeWitt’s girls and boys golf teams have won two MHSAA Finals championships apiece during Reyburn’s tenure. The football program has played in four Finals, and both the boys basketball team and competitive cheer teams also have finished as MHSAA runners-up. The Panthers girls basketball team has advanced to three MHSAA Semifinals, and the boys and girls soccer teams and baseball team have combined for five Semifinal appearances during her time guiding the athletic program.

Since taking over as DeWitt’s interim athletic director in March 1999, and then fulltime that summer, Reyburn also has led in the hosting of more than 80 MHSAA tournaments at various levels in various sports, plus more than 20 rules meetings and a number of clinics in coordination with statewide coaches and officials associations.

“Teri Reyburn has provided nearly two decades of quiet, steady leadership in her school district and serves as a mentor for those who are following her in the athletic director role,” said John E. “Jack” Roberts, executive director of the MHSAA. “She’s a role model for not just women, but anyone who aspires to a career in educational athletics. We’re pleased to honor her with the Women In Sports Leadership Award.”

Reyburn is a 1972 graduate of Cedar Springs High School and formerly served on the Portland Public Schools board of education for 11 years before her family moved to DeWitt. She worked as a media specialist, middle school sports coordinator and assistant to the high school athletic director for five years before taking over the Panthers’ high school sports program on an interim basis after the death of previous director Jim Lutzke in 1999.

Reyburn was among athletic directors who played a significant role in the formation of the Capital Area Activities Conference, which combined schools from four leagues in 2003. She also played a significant part in the formation of DeWitt High School’s Hall of Fame, which has inducted 35 athletes and nine teams since 2008.

“I absolutely love the kids. And I take a huge amount of pride in being able to put on and prepare an event, have hundreds or thousands walk in and sit down, enjoy themselves and walk out and leave not knowing the amount of work it took,” Reyburn said. “We have a large amount of volunteers who make that happen. I have some of the most amazing coaches, and the parents support their kids too. It doesn’t get any better than here, and I love what I do.”

Reyburn has spoken at WISL conferences on both the role of Title IX in high school athletics and “Tackling the Media Blitz” for young coaches and athletes. She has served on the WISL planning committee as well as on the MHSAA’s Scholar-Athlete Award, athletic equity, competitive cheer rules, site and officials selection committees.

Reyburn was recognized as her region’s Athletic Director of the Year in 2006 by the Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.

 

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Autumn Mattson named Regional Athletic Director of the Year


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Michigan’s professional organization of school athletic directors, the Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (MIAAA), has selected Autumn Mattson of Cedar Springs High School as regional Athletic Director of the Year.  One of only fourteen administrators state wide to be honored by the MIAAA, Autumn will be presented the award in Traverse City on March 18, 2014 at the annual MIAAA Mid-Winter Conference in which over 500 athletic directors participate.

Mattson came to Cedar Springs High school from Lake Superior State University where she played four years of women’s basketball and received her undergraduate degree.  She then received her Masters in Education and her teaching certificate from Aquinas College. Currently at Cedar Springs, Autumn serves as Athletic Director and Dean of Students. Mattson also served as president of the OK Bronze division in 2011 & 2012 and is involved in numerous MHSAA committees including: Women in Sports Leadership, Basketball Officials, and the Scholar Athlete committee.

In 2010, Mattson founded the Athletic Leadership Council (ALC) in Cedar Springs with the goal of uniting the students, staff and community and to spread the Red Hawk Pride to the community. One example is Staff Pride night when each athlete chooses a staff member within the district who has made a difference in their lives and invites them to attend a game. This allows past teachers to see that they are remembered and appreciated.

Brian Zdanowski, Athletic Director at Greenville High School, says Autumn is “very professional, dependable, and one who will do what it takes to get the job done. She is most definitely the leader of the athletic department and has gained respect from the coaches, athletes, and the parents that she serves.”

Steve Bennink, Athletic Director at Coopersville Area Schools, says “she has been the ultimate professional, always representing what is best for all student athletes, whether hers or the other schools.”

The MIAAA is a 52-year old association with nearly 700 members serving as athletic administrators in numerous high schools and junior high/middle schools in Michigan.  As partners with the Michigan High School Athletic Association, the MIAAA works to promote the educational value of interscholastic athletics and the role and profession of athletic director.  The MIAAA is very proud to spotlight the work of Autumn Mattson, an Athletic Director whose work and values best mirrors those of the association.

 

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The Post travels to Beaver Creek, Colorado


N-POST-travels-to-ColoradoDuring a recent ski vacation to Beaver Creek, Colorado, Brenda (Rau) Rarick and family took the Post along to stay abreast of the happenings back in Michigan.

“I am a 1986 graduate of Cedar Springs High School and have stayed in touch with the local news through a subscription to The Cedar Springs Post, which my parents John and Jeanne Rau renew for me each year on my birthday,” explained Brenda, who now lives out of state.

In the photo, Brenda and her son Kyle Rarick pause during the Winterfest activities in Beaver Creek to catch up on some reading.

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THOMAS P. BEARSS


C-obit-BearssThomas P. Bearss, 67 of Grand Rapids, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, January 13, 2014 at his home. Our loss is heaven’s gain. Tom was born May 6, 1946 in Grayling, Michigan the son Henry and Lyndall (Yeager) Bearss. He graduated from Cedar Springs High School, Class of 1964, served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, and was a Kent County Sheriff Deputy for 28 years retiring in 1995. He was a member of Rockford Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Evelyn (Loveless); children, Ginger (Bearss) Schaefer, Eric (Angela) Bearss; grandchildren, Mya, Rylan, Aubrey and Isaac; sister, Lois Goodell. The family will greet friends Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 10:00 am until time of memorial service at 11:00 am at Rockford Baptist Church, 221 Courtland St., Rockford. Pastor Larry D. Rowland officiating. A luncheon will follow the service at the church. Interment in the spring at Courtland Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Rockford Baptist Church.

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

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Financial Aid Night


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On January 22nd at 7:00 PM, Cedar Springs High School will host a financial aid informational meeting in the high school cafeteria.

David Steffee, current Director of Financial Aid at Aquinas College, will be presenting mainly on need-based financial aid. He will explain how the need for financial aid is determined and will go over different funding sources including, Federal, State and institutional funding. Mr. Stefee will also give some pointers on filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form; this is the form that the government uses to determine the amount of financial aid a student receives.

Becky Powell, former Director of Financial Aid at Montcalm Community College, will be on hand to discuss specifics about the FAFSA and schedule appointments for students and parents who need more personal attention for filling out the FAFSA.

We look forward to seeing you on January 22nd.

 

Daphne Cattenhead

Cedar Springs High School

Guidance Department

616 696 1200

Daphne.cattenhead@csredhawks

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