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Year in Review 2016: WWII Vet gets diploma


Erwin Duane Empie, 90, celebrates as he receives his diploma at the Cedar Springs High School graduation. Cedar Springs Superintendent Dr. Laura VanDuyn is next to him. Photo by K. Alvesteffer.

Erwin Duane Empie, 90, celebrates as he receives his diploma at the Cedar Springs High School graduation. Cedar Springs Superintendent Dr. Laura VanDuyn is next to him. Photo by K. Alvesteffer.

By Judy Reed

A lot of things happened in the Cedar Springs area in 2016, but the story about WWII Veteran Erwin Duane Empie, 90, finally getting his high school diploma last June was one of the most heartwarming. Empie left Cedar Springs High School in 1944 at the age of 18 to enlist in the Navy and serve his country during WWII. He was a sophomore at the time, so never got his diploma.

Erwin’s son, Mike Empie, got the ball rolling when he heard about Public Act 180 of 2001, which says that a high school diploma can be awarded to a veteran who enlisted or was drafted into WWII, Korea, or Viet Nam. He spoke with school registrar Susan Andrzejewski, who found Erwin’s transcript in an old box in the basement of the school, and verified that he had been a student. Empie then graduated with the rest of the Class of 2016 at Cedar Springs High School.

The photo above, taken by photograher Kelly Alvesteffer, perfectly caught the emotion of the moment.

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JV and Varsity Cheer finish in top three at Mona Shores


Varsity: The Cedar Springs Varsity Cheer team finished 3rd out of 15 teams at Mona Shores.

Varsity: The Cedar Springs Varsity Cheer team finished 3rd out of 15 teams at Mona Shores.

This weeks competitions brought the Cedar Springs High School Varsity & JV teams to Mona Shores High School. It was a long night for the girls, due to there being 33 teams at this competition.

Starting in round one, Cedar Springs Varsity scored a 218.5 with a 4-point penalty bringing their score to a 214.5 and placing them in 4th place at the end of round one.

JV: The Cedar Springs JV team finished first out of six teams at Mona Shores.

JV: The Cedar Springs JV team finished first out of six teams at Mona Shores.

Cedar Springs JV scored a 195.7 placing them in 1st place at the end of round one.

Continuing on to round two Cedar Springs Varsity scored a 218.7 making their subtotal for round two a 433.28 bringing them up to second place at the end of round two.

Cedar Springs JV scored a 163.6 bringing the subtotal to a 359.3 and holding their first place standing.

Lastly, in round three Cedar Springs Varsity scored a 280.1, bringing their overall total for all three rounds 713.38. This gave them a third place finish out of 15 Division 2 teams, with less than a one-point difference for second place.

Cedar Springs JV finished round three with a 248.7, bringing their overall total to 608 and securing a first place finish out of six JV teams.

Great job to all the girls.

The next High School competition will be Saturday January 7 at Comstock Park High School.

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Sparling to play basketball for Aquinas


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Cedar Springs High School senior Ali Sparling signed her national letter of intent last week to play basketball for NAIA member Aquinas College. She currently plays basketball for the Lady Red Hawks Varsity basketball team. Ali is pictured above (seated) with her parents, Tracie and Brett, on either side of her. Standing behind her is Linda Nash, head coach for the Aquinas Saints; and assistant coach Brian Morris. Congratulations, Ali!

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Tri County Wrestling Results


Cedar Springs Red Hawk Varsity Wrestling Team. Photo by Jane Ringler

Cedar Springs Red Hawk Varsity Wrestling Team. Photo by Jane Ringler

By Barbra Chong

The Cedar Springs High School Wrestling team traveled to Tri County for the first Invite of the 2016-2017 Season. The Varsity Team is not quite at full strength, missing a 103 and 112 lb wt class, causing two voids last weekend. Unfortunately, with the voids, this automatically created a 12-point deficit each dual. We defeated Lakeview with a score of 55-24, then defeated Carson City with a score of 53-18 and continued the winning streak against Comstock Park with a score of 36-34. The next dual was a loss against Pine River with a score of 27-43 and finished the day against Tri County with another loss of 24-43. Out of the six teams competing, Cedar Springs finished the tournament in third place.

The boys wrestle for their individual score but each individual contributes to the overall team score. The individual records are Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza, who went undefeated with 5 wins by fall, totaling just under 4 minute fall times, and 171/189 lb Ryan Ringler, who also went undefeated; 125/130 lb Patrick Fliearman, 140/145 lb Jordan Ringler and 152/160 lb Jacob Galinis with 4 wins each; 119/125 lb Logan Hull, 140/145 lb Jordan Andrus and 171/189 lb Nate Patin with 3 wins each; 130/135 lb Aaron Smith and 135 lb Anthony Brew with 2 wins each; 152/160 lb Zak Schmid and 215 lb Chris Shaffer with 1 win each.

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French Book Project


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The French II and III students at Cedar Springs High School made Christmas presents in the form of French children’s books for the children living at an orphanage in Cap-Haitien, Haiti. Haiti is a French-speaking country with a very low literacy rate of 60%. Many children in Haiti do not have access to books. The Cedar Springs’ French students decided to create books to send to Haiti with the goal of encouraging literacy and creating a special Christmas memory for these children

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Local hometown hero aboard USS Mason


The USS Mason was fired upon with missiles on October 9 and 12, off the coast of Yemen. Here it is shown on the arrival at the port of Piraeus, Greece, on October 23.

The USS Mason was fired upon with missiles on October 9 and 12, off the coast of Yemen. Here it is shown on the arrival at the port of Piraeus, Greece, on October 23.

FC1 PJ French, aboard the USS Mason.

FC1 PJ French, aboard the USS Mason.

FC1 PJ French, a 2004 graduate of Cedar Springs High School, is aboard the USS Mason, a Navy destroyer recently fired upon off the coast of Yemen.

French is the son of Don and Laura DeLange, of Cedar Springs.

The USS Mason is a Navy destroyer supporting maritime security operations in the Red Sea off Yemen’s southern coast. It was attacked on October 9 and again on October 12. As many as three missiles were shot down by the Mason and splashed down in the water before reaching the ship.

In response to the failed missile strike on the USS Mason, the USS Nitze launched Tomahawk cruise missiles on October 13, destroying three coastal radar sites in Yemen they suspected to be under the control of Houthi forces.

No one was hurt in any of the strikes on the USS Mason, due to the appropriate defensive counter measures. In fact, FC1 French works on the Aegis Weapons System onboard, which is responsible for defense of the ship.

What happens in a scenario where a ship like this is fired on? From a story at http://taskandpurpose.com/us-destroyer-responds-someone-shoots/ there are four steps:

Step one: Missile inbound.

Someone in the combat information center will notice a swiftly moving contact on the radar screen. The first person to detect the missile will yell out, “Vampire inbound!” along with some proprietary Navy information to make sure folks know the situation.

Step two: Confirm it’s a missile.

The ship has onboard sensors along with any information from units in and around the area of operations. Sailors in the combat information center will confirm that it’s a missile and not a radar anomaly or some other phenomena.

Step three: shoot that vampire down.

Once they have confirmed that an anti-ship missile is headed toward the ship, it’s time to take action. Sailors from Combat Fire Control division are responsible for the operations and maintenance of the weapons systems and will likely be the ones taking action. Each class of ship has multiple close, medium, and long-range weapons and countermeasures to address the threat. In the case of the Mason, they used Standard Missile 2 (SM-2) and Enhanced Sea Sparrow Missiles to “splash” the missiles. The SM-2 and ESSM are medium range missiles stored in the ship’s Vertical Launch System cells, along with Tomahawks and other weapon systems. ESSMs are unique in that each VLS cell can hold 4 of the missiles, meaning Navy ships can hold several to protect themselves or the units around them.

If the missiles made it through those defenses, or were fired closer, the shipboard Phalanx Close-In Weapons System—also known as the CIWS (pronounced “sea-wiz”)—would engage it. The CIWS looks like a really excited R2-D2 and terrifies helicopter pilots all over the Navy, and for good reason. CIWS shoots upwards of 4,500 rounds per minute, creating a wall of tungsten in front of an incoming contact, and can be operated fully autonomously. When all of the weapons and countermeasure systems are combined, a U.S. Navy warship is basically Skynet.

Step four: Maintain readiness and evaluate further action.

Okay, so the warship has shot down a couple of incoming missiles and everyone is on high alert. The folks who were watching movies, sleeping, eating, or otherwise engaged heard the weapons systems being employed and hauled butt to their respective command and control stations to find out the latest info on the situation. The engineering team will ensure that all systems are online and that peak readiness is achieved. The commanding officer and executive officer are split between the combat information center and the pilot house, ready to continue the fight. The whole ship is ready and are hoping for a shot at lobbing the retaliatory Tomahawk missiles at whatever targets fit the appropriate response.

The Post is glad to hear that FC1 French and his shipmates were not injured, and we appreciate how he is serving his country. French graduated from the Navy in Chicago in 2010, and according to his mom, Laura, PJ has another three years to serve on his current tour of duty.

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Hometown Hero


 

Airman 1st Class Steven J. Brunni

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Steven J. Brunni graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Brunni is the son of William J. and Son Mi Brunni, and brother of Jonathan M. Brunni, all of Cedar Springs, Mich.

He is a 2011 graduate of Cedar Springs High School, Cedar Springs, Mich.

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Students study Cedar Creek health with Trout Unlimited


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Trout Unlimited’s Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative has worked with over 1,500 local students just this past year and they are not slowing down when it comes to engaging our youth in science and water conservation. Throughout this month, Trout Unlimited got the opportunity to work with 250 new students from Cedar Springs High School to monitor the health of Cedar Creek in downtown Cedar Springs.

High school teachers Steve Vree, Eddie Johns, and Larry Reyburn reached out to Trout Unlimited to continue their successful partnership because they appreciate the importance of getting students out of the classroom and into their community. Thanks to their support, students from 8 science classes have designed experiments studying the effects of stormwater pollution, trees, and, excess sedimentation on the cold water trout stream using the Leaf Pack Network experiments. They created artificial leaf packs and placed them somewhere in the creek depending on their experimental conditions. The students waited for the leaf packs to stay in the stream for four weeks so that they could be colonized by macroinvertebrates. Students worked in the lab to identify the macroinvertebrates that they use as indicators of water quality. The data, which varied from scores of excellent to fair, will be uploaded to the Leaf Pack Network where schools from all over the country have entered local stream conditions.

n-trout-unlimited2To date, the Home Rivers Initiative has worked with over 800 students on the Leaf Pack Experiment. The experiment is a great way to give students hands-on, real world research experience while raising awareness of the importance of streamside forests to the ecology of rivers and streams and to promote their stewardship.

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CSHS & H Productions Present: 110 Stories 


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From the first crash at the Towers to a last goodbye at Ground Zero, 110 Stories takes us through 9/11 as told by those who were there.

Cedar Springs High School Auditorium

November 9, 10, 11 and 12 Curtain at 7:00pm

Tickets available at the door or https://hprodcshs.ludustickets.com/index.php

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Upcoming Band Performances


6th Grade Band Off  to A Great Start 

The 2016-2017 school year is off to a great start in the 6th grade band.  130 band students are learning to play instruments for the first time, and they are have already progressed quite a bit.  Band Directors Adam Borst, Ryan Miller, and student teacher Adam Ronning are very impressed with the students’ abilities so far, and are looking forward to another great year of band at Red Hawk Elementary.

The budding instrumentalists are playing flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, baritone, and percussion, and will later have the chance to try tuba, French horn, and alto saxophone.  The students will perform 3 full band concerts this year: November 17th, February 9th, and May 18.  There is also a solo event on January 26th. All concerts start at 7:00 pm, and are performed in the High School Auditorium.

High School Marching Band heads to State Finals

CONGRATULATIONS to our Cedar Springs High School Marching Band who placed 3rd in their class at the Jenison Invitational October 22, 2016!  They had the best show of the season and scored an 87.725, the highest score of the past few seasons! The band performed Saturday, October 29 at the Westshore Invitational held at Rockford High School at 7:30pm where Cedar Springs placed 3rd.

The band will perform on November 5 at MCBA State Finals at Ford Field mid-afternoon.  Go Red Hawks!

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