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Dan George inducted into GBC athletic hall of fame


Dan George was inducted into the Grace Bible College athletic hall of fame last weekend. Courtesy photo.

Dan George was inducted into the Grace Bible College athletic hall of fame last weekend. Courtesy photo.

Grace Bible College announces the selection of Dan George, Associate Head Coach for Men’s Basketball, to the Grace Bible College Athletic Hall of Fame. Induction ceremonies took place on Saturday, October 18, in the Aldrich Center on campus.

“I am humbled and extremely appreciative of this honor,” said Coach George.

George, a Cedar Springs resident, begins his 10th season with the Tigers in 2014-15. Coach George has a unique connection to the program as he was head coach at Jordan College, and recruited, signed, and coached the Tigers’ Head Coach Gary Bailey in 1978-82. The two have remained friends over the years and Bailey knew who to turn to for assistance, when he took over the helm of the Tigers in 2005. In the nine years the two have been together at Grace, the Tigers have won seven regional championships and five national championships.

“When Gary took the head coaching position at Grace in 2005, I was flattered that he asked me to come help him,” said Coach George. “I said, ‘OK, I’ll do it for a year.’ And then we won a regional and national championship that first year, and I was hooked on working with this team and being a part of the Grace atmosphere. I told Coach Bailey I would stay as long as he wanted me.”

Coach George has served in several capacities over the last nine years. He assisted Coach Bailey with game management and he has always had a passion for teaching and developing defensive skills. He has also teamed with supporting Coach Kent Karnemaat in the team’s “Champions to the Core” initiative. He will continue to assist in all those areas but his focus this year is to pursue a long time passion and team need to develop and implement a new program for game preparation and analysis.

“Dan brings strong leadership skills and great basketball knowledge to our program,” said Coach Bailey, “but it is his passion for assisting young men in the development of character and life skills that we value most.”

Dan played high school ball at Walton Central School (class of 1970) in Walton, New York and college basketball at Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York. He served as athletic director and head basketball coach at Jordan College where his teams were nationally ranked. An avid sportsman and conservationist, Dan enjoys hunting, fishing, and camping and he owns an outdoor adventure consulting/booking business, Quest Expeditions, offering worldwide hunting and fishing adventures. Dan received a B.A. in History from Hartwick College in 1974 and a M.A. in Education from Michigan State University in 1980. He currently serves as the Superintendent/School Leader at Creative Technologies Academy in Cedar Springs, where he lives with his wife, Debi, and son, Hunter, a senior at Creative Technologies Academy. Daughter Dani, is in her freshman year at Indiana Wesleyan University.

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Charger Cross Country team goes to state 


*S-Cross Country CTA Les Miner State ChampionIt may have been a cold, damp Saturday morning, but it did not slow down the Chargers of Creative Technologies Academy at their Cross Country Class D State Championship meet. Head Coach Gerry Verwey challenged every one of his runners to set a new lifetime personal record during the race, and many of them did just that.

The boys’ team finished in an overall place of 14th out of 34 teams, which was quite an accomplishment. They were once again led by freshman Les Miner (17:10), who received all state honors. Not far behind was Sophomore Ethan Lehman, who finished with a lifetime PR of 18:31. Freshman James Hofstra (19:40) finished third for the Chargers, while Sophomore Logan Colter (20:24) and Freshman Dawson Armstrong (lifetime PR 21:28) rounded out the top five.

While the girls team did not have enough participants required to be scored in the team results, two Charger ladies still had great meets. Senior Olivia Wortz finished with a lifetime PR of 27:56, and Junior Kaleigh Keech continued her impressive improvement by posting a time of 36:22.

The Chargers have one week left of practice, followed by the Michigan Independent High School Championships next Saturday in Allendale. It is the final race of the season, and the Chargers will look to close out the season strong.

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A Great Week for the Chargers


CTA’s Logan Colter passes an opponent.

CTA’s Logan Colter passes an opponent.

The Creative Technologies Academy Cross Country team came in with a focused mindset this week, knowing that the state meet was coming up soon, and their results certainly showed it. Even without their number one runner who missed the race due to an illness, the Chargers performed well at the conference championship meet at Riverside Park. Captain Ethan Lehman, a sophomore, finished in 8th place overall with a time of 18:53, a new lifetime personal record. He and Freshman Les Miner were given all conference awards for finishing in the top ten on the season in total points. Freshman James Hofstra continued his hot streak by breaking the 20 minute mark (19:57), with Logan Colter (21:17) and Dawson Armstrong (22:36) not far behind. It was quite an impressive day for the boys, finishing fourth out of six teams, even with Miner, their number one runner.

The girls also had an impressive day, led by 7th grader Zoe Lehman, who set a lifetime pr with a time of 24:31. Fellow 7th grader Hannah Hofstra finished second for the Chargers (26:28), with senior Olivia Wortz (28:49), 8th grader Brin Calkins (lifetime pr 28:54), and Junior Kaleigh Keech (lifetime pr 35:05) right on her heels. Just like the boys, the girls finished fourth out of six teams in their conference.

Just when Coach Verwey thought his team had their best meet of the season, he saw even more progress at the Montabella Invite Friday evening. The Charger boys finished in 5th place, ahead of teams such as White Cloud and Kent City, a true achievement. They placed three runners in the top 25 overall, led by Les Miner in fourth place (17:32), Ethan Lehman in 13th place with his second lifetime pr in three days (18:50), and James Hofstra in 25th place (19:59). Logan Colter (20:58), Dawson Armstrong (lifetime pr of 21:46), and Johnathon LaTourneau (lifetime pr of 25:35) rounded out the top 6 for the Chargers.

The varsity girls competed hard as well, with Olivia Wortz missing her lifetime personal record by only four seconds with a time of 28:02, and Junior Kaleigh Keech setting her second straight lilfetime personal record with a time of 34:27.

The Chargers have a full week to rest up before their next race, which will be this weekend for the Michigan Class D State Championships. The race is being held in Shepard, MI this upcoming Saturday at Maple Creek Golf Course. Go Chargers!

 

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Artisan Craft Fair


Creative Technologies Academy 

  2nd Annual 

Artisan Craft Fair  

Saturday December 6, 2014 

Vendor space available for Artisan Crafters 

$25.00 for an 8’ table, or $40.00 for 2 tables.  

 Space is limited so hurry and reserve yours today!

All proceeds from vendor space rentals support school enrichment programs.

Please contact: Sherry Fisk for further information.

Phone: (231)937-4050

email: sdzssne@frontier.com

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Young Chargers perform well at Portage Invitational


Casen Armstrong

Casen Armstrong

Les Miner

Les Miner

On a cold, wet Saturday morning (Red Flannel Day), the Creative Technologies Academy Chargers Cross Country team made their way to the Portage Invitational. The invite included both a varsity race, as well as an open 5K race. The entire coaching staff, which consists of Coach Gerry Verwey, Coach Tyler Buitenwerf, and Coach Danielle Davies, competed in the open race. All three posted impressive times, with Coach Verwey leading the way with a time of 19:49. Coach Buitenwerf was not far behind with a time of 21:56, and Coach Davies also had an impressive run, with a total time of 25:52. Casen Armstrong, a 6th grade student at CTA, posted a fantastic time of 24:40 in the open race as well.

The varsity race turned out to be one of the best showings the Chargers have had all season. Freshman Les Miner, the #1 runner for the Chargers, received a medal and finished 29th overall with a time of 17:47. Several other members finished with either season personal records or lifetime personal records. Sophomore Ethan Lehman  and Senior Olivia Wortz set lifetime personal records with superb times of 18:55 and 27:59, respectively. Sophomore Logan Colter set his own season personal record with a time of 20:40, missing his lifetime PR by a mere 6 seconds.

With the season coming near a close, the Chargers have three races this week. On Tuesday, they will be competing in the Kent City Invite, followed by the Conference Championship on Wednesday at Riverside Park, and then finishing the week at the Montabella Invite on Friday. Friday’s race will be the last race for the 6th grade runners. It should be a great week for all involved.

 

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Celebration Assembly


Creative Technologies Academy held a Celebration Assembly on Wednesday, April 3rd to celebrate some awesome accomplishments and share some great news.  As the elementary reading madness challenge came to an end, the students had much to be proud of.  The winner of the contest was the 6th grade with an astounding 19,039 minutes read this month. Through the month of March the total amount of minutes read by the students in kindergarten through 7th grade was 90,791 minutes!  The students were given some awesome stats about their reading as well.  Their reading totaled up to 1,513 hours in the month of March, or 63 total days, or 8 hours of reading per student for the month.

Here are just a few of the amazing things that are happening around campus.  First grade students Addyson Moeggenberg and Aubrey Smith and second graders  Timiah DenBoer, Kaden Winters, William May and Alivia Taylor were honored for their progress in their rocket math program.  The third graders were celebrated for working hard to meet their personal math goals and reading goals.  The fourth grade class was honored for receiving their 200th positive behavior point. The fifth graders will be heading up a kindness project where they will be supporting the group “Sole Hope”.  This organization makes shoes out of jeans and sends them over to help the people of Uganda.  They will be collecting pop cans, jeans, plastics, and other much needed items to help with this amazing cause.  The sixth grade class was celebrated for their hard work they have put into running the school bank in its inaugural year.  Several middle school students were honored for being caught exemplifying great character.  The freshman English class was celebrated for their willingness to cooperate and their hard work over the last few months.  Ms. Hill specifically gave a shout out to “Thomas McKinney, who volunteers to read for us on a daily basis.” Some students from Miss Chilcote’s Current Events class have been participating in the 2014 UNICEF “Tap Project”.  Students gave up their cell phones for a designated amount of time to help provide clean water and adequate sanitation to children around the world.  Several high school students were celebrated for their hard work in class, looking out for someone in school, being caught doing something awesome and also doing random acts of kindness.  Dean of Students, Mr. Oldebekking closed the assembly by saying “Many times students don’t even know they were being caught doing an act of kindness, but their great actions are what make our school an amazing place.”

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Creative Technologies Kindergarten Teacher receives award


Meredith Lange of the Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan presented Lauren Bostic with the Educator of the Year Award.

Meredith Lange of the Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan presented Lauren Bostic with the Educator of the Year Award.

The CTA team of teachers supporting the kindergarten class and two students with Down syndrome. (L to R) Sarah Classen, special education teacher; Lauren Bostic, kindergarten teacher and award recipient; Grace Middlebrook, student; Adyson Merritt, student; Susan VanEnk, teacher aide.

The CTA team of teachers supporting the kindergarten class and two students with Down syndrome. (L to R) Sarah Classen, special education teacher; Lauren Bostic, kindergarten teacher and award recipient; Grace Middlebrook, student; Adyson Merritt, student; Susan VanEnk, teacher aide.

In recognition of World Down Syndrome Day on March 21, the Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan (DSAWM) recognized and honor Lauren Bostic, kindergarten teacher at Creative Technologies Academy (CTA) in Cedar Springs, with West Michigan’s Educator of the Year Award.

“We are thrilled to present this award to Lauren. Her commitment to serving the needs of her students is exemplified both in and out of the classroom, said Executive Director of DSAWM, Melissa Werkman. “Focused on recognizing teachers who include students with Down syndrome in learning opportunities in classrooms with typically developing peers, enhancing the lives of students through educational practices and serving as role models for their fellow educators, this award was initiated to bring attention to the many teachers in our service area, such as Lauren, who work tirelessly every day to improve the learning environment for students with special needs.”

Katie Merritt, whose seven-year-old daughter, Adyson, has Down syndrome and has been in Lauren’s class for two years, nominated Bostic. In her nomination, she shared that Bostic takes the time to learn methods that the different therapists are using and incorporates those for her entire class to use. For instance, her students do not always stand in a straight line and walk to their destination, but instead, they incorporate various gross motor skills and walk like a bear or a crab in order to use different muscles and complement what the therapists are doing. Merritt also noted the extra attention Lauren invested during the summer by continuing to meet with Adyson on a regular basis.

“We all know our children hold amazing potential, but without the help of great teachers and staff, that potential can never be achieved. We are so thankful for everything that Miss Bostic, Mrs. VanEnk and all the staff at CTA have done to support our children,” commented Merritt.

CTA held a presentation on March 21 for its kindergarten through eighth grade students to recognize Lauren and also to bring awareness to Down syndrome.

“Miss Bostic has been a dedicated teacher at Creative Technologies Academy since 2008. Her compassion and skills in working with young children are phenomenal,” said Dan George, CTA Superintendent. “She has a wonderful ability to work with students with special needs and she is devoted to helping her students succeed to their maximum ability.”

 

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First graders and families celebrate


N-Library-card1Almost 250 first-graders were at the Kent Theatre Monday and Tuesday to celebrate March is Reading month and their brand new library cards.

The Cedar Springs Public Library launched its 16th Annual First Grade Library Card Roundup last month, in partnership with the Kent District Library, Cedar Trails, Creative Technologies Academy, and Algoma Christian School.

“The program is largely successful due to the classroom visits by Children’s parapros Shannon Vanderhyde, of Cedar Springs Library, and Sara Magnusen, of KDL, and the great cooperation and support by each first grade classroom teacher,” said Cedar Springs Library Director Donna Clark.

First graders and their families were invited to celebrate “March is Reading Month” by getting a library card and thereby gaining access to hundreds of thousands of books and other materials available at the 81 libraries and branch libraries in the 8 counties served by the Lakeland Library Cooperative.

N-Library-card2Free movie passes to see “Nut Job” at the Kent Theatre were issued to all 320 first graders, paid for by the Cedar Springs Public Library via a grant from a local Cedar Springs sponsor. Students showing a library card also got a free popcorn to eat during the show, compliments of the Kent Theatre. About 246 came to the movie and almost every single child/family had a library card.

Just before the movie started, local children’s author Amanda Litz hosted a drawing to give away 6 of her books, one of which was just released that afternoon. To find out more about Amanda, her books, her new bookstore located at 25 S. Main, and the events she has planned, go to her website at www.travelerstrunkpublishing.com

The library card program was originated in 1998 by Mike Metzger, a former library board member.

 

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First graders get library cards


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March is reading month—which means it’s time for all first graders to get a chance to sign up for their very first library card.

Cedar Springs Public Library and KDL’s Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library team up to visit kids at school and get them excited about this new privilege.

Shannon Vanderhyde, Youth parapro at Cedar Springs, and Sara Magnuson, youth parapro at Sand Lake/Nelson Township, recently visited 11 first grade classrooms at Cedar Trails Elementary, and one at Creative Technologies Academy to hand out the envelopes with information on what to do. Algoma Christian will also receive a visit this year.

N-Library-cards2-webThe cards are good at any library in Michigan.

To celebrate, all first graders get to attend a movie March 3 and 4 at The Kent Theatre for free, with other family members welcome for $3 each. The movie is “The Nut Job.” Doors open at 5:30 with the movie starting at 6:30. A child’s library card or family library card entitles the first-grader to a free small popcorn that night. Just present your card at the concession stand.

 

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CTA Saves Christmas


CTA-ToysCTA-Toys-2By CTA Third Graders

 

Students at Creative Technologies Academy raised $600 for Toys for Tots in a coin drive competition last month.  CTA was able to buy over 60 toys with the money they raised.  Students in kindergarten through eighth grade participated in this event to make sure that kids have toys under their Christmas trees.

Each class had their own bucket and brought in coins to earn points for their class.  One seventh grader, Nathan Lovett, collected $50 from his family and friends.  All of the classes raised a lot of money, but the seventh graders brought in the most.

The coin drive was organized by Kindergarten teacher, Lauren Bostic.  When she was asked why she organized the event, she said, “I love seeing our students care so much about kids.”

School leader, Dan George, agreed with Miss Bostic.  “I think it’s a great thing that students are doing,” he said. “It teaches them how to be givers, and it will give opportunities for kids to have a Christmas that wouldn’t otherwise have it.”  The students had a lot of fun with the coin drive and were happy to help other kids in need.

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