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Rotary Club honors 5th grade essay winners


Students, parents, teachers, and principals involved in the Rotary 4-way test essay contest. Courtesy photo.

Students, parents, teachers, and principals involved in the Rotary 4-way test essay contest. Courtesy photo.

The Cedar Springs Rotary recently handed out the awards for their annual Rotary 4-way test contest. They invited students from Cedar View, Creative Technology Academy, and Algoma Christian to enter, and had nine fifth grade classes participate. All essays were written at school in 200 words or less. Teachers chose the 2 best essays from their class and submitted them to the committee, which included Julie Wheeler, Carolyn Davis and Donna Clark.

“We had 18 diverse and interesting essays to read, evaluate and choose from,” explained Clark. “We looked at grammar, writing mechanics, spelling, presentation and the story line. We looked for a clear outcome, such as the lesson learned or character revealed.”

The first-place winner this year was Greta Isabella DeBack, in Mr. Moleski’s class. She wrote her essay entitled “Truth or Mr. Gregory Setting a Good Example.” It showed how a great teacher impacted her life. Rotary awarded her $50.

MayLynne Hath, of Mrs. Johnson’s class, came in a close second. She wrote about what the “Habits of Mind” are as taught at Cedar View, what they are not and how they can guide each of us to be a good person. She was awarded $25.

The third-place winner was Gwen Forster, of Mrs. Cairy’s class. She found that personal loss could build a sense of community when shared with a friend. She was awarded $15.

Jacob Borden, of Mrs. Norman’s class at CTA, was the fourth-place winner. He wrote his essay entitled “How My Grandma Inspires Me” about his grandmother impacted his life. He was awarded $10.

Clark thanked the teachers for their inspiration and guidance of students, and their parents for the foundation of success they’ve laid at home.

The 4 Way Test was adopted by Rotary in 1943 and has been translated into more than 100 languages and published in thousands of ways. The message is known and followed by all Rotarians. “Of the things we think, say or do: 1. Is it the truth? 2. Is it fair to all concerned? 3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships? 4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?”

The Cedar Springs Rotary holds the four-way test essay contest each year for fifth grade students, and tries to live by that four-way test. “We as Rotarians are aware of the example we set as individuals and as a Club in our community,” said Rotary President Carolyn Davis. “As community leaders and partners, we are mindful of what we think, say and do.”

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CTA cross country makes strides


The Creative Technology Academy cross country team competed in two challenging meets this past week. On Saturday, August 29, the team traveled up to Benzie Central High School to participate in the “Eldon Moss Cross Country Invitational” and on Wednesday, September 2, the Kent City Coed 10k Relay Invite.

SCTAcrosscountry1“This was an intense week of cross country for the team,” said Coach Gerry Verwey.  “Saturday’s meet featured 17 schools, many of whom were state championship contenders.  Wednesday’s meet pitted us against six other schools much larger than our own, including some division one competition.”

At the Benzie Central Invitational, freshman Grace VanEnk broke the girl’s school record in a time of 23:57, only to have senior Erin Willis break that mark, the following Wednesday, at Kent City with a time of 23:48. The Charger girls team features a dynamic top three with VanEnk, Willis, and twin Ashton Willis, that any new program would dream to have. Along with freshman Esther Hubbard and senior Cassie Dille, the Lady Chargers are looking to really turn some heads this season. “The girls have really come together as a team after the Benzie meet and have set their sights on some big teams and big goals,” added Coach Verwey.

-S-CTAThe girls finished 9th at the Benzie Invite with 224 points, one point behind Lake City.

The boy’s squad also found success at Benzie. All seven of the runners ran new personal best times, with the top four all within 13 seconds of each other. They placed 10th out of 18 teams competing. The boys were lead by strong performances from junior Kyle Biddlecome and senior CJ Bouck.  “Kyle and CJ are looking the strongest I’ve ever seen them, noted Verwey. “They are definitely showing that they will not back down during a race.”

CTA’s upcoming competitions include the Big Red Invite at Muskegon on September 12 and a meet at Tri County on September 15.

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Solid start to season for CTA cross-country


S-CTA-XC-CJandJeremiahThe “Chargers” from Creative Technologies Academy kicked off their second season of cross-country Tuesday. Kent City hosted CTA, Tri County, Central Montcalm, and Covenant Christian for an early season 5K battle. CTA’s first ever girl’s squad began the meet with an impressive performance. Freshman Grace VanEnk and senior Erin Willis led the way for the Chargers, posting times of 25:28 and 25:32, respectively. Rounding out the top five were senior Ashton Willis, freshman Esther Hubbard, and senior Cassie Dille.

“Having four of the five girls competing in their first ever race made for an exciting and emotional day,” said Coach Gerry Verwey. “We are happy with the progress the girls are making.”

S-CTA-XC-EstherMikaylaGraceOn the boy’s side, freshman Andre Winters was the first CTA representative to cross the line in 17th place. Freshman Jeremiah Wortz, senior CJ Bouck, sophomore Steve VanEnk, and freshman Jeff Spicer rounded out the top five.  Senior Kote Obetts earned high praise from the crowds with a well earned personal best performance as well.  “Our boy’s team is very young,” said Coach Verwey. “We’re already seeing times faster than last year, and I expect all of our boys to set new personal marks this season.”

The CTA cross-country team will compete again on Saturday, August 29 at the Benzie Central Invitational. They returned to competition at Long Lake Park on Wednesday, September 2 for the Kent City Coed Invite.

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