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Sand Lake chooses queen


Miss Sand Lake 2011 and Court (From left to right): Autumn Smith, Meghan Warren, 2011 Miss Sand Lake, Shayna Gross, Meghan Yost

Shayna Gross, a senior at Tri County High School, was chosen Miss Sand Lake 2011 at the annual pageant held Friday, June 10, at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sand Lake. Chosen as court members were Meghan Yost, Meghan Warren, and Autumn Smith.
Eight contestants vied for the title of 2011 Miss Sand Lake. Contestants were Ashlie Feikema, Amanda Cooper, Morgan Grecheski, Shayna Gross, Shana Shqair, Meghan Warren, Autumn Smith, and Meghan Yost.  There were three parts to the competition besides the application: An interview, a written/spoken speech (this years’ speech theme “Friendship is our Wealth”), and one randomly drawn question written by one of the contestants.
Judges this year were Kym Steffes from the Rockford Squire, and Kathy Aldrich from Spectrum Community Services.
Shayna is the daughter of David and Brenda Gross. She was Class President at Tri County High School, a member of the National Honor Society, involved in Student Council, Theatre, Cross County and Track. Her future plans include college to study advertising and psychology.
Meghan Yost is a senior at Tri County High School, a member of the National Honor Society, Band, and active in her church youth group. Future plans include studying Cosmetology and pursuing her passion of music. She is the daughter of Marjorie Yost and Ben Yost.
Meghan Warren is a 2011 graduate of Tri County High School. She was the captain of the Varsity Softball team, active in Student Council, and her church youth group.  Meghan will be attending Aquinas College this fall. She is the daughter of Rebecca Guthrie.
Autumn Smith is a junior at Tri County High School, plays volleyball, coaches youth volleyball, and loves tractor pulling with the “Judgement Day Pullers.” Autumn plans to become a special education teacher. She is the daughter of Ray and Mary Smith.

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A special view in Lansing


On Friday, May 6th, Ms. Falcinelli, Mrs.Poll, Mrs. Smith, and Mrs. Underwood’s Cedar View Elementary classrooms went to Lansing for their 4th grade field trip to see our state Capitol building and the Michigan Historical Museum. This special trip is a culminating activity after studying Michigan history, geography, economics, and our state and federal government throughout third and fourth grades. The students are always excited to see our wonderful Capitol building and see where our laws are made.  One activity they really enjoy is lying down on the glass floor in the rotunda and looking up at the beautiful capitol dome. The Michigan Historical Museum brings Michigan’s history right before the students’ eyes.
The students who attended Lansing on Friday happened to be there on a day of a historical event. It was the day of the unveiling of former Governor Granholm’s portrait.  Some of the classes were able to see Governor Granholm there in the Capitol building.  Mrs. Poll’s class had the honor of having a representative from the capitol explain to them some of the symbolism included in the governor’s portrait. In the portrait the governor is looking past a vase of apple blossoms and out a sunlit window. Some of the symbols in the portrait include: a small wind turbine to show her work toward green energy, a Chevy Volt to show her work support of extending the range of the electric car, a mortarboard to show that she wants to increase the number of college graduates in Michigan, and a shovel that was used to break the ground for an advanced auto battery plant in Holland, Michigan.
On Wednesday, May 11th, a second batch of fourth graders headed to Lansing. This time, students from Ms. Zank, Mrs. Baas, Mrs. Nielsen, Mr. Moleski, and Mr. Gregory visited the Michigan Historical Museum and state Capitol. Since congress rarely convenes on a Friday, it was the Wednesday group that had the opportunity of a fourth grade lifetime. Several of our groups from Cedar View were honored in the House of Representatives by our very own representative Pete MacGregor. These groups were able to see the representatives at work and listen in on how they voted on a bill.
All of the students had an awesome time viewing the history of Michigan at the Michigan Historical Museum, but the main attraction was seeing how our government actually works.  The fourth grade teachers spent many hours preparing their students for this trip. No question from the tour guides went unanswered by our marvelous fourth graders. The lead tour guide at the capitol told me that Cedar View Elementary is one of the finest and largest groups to enter the Capitol and leave as the best behaved.  Congratulations to all of the fourth grade students of Cedar View for representing our community and demonstrating the Habits of Mind.

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