Clare BOE honors Cross Country teams
By Pat Maurer
Both the Clare Girls’ Cross Country team and the Boys’ Cross Country team were honored at the Clare Board of Education meeting last Monday evening.
The Boys’ Cross Country Team were Conference and Regional Champions and placed 4th in the State. Coach Adam Burhans said the won five Invitationals and six Jackpine Conference Championships. They also earned Team Academic All-State, ranking sixth in the State.
Hunter Nivison placed 14th in Individual State Ranking and was named All-State for the second time and earned Academic All-State.
Kyler Phillips was 25th in Individual State Ranking, earned All-State and Academic All-State.
Brock Demi earned Academic All-State and the JPC Sportsmanship award and Kevin Spicer-Torres earned Academic All-State and was named to the 1st Team All-Conference, All-Region.
Ben Haupt earned Academic All-State and was named 1st Team All-Conference, All-Region. Chase Field earned Academic All-State and was All-Conference, All-Region.
Also earning Academic All-State with a perfect 4.0 record was Nick Wertheimer.
The Girls’ team earned Conference and Regional Championships this year and place 9th in State Competition, Superintendent Doniel Pummell reported to the board.
Hannah Brown placed 10th at Regionals, earned 2nd Team All-Region, placed 5th at Conference, was named 1st Team All-Conference and earned All-Area Honorable Mention.
Jasmine Harper earned a 1st at Regionals, a 1st at Conference, was named 1st Team All-Conference, League Most Valuable Player, and 1st Team All-Region, earned All-State, was 10th in Individual Ranking in the State and was named to the All-Area Dream Team.
Victoria Harper placed 2nd at Regionals, 2nd at Conference, was named 1st Team All-Conference, 1st Team All-Region, and earned Academic All-State and All-Area Honorable Mention.
Holly Pummell placed 5th at Regionals, was 1st Team All-Region, placed 3rd at Conference, was 1st Team All-Conference and earned All-Area Honorable Mention.
Madison McPhee placed 10th at Conference and was named to the 2nd Team All-Conference.
Robyn Stanley earned a 14th place at Regionals, was 2nd Team All-Region, placed 11th in Conference and was named to the 2nd Team All-Conference.
Jordyn Bradley earned a 13th in Conference, and was 2nd Team All-Conference.
Lindsay Winter earned Academic All-State, and All-Area Honorable Mention, while Mackenzie Harmon earned Honorable Mention for All-Conference.
The Board of Education also ratified the contract with Operations and Maintenance. The new contract, which began Monday and runs through June 30, 2016, only has language changes and a wage reopener in the second and third year of the contract.
In another matter, Superintendent Doniel Pummell reported on a letter from Michael W. Radke, Director of the Office of Field Services in the State Department of Education. Radke complemented the administrators and staff for their efforts “to bring the district into compliance with State and Federal requirements as identified by the On-Site Review team last January.
Abigail Denton reported on a new “Girl Mentorship Program” just being implemented in the district. The National non-profit organization involves mentoring of Middle School girls by High School girls and is active in 33 states. Denton said 40 fifth through eighth grade students have already signed up for the program.
Pummell also reported on a new evaluation procedure for the board to consider when evaluating the Superintendent, and the board approved the payment of bills for October totaling $186,141.85.