By Pat Maurer
Teachers Deb Loesel and Jan Cleary were honored at Monday’s Clare Board of Education meeting.
Superintendent Doniel Pummell presented a certificate to the teachers for their efforts in organizing the Clare High School Bartering Bonanza Project, which was one of twenty award winners in Michigan to earn the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) and Set Seg (Insurance Specialists)Education Excellence Award.
Both teachers said they couldn’t have achieved it without the help and support of the teachers and administrators. The project also earned a check for $1,700 and a sign to be displayed in the community.
Twenty-five Clare Middle School Math competitors, from sixth, seventh and eighth grade, were also honored for their achievements in the annual Delta College Middle School Mathematics Competition.
Three students from Clare placed in the top twenty-five students in the 14-county area. Eighth grader Joel Linguar placed tenth out of 96 competitors; Edwin Wilkes placed 15th of 96 eighth graders and Emmah Coker placed 28th competing against 110 other sixth graders.
The Clare Varsity Girls Basketball team also received special recognition at the BOE meeting Monday evening. They won a Conference title, Districts and ended the season winning 22 of 24 games. Lindsay Winter was named 1st Team All-State Associated Press and Detroit Free Press, BCAM’s Best, was 1st Team All-Conference, Clare’s all-time leading scorer, assists and steals and was BCAM Academic All State.
Corinne Wezensky was 1st Team All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-State for the Detroit Free Press; Alexandra
Start and Kodi Humphrey each earned Honorable Mention All-Conference; and Amanda Yats took the Sportsmanship Award for the Jack Pine Conference.
Coach Matt Rodenbo said, “They are an outstanding team and an outstanding group of girls.” Team members honored with certificates also included Olivia Cooper, Alexis Harton, Tara Pummell, Haley Pulcifer, Kenzie Humphrey, Mackenzie Thayer and Morgan English.
Clare’s senior band members were also recognized.
Laura Mater was 2011, 2012 and 2014 winner of the CMU Jazz Weekend Outstanding Section Award; winner of the 2014 Clare Jazzman Award and Clare Bandsman Award; and All-State Runner Up for Euphonium in 2013.
Brad Coon was the CMU Jazz Weekend Outstanding Section Award winner for 2011, 2012 and 2014.
Trisha Wentworth was the 2014 winner of the Academic Award for Band and Clare Bandsman Award.
Kristen D’Haillecourt was the 2014 winner of the John Phillip Sousa Award for Band and Joey Kronewitter was the 2013 winner of the Louis Armstrong Award for Jazz. Jason Matthews won the 2014 Clare Bandsman Ward. Doug Prince earned the CMU Jazz Weekend Outstanding Soloist Recognition for 2014; and Dani Wood earned the CMU Jazz Weekend Outstanding Section Award for 2011.
Other band members include Ryan Brown, Sam Chinavare, Malinda Hershberger, Brittany Fields and Anna Schworer.
In another matter Jason Phillips presented a proposal to improve the JV and Varsity Baseball field and possibly add another field. He said he had a potential $11,000 in donations plus donated material and labor for the project. The board gave Phillips their support for the project.
Other business at the board meeting included:
*Approval of the changes for the CHS Student Handbook.
*Approval of the proposed RESD budget.
*Setting the date for the Annual Budget Hearing as June 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the High School Library.
*Approval of the payment of bills totaling $161,392.24.