By Pat Maurer
In a written report to the Clare Board of Education Monday evening, Coach Adam Burhans lauded the 2012 Clare Track Team’s accomplishments.
He wrote that the team had “multiple invitational wins, placed seventh at Team State, eighth at Michigan High School Athletic Association and was Regional Runner-Up. “They earned the ninth consecutive conference championship, which ties for the longest streak in any sport in Jack Pine Conference History.
Team members recognized by the board included Kevin Spicer-Torres, Kyler Philips, Will Boberg, Devin Ayers, Vincent Gray, Jay Poet, Tyler Gillespie, Alex Thayer, Zach Betzer, Mike Wertheimer, Anastacio Ramos, Brandon Johnson, Dustin Davis, Jordan Hales, Brandon Frank, Jake Boynton, Brandon Athey, Scotty Moses, James Simon, Patrick Hughes, Riley Crawford, Cody Randall, Jared Karl, Taylor Meixner, Jacob Wale, Merrick Mann, Lucas Combs, Anthony Whitehead, Zach Pulcifer, Casey Flood, Kahlil Richardson, Jackson Gross, Mike Maxwell, Kameron Hawley, Merlin Seifert, Todd Wysong, Tyler Davis and four State Qualifiers: Hunter Nivison, Tanner Vida, Johathan Harper, and Jake McFadden.
Burhans outlined each of the State Qualifiers accomplishments:
*Nivison, who qualified in the 3200 meter run, earned All-Conference honors in multiple distance events and had one of the fastest 3200 meter runs in school history. He was Academic All-State and a member of the sixth place cross country team, one of the top finishes in school history.
*Vida, who qualified in the 1600 meter run, was a three-sport star, a multiple state qualifier in cross country and earned multiple Academic All-State honors.
*Harper, who qualified in the 1600 and 800 meter runs, ran some of the fastest times in the 3200, 1600 and 800 meter runs in school history. He earned multiple Academic and All-State accolades in track and cross country.
*McFadden, who qualified in the 110 and 300 meter hurdles, is the school’s record holder in the 100 yard dash, 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles, indoor 60 meter hurdles, indoor 200, and the indoor 400 meter dash. He is a three-time All State and Academic All State recipient and Clare’s only repeat champ in the hurdles, earning four individual hurdle titles in two years. He also earned All-Conference honors in cross country and was a member of the sixth place cross country team at the state finals last year.
2012 was a banner year for Clare teams, with the Girls’ Track Team and the Varsity Baseball Team also lauded at the BOE meeting.
The Girl’s Track Team featured six State Qualifiers last spring: Harley Brugger, Olivia Cooper, Abi Denton, Victoria Harper, Kyrsten Kruskamp and Addy Kleinhardt who was also All-State in the 100 meter and 300 meter hurdles and the Jack Pine League’s Most Valuable Player. The team roster included Tealen Brown, Bree Cooper, Jocy Fogle, Amber Frank, Sarah Moose, April Painter, Audriana Pomroy, Cheyenne Quirk, Klista Randall, Ashley Robert, Jaelen Rodgers, Abbigail Showalter, Anna Sprague, Robyn Stanley, Mackenzie Thayer, Sydney Thomas, Olivia Walworth and Amanda Yats.
Next up for special recognition at the board meeting Monday was the 2012 Varsity Baseball Team, named Academic All State and the Jack Pine Conference Champs for the fifth straight year. Team members included Shane Adkins, Taylor Ardis, Aaron Haynak, Brent Luplow, Cameron Smith, Tyler Warner, James Baer (names All State Catcher), Garret Jenkins, Jeff Staten, Brock Swan, Colton Punches, Hunter Ruby, Logan Emery, Zach Tyler and Charlie Bugbee.
In another matter Monday evening, the Clare Band Uniform fund became $3,000 richer when Cops and Doughnuts owners presented the Band Boosters and Band Leader Melissa Sapienza with a check to help reach their goal. Currently they have $21,000 of the needed $40,000 to provide much needed new uniforms. Band students earned $2,400 of the money by helping out at the Clare Business and the bakery, deli and gift shop owners decided to add a little more to the check. They received a thank-you from the boosters for all their help. The Boosters are planning more fundraisers including a Lincoln Test Drive at Homecoming and a Max and Emily’s Cheesecake sale in October.
High School Principal Lee Turner also provided an assessment data analysis and comparison of last spring’s student test scores from the MME, MEAP and ACT tests. Turner said the gap between Economically Disadvantaged and non-Economically Disadvantaged students is good and that Clare is ranked 75th on the State’s Top to Bottom List. He also said that Clare High School has the least amount of students receiving free or reduced lunches at 36 percent of eight area schools. He said the staff is working to improve scores with an emphasis on math. “We need to focus on the economic needs of our students,” he said.
Other business at the board meeting included:
*Administrative reports including a report that the student count is at 1,567 overall, about 30 more than anticipated. Primary Principal Mandy Bolen reported that there are 160 kindergarten students and seven classes this year.
*Superintendent Pummell gave her report listing “things to celebrate,” or “Wild Onions” including a new program by Jason Lundeen and Kelly Metz which “flips” lectures and homework; a “Dot” day emphasizing art creativity by Kim Kleinhardt; the development of “communication collaboration” posters by Mark Cooper; producing a bound document for the district’s Annual Report by Jan Cleary and Deb Loesel; and a special free presentation by the Plastics Institute arranged by Tom Hurdle, and ongoing for 16 years.
*Pummell, responding to complaints about the condition of the school grounds, said a treatment for the destruction caused by an excessive amount of grubs and raccoons digging for them, is being put on.
*The board approved hiring new teachers Amanda Babcock for kindergarten, Monica Wieferich for first grade and Elective Teacher Jennifer Pettersch for Primary and Middle Schools.
*The board approved a Best Practices Resolution and held the first reading of Board Policy revisions, which will be discussed at the October meeting.