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Northwest High School Class of 2020

Northwest Community Schools Board President Shawn White on behalf of the Board of Education, Superintendent Geoff Bontrager and Principal Scott Buchler, are pleased to announce the following students have officially and successfully completed the course of study and have met all graduation requirements. As they receive their High School Diploma they are officially The Northwest High School Class of 2020.

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Risner Leads After Round One of High School Tournament

Hunter West of Napoleon High School watches his ball go down the fairway during The Grande/Calderone High School golf Tournament on Thursday at The Grande Golf Course.  Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports. By Jeff Steers JTV Sports (June 4, 2020 9:04 PM) Leslie High School golfer Cannon Risner did not have a chance to compete in his junior season of high school golf this past spring. He may be taking it out on the competition at The Grand/Calderone High School Golf Tournament on Thursday. All spring sports were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in April. The tournament was the idea of managers at both golf courses, giving high school students a chance to compete against one another. Risner shot a 3-under-par 69 at The Grande Golf Club in Jackson on Thursday. He helped lead the Blackhawks to a 10th-place finish at the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3 finals in 2019. Spring Arbor University signee Noah Abbey from Onsted High School shot an even-par 72, Napoleon High School player Evan Brzyski shot 76, and Brett Casto and Hunter West shot 77s. The tournament continues Friday at Calderone Golf Club with the top three teeing off at 10:10…

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NW Mounties to Graduate 188 at Virtual Ceremonies

It was all in the family for this Northwest High School graduate during the virtual graduation on Thursday at NWHS.  Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV News. By Jeff Steers JTV News (June 4, 2020 8:56 PM) It wasn’t the walk across the stage at a big auditorium or the football field, but Northwest High School seniors were still excited to receive his/her diploma on Thursday. The district held day one of a virtual graduation ceremony in the cafeteria on Thursday. Day two will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday. The COVID-19 pandemic has area school scrambling for graduation ideas since crowds of more than 100 have not been approved by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Some have held “drive through” events while others are filming the walk across a stage for a presentation later in the year. Local television station WILX-TV 10 filmed the virtual graduation and expects to broadcast the edited version on Saturday, June 13, at 10 a.m. The school will graduate 188 seniors this year. Students made appointments for their graduation ceremony, were greeted at the high school gymnasium by NW personnel, had an opportunity for a selfie before formal pictures. Each student had his/her…

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Northwest High School Virtual Graduation Day One 6-4-20 | Photo Gallery

Northwest High School Virtual Graduation Day One (Graduation Activities Schedule Here).  Photos by Jeff Steers, JTV News.  To order prints or downloads, click here. Northwest High School Virtual Graduation Day One (Graduation Activities Schedule Here).  Photos by Jeff Steers, JTV News.  To order prints or downloads, click here.

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Smith Plans to Continue Running Career in College

Napoleon High School cross country runner Austin Smith, front, battles a teammate and a Manchester High School runner during a meet at Ella Sharp Park last fall. Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports. By Jeff Steers JTV Sports In a case of irony, Napoleon High School parent Linda Smith lobbied for years to allow NHS students to participate in more than one sport during a given season. Her son, Austin, was scheduled to play baseball and run track for the Pirates this season – the first year in which students could dual sport. A pandemic in mid-March and the subsequent cancelation of school and sports was a double hit for Smith. The NHS senior was part of the NHS varsity basketball team playing in a district basketball final a day before school was postponed for three weeks. He had also looking forward to returning to baseball after two years off the sport. But Gov. Gretchen Whitmer canceled the last two months of school and the Michigan High School Athletic Association followed suit by canceling the remainder of the sports seasons in early April. “I felt like we were going to win the basketball district,” Smith said. “It was a bummer…

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Fish Succeeds On, off the Court at CCHS

Columbia Central High School senior Riley Fish (7) hits a spike during a match last fall.  Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports. (June 3, 2020 5:29 PM) Columbia Central High School senior Riley Fish had a decision to make two years ago. Continue to grind out a four-sport year and squeeze academics wherever she could, or pick for two favorite activities and have more time to study. It appears as Fish made the correct decision. She recently was awarded the school’s valedictorian award for the class of 2020 with a GPA of 4.359 – on a 4.0 scale. Unfortunately for Fish – and thousands of other seniors in Michigan – the spring sport season was canceled when Gov. Gretchen Whitmer closed schools for the year in early April due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When the Michigan High School Athletic Association followed suit, Fish’s high school soccer career was over. “As a team captain in soccer, we talked about the season being postponed or delayed,” Fish said. “There was no way there were going to cancel the entire season … that was crazy.” But it happened and soccer – for the most part – ended for Fish. She has played the…

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Addison Obtains 100 Percent Participation at 2020 Graduation

Addison High School graduate Emerson Hough enjoys the ride down Main Street in Addison following the graduation ceremony on Sunday.  Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV News. By Jeff Steers JTV News (June 1, 2020 10:34 AM) If Addison High School wanted 100 percent participation at the 2020 graduation ceremony, the show had to go on. One of the 50 graduates was shipping off to the United States Marine Corp on Monday. So, the graduation – with a few new twists – was held in front of the high school on Sunday afternoon. ACS Superintendent Steve Guerra said the school had to make provisions for the COVID-19 pandemic in the school’s preparation for the event. He said they used social distancing, masks, and sprayed down areas after each of the graduates received his/her diploma. Members of the 2020 class at AHS pulled up in cars and were given a rose. Their name was announced and Guerra awarded diplomas to all 50 graduates. Schools in Michigan were closed permanently in April by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer because of the pandemic. Guerra said there was no options left in order to have full class participation. “It was not something we could have waited for,”…

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