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Concord High School Class of 2020

Concord High School Top 10 Students Class of 2020 Isaac Couling - Valedictorian Amber Korman - Co-Salutatorian Scott Spicer - Co-Salutatorian Brandon Kettwich Billie Weeks Reuben Bulko Osias Clippard Matthew Record Dane Funston Anna Tucker

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Nearly 60 Graduate from Concord High School

Kayleigh Cook, left, of Concord High School gets a helping hand prior to receiving her diploma at Concord High School.  Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV News. By Jeff Steers JTV News In a year that is abnormal, members of the 2020 Concord High School participated in an outdoor graduation ceremony on Sunday. Only this one was not on a football field. Members of the CHS class of 2020 participated in a drive-by diploma ceremony and parade on May 31. That was the original date scheduled for graduation ceremonies. The COVID-19 pandemic closed school for the 2019-2020 year in April. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer closed schools nearly two months early because of the coronavirus. She has allowed for meetings for groups of only 10 people. Nobody is quite sure when large gatherings will be allowed in Michigan or around the United States. Members of the CHS class of 2020 drove up to the graduate stand in front of Concord High School. He/she was announced as a graduate and then proceeded to the parade. Hundreds cheered on the graduates along the parade route in Concord. A live video simulcast was held during the 85-minute ceremony. A replay of the simulcast can be…

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Hill Looks to Marines or Football for Next Move

Onsted High School running back Travis Hill (5) makes a move during the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 6 semifinal football game last fall. Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports. By Jeff Steers JTV Sports Onsted High School senior Travis Hill knows a thing or two about comebacks. He was injured most of his junior season, watching the Wildcats struggle to a 3-6 season in football. The Wildcats went on an eight-game winning streak in football after losing a pair of Lenawee County Athletic Association games early in the 2019 season. And the senior recently failed a hearing test for enlistment into the Marines, but hopes that subsequent tests will get him back into the military life. Lessons about comebacks may have helped Hill deal with the cancellation of his final baseball season as a senior. The COVID-19 pandemic postponed the spring sports season in March and permanently closed the book on Hill and other seniors in early April when schools were closed for the year. When the Michigan High School Athletic Association followed suit a couple of days later, the highly successful sports career for Hill was over. “When it first happened, I thought were going to take…

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Five CCHS Seniors Lose Final Baseball Season

Aiden Adams.  Courtesy photo. By Jeff Steers JTV Sports Three returning players and a transfer student who earned all-state honors a year ago gave the Columbia Central High School varsity baseball team high hopes for 2020. Instead, five seniors from CCHS will have to wonder “what if” when they think about the spring of 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic closed schools in early April and the Michigan High School Athletic Association canceled the 2020 spring season a couple of days later. Seniors Aiden Adams, Lucas Mendez, and Levi Meyers had multiple years of experience playing baseball for the Golden Eagles. Transfer student Adam Wilding was an all-state selection according to information sent by CCHS coaches. Mathew Mackenzie was returning to the sport of baseball after taking time off. Adams was a four-year player for the Golden Eagles and was a career .400 hitter. “Aiden was going to be a team captain and looked forward to being a leader this season,” CCHS Coach Steve Tompkins said. “He is one of the most coachable players I’ve had.” Mendez is a mainstay in left field and was expected to be a pitcher for the Golden Eagles this season. “Lucas is a hard worker who…

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Napoleon Senior has ‘Reason’ to Believe

Napoleon High School senior Kenzie Reason, left, attempts to block out an Addison opponent during a game last December at home. Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports. By Jeff Steers JTV Sports (May 8, 2020 8:31 PM) Napoleon High School senior Kenzie Reason was part of a small group that orchestrated a Wellness Day in early November. Students met twice a week during the summer attempting to attract guest speakers to discuss a wide range of issues including social media, addiction, sexual assault, suicide awareness and others. Reason said the day-long program helped students realize that there is help out there and others have pulled themselves out of negative situations to create better lives. The senior may use some of the information to help stay positive during the COVID-19 pandemic. Reason was a senior on the varsity softball team preparing for another season when Gov. Gretchen Whitmer postponed school for the remainder of the season. When the Michigan High School Athletic Association followed suit and canceled the spring season, Reason and thousands of other student athletes lost their last hurrah. Like a lot of student-athletes, Reason believed the time off of school would be short and the Pirates could continue…

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Sova Stars for MCHS On, off the Field

Michigan Center High School athlete Kole Sova (33) attempts to drive past a Hanover-Horton High School player during a game this past winter. Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports. By Jeff Steers JTV Sports Structure. That word keeps coming up during conversations with Michigan Center High School athlete Kole Sova. He liked going to the gym every day because it gave his day structure and kept his mind off of other things. Math is his favorite subject because Sova likes working with numbers. He misses the structure of going to school, practice, and everything that goes with attending high school. And finally, Sova plans to become an engineer – maybe building some structures in the future. There hasn’t been much structure in life for Sova or thousands of high school seniors recently. School was postponed for three weeks in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. In early April, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer closed schools for good for the remainder of the calendar year. A couple of days later the Michigan High School Athletic Association ended the spring season before it even began. “The Thursday everything was shut down was my first baseball practice of the season,” Sova said. “I figured they…

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