Until a decade ago, former Montcalm County resident Monte Ball didn’t know about the letters his father had written home during his time fighting in World War II. Penned to family back home between April of 1941 and June of 1945, Elvin Ball’s letters provide a window into the life of a soldier serving during “The Big One.”
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Bullying has become a hot button topic within most public and private school systems in recent years, and Lakeview’s schools are no exception. Even the best schools have their share of bullying, both on and off campus. At Monday evening’s school board meeting, board members heard this year’s report on bullying from Superintendent Kyle Hamlin. All schools in the state are now required by law to keep track of bullying incidents and report them annually to their respective boards.
Veterans of the armed services who once attended Lakeview Public Schools hold a special place in the hearts of members of the Hough-Pontius VFW post. It doesn’t matter if the service man or woman in your life passed through the schools for one semester of Kindergarten or throughout an entire academic career, the VFW wants to hear from you.
The motto of Lakeview High School’s graduating class of 2013, “Our greatest glory consists not in never failing, but in rising each time we fall” seems especially appropriate to these 98 seniors. In the past four years, it was this group who changed the academic standing of Lakeview High School, bringing the school’s standardized test scores from an “at risk” rating to among the county’s highest.
A parade in Lakeview was held on Friday afternoon to commemorate the dramatic increase in ACT scores at the school over the course of the past few years.
Lakeside Park is about to receive $200,000 worth of improvements thanks to a private donation and a contribution from the Lakeview Downtown Development Authority. Lakeside Park, located on the banks of the Tamarack Lake, will see a host of proposed improvements, including a new fishing and boat pier, parking enhancements and a professional amphitheater to host the annual Music in the Park series. There will also be upgrades to park lighting and walkways so that the entire park will be handicap accessible, including the new pier.
If she had been born 20 years earlier, Alexis Justice’s life, at age 7 would be nearly half over. As it is, the charming Lakeview Elementary School second-grader, who wants to grow up to be the next Taylor Swift, may live long enough to celebrate her 35th birthday, maybe her 40th.
Things are definitely looking up for students and staff at Lakeview High School, both in the academic and extra-curricular areas. At Monday evening’s school board meeting, board members got a chance to hear firsthand from some of the students who — for the fifth year in a row — brought home the CSAA League Championship. The forensic program, under the leadership of Chris Bayne and Carolyn Gleason, consistently shines in competitions.
High school today is not what it was yesterday. As a public institution of higher learning, with teenagers shuffling from class to class on an hourly basis, the culture and world inside the doors of what many refer to as the “best four years of your life,” is an ever-changing whirlwind of new experiences found each and every day. But that culture, filled with children who are learning to become adults, is not always a favorable one, and students, faculty and administration at high schools throughout Montcalm County are ready to make a change.
Lakeview High School and Middle School both received a financial boost Monday evening when area farmers Johanna and Eugene Rentschler donated $2,500 to each school. The donation comes as a result of Johanna Rentschler being selected as a winner in America’s Farmers Grow Communities, a program sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.