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Vestaburg High School graduates share a laugh during Sunday afternoon’s commencement at Vestaburg’s gymnasium. The class of 2014 included 45 graduates. — Daily News/Chip Burch

Montabella and Vestaburg send off 2014 graduates (Photo Gallery)

Montabella High School’s class of 2014 included 47 new graduates. Vestaburg High School’s class of 2014 included 45 graduates.

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Morley downs Central Montcalm in softball final

A former state champion in softball is back on track for another title. Morley Stanwood’s softball team won the Lakeview district Saturday with an 8-2 win over Central Montcalm in the finals.

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Belding wins 6th straight district title

The Belding Redskins softball team is returning to the regional tournament after winning its sixth straight Division 2 district title on Saturday at home. The Redskins defeated the East Grand Rapids Pioneers in the semifinals 23-0 in three innings.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Saturday, May 31

Kemp third, fourth at state: Greenville freshman Landon Kemp took a third and a fourth at the Division 1 state track finals Saturday. Kemp was third in the pole vault (12-0) and fourth in the long jump (17-9 ½). Kemp broke her own school pole vault record for the second time on Saturday. Her previous best was 11-8.

Greenville High School senior Betty Roger voluntarily enrolled in an alternative school and took on a heavy class load her final two years in high school in order to graduate on time. The teen skipped more school than she attended her freshman year before “a lightbulb clicked” and she decided to change her ways. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville High School senior decides to change her direction

As a 14-year-old freshman, Betty Roger had little interest in school, work or even her home life. She was away from school more than she was there, skipping out and doing her own thing.

She was independent, but in all the wrong ways. She had no interest in listening to her parents and would leave her home life behind as often as she could, going out with friends and doing whatever she wanted.

But that was three years ago and Roger today barely even knows her old self.

Central Montcalm High School graduate Robert Wilson, right, shares a hug while giving the “peace” sign with his teacher, Brenda Buc, left, Friday at the Seiter Education Center graduation ceremony. — Daily News/Cory Smith

7 students earn high school diplomas from Seiter Education Center

After many years of hard work and unmatched determination, seven students are walking away from the Seiter Education Center ready to embark on the next phases of their lives.

Coming together from three high schools, the special education students earned their high school diplomas in front of friends, family, teachers and fellow students Friday afternoon.

The annual Relay for Life of Montcalm County is set for June 13-14 and will have include an estimated 30 teams. — File photo

Relay For Life is June 13-14 in Greenville

Each year brings another birthday and each birthday marks another year of surviving cancer.

That’s the idea behind Relay for Life — counting birthdays.

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Funeral Notices for May 31, 2014

Read funeral notices for Saturday, May 31, 2014.

Camp Concordia in Spencer Township has named its new director, Dr. Craig Oldenburg. The new director comes from Colorado after previously working at camps in Alabama, California and Texas. Oldenburg is originally from Grand Rapids and attended the camp when he was 8 years old. It was at a young age he developed his love for the camp and even setting a goal of one day being its director. (Daily News | Curtis Wildfong)

Craig Oldenburg is Camp Concordia’s new director

As an 8-year-old boy, Craig Oldenburg can remember his trip to Camp Concordia; the cabins, the activities and even a few of the advisors.

Bryan Guernsey says his time at Lakeview High School has been “like a big family.” (Daily News | Mike Taylor)

Troubled past turns into promising future for Lakeview High School senior

Bryan Guernsey’s life to date has been one rife with hard knocks.

The journey from his birth — to a 15-year-old drug-using mother 17 years ago — to his graduation from Lakeview High School, has not been easy. But you’d be hard pressed to find a young man with a better attitude or stronger work ethic.