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Month: January 2019

AL!VE/CPS partnership provides extraordinary opportunity for CHS student athletes

Opportunities to train regularly with certified professionals are rare for high school athletes. It’s something most typically seen at the collegiate and professional level. Student athletes at Charlotte High School, however, now have the opportunity to train with the professional staff from AL!VE, four-days-a-week, free of charge. Thanks to a partnership between Charlotte Public Schools and AL!VE, a new strength and conditioning program is being offered to all CHS students from 3 to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday in the high school weight room. “I can’t imagine there are too many other schools that are providing the level of...

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City, schools to meet to tackle growing ‘vaping’ issues

According to a recent Michigan Profile for Healthy Youth Survey, 1-in-10 seventh grade students, 1-in-5 freshmen and 1-in-3 juniors in Eaton County has tried “vaping,” a form of heated nicotine absorption though an electronic nicotine delivery device. The startling findings of the student survey were shared with Charlotte City Council members Monday, Jan. 14.  The growing “vaping” epidemic was the focus of a special presentation from Kim Thalison, prevention services supervisor at Eaton RESA, Charlotte Public Schools and the Charlotte Police Department.  “Overall, teen substance use has been trending down,” Thalison said. “However, vaping use has jumped 10 percent in two years. In the last four years it has hit youth in a really remarkable way. We’re fighting a fire with water bottles, using limited resources to prevent youth from vaping.” Thalison said 95 percent of vaping devices include nicotine. Because electronic nicotine delivery devices are not regulated by the FDA, packaging is often misleading. The only law on the books is the prohibition of the sale of vaping products to anyone under 18. It is not, however, illegal for a youth to possess or use vaping products. “Vapor products are now the leading substance abused by teens,” Thalison said. “What happens when teens use substances at an early age, when their pre-frontal cortex is still developing is that it changes how all of that works. When you use...

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Charlotte Public Schools welcomes coach Bennett to Oriole football

The CPS Athletic Department would like to introduce its new varsity head football coach, Kevin Bennett. A committee, made up of community members, football alumni, current and former administrators, and a former football coach, participated in the final round of interviews and unanimously supported the hiring of coach Bennett.   Bennett is a very skilled and knowledgeable football coach who has experienced a lot of success over his career.  He has been a part of both 8-man and 11-man programs over his 12 years as a football coach. In addition to being a varsity head coach, he has experience...

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Have fun this year as a Nordic Fire Fest volunteer

If you would like to be part of one of the fastest growing and most popular winter events in Mid-Michigan, consider spending a few hours as a volunteer at the Michigan Nordic Fire Festival, Feb. 22 through 24, 2019. The weekend of the festival is one of the best times to get involved. Volunteer slots are available for the whole day, or even just a few hours. The festival needs help staffing scheduled events, help keeping the bonfire going, help with the kids’ quest, help with parking organization, and of course setting-up, tearing down, and cleaning-up.  Volunteering at the...

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Orioles knock off undefeated Portland

The Charlotte High School girls varsity basketball team took control of the Capital Area Activities Conference White Division Friday, Jan. 18, knocking off previously undefeated Portland, 51-33. Charlotte now sits alone in first place with a 5-0 conference record, and is 7-2 overall on the season. The Lady Orioles played their most complete team game in knocking off the Raiders. Seven different Orioles scored in the win, led by senior Ashley Beck, who scored 12 in the win. Senior Carly Scheblo was close behind with 11 points, and senior Lauren Pryor added 10 points.  Grace Smith added 7 points, all during a second-quarter run that broke the game open for Charlotte. Ashley Friar finished with 5 points, Sophia Cribb added 4 points and Lauren Anderson scored 2. Charlotte’s defensive intensity stymied Portland’s offensive attack as the Orioles’ full-court press and 2-3 zone was the most active it’s been this season. Charlotte managed to come up with several steals, and tips several other passes. An 8-4 game at the end of the first quarter was broken wide open in the second as Charlotte started hitting shots. The Orioles went into halftime with a 29-14 lead. The Orioles would get the lead up to 25 points in the third quarter before a 10-0 Portland run made it interesting in the fourth quarter. Charlotte boys defeat Portland, 54-51 Without leading scorer Justin...

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