Two Lapeer FTC teams part of winning alliance at Kettering University qualifier, prepare for states

ftcBy Jennifer Malson, Lapeer FTC Robotics

At this past weekend’s qualifier, 32 teams descended on Kettering University in Flint to try and advance to the State Championships, which will be held in Battle Creek December 16-17.

Our two Lapeer teams comprised of 6-8th grade students from Rolland Warner and Zemmer finished the qualification rounds as the top two seeds.

With Mechanical Mayhem (#7138) as the first place team, they asked Twisted Metal (#8935), the second place team, to join in an alliance. They also choose Brandon Tech to fill out the 3-team alliance.
The teams played off in a best of three format and won the semifinal matches in two games.  The alliance then moved on to the Finals and won two games.
The performance allowed both Lapeer teams to advance to the State Championships later this month. Great job, students!
Visit our Facebook page for pictures and more info about our teams.

Meet the newest member of the MCFYP Committee, LHS junior Maxx Atwell


We are proud to announce LHS junior Maxx Atwell’s selection to the Michigan Council of Foundations Youth Project! The MCFYP has 12 committee members from Youth Advisory Committee groups from across Michigan; Maxx is a member of YAC of Lapeer County Community Foundation. The YAC gives grant money to youth-related needs throughout Lapeer County and completes 4-5 service projects throughout the year.

The LCCF YAC currently has 31 members, students in 7-12th grades, from different schools in Lapeer County. The YAC gives back to the community by giving of their time, talent and treasure.

There are 86 YAC groups in Michigan and there were only four spots available on this committee. This is a huge honor!  Maxx will be helping to coordinate the next YAC Summer Leadership Conference at CMU and has been appointed to a three-year term. Maxx is a Junior at Lapeer High School and has been in YAC since he was in 8th grade.

Please congratulate Maxx on this great honor and opportunity!

Lapeer Early College Info Night coming October 12

Parents of LCS Sophomores:

LCS is hosting a Lapeer Early College (LEC) Info Night at 6 pm on Wednesday, October 12, in the Lapeer High School auditorium.

College Costs are soaring and college graduates are often burdened with student loan debt.  Choosing a college major and career field currently in demand and preparing for college coursework are two critical components to College and Career Readiness.  LCS is preparing students to not only get to college but to also get through college.

A new choice for 10th grade LCS students is Lapeer Early College.  Students are able to walk in graduation with their classmates, complete their high school diploma, and earn up to 60 college credits.

LEC is open to current 10th graders.

Learn more about this opportunity on Wednesday Night. The  program will start at promptly at 6 pm.

Letter to parents: October 6, 2016

Dear parents,

In an effort to communicate information without creating unnecessary fear or panic, I want to share known information about a recent social media phenomenon involving clowns that has captured the attention of many of our students.

First, we have not received any credible threats to the District. Rumors indicating otherwise are false.

National and local media have reported incidents involving groups of clowns that have been instilling fear in communities across the country.  Most of their actions have been general, non-specific threats. Just this week a district in west Michigan put two buildings on soft lockdown due to threats made via social media.

Because the safety of our students is our primary concern, we take all threats seriously. Please be assured that we consistently monitor social media and work closely with local law enforcement to ensure any threats made in that forum are investigated. Further, please make it clear to your children that posting threats of any kind, even in jest, is unacceptable and can result in serious discipline. If you hear your child talking about following this activity on social media, please encourage them to stop.  If someone, or some group, is doing this for attention, we only encourage this type of behavior when we follow or “like” these posts.

To sum things up, we are aware this “clowning” phenomenon has been happening across the country.  While the information we have leads us to believe that the non-specific threats are baseless, we will continue to remain vigilant to ensure the safety of all students.


Matt Wandrie


LHS girls swim finishes 5th at Genesee County Invitational

From Coach Linda Wagner:

Wow! What a weekend of great competition! Our team finished 5th overall out of 11 teams at the Genesee County Invitational! So many new personal best times were achieved with very exciting races. I couldn’t be more proud of our team and their accomplishments so far this season!

It was a big day for Sarah Thompson (Senior), Kate Groulx (Sophomore) and Faith Regulinski (Freshman).  Thompson scored 36 individual points for our team, followed by Groulx with 32 and Regulinski with 22.  They all also earned points for our team in their 200 & 400 Freestyle Relays. (* denotes a new personal best time)

Sarah Thompson:
– 1st place – 100 Butterfly 1:01.15 *
– 4th place – 100 Backstroke 1:04.15 * (Also broke her school record again)

– 1st place – 100 Butterfly 1:00.94 *
– 3rd place – 100 Backstroke 1:04.85

Kate Groulx:
– 3rd place – 200 IM 2:28.00 *
– 1st place – 500 Freestyle 5:51.45 *

– 2nd place – 200 IM 2:26.47 *
– 4th place – 500 Freestyle 5:49.98 *

Faith Regulinski:
– 6th place – 50 Freestyle 26.73 *
– 6th place – 100 Backstroke 1:08.92 *

– 8th place – 50 Freestyle 27.06
– 8th place – 100 Backstroke 1:10.43

– 10th place – 200 Medley Relay 2:27.05
Kristine Martinez, Alexis Polega, Rylie Preece, Elaina O’Donnell

– 4th place – 200 Freestyle Relay 1:50.10 *
Sarah Thompson, Faith Regulinski, Juliana Sornig, Kate Groulx

– 3rd place – 400 Freestyle Relay 4:04.01 *
Juliana Sornig, Kate Groulx, Faith Regulinski, Sarah Thomspon

Although Juliana Sornig (Junior) just missed out of the top 16, finishing 20th in the 50 Freestyle and 19th in the 100 Freestyle, she certainly pulled her weight in the 200 & 400 Freestyle Relays.

Elaina O’Donnell (Sophomore) also just missed out of placing in the top 16 in the 200 Freestyle.  O’Donnell finished 18th and achieved a new personal best time of 2:29.76.

Two other Freshman to be watching are Alexandria  Roberts and Hadley Rasnick.  Roberts finished 19th in the 100 Butterfly dropping 7.58 seconds to achieve her new personal best time of 1:25.09.  Rasnick dropped 10.97 seconds in her 100 Freestyle achieving her new personal best time of 1:21.01.

Several important events coming soon to LHS

• College Night is coming October 3, 2016 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Lapeer High School, 933 S. Saginaw in Lapeer. Over 50 colleges, trade programs and armed forces representatives will be represented!

• The ASVAB will be given at CFI on October 25. This is a free aptitude test for 11th and 12th grade students. It gives a student insight into what they like and may be good at career-wise.

Senior  Slam! will take place on October 5 at CFI. All seniors will participate in this entire day career and college readiness experience. 12th grade students will learn about the Hot Jobs and how to get them as well as complete the FSA ID. Students MUST bring their social security number.

• LHS will host a Financial Aid Night on October 12 at 6 p.m. in the media center. All juniors, seniors and their parents should attend. Come learn about the changes in FAFSA and all other types of financial aid to help pay for education at the next level.

• Sophomores and their parents are invited to an information night about the Lapeer Early College on October 12. Plan to attend to find out how to earn your associates for VERY little cost!!

Clarke B. Adams Memorial Fund honors donors at grand entrance to athletic complex

Clarke Adams

LAPEER, Michigan –For decades to come, all who enter the newly-renovated Lapeer Athletic Complex will be greeted by the memory of one of our community’s best and brightest, gone too soon.

The Clarke B. Adams Memorial Fund generously donated the funds to erect brass signage at the main entrance to the complex; the final piece of the three-year renovation was unveiled this week. The monument honors the men and women in our community who have generously supported this ambitious project.

The plaque signage is supported by two stone pillars that once stood at the entry to the athletic fields at the original Lapeer High School, built in the 1920s. The pillars were painstakingly transplanted by members of our building and grounds staff to be the first thing visitors see upon entering the complex. They represent our passage from the past to the future, commemorating the 2014 reunification of Lapeer High School.

Clarke, a graduate of Lapeer High School (1970), embodied the competitive spirit of Lapeer. Life was a team sport for Clarke, and his memory still endures in the lives of his teammates — his friends and family.

“I’ve never known anyone like him and I’m pretty sure I never will,” said Jack Nesbitt, one of Clarke’s closest friends. “He loved life and had an amazing personality that just made you want to be with him.”

Just months after Clarke passed away unexpectedly in 2001, a group of his friends established a memorial fund to honor him and, by connection, the community he loved.

“He was an honest and humble man who loved others and to whom many were drawn as friends, coworkers and customers,” said Bob Van DeVenter. “His handshake was a commitment.”

Clarke loved sports, especially basketball, and was an accomplished student-athlete. After graduation from LHS, he attended Central Michigan University where he earned his BBA in finance. After a stint in the banking industry, he served as vice president of New Century Auto Sales in Lapeer (now Rightway Auto and Gateway Financial).

Although many of Clarke’s friends do not reside in the Lapeer area, they insisted that their generous contributions support young people in our community. That’s the way he would have wanted it.

Clarke’s lifelong friend, Dick Rickett, also passed away suddenly just a couple years after Clarke. His wife and children requested memorials for Dick be made to the Clarke B. Adams Memorial Fund. Both men graduated from Lapeer High School in 1970 and from CMU years later.

“They were both full of integrity and good humor,” said Susan Wilmers, Clarke’s sister. “Friends and families of both men chose to turn the loss into a positive experience for the young people in this community.”

In the past 15 years, over $60,000 has been given in scholarships to Lapeer graduates. The selection committee seeks out students who share many of the traits that made Clarke a friend, mentor and role model to many — honesty, integrity and work ethic.

“Without the generous support of the people of goodwill in this community, we would not be the District we are today,” said Matt Wandrie, Lapeer Community Schools Superintendent. “We are so appreciative of their support of our students and staff.”

For their generous donation and continued support of the students of Lapeer Community Schools, we owe a debt of gratitude to the Clarke B. Adams Memorial Fund.

Anyone interested in donating to the Clarke B. Adams Fund, please visit the Lapeer Community Foundation website at

The Lapeer County Community Foundation

  • Builds and manages permanent endowment funds from a wide variety of donors to provide grants that enhance the quality of life in Lapeer County, now and for future generations.
  • Is a local organization directed by a local volunteer Board of Trustees focusing on local community needs for all of Lapeer County.
  • Is managed locally and known for prudent stewardship and investment practices.
  • Focuses on long-term enhanced community quality of life through endowment funds.