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the 1st annual corunna “AMAZING race” More Photos and Winners Inside on Page 3.

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class of 2018 - top ten academic Erin Mandley #1 Parents: Steven and Cheryl Mandley Honors/activities: Valedictorian, National Honor Society, Shiawassee Scholar, Rotary Student of the Month, Cross Country, Track, Soccer Inspiration: My sisters Abby and Claire Mandley, my boyfriend Kyle Mesh, and my parents Steven Mandley and Cheryl Philosophy: In every situation, you can always find a positive. Favorite quote: Be the change you wish to see in the world. Favorite book: This Present Darkness - Frank E. Peretti Future plans: Erin plans to attend Saginaw Valley State University and study Business Management Tyson Moore #4 Parents: Michael and Jennifer Moore Honors/activities: Shiawassee Scholars, MSU: Gifted and Talented Education, National Honor Society, Band, Swimming Inspiration: My wonderful parents. Philosophy: If you do not stand for something, you will fall for anything. Favorite quote: The reward for work well done is the ability to do more work. - Jonas Salk Favorite book: The Martian Future plans: Tyson plans to attend the University of Michigan to study Biochemistry. Anastasia Gulyaeva #7 Parents: Dean and Alla Smith Honors/activities: National Honor Society, Rotary Student of the Month, Band, Drama, Cross Country, Tennis Inspiration: My mom Philosophy: It’s good to mess up sometimes because then I can learn from my mistakes and become a better version of myself. Favorite quote: The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Eleanor Roosevelt Favorite book: Kissed by an Angel - Elizabeth Chandler Future plans: Anastasia plans to attend Saginaw Valley State University and study PrePharmacy

Christopher Mars #2 Parents: Russ and Alicia Mars Honors/activities: Salutatorian, Shiawassee Scholar, National Honor Society, National Merit Commended Scholar, Band, Soccer Inspiration: My parents Philosophy: Leadership, teamwork, and perseverance are what it takes to get through life. Favorite quote: What’s common is not wise, and what’s wise is not common. Favorite book: The Inheritance Cycle - Christopher Paolini Future plans: Christopher plans to attend the University of Michigan to study Mechanical Engineering. Miller Lantis #5 Parents: CG Lantis and Amy Holek Honors/activities: National Honor Society, CHS Spanish Student of the Year, CHS Science Student of the Year, Basketball, Track, Tennis, Equestrian Inspiration: Mark and Jimsey Miller, my grandparents Philosophy: Always be happy. Favorite quote: You have to be odd to be #1. Favorite book: A Million Little Pieces - James Frey Future plans: Miller plans to attend the University of Georgia and study Biology/Nutrition Victoria Hyde #8 Parents: Christopher and Tracy Hyde Honors/activities: National Honor Society Treasurer, Rotary Student of the Month, Softball Inspiration: My family Philosophy: Leave things and places better than how you found them. Favorite quote: Be the change you wish to see in the world. Favorite book: It’s Kind of a Funny Story - Ned Vizzini Future plans: Victoria plans to attend Mott Community College and study Applied Sciences Landon Gustafson #9 Parents: Eric and Holly Gustafson Honors/activities: National Honor Society, Rotary Student of the Month, Rotary Youth Leadership Camp nominee, Golf Inspiration: My family Philosophy: I’m driven by the desire to become successful but also focused on not losing sight of what’s important in life: family & friends. Favorite quote: Work hard in silence, let your success make the noise. Future plans: Landon plans to attend Michigan State University and study pre-dental.

Ramneet Chauhan #3 Parents: Mehar and Amritpal Chauhan Honors/activities: National Honor Society, Questbridge National College Match Finalist, Questbridge College Prep Scholar, Band, Drama Inspiration: My parents Philosophy: To remain humble, be respectful, work hard, and strive for happiness. Favorite quote: We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained. - Marie Curie Favorite book: The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan Future plans: Ramneet plans to attend The University of Michigan and study Biochemistry. Frederick Heidt #6 Parents: Brian and Denise Heidt Honors/activities: National Honor Society, Shiawassee Scholar, Rotary Student of the Month, Band, Swimming Inspiration: My father and mother Philosophy: Create a code worth dying for. Then live by that code for your whole life. Because when we all die, we will be forgotten in time. But while we are remembered, leave a legacy you can be proud of. Favorite quote: I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend. - Faramir, The Two Towers, J.R.R. Tolkien Favorite book: Lord of the Rings trilogy Future plans: Frederick plans to attend the United States Air Force Academy and study Engineering. Ruth Crabtree #10 Parents: Clyde and Holly Ylitalo Honors/activities: National Honor Society, Health Occupations Students of America, Rotary Student of the Month, Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer Inspiration: My mom Philosophy: You should never regret anything in life. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience. Favorite quote: You will be exactly as happy as you decide to be. Favorite book: A Million Little Pieces - James Frey Future plans: Ruth plans to attend Grand

the corunna “amazing race”

1st Place: Robert Zachar and his daughter Autumn of Durand

2nd Place: Caitlyn Johnson of Corunna and Danielle French of Owosso

The 1st Annual Corunna “Amazing Race” was held Saturday, May 19 with 13 teams competing for the trophies. Teams of two took off from McCurdy Park with their first clue, in this timed event and were led to different businesses in the Corunna area, where they were given a fun task to complete. Upon completion of the task, they were given another clue to a different business. In all, contestants visited 10 local businesses before receiving the 11th clue that led them back to the McCurdy Park sledding hill, where their final task was to make canvas art with paint, using only their hands. This art project was judged by the other contestants and the winner received a $50 cash prize, donated by Edward Sign & Screen Printing of Owosso. First place winners were Robert Zachar and his daughter Autumn of Durand with a time of 1 hour and 38 minutes; second place was Caitlyn Johnson of Corunna and Danielle French of Owosso with a time of 1 hour and 47 minutes; and 3rd place was Matt Freeman of Oakley

3rd Place: Ayden Henry of Owosso and Matt Freeman of Oakley

and Ayden Henry of Owosso with a time of 1 hour and 57 minutes. The trophies were donated by Farmers Insurance Brent Singer Agency of Owosso. Kori Shook & Associates sponsored the beginning of the “Amazing Race” and Planet Fitness sponsored the end, on hand to give out bottles of water and other goodies to contestants. Participating businesses in the event were Artfully You, Cavalier Bar, Champion Auto Sales, Farmers Insurance Brent Singer Agency, Kennedy’s Auto Repair, Loco Automotive, Marr’s Furniture, Recreation Warehouse, Rivals Taphouse & Grills, Theresa Kay’s Time For Flowers and Timlick’s Auto & Truck Repair. Prizes were given out to every team that participated, and were donated by these businesses: Abiding the Vine, Chemical Bank, Edward Signs & Screen Printing, Elite VR, MS Design, Sagelink Credit Union, Sheila’s Styling Salon and Shiawassee Family YMCA.


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Corunna food bank A shining example of effective community outreach can be found right here in our Corunna United Methodist Church. Home of the Corunna Ministerial Association Food Bank, the church is 1 of 14 food banks located in Shiawassee County, operated in conjunction with Catholic Charities. Corunna is one of the largest of the 14 and has a crew led by the church secretary, Laura Brands, and currently consists of seven others Marlene Edgar, Mary Gonzalez, Rose Riley, Connie Labumbard, Rodger Austin, Bob Volek, and Steve Ackerson. These tireless food warriors receive food from multiple sources. Presently, this particular food bank works with the Greater Lansing Food Bank and gathers donations from our local mail carriers, schools, local stores, community members, and local churches. Many of our Corunna community members graciously give from their own gardens. Corunna Meijer also participates through their Simply Give program. The Meijer store matches each $10 donated to the food bank (at the store) and issues Simply Give cards for food only purchases, at only Meijer stores. Community members needing food are able to visit one of the 14 food banks once each 7days. The church is open from 10-noon on every Thursday to those requesting food and all that is required is an I.D. for proof of residency and participants must disclose their income status. Each bundle distributed has 2 kinds of meat,milk,eggs,margarine, canned goods,1 sweet, and 2 breads. Fresh produce also when available. All the work required to receive, inventory, sort, and distribute is

done by the volunteers at the church. Laura is at the church office Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 9-noon and can be reached at (989)743-5050. Thank you to all the individuals who so lovingly donate their time, food, and money to ensure the basic needs of our community members, of all ages, are met. This outreach is a shining example of the compassion and love so deeply embedded in our lovely small town. Stay GOLD!

Corunna Schools May 2018 Employee of the Month Davis Harrison is a teacher at Corunna High School and was hired in tive role models. August of 2005. He teaches construction trades and PLTW EngineerIn his spare time, David enjoys hunting, snowmobiling, spending ing. “I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to work for Co- time with his daughters, woodworking and construction. runna. Over the last 13 years, I have had the opportunity to positively impact many students as a CTE teacher. It brings me great joy to see my students use the skills obtained for a career after graduation,” said David. “ Something that you may not know about me is that everyone in my family works in education. My parents and my brother were and are public school teachers. My sister is a college professor,” he said. David has three best days of his life: They are the births of his three daughters: Kendall, Landree and Aubree. “A special memory for me is the first day I started at the high school. I had the opportunity to work with Mark Forbush for the whole day. He became the most influential educator I have ever come across and still is,” said David. Three things on his bucket list include, vacationing in Hawaii, hunting out West and one day, owning a large piece of land. “The staff here are Corunna are compassionate and truly care about our students.” Said David. His mom and dad most influenced him as educators and were posi-

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Superintendent Dave Moore Has Retired Editor’s Note: As a teacher, coach, athletic director and administrator, Dave Moore has time after time given so much to the Corunna Public Schools. Words cannot express how grateful we are to the dedication he has shown to truly make it GREAT TO BE GOLD. To find out more about Mr. Moore and what he’s meant to Corunna, we encourage you to go to our Facebook photo album “Corunna Community Connections” and read the article Amy Golombisky wrote about in him December when he was our Connection of the Month. The following is a letter Dave Moore wrote to acknowledge his retirement. Dear Friends and Families, Wow! It hardly seems possible but another school year has flown by. The older I get the faster time flies. It seems like only yesterday that I returned to Corunna and it’s hard to believe that five years have slipped by. Even more incredibly, it’s hard to believe that I have spent 38 years in education. It’s been quite a run. From the excitement of being hired to teach in 1978, to the lowlight of being laid off more than once have all been part of my career. Somehow, I survived. Most recently, I have watched our district go through some very difficult times to the highlight of passing a bond in November 2015. Throughout my years, I have served the district as a teacher, coach, athletic director, principal and superintendent. I have enjoyed each of these positions, as each offered different challenges. For me though, it’s never been about the job I was doing, it’s more about the relationships that were built with students, parents, colleagues, and the Cavalier community. It’s these positive relationships that I will cherish and take with me into retirement. Even today, when I see people on the street, we talk about the great times we had together. Through the years, I have truly appreciated the support that I have been given. When tough decisions had to be made, it has been this community that has continued to support me and the district. I thank

you for that! When I returned to Corunna five years ago, I stated that I would serve as superintendent for 3-5 years. Well, five years has come and gone quickly. Together with our entire district staff, WE have worked to make things better in OUR DISTRICT. Finances are in order, facilities are in great shape, and we have developed a structure of district wide leadership that will allow us to continue to move ahead in the future. I used to tell my swimmers in practice, “Go hard or go home.” Well, for me, I have always gone hard and now it’s time for me to go home and enjoy spending time with my wife, children and grandchildren. I would also like to thank my wife, Nancy, of 41 years, for her continued support throughout all the turns in the road my career has taken me. Whenever there has been a job change, she supported that decision. Many of the positions I have taken on required numerous hours per day (remember I have always said: “I only work ½ days--which is 12 hours for me) to get the job done. In closing, people have asked, “What are your plans?” To that I say,“Nancy and I plan on staying in Corunna. It has been our home for over 30 years and has been a great place to raise our family. Our children and grandchildren also live in the area and are proud Cavaliers! Again, I thank you! Respectfully, Dave Moore

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People aren’t always aware of the impact Corunna’s graduates have had on the world. I feel it is our responsibility to honor and treasure our past and recognize the accomplishments and contributions of our graduates. After all, Corunna has had graduates for more than 100 years. It is again time that we recognize someone with true Cavalier spirit who has gone on after graduation from Corunna High School to make a difference in the lives of many in their own community. I am proud to announce Trish Marsik has been selected as the 4th Distinguish Alumni from Corunna High School. Trish’s achievements since leaving Corunna High School have been an amazing demonstration of commitment to service. Trish attended the University of Michigan. She majored in sociology. She worked with children in juvenile detention and women surviving domestic violence and with women at homeless shelters at Rikers Island while completing her master’s degree at Columbia. After completing her master’s degree, Trish directed service programs for New York City residents who were homeless, justice-involved and/ or had a mental illness for organizations that included Legal Aid and The Urban Justice Center. Trish next spent 14 years working in multiple capacities at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). At the time when the country was reeling from the 9/11 attacks, after being one of thousands of shell-shocked residents who walked home across the Brooklyn Bridge September 11, Trish shouldered the responsibility of supporting her fellow New Yorkers as the director of Project Liberty, New York City’s mental health response to 9/11, which provided over

1 million people with crisis support and counseling after the terrorist attack. She also served as the chief administrative officer for the Early Intervention Program, a $500 million dollar federal entitlement program for children birth-3 with delays and disabilities. Eventually serving as assistant commissioner for Mental Health, managing the development, implementation, and oversight of contracted mental health program as well as policy and programmatic initiatives. Trish left DOHMH for New York City Hall, where she serve as the executive director for the Mayor’s Task Force on Behavioral Health and the Criminal Justice System. She oversaw the action plan seeking to better serve people with behavioral health issues who come into contact with the criminal justice system. In January 2017, Trish became the chief operating officer at Services for the UnderServed (S:US), a nonprofit organization that provides $200 million in services to people who have mental illness, substance use disorders, and intellectual/development disabilities. She oversees thousands of units of supportive housing, homeless shelters, clinics, case managers and employment programs. Last year S:US served over 30,000 people. Trish has made the most of her small-town compassion and her NYC street smarts to always be selflessly working for others’ success. Trish addressed the 2018 graduates, families and guests during commencement ceremonies beginning on Sunday, May 20 at Corunna High School.

10th annual touch-a-truck event The 10th Annual Touch-A-Truck Event will be held Saturday, June 30, at the Shiawassee County Fairgrounds, 2900 Hibbard Rd., Corunna, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine. Children can get up close to emergency vehicles, school buses, tractors, etc. New this year in partnership with Shiawassee Prevention Network will be the 1st Annual Health and Wellness Fair. This is an opportunity for parents to find out what programs pertaining to Health and Wellness are available in the community. Vendors will also be onsite offering books and educational toys for purchase.

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school news Stepping Out In Style Corunna Public Schools’ Band Director Craig Luft, along with two band students, unveiled the newly purchased band uniforms during the May 21 Board of Education meeting at Corunna High School. Cameron Campbell, left, is wearing one of the new uniforms and Katie Zvonek, right, is wearing the older uniform. The uniforms are more indicative of the Cavalier image and fashioned from a material that is lighter and will make marching in the heat more comfortable. The new uniforms, with their Cavalier plumes, will debut during the pregame program at the varsity football game against Owosso on Friday, August 24. The district provided half of the money to purchase the uniforms. The remaining funds came from the Band Boosters with additional and generous support of many businesses and community members, parents, and fundraising efforts. It is truly Great to be Gold!

Congratulations to Hannah Hollister for winning the 100 meter & 300 meter hurdles races at the LSJ Honor Roll Meet. She broke her own school record in the 100 meter race with a time of 15.17 at that meet. She followed that up by breaking her own school record in the 300 meter hurdles at state finals with a time of 45.36 (Courtesy Photo)

Congratulations to Corunna senior Josie Hundley who recently signed with Adrian College to be a member of the Bulldogs softball team. (Courtesy Photo)

Corunna’s ninth and tenth grade track & field athletes won the Mt. Pleasant Oiler 9/10 True Team Invitational for the third straight year. (Courtesy Photo)

2018 Bowler of the Year Congratulations to Corunna senior Javen Howes who was named the 2018 bowler of the year at the Lansing State Journal Sports Awards on May 30th. He’s shown in the photo with Corunna boys bowling coach Jason Scott. (Photo courtesy of Karla Scott)

100 Hits and 100 RBIs

This trio of Corunna senior softball players have been instilling fear in opposing pitchers for several years now. Most high school softball teams are lucky to have one girl come around every few years that is able to get one hundred career hits or drive in one hundred runs while in high school. Coach Shuster’s Cavaliers have been blessed with three girls in the same graduating class who have accomplished this feat. Morgan Gilbert, Tori Hyde and Meg Moser will definitely go down as one of the best softball trio’s to ever graduate from Corunna. (Courtesy Photo)

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Athletes of the Month Presented by Rivals Taphouse & Grille Myah Kelly

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When asked about her career in track and field, Myah can tell you the moment she decided to begin pole vaulting, who her inspiration was, her middle school and high school records, and where she is ranked going into MHSAA State Finals this weekend. When asked what other sports Myah Kelly participated in throughout high school, she responded with,“I was pretty good at volleyball. I liked it”.While most would agree that 4 years on the varsity team would put her well above “pretty good”, she takes it in stride because her heart is out in the field and her mind is on getting to a new height. Myah started on the track team in 7th grade after ending her gymnastics career. She knew she wanted to try something new but wasn’t sure yet what to do. Coach Jason Schemenauer suggested she begin pole vaulting. She agreed and hasn’t stopped yet. She learned the sport quickly and in no time broke the Corunna Middle School record of 9 feet. With a little guidance from a trainer at Landon Athletics in Vermontville, she was able to break the Corunna High School record of 10 feet, 9 inches 3 times over and set the record at 12 feet. She has vaulted at MHSAA State Competition all 4 years of high school and is currently ranked 4th going into competition this weekend. She has also competed at both indoor and outdoor national competitions, and placed 5th overall last year at the Outdoor Emerging Elite National Competition in North Carolina. In addition to her athletic abilities, Myah also excels academically as a member of the National Honor Society, carrying a 3.96 GPA. She has received the 2017/2018 Scholar Athlete Award, is a member of the Lansing State Journal Dream Team for Track & Field, is a three time Regional Pole Vault Champion, and was awarded the Top Female Athlete for the Class of 2018. Myah lives with her parents, Stacey and Brian Kelly, and her brother, Max. She would like to thank them for being her #1 supporter and getting her to and from practices, training and meets. She would also like to thank her coaches for their continued support and guidance. Myah plans to continue her career in vaulting at Davenport University this fall, where she will be studying accounting. We wish Myah well and thank her for her dedication to Corunna (Courtesy of Bird’s athletics!! Eye Photography)

Sam Thompson

By Sam Vowell

Our athlete of the month has been a standout for Coach Robinson’s varsity football team and Coach Osika’s varsity baseball team the past three seasons. On the gridiron, Thompson seemed to have a nose for the ball as he led the Cavaliers with 77 tackles from the linebacker position. His hardnosed play earned him G.A.C. all-conference honors along with allowing him to be named to The Lansing State Journal’s All-Area team. Thompson developed his love for the game of baseball playing Rec. ball for Scale Solutions, which was coached by Jeff Sawyer (our Corunna Connection of the Month featured on the back cover). That team also had his current teammates Zach Sawyer, Austin Schemenauer and Johnny Pavka on it. Thompson has gone on to play travel ball for The Oakland Baseball Club in the summer and last season was named G.A.C. all-conference as an infielder while also helping Corunna claim a regional championship. Thompson has taken his game to another level this season and going into districts had a .358 batting average with 20 runs and 20 RBI’s (2nd on the team) as Corunna’s clean-up hitter. Thompson has been in Corunna’s pitching rotation the past three years (when not playing third base), but this year has really put fear into opposing hitters. In 39 1/3 innings pitched, he has struck out 26 hitters while only allowing 7 walks. He has a minuscule 0.89 ERA this season to go with a 5-3 record. Corunna varsity baseball Coach Chuck Osika had this to say about Thompson, “Sam has really worked hard to become a lead by example guy. He has raised his batting average over 100 points from 2017 (hit .256 in 2017) and has really worked hard in becoming a pitcher that we can rely on in big games. Whether he is pitching or playing 3rd base, Sam played a huge part in the success of the baseball program over the last couple years.” When asked if there was anyone he’d like to mention for this article, Thompson said, “I’d like to thank Coach Sawyer for coaching me in rec baseball & Coach Osika for giving me the opportunity to play varsity baseball. Coach Osika and Assistant Coach Ringheisen have created a great coach/player relationship with me. I’d also like to thank my parents (Rob & Lori Thompson) & grandparents for never missing a game. A BIG thank you to my gramma Jean for homemade cookies between each & every game for the TEAM.” Thompson plans to attend Lansing Community College in the fall. I have a feeling the Thompson family will still be regulars at Corunna baseball games in the future. Sam’s 13-year-old brother Collin is a good baseball player/pitcher too and looks to be following in big brothers’ footsteps a few years from now. (Courtesy of Lori Thompson)

big sis/lil sis softball game On Monday, May 14th Corunna Softball played against GAC Red conference opponent Durand and helping to cheer on The Lady Cavs Varsity Softball Team were members of Casey Stahr and Stacy Henry’s youth softball teams. Each one of those young ladies were paired up with members on the varsity squad to have the first annual Big Sis/Lil Sis game. This was the idea of this year’s team captains on the varsity squad; Meghan Moser, Tori Hyde, Morgan Gilbert, and Josie Hundley. They wanted an opportunity to give back to the community that they have been raised in and played for as young girls growing up themselves. This all began with the varsity girls writing to the young ladies that they were paired up with, then some letters back in forth encountered, culminating with the Lil Sis’ attending the May 14th game. While attending the game, during the break between the double-header games, the Big Sis’ and Lil Sis’ played catch along the left field foul line in the outfield. Not only did this experience have them with the opportunity to play catch with their Big Sis, but the varsity girls presented them with bows to place in their hair representing the number of their varsity big sis. After Corunna completed the sweep of Durand by winning both games, the lil sis’ were able to line up at a table that had all the varsity players kneeling to sign a poster that they were given. This was a great evening of interaction of present Corunna Varsity players and the future of the Corunna Softball program. Fun was had by all and the softball program looks forward to next season’s edition of Big Sis/Lil Sis! Special thanks to Coach Shuster for helping to facilitate this fun night for the big and little sisters!

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Girls Track Regional Champions ((Photo Courtesy of Vonda Evans))

These six seniors played their final home games as members of Corunna’s varsity softball team on May 24th. This outstanding class of student/athletes played great as usual for Coach Shuster’s squad in a doubleheader sweep of New Lothrop. Great job ladies, you will definitely be missed! L-R: Mikayla Arnett, Sierra Pugh, Tori Hyde, Morgan Gilbert, Meg Moser and Josilyn Hundley.

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Connection of the month Corunna Connection of the Month - Jeff “Sid” Sawyer By: Jerod Fattal On May 20th, the Corunna Class of 2018 put on their caps, gowns, and cords before sauntering across the stage to receive their diplomas. The commemorative day was filled with laughs, memories, and way- way too many photographs of the graduating seniors. Which was okay. After all, it was an important day that took oodles of hard work from the students over the course of 12 long years and they deserved to be celebrated. But it wasn’t only the graduates who deserved to be commended for their efforts; they couldn’t have done it without the people in the bleachers. From their parents, their teachers (who sat on the floor), to their coaches. Everyone has helped shape them in one form or another along the way. At the culmination of the event, 155 graduates tossed their caps into the air in euphoria. And for 53 of the graduates, Jeff “Sid” Sawyer has been there for them whether they needed help, guidance, or simply a laugh. He coached and ultimately impacted them in a major way. They say that it “takes a village to raise a child”, and if that is the case Sawyer, is the mayor.1 How did he get to that exalted position? Flashback to 2004 where he was there as their Little League baseball, youth football, and YMCA basketball coach. In the class of 2018’s development, Sawyer was always a great role model that his players looked up too. Former Corunna Connection Athletes of the Month Austin Schemenauer and Johnny Pavka both praised Sawyer for being, “instrumental in helping them develop their love for baseball.” Sawyer looks back on those days with fond memories. “Coaching those guys was awesome,” he said. “Watching them grow up right before my eyes was really special.” Once they outgrew their youth sports, Sawyer was still there for them as he continued to coach their baseball team throughout middle school.2 Even for sports where he was not their coach, Sawyer was always present at nearly every single one of the group’s practices and games, volunteering and helping coach when needed (which was often). Sawyer’s influence was felt at this year’s graduation, but that was anything but an anomaly. While volunteering to coach the class of 2018 in his spare time throughout their lives, Sawyer was still a full-time coach during all three seasons. Starting his coaching career as the offensive coordinator of the 7th grade Morrice Orioles football team, Sawyer’s overall IQ and leadership qualities made him a key hire for Tom Harkema’s accomplished Owosso football program. Serving as the freshman or JV coach throughout his time with Owosso, Sawyer was also able to help with the varsity team as well. And as a coach, he has been anything but a one trick pony. While at Owosso, Sawyer also coached varsity girls track and field3 and basketball, where he had the pleasure of coaching two of his three daughters, Sarah (Bower) and Shaina (Rangel). Sawyer praises how “lucky” he was to coach with both Tom Harkema and Eddie Ostipow at Owosso and how “important” they were in his formation as a coach. With Harkema’s retirement from coaching (Harkema returned to coaching in 2010),4 it was time to finally return home to Corunna. “My daughter Haley (who had recently transferred from Owosso to Corunna with her younger brother Zach) was big in recruiting me to Corunna,” Sawyer said. “She referred Coach [Mike] Sullivan to me and he offered me a job soon thereafter. When I gave him my resume, he was blown away with all of my experience and he told me that I should be the one hiring him!” Before Sawyer was officially hired at Corunna, his coaching expertise had already been on display. In 1983, while attending Eastern Michigan University, Corunna Varsity Basketball Coach Frank Davis had an assignment for the young freshman student, asking him to scout Oak Park (who Corunna played in the ‘83 state championship game). Sawyer jumped at the idea, and his scouting report would be instituted in the Cavaliers game plan for the upcoming State Championship game.4 A game that would deepen his love for coaching and one in which Corunna would win. Sawyer got his “official” start at Corunna as the varsity wide receiver and defensive backs coach in 2005, a position that he loved. “We had a great time, and we had some good corner[backs], in 2013 both Johnny Fattal5 and Josh Osika were first team All CAAC White players.” During this time, Sawyer also doubled as an assistant on the District Champion varsity

basketball team. After a few years as a varsity assistant, Sawyer was asked to take over the freshman basketball and football head coaching positions, which he accepted; During his time as freshman football coach, Sawyer was able to create and fine tune his “patented air raid offense”6 that helped boost a back to back 8-1 and 9-0 campaign in 2014 and 2015, the latter with his son Zach and the class of 2018. “Those two teams were some of my favorites; we really helped in turning the program around.” In 2016 Sawyer would be elevated to JV coach in both basketball and football, while also volunteering as the high jump coach for both the men’s and women’s track teams. And, despite spending so much time coaching, Sawyer has always been there for his kids both on and off the court. “Being able to coach my three daughters and Zach while they were growing was something I always enjoyed, and it will be something I [cherish] forever.” Which is a key component in what makes Sawyer so special, his ability to succeed as a teacher, coach and parent is praiseworthy. Back in high school, Sawyer earned six varsity letters in both football and baseball. But it was in Coach Dick “Moff” Moffit’s gym class physical education class,7 where Sawyer realized what he wanted to do when he grew up; he would be a physical education teacher and coach. “I saw that job and I couldn’t imagine a better mix of business and pleasure.” After graduating from Eastern Michigan, Sawyer’s journey into coaching and teaching would begin and the rest was history. More than 32 years later, this past fall Sawyer decided it was time to retire from teaching. When asked what he will do with his much-deserved spare time, Sawyer candidly answered that he “will continue to coach.8 [While also] watching both of my grandsons grow up in Corunna. I am also looking forward to watching Zach’s baseball career unfold at Cornerstone University [where he will play this spring].”9 Sawyer’s coaching accolades and resume is something that others look at with high regard, and deservingly so. But, it truly is his wonderful family (his wife Lori Sawyer, daughters Haley, Shaina, and Sarah and his son Zach) and legacy that he will be able to leave behind that will always be his most impressive victory.9 1.) While also pulling double duty as the village jester. 2.) Culminating in a Pony League title, where they dethroned Band D Elevator Services, a team that featured yours truly. Yes! I’m still bitter. 
 3.) Where they won the program’s only conference title in nearly one hundred years. 
 4.) This was insane, can you imagine entrusting your entire season on the shoulders of a college 
freshman?! But that just speaks to how high of esteem people have for Sawyer. 
 5.) Turning Johnny Fattal into any semblance of an athlete might be his most impressive feat, and no 
I am not biased... Why do you ask? 
 6.) It’s reminiscent of the Colt Brennan led Hawaii teams, electric factory. 
 7.) Whoops! Sorry Coach Robinson! God forbid I call physical education “gym class”! 
 8.) I was relieved when I heard this news. I can’t imagine Corunna football without Coach Sawyer’s 
“Air Monarch” cleats roaming the practice fields. 
 9.) Zach recently shined on the football field this past fall, breaking numerous football records for the 
Cavaliers, records previously held by myself. I refuse to believe that it was anything other than 
my “mentorship” that put him on the path to success. 10.) When I asked Sawyer what his favorite victory was while coaching, he answered “the 2016 Football District Championship victory over Flint Powers.” I agree. That was pretty cool.

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