City, CPSD to Hold Jermaine Kearse Celebration

He made one amazing catch after another during the Seattle Seahawks’ historic Super Bowl XLVIII run. Now, Jermaine Kearse will return to his hometown so the community can celebrate his accomplishments.

On Saturday, April 12, Clover Park School District and the City of Lakewood will hold a community celebration for Super Bowl champion Jermaine Kearse – who was raised, attended school and first played sports in Lakewood before shining for the University of Washington and the Seattle Seahawks.

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“Hometown athlete” Jermaine Kearse of Seattle Seahawks recognized by Senate

The state Senate adopted a resolution Wednesday sponsored by Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-University Place, recognizing the only member of the 2013-14 Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks to make his home in Washington. Jermaine Kearse of Lakewood, Washington, was honored with Senate Resolution 8721 , in which members of the Senate stated their hope that Kearse has many more successful years playing in Super Bowl games with the Seattle Seahawks.

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Lakes’ DECA program earns gold certification

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Lakes’ business club, DECA, has earned gold certification for the high school’s student store. According to DECA, the School-based Enterprise (SBE) Certification Program was developed to provide recognition for outstanding achievement by school-based enterprises and to motivate SBEs to strive for excellence and to grow. The program provides SBEs with standards for school store operations and provides recognition at three levels: bronze, silver and gold. Out of the 260 certifications submitted by high schools across the country this year, only 86 earned gold certification.

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Twenty Clover Park School District staff earn national certification

Nineteen Clover Park School District (CPSD) teachers and one counselor recently earned their National Board Certification. The new National Board Certified staff are:

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Lakes’ girls’ soccer coach earns SPSL Coach of the Year honors

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By Gary Sabol, Community Relations Manager

Lakes High School’s JG McCall was recently named South Puget Sound League’s (SPSL) Girls’ Soccer Coach of the Year. This is McCall’s first year as head coach. He served as assistant coach the previous two years. McCall said the team is proving that girls’ soccer at Lakes can be competitive and do well in the challenging SPSL league. The girls have trained much harder this year and have a lot of trust in themselves and the coaches.

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Lakes’ principal receives military award for supporting veterans

(left to right) Veterans Robert Peterson, Wayne Hilton and David West present Lakes High School Principal Kären Mauer-Smith with the Department of Defense’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award on Nov. 7 for supporting veterans. Photo credit: Rashida Hampton.
(left to right) Veterans Robert Peterson, Wayne Hilton and David West present Lakes High School Principal Kären Mauer-Smith with the Department of Defense’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award on Nov. 7 for supporting veterans. Photo credit: Rashida Hampton.

(left to right) Veterans Robert Peterson, Wayne Hilton and David West present Lakes High School Principal Kären Mauer-Smith with the Department of Defense’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award on Nov. 7 for supporting veterans. Photo credit: Rashida Hampton.

Lakes High School principal Kären Mauer-Smith received the Department of Defense’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award Nov. 7 for supporting veterans. The ESGR Patriot Award rewards and promotes better and ongoing relations between the National Guard, reserves and employers. The award recognizes supervisors for support provided directly to reservists. Mauer-Smith was nominated for the award by Lakes history teacher Greg Kepner, who is a sergeant in the Washington Army National Guard.

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Lakes’ cross country coach earns boys’ SPSL Coach of the Year honors

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Lakes High School’s Joe Clark has been named the South Puget Sound League’s Boys’ Cross Country Coach of the Year. This is the 10th time Clark has earned coach of the year for either the girls’ or boys’ cross country teams. This is also the fourth year the boys’ cross country team has competed at state. Clark says his whole coaching staff should be recognized with this honor.

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