Senior Spotlight

Jayda has been at CTA since fifth grade.  During her time at CTA, Jayda has participated in basketball (for three seasons), soccer (for three seasons), volleyball (for two seasons), where she was captain for one season, and cheer (for two years). In addition, during her junior year, Jayda participated in the Graphic Design program at KCTC. As a senior, Jayda joined the Automotive Collision Repair and Automotive Technology programs at KCTC. She has been on the CTA Honor Roll for all seven years and has taken three dual enrollment courses through Ferris State University.  Outside of school, Jayda spends her time working at Valvoline Instant Oil Change as a Senior Technician. With the automotive knowledge gained from her work and KCTC, she hopes to pursue a career in MIG Welding or anything automotive-related.

Jayda has been at CTA since fifth grade. During her time at CTA, Jayda has participated in basketball (for three seasons), soccer (for three seasons), volleyball (for two seasons), where she was captain for one season, and cheer (for two years).In addition, during her junior year, Jayda participated in the Graphic Design program at KCTC. As a senior, Jayda joined the Automotive Collision Repair and Automotive Technology programs at KCTC. She has been on the CTA Honor Roll for all seven years and has taken three dual enrollment courses through Ferris State University. Outside of school, Jayda spends her time working at Valvoline Instant Oil Change as a Senior Technician. With the automotive knowledge gained from her work and KCTC, she hopes to pursue a career in MIG Welding or anything automotive-related.

- Jada Dille

Wyatt joined CTA his junior year and played basketball his senior year. Before attending CTA, Wyatt played baseball for five seasons and basketball for one season. Outside of school, Wyatt likes to play basketball and ride quads. He also enjoys fishing, small game hunting, and being outside.  As for after graduating high school, Wyatt is planning to explore his many options.

Wyatt joined CTA his junior year and played basketball his senior year. Before attending CTA, Wyatt played baseball for five seasons and basketball for one season .Outside of school, Wyatt likes to play basketball and ride quads. He also enjoys fishing, small game hunting, and being outside. As for after graduating high school, Wyatt is planning to explore his many options.

- Wyatt Hawley

Gabi has been at CTA since the sixth grade. She has participated in one season of basketball, and five seasons on the CTA soccer team, where she was team captain for three seasons. Gabi has played soccer for a total of thirteen years. She was awarded the “All-Conference Soccer” award two years in a row.  In addition to athletics, Gabi has participated in LaunchU for two years and has taken dual enrollment courses through Ferris State University. Gabi has been on the Honor Roll and a member of CTA’s National Honor Society for three years.  Outside of school, Gabi enjoys playing soccer, hanging out with her friends, going to the movies, and hiking. After high school, Gabi hopes to become a sports photographer or go into sports management.

Gabi has been at CTA since the sixth grade. She has participated in one season of basketball, and five seasons on the CTA soccer team, where she was team captain for three seasons. Gabi has played soccer for a total of thirteen years. She was awarded the “All-Conference Soccer” award two years in a row. In addition to athletics, Gabi has participated in LaunchU for two years and has taken dual enrollment courses through Ferris State University. Gabi has been on the Honor Roll and a member of CTA’s National Honor Society for three years. Outside of school, Gabi enjoys playing soccer, hanging out with her friends, going to the movies, and hiking. After high school, Gabi hopes to become a sports photographer or go into sports management.

- Gabrielle Christie

Thomas Hoops

Thomas has attended CTA for twelve years; he started attending in first grade. While at CTA, Thomas has been a part of the National Honor Society Chapter for three years. In addition, Thomas has taken dual enrollment college math courses (Math 110 and 115) through Ferris State University as well as AP Computer Science A. Also, Thomas has achieved CTA’s “All A’s” Honor Roll. For the last two years, he has been in the Networking and Cyber Security program at KCTC. Outside of school, Thomas enjoys biking; playing basketball with friends and family; eating good food; and playing the electric guitar. Thomas is currently working at Culver's. After high school, Thomas plans to continue his education through an Internship in IT to grow his career. He would like to pursue a career as a Network or Server Engineer.

- Thomas Hoops

Dani Piskun

Dani has been attending CTA for twelve years. She has been on the basketball team (for four years), the soccer team (the four years), and the volleyball team (for two years), as well as participating in one year of softball outside of CTA. She was team captain for CTA’s 2023 volleyball season, as well as the 2022 soccer season. Dani has also been on the Honor Roll. During her junior year, Dani participated in the Graphics Design program at KCTC. Outside of CTA, Dani enjoys hanging out with friends, playing sports, and going on spontaneous trips with family. After high school, Dani plans to work at a local daycare. She is exploring the idea of college courses in Childhood Development further down the line.

- Dani Piskun

Caden McSorley

Caden has been at CTA for 11 ½ years. While at CTA, he has been on honor roll and has been attending KCTC for aviation maintenance for 2 years. Outside of school he enjoys fishing, gaming, traveling and he enjoys winter. Caden collects swords. During winter he likes to snowmobile. He has also been doing drag racing with his dad and grandpa and helps fix cars and snowmobiles. After graduating he hopes to apply to an apprenticeship level mechanic job at Mercedes Benz. Caden hopes to continue drag racing in competitions to keep the legacy of what his father and grandfather did in drag racing going. Caden hopes to one day be able to move out of his parents’ house.

- Caden McSorley

Sarah McIntosh

Sarah joined CTA for her senior year. Before attending CTA, Sarah ran track (for three years) and played basketball (for two years). In addition, Sarah got second place at Cedar Springs High School's slam poetry competition and third place in their art show. Outside of school, Sarah enjoys drawing; gaming; quality time with friends and family; music; and sleep. After high school, Sarah plans on working and saving money while she figures out what she wants to do for her future. She possibly plans on pursuing a degree in art.

- Sarah McIntosh

Gunnar Rowland

Gunnar has been at CTA for twelve years and has loved every moment of it. While attending CTA, Gunnar has been a part of the Art Club for six years, was in the drama production of Law and Order: Fairytale Unit in 2017, and is a Student Ambassador for CTA’s Marketing Team this year. He has also made the CTA Honor Roll three times and has received a Character Education Student of the Month award for being Growth-minded. Outside of school, Gunnar enjoys photography, gaming, creating videos online (The Brown Hat Squad), and art. After graduation, Gunnar plans to pursue a job in photography, continue creating videos online, and work at his present job at FAS Machining. He also wants to enjoy some time relaxing at home, as well as hanging out with friends and family. His dream goal is to be a full-time online content creator.

- Gunnar Rowland

S. Sharp

This is Sarah’s second year at CTA. While attending CTA, Sarah has been on the Honor Roll and was Homecoming Queen this year. In addition, Sarah has attended KCTC as a part of the Nurse Tech/ Patient Care Tech program.; upon completion, she will receive her certification as a Nurse Technician .Outside of CTA, Sarah has done sideline cheerleading (for eight years), basketball (for one year), and softball (for one year). Sarah was also on the 2022 Miss Sand Lake Queen’s Court. Outside of school, Sarah enjoys vibin’ in her vibe, fishing, as well as doing arts and crafts. Sarah loves to meet new people and talk to everyone. After graduating high school, Sarah plans to attend Cornerstone University to get her bachelor’s degree in Nursing. While attending college, Sarah plans to work as a Nurse Tech. In the future, she would like to eventually go back to college to become a Physician’s Assistant or a Nurse Practitioner.

- Sarah Sharp

Staff feature

Amy Morrow

Staff Feature: Amy Morrow My favorite genre to read is YA Historical Fiction. My focus in college was Reading Intervention and Integrated Science .I love to camp with my husband and our 3 kids. We spend our summers exploring the Great Lakes.

- Amy Morrow

Bre Lussier

I am a coffee lover! I grind coffee beans fresh every morning, and I even have an espresso machine to make specialty coffee whenever I want. I graduated from college 10 years after graduating from high school. I actually failed in my first attempt at college, but worked hard and received a full academic scholarship to the University of Michigan, graduating with honors. I have never lost a game of Scene It in my life.

- Bre Everly

Darcie Oudbier

I cooked at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics for the athletes I’ve ran 9 marathons I’ve been in 9 Sparta Community Theatre Productions. Some of the roles I have played have been Babette in Beauty and the Beast, Mrs. Sowerby in Oliver, and the Fairy God Mother in Shrek. I was also in Mamma Mia this past summer in Sparta.

- Darcie Oudbier

Marcie Puntney

I have lived in 7 different states and 3 different countries. I am really good at hula hooping. I used to be a bird researcher and a dog trainer.

- Marcie Puntney

Lisa Perry

In my lifetime, I’ve watched Michigan football win the championship twice…in 1997, I was at the Rose Bowl when they won and 2024 with my fam on tv. HAIL !I’ve watched the GOAT, Michael Jordan, play in person 3 times I’ve traveled to Greece twice

- Lisa Perry

Heidi Reichelt

.I have played piano since I was in kindergarten! I took lessons on up through middle school for about 8 years .I homeschooled my children for 6 years before we came to CTA and I recertified as a teacher. I love camping with my family! Lake Michigan is my favorite place!

- Heidi Reichelt

Trisha Fues

I love to travel and camp. My family and I love to explore new places and be outdoors I am a compulsive DIYer. I love to build various things for my house instead of buying them. My favorite hobbies are reading and being in the outdoors - hiking, biking, camping, gardening, kayaking and more.

- Trisha Fues

Stephanie Elenbaas

I have twin sister German Shepard dogs .I am a first generation college student with my undergraduate in elementary education and special education and an intention of pursuing my masters in administration .In high school I was a three sport varsity athlete involved in water polo, sideline cheer, and varsity cheer.

- Stephanie Elenbaas

Megan Kilts

Growing up, I had a lot of pets and cool animal experiences. We hatched tadpoles, Monarch butterflies, and even had a baby fawn for a day. I have two goldfish (Clementine and Toothless) who I rescued from last year’s senior prank. One of my favorite vacation experiences was swimming with a dolphin when I was 10 years old.

- Megan Kilts

Ruthanne Brinks

1st Grade Teacher Before teaching I was a Physical Therapist Assistant My first real job was in a flower shop. My boss was amazing and so patient as she taught me all about the art of flower arranging. By the time I left that job for my career in healthcare, I was putting together flower arrangements and bouquets for weddings .Mackinac Island is my absolute favorite place in Michigan.

- Ruthanne Brinks

Kayla Campbell

Instructional Coach I love hiking and exploring National Parks with my husband and son; so far, we have been to 14 in the US and Canada. I have two golden retrievers named Henry and Millie! I enjoy doing DIY/home improvement jobs and am teaching myself how to build beginner projects.

- Kayla Campbell

Carolynn Cone

High School Math I love to travel and I have lived in 4 other states and 1 other country In addition to math, I am also certified to teach History and was part of Phi Alpha Theta (National History Honor Society) in college Prior to teaching, I spent 7 years as a bank teller.

- Carolynn Cone

Taylor Breuker

EL/MS Technology/Interventionist I was a competitive swimmer for 13 years .I am originally from Chicago. Rainy days are my favorite!

- Taylor Breuker

Mika Lewis

I am named after my amazing father, Michael. He went by Mike and that is where my name originated from. It is a tradition passed down in our family as my mom was named after her dad as well. I have 4 beautiful children who mean the world to me: 2 biological boys and 2 bonus daughters. I am a huge Michigan football fan, but my daughters both attend Michigan State :)I hold 2 Masters degrees: One in Children’s Literature and one in Elementary Education. I am a lifelong learner and hope to get my Doctorate someday soon.

- Mika Lewis

Ted Cusack

I have 9 siblings. I love to golf and spend time with my kids in my free time. My postsecondary education began at Aquinas College as an undergraduate and continued at Marygrove College in Detroit with a Masters Degree.

- Ted Cusack

Teresa Marsman

I enjoy watching football .In the summer, I wake-surf behind our boat. I love vacationing to the Mountains.

- Teresa Marsman

Thomas Metiva

I am a music fanatic and have been to over 20 concerts in the last 2.5 years .I am a BIG foodie, but would say that my current favorite food is sushi. I am very adventurous and enjoy traveling! My favorite travel destination recently has been the U.P., where I camped at Tahquamenon Falls and Fort Superior Campgrounds.

- Thomas Metiva

Heather Morris

I enjoy camping, hiking, and being outdoors .I was born in Florida, and have lived in 5 states! (Michigan is the one where I have lived the longest.)I love to read! My goal is to read at least 52 books (a book a week) every year! So, far this year I have read 76 books!

- Heather Morris

Channing Tanis

I love to travel! I have been to 24 of the 50 states, and on 8 cruises. My favorite place so far has been Aruba .I have a twin brother .In the summer, I love going to the lake house to go boating and fish.

- Channing Tanis

Amy VanHarten

I love to read and read 80 books in 2023.My favorite sport is hockey and I am a big Red Wings fan! I was named after a Country Song.

- Amy VanHarten