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Cedar Springs Public Schools

Purpose. Potential. Pride.
Cedar Springs Public Schools' graduates are thriving in their communities all over the world...and we are excited to share their stories! View stories from alumni who are world-class athletes, academic scholars, music moguls, and Red Hawks who are enriching the world in a multitude of other ways.

Remarkable Red Hawks is a series created by students in CedarSpringsTV, an advanced video production course, at Cedar Springs High School (CSHS).  CSHS offers a variety of extracurricular activities for students to explore future career paths.  On top of core subjects, CSHS offers courses in Video Production, business, child development, marketing, web design, and more!

Visit our Red Hawk Curriculum online to see the variety of classes offered. 

Captain Peter Noreen, Class of 2009

Since he graduated, Captain Peter Noreen has traveled the world. 
 
He continued his education attending Western Michigan University to study theatre.  On a whim, he decided to take a chance and apply to the United States Military Academy at West Point - watch to find out where this Remarkable Red Hawk is today.

Creator/Producer: Adien Brunin, Cedar Springs High School Student
 
 


Justin Balczak, Class of 2011
Owner, Dexter Films

 
Justin Balczak, a 2011 graduate remembers his High School days being filled with random things. He was part of athletics, theater, and took a lot of different courses trying to find his nitch.  After graduation, Justin started college at Lake Superior State University only to find himself making a big move that would lead him to his future career.
 
Find out how this Remarkable Red Hawk started his own business by taking in all the random things life has to offer!

Creator/Producer: Wyatt Mesler, Cedar Springs High School Student

Brad Slaight

American Comedian

 
Brad Slaight graduated from Cedar Springs High School back before the Red Hawk had hatched and was known as the ‘class clown’. 
 
Brad received a degree in Education from Central Michigan University and started teaching in Niles, Michigan - but soon his career path made a shift when he was asked to move out of the state.
 
Learn how this Red Hawk took his ‘class clown’ act from High School to stand-up comedy.

Creator/Producer: Willy Zain, Cedar Springs High School Student

Maddie Liggett, Class of 2014

Teacher - Cedar Springs Public Schools

 
When Maddie graduated in 2014, she knew she wanted to pursue a career in education, specifically in creating curriculum.  In her mind, elementary schools were underdeveloped in helping students start to think about their career path and she wanted to make a change.  

Find out how this Remarkable Red Hawk changed the curriculum here in her hometown and is making a lifelong impact on students today!

Creator/Producer: Mara Lutz, Cedar Springs High School Student

Dr. Michelle Campbell, Class of 2004

Program Manager, Post Graduate, and Faculty Initiatives, University of Michigan

 
Dr. Michelle Campbell, a 2004 graduate credits Cedar Springs High School as the place where she had big transitions and was able to find her passion for the arts and English. 
 
Learn how this Red Hawk followed her passion to receive a PH. D. in English and now works at one of the top Universities in the country.
 
Creator/Producer: Joseph Priolo, Cedar Springs High School Student
 

Brian Brecht, Class of 1984

Art Manager/Senior Producer - Epic Games

 
Brian graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1984.  He knew he wanted to work in the motion picture business, but being from a small town didn’t think that was a possibility.
 
Upon graduation, Brian started at the University of Detroit to become an architect...where he failed miserably.
Brian knew he needed to rethink his future, and take a chance on what he didn’t think was possible.

Watch Brian share his story of how he went from Cedar Springs Public Schools Alumni into the world of motion pictures.
 
Creator/Producer: Max VanderMeulen, Cedar Springs High School Student