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A Fond Farewell to Superintendent O'Neill
A Fond Farewell to Superintendent O'Neill

COOPERSVILLE, MI - Even though retiring superintendent Kevin O'Neill's  last day isn’t until August 31st, staff and students at Coopersville Area Public Schools celebrated Dr. O’Neill’s 13 years of "Gold Medal Achievements" in an Olympic event with the entire staff and student body present. Over 2600 people were able to keep a secret in order to surprise the outgoing superintendent. The festivities began with Olympic style fanfare with Music and Dr. O’Neill leading a five building student delegation with an Olympic torch in hand to the stage. Followed by an all-school photograph courtesy of Geskus Photography. Next the gymnasium roared while Band Director Scott Struyk led every one in the Bronco Fight song.

Each Building presented Dr. O’Neill with a "Gold Medal of Achievement" symbolizing the wonderful legacies he has left for the Coopersville District.

The West Early Childhood Center’s delegation which included infants Charlee Malecke and Connor Manthei, 3-yr-old Maddy Keefe, and 4-yr-old Tanner Kuzma awarded Dr. O’Neill a Gold Medal for their wonderful Daycare and Preschool.

The East and West Elementary had a delegation which included Kindergartner Eileen Conran, first grader Quimarion Patten and second grader Hunter Fritsma awarded Dr. O’Neill for the O’Neill Family Fund an Endowed fund he set up at the Coopersville Area Foundation that will continue to give teachers in the district Mini-grants for years to come.

The South Elementary’s delegation of third grader Thomas Wilson, fourth grader Riley Leach and 5th grader Adriana TeBos awarded a Gold Medal for the State of the Art Technology throughout the district.

The Middle School’s delegation- sixth grader’s Mason Buth and Sarah Lindberg, seventh graders Chad Borgman and Katie Hunter, and eighth grader’s Emily and Lilly Linscott awarded the Gold Medal for the numerous Construction projects all over campus.

The High School’s delegation ninth grader Aaron Curtis, tenth grader Mikayla Piper, and eleventh grader Christi Wiltenburg gave Dr. O’Neill a Gold Medal for helping the high school achieve Blue Ribbon Status.

Following the medals presentation Dr. O’Neill was asked to officially pass "the torch" to incoming superintendent Ron Veldman. Mr. Veldman was dressed incognito and made a grand entranced coached by the Bronco Mascot. Students gave a final "Wave" to Dr. O’Neill because when they return after summer break Mr. Veldman will be at the helm. Dismissal seemed as festive as the closing ceremonies at the Olympic Games.