Strive Academy students celebrate graduation
with an album by Maralyn Fink

Friends and family joined graduates on a fine spring evening to celebrate their completion of their studies at STRIVE Academy, the St. Johns Alternative School. The setting for the ceremony was the William E. Tennant Performance Shell at the St. Johns City Park.

At STRIVE Academy all of the classes are computer based. These classes use multimedia, animations, simulations exploration activities, videos and vocabulary activities to engage students.

Educators believe that everyone can learn in STRIVE Academy. Their purpose is to provide an atmosphere that creates a sense of belonging and ownership. And they encourage students to discover their potential and to develop skills which allow them to overcome personal, social, academic, and technological barriers to success that will allow them to redirect their lives and become cooperative, self-sufficient, and responsible citizens in school and in the community.

Students can work on classes any time, anywhere. Students that are working towards credit recovery, do not need to be slowed down due to weather delays, a day off from school or even waiting until teachers are at school. Classes can be worked on any time day or night.

The Assistant Principal of the Academy is Jason Gnegy, and the school secretary is Traci Zampaloni. The teachers are Corr Arts, Stanley Bauer and Dorice Steiner.

Best wishes to all of the graduates and their families.

Eat Your ART out Event Canceled

The Clinton County Arts Council regrets that theymust cancel the event, Eat Your ART Out.

With Covid-19 concerns still prevalent, the CCAC does not believe that there are enough participants to run a successful event. They still feel that Eat Your ART Out is a great event to introduce to our community and will plan to reschedule it for next year.

Thank you for your understanding as we navigate these difficult times and your continued support of the Arts.

For more information please visit the CCAC website at: or call 989-224-2429.

City explores suitability of Congregational Church property for public use

The St. Johns City Commission, at its May 24, 2021 regular meeting, approved an agreement for the purchase of the St. Johns Congregational Church. As part of the agreement, final sale is contingent on the City determining that the property is suitable for use as a public building.

Though a split decision, the decision was made to move forward with the purchase agreement so that the City could pursue its due diligence in assessing the feasibility of space configuration, build-out costs, and general occupancy and regular maintenance costs associated with operation of City offices at that location.

While the City had not been actively pursuing alternate space to relocate its administrative offices, it was determined that the public listing of the property presented a unique opportunity that was worth full examination. Based on fiscal considerations of existing occupancy costs associated with our current office space, the City has from time to time considered relocating its administrative offices to a site outside of the Clinton County Courthouse building.

As new construction doesn’t appear prudent in the current market, the availability of the church property has provided an unique opportunity when considering its close proximity to the central business district, the attractive sales price, ample on-site parking, potential for shared space with other community partners such as the Chamber of Commerce, public meeting space similar to the 2nd floor of the previous Municipal Building, and the ability to meet the City’s space needs now and in the future.

An architectural firm is being engaged to undertake a feasibility study to assess the viability and associated costs of retro-fitting and upgrading the church building to provide administrative offices for the City as well as other functional space for other community needs.

The City Commission only moved forward with its formal offer to purchase the property after the church had chosen not to pursue another offer extended by a potential buyer group and then having taken action to accept the City’s proposed term in principal. Per the terms of the purchase agreement, the City will now have 75 days to explore the suitability of this property for public use purposes through the work of the architectural firm and other
internal and external research relating to administrative space needs and potential community partnerships.

St. Vincent de Paul Store celebrates 25th Anniversary

The St. Vincent de Paul Store in St. Johns is celebrating its 25th Anniversary. They began on Clinton Avenue on June 1, 1996. The store continues to be a remarkable journey in their mission to serve their Neighbors in Need.

Since 1996 the local St. Vincent’s has helped thousands of families with emergency assistance exceeding $2.2 million dollars. This amount of assistance couldn’t be possible without their small paid staff and over 100 dedicated volunteers that make it all happen.

The community has been very supportive as well, donating clean, usable merchandise that they can sell to provide the resources to serve others. They are also blessed to collaborate with several local agencies to jointly serve others.

There is still time Friday to participate in daily drawings. They are giving away one silver jewelry piece and one $25 St. Vincent de Paul Store gift certificate each day. Winners will be posted at the store and on the St. Vincent de Paul – St. Johns Facebook Page.

Special thanks go to Kroger of St. Johns for donating the balloons for the celebration!

Sparrow Clinton nurse honored during Nurses Week

Sparrow Clinton Hospital Nurse of the Year Angie Hufnagel, BSN, RN, CEN, (left) poses with the hospital’s senior nurse, Teresa Pickens, RN, CEN.

Sparrow Hospital and Sparrow’s Community Hospitals honored thousands of nurses during this year’s Nurses Week in recognition of the extraordinary care they provided during the past unrelenting year of the COVID-19 virus.
Nurses Week recently concluded with ceremonies and recognition at several Sparrow sites of care.

At Sparrow Clinton Hospital, Angie Hufnagel, BSN, RN, CEN, was recognized as Nurse of the Year.

“Angie is a passionate, caring emergency nurse who embraces excellence in every aspect of her life and serves as an extraordinary patient advocate,” said Sparrow Clinton Chief Nursing Officer Mariah Hesse.

To learn more about nursing careers at Sparrow, go to

SJHS again named in list of Best High Schools in the country

Congratulations to the students and staff of St. Johns High School. For the third consecutive year, SJHS has been honored to be on the US News and World Report list of the Best High Schools in the country.

This award is based on a variety of factors including schools whose students demonstrated outstanding outcomes above expectations in math and reading State assessments. Graduates have earned qualifying scores in an array of college-level exams, and the school graduated students in high proportions.

2021 Best U.S. High Schools