Announcements and Important Events
These salutes are written by their younger teammates.
Parents; James and Dora Baker
Written by Liv Brunink
In her four years at Grand Rapids Christian she has participated in basketball and track. Also she has been a part of the girls lacrosse program her junior and senior year. As well as playing sports Savannah is a member of student congress. Savannah’s favorite basketball memory is how last year we were very underrated and went on a winning streak and beat many teams ranked higher than us. Savannah is thankful for our awesome basketball program and the coaches that have connected girls from all ages with one another and also provided her lifelong friendships. Savannah's future plans include attending either Grand Valley State University or Hope College to study business. Savannah we all love you so much and couldn’t imagine being on a team without you. We appreciate you and your ability to calm people down at practice. Every team needs someone like you. Someone we know will work hard every day and will still be your biggest cheerleader. You make everyone feel so loved and supported. Savannah without a doubt you are one of the funniest people I know. Thank you for always being there for me whenever I need you. I am forever grateful for all of the memories I’ve been able to create with you. Like when baby Nino started crying during the opposite team’s free throw. We are going to miss your speaker and especially you so much next year. Thank you for being you, we love you Savvy.
Parents: Angela Cassiday and Brent Tate, Chad Cassiday
Written by: Kailynn Grieve
Throughout high school Claire played a variety of sports. Starting with volleyball her freshman and sophomore year as well as basketball for four years and finally four years of soccer. Along with playing all her sports and activities, Claire was a member of the National Honors Society. As for basketball being Claire's passion, her favorite memory from the team was singing Do-Re-Mi in the locker room before all her games as well as winning the district finals championship for basketball last season. Claire is beyond thankful for her teammates who she can call her best friends and who make basketball so much fun. She is also thankful for the coaches who push her to be the best she can every day. After high school, Claire plans to attend Calvin University to continue playing basketball, and majoring in biochemistry with a pre-med track. As for our team, we love the leadership and the passion Claire continues to bring daily. As well as the heart to build personal relationships with each member of the team. Thank you and congrats Claire, and we are excited to see what the future holds for you in your upcoming years!
Parents: Greg and Stephenie Gaastra
Written by Hannah Sall
Lily has participated in both basketball and softball for 4 years and also is a member of the National Honors Society. Lilly’s favorite basketball memory is winning districts last year. She is thankful for teammates who support her, and coaches who truly care about her development not only as a player but as a person. Lilly plans to attend Calvin University and major in Biology with a pre-physician track to go on to grad school. Lilly is a great teammate and we love her for the constant energy she brings to the team, we also love Lilly because she supports everyone and you know that if you are having a rough game or practice Lilly will be there to pick you up.
Parents: Travis and Julie McBride
Written by Katelyn LaRue
Haily played volleyball her freshman year, cross country her sophomore and senior year, softball her junior and senior year, and basketball all four years of high school. Haily’s favorite team memory was winning districts and winning the championship game at the Cornerstone tournament during her junior year. Haily is thankful for her teammates and how much they have been like sisters to her, as well as pushing her to be a better person every day in and out of practice. Haily’s future plans consist of attending Olivet Nazarene University to further her studies in nursing and work in youth ministry. We are all so thankful for Haily’s work ethic and her motivation to be an excellent athlete, student and friend. Haily has the ability to include anybody and everybody and her laugh is contagious. She may be deaf in one ear, but as a team we never fail to hear her. Whether she’s screaming encouragement in the locker room, on the bench, or on the court. We do make fun of Haily quite a bit on this team, but I hope she knows it’s all out of love and that I speak for everyone when I say, we love you and we’ll miss you Ham!!
Parents: Mark and Shelly Winkle
Written by: Evie Doezema
Katie has played soccer, basketball, lacrosse, and ran cross country throughout her high school career. She is also the president of the Global Ambassadors, a member of student congress, and a member of the National Honor Society. She plans to attend Calvin University to study Spanish and either Finance or Social Work. Katie’s favorite memory with the basketball team is beating Forest Hills Central in the Cornerstone tournament last year. She is thankful for her family and friends who push to be the best she can be in all aspects of life. Katie is an amazing teammate who always brings energy to our team, that’s why she was given the hard job of making up “energy givers” for us every day at practice. Katie is always the brightest person in the gym even if she’s not feeling 100% she does her best to radiate happiness to her teammates. She does this on and off the court by screaming her heart out and jumping up and down when she sees her teammates succeed. We are so grateful for you Katie and we are so proud of everything you have done throughout your life. We love you!
Parents: John and Rachel Witte
Written by Paris Rodgers
While attending Grand Rapids Christian, Emma has participated in both the soccer and basketball program for all 4 years. She also is a current member of student congress. Emma’s favorite basketball memory is the team trip to Orlando her sophomore year, and winning districts last year. Emma is thankful for her amazing teammates who have become some of her best friends. She is also thankful for her family who has loved and supported her throughout high school as well as the amazing coaches who have pushed her to become the best basketball player and person she can be. Emma’s future plans include attending Calvin University where she plans on continuing her basketball career as well as pursuing a degree in kinesiology. Emma, the talent, skill, work ethic and uniqueness you bring to the team and program is unmatched and we love you for it. You will always be someone we look up to as a player and person. Thank you for coming to practice and games ready to give your all, on the good and the bad days. Thank you for continuously supporting your teammates and always being there when someone needs to talk. The influence you have on the people around you on and off the court is something that we all admire you for. We also admire for (or are honestly more jealous of) those little floaters that you somehow make that no one else can. We love you so much, Emma.