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Students Show Appreciation for Officer Marquardt at Alpena High School

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisIn the midst of all of the recent school threat incidents, including the one that occurred today, local students are feeling a bit grateful to have officers, like D.A.R.E. Officer, Tim Marquardt on standby.“With all of the stuff that he deals with we just wanted to tell him how much we actually appreciate him. He does go through a lot and I think he’s given a bad rep for that, but he does deserve a lot of respect because without him things would be tough around here, so it’s just nice knowing he’s here,” 12th grader, Ben Dault said.Showing just how much they appreciate Officer Marquardt, students wrote thank you cards.“I know he has a lot of stress, and a lot of responsibility, and we just wanted to shed light on that,” Lars MacArthur said.Surprised by his gifts, the cards moved Officer Marquardt.“That made my day. Sometimes it just takes a thank you like that and these guys went above and beyond what would normally be a thank you,” Marquardt said.And although he doesn’t plan on wearing the blue uniform, Officer Marquart has inspired one student to go into another unique officer role.“I actually plan on going into the DNR,” Nate Cosbitt revealed.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Fine Arts Students At ACC Show Off Their CreationsNext Alpena High School Student Wins 3rd Place in Essay Competitionlast_img read more

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Bears implement ‘Augusta silence’ to help choose new kicker

first_imgThe Bears are doing what they can to make sure last season’s kicking disasters don’t happen again.To give their current kicking candidates the ultimate test in being unnerved going up to kick a field goal, coach Matt Nagy and special teams coordinator Chris Tabor are implementing the “Augusta silence” during OTAs to make sure their kickers feel the pressure. “No one talks,” Tabor said, via ESPN. “Obviously we’re doing the ‘Augusta silence’ [for a reason]. That’s been awesome. I am used to people yelling at me. You know, I’m used to, I mean my daughters and my wife will yell at me, so I’m used to it. But when it’s quiet out there it is, it is a different feeling. Nagy and I have talked about it … it’s different.”During drills when a field goal is called, the entire field gets quiet to create an unsettling silence. The term comes from the rulebook at Augusta National for the Masters, when spectators and players alike are required to be silent while a golfer is playing. Related News Bears’ throwback jerseys may have been spoiled on Twitter NFL trade rumors: Bears add another kicker to competition However, Nagy admitted the team doesn’t have a time table for selecting a kicker and said he was hoping one kicker would break away by the end of minicamp.”Honestly, we have not figured that out yet,” Nagy said. “We wanted to get through, get right into the end of minicamp and just kind of get back collectively and talk about it, collaborate. But we’re kind of up in the air. We’re trying to let this thing play out. The more kicks we have, the more of a library we have.”Tabor added that the team “definitely” will have someone for their season opener against the Packers, which happens to be the first Thursday night game of the season. “We’re creating as much pressure as we can on these guys,” Nagy said. “We’re getting the ‘Augusta silence’ out here with the team and that’s eerie.”The Bears have actively been looking for a new kicker after cutting Cody Parkey, who needed to make a field goal during the playoffs against the Eagles to keep the Bears’ season alive.Instead, Parkey’s last-second kick ricocheted off both goal posts and caused the Bears to lose, 16-15. He was released by Chicago shortly after.Now the team has their choice narrowed down to Chris Blewitt, Elliott Fry and Eddy Pineiro, who was traded from the Raiders. Bears coach Matt Nagy says kicking competition is ‘not good enough’last_img read more