Lion's News
April 16th - April 22nd


On Tuesday, the varsity track team hosted a home GLAC meet against Olivet. Olivet greatly outnumbered the Lions and won the meet with a score of 123-1 for the girls and a score of 121-15 for the boys.


On Friday, FFA traveled to MSU for their skills contests. Also on Friday, Ethan Boldrey, along with other DECA members traveled to Orlando Florida to compete in the DECA internationals competition.

5 Questions with Mrs. Leatherman

Where did you go to school/ currently going to school?

“I graduated from Maple Valley in 1998. I went to KCC for a year and a half, then transferred to WMU and graduated in 2003.” 

What made you want to become a teacher?

“I always wanted to be a teacher. I chose special education because I have a sister with Down syndrome.” 

What is your favorite part about being a teacher at Maple Valley?

“The small town vibe and teaching where I live.” 

How would you describe your teaching style?

“Laid back but passionate. Caring and relational. I want student’s to know I care about them and that’s why I’m hard on them.” 

What do you feel is the most challenging part of becoming a teacher?

“How teacher policies and structures are everchanging.”

Seniors of the Week

Meet Abeni Hartwell! After high school, Abeni plans to go into the United States Navy. The teacher who has had the most significant impact on Abeni’s life has been Mrs. Webb because she pushed Abeni when she didn’t think she could succeed and made it known that she could. Abeni’s favorite part about being a senior has been being able to leave the school. Abeni would advise incoming freshmen to do what is asked by teachers and stay on top of your work. The highlight of Abeni’s senior year has been senior trip. 

Thank you, Abeni, for being senior of the week!

Meet Cassie McCool! After high school, Cassie plans to attend college and major in sports psychology. The teacher who has had the most significant impact on Cassie’s life has been Mr. Wilhelm because he taught her to start living for herself and not for other people. Cassie’s favorite part of being a senior is getting to graduate and begin a new chapter of her life. Some advice Cassie would give to incoming freshmen is to do what makes you happy and what makes you feel good, as long as you’re happy, nothing else matters. The highlight of Cassie’s senior year has been playing her final basketball game with the team and Coach Wilhelm. 

Thank you, Cassie, for being senior of the week!

Meet Christian Huissen! After high school Christian plans to go to LCC for Auto Tech. The teacher who has had the biggest impact on Christian’s life has been Mr. Martin because he has taught Christian from 8th grade up to his senior year. Christian’s favorite part about being a senior has been getting to score in his last home football game. Some advice Christian would give to incoming freshmen is to not care about what others do, and to do whatever you want to do. The highlight of Christian’s senior year has been getting voted first-team all-state for football. 

Thank you, Christian, for being a senior of the week!