The Williamston 2017 Homecoming Parade advances community involvement

WILLIAMSTON- From student groups and athletes, to community members and ministries, this year’s Williamston Homecoming parade had something for everyone.The parade took place Oct. 6 before Williamston High School competed against the Fowlerville Gladiators at their home field. The parade route began at St. Mary’s Church on North Cedar Street at 6 p.m. and finished at the gates of the Larkin-Nortman Memorial Field right before the game began. The parade featured many important teams and organizations within the community.

Spartan Profile: Kyler Elsworth

Earned never given 

Every so often, there are student-athletes who come through a program and although not expected to make an impact, become key pieces to a team’s success. Kyler Elsworth is that type of player for the Michigan State Spartans football team. Elsworth, now in his senior season, has made crucial plays during his tenure here on both defense and special teams.  He has key sacks, tackles for loss, and punt blocks that big time players make.  But it has to be mentioned; Elsworth was once a walk-on. Elsworth, who was featured in last weeks media guide, walked on to the team in the summer of 2009. “Everyone asks why I chose football over wrestling,” said Elsworth, who was a high school All-American wrestler, sporting several D1 scholarship offers to wrestle including one to Michigan State.

Concussion safety addressed to Haslett school board

By Justin Polk
Meridian Times staff writer

Over the past decade, there has been an effort to make sports safer. Yet, whether it be non-contact sports or new helmets, there is still going to be a risk of concussion. “Concussions are a serious matter,” said Haslett High School Athletic Director Darin Ferguson. “If we do not protect our athletes then we are not doing a good enough job.”

Ferguson presented the board with information about the new Michigan State Law that will affect all schools and coaches (Michigan Law Public Acts 342 and 343) which has been in effect since June 30 2013. “Haslett already has a concussion protocol,” said Ferguson.

East Lansing football focuses on concussion prevention

By Alyssa Girardi
Entirely East Lansing staff writer
In an East Lansing High School football game two seasons ago, a quarterback went down after a rough tackle. That hit gave him his first concussion of the game. Unaware of the injury, he took the field a few plays later at cornerback. A head-on tackle raised the count to two concussions on the night and forced him to seek medical help. Memory loss.

How to Stay out of Default Paying Back Student Loans

The massive expenses behind higher education in America have been a hot button issue for many years. Every year, thousands of students graduate with thousands of dollars of student loan debt to their name. It may seem like an unbearable vicious cycle to most, but Michigan State University’s Office of Financial Aid stresses that there are options available that will keep students from going into default. Reaching default haunts credit scores for years, affecting what purchases a person can make. Graduates today are using plans that tie loan payments to income. These income-based programs are built to make loan repayment manageable and make life easier for those who struggle to find a job, although the Financial Aid staff does warn about interest collecting when you miss payments.