Numerous Decatur, Forsyth, Maroa and other Macon County residents, may remember him and his sister, Beatha, when Chad and Sherry Cluver brought them to the United States from Haiti. Jameson and Beatha are the adopted son and daughter of the Cluvers, who now reside in Watseka after years of teaching in the Maroa-Forsyth district where Chad coached boys basketball, including taking the Trojans to a third place finish in 2006 and a state title in 2007.
They moved to Watseka after Chad took the basketball head coaching position there which is his hometown. After the devastating Haitian earthquake in January 2010, the Cluvers decided they wanted to adopt two Haitian children, who were brother and sister, which took more than a year to happen. The adoption process for the Cluvers was like a rollercoaster, with twists, turns and ups and downs as they thought they had received approval earlier for two children, only to learn that their parents had decided not to give them up for adoption.
So the Cluvers started anew. A year later in January 2011 the Cluvers headed to Philadelphia to finalize the paperwork and to bring Beatha and Jameson home to Forsyth to join the Cluvers birth children Hunter and Baylor. At the time Beatha was in the fifth grade and Jameson in the second. Multi-Sport Athlete Today, Jameson is a junior at Watseka where he is a Warriors football and track standout. He enters 2019 with some goals to achieve before this season concludes. He doesn’t want this autumn to end as last year’s did with a loss in the first round of the playoffs to eventual state champion Gibson City/Melvin-Sibley. He and his teammates want to advance deep into this year’s playoffs.
Ironically, Jameson‘s cousin, Nathan Garard, quarterbacked the Falcons to their state championship for the second straight year and did it by beating Cluver’s former team, Maroa-Forsyth, both years. Nathan’s mother, Remy, and Sherry are sisters.
(For complete story, go to J. Thomas McNamara’s “Irish Stew” on page 10 in this week’s print and online editions of the Decatur Tribune.)