March 2018 | In the know!
"Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. " ~ Winston Churchill
COMMITMENT TO LIFELONG LEARNING
See what goes on during Professional Development Days at Kenston
NATIONAL MERIT FINALISTS
Kenston High School is proud to announce that seniors Abigail Vossler, Jacqueline Jeromin, and William Parsons have been named Finalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

The National Merit Scholar process is based on critical reading, mathematics and writing skills scores earned on a student’s Pre-Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT). The award process begins during a student’s junior year with more than 1.5 million students vying for the National Merit Scholar title. At the beginning of one’s senior year, this number is narrowed down to 50,000 students of which two-thirds are named Commended Scholars, and the remaining one-third are named National Merit Semifinalists.

Semifinalists are the highest scoring individuals in their home state. Those students who move forward in the competition and are selected as finalists have a chance to compete for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million dollars and earn the nationally recognized and coveted Merit Scholar title.
SPEECH & DEBATE STATE TOURNAMENT
Kenston High School was represented at the State Speech and Debate Tournament in Toledo on March 2-3 by Hannah Andrews, Samara Benza, Savannah Georgian, Samantha Kirschman, Emma Nidy, Laura Parsons, Nick Sanchez, Anna Soryal, Tia Speece, Morgan Spehar, Jessica Sunderhaft, Colin Varga and Kim Voudris, Alternates – Sarah Herbruck, and Kylee Pierson .
 The team completed a successful season with three individuals reaching the finals at the State Tournament. Junior, Samara Benza, reached Semifinals in Declamation. Sophomore, Laura Parsons, in Declamation and Senior, Morgan Spehar, in Informative Speaking made it to the Quarterfinal round. 


CENTER STAGE SPRING MUSICAL
Kenston Center Stage is pleased to present The Addams Family on Friday, April 13, Saturday, April 14 at 7pm; and Sunday, April 15 at 2pm in the Kenston High School Auditorium. 

The Addams Family is a musical comedy with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and the book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. The show is based upon The Addams Family characters created by Charles Addams in his single-panel gag cartoons, which depict a ghoulish American family with an affinity for all things macabre.

The Addams Family features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done
before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.
All tickets are reserved and cost $14 Mezzanine, $12 Floor and $10 Balcony/Student seats. 

Tickets are available for purchase HERE
BOMBER BASH MAKES A DIFFERENCE
Kenston High School students were honored to present a $5,000 donation to “A-Kid-Again”, a foundation that raises money to give to kids who did not get the opportunity to have a normal childhood due to hospitalization. The funds were raised through the Kenston High School Bomber Bash, a 12-hour fundraising event that took place this November.
TIMMONS ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
Third graders at Timmons Elementary School participated in their Annual International Festival. They researched a country and shared their knowledge, cuisine, and dressed in costume for their family and friends. This is a culmination of five weeks of study, incorporating Social Studies Map Skills, ELA Nonfiction Reading Skills and Strategies, Research Skills and Methods, and Technology.
CUTE AS A BUG
Timmons Elementary School 1st graders created a “buzz” with their musical program “Bugz.” Ladybugs, army ants, butterflies, praying mantis, fireflies, a grub and even a stink bug entertained family and friends with music, art, original poems and a message of community that aligns with our message of Peaceful Environment at Kenston (PEAK).
SPEAKER EVENT:
KEEPING KIDS SAFE IN A DIGITAL WORLD
Kenston Middle School PTO presents Jesse Weinberger, nationally recognized Internet Safety presenter and  author , on Tuesday, March 20, KHS, Lee Auditorium at 7pm . This presentation is relevant to all parents of Kindergarten through college-aged children. Learn about understanding social media, media literacy, cyberbullying, sexting, and sexual predators.  This is an adult presentation, please do not bring children.
D.A.R.E GRADUATION
D.A.R.E. officer, Geauga County Sheriff Deputy Roy Lundstrom joined District officials, Sheriff Scott Hildenbrand and BPD Chief Jon Bokovitz to congratulate fifth graders during their Drug Alcohol Resistance Education graduation ceremony. Municipal Court Judge Terri Stupica spoke to students about the importance of their choices and decisions.

We appreciate the on going support of Auburn and Bainbridge township trustees and the Geauga County Sheriff’s Department to make Kenston’s D.A.R.E. program possible as part of the district’s PEAK (Peaceful Environment at Kenston) initiative.
CHAGRIN VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE STUDENT BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR
Congratulations to Kenston Senior, Angela Kotara, for receiving the Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce Student Business Leader of the year award for her exceptional academics, leadership, activities, employment and community service.
KHS WINTER ATHLETIC SHOUT-OUTS
160lb. wrestler, junior Joe Koplow, qualified for the Division 1 OHSAA State Wrestling Tournament by placing 4th at Hoover Districts on March 3.
Girls Basketball defeated North High School on Thursday, March 1, at the Division 1 Perry District final. A heart wrenching 45-37 loss to Massillon Jackson in the Regional Semifinal ended their season.
Kenston diver, sophomore Mary O'Neill, placed 10th with a score of 434.75 at the Division 1 State meet in Canton on February 22.
New school records from the Division 1 State Indoor Track meet: Elyse Myles, Rhianna Patrick, Izzy Gabram, Megan Randall in 4x200; Jakob McConnell in 3200
KHS WINTER ATHLETIC WRAP-UPS
  • Boys Bowling – The Boys Bowling team finished in 5th place in the Lake Geauga Conference.
  • Girls Bowling – The Girl's Bowling team won the Lake Geauga Conference, Alex Drsek won the Sectional Championship.
  • Gymnastics – The Gymnastics team took 2nd place in the WRC.
  • Boys Swimming and Diving – two divers, one swimmer district qualifier, they took 6th place in the WRC.
  • Girls Swimming and Diving – They took 3rd place in WRC. Two divers and seven swimmer qualifiers, Mary O’Neil took 10th at the State Meet in diving.
  • Hockey – The Hockey Team ended the season with a 26-8-1 record, several players in the top 10 in area scoring, multiple all-division performers, one win in the playoffs before losing to Walsh Jesuit; received Lake Erie Monsters HS team of the year and a $1,000 check.
  • Boys Basketball – The Basketball team carried a 15-9 record, took 4th place in WRC, and won 1 playoff game before losing to Cleveland Central Catholic.
  • Girls Basketball – The Girls Basketball team had a record of 18-7, taking 2nd place in the WRC. They were District Champions, Sweet 16, and the season came to an end at the Regional Semi-final against Massilon Jackson.
  • Wrestling – The Wrestling team had seven (7) district qualifiers, one (1) state qualifier Joe Koplow.
  • Indoor Track - The Indoor Track team took 18 state qualifiers to the Division 1 State Championships.

Congratulations to Hockey coach, Tom Fritsche, GCHSHL Red Division Coach of the Year
KMS WINTER ATHLETIC SHOUT-OUTS
8th Grade Girl's Basketball - Western Reserve Conference Champions
KMS WINTER ATHLETIC WRAP-UPS

  • 8th Grade Boys Basketball - The 8th grade boys basketball team finished with a record of 13-4 and finished second in the WRC tournament.

  • 8th Grade Girls Basketball - The 8th Grade Girls Basketball Team capped off a wonderful season full of personal growth and achievement with a WRC Tournament Championship! 16-2 record.

  • 7th Grade Boys Basketball - The Boys 7th grade basketball finished the season with 7-8 record. The boys worked hard to improve their skills and teamwork.

  • 7th Grade Girls Basketball - The 7th grade girls team finished the season with a 17-1 record and a second place finish in the WRC Tournament.

  • Wrestling - The team finished with a record of 8-5. The Bombers finished a solid 4th place at the annual Western Reserve Conference Tournament. At the Middle School State Tournament, Kenston brought home three 7th place winners in 8th grader, Lucian Benz, and 7th graders, Ben DiMarco and Will Rottman.
MOTHER OF THE YEAR
Mrs. Allison Kure was named “Football Mom of the Year” by Northeast Ohio National Football Foundation. Mrs. Kure began her involvement with the Kenston Football Family a decade ago, when her sons started in the youth league. As they grew, so did her involvement. From team building activities and dinners to annual fundraising, Allison was always looking for ways to support the team and build community. Her legacy at Kenston, will be transforming the Kick-off Tailgate into a community tailgate and celebration not to be missed on Friday nights. The Kenston family congratulates her on this well-deserved recognition.  
BOMBER HANGAR
The Bomber Hangar is excited to be onsite at Kenston High School for a number of upcoming events! The retail store at KMS will be closed throughout March and will reopen on April 3, 2018.

Come in for NEW spring merchandise in March!

Monday, March 19-Tuesday March 20 @ Timmons Elementary School

Wednesday, March 21-Thursday, March 22 @ Kenston Intermediate School

Questions? Shelly McDonough, The Bomber Hangar Chairperson
Twitter: @Bomber_Hangar
Facebook: The Bomber Hangar
ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT
The Alumni Association would like to recognize, Lindsey (Nelson) Self, who was featured in the Fall 2017 Bowling Green State University Magazine. She presented a TEDx Talk on Unconscious Behaviors in Corporate Culture. She is a 2006 graduate of Kenston.

She is a global talent acquisition analyst at First Solar, and part-time evening student at Toledo Law. She is pursuing a JD degree with a focus on labor and employment law. She lives in Perrysburg with her husband, Brian, and two young children, Vivian and Connor.




Have alumni news? Share it with us at alumni@kenstonapps.org .
UPCOMING BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETINGS
Regular Meeting - Monday, March 19 - TES - 7pm
Board Work Session - Monday, April 30 - BOE - 6pm

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