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First-grader Ila Petche joined her classmates in creating valentines for a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) “Honored Hero” as part of the school’s Valentine’s Day service learning project. Celebrating the PEAK trait of compassion, Timmons Elementary School is participating in the LLS Pennies for Patients campaign.

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CAFR and audit report released

Auditor of State Keith Faber released Kenston’s Audit Report of the 2020 fiscal year. He issued an unmodified opinion on the district’s financial statements, extending the district’s history of clean audits. This is the highest level of audit opinion. The report also states that Kenston had no material weaknesses, significant deficiencies or areas of non-compliance. The district also received a clean opinion overall on its system of internal controls.

Each year the State Auditor will also issue recommendations to their clients on areas that could be improved. Treasurer Paul Pestello said the district has successfully implemented recommendations issued in prior years. The Kenston Fiscal Office continues to examine their financial procedures to ensure that they are in compliance with state law and deliver the highest quality of service to staff, students and the Kenston community. The 2020 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report is available at www.kenstonlocal.org.

Mock Trial designations

Several students received awards for district-level mock trial competitions. Samantha Stephens, Kylie Moore, Victor Como and Maggie Eibler each earned the designation of Best Attorney. Alexa Hebert, Madeline Worsdall and Maggie Eibler each earned the designation of Best Witness.

Rotary selects student of month

The Chagrin Valley Rotary Club selected Kenston High School senior Hannah Fender as February Student of the Month.

Hannah maintains a 4.468 GPA. In 2017, she received recognition as the Ohio Middle Level Association Female Student of the Year. She has earned an academic letter receiving class level honors in Science, English and Spanish. She also received her seal of biliteracy in Spanish.

Hannah has played both soccer and softball throughout high school. She lettered in softball as a freshman and was named captain of the JV soccer team for two years.

She is also involved in Kenston Center Stage and works on plays, musicals and middle school productions, utilizing her talents on the soundboard and backstage. She is an active member of the National Honor Society and participated in the Speech and Debate team.

Hannah is involved in her church, participating in youth group activities and planning retreats outside of school. She is also part of the Students for Life Committee.

Hannah is undecided about the college she will attend, but she plans to major in psychology to become a child psychologist and eventually a motivational speaker.

KMS recognizes students

Kenston Middle School recognized their Students of the Month for January as well as their Students of the Quarter.

Students of the Month include: sixth-graders Adam Barr, Keira El-Hayek, Luke Jewell and Lauren Schafer; seventh-graders Keira Caprette, Cullen Fehring, Anthony Giancola and Morgan Myers; and eighth-graders Ben Axelrod, Addilyn Brudno, Rocco DeLuca and Sadie Poudevigne.

Students of the Quarter include: sixth-graders Peter Ludwig and Katherine Tobin, seventh-graders Callen Buchanan and Shriya Selvan and eighth-graders Justin Cloud and Campbell Schmoldt.

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