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Three named semifinalists
Kenston students Okan Kardzhala, Jessica Kirschman and Garrett McConnell have been recognized in the 2021 College Board National Merit program as semifinalists. In the 66th annual contest, more than 1.5 million juniors in approximately 21,000 high schools entered by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT), with the top 16,000 scorers named semifinalists. Kenston’s semifinalists are now eligible to continue on in the competition to be named a finalist and receive one of more than 7,600 scholarships awarded in the spring.
Also, Kenston High School seniors, Delaney Bochenek, Spencer Koch, Nicolas Sanchez, Philip Voudris, Adler Weber, Amelia Witmer-Rich and Phillip Witmer-Rich were named National Merit Commended Scholars for placing among the top 5 percent of PSAT participants.
Stream athletics from home
Enjoy high school athletics from home by visiting kenstonlocal.org for the link to live stream football and soccer games. Volleyball games will continue to be streamed through the Kenston volleyball Twitter account, @Kenston_KBV.
Students elect class officers
Kenston High School Class Officers were elected by their peers. Representing the Freshman Class of 2024 are President Brett King, Vice President Jackson Beclay, Secretary Sophia Alandt and Treasurer Martin Weber. Representing the Sophomore Class of 2024 are President Chase Tuller, Vice President Robert Phillips, Secretary Nicholas Lai and Treasurer Samuel Koltas. Representing the Junior Class of 2022 are President Lily Peters, Vice President Ryan Peters, Secretary Dominic Alandt and Treasurer Max Yost. Representing the Senior Class of 2021 are President Layla Gilbert, Vice President Nathan Gaskins, Secretary Alexa Busby and Treasurer Adler Weber.
Hotline ensures safer schools
The Ohio Department of Education has partnered up with Ohio Homeland Security to offer all Ohio school districts a safe and secure tip line. The tip line can be anonymous, or callers have the option to leave contact information. Any threatening information or suspicious activity will be assessed by the Homeland Security team to determine the level of the threat. If it’s determined to be a high-level threat, they will communicate directly with local law enforcement and the school district.
Information that is only school related such as bullying, social media issues or other school related information will be routed directly to the school administrators to address. The Safer Schools Ohio tip/text line is 844-SAFEROH or 844-723-3764.
Timmons honors Lunch Bunch
Timmons Elementary School selected students for Lunch Bunch honors for the month of September, honoring students in kindergarten through third grade for their responsibility. A total of 33 students received this honor.
Kindergartners include: Braden Austin, Everett Bellan, Fionna Blanchard, Carrick Burnham, Liliana Calabrese, Everett Hess, Alexandra Perez, Michael Sebastiano and Sofiia Volokh.
First-graders include: Mia Eberly, Kayla Hanish, Jackson Heiman, Evren Ice, Luke Munn, Gage Scharfenberg, Reagan Schrickel and Lucas Taylor.
Second-graders include: were Sedrick Berkland, Blake Christopher, Hannah Draves, Hughes Latona, Evelyn Laupan, Alyssa Madsen and Harper Wilson.
Third-graders include: Kyla Caires, Sophia Coburn, Davis Fink, Ella Giglio, Elias Kanistros, Ella Pallotta, Kendric Shadwick, Matilda Stachiw and Elizabeth Worsdall.
District report cards available
The Ohio Department of Education released the 2020 District Report Cards; however, Ohio ordered school-building closure last spring and subsequent emergency legislation, House Bill 19, had a substantial impact on the Ohio School Report Cards for the 2019-2020 school year. Specifically, elimination of the spring state testing has resulted in no letter grades or rankings assigned to the 2020 District Report Card.
Some data within these components released can be used for review or planning purposes. Kenston’s 2020 data in the “Prepared for Success” and “Graduation” components indicate improvement in both areas from the 2019 data. This data includes: percentages of students who graduated from Kenston in four and five years and participation rates and scores in the SAT and the ACT; participation and scores in dual enrollment programs; data associated with industry credentialing and participation and scores in Advanced Placement courses.
Schools recognize Day of Peace
Kenston Local Schools recognized International Day of Peace on Sept. 21. International Peace Day, established in 1981 by a unanimous United Nations resolution, provides a globally shared date for all to commit to peace above all differences and contribute to building a culture of peace. This year’s theme for International Peace Day is “Shaping Peace Together.” Morning announcements were made in each building, explaining the history and meaning of International Peace Day, and each building incorporated different activities in classes for students to promote a peaceful environment in school, at home and in the community.
Kenston starts with ‘Hello’
In conjunction with the Sandy Hook Promise, Kenston students recognized “Start with Hello” week with building-based activities to promote connectedness and inclusion and to identify and help others showing signs of social isolation. On Sept. 23, students demonstrated “Random Acts of Kindness” within their school and community.