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Kenston to honor service members

The Kenston Alumni Association, in partnership with the district, created the Military Wall of Honor, which was unveiled on Veterans Day 2018. The district continues to add graduates as their information is submitted.

Kenston schools stated that they are proud of their “brave and selfless service members” who graduated from within the district, and they wish to recognize their service with a program entitled the “Kenston School District Military Hall of Honor.”

Kenston asks community members to submit information to honor graduates and/or employees who are active and veteran U.S. Armed Forces members. Search Military Wall of Honor at kenstonlocal.org to complete an application.

KCS presents spelling bee musical

Kenston Center Stage will present a socially distanced version of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” musical on Nov. 19, 20 and 21 with performances at 7 p.m. and a 2 p.m. with Saturday matinee on Nov. 19. This production will feature two alternating casts.

An eclectic group of six area champion spellers vie for the coveted trophy that is to be awarded to the winner of the Putnam County Spelling Bee. Six spellers enter, one speller will emerge victorious. Seating will be very limited for this production and will be available for purchase beginning Oct. 27.

Kenston receives financial excellence

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) awarded the Certificate of Achievement to the Kenston Local School District for excellence in financial reporting for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019. The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to communicate its financial story. This certificate is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting. The CAFR is posted on the district webpage, kenstonlocal.org.

National Honor Society inductions

Twenty-three Kenston High School students were inducted into the National Honor Society. Each student had to demonstrate the qualities of scholarship, character, leadership and service. 

Inductees include: Dominic Alandt, Luci Blazek, Madeleine Blazey, Audrey Cowan, Isabel Czernicki, Rachel Fender, Lillian Forney, Presley Gabram, Gwen Gembarski, Leah Jarmolowicz, Bennett Ives, Jennifer Kapcio, Kathryn Klotz, Nya Ku, Elena Lioudis, Kaitlyn McFadden, Matthew Pierce, Emma Salem, Hayley Sharp, Hannah Sharp, Samantha Stefancin, Avery Steinberg and Elizabeth Wolf.

Seniors named rotary students

Delaney Bochenek was selected as Kenston’s Chagrin Valley Rotary Club Student of the Month in September. Her high school experience has focused on her love of academics, specifically mathematics. She carries a 4.364 GPA, earning High Honor Roll (4.0-5.0) recognition every quarter in high school. Delaney earned the honor of National Merit Commended Scholar. She has earned academic awards in American history, AP government, business law, calculus, honors algebra, honors geometry, spanish and modern world history.

Maxwell Vollrath was selected as Kenston’s Chagrin Valley Rotary Club Student of the Month in October. He carries a 4.431 GPA along with the President’s Award for Academic Excellence. Max has received academic departmental awards in AP psychology and two levels of Spanish as well as AP Scholar and Student of the Month honors.

Delaney's love of dance began as a 3-year-old and has not stopped. She uses dance to express herself with her favorite style being contemporary and enjoying lyrical, ballet, jazz and tap. Her other passion is math; currently, she is taking college-level calculus.

Delaney is a four-year member of Kenston's Speech and Debate Team, participating in the Lincoln Douglas Debate. She served as debate captain, and this year she was elected as vice president. 

She received the National Speech & Debate Association Honor Society Special Distinction award. A varsity letter winner in Speech and Debate and band, Delaney was also an active member of the Bomber Bash Lead Crew fundraiser for "A Kid Again."  

Delaney plans to attend college and major in mechanical engineering or mathematics on a pre-med track.

Athletically, Max is a three-year varsity letter recipient in bowling. Excelling as a bowler, Max has earned All-Conference honors, District Qualifier, Western Reserve Conference Bowler of the Year, The News Herald Bowler of the Week, WRC Scholar Athlete and twice Bowling High Game. Max is currently captain of the bowling team. In addition to sports, he is a member of the Spanish Club, National Honor Society, Political Action Committee of Kenston (PACK) and Young America's Foundation.

As a junior and senior, Max served as a peer mentor for incoming freshmen as a Kenston Connect member. He also tutors math at Kenston Academy.

Outside of school, Max volunteers as a tutor and mentor at the Chagrin Falls Park Community Center. He is also politically active working on Dave Joyce's campaign for Congress and Jerry Cirino's campaign for State Senate. On the weekends, he works at Bell and Flower.

Max is currently applying to colleges and universities. He is interested in majoring in economics, management or finance with a minor in statistics. 

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