U.S. News and World Report's recently released 2014 Best High Schools rankings reveal that multiple area schools have made the cut.
Kenston High, which serves students in Auburn and Bainbridge townships, ranked 38th among 832 schools in Ohio. Nationally, it ranked 857th out of more than 19,000 eligible schools. Kenston High also received silver medal status, an honor bestowed to only 8.6 percent of schools nationally.
Superintendent Robert Lee is proud of the district's accomplishment.
"The high school is set up to meet the needs of the community, which is a college-bound student body, and we do offer quite a few AP classes," he said. "But it's also a reminder that there's another part — that we strive to meet the needs of all of our students, whether college-bound or not."
Two Kenston High School artists have had three pieces of art selected for exhibit at the 2014 Ohio Governors Youth Art Exhibition in Columbus now through May 15. John Kluchar and Andrew Most will have their art displayed in the Rhodes Office Tower in Columbus.
Other students with artwork recognized with regional awards were: Matthew Ballard, Brady Burns, Alec Cheravitch, Lexi Hadar, Ellie Horn, Hannah Johnson, Caroline Kiley, John Kluchar, Lauren Martin, Andrew Most and Lauren Zucker. High School art teachers are Liz Bibza, Todd Malkus and Andie Quinn.
This Tuesday, April 8th, 2014, the Political Action Committee of Kenston, or PACK for short, had an amazing field trip opportunity. PACK gives students, who have an interest in politics, an oppurtunity to talk about current events and all kinds of government news amongst their peers. Mrs. Smith, a history teacher at Kenston, runs the club and is very involved in helping her students get the best information and have real experience in the political world. The students involved in PACK traveled to the WVIZ studio in Cleveland for a great chance to interview Bob Woodward. Bob Woodward is mostly known for breaking the Watergate story to the public.
Thank you for voting in the Follett Challenge! We ended up in Second Place and will receive $5,000.
Autism is a disorder that will affect 1 out of every 68 children in the United States. In order to spread awareness of Autism, the club C.E.C celebrated "Light it Up Blue" on April 2nd. Students within the club wore blue, the color that is represents autism, in order to spread awareness throughout our school. Light it Up Blue is not specific to our school, but rather a world wide day to spread awareness of this disorder that affects so many. Abby Hamilton, a member of C.E.C, said, "Light it Up Blue is the International Autism Awareness Day! It is great that C.E.C is bringing it to Kenston so we can show how we support Autism awareness!" The members of the club are taking the steps needed to help others around our community become more aware of Autism as well as general acceptance of all people. April is Autism Awareness month, so it is a great chance to learn more about the disorder if you do not have much knowledge on it! Watch the video below to see the impact of Light It Up Blue throughout the whole world.
For the musical production this year, Kenston Center Stage is proud to present Guys and Dolls. This musical is being put on by many talented students here at Kenston High School, who are all extremely excited to be performing this classic 1950s Broadway musical. Paige Lewis, a senior and cast member, said, "It has been great getting to know talented new faces as well as reconnecting with old friends. Everyone has been working very hard and anyone in attendance is guaranteed to leave smiling." The production will take place in the Kenston High School Auditorium Friday and Saturday, April 4th and 5th at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 6th at 2 p.m.
The Kenston High School literary magazine, Janus, was honored with a rank of "Excellent" in the 2013 National College of Teachers of English Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines. Over 370 schools entered the 2013 program and only twelve schools from Ohio received recognition. Student Editors of the 2013 edition were Claire Abourjeily, Lindsay Cook, Bob Craig, Halle D'Amico, Cara Fagerholm, Patrick Giebner, Brigitte Kolibab, Maggie Lowman, Cameron Lynch, Andrew Most and Bridget Wilberg. Mr. Tony Marchesi was the Faculty Advisor. Kenston senior Annie Randall said "It's really cool to see your peers literal and artistic talent."
Read the 2013 JANUS Magazine.
The Kenston High School website is pleased to welcome Skala Nationwide Insurance as our newest sponsor. Kim Skala, a 1992 graduate, is a Nationwide Heritage Agent and her father was an agent before her, whom was also a Kenston graduate. She has two daughters and plans to move closer to Bainbridge sometime soon.
On March 26, the annual Kenston Blood Drive was held in the auxiliary gymnasium where many students willingly donated blood. The students that donated, all together, helped 351 people. All of the students had smiles on their faces as they walked in which made for a positive environment. It felt like a blast from the past as childhood stories were being read as a distraction to those donating blood. More than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day and everyone that donated yesterday truly made a difference. Senior, Ellie Brichmann, said, "It feels great knowing that I helped save someone's life by just donating some of my blood! Giving blood rocks!"
Attention Kenston: Want to win an ice cream party for your entire grade? How about a pizza party for your homeroom? Donate to Pennies for Patients starting next Monday, March 31st and the winning grade level will get out of homeroom for an ice cream party. Donation boxes can be found in your homeroom or in the cafe during lunch. Also, the individual homeroom with the top donations overall will win a pizza party even if your grade is slacking. All pennies, silver, and cash donations now go towards your grade or homeroom total, so don't just stick to pennies. Raise as much money as you can to win! 100% of donations go straight to leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Every penny counts!
Parents you can donate online - put your child's homeroom teacher's name on the donation page, so your child gets credit for it!
The dance team dominated the Nationals Competition on Sunday, March 9th, winning first place in their pom and kick routines, and taking home the title of Grand Champion. Led by senior team captains Leah Grcevich, Katherine Gross and Nicolette Severino, the dance team took home this great honor along with two electric guitars as their trophies, medals, a national banner, and National first place sweatshirts and Grand champion jackets. Congratulations to Coach Werner for her 8th consecutive win of the national title. “After sitting through an 8 hour competition and seeing the girls perform two perfect routines, it was great to see their hard work pay off when they won grand champion.” Said Rudy Rozsnyai, who was in attendance. Congratulations to the girls: Danielle Apple, Macie Biermann, Jenna Blackburn, Breanna Bodak, Amelia Chandler, Victoria Clawson, Mira Grcevich, Gabrielle Groff, Hayley Harris, Lauren Parker, Maria Severino, Monaya Stanley, Taylor Tucholski, LaJoy Williams and Graycen Wood.
The Showcase is a single-night event featuring Kenston’s most entertaining students in a competition to find a champion. Students will perform in the auditorium for a faculty panel, but it is ultimately the audience in attendance that will crown the victor by popular vote. Think you have what it takes? Sign up for your audition spot online or during lunch March 18-21. Auditions for The Showcase will take place March 25, 26, and 27.