Ashley Bailey has immersed herself in Auburn Township history.
"A time capsule" is how the Kenston High School junior describes her volunteer job at the Auburn Museum where she has been emptying boxes of material and organizing historical items on walls and in display cases in preparation for Memorial Day.
"It's literally a scrapbook of Auburn," said Ashley, 17. "There are so many interesting things."
Ashley Bailey has immersed herself in Auburn Township history. "A time capsule" is how the Kenston High School junior describes her volunteer job at the Auburn Museum where she has been emptying boxes of material and organizing historical items on walls and in display cases in preparation for Memorial Day. "It's literally a scrapbook of Auburn," said Ashley, 17. "There are so many interesting things."
This is the time of year just about everyone looks forward to around greater Chagrin Falls including longtime area resident Jeff Hoefler. The flowers are blooming, summer is beginning, and current and former residents are excited aboutthe annual Blossom Time Festival.
"I remember as a kid being so excited when it was getting close and closer, you knew it was going to be a good time," said Mr. Hoefler, a member of the Chagrin Valley Jaycees since 1985.
Super Heroes is the theme of the 59th edition of the Jaycees sponsored Blossom Time fest which starts at 5:30 tonight (Thursday) with an opening ceremony and the crowning of the queen and her court in Riverside Park.
Mr. Hoefler, a Kenston High School grad, admits that setting up for the carnival is one of his favorite parts. "The trucks start pulling in, the tents are going up. It's just fun to watch the whole thing come together."
Relay for Life is coming up on May 30th! This is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. It will be held at the Kenston track from 12pm until 12am. Members of each team take turns walking around the track. There will be games and activities to provide entertainment. Junior Bridget Lucey said, "This is my first time participating in Relay for Life and I can’t wait!" Please come and support this wonderful cause!
"Be the change you wish to see in the world," is one of Kenston High School special education teacher Amanda Englehart's favorite slogans.
"I always preach, they are the change," said Ms. Englehart, who has taught special education at Kenston for nine years. "They are changing the world, one student at a time."
She referred to the typical students who work with the students with special needs. Ms. Englehart created a curriculum for a semester-long class that puts typical-learning students together with students with special needs. Ms. Englehart wrote the curriculum for the elective course and it is unique to Kenston High School.
Kenston's very own senior, Corban Joyce, was awarded with the Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award on his essay discussing his short and long term goals. One student is selected from each of Ohio's 88 counties to receive this award. Corban is the representative for Geauga County. Corban is the second Kenston student, following Jacob Enders, to be a recipient of this award making this year the second consecutive year for a Kenston student to earn this accomplishment. Cooper Nash said, "That is so awesome for him to have been selected! I am very proud of him." Not only was his essay impressive, but his accomplishments as a student is as well. At the top of a class of 259 students, Corban excels taking on AP courses, as Co-President of the senior class, Co-Vice President of the French club, a member of National Honor Society, and he has received a handful of academic course awards lettering academically. He is also a member of the math and trivia club. In addition to all of his school involvement, he has participated on the track, lacrosse, and soccer teams. He has received many awards through soccer including 2nd team of the Chagrin Valley Conference, All- Greater Cleveland Honorable Mention, and a nominee for NSCAA All-American Academic to name a few. Corban's accomplishments both academically and through extracurricular activities make him quite the well rounded student. Caroline Kiley said, "Corban is the smartest guy I know. He is truly going to go great places."
Related: Read Corban's Essay
The Kenston Local School District has kept its hat on its head and out of its hand for the past 10 years, but school officials are reaching out to the voters for more funding with Issue 2 in the primary election on May 5.
The single-ballot issue is for a combined 4-mill additional tax levy for operating expenses and a 0.7-mill bond issue that would generate $10 million to pay for capital improvements, with a 32-year maximum maturity.
Kenston last passed an operating levy in February 2005. It was projected to last until 2009, but school officials stretched those dollars through staff attrition, negotiated savings, reduced building budgets and the closing of Gardiner Early Learning Center.
Kenston High School made Washington Post's Most Challenging Schools in America list! "The Washington Post list of America's Most Challenging High Schools included more than 40 Ohio schools and 13 from Northeast Ohio. The newspaper vetted 22,000 public high schools while compiling the list: only 11 percent made the cut. The Post totaled the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education test taken at each school and divided that number by the number of graduating seniors to compute the rankings," (Cleveland.com). Out of 2332 schools that were ranked Kenston made spot number 1142! Visit Cleveland.com for their article. Visit Washingtonpost.com to see their list.
Last weekend (April 17-19th) Kenston Center Stage put on one of the biggest performances that this school has ever seen. Both the Friday and Saturday evening performances were completely sold out, and the Sunday afternoon performance was just two rows shy of a full house. The cast, crew, and orchestra pit received a standing ovation all three nights from an incredibly enthusiastic and high-energy audience of people ranging from the very young, to the no longer young. Senior Kate Blackburn said, "We pulled off one of the hardest and most impressive shows yet. I am so proud of everyone, and all of us did a fantastic job!" To add to the show's monumental success, the revenue amounts and profits far exceeded the projections, making this one of the best and most rewarding shows to be performed by KCS on many levels.
Related: View Mary Poppins Photo Sets
This past spring break the Kenston Band and Chorus had the incredible opportunity to visit New York City. The group however met with unfortunate setbacks, as the bus broke down between Pennsylvania and New York. All students and adults had to wait for approximately four hours before the trip could resume. Nevertheless, the trip was an all-around success. The trip provided opportunities for the group that has forever been embedded into their memory. An unforgettable performance of Phantom of the Opera, a music workshop, a view from the top of the Rockefeller Building, a visit the Statue of Liberty and much more mesmerized the Kenston students. It's only a matter of time before the Music students embark on another trip.