Kenston School News

Rotary Senior

As the November Rotary Student of the Month, Ben Gurd has excelled in the classroom and on the athletic field. He is on track to graduate with Summa Cum Laude honors while earning AP Scholar designation, President’s Award for Academic Excellence, an Honors diploma, and Community Service recognition. He has also earned a departmental Art award. Athletically, he has served as Captain of the JV Soccer team and was named the coach’s “Unsung Hero” award and Scholar-Athlete recognition. He was the starting center-back of the Soccer team and
also competed in the premier league, Ambassadors Futbol Club, winning the under 17 Ohio State Cup in 2022.

Ben has been an active member of the KHS Bomber Bash “Lead Crew” developing leadership skills by planning, promoting, and fundraising for the annual events to raise money to benefit the Northeast Ohio Chapter of “A Kid Again.” In addition, Ben represented Kenston by attending the Medical Mutual Pillar Awards for Community Service, recognizing Bomber Bash. He is also a member of the National Honor Society and the Fishing and Spanish Clubs.

Ben continues his community service outside school by volunteering at Kenston Community Education summer basketball camps and as an active participant in the annual Kenston Soccer
“Food for Friends Food Drive.”  He also enjoys landscape painting and recently completed his first commission. In addition, he served as a Youth Ambassador with Sports Outreach International on a mission trip to rural Ometepec, Mexico building and installing a preschool playground and teaching English classes.  Ben plans to major in Biology/Pre-Med and minor in Studio Art/Painting.

Speech and Debate Update

The Speech and Debate team traveled to St. Ignatius High School for a tournament for thosecompeting in their first high school competition. Marin Carlson placed first in Declamation, and Olivia White placed second in Dramatic Interpretation. Garrett Boyette and Daniel Wilson competed in Public Forum Debate, arguing over whether the United States’ strategy of Great
Power Competition is beneficial or harmful. Ella Jewell came in seventh place in Lincoln-Douglas Debate with a 3-1 record, competing at a varsity tournament held at JFK Warren.
The team came in fourth place at Edison High School during the first varsity tournament of the year! Eden Truax was the tournament champion in Declamation, while Ella Jewell was the
tournament champion in Lincoln Douglas Debate. Placing second were Maddy Foerster in Informative Speaking and Addie Altmann in Humorous Interpretation. Marin Carlson placed third in Declamation, and Brett King placed eighth in Lincoln-Douglas Debate.

Meteorologists in the making!


Seventh grader Riley O’Hare used evidence from experimentation and observation to predict the weather. They used data gathered with handmade anemometers and barometers to make
their predictions.


Ohio High School Mathematics Invitational Olympiad

Seniors Walker Glime and Sam Koltas qualified and competing in the Ohio High School Mathematics Invitational Olympiad. They were selected to compete in this elite Math competition based on their superior scores on the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics qualifying exam. They spent the day at Capital University competing against the best of the best, with the top 107 high school mathematicians in attendance. Walker placed 58th, and Sam was 77th in the state competition.


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