For the second time in four years, the Kenston High School Mock Trial team has qualified for Regionals. On February 19 and 20, the team comprised of Sophia Alandt, Victor Como, Maggie Eibler, Katelin McClure, Chase Tuller, Samantha Stephens and Madeline Worsdall will compete at Regionals. Jennifer Troutman and Stephan Voudris coach the team.
Nicholas Sanchez has been selected Kenston’s Chagrin Valley Rotary Club Student of the Month in January. He maintains a 4.436-grade point average. As a junior, he was recognized in Band and received the Director’s Award as Student of the Year. Nicolas is a National Merit Commended Scholar and Hispanic Scholar as well as an AP Scholar with Distinction. He will graduate in the Top 15 of his class.
Nicholas has taken pride in representing Kenston outside of the classroom. He is a four-year member of the Baseball and Speech and Debate teams. He has earned a leadership position in Marching Band as a section leader. In Jazz Band, he plays both the trumpet and lead guitar. He has served his community as a member of Kenston’s Bomber Bash Lead Crew to support A Kid Again.
Outside of school, Nicholas works as both a crew member at Jersey Mike’s Subs and a rental technician at Alpine Valley. He also runs a YouTube channel, which showcases his talents as a multi-instrumentalist by creating covers on classic songs. He plays, records and mixes every instrument to showcase his talents as both an artist and an engineer.
Nicholas is undecided about his college decision. He plans to attend a four-year university and major in Electrical Engineering and possibly minor in Music.
Speech and Debate Update
Kenston’s Speech and Debate team competed virtually at Laurel School and at Sylvania. For the second week in a row, sixth grader Grace Voudris went undefeated and was the tournament champion in Extemporaneous Debate. Charlie McBride placed third in Extemporaneous Debate with a three win and one loss record, and Marin Carlson placed fourth in Declamation. From the high school team, reaching semi-finals in Declamation was Eden Truax, while reaching double-octofinals in debate was Delaney Bochenek.
In the last regular season tournament of the season, Kenston High School’s Speech and Debate team took first place in the Small School Division at the Yellow Springs Tournament. Congratulations to Eden Truax who was the tournament champion in Declamation and to Micah Greenberg who placed third in Humorous Interpretation. Other team members competed at the Solon Tournament, where Maggie Eibler placed fifth in Program Oral Interpretation and Ella Jewell reached finals in Congressional Debate. Members of Kenston Middle School’s team also excelled taking second place at Yellow Springs in the Middle School Division and sixth place at Solon. Jillian Ragsdale was the tournament champion in Extemporaneous Debate with an undefeated four win and no loss record, where she debated topics such as whether zoos should be banned and whether the death penalty should be eliminated. Marin Carlson placed third in Declamation.
Timmons Elementary Timmons Lunch Bunch
Congratulations to Timmons Elementary School Students selected for Lunch Bunch honors in January. The following Kindergartners honored with Self-Control awards were Nora Cramer, Claire Gregg, Hannah Klar, Grace McBride, Katherine Moore, Bradford Reeder, Avery Risker, Logan Skully and Evelyn Speece. First graders honored were Aria Catania, Evelyn Chapman, Benjamin Cingcade, Conor Donovan, Benedetto Giancola, Piper Myers, Sloane Pharo and Evan Wawzenek. Second graders were Ari DeVogel, Declan Dwyer, Blake Grubich, Keegan Jones, Arden Keller, Charles Reeder and Calista Tatman. Third graders were Bailey Bisantz, Luka Curcic, Lucy DeFranco, Tyson Ehrenbeit, Jude Fassett, Beckett Ickes, Ashley Klak, Jameson McArdle and Joseph Schenkelberg.
Did you hear that?
Timmons Elementary School second grader, McKenzie Huff is making a little music. Additional Orff instruments, xylophones, glockenspiels, and metallophones, expanded the collection in music classes. Orff instruments contain removable bars that resonate to project a sound when they are hit with mallets.
Best Wishes, Mrs. Brockway!
Billy the Bomber made a special appearance to celebrate Mrs. Brockway’s retirement. After 25 years of service to the Kenston Schools, we celebrate Mrs. Pat Brockway’s retirement. Mrs. Brockway has been with the Kenston family since 1996, joining us as the Assistant Principal of the Middle School, then moving into the lead role of Principal in 1999. This year, she serves as the Virtual Online Curriculum Coordinator. She began her career in 1977 as a first grade teacher at St. Anselm School. She transitioned to an administrative role in 1983, where she served as Director of Middle School and Dean of Students at Gilmour Academy.
Her leadership, impact and influence will be felt throughout the district for many years to come! Mrs. Brockway, you will be dearly missed and are forever a Bomber!