KMS receives Purple Star Award
Kenston Middle School has been named a 2020 Purple Star designee for their outstanding
commitment to serving military-connected students and families. The Ohio Department of
Education Purple Star designation recognizes schools that meet important criteria to help and
support military families as they transition between school settings and ensure that their unique
social, emotional and academic needs are met.
We are proud to have KMS recognized with only 197 other schools across the state.
Attitude and Perseverance
Mr. Austin Hatch has a story to tell. It is one of strength, tenacity, perseverance and courage
that resonated with Kenston’s middle and high school students. Mr. Hatch is a two-time plane
crash survivor and former University of Michigan basketball player. His inspiring message of GRIT, growth mindset, resilience, integrity and team are the foundation of his ideals. Mr. Hatch is pictured with students that wanted to share how his message personally impacted each of them. Kenston PTO sponsored this program.
Retired NASA scientist and member of the American Society of Materials, Mr. Tom Glasgow shared his wisdom and love of science with 7th graders in Mrs. Lynn Fagerholm’s classes.
Mock Trial Updates
Kenston’s two Mock Trial Teams competed at Districts in Painesville where they argued the
extent to which a school principal may restrict a student’s First Amendment freedom of speech
rights. Chloé Peiffer, Laura Parsons and Madalyn Blackford were each named the “Best
Attorney” in their trials. Victor Como, Margaret Eibler and Jackson Strauss were each named
“Best Witness” in their trials. Kenston defeated Perry High School and Andrews Osborne
Academy but were eliminated by Lake Catholic from advancing to Regionals. Also competing at
Districts were Dominic Alandt, Elizabeth Bryan, Nathan Gaskins, Weston Gaskins, Frank
Hegedus, Ciani McKinney, Nicole Price, Chase Tuller, and Madeline Worsdall. The team was
coached by attorneys Mrs. Jennifer Troutman, Ms. Meg Pauken and Mr. Steve Voudris.
Speech and Debate
The Kenston High School Speech and Debate team competed at Hathaway Brown and John
Carroll University, placing sixth as a team. Individually, Laura Parsons placed third in United
States Extemporaneous Speaking. Samantha Stephens and Ryann Greulich placed fourth in
their respective chambers in Congressional Debate. Cadence Matty placed fourth in
Declamation, Skylar Cinch placed sixth in Humorous Interpretation, and Valerie Brown placed
sixth in Original Oratory.
KIS January Students of the Month
Kenston Intermediate School is pleased to announce their Students of the Month for January.
Students selected for Student of the Month “Self Control” honors were fourth graders, Matthew
Collins, Grace England, Porter Fontana, Gracie Fouse, Charlie Lewis, Lyla Mulheman, Caden
Russell, Lauren Schafer, Jodi Sell and Anthony Soltis; and fifth graders, Avari Amstutz, Ralph
Asher, Lauren Bayus, Daunte’via Cable, Georgia Clark. Ally English, Ethan McClellan, William
Radefeld, Robert Sopis and Sam Westervelt.
KHS Students of the Month
Kenston High School is pleased to announce their Students of the Month for February. Students
selected for Student of the Month honors were ninth graders, Victor Como and Molly Spehar;
tenth graders, Joseph Drsek and Matthew Stirewalt; eleventh graders, Emma Lutz and Emily
Rolf; and twelfth graders, Jack Kosiorek and Amy Kotara.
Kindergarten Registration will be held on Tuesday, February 4 from 8-10:30am and 4:30-7 pm
at Timmons Elementary School. Please complete your registration online, by February 3, and
schedule an appointment to bring supporting documentation with you for copying (school will