Kenston High School Class of 2021
On Tuesday, May 25, the Kenston High School Class of 2021 celebrated their graduation at Bomber Stadium, turning their tassels, throwing the mortar board and stepping into the future.
Kenston Schools bid a heartfelt farewell to 11 employees retiring this school year. Our retirees has collectively served the district for over 250 years! We are grateful for their dedication to students, parents, staff and community. Retiring this year are: Dale Ausperk, Bus Driver – 16 years of service; Joe Belsan, Lead Mechanic – 8 years of service; Pat Brockway, KMS Principal/Curriculum Coordinator for Virtual Learning (January) – 21 years of service; Ronnie “Mr. C” Continenza, KHS Business/Web Design teacher -25 years of service; Jackie England, KIS Administrative Assistant – 23 years of service; Lynn Fagerholm, KMS Science teacher – 37 years of service; Christine Ganoe, KHS Consumer Science teacher – 18 years of service; Chris Maistros, TES Physical Education teacher – 27 years of service; Rita Pressman, Special Education Director (Grades 6-12) – 22 years of service; Suzanne Skoczen, KMS Educational Aide – 20 years of service; and Linda Sliwinski, KMS Administrative Assistant – 33 years of service.
Presidential Education Awards
The President’s Education Awards Program was founded in 1983 on behalf of the President of the United States and the United States Secretary of Education. The purpose of the program is to recognize and honor U.S. students in elementary, middle, and high school. The program has provided individual recognition from the President of the United States and the Secretary of Education to those students whose outstanding efforts have enabled them to meet challenging standards of excellence. To receive the President’s Award for Educational Excellence at Kenston High School, students must meet a minimum unweighted grade point average of 3.5 while committing to a minimum number of community service hours per grade level.
Each year thousands of students are deserving of this recognition in the United States. For the 2021-2022 school year, Kenston High School recognizes over 130 students. Seniors honored were Paige Belew, Caitlyn Bing, Delaney Bochenek, Brooke Bower, Alexa Busby, Henry Cregar, Summer Davidson, Emily Donovan, Margaret Eibler, Hannah Fender, Brennan Fisher, Nathaniel Gaskins, Layla Gilbert, Sean Gurd, Lynae Hairston, Kathryn Haynes, Samantha Henrikson, Emma Hershberger, Molly Hubert, Emily Jernejcic, Stephen Kale, Grace Kimpton, Jessica Kirschman, Maegen Manning, Colin Mast, Carter McAbier, Maris McKnight, Nyla Morrison, Gillian Oakes, Chloe Peiffer, Michael Persichetti, Morgan Polcar, Halle Preneta, Kyle Quinlan, Grace Roberts, Nathan Spencer, Ethan Thorne, Sarah Toth, Colin Varga, Maria Vincenti, Maxwell Vollrath, Philip Voudris, Andrew Watts, Adler Weber, Rachel Weber, Amelia Witmer-Rich and Elizabeth Wolf. Juniors recognized with the Presidential Award were Rachel Adams, Dominic Alandt, Alec Barrett, Alexander Bayus, Madeleine Blazey, Valerie Brown, Kelsi Currington, Isabel Czernicki, Jacob Eastburn, Alexandra Ensign, Rachel Fender, Lillian Forney, Clayton Foster, Presley Gabram, Gwen Gembarski, Micah Greenberg, Kathryn Hutchison, Jennifer Kapcio, Kathryn Klotz, Nicholas Korenowski, Nya Ku, Julia Lechak, Elena Lioudis, Ronja Markoff, Kaitlyn McFadden, Rourke McGrath, Lily Peters, Ryan Peters, Matthew Pierce, Zachary Pijor, William Pollack, Claire Roch, Emma Salem, Hannah Sharp, Hayley Sharp, Samantha Stefancin, Allyson Vickers, Ella Wenger, Miranda Wood, Madeline Worsdall, Maximus Yost and Michael Yost. Sophomores honored were with this award Ava Arslanian, Caroline Beeman, Hanna Busby, Victor Como, Anne Costello, Jailyn Davidson, Laura Decroos, Mara DuBay, Benjamin Gurd, Benjamin Hamilton, Maria Insana, Gianna Iosue, Jack Jaeger, Samuel Koltas, Emily Kratzert, Trent Krueger, Jordyn Ladd, Brooke Pagon, Emma Parker, Robert Phillips, Madeline Ramsey, Quinn Rinke, Paige Spicuzza, Viktoriya Taran and Eden Truax. Freshman honored with the Presidential Awards were Sophia Alandt, Alexis Black, Emily Collier, Brooke Davidson, Emerson Greene, Caroline Gruver, Alexa Hebert, Ava Intelisano, Troy Krahe, Rachel Lechak, Tegan Lewis, Christian Lioudis, Lisa Markoff, Devan McCabe, Erin McFadden, Kyle McMahan, Seaenna Morton, Emily Phillips, Madelyn Pleune, Samantha Sunderhaft, Sean Tobin and Charlotte Witmer-Rich.
Fulbright Scholar Program
For the third time, Kenston is pleased to be part of The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Media Literacy Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. This program focuses on global education and provides teachers with an opportunity to increase their expertise and knowledge of media literacy. The Fellows from all over the world come to the U.S. to learn and take valuable information about media literacy back to their own countries and classrooms. Kent State University is a host university in the program. The locally placed Fellows are involved in seminars within Kent State University and in cultural experiences around the Kent campus. They are assigned to approximately five different partner districts in the area, including Kenston. In these assignments, they also have the opportunity to learn about U.S. classroom environments and instruct alongside U.S. teachers. We hosted English teacher Aytan Musayeva from Azerbaijan and Ausra Skeivyte from Lithuania who teaches English and Theater.
122nd Army Band to perform at Kenston
Kenston Schools is pleased to host the Ohio Army National Guard’s 122nd Army Band, Ohio’s premier military music ensemble. They will perform at FREE concert in the Kenston High School, Auditorium, 9500 Bainbridge Road, Chagrin Falls on Monday, June 28th at 7pm.
The Summer 2021 Tour title Sea to Shining Sea! It will focus on the beautiful musical melting pot of America.
Since 1944, the Ohio National Guard’s 122nd Army Band has been a staple of the musical tradition of the United States military in Ohio. Members from every corner of the state and beyond are charged with carrying out the mission of increasing troop morale and maintaining the vital link between the public and the Ohio Army National Guard. The 122nd performs in dozens of concerts, ceremonies and other functions each year.
Band members spend a significant amount of time during the year preparing a summer performance schedule, all while only assembling as a unit for one weekend a month and for two weeks in the summer. Yet, the band still performs a repertoire that allows the audience to hear the full breath of talent of the 122nd’s members in a concert setting. A full list of the band’s upcoming performances can be found on the band’s website at www.122ndarmyband.com.