Student-Athlete to Play Softball at Lebanon Valley College

Kennett High School Senior Samantha Weaver has signed her National Letter of Intent to play Division III softball at Lebanon Valley College. 

Samantha (sitting, middle) was surrounded by her parents Elizabeth and Jeff Weaver as well as (standing from left) Principal Dr. Jeremy Hritz, Pegasus coaches Andy and Shelly Fouracre, and athletic director Mr. Sean Harvey. group photo showing student athlete signing papers

A dedicated and hardworking player, Samantha has played softball since the age of nine and has had an outstanding athletic career. Not only has she played on Kennett High School’s varsity team, she plays year-round for the Pegasus Travel Team. Samantha has been named an All Ches-Mont League Player.

Off the softball diamond, Samantha is a member of the National Honor Society and participates in the Humanitarian Club and Students Against Destructive Decisions. She was a committee chair for Mini-THON for the past two years and has participated in Red Clay Clean-Ups. During the summer, Samantha is a camp counselor at Willowdale Chapel’s summer camp.

Samantha has been accepted into the six-year Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.

“I am excited to play for Lebanon Valley and to be a part of the physical therapy program,” Samantha says. “I’m looking forward to the fall and everything that is to come.”

Samantha is grateful to her family, friends, and coaches for their support in the classroom and on the softball diamond.

Congratulations, Samantha!

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KHS Junior Swims at PIAA State Championship Meet

Emils Jurcik, junior at Kennett High School, represented Kennett High School this spring at the PIAA State Swimming Championships which were held at Bucknell University. Emils placed 10th in the state in the 200 Individual Medley with a time of 1:52.86 and fifth for his impressive 500 Free Swim with a time of 4:30.03.Student swimming

Emils has been swimming competitively since he was six years old. Swimming offers both an individual component and a real team spirit which is what sets the sport apart for Emils.

“My proudest achievement in swimming is when I was about 12 years old,” says Emils. “There was one meet that I performed really well and improved my times significantly in all of my events. It was the meet where I realized that I could be a good swimmer and I’ve never forgotten it.”

In addition to juggling academics and swimming, Emils is also on the high school’s robotics team. Demon Robotics recently returned from the FIRST World Championships. In robotics, he assisted in the construction of the test field which allowed the team to test which parts of their creation worked well and which did not.

“My parents work hard to help me learn to balance my extracurricular activities and my academics,” says Emils. “I am learning to put academics first, but it was a tough thing to learn. There were many times when it felt difficult to think about studying after coming home from swim practice. But I am working hard and doing better at it.”

Looking forward towards life after Kennett High School, Emils is still thinking about options and looking at schools. However, there are three things that he knows for certain. “I want to major in mechanical engineering, be a member of the swim team, and be somewhere in the Northeast,” Emils says. “I enjoy building things, and testing what works and what doesn’t. That is why I want to become a mechanical engineer.”

Outside of school, Emils looks forward to attending a camp in the Catskills for two weeks every summer and spending time with his Latvian friends. He relaxes by playing video games, FaceTiming with his friends, and playing with his dog.

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Chester County Sports Hall of Fame Announces Inaugural Winners of Richard B. Yoder High School Scholar-Athlete Award

Kennett High School is proud to announce that senior Kerry Tomasetti (football and basketball) is one of two of the inaugural recipients of the Richard B. Yoder High School Scholar-Athlete Award. Kerry will receive a $1,000 scholarship for post-secondary education, will be listed on the Chester County Sports Hall of Fame (CCSHOF) website, and will receive honorary membership.

The award will be presented by former Eagles coach, Dick Vermeil, at the Yoder Awards ceremony on Saturday, June 3. Unionville High School senior Sophie Wilks (tennis) will also receive the award that evening.

The Chester County Sports Hall of Fame established the Yoder Award to recognize a graduating female and male Chester County scholar-athlete who demonstrated the traits that defined the life and legacy of Richard B. Yoder. Mr. Yoder was a lifelong resident of Chester County, and exemplified what it meant to be a scholar-athlete. He excelled in academics and athletics at West Chester High School and West Chester State College (West Chester University); served his country in the United States Marine Corps; became a professor and athletic director at his alma mater; was an active member in his church and numerous civic organizations; and, was a two-term mayor in the Borough of West Chester.

“My father would be humbled by having his name attached to recognizing Chester County’s outstanding scholar-athlete-leader,” commented Susan Yoder Schick, Richard Yoder’s daughter. “Both Sophie and Kerry are exceptional athletes and students, and both have exhibited leadership and community involvement impressive for their age. Dad would be bursting with pride.”

Student scholar athletes were nominated by their home school for the inaugural Yoder Award, which will now be presented annually by the CCSHOF.

Jerry Schneider, CCSHOF President, noted: “CCSHOF encourages excellence in academics, athletics and leadership. The Yoder Award is one way we can contribute to the community by recognizing and encouraging the best and the brightest among future generations of Chester County scholar-athletes. Dick would be very proud of these two young people.”

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Senior Parking Raffle

parking signMini-Thon will be raffling off one parking spot in Kennett High School’s Senior Lot for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year.

  • Tickets are $2 each or 3 tickets for $5.
  • Tickets will be sold at all lunches and can be purchased in Mr. Brientnall’s room (356).
  • The winner will be chosen and notified on June 9.
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Graduation Ticket Auction

Mini-Thon will be hosting a silent auction for four (4) front row seats (near the front) to this year’s 2016-17 Senior Graduation.Graduation Ticket

Bids can be made at https://m.24fundraiser.com/m/site/store/2203.

  • Please click on the “Auction” then choose the Graduation event.
  • You must login or register in order to make a bid.
  • Bids start at $25.00.
  • Please direct any questions to Mr. Brientnall (room 356).
  • Bidding closes June 7.
  • Graduation is Friday, June 9.
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3v3 Basketball Tournament Fundraiser “For The Kids”

Register TODAY for the Mini-Thon 3v3 Basketball Tournament!Mini-thon Basketball tournament

  • Friday, May 26 from 3-6 pm in the Reynolds Gym.
  • $3.oo charitable contribution will be collected at the door.
  • All are invited to come watch!
  • $15 to register your team of 3.
  • Teams can be made up of students or faculty.
  • Register your team by May 24.
  • Registration forms will be available in the Library, during lunches, and in Mr. Brientnall’s room (356)
  • See Mr. Brientnall (Room 356), Austin Maxwell, or Gemma Erickson for questions.
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The KHS Humanitarian Club Presents:

Somewhere Over The Rainbow

Please join the Humanitarian Club for their annual concert at Anson B Nixon Park on Friday, May 12th from 6 to 9 pm! All proceeds go to the Trevor Project Foundation.

Admission: $5.00 if purchased early and $7.00 at the event.

  • Live Music!
  • BBQ!
  • Fun games and much more!
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KHS Hosts Successful Multicultural & Diversity Conference

On Saturday, April 22, high school students from across the southeastern portion of the state, along with teachers, parents, community members, and school personnel, came together for Kennett High School’s 16th Annual Multicultural and Diversity Awareness Conference. The day was full of thought-provoking workshops organized by a student committee and led by students, educators, and adults, all well versed in multicultural affairs. The event was kicked off by program coordinator Mr. Ray Fernandez, Assistant Principal of Kennett High School.

Mr. Fernandez opened the conference by discussing what he hoped it would accomplish for the students in attendance. “First,” he announced, “we want you to be involved in the key discussions surrounding these issues.” Mr. Fernandez went on to explain how leadership starts with understanding your purpose; learning to ask why you’re here goes a long way in understanding this complex and ever-changing society. He continued by highlighting the importance of collaboration and how communicating with more people will help students accomplish their goals. Third, he expressed his wish that the students would share their new knowledge with their peers and community. “Nothing in these rooms is copyrighted,” he said. “Share what you learn here with everyone you can.” Last, he told the students that he just wanted them to enjoy the day, to celebrate their differences and similarities, enjoy good food, and celebrate everyone’s different talents.

Following those thoughtful words, superintendent Dr. Barry Tomasetti applauded Mr. Fernandez’s hard work in making the Multicultural and Diversity Conference a highly anticipated event for the District for 16 years. Next to the podium was Kennett High School student Keyanna Phipps, in her first-ever public speech. Keyanna eloquently introduced the keynote speaker, Dr. Richard Dunlap, an educational consultant and former superintendent for the Upper Darby School District.

Dr. Dunlap began by telling the audience that “diversity means different things to different people. To some it means race, to some it means religion, and to others it means gender identity or sexual orientation.” He continued his speech by discussing the concept of gestalt to the audience. “Have you heard of the saying, ‘The whole is more than the sum of the parts’? What is it that makes up the ‘more’?” he asked, concluding, “Above all, it is the connections we make, the relationships that we build, that make up the whole.”

Dr. Dunlap encouraged the students to do four things. First, to stay engaged in conversations inside the workshops as well as outside the conference. Next, he asked students not to be afraid to speak their truths. Third, he encouraged students to embrace the discomfort that would inevitably find them in these thought-provoking discussions. Finally, he alerted them that they should not expect closure from their experiences; issues might be left unresolved.

The day included two workshop sessions, a wonderful lunch buffet filled with options that reflected the diverse backgrounds of the students, and a team-building session led by Mr. Fernandez that gave students from different schools the opportunity to connect. The day concluded with a student talent show.

Mr. Fernandez is the advisor for UNIDAD, the Kennett High School club that assisted in planning and running the event. The students help set up, clean up, and run registration. Ana Gutierrez, Montserrat Garcia, and Elaine Esparza, all juniors at Kennett High School, helped at the registration tables. They agreed that the conference “gives students a day to be proud of their differences and opens opportunities to learn fascinating things about their own culture as well as the cultures of others.”

Students from 16 different schools attended the conference. Mr. Fernandez explains, “We are all unique, but we share the same dreams, struggles, and fears. It is this joining together and the safe space we provide at this conference that helps students realize that although we may be slightly different on the outside, we are all the same on the inside.”

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KHS Reading Olympics Team Brings Home Blue Ribbon

Twelve Kennett High School students, led by senior captain Andrew Lihou and junior captain Pam Moonthianngam, brought home a blue ribbon from the Chester County Intermediate Unit Reading Olympics in late April. Seven teams participated in the competition at the Intermediate Unit in Downingtown.

Reading Olympics teams received the list of forty-five titles in the fall and had from September to April to read all of the books. Kennett’s team decided to divide the list, and each member read a minimum of four to five books, though some members read nearly all of them. On the day of the competition, teams are asked questions from every book and are awarded one point for each correct answer. To earn the blue ribbon, teams must answer at least fifty questions correctly.

To practice before the event, the teams from Kennett High School and Unionville High School have participated in a scrimmage for the last several years. Students from both teams meet to eat pizza and to create and answer questions from all forty-five books. The practice obviously paid off this year, since both Kennett High School and Unionville High School received the blue ribbon, the competition’s highest distinction.

“The kids always say it’s really fun,” stated Ms. Lisa Teixeira, Kennett High School librarian and Reading Olympics team advisor. “Practicing together fosters a relationship between the two diverse schools. It’s such a positive experience for students who enjoy reading and competing.”

Senior Andrew Lihou added, “I absolutely love reading and Reading Olympics. I feel like there Reading Olympics Teamis an amazing sense of community. We all need to work together to read the forty-five books and memorize answers. If I were going to be here another year, I’d definitely do it again, and I wish the future teams good luck.”

Kennett’s team also included Emely Camacho, Daniela Carmona, Lily Ehren, James Hanby, Olivia McLaurin, Charlotte Schmitt, Lauren Sugar, Jenny Zavala, and Cindy Zern.

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Kennett High School Named One of Nation’s Best High Schools

The Kennett Consolidated School District is proud to announce that U.S. News & World Report has named Kennett High School one of America’s Best High Schools.

To produce the 2017 Best High Schools rankings, U.S. News & World Report teamed up with North Carolina–based RTI International, a global nonprofit social-science research firm. The comprehensive rankings methodology is based on the key principles that a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college bound, and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show it is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators.

“This award is meaningful because it reflects the growth in academic achievement realized by our students. I congratulate our parents for their influence on our students’ efforts to work to their potential, our teachers and principals at all grade levels who teach and give of their time to our students each day with the expectation that they all succeed, and the students themselves for their desire to do their best,” says Kennett Consolidated School District superintendent Dr. Barry Tomasetti. “This type of high school recognition is a credit to all of our teachers, from kindergarten through twelfth grade, as each teacher has a hand in molding our students for a successful future.”

“It is motivating and satisfying to see the hard work of our students and the dedication of our teachers recognized by U.S. News & World Report,” says Kennett High School principal Dr. Jeremy Hritz. “The success of Kennett High School is the direct result of their daily efforts. I am very fortunate as principal to work with such amazing students and teachers.”

For more information on the U.S. News & World Report’s ranking processes and details on Kennett High School’s rankings, please visit click here.

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