Multicultural Conference Challenges Students to Change the World

In April, Kennett High School welcomed high school students, teachers, and school personnel to the 17th 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 who are all well versed in multicultural affairs. The event was kicked off by Mr. Ray Fernandez, the program coordinator and the assistant principal of Kennett High School.

Mr. Fernandez opened the gathering by sharing that the conference is the highlight of the school year for him. “Every year,” he announced, “I look forward to this special event because it’s an awesome opportunity for all of us to not only learn, but to participate and receive a positive and rewarding experience.”

He continued by encouraging the students attending to become involved in the discussions throughout the day. “We want you to be an active participant, not a passive listener,” he said. “Listen, but also speak and ask questions, as well. Offer your thoughts and opinions.”

Following the thoughtful words of Mr. Fernandez, the superintendent of Kennett Consolidated School District, Dr. Barry Tomasetti, took the opportunity to say a few words and to applaud Mr. Fernandez’ hard work in making the Multicultural and Diversity Conference a highly anticipated event hosted by the District for 17 years.

Next to the podium was Kennett High School freshman Johnette Boddy who eloquently introduced the influential keynote speaker, Mr. John Suggs, community activist and executive director of CF Charities in Philadelphia.

The day included two workshop sessions, a wonderful lunch buffet filled with options that reflected the diverse backgrounds of the students, and a presentation by Emmy Award–winning HBO Associate Producer and Editor Mr. Courtland Bragg. Following the afternoon workshops, the day concluded with a student talent show.

Keyanna has volunteered at the conference since her freshman year. She is a member of both UNIDAD and Ujima, student groups focusing on Latino and African-American student leadership.

“I enjoy the Multicultural Conference because it enables me to step out of my comfort zone,” Keyanna says. “I get to meet new people and share ideas.”

Mrs. Tania Ramos Oton, a teacher from Esperanza Academy in Philadelphia, has been bringing students to the Multicultural and Diversity Awareness Conference for years. She comments that she welcomes the opportunity to expose her students from North Philadelphia to a youth conference about diversity. Two of her students, sophomore Wily Lopez and freshman Andrick Medrano, were looking forward to their workshop choices, stating that both held the potential to help them in their daily lives.

Students from 16 different schools attended the conference. All took away a heightened appreciation for their diverse cultural backgrounds. Mr. Fernandez explains that, “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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Kennett High School Once Again Named One of the Nation’s Best by US News

This year, Kennett High School improved in our national ranking, jumping from 1602 to 1412. This puts Kennett High School in the top 6% of high schools in the nation! In the state, we improved from 45 to 40. This recognition is a result of all the hard work and dedication of our teachers in helping to improve student learning and to build strong relationships. The daily efforts made by our teachers, for our kids, are genuinely appreciated! You can read more about this honor here: US NEWS

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KHS ART EXHIBIT

KHS Artists Exhibit Work

Kennett High School artists displayed their talents for their fellow students, teachers, staff, and parents. The annual art show was held in the school’s auxiliary gym on May 3.

The show included works from all visual arts classes within the Fine Arts Department. Teachers Ms. Jodi Davidson, Mr. Tom Hironimus, and Mrs. Kathy Caputo Nelms guided their students through the creation and exhibition of their artwork; all three teachers are undeniably impressed by their students.

Mrs. Caputo Nelms said, “The KHS Art Exhibit showcased the creativity of our student artists with a wide range of work. On display this year were drawings, paintings, ceramics, digital photographs, and graphic designs. The art students worked very hard all year toward this culminating event where their creations were displayed for the entire Kennett High School community.”

“Kennett High School art students are extremely hard working and incredibly talented. They are dedicated to getting better every day and being the best they can be. It is a blessing to be surrounded by such enthusiastic and committed students,” added Mr. Hironimus.

“The Kennett High School students in our ceramics classroom constantly amaze me with their dedication, creativity, and willingness to explore new techniques and challenge themselves daily. I love working with the kids here at Kennett High School, and each day is a new opportunity for everyone to continue to learn and grow as a student of life,” said Ms. Davidson. Her students demonstrated their skills throughout the day, as they took turns throwing pieces on a pottery wheel.

Charlie Lewis, former Kennett Middle School teacher who creates etchings, also displayed his work. And, Mini-THON and the Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) used the opportunity to disseminate information and raise funds for their organizations. Mrs. Susan Larson’s students served fresh baked cookies to attendees who also enjoyed cupcakes made by Mrs. Rachel Moreira’s classes, while Mr. Chu’s Introduction to Engineering Design students displayed some of their automata, creative toys with moving parts. By all accounts, the show was a success!

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College Recruiting Seminar

ATTENTION ALL ATHLETES & PARENTS!

  • How do you get an athletic scholarship?
  • What does it take to be a college athlete today?
  • When does the recruiting process start?
  • Do smaller colleges have money for athletes?

Learn the answers to ALL these questions and more on Tuesday, May 22nd at 7:00 p.m. when our school hosts the “Student-Athlete & College Recruiting.”

This FREE seminar is a MUST for ALL athletes in grades 7-12 who want to play sports in college and their parents.

Again the date is: Tuesday, May 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

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Chester County Art Association “Best of Show”

Congratulations Alex Cresci

On Monday the April 23rd, Kennett High School junior – Alex Cresci – was awarded “Best of Show” for her artwork at the 44th annual Chester County Art Association Chester County High School Art Show. Alex’s piece was selected “Best in Show” from more than 450 projects of all mediums from each school in Chester County.

Alex Cresci

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Yankee Candle Fundraiser

We are offering “ONLINE SALES” for the rest of the Spring Season!

This is a perfect way of ordering gifts for Mother’s Day or any other occasion and supporting KENNETT HIGH SCHOOL’S SOPHOMORE CLASS

Benefits of our Yankee Candle Fundraising Program:

      • Yankee is America’s Best Loved Candle
      • Promotion available through May 25th
      • Over 500 items online including brand names you know and trust
      • All orders are shipped directly to consumer
      • Visiting someone … bring that special gift

CLICK HERE to Order TODAY!

Yankee Candle Fundraiser

Please go online or request a catalog to place an order. Proceeds benefit the Sophomore Class of 2020.

Thank you!

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Skills USA Health Knowledge Bowl Gold Medalist

Congratulations to Kennett High School students Ryan Erisman and Marilyn Villafuerte-Vega. Ryan and Marilyn served on the Skills USA Health Knowledge Bowl team. They won the gold medal at state level competition in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Ryan and Marilyn make up half of the state championship team that will now advance to national level competition this summer, where they will compete against the top teams in the country.

Ryan and Marilyn both take part in the Health Career Pathways program at the Technical College High School.

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Kennett High School Inducts National Honor Society Members

The Kennett High School Blue and White Chapter of the National Honor Society welcomed the 2018-19 inductees at a ceremony and reception on April 4, 2018. The ceremony had been previously scheduled for March 21, but was postponed due to snow.

Chapter adviser Dr. Alicia Tamargo opened the program. Four National Honor Society members from the Class of 2018 delivered speeches highlighting the Cardinal Objectives, the qualities expected of members: Maxwell Judd (character), Francesca Caccamo (scholarship), Claire Dawyot (leadership), and Erin Duffy (service). Senior speeches were delivered by Allison Taylor and James Rosser.

Next, Mr. Jeffery Thomas, Assistant Principal, called the role of the existing members of the Chapter. These students were inducted into the Society last year: Ashton Albert, Leo Battalora, Jose Becerra, Tyler Bowdoin, Megan Bunke, Francesca Caccamo, Daniela Carmona, Clare Catanzaro, Hannah Church, Giulianna Claricurzio, Katherine Clarke, Anna Colamarino, Madelyn Conlin-Day, Michael Crognale, Jillian Curran, Abby Davidson, Claire Dawyot, Abigail Devestine, Kaitlyn Devonshire, Daniel Drennan, Abigail Duckworth, Erin Duffy, Nicholas Erni, Eliane Esparza Villarruel, Kevin Fiss, Melissa Fitzgibbon, Eric Gaver, David Geller, Victoria Gonzalez, Ryley Harris, Caroline Hertz, Sydney Holder, Nicole Huff, Quinn Huffaker, Alexa Hussey, Kelsey Jernegan, Cedric Jones, Benjamin Jordan, Delaney Joyce, Maxwell Judd, Jake Kalscheur, Brinda Kapur, Meghann LaCosta, Keiri Lemus Ramirez, Benjamin Lesher, Caroline Maroko, Matthew Patterson, Cameron Petrillo, Gianna Pippin, Elizabeth Rauscher, Lily Reilly, James Rosser, Katherine Rowe, Alena Rybarczyk, Jennifer Schaen, Morgan Schaen, Kathleen Schuetz, Linus Silbernagel, Elijah Smith, Lukas Staudenmayer, Samantha Sullivan, Allison Taylor, Emily Thompson, Madison Thureen, James Tuley, Citlaly Weed, Trinette Wheeler, Kaitlyn Willey, Chase Williams, Anna Wilson, Karma Yang, and Cynthia Zern.

Dr. Tomorrow Jenkins, Assistant Principal, called the role of new inductees who were welcomed into the Chapter: Seniors Sarah Anderson, Merritt Connolly, Joseph Davidson, Eliza Fantazzi, Pathampon Moonthianngam, Sarah Ploener, Lauren Sugar, and Anneliese Werner; Juniors Lilian Alba Rodriguez, Emily Augustine, Camille Avedisian, Kassandra Ayllon, Lizette Bedolla-Zavala, Amanda Bell, Jonathan Bell, Claire Borman, Julia Bradley, Jayna Bruno, Madison Canter, Mara Castleton, Avery Chapman, Ava Charlton, Heather Cooper, Alexandra Cresci, Maya Das, Zhuanel Du Toit, Kathryn Erisman, Christopher Ferrighetto, Victoria Freire, Timothy Freligh, Emma Giancola, Holly Gouge, Molly Hohner, Mary Holguin, Alexandra Hughson, Rachel Hyzny, Rhea Jiang, Mitchell Kosara, Meredith Krieger, Kevin Lemus Moreno, Samuel Lesher, John MacMillan, Peter Magasiny, Brenna McGowan, Olivia McLaurin, Sydney Mentzer, Tamblyn Mitchell, Jack Mullen, Zoe Nguyen, Caleb Pebly, Colin Petersen, Mirella Petrillo, Davis Piercy, Noal Rasero, Hildi Reiter, Kyle Robertson, Cole Robinson, Katherine Roche, Katelin Rumbold, Erin Salameda, Joseph Schlitz, Connor Schmidt, Evan Shinn, Ananya Shivakumar, Samuel Starr, Kristina Testa, Sydney Thureen, Tamryn Whyte, Elizabeth Wilkie, Emma Yue, and Brenna Zdebski.

Following the induction ceremony and roll call, Assistant Principal Raymond Fernandez administered the pledge of honor, and Dr. Tamargo announced the newly elected officers for 2018-19: President Rachel Hyzny, Vice President Tamblyn Mitchell, Secretary Victoria Freire, Treasurer Alex Starr, and Historian Rhea Jiang. Dr. Hritz then closed the ceremony and invited all to a reception in the cafeteria.

Members of the Blue and White Chapter must demonstrate and maintain high standards of the four hallmarks of the National Honor Society: scholarship, leadership, character, and service. Throughout the year, National Honor Society members participate in service activities, including tutoring and fundraising. This year they have organized two blood drives for the American Red Cross, worked on volunteer crews for the Mushroom Festival, and ushered patrons at this year’s musical Fiddler on the Roof. The group is also looking forward to activities in the community this spring, particularly volunteering at the Kennett Run.

Members of the Blue and White Chapter became eligible by posting a 3.75 grade point average (GPA) by the second semester of their junior year. Additional qualities of character, leadership, and service were assessed by the faculty of Kennett High School and reviewed by members of the National Honor Society Faculty Council, who are chosen by the principal from among the faculty and serve for a period of two years. This year’s Faculty Council included Mr. Robert Anthony, Mr. Vincent Civiletti, Ms. Sara Donovan, Mr. Joseph Hutcheson, Ms. Heather Morihara, Ms. Amanda O’Connor, Ms. Elizabeth Richey, Ms. Chanel Ruffin, Ms. Jennifer Schmalzbach, Mr. Robert Socash, Mrs. Hannah Taylor, Mr. Frances Vanderslice, and Mr. Robert Virgin.

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Attention Seniors – Free Money

The deadline is fast approaching to submit your application for the local scholarships that will be awarded at graduation. The deadline is Tuesday, April 17. As of April 11, only 41 seniors had submitted applications for the approximately 90 different scholarships that will be awarded this year.

Copies of the application form can be picked up in the guidance office.

Everyone is encouraged to apply.

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