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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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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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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KHS Junior Awarded Summer Trip to Germany

Kennett High School junior Eric Benjamin Gaver (shown at right with Mr. Kotz)has been awarded an all‐expense‐paid summer study trip to Germany. Ben, a fourth-year student of German teacher Mr. Duane Kotz, was selected as a national winner after scoring in the 90th percentile on the Level 4 2017 National German Exam for High School Students sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG). Over 20,000 students participated in the program. After qualifying with a high score on the National German Exam, Ben was required to submit responses to several short essay questions in German and in English and was then interviewed by a committee comprised of high school teachers and college professors of German.Mr. Kotz and Ben Gaver

Ben is one of forty‐four outstanding German students selected from across the US to receive the award. The summer 2017 study trip includes round‐trip air transportation to Germany, a home-stay with a host family, and excursions to places of cultural and historical significance. The study trip, now in its fifty-seventh year, is made possible through a grant from the Federal Republic of Germany.

“Ben is a remarkable student. His proficiency in German is extraordinary, and his hard work and dedication to improving his German make him a very deserving recipient of this prestigious award. I am extremely proud of him,” said Mr. Kotz.

“This year’s prize winners are some of the finest students in the US,” said Keith Cothrun, Executive Director of the AATG. “The prize is a great reward for excellence in learning German—and the best way to better get to know a fascinating language and culture through firsthand experiences living with a German family and attending school.”

Founded in 1926, the AATG represents German teachers at all levels of instruction. The AATG is dedicated to the advancement and improvement of the teaching of language, literature and culture of the German‐speaking countries.

Ben is very excited about his forthcoming trip. “This is a wonderful opportunity, and I am thankful that I will be able to immerse myself in the German culture.”

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KHS Inducts National Honor Society Members

The Kennett High School Blue and White Chapter of the National Honor Society welcomed the 2017-18 inductees at a ceremony and reception on March 22, 2017.

Chapter adviser Dr. Alicia Tamargo opened the program. Four National Honor Society members from the Class of 2017 highlighted the Cardinal Objectives, the qualities expected of members: Madison Bowe (character), Danial Quraishi (scholarship), Austin Maxwell (leadership), and Luke Beeson (service). Senior speeches were delivered by Meredith Mitchell and Isabelle Morrison.

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: Cullen Abelson, Molly Adelman, Luke Beeson, Madison Bowe, Edwin Castaneda-Campos, Samantha Castleton, Delaney Chaffin, Michaela Clarkson, Michelle Disler, Olivia Donia, Kate Doroba, Victoria Gallivan, Kylee Harvey, Zachary Hrenko, Lindsay Krieger, Yvonna Liszewski, Austin Maxwell, David McVey, Kelsey Mentzer, Arianna Meola, Meredith Mitchell, Isabelle Morrison, Margaret O’Sullivan, Olivia Pagliaro, Lydia Pebly, Laurel Petersen, Danyal Quraishi, Devon Reilly, Abigail Roche, Jack Ryder, Ryan Salameda, Emily Sauer, Charlotte Schmitt, Cindy Serrato Zavala, Julia Sharp, Charles Shattuck, Benjamin Skross, Kerry Tomasetti, Jacqueline Tucker, and Samantha Weaver.

Dr. Jeremy Hritz, Principal, called the role of new inductees who were welcomed into the Chapter: seniors Julia Beldyk, Claire Brady, Susanna Casini, Chloe Clark, Ryan Ganly, Lauren He, Catherine Hodges, Katelin Judge, Rebecca Lustig, Danielle Phillips, Madissyn Stanton, Jamie Wessels, and Hannah Wissner; juniors

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.

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 2017-18: President James Tuley, Vice President Madison Thureen, Secretary Kaitlyn Willey, Treasurer Claire Dawyot, and Historian Jillian Curran. 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, members of the 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 The Drowsy Chaperone. The group is also looking forward to sponsoring social activities at the high school, including May’s very popular Glow Dance, as well as volunteering this spring 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, chosen by the principal from among the faculty and serving for a period of two years. This year’s Faculty Council included Mr. Robert Anthony, Mr. Vincent Civiletti, Mrs. Sara Donovan, Mrs. Kimberly Guarneri, Mr. Joseph Hutcheson, Mrs. Lisa Kochmansky, Dr. Erin McDonnell-Jones, Ms. Heather Morihara, Ms. Amanda O’Connor, Mr. Michael Replogle, Mr. Robert Socash, Mrs. Hannah Taylor, Mr. Francis Vanderslice, and Mr. Robert Wagner.

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KHS Student-Athlete to Play Football at Shippensburg University

Kennett High School Senior Myles Robinson signed his National Letter of Intent to play Division II football at Shippensburg University.

Myles (sitting middle) was surrounded by his parents Tobe and Cyrus and his brother Cole, as well as (standing from left) Principal Dr. Jeremy Hritz, Athletic Director Mr. Sean Harvey, and coach Mr. Doug Langley.Student-Athlete signing letter of intent surrounded by parents and coaches

A dedicated and hardworking player, Myles has had an outstanding athletic career to date. Myles football athletic honors include being named Offensive MVP as a junior, Impact Player of the Year as a senior, and earning Ches-Mont All-League Honorable Mention designations as a sophomore, junior, and senior. In addition to playing football, Miles was also a member of Kennett High School’s lacrosse team his freshman and sophomore years, where he was named Defensive MVP as a freshman.

Myles will study business at Shippensburg University and plans on pursuing a career in real estate.

Myles is ready to take his athletic career to the next level as a Shippensburg University Raider, and is excited to be part of team with players who share his same goals and aspirations.

Congratulations Myles!

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KHS Student-Athlete to Play Softball at Swarthmore College

Kennett High School senior Madison Bowe will continue her education at Swarthmore College where she will study cognitive science and play on the women’s softball team.

Madison (sitting middle) was surrounded by her parents Bob and Karen Bowe, as well as by (standing from left) principal Jeremy Hritz, athletic director Sean Harvey, coach Chris Williams, and coach George Ruff (Missing coach Bob Panati).Student-Athlete signing letter of intent surrounded by parents and coaches

A four-year member of Kennett High School’s varsity softball team, Madison has had an outstanding athletic career to date. Her relentless dedication and strong leadership skills contributed to Madison being named team captain both her junior and senior year. Her softball athletic honors include being named to the First Team Ches-Mont Second Softball team in 2015 and 2016, and playing in the 2015 and 2016 Carpenter’s Cups. In addition to playing for Kennett High School’s softball team, Madison plays year-round for the Fusion Fastpitch 18U travel team.

Madison also was a member of Kennett High School’s volleyball team, freshman and sophomore, and swim team as a junior.

Madison’s athletic successes are mirrored by her academic successes. Madison was the recipient of the 2015 Phillies Extraordinary Scholar Award and the Achievement Academy National Social Studies Award. Madison is a National Honors Society member, and has earned Distinguished Honors every semester since her freshman year.

An active community member, Madison is involved with the Mock Trial Club, Kennett Television Crew, Academic Team, and Ski Club. She is the founder of Woof’N Good Dog Biscuits, an organization that donates proceeds to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Madison is also the proud winner of the Kennett Chocolate Lover’s Festival three years running.

Madison credits Kennett High School’s sense of community as the foundation that has built some of her most treasured memories. She would like to thank her family, friends, and coaches for their support throughout her high school career.

Madison is excited and proud to have the opportunity to play softball at Swarthmore College while studying cognitive science with a minor in history.

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Congratulations to Student of the Quarter

Congratulations to Kennett High School senior Samantha Weaver for being named Student of the Quarter for the second marking period in the Allied Health student smilingScience Technology program at the Technical College High School Brandywine campus.

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Musicians Selected for District Festivals

Eight incredibly talented Kennett High School musicians have been selected by audition to various Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 12 Honor Festivals. District 12 includes Chester and Delaware counties and is undeniably one of the most competitive in the state.

Victoria Gonzalez (bass clarinet), Yvonna Liszewski (flute), and Evan Shinn (euphonium) will be a part of the District Band Festival, February 9 – 11 at Bayard Rustin High School. These students are directed at Kennett High School by Mr. Anton Romano.

Participating in the District Chorus, January 12 – 14 at Penn Crest High School, were Arielle Smith (soprano), Abbie Duckworth (alto), Yvonna Liszewski (alto), Mirella Petrillo (alto), Jimmy Rosser (tenor), and Zach Hrenko (bass). Ms. Katie Soukup is the choral director at Kennett High School.

District Orchestra will be held January 26 – 28 at West Chester University. Flutist Yvonna Liszewski will represent KHS. The Kennett High School Orchestra is conducted by Mrs. Jessica Williams.

Auditions for selection to the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District Festivals were held on November 19 at Bayard Rustin High School in West Chester. Students had to demonstrate excellence in major and chromatic scales, as well as solo performance, or choral selections, in order to earn the right to participate at the District Festivals. At their respective festivals, students re-audition for the opportunity to go on to Region and State levels.

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Notice to Kennett Alumni

Although we are always excited to see our alumni, please note that the high school is business as usual the week of November 21, 2016, and no alumni visitations will be allowed. Teachers will be teaching and our students busy learning!

Our official “Alumni Day “ will be held on Thursday, December 22, 2016, from 8am to 1pm. We look forward to seeing you!

Thank you,

Dr. Jeremy Hritz, Principal

Mr. Raymond Fernandez, Assistant Principal

Dr. Tomorrow Jenkins, Assistant Principal

Mr. Jeffery Thomas, Assistant Principal

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