Kennett High School’s Second Mini-THON Set for February 24 to 25

Approximately 300 Kennett High School students will remain on their feet from 8 p.m. Friday, February 24, to 6 a.m. on Saturday morning for Mini-THON, an event to raise money for the Four Diamonds Fund to benefit pediatric cancer research and families whose children are battling the disease. Through a variety of events, raffles, generous corporate contributions, and donations, students have already raised an impressive $25,000 toward the second-year fundraising goal of $65,000.KCSD Four Diamonds Logo

Modeled after Penn State’s Dance Marathon (THON), Kennett High School’s Mini-THON features ten hours packed with fun activities, music, and food for participants.

Faculty advisors for the event are Mr. Tom Brientnall, social studies teacher; Ms. Lisa Teixeira, KHS librarian and Humanitarian Club moderator; and Mrs. Erin McDonnell-Jones, English teacher. Both Mrs. McDonnell-Jones and Mr. Brientnall are Penn State graduates and former THON participants. Student organizers are led by senior event chair Austin Maxwell, along with junior co-chairs Erin Duffy and Anna Wilson, and Humanitarian Club seniors Molly Adelman, Michael Bellino, and Jackie Tucker.

This year, a community open house has been added to the evening’s schedule. For a $5 donation, members of the Kennett community are invited to Reynolds Gymnasium from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, February 24, for a sneak peek at the Mini-THON event. Faculty and student organizers are excited to welcome everyone to share in the fun and support a very worthy cause.

Event chair Austin Maxwell said, “Cancer kills more children in the US than any other disease. And, only 4% of cancer research dollars go toward the study of childhood cancers. So, here at Kennett, we’re teaming up to help families with children battling the disease, and we’d love the support of the entire Kennett community in our fight.”

If you cannot attend the Mini-THON community open house but would still like to make a donation, please visit the KHS Mini-THON website at or call the school at 610-444-6617 for more information.

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Kennett High School’s FBLA is a Big Winner

At qualifying events held on December 16 and 21, Kennett High School’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) team had its most successful Regional Competition in the club’s history. Depending on the student’s area of expertise, qualification was based on scores on online tests or in performance events, like a mock job interview or public speaking.

Kennett High School will be sending a record thirty-eight students to the State Championships in Hershey, PA, April 2 – 5. Winners at the state level will then advance to the National Competition in California this summer.

FBLA Club Advisor Mr. Bill Fritsch said, “We thought last year was huge with thirty-three students advancing. This really is pretty amazing.”

Congratulations to all! FBLA Qualifiers Standing Together

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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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Welcome to the Third Marking Period!

As of today, we begin the 3rd marking period of the school year, leaving us with 91 more school days. Let’s finish STRONG!

Below are announcements for the week of January 23, 2017:

Jan 23rd announcements

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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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Vicky Gallivan to Play Lacrosse at the University of Pennsylvania

Kennett High School senior Vicky Gallivan has signed her National Letter of Intent to play Division I lacrosse at the University of Pennsylvania.Vicky Gallivan Signs NLI

Vicky (sitting middle) was surrounded by her parents Edward and Glynis Gallivan, as well as by (standing from left) head coach Dale Watkins, assistant principal Jeff Thomas, and athletic director Sean Harvey.

A three-sport, four-year varsity starter, Vicky has had an outstanding athletic career to date. In addition to playing lacrosse, Vicky is also a member of Kennett High School’s field hockey and basketball teams.

Vicky’s lacrosse athletic honors include being named to the First Team Ches-Mont All-League Lacrosse team every year since her freshman year; Ches-Mont League leading scorer as a sophomore; Leading scorer since her sophomore year; and Offensive Player of the Year as a sophomore and junior. Vicky scored her 100th career goal as a sophomore, and is now entering her senior year with 182 goals. Vicky has also represented Philadelphia in the National Tournament twice, and led the Kennett Blue Demons to the PIAA District 1 playoffs for the last three years.

Vicky’s field hockey athletic honors include being named to the Second Team Ches-Month All-League Field Hockey team as a sophomore and junior, and the First Team Ches-Mont All-League Field Hockey team as a senior. Elected as team captain her senior year, Vicky led the Kennett Blue Demons to the second-round of the PIAA District 1 playoffs, and was one of the 44 players in the Philadelphia region selected to play in the Philadelphia Field Hockey Senior All-Star Game. Vicky has earned the distinguished honors of being named Team Most Valuable Player as a senior, leading the team in assists and goals, and Player of the Year as a junior.

In addition to Vicky’s impressive list of lacrosse and field hockey athletic honors, she was also named as team captain of the Kennett High School girls basketball team her senior year, where she led the team to the PIAA District 1 Playoffs.

Vicky’s athletic successes are mirrored by her academic successes. Vicky has earned the Pennsylvania 7th Congressional District Scholar-Athlete Award and is a National Merit Scholarship Commended student. Ranked in the top 5% of her class, Vicky is a National Honor Society member, AP Scholar, and has earned Distinguished Honors every semester since her freshman year. Vicky is the Sports Editor of the Yearbook Club, the Vice President of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and a member of the Future Business Leaders of America. In her free time, Vicky is a counselor at the Kennett Area Parks and Recreation Board Summer Camp.

Vicky is excited and proud to have the opportunity to play lacrosse the University of Pennsylvania, and commends its phenomenal academics and athletics programs. Vicky has been accepted into the Wharton School of Business where she will major in business.

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