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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Minding Your Mind Presentation

Minding Your Mind

On April 17th at 7:00 PM in the Kennett High School Auditorium, all parents, students and community members are invited for a informative presentation by the organization Minding Your Mind about mental health during adolescence and young adulthood.

Ms. Mollye Readinger Scott, along with young adults who have dealt with mental health issues, will provide an educational, insightful, informative and inspirational presentation about how mental health issues impact our young people.Minding Your Mind logo

Minding Your Mind is an organization whose goal is to improve “the lives of adolescents and young adults by providing education aimed at breaking the silence, reducing the stigma and the destructive behaviors associated with mental health issues and illness.”

Minding Your Mind has presented in several local school districts including Radnor, Garnet Valley, and North Penn. Ms. Readinger spoke at a Kennett High School PTSO meeting last year and Minding Your Mind has been invited back to the Kennett Consolidated School District by popular demand after her very well received presentation.

Hope you are able to join us.

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Multicultural Diversity Awareness Confernce


The objectives of the conference are:

  • to articulate experiences which have enhanced dignity and empowerment for all students, parents, and faculty.
  • to share understanding and the various efforts that people have made to promote a more successful living environment for everyone
  • to promote an association of people from many backgrounds, experiences and of familiar interests and goals.

The conference will be held at the Kennett High School from 9am to 4pm. The cost is absolutely FREE. Refreshments, an ethnic lunch, exciting and stimulating workshops, and a guest keynote speaker will complement the program. Representatives from area colleges and universities will be present.

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Kennett High School Presents Fiddler on the Roof

Logo created by KHS sophomore Ian Gaadt.

Set in the little village of Anatevka, the story centers on Tevye, a poor milkman, and his five daughters. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instill them with traditional values in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, Fiddler on the Roof‘s universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, touching audiences worldwide with its humor, warmth and honesty.

Show dates: March 15 at 7:30 pm, March 16 at 7:30 pm, and March 17 at 2:00 and 7:30 pm


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Finance Club Visits NYSE

The Kennett High School Finance Club was founded in the fall of 2016 by students who had a growing interest in investing that would emphasize not only education, but also philanthropy.

KHS Finance Club at NYSE

“We aim to learn as much as possible about the market by actively investing and simulating authentic stock market conditions,” said club president Michael Crognale. “Our ultimate mission is to then donate all of our profits back to the community.”

Since the club’s inception, membership has increased to approximately forty students who, last fall, set for themselves a very lofty goal: the group’s leaders decided that they wanted to visit the New York Stock Exchange. After their initial planning, however, they discovered that it was far more difficult to gain access to the floor of the NYSE than they anticipated.

KHS Finance Club at NYSE

That’s when Mr. Vincent Crognale stepped in to help them. Mr. Crognale is the father of Finance Club president Michael Crognale, and, fortunately for the club, he is also First Vice President of Wealth Management and Branch Manager at Janney Montgomery Scott. Mr. Crognale took it upon himself to make the students’ goal a reality by using his contacts to arrange the club’s visit.

On January 24, 22 members of the club, along with Mr. Crognale and Mr. Shawn Duffy, Kennett High School’s Finance Club advisor and social studies teacher, traveled to New York City. They were treated to nearly two hours on the trading floor; they also ate lunch on Stone Street and took pictures with the “Fearless Girl” and “Charging Bull” statues. Later in the afternoon, they visited the 9/11 Memorial and the new trade center. The group returned home tired, but inspired.

“Not only did Mr. Crognale make it possible for Kennett students to enjoy a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, his firm paid for our transportation. All of us are extremely grateful for his generosity,” said Mr. Duffy.

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KHS Musicians Headed Region Festivals


KHS Musical Festival Victoria Gonzalez

Three incredibly talented Kennett High School musicians have been selected to Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) Region VI Festivals. These students advanced to Regions based on their auditions at the District level in January. Region VI includes schools in Chester, Delaware, Bucks, and Montgomery counties, as well as the city of Philadelphia.

Victoria Gonzalez (bass clarinet) will be a part of the Region Band Festival, February 22 through 24 at Valley Forge Military Academy.

Participating in the Region Chorus, March 1 through 3 at Central Bucks South High School, will be Abbie Duckworth (alto) and Mirella Petrillo (alto).

KHS Musical Students Abbie Duckworth & Mirella Petrillo

Students were required 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 Region Festivals. Hopefully, the next step for these students will be the State Festivals. They will audition again at Regions to secure a spot there.

“Region VI is the largest and most competitive region in the state. Congratulations to our students who are representing themselves and the Kennett community so well,” said Ms. Katie Soukup, Kennett High School Choral Director

“We have sent students to PMEA Regions for the last eight years. Kennett’s high standards of musicianship have ensured that accomplishment,” added Mr. Anton Romano, Director of Bands at Kennett.

Both Region Band and Region Chorus Festivals culminate in concerts that are open to the public.

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Taking a Look Ahead: 2018-2019

The 2018-2019 student school year will begin on Monday, August 27, 2018, and is tentatively scheduled to end on Thursday, June 6, 2019, dependent on the need for inclement weather make-up days. The winter holiday will run from Monday, December 24, 2018, through Tuesday, January 1, 2019, with school resuming on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. Spring break will be Monday, April 15 through Friday, April 19, 2019. Graduation is scheduled for Friday, June 7, 2019.

Inclement weather make-up days will be added to the end of the school year. There are five days designated as “local holidays” in accordance with the ruling of the Department of Education. The designated local holidays are:

  • Monday, January 21, 2019 (Martin Luther King holiday)
  • Monday, February 18, 2019 (President’s Day holiday)
  • Monday, April 15 through Wednesday, April 17, 2019 (spring break)
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Congratulations Kennett Mock Trial

Kennett High School Mock Trial Team Places Fourth

Kennett High School’s Mock Trial Senior Team placed fourth out of eighteen teams in the Chester County Round of this year’s statewide Mock Trial Competition sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.

Throughout the month of February, 249 high schools across Pennsylvania will engaged in district and regional levels of competition. Pennsylvania’s mock trial program, now in its thirty-fifth year, is one of the largest in the nation, according to the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s website.​

On November 3, 2017, the students were given information about a realistic yet fictional case to read and prepare. This year’s case involves a civil proceeding to determine whether the plaintiff, Silva Morel, was wrongfully terminated from employment at Tiger Tail Technologies. Morel was let go by Tiger Tail Technologies, a firm based in Chester County, after she “blew the whistle” because she supposedly witnessed a Tiger Tail Technologies officer bribing a foreign official. Tiger Tail Technologies claimed no bribe occurred, and Morel’s employment was terminated for reasons other than “whistle blowing.”​

Mock Trial Team

Kennett High School has two teams contending this month: the Senior Team, comprised of juniors Victoria Freire and Avery Chapman, and seniors Joe Schlitz, Hannah Church, Eli Smith, Kevin Fiss, Quinn Huffaker, Ryley Harris, Jake Kalscheur, Ben Jordan, Ben Gaver, Tyler Bowdoin, and Brice Chapman; and a Junior Team, made up of underclassmen Chase Harris, Evan Sharp, Matt Jordan, Sam Griffin, McKenna Norton, Gustavo Andres Castaneda, Ariatna Ortiz Jasso, Victoria Kelly, Lily Ehren, Tomi Adetayo, Catt Seamon, Katherine Holguin, and Jack Giles.

“All of these students are involved in many clubs, sports, and activities and do an exceptional job managing this difficult extra-curricular activity,” said Mrs. Mary Kay Gaver, an attorney and one of the high school’s Mock Trial team advisors.

Mrs. Gaver added, “Mock Trial is unique because there is no right answer. The cases are intentionally set up to be ambiguous, so both sides have the ability to win. The fact that there is no ‘right’ solution to the problem and the jurors’ decision is somewhat subjective is very frustrating for most high school students. KHS Mock Trial students have shown a remarkable ability to work through that ambiguity to build a persuasive case.”

Kennett’s teams competed on February 6 and February 13 at the Justice Center in West Chester. On February 6, half of each of the KHS teams participated as plaintiffs, while on February 13, the remaining students on Kennett’s two teams vied as defendants. Kennett went 3-1 in its trials, with the Senior Team winning both of its trials with unanimous jury verdicts.

Kennett’s Senior Team won again on Wednesday, February 21, ensuring the team a spot in the next playoff round.

The Mock Trial club is advised by Kennett High School business teacher Mr. Bill Fritsch; Mrs. Mary Kay Gaver, mother of Paul (KHS Class of 2011), Henry (KHS Class of 2014), and Ben (KHS Class of 2018); Lenny Rivera, father of Justin (KHS Class of 2011), Sydney (KHS Class of 2013), and Julia (KHS Class of 2014); Dave Harris, father of Ryley Harris (KHS Class of 2018) and Chase Harris (KHS Class of 2020); and Michelle Barone, an Assistant District Attorney in the Chester County DA’s Office.

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