Kennett High School Seniors to Participate in Annual Senior Stroll

On Thursday, May 31, more than 300 members of Kennett High School’s Class of 2018 will participate in the 3rd annual Senior Stroll. More students have opted to take part in the Stroll this year than in previous years.

The Stroll is an opportunity for graduating seniors to say farewell and thank you to all of their former teachers while inspiring younger students to work hard for their futures. The class of 2018, clad in cap and gown, will visit Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center, New Garden Elementary, Greenwood Elementary, Bancroft Elementary, and Kennett Middle School. The hallways of all buildings will be lined with teachers and students cheering on and wishing good luck to the soon-to-be graduates. For the first time, members of the graduating class will be wearing name tags that are color-coded based on the elementary school that they attended, so former students are easily identified as they enter their old school buildings.

Dr. Jeremy Hritz instituted the Stroll in his first year as Kennett High School principal.

“The idea actually came from Mrs. Christina Gorman, mother of Aodhan (class of 2016) and Ronan (class of 2020), so I can’t take the credit for it. But it’s a great idea. The kids are really enthusiastic about it.”

Senior Katherine Clarke said, “I’m really excited. I haven’t been back to see any of my elementary school teachers since I left for middle school.”

Katherine, like many of her classmates, attended Kennett Consolidated schools from kindergarten through twelfth grade. “We all transitioned from elementary school to middle school and then middle school to high school, but this is like one final good-bye to everyone,” she added.

Kennett High School’s 127th commencement exercises will be held on June 8.

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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’s Mini-THON Raises $46,395 and Counting

Two hundred and eighty Kennett High School students stayed on their feet for more than 10 hours from the night of February 23 to the morning of February 24 to raise money for the Four Diamonds Fund to benefit pediatric cancer research and families whose children are battling the disease.

In the early hours of Saturday morning, student senior co-chairpersons Erin Duffy and Anna Wilson revealed the impressive fundraising total of $46,395 to incredibly tired but happy participants. And the donations continue to accrue.

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Despite the fact that this is Kennett High School’s third year sponsoring a Mini-THON, enthusiasm is not waning. If fact, more students participated this year than in previous years, and those students raised more money as well.

Corporate sponsors for this year’s event were Energy Transfer Solutions, Sinton Air Conditioning and Heating, Kennett Education Foundation, and Kelly’s Sports. In addition, Kennett’s Mini-THON was supported by more than 30 local businesses who donated food, money, or gift certificates.

“I am truly overwhelmed by the continued generous support from our community,” said Ms. Lisa Teixeira, Kennett High School’s librarian and Mini-THON faculty advisor.

If you 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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KHS Model UN: Impresses at two conferences

On Saturday, January 20, Kennett High School Model UN club members attended a conference at Father Judge High School in Philadelphia. Kennett students participated in a variety of activities as they debated world issues and crises. Best delegate gavels were won by Karma Yang (Security Council I), Ellie Conlin-Day (Security Council II), and Sebastian Kley (DISEC, North Korea). Outstanding and Honorable Mention recognition went to Nate Judd, Mantra Yang, Ian Dargitz, Anna Brunke, Lauren Jackson, and Kara Murphy for their achievements.

More recently, on February 15 and 16, six Kennett Model UN students competed at the 46th Penn State Harrisburg MUN conference. Kennett students represented delegations from Chile and the Czech Republic in the General Assembly. Sebastian Kley wrote a resolution that was adopted; a significant achievement. Mantra Yang and Lauren Jackson were recognized for the high quality of their debate. Other participants included Ian Dargitz, Kara Murphy, and Karma Yang. This was the first overnight conference for the club in more than a decade.

Kennett’s Model UN advisor is social studies teacher Mr. Michael Waite.

Mr. Waite said, “I believe strongly in Model UN’s mission to help students gain an understanding of the global community through academics and roll play as delegates from other countries. I think the appeal for Kennett students consistently involves an interest in learning about other cultures and global issues through research, dialogue, and debate. Club members also enjoy meeting students from other schools, both public and private, where they can forge bonds of friendship.”Model UN Feb 2018

“Victoria Gonzalez, a senior and our club’s secretary general, deserves tremendous credit for initiating mid-year recruitment efforts to bolster our numbers and offering training to improve the quality of our delegations at these conferences,” added Mr. Waite.

The club is looking forward to three more conferences: the University of Delaware, Salesianum School, and Kutztown University.

“Busy year,” beamed Mr. Waite.

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Kennett PRIDE Students of the Quarter

Congratulations to the students listed below who have been nominated for the 2nd quarter of the 2017-18 school year. Nominated students have demonstrated one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Personal Responsibility
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Dedication
  • Excellence
  • And/Or have show consistent improvement in their behaviors.
Anderson, Sarah 12
Torres, Andrea 9
Lardani, Jayden 11
Lemus Moreno, Kevin 11
Langley, Cole 11
Gonzalez-Zarate, Juan Carlos 12
Wardwell, Leah 9
Pelletier, Kira 12
Quintero-Quintana, Alondra 12
Weed, Citlaly 12
Nunez, Alexis 10
Schuetz, Kathleen 12
Garcia, Evelyn 9
Maxwell, Gavin 9
Monroy, Oswaldo 10
Murray, Katerina 10
Ritch, Jaylen 10
Taggart, Jeffrey 12
Rowan, Jillian 10
LaBare, Torianna 12
Bell, Amanda 11
Bell, Jonathan 11

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Emils Jurcik Signs National Letter of Intent for University of Connecticut

Kennett High School Senior Emils Jurcik has signed his National Letter of Intent to swim at Division I University of Connecticut.

Emils (sitting, middle) was surrounded by his parents Inta and Benjamin Jurcik and sister Amalija, as well as (standing from left) athletic director Mr. Sean Harvey, Delaware Swim Team Coach Pablo Mamolejo, Coach Cindy Millisonn, and Kennett High School Assistant Principal Mr. Jeff Thomas.

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. He has been named to the All-State Swimming and Diving Team for his performances in the 500 freestyle and 100 individual medley, along with being named the co-winner for High Point at the 2017 Futures Championship in Geneva, Ohio.

Emils enjoyed his time swimming for Kennett High School, saying “there’s something about representing Kennett that makes me want to swim my best, and I want to carry that over to my teammates.”

In addition to juggling academics and swimming, Emils is also on the high school’s robotics team. He plans to study mechanical engineering.

“I am excited to swim for the University of Connecticut and I know it’s the right decision for me,” Emils says. “I just hope I didn’t mess up my signature.”

Emils is grateful to his family, friends, and coaches for their support in the classroom and in the pool.

Congratulations, Emils!

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Jennifer Schaen Signs National Letter of Intent for American University

Kennett High School Senior Jennifer Schaen has signed her National Letter of Intent to play Division I lacrosse at American University.

Jennifer (sitting, middle) was surrounded by her parents Heather and Dave Schaen as well as (standing from left) Assistant Principal Mr. Jeff Thomas, Coach Carrie Killgore, Head Coach Dale Watkins, and Athletic Director Mr. Sean Harvey.

A dedicated and hardworking player, Jennifer has played lacrosse for 12 years. Her athletic accomplishments include being named to the First Team All Ches-Mont and the Second Team All-League.

For Jennifer, the best part of playing at Kennett High School was the amazing coaching staff. “I would not be the player I am today if it weren’t for Coach Watkins and Coach Carrie,” says Jennifer.

Lacrosse is not Jennifer’s only sport, she also participates in cross country and winter track, along with being a co-founder of Kennett High School’s badminton club. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and the Athletic Representative Council.

Jennifer has not declared a major at this time, but is interested in studying biology and following a pre-med track.

“When I first started playing lacrosse, I never would have believed that I’d be signing to play in college,” Jennifer says. “I’m so excited to continue playing at American University.”

Congratulations, Jennifer!

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December Calendar

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November Calendar


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KHS Seniors Named National Merit Commended Students

Kennett High School is proud to announce that seniors (back, from left) Jake A. Kalscheur, Nicole C. Huff, Nathan E. students reading in libraryDight (sitting, from back), Ryley W. Harris, Abigail D. Duckworth, Kathleen M. Schuetz, and Claire M. Dawyot (standing, front) have been named Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.

A Letter of Commendation from Kennett High School and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program, has been presented by Kennett High School principal, Dr. Jeremy Hritz, to these scholastically talented seniors.

“We are so proud of these outstanding students, not only for their exceptional performance on standardized tests but also for all the other ways in which they enrich the Kennett Square community,” Dr. Hritz stated. Although these students do not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships, they placed among the top 5 percent of the 1.5 million students who entered the 2018 Merit Scholarship competition by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

The Kennett Consolidated School District congratulates Jake, Nicole, Nathan, Ryley, Abigail, Kathleen, and Claire on this outstanding accomplishment.

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