KENNETT HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 2021
KENNETT HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 2021
The National Merit Scholarship Winners – One of the most academically competitive endeavors in the Nation is the National Merit Scholarship Program. These winners represent some of the best and brightest minds in the country. These students have met the rigorous academic requirements that confer a distinctive place in representing Kennett High School across the United States.
The College Board National Recognition Program honors students that scored in the top 2.5% of PSAT/NMSQT test takers nationwide who identify as one or more of the following: African American, Hispanic American or Latinx, Indigenous or attend school in a rural area or a small town. Our Kennett High School recognized students are- Christian Adam, Cheyenne Camacho, Caroline Cofran, Lauren Cohen, Meredith Davies, David Diokno, Talha Farooq, Chase Harris, Evan Hartmann, Emma Henderson, Luke Jeffery, Rio King, Kiley Larkin, Sydney Lillard, Gavin Maxwell, Ryan Myers, McKenna Norton, Sara Pizzini, Zara Quraishi, Emma Schmidt, Daniel Shen, Swithin Shortlidge, Leah Wardwell, and Josette Wynn.
The National Merit Commended Students – About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation have been recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended students placed among the top 5% of more than 1.5 million students. Our Commended students are David Diokno, Chase Harris, Emma Henderson, Sydney Lillard, Gavin Maxwell, Ryan Myers, Emma Schmidt, Swithin Shortlidge, Haylie Silbernagel, and Leah Wardwell.
The National Merit Finalists – The National Merit Finalists represent less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors and are among the highest-scoring entrants in the country. Of the 16,000 Semifinalists announced in September, our National Merit Finalists are Rio King, Kiley Larkin, and McKenna Norton.
The National Merit $2500 Scholarship Award – The Liberty Mutual Scholarship Foundation is a sponsor of the National Merit Scholarship Program. Through this partnership, Liberty Mutual awards an annual stipend in the amount of $2500 which can be renewed for up to four years. This year’s National Merit Liberty Mutual Scholarship winners are Rio King and McKenna Norton.
The Win Scholarship Fund was established in 2008 and has remained successful through the generous donations of the local business community, most notably Exelon Generation. The WIN program serves all interested students who demonstrate a commitment to pursuing academic excellence, community involvement, and post-secondary education. These scholarships are presented to the students who have been active members throughout their high school career, who have participated in all assigned activities, and are pursuing a college degree. This year’s recipients are: Mariella Aguilar Quiroz, Jasmin Castaño Arellano, Franlleli Castillo-Salinas, Carlos Chimal Rodriguez, Marlen Cordova-Pedroza, Anis Estrada Aguilar, Jaquelin Hernandez Martinez, Alondra Herrera-Esquivel, Mariana Ladrilleros, Leslly Lemus Moreno, Lisbeth Luna-Mondragon, Julian Alexander Peña Jr., Andrea Rios Mendoza, Daniel Shen, Jarely Tapia Becerril, Nataly Cristina Wilson, Briza Ines Zavala, and Leslie Mariana Zurita-Zavala.
The Herminitas Scholarship Fund was established in 2005 for Kennett High School students who participated in the Hermanitas program. The Hermanitas Program is designed to encourage Latinx students to excel in school, participate as leaders in their communities, and prepare for higher education. This year’s recipients are: Franlleli Castillo-Salinas, Marlen Cordova-Pedroza, Anis Estrada Aguilar, Jaquelin Hernandez Martinez, Alondra Herrera-Esquivel, Leslly Lemus Moreno, Lisbeth Luna-Mondragon, Julian Alexander Peña Jr., Jarely Tapia Becerril, and Briza Ines Zavala.
The Shannon Strawley Scholarship is awarded to young women who overcame adversity, excelled academically and became involved in extra-curricular activities within the school as well as the community. This year’s recipients are Anis Estrada Aguilar and Lisbeth Luna-Mondragon.
The PA Mushroom Farmer’s Scholarship are granted to WIN students who have demonstrated leadership in their school and in their community. This year’s recipients are: Briza Ines Zavala and Franlleli Castillo-Salinas.
The Kennett Run Charities Award is presented to a student of the WIN Program who has demonstrated a commitment to their school and to serving their community. This year’s recipient is Jaquelin Hernandez Martinez.
The Longwood Rotary Award is granted to students of the WIN program who volunteered in their school and their community throughout their high school years. This year’s recipient is Julian Alexander Pena Jr.
The American Mushroom Institute’s Sara Manning Scholarships are given to Kennett High School students who have demonstrated a commitment to their studies in school and to serving his community. This year’s recipients are: Marlen Cordova-Pedroza, Isabella Ferranto, McKenna Norton, and Sara Pizzini.
The Braving Veracity Merit Award is presented to female and non-binary writers in the Brandywine Valley to support their writing endeavors. This year’s winning is Marlen Cordova-Pedroza.
The Fulton Bank Diversity Scholarship is awarded to Kennett High School students of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds. This scholarship is awarded to a senior who has shown leadership, academic rigor and is involved in both school and community activities. This year’s honoree is Henry Sedano.
The Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce Scholarship is presented to a senior who has exhibited academic excellence and service to the school and community and who will continue his/her education majoring in business or a business-related field. This year’s recipient is Elise Pelletier.
The Steven R. Lawton Demon Robotics Scholarship is presented to the “junior or senior class” member of the Demon Robotics Team who has made outstanding contributions to the team and has completed an essay describing what he/she has gained from being part of the team. This year’s recipient is Rio King.
The Chester Delaware County Farm Bureau is pleased to offer scholarships to Chester County, Delaware county and Philadelphia County high school students pursuing a career in agriculture or an agriculture-related field. This year’s recipient is Sara Sabo.
The Society of Women Engineers Awards is a national-level program that recognizes and honors high school girls who have demonstrated excellence in the study of both mathematics and science and are active citizens of the school and/or community. This year’s recipients are Paige Brown and Sydney Williams.
The Kennett Masonic Lodge #475 Scholarship is given to a graduating student who has been active as a volunteer in their community and shown a strong commitment to continuing his/her education. This year’s award is presented to Alondra Herrera-Esquivel.
The Helen Corson Peace Prize is given in recognition to a graduating senior who by attitude or action advocates or promotes the resolution of conflicts in a nonviolent way. The recipient has through words and deeds furthered the causes of human understanding and brotherhood. This year’s recipient is Sydney Lillard.
The E. Kneale Dockstader Foundation Scholarship is awarded to honor E. Kneale Dockstader’s goals for environmental improvement. It is presented to a senior who has exhibited academic excellence and is interested in pursuing a degree in environmental science/engineering. This year’s recipient is Paige Brown.
The Alma Newlin Educational Fund Scholarship is presented to students with an un-weighted cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher and planning to enter a human healthcare-related profession. This year’s recipients are Jasmin Castano Arellano, Clara Garcia Aguirre, Isabella Ferranto, Sydney Lillard, Nimah Narinesingh-Smith, Tiffany Rueda, Meredith Davies, Sarah Hoppenjans, Richard Hughson, Alexandra Seel, Lauren Starr, and Briza Zavala.
The Medicine Club Award – Officers of the Medicine Club participated virtually in the 2021 PENN Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) competition. The purpose of HOSA is to promote career opportunities in health and to prepare students to successfully pursue a health career. We are proud to announce that a KHS student won a bronze medal by placing 3rd out of 22 competitors in the Behavioral Health Competition. He has qualified for the National Competition being held virtually in June. I would like to present the bronze medal to Talha Farooq.
The Longwood Rotary Club Student of The Year -This year’s award is being presented to a student who represents the ideal of Rotary, Service Above Self for school and community. Congratulations to McKenna Norton.
The Basciani Foods/KHS FBLA Scholarship is presented to senior students, with membership in the Future Business Leaders of America, who plan to pursue a business degree in college. Basciani Foods Incorporated, now into its fourth generation, was founded and is headquartered in the Kennett Square area. This year’s scholarships are presented to Henry Sedano and Evan Balzarini.
The Friends of Music Senior Awards are awarded to graduating seniors for excellence in band, chorus and/or orchestra. This year’s recipients are as follows:
For Excellence in Band: Sara Sabo
For Excellence in Chorus: Ryan Myers
For Excellence in Orchestra: Jennifer Hanson & McKenna Norton
For Excellence in All Groups: Gavin Maxwell & Julia Snoke
The Outstanding Humanitarian Award is given to students who have strong leadership skills and who have made the biggest contribution to the Humanitarian Club. This year’s recipients are Gavin Maxwell, Emma Henderson, and Grace Pruitt.
The Charles M. Paynter Cup is given by the Class of 1975 and is awarded to the senior girl who has rendered outstanding athletic service during her senior year. This year’s award winner is Julia Kosara.
The Kenneth A. Webb Cup is given by the Class of 1975 and is awarded to the senior girl who, in the judgment of the coaches, has demonstrated individual proficiency and unusual effort in a sport. The recipient this year is Sydney McCracken.
The Dr. D. Duer Reynolds Memorial Cup is awarded to the senior girl and boy who has earned a school letter and has contributed the most to athletics during their entire high school career. This year’s honorees are Emma Schwarz and Samuel Forte
The Nathan W. Kendig Cup is given by the Class of 1975 and is awarded to a senior girl who has a combination of athletic ability, academic achievement, and outstanding school service.This year’s recipient is Mia Gruce.
The Dr. Larry C. Bosley Cup is awarded to the senior girl who has been actively involved in 2 or more Kennett High School activities, one of which being a sport. This recipient has also made a considerable contribution to the Kennett Community. Congratulations to Alexandra Seel.
The Bob Scarlett Prize, in the name of Mr. Prettyman and established by the Kennett Athletic Booster Club, is awarded to the senior girl for outstanding sportsmanship. This year’s recipient is Carly Cicconi.
The Kennett Athletic Booster Club Scholarship is awarded to the senior female and male athletes who will pursue a post high school education, served as an exemplary role models, and showed enthusiasm and dedication. This year’s honorees are Andrea Torres and Richard Hughson.
The Maureen Jefferson Scholarship is awarded to the senior female and male athletes who will continue their education exemplified the concept of “team players” and exhibited a dedication to teamwork and the spirit of cooperation in competition. Nimah Narinesingh-Smith and Paul James Pebly are this year’s award recipients.
The Frank W. Graff Cup for athletics is awarded to the senior boy who has rendered outstanding athletic service during his senior year. This year the honoree is Trent Kochersperger.
The William A. Shoemaker Memorial Cup is awarded to the senior boy who, in the judgment of the coaches, has demonstrated individual proficiency and unusual effort in a sport. This year, Gavin Maxwell has done just that.
The Raymond M. Moynihan Trophy is awarded to a senior boy who has a combination of athletic ability, academic achievement, and outstanding school service. This year, that person is Vincent Cresci.
The Robert C. Roselle Cup is awarded to the senior boy who has been actively involved in 2 or more Kennett High School activities, one of which being a sport. This recipient has also made a considerable contribution to the Kennett Community. Congratulations to this year’s honoree, Andrew Hertz.
KAU – Sean Barrett Memorial Scholarship Award – This scholarship is a one-time $1,000 award given to a graduating senior from Kennett High School and a graduating senior from Unionville High School who demonstrate a high level of achievement in community service, coaching, mentoring and leadership. This year’s award has been presented to KHS Senior Timothy Kratz.
The Renssalaer Medal – Founded in 1824, The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the oldest technological institution in North America, and it is in the Capital Region of New York State. This prestigious award has been awarded since 1916 to one student in any given high school and is designed to recognize that student’s strength and success in the fields of mathematics and science. Medalists who apply, are admitted to, and enroll at Rensselaer are awarded a scholarship worth $30,000 per year. This year’s recipient is Matthew Ober. The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute congratulates you on being awarded the Rensselaer Medal!
The Princeton Prize Certificate is presented to students who, through their volunteer activities, have undertaken significant efforts to advance racial equity and understanding in their schools or communities. This year’s recipient is Isabella Hanson.
The Air Force Math & Science Award is given to a student that is a top academic performer in both math & science. This year’s recipient is Rio King.
The KHS Citizenship Award is given to a student that exemplifies the true meaning of Citizenship. This student is willing to lend a hand and help those in need. This student always has a positive attitude, includes others, and works to make a difference-both at school and in their community. This year’s KHS citizenship awarded is presented to Jaquelin Hernandez Martinez
The KHS Grit Award is awarded to a student who has demonstrated perseverance, stick-to-itiveness, and persistence during their academic, athletic, and extra-curricular tenure at Kennett High School. This award and its presence are a tribute to the class of 2021, who demonstrated the grit that it takes to make our school the absolute best in Chester County. This year’s GRIT award winner at KHS is Alexis Schuetz.
The Student Services Principal’s Leadership Award is sponsored by the Student Services Company and is given to a student who exemplifies the qualities of Leadership, Scholarship, and School Service. This year’s recipient is Alondra Herrera-Esquivel.
Every year the Kennett Education Association recognizes graduating Seniors with a variety of awards. This year’s students recognized are as follows:
Business – Jack Ryan
English – Gavin Maxwell
FCS = Lisbeth Luna-Mondragon
Fine Arts – Chayse D’Andrade
Health & PE – Trent Kochersperger
Math – Gavin Maxwell
Music – Catherine Seamon
Science – Daniel Shen
Social Studies – McKenna Norton
Technical Arts – Alan Burton
World Languages – McKenna Norton
KEA Award – Julia Snoke