Kennett High School Future Business Leaders Head for Nationals

Kennett High School’s FBLA E-Business Team and individual competitors in Business Law, Securities and Investments, and Impromptu Speaking advanced out of staFBLA large groupte competition to the Future Business Leaders of America National Conference and Competition to be held in Atlanta, June 29 through July 2. According to the FBLA website, “competitive events at the National Leadership Conference . . . prepare students for successful careers in business by providing opportunities to apply classroom concepts in a workforce-simulated competitive environment.”

The E-Business Team of Anna Colamarino, Kelsey Jernegan, and Alena Rybarczyk (all sophomores) placed second in the state level competition held April 11 through 13 in Hershey. At the national level, the team will have to present a “slightly tweaked version” of their prize-winning E-business website. The event requires students to “create a website for a banquet hall (to be used for wedding receptions, engagement parties, and any type of celebrations or business presentation meetings).” The website must include an interactive calendar, photo gallery, and contact page with the ability to reserve the hall and pay online. The team decided to create their banquet hall inside world-renowned Longwood Gardens.

Anna said, “We decided it would be cool. Longwood is a great landmark in our town. We’re all from Kennett, so we can bring a little of Kennett into our presentation.”

“The state leadership conference was a very cool experience, so I expect Nationals to be just as great,” added Alena.

And, Kelsey asserted, “I thought FBLA was going to be more ‘academic,’ but it turned out to be social. We’ve met a lot of fun and inspiring people.”Anna Alena and Kelsey FBLA

The team has a great deal of experience working together: Anna and Alena play on Kennett High School’s tennis team together, Kelsey and Alena run track, and Kelsey and Anna are both on the swim team. And, all three are also involved in a wide range of other extra-curricular activities.

Sophomore Jake Kalscheur qualified for the national competition by placing third at the state level in Business Law. Jake will have to demonstrate his expertise on a sixty-minute test evaluating his knowledge of contracts and sales; property law; business organization; agency and employment law; domestic/personal law; negotiable investments, insurance, secured transactions, and bankruptcy; consumer protection; product/personal liability; computer law; and the legal system.

Jake remarked, “I was inspired to enter the Business Law event, at least in part, based on my interest in the law. It has been a great experience, and I’m looking forward to Nationals.”

Besides being involved in FBLA, Jake also plays on the golf team and participates in mock trial. He is interested in pursuing a career in either engineering or law.

Junior Zachary Hrenko earned his trip to Nationals by placing fourth in Securities and Investments in Hershey. Like Jake, Zach will have to demonstrate his understanding on a sixty-minute test covering topics in investment fundamentals, personal investing, retirement and estate planning, the financial services industry, financial assets and marketing, financial services regulation, the stock market, and mutual funds.

“I’m very grateful for the opportunity. The club provides an excellent way to break into the world of business and finance. I’m excited to compete and represent Kennett High School at the national level,” said Zach.

Zach will be the senior drum major of Kennett High School’s marching band this fall. He also participates in a wide variety of activities, including Model UN, Academic Team, and GSA.

And, finally, Casey Bruno, a graduating senior, gained his spot at Nationals by placing fifth in Impromptu Speaking. When he competes in Atlanta, Casey will be given only ten minutes to prepare a four-minute speech on one or more FBLA goals. He will not be permitted to use electronic devices to prepare or present; his only support materials will be two 4 X 6 index cards provided to him by event judges. His speech will be evaluated on content, organization, and delivery.

Casey explained, “I’m proud to be able to represent my school, joining my fellow competitors. I’d like to thank my lit. teachers and Mr. Duane Kotz for giving me the tools and the confidence to display my speaking ability at the national level.”

Casey also participates in several activities, marching band, the musicals, and the robotics club among them. He will head to Temple University this fall, potentially majoring in bioengineering.

The Kennett High School Chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America is co-advised by business teacher Mr. Bill Fritsch and social studies teacher Mr. Joe O’Sullivan, who accompanied the students to the conference in Hershey. School librarian Ms. Lisa Teixeira also served as chaperone for the more than thirty KHS FBLA members who qualified for state competition from the regional level. In addition to those named above, regional qualifiers included Saarang Karandikar, Sean Huezo, Michael Yue, Luke Beeson, David McVey, Edwin Casteneda, Joe Schlitz, Aliyah Asel, Ben Skross, Delaney Chaffin, Evan Brown, Rhea Jiang, Becca Shoemaker, Amanda Haid, Lauren Hauptschein, Ben Jordan, Nate Dight, Zach Zamorski, Ryan Salameda, Laurel Peterson, Austin Maxwell, Merritt Connolly, Michael Crognale, Steven Holladay, Matt Hauptschein, Jonathan Bell, Davis Piercy, Henry Shattuck, Jayna Bruno, and Aidan Schmidt.

The students moving on to the national competition will be accompanied to Atlanta by Ms. Teixeira.

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Demon Robotics Completes Impressive Season

Kennett High School Demon Robotics completed its fifth season with an impressive finish at the District competition held in Bethlehem, PA, from April 14 to 16.Ernie and Katie

This year’s competition, FIRST Stronghold, featured “two alliances of three robots . . . on a quest to breach their opponents’ fortifications, weaken their tower with boulders, and capture the opposing tower. Robots [could] score points by breaching opponents’ defenses and scoring boulders through goals in the opposing tower. During the final twenty seconds of the quest, robots [could] surround and scale the opposing tower to capture it.”

The team’s robot, Demonator V, was completed on the “stop build” date of February 23, at 11:59 p.m. Demonator V was then taken to the Springside-Chestnut Hill competition in March, the Westtown event in early April, and, finally, the First Mid-Atlantic Robotics District Championship in Bethlehem, PA. The team placed 34th out of 60 teams in this event and 47th out of the 121 teams in the region. And, though Demon Robotics did not advance to the FRC Robotics World Championship in St. Louis, the season represented a significant upturn in final standings for Kennett High School.

According to senior team member Ernie Wilson, “Through the synergy of the dedication of both students and mentors, this year represented an astonishing improvement. We worked harder and longer than ever before, and we’ve proven our potential.”

Team adviser and Kennett High School physics teacher Mr. Dan Folmar concurred: “I feel that 2016 represented a turning point. After two years of mediocre performance, we’re back in the game again.”

Founded in 2010, Mid-Atlantic Robotics (MAR) is a non-profit corporation that spans all of Delaware, New Jersey, and counties in Pennsylvania from Harrisburg eastward. MAR is affiliated with FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1989, that aims to inspire youth and promote interest in science and technology through robotic competitions that involve 2,500 teams and 58,000 students in the U.S. and around the world.

“The Varsity Sport for the Mind,” FRC combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It’s as close to “real-world engineering” as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team.robotics team strategizing

Demon Robotics was founded as a new club at Kennett High School in 2011. Membership has more than doubled since that time, and the club now boasts more than thirty students participating, along with eleven adult mentors. This year’s team was led by club president Magnus Murray and included members Wyatt Anderson, Chris Appleton, Luke Baker, Leo Battalora, Thomas Bish, Casey Bruno, Brice Chapman, Shakti Das, Scott Dreisbach, Payton DuLong, Aodhan Gorman, Dennon Hoernig, Molly Hohner, Caleb Hopper, Sean Huezo, Javier Juarez Mendez, Katie Judge, Emils Jurcik, Saarang Karandikar, Andrew Kim, Sarah Ploener, Nate Presnell, Christian Samulewicz, Katie Schuetz, Alex Starr, Sarah Stephens, Matt Stralkowski, Megan Tandarich., Justin Vipperman, Grey Wertman, Ernie Wilson, and Michael Yue.

The Blue Demon Robotics team was assisted by adult mentors Ms. Paula Appleton, Mr. Steve Baker, Mr. Steve Chapman, Mr Jeff Feit, Mr. Dan Folmar, Ms. Christina Gorman, Mr. Brian Lucas, Mr. Dominic Perna, Mr. Jose Roman, Mr. Chris Schuetz, and Mr. Mark Tandarich.

The annual budget for Demon Robotics is approximately $15,000. This season’s funding was generously provided by many supporters, including the Kennett Education Foundation, Labware, Exelon, Phillips Mushroom Farms, Sandler Training, Manfredi Logistics Service, Bentley, Cari Orthodontics, and Sinton Heating & Air Conditioning.

Anyone interested in volunteering time, talent, or funding for the 2016-17 competition season can contact club adviser Mr. Folmar at Kennett High School. Or, see the team’s website for more information. (http://www.demonrobotics4342.org)

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Kennett High School Wins First ChesMont Track Title in 25 Years With Help of Student Battling Cancer

Two days before Kennett High School’s Track & Field team’s biggest match of the season, one of their standout athletes, John Paul Dean, was in A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children, being treated for Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Dean, 18, a Kennett senior, had just undergone grueling chemotherapy treatments that caused him to lose all of his hair. He was weak and fatigued. The cancer had found its way into his body. According to the National Cancer Institute, the 5-year survival rate for Stage 4 patients is 65 percent.

But Dean knew that his team needed him, because if they defeated Unionville and Oxford, they would win their first ChesMont League American Division championship in 25 years.

“The team needed me and I just couldn’t imagine not being there for them,” he said. “I just could not let them down. It’s strange, because I have cancer, and no one thought I would be there at all.”

Even his doctors at A.I. DuPont urged him to get rest and not put a strain on his body.

But Dean showed up for the Monday, April 18 practice, and did not look well at all, said John Ramagano, Kennett High Track & Field head coach.

“He asked me to enter him in the meet,” Ramagano said. “So on (Tuesday) I entered him in the long jump and triple jump.”

Kennett needed an incredible performance from Dean, because Chris Castaneda pulled a hamstring just 10 meters from the finish line in the 100-meter relay, giving the advantage to Unionville.

Dean then goes to the long jump and jumps 21 feet, 2 inches, just one-tenth of an inch off his all-time best. Then at the triple jump, he jumps 40 feet and wins it big.

“It’s a fairy tale story,” Ramagano said. “I think it was internal will. I think it was due to the team coming together with a strong and determined young athlete, and it was a rallying point for us.”

Because of Dean’s performance, Kennett won the championship.

“I’m not sure we would have won the championship if not for John Paul,” Ramagano said.

Earlier this year, Dean developed a nagging cough. In January, Ramagano said he “shut him down” after Dean struggled in practice. He was always a top performer, having run for Kennett Middle School for two years, and is in his fourth year at Kennett High.

“At the time, I thought it was fatigue, because there were flu-like symptoms going around then,” Ramagano said.

During the first week of March, the start of the PIAA outdoor track season, Dean struggled out of the gate. The cough persisted.

“I told him something isn’t right with him, and he should get some things looked at,” Ramagano said.

On March 10, Dean relented and went to his doctor. He was later admitted to A.I. DuPont Hospital.

After a battery of tests and scans, doctors determined Dean was suffering from advanced cancer.

“Our team was pretty devastated when we heard,” Ramagano said. “He has been a captain this whole season and has been a fixture here from a track and field perspective for six years. This was devastating for his family, and his extended family.”

After his first chemotherapy treatment, doctors said he was in too poor of a condition to compete in anything, let alone the first meet of the season. Ramagano said when the team — all 135 members of Kennett High Track & Field — learned of it, some cried on the bus. But the season had to continue, and the team wanted to salute John Paul Dean in a special way.

Thanks to a local vendor, the Kennett Team took a page from the U.S. Olympic “Dream Team” basketball team, and got shirts with the words “The Dean Team” on the front, and a slogan on the back stating that losing isn’t an option. The Kennett team used body markers to draw purple ribbons on their arms, because PIAA rules prohibit the wearing of ribbons.

At the second meet, the boys rallied behind him and defeated Great Valley. They carried that momentum over to later defeat Sun Valley and Octorara.

At the West Chester Rustin meet, emotions ran high when the Rustin team put together a huge poster board with the words “We are all behind you, John Paul.” It was signed by every member of the West Chester Rustin track and field team. At that meet, Dean competed against the advice of his doctors, and took first place in the long jump, and Kennett defeated Rustin, 77-73. Jumpers who helped secure the victory also included Xavier Feliciano, Ryan Eberle, Ryan Boyle, and Stanton Jones. Throwers included Al Sheehan, Eberle, Neil Erickson, Charlie Stinson, Tyler LaCasta and Zach Crowl. Runners, in addition to Castaneda inlcuded Jasper Seay, Nick Brison, James Tulley, Josh Ramagano and Austin Maxwell.

At the final meet, Ramagano said the team wasn’t expecting Dean to compete.

“He just got a heavy dose of chemo and was sick all weekend,” Ramagano said. “But he fought against all the odds.”

Dean said it’s not his nature to quit. He said he will beat the cancer. He is going ahead with his graduation at Kennett in a few weeks, then he will attend college at a school in Florida, where he plans to be a commercial airline pilot. He said he plans to run track all four years in college.

“I had to be here for the team,” Dean said. “It was a team effort all the way around, especially when Chris went down.”

His mother, Sharon, said her son is a competitor and will win the battle.

“We are just so thankful so many people are praying for him,” she said. “We feel positive about the outcome. He will continue to get his chemo every three weeks, and he plans to go to (college) in the fall. He is a true leader. He leads by example.”

Originally written by Fran Maye, the Kennett Paper. Reposted with permission.

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NOTICE TO RESIDENTS OF REGION A (KENNETT BOROUGH)

In accordance with Section 315 of the Public School Code of 1949, as amended (24 P.S. § 3-315), the Board of School Directors of the Kennett Consolidated School District will appoint a qualified resident of Region A (Kennett Borough) to fill the Board vacancy caused by the resignation of Douglas B. Stirling. The person appointed will serve until the first Monday of December 2017.

The Board will interview applicants for the appointment at a public meeting on Monday, May 2, 2016, at 6:00 p.m., at the Mary D. Land Kindergarten Center, 409 Center Street, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, and, if necessary, at a public meeting on Monday, May 9, 2016, at 6:00 p.m., at Kennett Middle School, 195 Sunny Dell Road, Landenberg, Pennsylvania. The Board will make the appointment at the Regular Board meeting that begins at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 9, 2016, at Kennett Middle School.

If you are a person with a disability and wish to attend these meetings and require an auxiliary aid, service, or other accommodation to observe or to participate in the proceeding, please telephone the District Superintendent at (610) 444-6602 to discuss how the Kennett Consolidated School District may best accommodate your needs.

Application materials may be obtained by telephoning Dawn Papi, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent, at 610-444-6602 or by picking up materials at the District Office weekdays between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Completed applications must be received in the District Office by 12:00 noon on Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Applications can be delivered directly to the District Office or mailed to:

Applicant for School Board Director

Kennett Consolidated School District

300 East South Street

Kennett Square, PA 19348

KCSD School Board Application

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A Spotlight on Bancroft Elementary School’s Mrs. Jan Turner

Through unwavering dedication to others, school counselor Mrs. Jan Turner has helped build a strong support system for students and staff at Bancroft Elementary School. The pride and love Mrs. Turner has for her students is evident as soon as she enters a room.

Jan Turner With Students 2As a school counselor, Mrs. Turner supports students, teachers, administrators, support staff, nurses, and parents alike. Each day, her role presents her with new challenges and triumphs, but during her 19 years working in Kennett Consolidated School District, Mrs. Turner’s passion for educational support has never faltered.

“My role at Bancroft Elementary School is truly rewarding. I have the opportunity to work with students at a very pivotal stage in their development,” Mrs. Turner explained. “It’s all about collaborating with colleagues and parents to help students solve problems and thrive academically and socially.”

Mrs. Turner started on her path to becoming a school counselor by attending Millersville University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in elementary/special education. After graduation, Mrs. Turner pursued a professional certificate in secondary Spanish from Villanova University and earned her master’s degree in elementary counseling at West Chester University.

Before joining Kennett Consolidated School District, Mrs. Turner’s career as an educator led her on a journey around the world teaching special education and English as a second language. From travels within the United States, as well as to Puerto Rico and Mexico, Mrs. Turner has gained invaluable language skills and cultural understanding.

A love of other cultures and travel is a theme that runs strongly through Mrs. Turner’s family life, too. Her husband, Mr. Russell Turner, and her three sons, Alex, Brad, and Eric, all have the hearts of explorers. Russell is an environmental engineer, and he volunteers with Engineers Without Borders, managing projects in Peru and El Salvador. Her eldest son, Alex, is a chemical engineer, and her son Brad works in economics and finance and has traveled to almost 30 countries. Mrs. Turner’s youngest son, Eric, visited Japan as an exchange student before moving there after college to pursue a career as a computer engineer in Tokyo.

In her free time, Mrs. Turner enjoys hiking, photography, and spending time with friends and extended family.

“Each day, I am given the opportunity to make a difference in a student’s life,” Mrs. Turner said. “Being able to help students and families overcome tough situations and working within such a wonderful and diverse community is truly amazing.”

Kennett Consolidated School District is proud to continue to spotlight our dedicated staff members.

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KHS Musician Qualifies to All State Band

Yvonna Liszewski, a junior at Kennett High School, has qualified for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State Festival as part of the All-State Concert Band. The band is comprised of approximately 100 of the best musicians from across the Commonwealth.

Yvonna was one of only four flautists who qualified from PMEA Yvonna States pictureRegion VI that includes high school musicians from Chester, Bucks, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties.

Always humble, Yvonna said, “The way auditions are handled, it’s really just a snapshot of your playing ability. So, while I might have been better on that particular day, there are so many talented musicians in our region.”

However, Mr. Anton Romano, Kennett High School’s Band Director asserted, “It’s pretty amazing to make it once, and Yvonna has made it two consecutive years. She really is just that good.”

The festival will be held from March 30 to April 2, culminating in a concert at the Hershey Convention Center on the final day.

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KHS Presents Beauty and the Beast

Kennett HigBeauty and the Beast Logoh School will present its annual musical March 10 – 12. This year’s production of the show Beauty and the Beast includes a cast of seventy-eight Kennett High School singers, actors, and dancers. Ms. Katie Soukup is the music director, and Ms. Cindy Albertini is the stage director/choreographer. Ms. Julie Bolten serves as the play’s costume designer and coordinator, and Mr. Michael Anastas will manage the lighting and sound crews. Mr. Anastas will also supervise the stage crew with Mr. Steve Dooley and Mr. Steve Castleton.

Adapted from a French fairy tale, this show, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and a book by Linda Woolverton, first appeared on Broadway in 1994. The musical is the tale of Belle (Olivia Pagliaro), an independent, intelligent woman in a provincial town, and the Beast (Alex Mark), a prince transformed by an enchantress’s spell as punishment for his selfishness. In order to become human again, the prince must learn the meaning of love. If he does not, he will remain transformed for eternity, along with the comedic and clever members of his household: Mrs. Potts (Aubrie Barnett), Lumiere (Danny Drennan), Cogsworth (Jimmy Rosser), Madame de la Grande Bouche (Sami Castleton), Chip (Tamblyn Mitchell), and Babette (Lilian Alba).

Filling out the cast of characters are the town hero Gaston (Austin Maxwell) and his sidekick Le Fou (Ben Skross), Belle’s father Maurice (Colin Petersen), the Silly Girls (Pearl Battalora, Abbie Duckworth, Becca Shoemaker, and Alie Weldon), Madame D’Arque (Diane Brunke), and the Prologue Voiceover (Duncan Smith).

Members of the ensemble include Ileana Alfonso, Samantha Anthony, Megan Appleby, Camille Avedisian, Kassie Ayllon, Amanda Bell, Grace Bolten, Langdon Braden, Madison Brown, Casey Bruno, Kamryn Bunker, Francesca Caccamo, Avery Chapman, Hannah Church, Heather Cooper, Gabbie Crowl, Kaitlyn Devonshire, Olivia Donia, Claire Duckworth, Erin Duffy, Zhuanel duToit, Kevin Fiss, Emily Funkhouser, Jennifer Gau, River Gheen-Regouski, Emma Giancola, Holly Gouge, Allie Hall, Lauren He, Anais Jevtitch, Connor Lang, Peter Magasiny, Emily Mallon, Cassidy Matz, Maddy McFarland, Gabby Mento, Hannah Mourad, Dylan Munson, Bea Murray, Natalie Nellius, Suju Park, Caleb Pebly, Lydia Pebly, Laurel Petersen, Mirella Petrillo, Liz Rauscher, Alicia Rohrer, Maggie Schubert, Julia Sharp, Evan Shinn, Ananya Shivakumar, Sydney Shumaker, Morgan Slaninko, Arielle Smith, Samantha Sullivan, Kate Taylor, Emily Thompson, Damian Whyte, Anna Wilson, Jenny Zavala, and Cindy Zern.

Audiences will be treated to familiar musical numbers such as “Gaston,” “Belle,” “Be Our Guest,” “Human Again,” and, of course, “Beauty and the Beast.”

Show times are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 PM. There is also a Saturday matinee at 2:00 PM. Tickets may be reserved by clicking below or purchased at the door.

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A Spotlight on KCSD’s Curriculum Supervisors

The Kennett Consolidated School District believes in providing quality education to enable all students to reach their greatest potential. Behind each lesson plan, homework assignment, and exam is a thoughtful process that begins with District curriculum supervisors Dr. Lydia Hallman, math and science, and Mrs. Jessica Kilmetz, language arts and social studies.

As District curriculum supervisors and instructional leaders, Dr. Hallman and Mrs. Kilmetz ensure that the District’s curriculum and resources meet the Pennsylvania Core Standards. Together, they cultivate professional growth and support teachers and administrative teams, working alongside faculty to help develop differentiated learning models.

Differentiated learning involves providing different students in the same classroom with different methods for learning the same material. By considering varied learning needs, teachers can develop personalized instruction so that all children in the classroom can learn effectively.

“As District curriculum supervisors, it is our goal to improve student achievement while implementing best teaching practices,” states Dr. Hallman. “In order to improve student achievement, we focus on developing and implementing differential strategies that will allow us to better meet the needs of our students.”

Mrs. Kilmetz is a graduate of Rutgers University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in anthropology and art history. After graduating, Mrs. Kilmetz worked as an anthropologist for four years before pursuing a career in education. For 15 years she taught English as a Second Language (ESL), language arts, and social studies to students across the United States. She then earned her principal certification from Temple University and worked as an assistant principal for four years before taking her current position, as curriculum supervisor of language arts and social studies in the Kennett Consolidated School District.

Dr. Hallman attended Drexel University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry. After earning her undergraduate degree, Dr. Hallman worked as an applied research chemist at Henkel Corporation in Ambler, Pennsylvania. After a few years, Dr. Hallman decided to change career paths and went on to earn her master’s and doctorate in educational leadership from Saint Joseph’s University. She began her educational career at Conestoga High School where she taught Advanced Placement and honors science classes. She also served as the school’s assistant principal. Dr. Hallman then accepted her current position as curriculum supervisor of math and science in the Kennett Consolidated School District.

Dr. Hallman and Mrs. Kilmetz play important roles in the education of Kennett Consolidated School District’s students, and it is easy to see that providing a quality education and meeting the needs of all students is their driving inspiration.

When they are not working, they both enjoy spending time with their husbands and children. Both are avid hikers and outdoor sports participants.

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Kennett High School Presents Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast LogoKennett High School will present its annual musical March 10 – 12. This year’s production of the show Beauty and the Beast includes a cast of seventy-eight Kennett High School singers, actors, and dancers. Ms. Katie Soukup is the music director, and Ms. Cindy Albertini is the stage director/choreographer. Ms. Julie Bolten serves as the play’s costume designer and coordinator, and Mr. Michael Anastas will manage the lighting and sound crews. Mr. Anastas will also supervise the stage crew with Mr. Steve Dooley and Mr. Steve Castleton.

Adapted from a French fairy tale, this show, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and a book by Linda Woolverton, first appeared on Broadway in 1994. The musical is the tale of Belle (Olivia Pagliaro), an independent, intelligent woman in a provincial town, and the Beast (Alex Mark), a prince transformed by an enchantress’s spell as punishment for his selfishness. In order to become human again, the prince must learn the meaning of love. If he does not, he will remain transformed for eternity, along with the comedic and clever members of his household: Mrs. Potts (Aubrie Barnett), Lumiere (Danny Drennan), Cogsworth (Jimmy Rosser), Madame de la Grande Bouche (Sami Castleton), Chip (Tamblyn Mitchell), and Babette (Lilian Alba).

Filling out the cast of characters are the town hero Gaston (Austin Maxwell) and his sidekick Le Fou (Ben Skross), Belle’s father Maurice (Colin Petersen), the Silly Girls (Pearl Battalora, Abbie Duckworth, Becca Shoemaker, and Alie Weldon), Madame D’Arque (Diane Brunke), and the Prologue Voiceover (Duncan Smith).

Members of the ensemble include Ileana Alfonso, Samantha Anthony, Megan Appleby, Camille Avedisian, Kassie Ayllon, Amanda Bell, Grace Bolten, Langdon Braden, Madison Brown, Casey Bruno, Kamryn Bunker, Francesca Caccamo, Avery Chapman, Hannah Church, Heather Cooper, Gabbie Crowl, Kaitlyn Devonshire, Olivia Donia, Claire Duckworth, Erin Duffy, Zhuanel duToit, Kevin Fiss, Emily Funkhouser, Jennifer Gau, River Gheen-Regouski, Emma Giancola, Holly Gouge, Allie Hall, Lauren He, Anais Jevtitch, Connor Lang, Peter Magasiny, Emily Mallon, Cassidy Matz, Maddy McFarland, Gabby Mento, Hannah Mourad, Dylan Munson, Bea Murray, Natalie Nellius, Suju Park, Caleb Pebly, Lydia Pebly, Laurel Petersen, Mirella Petrillo, Liz Rauscher, Alicia Rohrer, Maggie Schubert, Julia Sharp, Evan Shinn, Ananya Shivakumar, Sydney Shumaker, Morgan Slaninko, Arielle Smith, Samantha Sullivan, Kate Taylor, Emily Thompson, Damian Whyte, Anna Wilson, Jenny Zavala, and Cindy Zern.

Audiences will be treated to familiar musical numbers such as “Gaston,” “Belle,” “Be Our Guest,” “Human Again,” and, of course, “Beauty and the Beast.”

Show times are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 PM. There is also a Saturday matinee at 2:00 PM. Tickets may be reserved by clicking below or purchased at the door.

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2016-2017 Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2016-2017 school year will begin on Tuesday, March 1 and continue through Friday, March 31, 2016, with the exception of March 21 through 25. Parents can pick up a registration packet at the main office of the Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center after February 15, 2016.

Once the packet is completed, you must contact the Student Registration Office at 610-444-4235 to schedule an appointment to finalize the registration process.

Parents new to kindergarten for the 2016-2017 school year are invited to Mary D. Lang’s “Kindergarten Kickoff” for an information session and building tour to be held at the Kindergarten Center on Thursday, March 3, 2016, for parents whose last name begins with A – M and on Thursday, March 10, 2016, for parents whose last name begins with N – Z. Both sessions will begin at 6:30 p.m.

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