KCSD Expands STEM Offerings with Financial Support of the Kennett Education Foundation

The Kennett Consolidated School District is excited to announce that it will be adding a class to the selection of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) courses offered at the high school. The District will also pilot a summer STEM program for fifth grade students.

The course, Civil Engineering and Architecture, is a one-year course that is designed for students who have completed the foundation courses of Introduction to Engineering Design and Principles of Engineering as an elective option.

“Civil Engineering and Architecture is the third of what will be a four-course offering with a capstone project to be offered in the 2016-2017 academic year,” explained Dr. Michael Barber, Kennett High School principal.

During the class, which was chosen based on student interest, students will learn important aspects of building and site design and development. They will apply math, science, and standard engineering practices to design projects and document their work using 3-D architecture design software.

“The addition of our newest STEM course, Civil Engineering and Architecture, will further enhance the pathway to the engineering experience here at Kennett High School,” said Ron Phillips, Kennett High School mathematics and STEM teacher. “The skills students have acquired in our foundation courses will be further developed with a particular focus on the planning and constructing of commercial and residential structures. Through the use of the software Autodesk Revit, students will bring their design ideas to virtual reality. This is just the first of our STEM advanced elective courses that will be selected by our students.”

The STEM program at both the Middle and High Schools have benefited greatly from the Kennett Education Foundation (KEF) that has contributed over $50,000 over the past two years to purchase technology and other equipment. For the 2015-2016 school year the KEF has contributed another $50,000 that will cover a significant portion of the dollars used for the hiring of another STEM teacher.

“During the very difficult economy that we have experienced over the past five years it would have been extremely difficult for our District to offer our students a quality STEM program without the financial assistance provided by the Kennett Education Foundation. I am amazed at the amount of time and energy the KEF volunteers expend while raising dollars for our students. They are extremely focused and dedicated to our school system and for that I am extremely grateful,” stated Superintendent Dr. Barry Tomasetti.

Summer Program

The next endeavor will be to offer STEM classes to the District’s graduating fifth graders in a pilot summer program. This two-week opportunity will offer 12 students from each of the elementary schools the opportunity to design and build remote-control robots and to study robotics technology. Additionally, part of the program will be dedicated to biomedical engineering for experimenting with ways to limit the spread of germs.

“Again, the Kennett Education Foundation’s contributions have made this summer enrichment program possible. Along with the $50,000 contributed to our High School program the KEF donated another $9,000 targeted for this summer learning opportunity,” explained Dr. Tomasetti.

“We are excited about the opportunities that we have been able to provide for our middle school and high school students in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics,” said Dr. Tomasetti. “While we will always provide our students with a traditional approach to mathematics and science, our STEM classes emphasize practical applications for math, technology, and science knowledge, and we believe that our students’ successes in applying these valuable skills will motivate them further.”

All STEM learning opportunities will consist of a hands-on, project-based approach to acquiring new skills. The District anticipates sending applications for this program to the homes of eligible students in late April. There will be a $150 fee assessed to each enrollee that will help offset the District’s cost for bringing this opportunity to students.

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KHS Graduates to Continue Athletic Careers at Collegiate Level

A number of Kennett High School 2015 graduates will continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level.  From private colleges to large state universities, 17 Kennett student-athletes will participate in five collegiate sports.  

“Kennett High School is extremely proud of our student-athletes who are Sample Imagecontinuing their athletic careers at the next level.  Our coaches have worked very hard to prepare our athletes for future play.  We are thrilled by their success!” said Mr. Jeff Thomas, athletic director and assistant principal.

Graceanna Werner will play lacrosse for the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Katherine    Gallivan will continue her lacrosse career at Philadelphia University. Haeli McCabe will play field hockey for the University of Connecticut. Dorothy Lovell will play volleyball for Penn State University – Brandywine Campus. Elizabeth Dawyot will play soccer for the Franciscan University of Steubenville. Hannah Shiflet will play lacrosse for the United States Military Academy – West Point and Thomas Spell will join her to play tennis. Jagger McFarland will play soccer for Elizabethtown College’s team. Ian Slicer will be a member of Alvernia University’s baseball team.  Matthew Petrick will continue his lacrosse career at Drexel University, while teammates Jake Rose and Brady O’Neill will play lacrosse for Bridgewater College and Washington College, respectively. Nicholas Meola will play soccer for West Chester University, while Jackson Hyland will shoot hoops for the school. Lee Woodall will suit up for Laney College’s football team. Joseph    Zirolli will take to Cecil College’s baseball diamond, and teammate Michael Uhle will continue his baseball career at Bard College.

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Kennett Middle School is on Top of the World

Energy was high as students, faculty, staff, and distinguished guests filled Kennett Middle School’s auditorium to celebrate the school being recognized by the Pennsylvania Don Eichhorn Schools: Schools to Watch program for the second time since 2012.

Sample ImageThe Pennsylvania Schools to Watch program annually recognizes a small number of diverse, high-performing, growth-oriented middle schools that demonstrate academic excellence, developmental responsiveness to the unique challenges of early adolescence, social equity, and school structures and processes that support and sustain the path to excellence. The middle school joins a very select cadre of 31 schools in Pennsylvania and more than 370 schools across the country that have earned the distinction of being Schools to Watch; only four others are located in the Delaware Valley region.

After an enthusiastic welcome by eighth grade students and Student Council members Emma Giancola and Molly Hohner, the eighth grade chorus performed the “Star Spangled Banner” and “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors.

“We are so happy that we have been able to earn this esteemed designation,” Emma and Molly told the audience. “Although this may be our last year, really our last few weeks here, Kennett Middle School has made an impression on us, and we will always carry that with us. All of our experiences here have helped shape us as students, and we could not be more grateful for our time here with the wonderful faculty and student body.”

Sample Image“We will continue to emphasize our strengths while seeking innovative ways to attack our areas of improvement,” Acting Principal Mr. Lorenzo DeAngelis told the audience. “Our goal is to be successful — academically, socially, physically, and emotionally. Becoming a School to Watch was not an easy task, but we’re up to the challenge and look forward to celebrating this wonderful recognition again in 2018.”

Before stepping aside for comments by Kennett Consolidated School District Board member Mr. Joseph Meola, sixth-grade teacher Mrs. Melissa Keer, and Mr. Bruce Vosburgh and Mr. Paul Meck, co-directors of the Pennsylvania Schools to Watch program, Mr. DeAngelis recognized Dr. John Carr for his leadership over the past 37 years. Dr. Carr retired as the middle school’s principal at the end of this academic year.

While unable to attend the celebration, Dr. Barry Tomasetti, superintendent, sent his good wishes, “This award is significant because it recognizes the diligence of everyone involved in advancing the learning of our students: the most worthwhile endeavor that anyone could undertake. Congratulations students. Your academic progress and citizenship are important as you advance through the grades and will continue to be vital assets for the rest of your lives. Keep up your outstanding efforts.”

Before presenting the middle school with its new Schools to Watch banner, Mr. Vosburgh commented that Schools to Watch is about the journey, not the award. “The skills and habits that you gain today will serve you as you progress in your academic career and beyond.”

A highlight of the celebration was a ten-minute video featuring teachers, staff, and students. The video was produced by eighth grade teacher Ms. Brenna Levi and can be seen by clicking here.

The celebration wrapped up with a special appearance by the Philly Phanatic, who engaged students, faculty, and guests while the jazz band played “Moves Like Jagger,” by Maroon 5.

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Students Honored at KHS Award Night

On Wednesday, June 3 the following seniors were recognized for thier academic and athletic accomplishments, as well as their commitment to community service:


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.


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 – Matthew Bunke, Stephen Doroba, Laura Elliott, Jacob Ettinger, Arshia Faghri, Phoebe Hertler, Hali Jiang, Jessica Rosenau, Annabelle Schmitt, Zixuan Shen, Kavya Shetty


Approximately 16,000 students throughout the fifty states attain this distinction and include the highest scoring entrants in the state. Our Semifinalists students are – Liam Bonnage and David Lavin


The National Merit Finalists represent less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors and are the highest scoring entrants in the country. Of the 16,000 Semifinalists announced in September, our National Merit Finalists are –
Jonathan Baumel, Nichol Brown, Richard Doty, Katherine Gallivan, Peter O’Sullivan


The $2500 National Merit Scholarships are the awards for which every Finalist is considered. According to a release from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, these finalists are recognized for academic promise and distinguished performance in the 2015 competition. Our recipients are – Jonathan Baumel and Peter O’Sullivan


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. The recipient is Jonathan Sweet


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. The recipient is Katherine Gallivan


Recognizes our student’s Academy appointment. This year’s appointee is Kirsten Sharp


Recognizes our student’s Academy appointment. This year’s appointee is Graceanna Werner


Recognizes our students’ Academy appointments. This year’s appointees are Hannah Shiflet and Thomas Spell


A national-level Certificate of Merit Program to recognize and honor 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. Highest Honor – Julie Bates; High Honor – Erin Dooley; Honor – Megan Tandarich


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. The recipient is Joseph Nardozzi


Awarded to Kennett High School students of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds. The winner will be offered summer and holiday employment at Fulton Bank while attending college. The winner may also be offered full-time employment at Fulton Bank through the Fulton Financial Corporation Management Trainee Program. The recipient is Paige Reynolds


Given to outstanding English as Second Language students. Senior ESL Award recipients are Ana Corona Mata, Crystal Molina Carlos, Daniel Garduno Valle, and Luis Sanchez-Mendoza

WIN (Walk In kNowledge) SCHOLARSHIPS

Awarded to students who have been active members of the program throughout their high school career and who are pursuing a college degree. Recipients are Pamela Castillo-Herrera, Yanira Cintora Lopez, Cristian Cordova Bernal, Rodrigo Cordova-Pedroza, Viviana Diaz Perez, Yovani Lemus Ramirez, Adrian Lopez Orozco, Luis Lopez Torres, Guadalupe Martinez, Monica Mata-Lopez, Alejandra Orozco, Cecilia Renteria Mojica, Tania Rodriguez Cintora, and Erik Sandoval


Presented to the students who have participated in WIN activities during their senior year and who are pursuing a college degree. Recipients are Blanca Aguilar Acuna, Ruth Aguilera, Cristina Avellaneda-Valente, Emanuel Bernal Mondragon, Erick Calixto Corona, Jonathan Camarena Zavala, Esbeiry Cordova Ortiz, Juan Garcia Lopez, Lizheth Hernandez Nieto, Cristal Mondragon, Yuleidy Ortiz Bernal, Abraham Villagomez Zavala, and Diana Villagomez Zavala


Presented to English-Language Learner students who participated in WIN activities during their senior year and who are pursuing a college degree.Recipients are Ana Corona Mata, Daniel Garduno Valle, Yesica Gonzalez Arellano, Crystal Molina Carlos, Andrea Navarro Perez, Dennise Rojas Vergara, Luis Sanchez-Mendoza, and Gloria Villagomez Cortez


Awarded to the students who have been active members of the Hermanitas program throughout their high school career and who are pursuing a college degree.Recipients are Pamela Castillo-Herrera, Viviana Diaz Perez, Guadalupe Martinez, Monica Mata-Lopez, Lucero Montero Acosta, Alejandra Orozco, Cecilia Renteria Mojica, and Tania Rodriguez Cintora


Awarded to WIN students who give back to their community and who are pursuing a college degree.Recipients are Guadalupe Martinez and Tania Rodriguez Cintora


Presented to the students who worked closely with Kennett Run Charities to promote the “FundRun” in all of the schools of the Kennett Consolidated School District. Recipients are Ruth Aguilera, Sabina Carbajal, Pamela Castillo-Herrera, Esbeiry Cordova Ortiz, Rodrigo Cordova Pedrozo, Viviana Diaz Perez, Guadalupe Martinez, Monica Mata-Lopez, Lucero Montero Acosta, Alejandra Orozco, Yuleidy Ortiz Bernal, Cecilia Renteria Mojica, Tania Rodriguez Cintora


Presented to a student who went above and beyond while working with Kennett Run Charities. Recipient is Adrian Lopez Orozco


Awarded to a WIN student who shows exceptional character and whose words and gestures mirror the Rotary motto: Service above Self. Recipient is Cecilia Renteria Mojica


Presented to students with an un-weighted cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher and must be planning to enter a human healthcare-related profession. This year’s recipients are Kaitlyn Buchanan, Katherine Gallivan, and Hali Jiang


Designed to recognize those high school students who possess the character, courage, and competencies to effect positive change. This award was presented at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. This year’s recipient is Erin Dooley


Awarded to an outstanding student in the junior class who displays excellence in scholarship and high character, combined with achievement in other fields. This year’s recipient is Tolulope Adetayo


Givento students who posses strong leadership skills and who have made the biggest contribution to the Humanitarian Club. Recipients are Marisa Maxwell and Kavya Shetty


Established to recognize outstanding patronage of the Media Center unlike any other student and/or faculty member. Recipients are Ana Corona Mata and Crystal Molina Carlos


Given to our Media Center volunteers who have volunteered at least ten hours of service to the library. Recipients are Curtis Barlow, Karen Estrada-Fuentes, Taylor Hernandez, Celia Hervas, Nallely Lemus Camacho, Emily Mallon, and Marisa Mazzulo


Given to the students who have made the largest commitment to the library in terms of both service performed and time volunteered. Recipients are Sofia Rios Mendoza, Guadalupe Ruiz Paniagua, and Enrique Torres Romano


Awarded for excellence in band, chorus and/or orchestra. For Excellence in Band – Yvonna Liszewski; For Excellence in Chorus – Samantha Anthony; For Excellence in Orchestra – Julie Bates


Awarded to graduating seniors for excellence in band, chorus and/or orchestra. For Excellence in Band – Alexander Knotts; For Excellence in Chorus – Colby Reeves; For Excellence in Orchestra – Laura Elliott

For Excellence in Band, Orchestra & Chorus: Katherine Bolten, Elizabeth Dawyot, Peter Lattanzio, and Colby Reeves


Givento a graduating senior for outstanding musicianship, leadership, and spirit in Chorus. This year’s recipient is Marisa Maxwell


Givento a graduating senior for outstanding musicianship, leadership, and spirit in Band. This year’s recipient is Hayley Lattanzio


Givento a graduating senior for outstanding services in a variety of ways to the entire Music Department. This year’s recipient is Hannah Geller


Awarded to both a senior female and male athlete who is recognized for their excellence in both scholarship and athletic achievement. This year’s recipients are Cali Beeson and Griffin Dight


Awarded to both a senior female and male athlete who will continue their education, exemplified the concept of a “team player” and exhibited a dedication to teamwork and the spirit of cooperation in competition. This year’s recipients are Amalija Jurcik and Bryan Cook


Awarded to both a senior female and male athlete who will pursue a post high school education, served as an exemplary role model and showed enthusiasm and dedication. This year’s recipients are Deryn Schuck, Madison Schuck, Jake Rose, and Thomas Spell


Awarded to the senior female athlete and THE MILMAN E. PRETTYMAN PRIZE

Awarded to the senior male athlete for outstanding sportsmanship. This year’s recipients are Myia Bonifacino-Jackson, Chloe Chapman, and Michael Boulden


Awarded to the senior female athlete and THE FRANK W. GRAFF CUP

Awarded to the senior male athlete who has rendered outstanding athletic service during their senior year. This year’s recipients are Aimee Armitage, Kaitlyn Buchanan, Brady O’Neill, and Michael Uhle


Awarded to the senior female athlete and THE WILLIAM A. SHOEMAKER MEMORIAL CUP

Awarded to the senior male athlete who, in the judgment of the coaches, has demonstrated individual proficiency and unusual effort in a sport. This year’s recipients are Haeli McCabe and Jackson Hyland


Awarded to the senior female athlete and THE RAYMOND M. MOYNIHAN TROPHY

Awarded to the senior male athlete who has a combination of athletic ability, academic achievement and outstanding school service. This year’s recipients are Kirsten Sharp and Kevin Godzik


Awarded to the senior female athlete and THE ROBERT C. ROSELLE CUP

Awarded to the senior male athlete who has been actively involved in two or more Kennett High School activities, one of which being a sport. The recipients have also made a considerable contribution to the Kennett Community. This year’s recipients are Hannah Shiflet,
Jacob Goudy,and Matthew Petrick


Awarded to both a senior female and male athlete who has earned the school letter and has contributed the most to athletics during their entire high school career. This year’s recipients are Katherine Gallivan and Nicholas Meola


Awarded for scholastic excellence and personal achievement. This year’s recipient is Peter O’Sullivan



Honors our junior class recipient with the Rensselaer Medal Award Certificate for outstanding academic achievement in the study of mathematics and science. This year’s recipient is John Libert


Presented to students who have outstanding attendance records.

9th Grade: Natalia Alvarez, Andrew Brooks, Marco Estrada Vega, Juan Gonzalez, Jake Kalscheur, Keiri Lemus Ramirez, Everardo Ortiz Ayllon, Elizabeth Rauscher, Arielle Smith, Carleigh Smith, and Anneliese Werner

10th Grade: Olivia Donia, Luis Juarez Ibarra, Andrew Massetti, Dago Rodriguez Villagomez, Eduardo Sotelo-Vivero, India Turner, and Jorge Zamores

11th Grade: Tolulope Adetayo, Sean Connolly, Javier Juarez Mendez, Andrew Kim, Justin Melton, Abigail Moreno Mendiola, Yulisa Oseguera Lopez, George Plumley, and Jonathan Sanchez Mendoza

12th Grade: Katherine Gallivan, Johnathon Ganly, William Hodges, Timothy Louie


Presented to students who gave their time mentoring kindergarten students at Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center. This year’s recipients are Blanca Aguilar Acuna, Peyton Arcieri, Jillian Baxter, Maritza Bernal Bernal, Katherine Bontrager, Rebecca Bulgarelli, Jordan Burns, Erick Calixto Corona, Abigail Church, Yanira Cintora Lopez, Morgan Cuddyre, Diego Guadarrama Herrera, Ryan Hamilton, David Lavin, Guadalupe Martinez, Julianne Matthias, Marisa Maxwell, Lucero Montero Acosta, Hannah Sirusas, and Gloria Villagomez Cortez


Givento both one male and one female senior who best exhibit characteristics of leadership, courage, and scholarship. Communities thrive when people go beyond what is asked of them and make an effort to help all. These citizens have demonstrated an inspiring commitment to school and country. This year’s recipients are Kavya Shetty and Rory Bowens


Honors an outstanding young person in the senior class who demonstrates qualities of a good citizen. Our school winner of the prestigious DAR Good Citizen Award was recognized for her dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. This year’s recipient is Katherine Gallivan


Honors an outstanding young person in the senior class who demonstrates qualities of a good citizen such as dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism. This year’s recipient is Peter O’Sullivan


Salutes for academic excellence. Our recipient participated in the WPVI-TV Channel 6 ABC taping for “Best of the Class of 2015” at Temple University. This year’s “Best of the Class” is Zixuan Shen


Sponsored by the Student Services Company and is givento a student who exemplifies the qualities of Leadership, Scholarship, and School Service. This year’s recipient is Peter Lattanzio

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Franklin & Marshall honors KHS’ Joseph O’Sullivan

Mr. Joseph O’Sullivan, a member of the Social Studies Department at Kennett High School, was the winner of the Franklin & Marshall College High School Teacher Award. The award was presented at the Senior Awards Ceremony for the Class of 2015, May 8, at the Barshinger Center for the Musical Arts.

Mr. O’Sullivan was nominated by a former student, Ms. Leah Brenner who received her Franklin & Marshall diploma the next day, May 9. Leah is a member of Kennett High School’s Classof 2011, and earned her undergraduate degree (B.A. in American Studies) after following a pre-law course of study, Ms. Brenner will be attending Duke Law School in the Fall.

In her notification to Mr. O’Sullivan, Deborah M. Martin, Director of Protocol & Events and Associate Secretary of the College, explained: “This award is a tradition at Franklin & Marshall College and was set up to honor some of this country’s outstanding high school teachers over Commencement Weekend. We owe you a great debt of gratitude for your work to develop the greatness in each of your students and prepare them for success in college and beyond.

When asked why she nominated Mr. O’Sullivan for the award, Ms. Brenner replied, “I nominated Mr. O’Sullivan because he taught his students life skills as well as subject matter. Knowing how to study for a midterm and how to impress on a job interview are important lessons. Even though my career will not directly relate to the classes Mr. O’Sullivan taught, I constantly draw on the knowledge I learned in his classroom. Furthermore, Mr. O’Sullivan always went out of his way to help students — not just me, but many of my friends and peers — in any way we needed. Whether we needed lunch money, a reference, or something more serious, Mr. O’Sullivan was always available.”

Each year members of the graduating class are asked to nominate a teacher who made an extraordinary impact on their education, whether by fostering their love of a particular discipline, encouraging them to stretch their abilities to their limit, or helping them navigate a difficult subject or challenging time in their life. You were selected by a Committee of students, faculty and administrators from the many nominations received.”

Mr. O’Sullivan and a guest were invited to the ceremony where he was asked to stand to be recognized and received a cash prize of $500, along with a citation paying tribute to his teaching and dedication. Mr. O’Sullivan took his mother, Bobbie O’Sullivan, as his guest.

Reacting to the award, Mr. O’Sullivan said, “I was very pleasantly surprised to receive the letter from Dr. Martin. I did not even know that I had been nominated.” As for the ceremony itself, Mr. O’Sullivan remarked upon his experience, “This was my first time to their campus. We enjoyed a great catered picnic lunch along with all of the graduating seniors and their families. It very clearly is a school with a fantastic academic program and it was very inspiring to see so many students receive their awards. When they called my name I felt very privileged to be a small part of the F&M community. What a neat place!” And on having his mother there to share the day, he said, “My father had passed away unexpectedly two days before we learned about the award. Honestly, my mom cried with joy. The award was a gift during a really rough week.”

The citation, prepared by the Awards Committee, was supported by the following statement and career history that reveals much about the award winner:

Joseph O’Sullivan’s teaching philosophy is built on engagement. He meets each student who comes through his door at Kennett High School regardless of their academic or social standing. When asked about his approach as an educator, Mr. O’Sullivan says, “I view it as my duty to help my pupils move up to the next level, whether preparing for an AP course as a sophomore or learning to speak English with a relative degree of confidence in front of their peers. I have a deep respect for the pressure that today’s youth is under on a 24-hour cycle. My pupils’ personal wellbeing is more important than any historical fact that I may impart to them.”

Mr. O’Sullivan’s path to the teacher’s lectern was a winding one, albeit personally enlightening. He earned a bachelor’s degree in advertising from Penn State University, launching him into a 15-year sports marketing career for top global firms, of which he was a pioneer at the Manhattan firm Momentum Worldwide, at the time the world’s largest entertainment and promotion agency. He rose to senior vice president, worked with major sports leagues, and represented global clients at the Atlanta, Sydney and Salt Lake City Olympic Games. He then spent a year as vice president of sales and marketing for the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team.

After his time in advertising, Mr. O’Sullivan decided to return home to Kennett Square to reflect on his future. He was a stay-at-home dad for three years while attending night school at Neumann University, where he earned a master’s of science degree in educational leadership. Mr. O’Sullivan has taught in the Kennett Consolidated School District for nine years, including one year as a fifth-grade teacher and four years as a business education teacher at Kennett High School, where for the last four years he has been a social studies teacher.

He still keeps a hand in sports, working with the high school’s athletic department as scorekeeper for the boys’ soccer, basketball and lacrosse teams. Mr. O’Sullivan also works with Hispanic students in Walk in Knowledge, an afterschool study club. As a teacher, Mr. O’Sullivan’s influence is deep and abiding. Non-judgmental, he is known to loan students lunch money and use the opportunity to teach them about credit. He once advised a student against dropping out, but also made sure the student had a job, a car and insurance before leaving”He knew how to speak to every individual in exactly the correct way,” one student says of Mr. O’Sullivan. “He held everyone to the same bar and never discriminated based on a student’s intellect or manners. ‘Mr. O’ taught me that while persistence accomplishes goals, those goals are only worth accomplishing if one also has humility. Most of all, he taught us because he loved to teach.”

Joseph O’Sullivan, for your devotion to improving the lives of young people, your tireless dedication as a teacher, and your desire to instill in your students the skills they need to seek deeper meaning and understanding in their studies and in life, Franklin & Marshall College bestows upon you the High School Teacher Award.

Ms. Brenner took Introduction to Personal Finance with Mr. O’Sullivan and also was an active FBLA member when Mr. O’Sullivan was the chapter adviser. As a high school junior Ms. Brenner placed 8th in the state in Public Speaking II and came in 1st in Impromptu Speaking in her senior year. Leah also was captain of the cheerleaders her senior year, active in the musical all 4 years with a starring role in her senior year.

This article was written by Kim Chiomento, originally appeared on The Times of Chester County’s website, and was reprinted with permission.

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Kennett Education Association Recognizes Top Students

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The Kennett Education Association (KEA) held it 24th Annual Scholarship and Awards Reception to recognize outstanding students for their academic merit and school citizenship.  These students represent the excellence that the members of the Association encourage in the Kennett Consolidated School District.

The Kennett Education Association is the professional organization of teachers, librarians, guidance counselors, school nurses and school social workers of the Kennett Consolidated School District.  Each year members of KEA select students from different levels and disciplines for special recognition for their outstanding academic achievements and school citizenship qualities.  The awards are funded by contributions from members of KEA.  This event represents over $7000 in support by members.

Receiving awards for their accomplishments at the elementary level were fifth graders Lainee Foester and Luke Summa (Bancroft Elementary School), Kaila Haenn and Luke Augustine (Greenwood Elementary School), and Curie Cha and Jackson Hannon (New Garden Elementary School).  These students were awarded certificates and $50 book gift cards.

Recognized for their performance at Kennett Middle School were eighth graders Emily Augustine and Davis Piercy who received certificates and $100 book gift cards.

Earning accolades at the high school level for excellence throughout their high school careers in their disciplines were seniors Jonathan Sweet (Business Education), Laura Elliot (English), Jailis Caraballo (Family and Consumer Science), Andrew Luebbe (Fine Arts), Richard Doty (Mathematics), Marisa Maxwell (Music), P.J. O’Sullivan (Technical Arts), and Tiana Santos (World Languages).  Arshia Faghri earned awards in two disciplines (Science and Social Studies).  Each of these awards carried with it a check for $200.

Association President Michael Kelly presented the most prestigious award of the evening to senior Jacqueline Pizzini who will be pursuing a teaching career.  Mr. Kelly welcomed Jackie into the profession and commended her for her dedication to building the future.  Ms. Pizzini will major Early Education and Special Education at West Chester University.  In her application letter, Pizzini noted that it had been her long time dream to be a teacher.

Mr. Kelly remarked, “Jacqueline has stayed true to her dream because many of her life experiences have nurtured that dream.  She has been a camp counselor, a peer counselor, a participant in La Communidad Hispana’s Vive Tu Vida, a member of Kennett High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) club, and a student at the Teacher Academy at the Technical College High School (TCHS).”

As part of her TCHS experience, Jacqueline spent three months working with third graders and with her former teacher at New Garden Elementary School, Mrs. Beth Decker, who spoke about the experience, “During her time with us, Jacqueline worked with the students in small groups or individually.  They would get so excited if they knew it was their day to get to work with Miss Pizzini.  She is a natural.  We even got to make our television debuts together this year.  Jacqueline was chosen to be the featured Teacher Academy student for a promotional video for the program that was broadcast across the county.”

Mr. Kelly presented Ms. Pizzini with scholarship money in the amount of $5000 to be paid over her four years of college.

A reception hosted by KEA followed the presentations.

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KHS Dress Down Day Supports Sunshine Fund

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Mr. Scott Hammel was a long-time employee in maintenance at the high school and left service after more than 12 years.  He was well loved by the students (as evidenced by a yearbook dedicated to him by one class) and was an innovator in his job.  He is a welder by trade and was able to repair and manufacture items needed by the school.  He invented and manufactured a “desk dolly” to transport desks through the building when they were in need of repair. He also constructed stands that are used in the stadium for official scoring and timing.  These would have cost the District thousands of dollars if they had been purchased ready-made through an supplier of athletic equipment, but Mr. Hammell was able to build them for far less.

Mr. Hammell was a frequent contributor to the art shows at the high school.  His welded and crafted creations sold easily and benefitted the Art Department.  Students saw him as a friend, a talented artist and craftsman, and a man of integrity whom they could look up to.

Scott Hammell was far more than employee.  He was one of us, true Kennett Blue through and through.  He is missed.


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