Kennett High School Announces 2016 National Merit Semifinalists

Kennett High School is proud to announce that three Kennett High School students have been recognized as National Merit Semifinalists in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
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Seniors (from left) Julie Bates, Saarang Karandikar, and John Libert were among approximately 1.5 million juniors who entered the 2016 National Merit Program by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) that served as an initial screen of program entrants. 

Outside of the classroom, Julie is a member of the Academic Team, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), and the yearbook staff, and she performs with the color guard. She has not chosen where she will study after graduation, but she has decided to major in engineering.

Saarang plays varsity tennis and is a member of FBLA and the high school’s robotics team. Like Julie, he has not committed to a school, but he has decided to major in neuroscience.

John is a dedicated member of the high school’s swimming team.  His events are the 100 fly and the 100 backstroke. John is considering schools and fields of study.

The nationwide pool of semifinalists represents less than one percent of high school seniors and includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. The number of semifinalists in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

These students are eligible to continue in the program competition for some 7,400 National Merit Scholarship awards worth more than $32 million to be offered in the spring. To advance to the finalist level and to be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several additional requirements. These include an outstanding academic record, endorsement by the principal, and SAT scores that confirm the preliminary results. The semifinalist and his or her counselor must submit a detailed scholarship application that includes the student’s essay and information about the student’s participation and leadership in school and community activities.

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Nine KHS Seniors Named National Merit Commended Students

Kennett High School is proud to announce this year’s National Merit Commended studeSample Imagents: (standing L-R) Tolulope Adetayo, Dylan Munson, Erin Dooley, Andrew Kim, Jacob Saltzberg, Magnus Murray, Christian Beveridge, (kneeling L-R) Alexander Mark, and Casey Bruno.

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 Merit Scholarships, they placed among the top 5% of the 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 Merit Scholarship competition by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.  

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Fire Department Visits New Garden Elementary School

The Avondale Fire Company recently visited New Garden Elementary School first grade students to discuss fire safety. They explained the actual job of a firefighter and what to do in the event of an emergency. They stressed the importance of the number “911”, smoke detectors, and having a designated meeting place in the event of a fire.

Each student received a bright yellow fireman’s cap, a pencil, and an activity book. 

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Bancroft\’s Students are Climbing the Rock Wall

Bancroft Elementary School’s climbing wall is up and running in all physical education classes!  Students had the opportunity to climb the wall for the very first time at the school’s Fall Festival a couple of weeks ago. There are five panels that students can choose to climb up or they can climb across, which is known as “traversing.” 

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During physical education classes students come to the wall with a partner during station work.  The climber must say “On Rock” and wait for their spotter to say “Rock On.”  The spotters are responsible for assisting climbers by pointing out holds to grab, and to make the climber feel safe.  Rock climbing is known for improving upper body strength, as well grip strength in the hand and fingers and overall muscular endurance. 

Students will climb over two physical education cycles in the Fall, and then again in the Spring.  The Bancroft Bears are super lucky to have this new element in gym class! 

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Monster Mash Dash 5K Run/Walk and Kids Spooky Sprint

7th Annual Monster Mash Dash 5K Run/Walk and Kids Spooky Sprint

The Kennett Education Foundation’s Monster Mash Dash and Kids Spooky Sprint, Sponsored by Cari Orthodontics, will be held Sunday, October 25 among the beautiful fall colors of Anson B. Nixon Park! The current weather forecast for Sunday morning is cloudy with a low of 54 degrees and high of 62 degrees, PERFECT weather for a trail run or walk!

Everyone is encouraged to come in costume as you support Education Grants, Scholarships and STEM in KCSD. Awards will be given for costumes!

Our NO FEE on-line registration is open through midnight Wednesday, October 21.  Pre-registration is $25 for the 5K Run/Walk and $10 for the Spooky Sprint for kids 10 and under.  On-site race day registration will be available starting at 8:00 am on Sunday morning at $30 for the 5K. T-shirts are guaranteed for the first 400 registrants. We have over 150 registrants to date, join the fun and sign-up today !

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Free Admission to Varsity Games for KCSD Students

All Kennett Consolidated School District students will be admitted to all home varsity athletic events free of charge. Students must simply wear spirit apparel from their KCSD school or present a student ID at the entrance gate. Come cheer on your favorite Blue Demon Athletic Team!

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Kennett High School Teacher Attends US Air Force Summer Program

Mr. Daniel Folmar, Kennett High School STEM teacher, was one of 28 teachers and mentors from around the country who were selected to attend the Air Force Recruiting Service’s fourth annual FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Sample ImageLeadership Program, July 12-15.

Hosted at Schriever Air Force Base and the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado, the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) and the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) gave teachers and mentors a unique opportunity to meet with senior Air Force leaders as part of Air Force recruiting outreach efforts in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Folmar was selected for this program after a competitive application process in which applicants had to submit a short essay describing how they get their students excited about science and technology, as well as highlighting any innovative techniques they use to help kids learn and stay motivated.

“I actually considered applying to the Air Force Academy back in high school.  I’ve always wanted to visit the facility but never had the opportunity. So I was looking forward to both the tour as well as the leadership training,” said Mr. Folmar. “Three things in particular that impressed me about the Air Force Academy and set it apart from other engineering schools I’ve visited were their commitment to the physical development of each cadet, the hands-on approach to learning (especially in the engineering department), and the focus on ethics that underlies all of their programs, something that is sadly lacking in many college programs. I feel fortunate that FIRST and the Air Force have teamed up to offer this experience to STEM teachers like me.”

The leadership program consisted of character and leadership development seminars, lectures, and team-building exercises to provide insight into how the Air Force develops leaders, how airmen execute their missions as they relate to STEM, and what STEM career opportunities are available in the Air Force.

“STEM is an inherent part of the Air Force mission. By showing our capabilities and instilling the pillars of leadership, with this outstanding group of teachers and mentors we are able to demonstrate the connection between their FIRST efforts and our leadership development efforts,” said Maj. Jacob Chisolm, Air Force Recruiting Service National Events Branch chief.

“We want them to return back to their schools armed with a greater appreciation for the impact leaders can have and having firsthand knowledge of future opportunities for their students,” he added.

FIRST is an organization with a mission to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. To learn more about FIRST, go to , or if interested in joining the Air Force, visit


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Senior Portraits

Senior portraits will be taken in the high school auditorium July 27 to July 30.  If you have not received or misplaced your appointment card, please contact Prestige Portrait by Lifetouchh by at 1-800-687-93271-800-687-9327 FREE, Monday to Thursday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM or by email at

Please be aware that there has been a change in the senior picture fee. The original appointment notification informed you of a $40.00 school sitting fee and a $10.00 yearbook deposit.  This has been updated to one fee of $50.00. You can pay the $50 with cash or checks – made payable to Kennett High School Yearbook. This pays for your yearbook with your name printed on the cover. There is no fee to have your picture in the yearbook

Once the school year begins, yearbooks can also be purchased at the high school or through the Student Services Company on-line ordering site.

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Kennett High School Students Accept Appointments to Military Academies

Four Kennett High School graduates have received appointments to United States Military Academies.  Hannah Shiflet and Thomas Spell have accepted appointments to the United States Military Academy at West Point.  Kirsten Sharp has accepted an appointment to the United States Coast Guard Academy.  Graceanna Werner received an appointment to the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

Last year Kennett students also received appointments.  Kyle Werner was appointed to the United States Military Academy at West Point and is there now.  Cory Tomasetti, son of Kennett Consolidated School District Superintendent Barry Tomasetti, is attending the Coast Guard Academy.  
Emma Spell, sister of appointee Thomas Spell, was appointed to the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2013 and she has now finished her second year at the Academy.  Hannah received her nomination from Congressman Patrick Meehan (R, PA 7th Congressional District).

Hannah Shiflet is the daughter of Sharon E. and Robert G. Shiflet, graduates of West Point who both achieved the rank of Captain and served for five years.  

“It has always been my dream to attend West Point and serve my country,” replied Hannah when asked why she sought a nomination.  “I love West Point. My parents are both grads so I grew up loving the academy. I have always dreamt of this opportunity. I cannot wait to give back to my country.”

After four years at West Point Hannah then must serve at least five years active duty in the army.  But Hannah plans to make a career out of the army and serve much longer.

“I don’t have to decide my major until my second year but I am considering engineering,“ Hannah noted.  “I report for basic training on June 29 and will be at basic training for the first six weeks. They call it BEAST.  I am very excited. I know the experience will be tough but so worth it.”

Also accepting an appointment to West Point is Thomas Spell, son of Ellen and Thomas Spell of Kennett Square.

When asked why she sought and accepted her appointment to the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, she explained, “Both sides of my family have men that served in the Armed Forces — in all branches except for the Coast Guard. My Uncle Bud told me about the Coast Guard Academy and I decided to visit. I fell in love with the view of the river, the boats and helicopters, and the mission statement.”

To test her desire, Kirsten completed the Academy Introduction Mission (AIM) Program for a week last summer, which was basically an entire week of boot camp.  “Something about the fact that not everybody can survive it inspired me to apply,” she said.  “I know Cory Tomasetti is currently a 4th class student (Freshman). I actually saw him when I was at the Academy for the AIM Program. He was in the middle of Swab Summer, a seven-week boot camp every student must complete before classes begin in the fall of one’s 4th class year.”

Kirsten described her other reasons for focusing on the Coast Guard.  “The Coast Guard mainly focuses on humans helping humans, something I believe I was put on this Earth to do. I really love ships and helicopters as well, so that is a huge part.  Also, I have felt lost on what to do with my life and the Coast Guard provides me with at least a 9 year job for me to figure out what I want to do and the Government will pay for my Grad School when I return from service. This way, in a decade when most college students will be swimming in debt, I will have a solid career. Finally, I really want to travel and see what the world has to offer, and I will be able to travel all over the United States with the Coast Guard.”

“The only thing that really scares me about this choice is Swab Summer. It will be a really hard seven weeks that will test me mentally and physically.”

Graceanna Werner was appointed to the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York. 

Tuition is fully paid for cadets at the various military academies.  The Coast Guard Academy is the only Service Academy that does not require a letter from a Congressman.  Procedure for appointment to the USCGA are stipulated by the Department of Homeland Security.  All other academies do require appointment by the President, Vice President, or a member of Congress.  These academies fall under the purview of the Department of Defense.

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KCSD has partnered with Source4Teachers

Kennett Consolidated School District has partnered with Source4Teachers to manage its substitute teacher program.

With the vision of enhancing the educational experience for students,Source4Teachers recruits, hires, trains, places and manages talentedsubstitute personnel. Additionally, the company offers benefitsincluding health insurance and a 401k. Whether you’re interested inworking one day a week or five, Source4Teachers offer a variety ofpositions to match your availability and interests. Apply now to jointhe Source4Teachers team – Source4Teachers will give you the trainingand guidance you need to succeed!

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