KCHS March Newsletter

Winter Swirl 2017

The Winter Swirl was held in the high school cafeteria. It was held on Feb. 18; it started at 8 and ended around 11. Tickets were $8 per person or $10 at the door. $14 per couple or $20 at the door. The cafeteria was decorated with paper snowflakes from the ceiling.

About the same amount of people came to this year's Swirl as last year's dance. The profits from this dance helped the JR. class for the 2017 Prom.

Senior Update

Remember to turn in money for senior trip and for senior bash.

3/24 - Friday- End of 3rd Marking Period, Senior Trip money is due

3/27 - Monday- Senior Bash Meeting in the Media Center at 5:30 p.m.

3/31 - Friday to 4/7 - Friday- No School - Spring Break

4/14 - Friday- Graduation Orders Distribution during Lunch - (Must pay balance by money order or cash only)

4/21 - Friday- Early Release - 6-12 Students at 12:45 p.m. and Elementary at 1:00 p.m. Professional Development For All Teachers from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

4/22 - Saturday- PROM at Celebration Cinema

5/8 - Monday- Senior Awards Night at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium

5/19- Friday- Early Release - 6-12 Students at 12:45 p.m. and Elementary at 1:00 p.m. Professional Development For All Teachers from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

5/22 - Monday- Seniors Last Day

5/23 - Tuesday- Senior Class Trip

6/2 - Friday- Graduation Rehearsal

6/4 - Sunday- Class of 2017 Graduation at 6:00 p.m.

NHS

On Monday March 13th 2017, KCHS inducted its newest members to the National Honors Society. We wanted to know more about NHS so we asked Mrs. Kent, the NHS adviser, some questions and here are her answers.

What are the criteria for the National Honor Society and what is the application process?

3.0 GPA or better for 10th-12th grade after 1st semester grades have been posted. The Selection Committee reviews applications and they are a vital part to the success of our group. Our committee reads and discusses each application, and we try do everything we can to help kids make the NHS. Our philosophy is inclusive, "You can never have too many positive students willing to do good things." From their applications we look at the number of extracurricular activities, number and types of leadership roles, total hours and types of community service activities, and read through the recommendations and discuss the student's character. After all of this is complete we total the student's score to see if they have met the criteria for their grade level to be accepted into the NHS. Since we rely so heavily on the application and references, it is imperative that students put any and all of their information that pertains to each category. Students' applications should speak to their strengths, selling themselves well.

What does NHS do during the school year?

Emphasis is on Scholarship, Leadership, Character and Service. There are 3 yearly activities sponsored by NHS or in conjunction with student government; Veteran's Day Assembly, District Wide Food Drive, and Elementary Field Day. Students frequently work the elementary math and reading nights, carnival, Lion's Breakfasts, etc. Groups generally contact me asking for volunteers and we do not do fundraisers. Students are encouraged to give service in areas that are meaningful to them.

Is there something special for seniors?

Seniors can earn Honor Cords which are worn at graduation. They must meet a requirement of service hours to receive Honor Cords and they are typically given at Senior Awards Night.

Any final comments?

“This group is a joy to work with. It's amazing how many activities our students choose to be involved with.” -Mrs. Kent”

Ridge Run

The 13th Annual Ridge Run will be on Saturday, March 25 at Kent City High School. As promised, there will be both a 5k and a 15k offered. To see each course specifically, review the maps provided online. The gun goes off at 9:30am for the 15k and 9:35am for the 5k. Make sure to sign up online before March 13 or postmark your application in the mail by March 10 to guarantee yourself a race shirt! Prices vary based on application medium and age, so be sure to read applications closely. There are various award categories based on age, so be prepared to get competitive!

“The Ridge Run is great because it raises funds for our cross country team as well as other important organizations, and it’s fun to see everybody come out every year to run at our school.” -Cross Country Captain

For more information, contact Jill Evers at 616-678-4210 or jill.evers@kentcityschools.org. We hope to see you there!

Drama Club

This year the Kent City High School drama department produced the play “Little Women”, which about four sisters-Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy-whose father is off serving in the American Civil War. The show was directed by Mrs. Brown and starred Breegan Petruska, Isaac and Julia Schnicke, Haley Kozal, Meghan Long, Delaney Fritz, Katie Schneider-Thomas, Kinsey Dever, Caitlyn Rogers, Asia Lantz, Brittany Darling, Katherine Cook, Noah Dietlein, Michael Bubula, and Owen VerSluis.

Sophomore Breegan Petruska said, “I’m really excited for the play. I feel like it will be rock awesome.” Junior Haley Kozal stated “We worked really hard to put this production together and I feel like it definitely shows. We’re extremely excited.”

They had four performances, all of which were successful! Good job, drama kids!

Quiz Bowl

Congratulations to the Varsity Quiz Bowl Team for its runner-up finish at last night's season-ending, CSAA Silver Division Conference Tournament. The Eagles lost a thriller to the Indians of White Cloud in the final, 170-160. Despite the loss, the team played extraordinarily well. Way to go guys!Receiving post-season conference honors were the following: Mathew Maloney and Jacob Podell - 1st TEAM ALL CONFERENCE.

Nathan DuBridge, Mitchell VanOeffelen, and Clay Davis - All-Conference Honorable Mention. Congratulations!

It should also be noted that on Tuesday night, senior Jacob Podell was named "League MVP" for the Grand Rapids Metro Quiz Bowl League - this is an amazing accomplishment. Way to go Jake!

Bowling

The boys and girls Varsity Bowling team had a great season! The boys ended their season in fifth place in the CSAA Bronze conference, and the girls finished in second place. Four of the bowlers earned all-conference honors. Junior Joel Ignasiak and senior Mackenzie Schoonmaker earned honorable mention, along with seniors, Cassidy Dayton and Lauren Longcore, earning first team. These are great accomplishments from our eagle bowlers! What an awesome season!

Freshman Boys Basketball

Thursday, March 2nd, Fremont made the trip down to The Nest in a rematch from a few weeks ago in which Kent City pulled out a win. We knew it would be a solid rematch and that it was, back and forth until a strong 3rd quarter by the Packers. The Eagles could not overcome the 3rd quarter deficit falling 55-46. Leading the way for the Eagles were Spencer Hartley with 15 and Will Wright with 11.

Fremont 55 Kent City 46

This group of boys overcame many challenges this season from players moving up to illness and injury showing strength in players stepping up in new roles and leadership. I look forward to the next 3 years to see what these boys develop into.

"It was a great season and we progressed well as a team." Tylor Fisk

Boys JV Basketball

The j.v. boys basketball team had a great finish to a good season with a hard fought victory over Montague 65-50. Montague wanted to push the tempo with their multiple presses and pressure man defense, but we were able to keep our cool in the first quarter with a 26-18 lead. The Wildcats closed the gap in the second quarter by turning us over, but we maintained a three point lead at half: 35-32. At halftime we talked about playing our game and pounding the ball inside and that was the difference. They had no answer for our bigs and our guards really crashed the defensive glass.

Brenden Geers led the team with 20 points followed by John Meek with 11. The coach, “This year I feel our kids started really growing up and learned to be a ‘Team’ over being individuals. We finished the year with a 15-4 record.”

"We had a great season it was very fun. I hope we go to State next year" – Casey Carew

"We really figured out how to be a good team when we learned that the effort we give is for your teammates and not for yourself" – John Meek

Boys Varsity Basketball

The Boys Varsity Basketball team started off their first game of the season with a close game but tough loss to Coopersville, 74 - 71. The second game resulted in a win for the Eagles with the score of 33 - 52 against Holton. Their third game against Grant came out to an astonishing win of 36 - 49. For the fourth game, the boys crushed White Cloud with the score of 40 - 70, showing teams in their division that the Kent City Boys Varsity Basketball team comes to the court to win. Tri-County took home a 48 - 71 loss against the mighty Eagles. The team had a hard loss with their winning streak being taken by Lakeview, ending the game in a 50 - 42 loss for the eagles. This season’s seventh game, the team was back on track winning against Ravenna with a distinguished score of 47 - 71.

Morley Stanwood was sent home with a 33 - 47 loss, bringing the Eagles back to the nest with the win. Hesperia couldn’t keep up with this team, with the score 38 - 76 showing from the doubled score at the end of the game. Their tenth game of the season against Cedar Springs resulted in a hard loss for the Eagles, 56 - 51. The team showed Holton, for the second time this season, that they were not to be defeated. With the end game score of 39 - 58, that was the last time the team would see Holton again for this season. The team went against Sparta for their twelfth game. Sparta had the upper hand and ended the game with a close 60 - 58 win.

Morley Stanwood was sent home with a 33 - 47 loss, bringing the Eagles back to the nest with the win. Hesperia couldn’t keep up with this team, with the score 38 - 76 showing from the doubled score at the end of the game. Their tenth game of the season against Cedar Springs resulted in a hard loss for the Eagles, 56 - 51. The team showed Holton, for the second time this season, that they were not to be defeated. With the end game score of 39 - 58, that was the last time the team would see Holton again for this season. The team went against Sparta for their twelfth game. Sparta had the upper hand and ended the game with a close 60 - 58 win.

Their thirteenth game was against White Cloud, and for the second time, Kent City took home the win of a not-so-close game of 24 - 70. Next up was Grand River, and yet again the boys stole the win with a score of 45 - 46. For the next game of the season, the team was triumphant when they took home another close win against Lakeview, the score being 49 - 50. Morley Stanwood was their next team to go against, but the boys couldn't keep up with the Mohawks, ending another one of their winning streaks with a score of 44 - 43.

Starting back on a high note, the Eagles took home a win of 45 - 59 against Black River. The boys dominated their eighteenth game of the season when they doubled Hesperia score of 33. Continuing the boy’s winning streak, they dominated the court sending Orchard View home with a loss of 43 - 63. The team gained another win on their belt after pulling ahead against Montague, finishing the night with 50 - 65 for the score. With districts on the horizon, the team has been focused on making it to the end. The Eagles fall to Muskegon Heights in districts semi-finals 63-52.

Girls JV Basketball

The JV girls’ basketball had a great season even though they had a rough start adopting to the new speed and the fact that there was no freshman team like past years. This team consisted mostly of freshman due to many sophomore players on the Varsity Team. The team had three sophomores: Holly Kosak (3), Hannah Van Wert (25), and Makenna Bonter (14). These three players will be pulled up to varsity next year, if they decide to continue to play. The other players on the team were freshman: Joan Carr (22), Mikayla Loew (21), Emily Bull (13), Maddy Maycroft (10), Kristen Toporski (Team Manager), Morgan DeVoogd (15), Abby Ignasiak (2), and Elizabeth Sible (11). Mikayla Loew sums up her season as “…”. A key game of the season was their second shot Lakeview game. They won this game 43 to 35. These girls worked hard to bond their new team together. It takes a lot to form a good team with great communication. Holly Kosak says “I didn’t make new friends, I made a second family, I wouldn’t trade this season for the world.”

Girls Varsity Basketball

The Kent City Eagles varsity girls’ basketball team was looking for their third consecutive district title, but lost a close game to Western Michigan Christian Warriors (53-45).

The lady Eagles were leading 22-20 at halftime, but the Warriors outscored the Eagles in the long run. Kaitlyn Geers led the team in scoring with 19 points.

It was an even harder game to lose because it was the final game of Kaitlyn, McKenna, and Paige’s last high school basketball game. Overall, the girls had a great season, finishing 17-5.

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