“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
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2017 Winter Swirl
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.
How many students were accepted into NHS this year? 105 students were eligible to apply, 58 apps were taken, and 40 selected this year. About 10 more than usual. Once you're a member, you're in. You don't have to reapply every year.
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”
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!
Varsity Girls 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 (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 loss because it was the final game for the seniors Kaitlyn, McKenna, and Paige. Overall, the girls had a great season earning another CSAA Silver Championship and finishing with a 17-5 record.
JV Girls Basketball
JV Boys 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 the ball 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 posts and our guards really crashed the defensive glass.
Brenden Geers led the team with 20 points followed by John Meek with 11. “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” -Coach.
"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