• Erica Barnes

News for 5/16/2018


TRHS Graduation

Class of 2018 Class motto: “Our lives are before us, our past is behind us, and our memories are forever within us.” Class flower the White Lily and Class Colors were Royal Blue and Silver.

Congrats to the graduating class of 2018. Your future holds endless possibilities!


The Thunder Ridge Senior High Commencement Ceremony took place Sunday afternoon, May 6th at 3:00pm in the Thunder Ridge High School gymnasium. Twelve students graduated but only 11 were present to walk the stage and receive their congratulations: Justis Bapat, Brayden Brenneman, Cassidy Gillespie, Kelli Glennemeier, Seth Loyd, Lillie Massey, Bruce Massey, Tyler McReynolds, Kennedy Rietzke, Brock Wallgren, and Morgan Westbrook. Foreign exchange student Javier “Kiko” Moreno Ortega, who had been residing with the Hendryx family, had already made his voyage back home to Spain.

Mrs, Kristi Reneberg played the processional and Pastor Dave Hutson delivered the invocation. Principal and Superintendent Mr. Jeff Yoxall introduced the Salutatorian, Kennedy Rietzke, and Valedictorian, Morgan Westbrook, who each gave their speech. A multimedia presentation was played while the Class of 2018 gave white lily flowers and recognition to their parents. Mr. Yoxall then presented the graduating class. Diplomas were handed by board member Mr. Darin McDowell and tassel moved by Mr. Yoxall as Mr. Wiens announced each student. Class sponsors Brooke McDowell and Sarah Molzahn then conducted the traditional ribbon cutting ceremony. Benediction was given by Pastor Dave Hutson and the recessional played.

Senior awards and local scholarships given included:

American Legion Award- Morgan Westbrook and Seth Loyd;

KSHSAA Award- Kennedy Rietzke and Seth Loyd;

Governor's Scholars- Morgan Westbrook;

Kansas Honor Scholar- Morgan Westbrook;

Sons of the American Legions Scholarship- Kennedy Rietzke;

American Legion Auxiliary Post #166 Scholarship- Kennedy Rietzke and Morgan Westbrook;

Vada Bonnett American Legion Auxiliary- Kennedy Rietzke and Morgan Westbrook;

American Legion & Auxiliary Post #357 Scholarship- Morgan Westbrook;

Carl and Martha Grauerholz Memorial Scholarship- Cassidy Gillespie;

Arnold “Tarzan” Levin Memorial Scholarship- Kennedy Rietzke;

Rathert Foundation Scholarship- Cassidy Gillespie;

Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarship- Morgan Westbrook;

Kilmer-Miller Scholarship- Justis Bapat, Cassidy Gillespie, Kennedy Rietzke, Morgan Westbrook;

Dane G. Hansen Scholarship- Morgan Westbrook;

Smith County PEO Scholarship- Cassidy Gillespie;

PEO National Star Scholarship- Morgan Westbrook;

L. Kent Culbertson Scholarship- Morgan Westbrook;

Strother Insurance Services Scholarship- Morgan Westbrook

TRMS 8th Grade Promotion

Class of 2022 Class Motto: “Promise to have the courage to make mistakes and the wisdom to correct them.” Class flower the White Carnation and Class Colors were Black and White. Taking the next step forward!


Monday evening, May 7th, 22 young ladies and gents were recognized for their educational accomplishments and promoted on to high school. Those promoted include: Dustin Bisnette, TyLynn Blank, Ashley Bouchard, Olin Brown, Jonathan Burger, Liam Corbett, Daxton Dunlap, Mariana Escobar Orellana, Paul Ferguson, Abigail Hardacre, Cameron Hendryx, Owen Hrabe, Spencer Kearn, Saige Kirchhoff, Leland McGuire, Bayleigh Morgan, Justin Murdoch, JaCea Reece, Kristal Rice, Jaden Stauffer, Susana Torres Jovel, and Jordyn Vales.

College Accomplishment

Melissa {Nonamaker} Treinen received her Masters Degree diploma Saturday, May 12th at Fort Hays State University in Human Health Performance. Her parents Gary and Amber Nonamaker are proud that she has joined her sister Renee in achieving this goal in their college education. Melissa and her husband Tyler currently reside in Hays where she teaches in Hays Middle School and also enjoys coaching volleyball and track and field.

KHS & TRHS Alumni

The annual Alumni Banquet will be held Saturday, May 26th at the American Legion in Kensington. Hopefully you received your official invitation in the mail. You can also find information on the alumni Facebook page: Kensington Alumni. This year we recognize the years ending in 8 and 3, but all KHS and TRHS alumni are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Honoring 50 years is the Class of 1968: Janna Badenhop, Dennis Beckmann, Gloria Beckman, Paul Bienhoff, Duane Bose, Michael Clarke, Doug Conaway, Helen Daniels, Karen Daniels, Dixie Detwiler, Tharran Gaines, Eugene Hagman Jr., Karen Hudson, Joyce Hudson, David Hrabe, Janyth Jensen, Debby Kaba, Kenneth Kuhlmann, Kent Lambert, Julia Mankhey, Larry Nech, Edward Norden, Lee Smith, Stanley Sweat, Joe Wagner, Robert Wangerin, Jeanne Wangerin.


HONORING 50 YEARS!

Memorial Day Services

Sunday, May 27, the American Legion Post #166 will hold services at the following cemeteries: Claudell at 9:00am, Cedar at 9:30am, Gaylord at 10:15am, Athol Lutheran at 10:45am, Pleasant View Cemetery at 11:15am, St. John Lutheran (Kensington) at 11:45am, Olive Branch (Kensington) at 1:00pm, Stone Cemetery at 1:45pm and Germantown at 2:15pm.

American Legion

This week at the American Legion we will be serving delicious shredded chicken gravy over whipped mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and pink strawberry fruit salad. For dessert we'll have banana cream pie. Well be more than happy to reserve a table for you and your family and friends or to make your supper to go. Just call us at 785.476.3204

Kensington Swimming Pool Info

The pool is scheduled to open this Friday, May 18th at 1:30pm. Come early for water games and water balloon fights at 1:00pm. The first swim team practice is May 30th at noon. Practices are Mon/Wed/Fri and meets held on Saturdays. Call Amy Abbott at 720-384-7776 to sign-up for swim team or if you have any questions. Also, swimming lessons will begin June 11. Contact Manager Amy for more info.

Kensington Library News

Summer library hours are: Monday 2-8pm; Tuesday through Saturday 9am-2pm. Our reading program theme this summer is Libraries Rock! Grades pre-K to 2nd grade will come on Tuesdays from 1-2pm and grades 3rd to 5th on Thursdays from 1-2pm. Grades are according to the 17-18 school year. These programs will begin the first week in June. Contact Erica at the library anytime at 785-476-2219.

Weekly Inspiration

Patience is the calm acceptance that things can happen in a different order than the one you have in mind. - David G. Allen

Trust that god will put the right people in your life at right time and for the right reasons.

When you feel poisoned by stress, pressure, pain, or failure. The best antidote is to pray. Nothing more. Nothing less. Amen.

Send Me Your News!

Please send your newsworthy info to Erica Barnes at ebarnes8185@gmail.com and be sure to state NEWS in the subject line.


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