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News for 1/16/19

Standing (l-r): Mike Isom, Denise Miller, Don Wiens, Beth Supra’s, Tim Bartley; sitting are Donna Westbrook, Karen Pollock, Amber Hardacre

The Home Foundation of Kensington awarded six, $500 grants to six non-profits in Kensington on December 20,2018. Chairman Mike Isom said “We were able to give six grants for the fall grant period because of the generosity of Ron Rahjes, who is a board member of CoBank of Denver. As a board member, Rahjes was able to distribute funds to entities in their area. Rahjes presented a $5000 donation to be used as the Home Foundation deems.”

The $500 grants were awarded to the West Smith County Recreation Commission for upgrades to the press box at the football field, to the Spirit Task Force for new weatherproof benches for downtown Kensington, and the city of Kensington for improvements at the city park. Also receiving the $500 grant, was The American Auxiliary for upgrades to the kitchen, and two student groups at Thunder Ridge High School for projects to help the community.

The Home Foundation was established in 1997. Its purpose is to encourage the citizens of Kensington and the surrounding area to make donations to this organization has more grants can be given.

KCS Soup Luncheon Fundraiser

Please join us on Sunday, January 27, 2019, for a Soup Lunch Fundraiser accepting donations for the Kensington Community Store. Located in the Kensington American Legion Hall, on main street in Kensington, from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Please come out and help support your local grocery store. If we don’t use it, we will lose it! Mark your calendar and plan to attend Sunday, Jan. 27. Please give generously and remember to shop local first.

Thunder Ridge School News

Important Dates

Monday, January 21, 2019, we will be hosting another community education program. This program will be on Social Media and examining “Your Digital Footprint”. This will be held at 7:00pm in the middle school auditorium at Agra. Parents and students are invited and encouraged to attend. Nex-Tech will be presenting this Digital Citizenship program designed to build awareness of the decisions we make online.

A Mini Cheer Camp will be hosted by the TRHS Cheerleaders on January 26 from 9am to 12 noon. Forms will be available or contact sponsor Kathi Boden at the HS.

Thunder Ridge KAYS to host a Blood Drive on Thursday, January 31, from 9am to 3pm at the High School. Students and Community members are invited to donate. Please call the HS to sign up at 785-476-2217.

Honors Program Held

Thunder Ridge Middle School held the Honors Program recognizing students for their academic achievements for the second 9 weeks on Wednesday afternoon, January 9.

4th Grade Honors: Samuel Baker, Lukas Dayhuff, Jasmine Ferguson, Brillon McDowell, Hannah Nelson, Alanna Schroeter, Declan Tweedy, Konner Wagenblast.

4th grade boosters: Samuel Baker, Levi Barnes, Lukas Dayhuff, Jasmine Gordon-Stone, Hannah Nelson, Alanna Schroeter, Leanka Van Der Linden.

5th grade honors: Peyton Chestnut, Jackson Dunlap, Michael Ferguson, Khloe Reimer, Olivia Runnion, Evan Slavik.

5th grade boosters: Peyton Chestnut, Jackson Dunlap, Alyssa Ewing, Michael Ferguson, Haylee Jensen, Khloe Reimer, Gracie Rice, Olivia Runnion, Evan Slavik, Dawson Stephens, Baley Whetham, Hudson Wiehman.

6th grade Honors: Jenna Barnes, Jennifer Galicia, Teaghan Hendryx, Allison Rhea.

6th grade boosters: Jennifer Cochrun, Cort Conaway, MacKenna Conaway, Destynee Coomes, Alexander Gower, Ezekiel McGuire.

Music/band: Mason Baker, Jennifer Galicia, Alexis Holling, Ruben Steenkamp.

PE: Connor Engelke and Baley Whetham.

7th grade: Mason Baker, Samara Bapat, Austin Barnes, Starla Cochrun, Joshua Ferguson, Jimmy Gower, Gianna Hoersdig, Kamryn Rietzke, Brooklyn Stauffer, Grace Wilson.

8th grade: Dalton Bice, Dylan Bice, Cameron Cochrun, Trinity Coomes, Hunter Gitchel, Alexis Holling, Max Loyd, Jace Randall, Sydni Rust, Toree Slavik, Kaleb Wagenblast, Ava Wiehman.

TR Activities/Game Dates


Wed. 16- MS In-School Spelling Bee @ 9:30am in auditorium

Thur. 17- NPL Tournament @ Lincoln; MS BB vs Pike Valley 3:30pm

Fri. 18- NPL Tournament @ Lincoln

Sat. 19- NPL Tournament @ Lincoln

Mon. 21- Nex-Tech Info on Social Media for MS/HS parents @ MS auditorium 7:00pm

Tue. 22- HS BB @ Pike Valley (Courtland) 4:00pm

Wed. 23- 4th/5th to Eagle Day @ Scout Camp 9:30am; NPL Scholars Bowl @ Lincoln 1:30pm

Thur. 24- MS BB here w/Southern Cloud 3:00pm

Fri. 25- HS BB vs Southern Cloud 4:00pm

Sat. 26- TRHS Mini Cheer Camp from 9am to 12/noon.

Mon. 28- PTL MS BB Tourney @ Osborne 11:00am

Tue. 29- HS BB @ St. John’s-Tipton (Beloit) 4:00pm

Wed. 30- MS County Spelling Bee here @ 9:00am in auditorium

Thur. 31- KAYS Blood Drive @ TRHS from 9am to 3pm; PTL MS BB Tourney @ Osborne 11:00am

American Legion Menu We hope everyone had a good start to the new year. Join us every Friday night! Serving from 6:00-8:30pm on January 18: This week at the Kensington American Legion we will have baked steak or bbq meatballs, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, pineapple casserole (really good!). Our soup special is creamy ham and potato with a ham salad sandwich. Our dessert will be banana pudding poke cake. We'll have our regular menu items that will be available. We'd love to fix your supper to go or to put some tables together for your friends. Call us at 785-476-3204. We'd like to invite you to our Super Bowl party on Feb 3. Time will be announced. Please bring your favorite finger food to share.

Weekly Inspiration

Stop worrying about being that perfect person, because no one is perfect. Put your focus on being that right person that will love, understand and care for that other. - Jonathan Anthony Burkett

People and situations will come and go in life, but the person in the mirror will be there forever. So be good and loving to yourself.

Sometimes when you're in a dark place, you think you've been buried but you've actually been planted. - Christine Caine


Your news is important to us. Send your info to Erica Barnes at with subject line: NEWS; or feel free to call 785-476-8185.

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