News for 4/10/2019

Alumni Banquet Coming Soon!

Alumni of Kensington and Thunder Ridge- The Annual Alumni Banquet is scheduled for May 25 at the American Legion Hall in Kensington honoring all years ending in 4 and 9. If you are a graduate of West Smith County or Thunder Ridge High School and you have had a change of address, please contact Staci Foreman at the District Office to update your info. We will soon be mailing out invites for the annual alumni banquet and we want to ensure you receive it! Call 785-476-2218 or email

North Church News

Fifty-five people were in attendance March 24, 2019 at the St. John Lutheran Church parish hall in Kensington for the Parent Appreciation potluck; formerly called Spring Tea or Mother-Daughter Tea. After the doxology was sung, people filed by three tables filled with cooks delight. Once everyone was seated, all were welcomed by Mary Struckhoff, WELCA Justice officer.

The WELCA Anniversary dinner on February 24, was cancelled due to inclement weather so time was given to acknowledge 11 couples celebrating special anniversaries. A reading paying homage to each of the couples respective years married was read.

A poem by Ron Tranmer, “The Greatest Parents On Earth,” was shared. A brief history explaining that the U.S. Congress recognizes the 4th Sunday in July as Parents Appreciation Day was presented.

It was a beautiful, sunny day outside. Inside, the tables were adorned with handmade fabric runners colored in gray, teal, and pink with small silver buckets holding tiny tulips helped set the spring-time theme. It was a short but nice time, so everyone could go on to their next activity. Thank you to all the kids and everyone who helped that day. Those couples recognized with special wedding anniversaries are as follows:

60 years Gib and Sharon Meyer, August 30, 1959; 45 years Garen and Cathy Diercks, June 9, 1974; 45 years Ron and Cindy Rahjes, November 2, 1974; 40 years Joel and Connie Bienhoff, June 16, 1979; 40 years Doug and Wanda Rahjes, September 29, 1979; 25 years Bruce and Amber Hardacre, July 22, 1994; 25 years Greg and Robin Billings, November 16, 1994; 20 years Leland and Linda Rahjes, October 16, 1999; Newlyweds Justin and Amy Abbott, June 2, 2019; Newlyweds Kenny and Doris Molzahn, July 21, 2019; Newlyweds Cory and Audrey Rahjes, September 22, 2019.

Submitted by Mary Struckhoff, WELCA Justice Officer

New York/D.C. Trip

Four Juniors from Thunder Ridge High were able to visit the eastern states on the annual New York and Washington D.C. trip early this spring. Brittany Atchison, Joseph Ferguson, Iva Rust and Reece Struckhoff enjoyed new and different sights and scenery from March 17 through March 24. There were approximately 26 students from Phillipsburg, Smith Center, Northern Valley, Logan and Thunder Ridge.

Monday the 18th, they visited the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum and Mt. Vernon as well as spending the evening touring Union Station and the monuments. The morning of March 19 was spent on Capital Hill with the Botanical Gardens, Smithsonian Air and Space and Art Museums after. They also toured the WWII Memorial and Jefferson Memorial, and Iwo Jima Memorial this day. On the third day, they viewed Arlington Cemetery and Gettysburg on the fourth day. March 22 landed them at the Big Apple! Time Square, 5th Ave, Rockefeller Center, Central Park, and Broadway were all big sights to take in in New York City. The Broadway show they went to see was “Beautiful” the Carole King Musical. March 23 they toured Battery Park, the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, the 9-11 Tribute Center, Freedom Tower, Ellen’s Stardust Diner, and Times Square. They stayed in the hotel Sheraton and for their last day in New York City, they saw Times Square, Madison Square Garden, Macy’s, Hard Rock Cafe. They boarded the bus to head back west late Sunday, March 24, after all these amazing sights and experiences.