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News for 5/1/2019

The Class of 2019 (l-r) back row: Matilyn Riley, Raegan Boden, Elizabeth Hardacre, Leah Bienhoff, Blaine Eller, Brice Hendryx, Landon Gering, Britt Bauman, Kenda Reimer; front row: Mrs. Yoxall, Katelynn Fowler, Mariah Stauffer, Karen Torres, Layne Pettijohn, Destiny Shook, Wysteria Corbett, Brandon Grauerholz, Dalton Christensen, Tharen Salner, Brandon Shaw.

TRHS Graduation Ceremony

The Thunder Ridge High School Graduation will be held this coming Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 3:00pm in the high school gymnasium. The Senior class had their last day of school on Friday, April 26 and they left late Friday night traveling to Arlington, TX for Senior Sneak from April 27 through May 1st. They had fun plans and activities lined up. Friday, they will rehearse for graduation and Sunday they will dorn their caps and gowns. Best of Luck to the Class of 2019!

TR School Activities/Dates


Wed. 1- MS Achievement Assembly and Art Open House/5th grade Wax Museum 8:30am; 5th-8th Physicals @ Phillips County Medical Clinic 1:00pm

Thur. 2- Last Day for 8th grade; 7:00pm 4-8 Spring Program at auditorium in Agra

Fri- 3- 8th grade trip to Kearney-Big Apple; 3:00pm HS Track Meet @ Mankato

Sat. 5- TRHS Graduation Ceremony @ 3:00pm in HS gym

Mon. 6- MS Promotion Ceremony @ 7:00pm in gym at Agra

Tue. 7- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL! 12:15pm dismissal for summer break; 1:00pm PTL Track @ Rock Hills (Mankato)

Wed. 8- Teacher Inservice

Thur. 9- NPL Track @ Rock Hills (Mankato) 3:00pm

Fri. 17- HS Regional Track

Fri. 24- HS State Track

Sat. 25- HS State Track; KHS and TRHS Alumni Banquet

Mark Your Calendars

Celebration for Moms and Graduates- The United Church of Kensington plans to hold a special reception on Sunday, May 12, 2019 (Mother’s Day) at 9:45 AM in the church basement before Worship Service. Serving delicious muffins, fresh fruit, coffee and juice to honor our mothers on Mother’s Day and celebrate our graduates taking the next step in their life journey. Please join us!

Alumni of Kensington and Thunder Ridge- The invites have been mailed out for the Annual Alumni Banquet. The banquet will be held Saturday, May 25, 2019 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 make your reservations and update your info. Call 785-476-2218 or email

Athol Homecoming Get Together Explained

Here is another explanation to clarify information for the Athol Homecoming Get Together planned for Sunday, May 26, 2019 from 2:00-4:00 pm at the Athol Community Hall. If you haven’t been back to Athol for several years, you will be pleased to see how the Athol Community hall has been repainted, new windows installed, and see mementos of Athol history.

The Homecoming get together event will be a time for anyone who has Athol ties or attended Athol Grade School or High School to come to. It is not just for Athol High School Alumni as was the case with the get-together previously held every two years on Memorial weekend. We want to get the information out that everyone is invited to come to the open house.

Athol High School’s last graduating class was in 1955, making the high school graduates 82 years old or more. There are several of this “Grand Generation” of Alumni in the area who are pushing age 90 who still want to get together for a time of visiting and remembering Athol. This number is declining and is more difficult for them to help plan this event. For this reason, Donna Johnson (785-476-2691) and Dianna Rice (785-695-2399) agreed to help with the planning of this event.

Athol Grade School closed in 1966, so that graduating class would be 66 or more years old. There were still younger grade school students who attended Athol grade school until it’s closing in May, 1966. It is hoped that several of the Athol Grade School graduates and students would like to have a time together at Athol and be together as well.

A short program will be held at 3:00 pm to share memories with a special memorial ceremony for Athol graduates who have passed away since the last reunion in 2017. Refreshments will be served.

Please mark your calendars for Sunday May 26, 2019 from 2-4 pm to reconnect with your Athol friends at the Athol Community Hall. Please consider this your invitation to attend.

American Legion Menu

This week at the American Legion we will be having chicken Alfredo, Southern style baby lima beans, and slaw. Our extra salad (to make a basket instead of fries) will be pea with bacon and cheese salad. For dessert apple pie with or without ice cream. We will be offering our regular menu as well as the specials. Please call us for take out orders at 785-476-3204. The kitchen is open from 6-830. We want to say best wishes to the 2019 graduating seniors!

Weekly Inspiration

Learn to wait. There's always time for everything. - Unknown

Sometimes things have to go very wrong before they can be right. - Unknown

When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us. - Helen Keller


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