News for 10/13/2021


Jill Nech, Daughter of Joan Nech, was honored this weekend at Bethany College.

Nech is BC 2021 Hall of Honor Inductee

Congratulations to Jill Nech on her induction to the Bethany College Athletic Hall of Honor. The inductees were introduced during halftime of the Homecoming/Hyllningfest football game on Saturday, October 9. The ceremony honoring inductees took place Sunday, October 10, 2021, in Lindquist Hall.

The Bethany College Athletic Hall of Honor gives recognition to individuals whose performance on the athletic field during their time at Bethany was noteworthy and exemplary of the high standards for which Bethany College has historically been known. The individual selected shall have been a former student-athlete or letter winner, a former coach, or an individual who was significantly involved in Bethany College Athletics. For student-athletes, the last year of participation in athletics shall have been at least 8 years before the selection into the Hall of Honor. Selection for membership shall be determined by the quality and caliber of athletic performance and by the individual’s contribution to the team concept of athletic endeavor through leadership as cited by the coaches and teammates involved.

Jill Nech, 2004, came to Bethany in 2000 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in health and physical education. She played 4 years of basketball for the Swedes, and also competed in track and field from 2000-2001. Nech earned basketball All-KCAC honors as a sophomore, juniors, and senior. Her senior year, Nech led the KCAC in scoring and field goal percentage. On the KCAC All-Time Records, Nech tied for second for total rebounds in a game (22); third for season field goal percentage (61.8%) in 2001-2002, and seventh for season field goal percentage (59.9%) in 2003-2004.

2002-2003 was a banner year for the Swedes. Bethany went 30-3, ended the season 2nd in the country, and had a 25-game winning streak. Nech was named 2nd Team All-American as a junior, and Honorable Mention All-American as a senior.

Nech is in her 18th year of teaching. She has taught physical education in Hugoton, Pratt, and Dighton, Kansas. She was also an Assistant Principal/Activities Director at Dighton for two years. Currently, Nech is a 5-9 special education teacher at Liberty Middle School in Pratt, Ks. Throughout her education career, she has coached high school basketball, as well as junior high basketball, volleyball, cross country, and track. In addition, Nech is a registered volleyball official, and an active member of the Catholic church.



Thunder Ridge Ballgame Schedule & Important Dates

Thur. 14- MS VB/FB @ Osborne 4/6:00pm; 4pm HS XC NPL @ Lakeside

Fri. 15- End of 1st Quarter; 3:00pm Autographs & Cookies w/ Athletes; 5:30pm ALL Fall Sports Parent’s Night; 6pm HS FB @ Kensington vs Frankfort (Planning 5th qtr for JV play)

Mon. 18- MS PTL VB Tourney @ St. John’s (Beloit) 11:00

Tue. 19- Flu Shot Clinic at MS

Wed. 20- Bus Driver Appreciation @ MS 7:45-8:15am; MS Honors Program in the Auditorium 3:15pm

Fri. 22- No School – Teacher Inservice; 7pm HS FB @ Miltonvale

Sat. 23- HS VB Sub-State; HS Regional XC

Mon. 25- MS Cheers last day of Cookie Dough sales; Parent/Teacher Conferences 4-8:30pm (All buildings)


Busy Bees Food Pantry Drive

Please help us to collect personal hygiene products for our local food pantry. Food items are most commonly donated, but there is also a need for products such as: toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, body washes, soaps, q-tips, cotton balls, feminine products and baby items. A collection box can be found at the Kensington Community Store or contact a Busy Bee family and we will gladly stop by to visit. The Busy Bees 4-H Club is always looking for ways to help our community. Please contact leaders Marlene Nelson 785-614-1149 or Erica Barnes 785-476-8185 and let us know what we can do for you.



Busy Bees 4-H Club


Sorting personal hygiene products donated for the food pantry.



Kensington Friends

Former Kensington resident, J S Wagner, will be celebrating his 99th birthday on October 25. Please let him know you’re thinking of him! His address is J S Wagner ℅ Joe Wagner 1005 Brierwood Drive Manhattan, Kansas 66502


Craft Fair in Kensington Nov. 13

The Kensington Commercial/Community Club once again plans to host the Fall Festival Craft Fair during the annual Veterans Day Celebration on November 13th, 2021. If you are interested in participating as a vendor, please contact Melissa Westbrook.


Mat Makers

Mat makers will meet October 23, from 9-12, at St. John a Lutheran Church. Join us if you can!



Weekly Inspirations

The cycle ends with me. I won’t hold grudges or seek revenge on people who have hurt me. I don’t wish bad on them or hope karma gets them. I forgive them. I pray for them. I send positive thoughts. Let’s set an example. Let’s be the example. Let’s change the world through granting grace, choosing kindness, and BEING the change we wish to see in the world.


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Send your news to Erica at ebarnes8185@gmail.com (put NEWS in the subject line please!) or call 785-476-8185. To see the full, in-color edition, visit the Kensington website online at www.Kensingtonks.net.

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