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News for 11/17/2021

Photo credit: Lacie Loyd

Sub-State Game in Kensington

With a 52-18 win over Lebo last Friday, the Class 8-Man DII playoff game will be held this Friday, November 19, in Kensington. Come out to support the Longhorns at home as they face the Axtell Eagles in this Sub-State championship game. Ticket sales starting at 6:00pm and concessions will also be open. Kick-off at 7:00pm. With a win, the Longhorns would advance to play the winner of Victoria vs. Wheatland-Grinnell on Saturday, Nov. 27, in Newton. Good Luck to our Thunder Ridge Longhorns!

Veterans Day Parade 2021 Winners

Church Category: 1. First St. John Preschool

School Category: 1. Junior Class, 2. Freshman Class, 3. Senior Class

Business Category: 1. Insurance Smart, 2. Don Wiens Harvesting, 3. Trinity Ag

Organization Category: 1. Kensington Commercial Club, 2. Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic, 3. Terry Knight/Shriners

Miscellaneous Category: 1. Stephanie Arment, 2. Mike Isom, 3. Byron Grauerholz Family

TRHS attends Regional KAY Conference

Seven members of the Thunder Ridge High School KAY Club attended the Area 4 KAY Regional Conference on Monday, November 8th at Ellis High School.

The Club received the Blue Award, recognizing their student leadership and service to their school, community, nation and world for the 2020-2021 school year.

The Kansas Association for Youth (KAY) is a character-building, leadership training program directed by the Kansas State High School Activities Association. This nationally acclaimed organization provides students an opportunity to learn to assume their citizenship responsibilities and to enrich their personalities through well organized programs. These programs emphasize four areas of service: school, community, nation and world.

The theme for the 2021 Regional Conference was “The POWER OF ONE!” This conference affords opportunities for student leaders and sponsors from neighboring clubs to share successes and challenges, as well as exchange ideas. Sessions in leadership training and organizational skills are also offered. These conferences inspire delegates to return to their clubs to challenge their local members. TRHS KAY members attending the Regional Conference were: Kristal Rice, JaCea Reece, Jordyn Vales, Mariana Escobar, Sydni Rust, Trinity Coomes, and Gianna Hoersdig. Accompanying the group were Kathi Boden and Robin Billings, the club’s sponsors.

KAYS Deliver Meals

KAYS helped the Kensington Lions deliver meals on Saturday. Saturday’s Veterans Day celebration is always something special and the bean feed is a great part of it. Community members work long, faithful hours to prepare the meal for the community, but not everyone can get out to enjoy it. Lions members gather names of people who would like a meal delivered, and then the KAY members come help pack the meals and deliver them.

Sydni Rust fills a cup full of beans.

L-R: KAY sponsor Robin Billings, KAY President Kristal Rice, Bryce Kelley, Sydni Rust,Alexis Holling, Jordyn Vales, KAY sponsor Kathi Boden.

Lion’s member Joan Nech and KAY Alexis Holling checking the list of people to deliver to.

TRHS attends FHSU Math Relays

On November 11, 2021, Veterans Day, the following students represented Thunder Ridge High School at the Fort Hays State University Math Relays. Freshmen: Jimmy Escobar-Orellana, Jennifer Galicia-Banuelos, Ezekiel McGuire, Sophomores: Jimmy Bowen-Fink, Gianna Hoersdig, Kamryn Rietzke, Brooklyn Stauffer, Juniors: Jace Randall (A big thank you to Jace for volunteering to represent our junior class.) Seniors: Jonny Burger, Mariana Escobar-Orellana, Paul Ferguson, JaCea Reece.

In the first event of Number Sense, Paul Ferguson placed 5th in 12th Grade Individual. In the third event, Algebraic Manipulations, the Sophomore Team placed 10th and Paul Ferguson placed 9th in 12th Grade Individual. The fourth event, Informal Geometry and Measurement, the Freshman Team placed 10th and the Sophomore Team also placed 10th. In the fifth event, Applications of Algebra, Arithmetic, the Freshman Team placed 9th and the Sophomore Team placed 8th.

Four hundred eleven students participated representing thirty-one schools in the 42nd Annual FHSU Math Relays. We had a fire alarm during event 5 and our students queued up and left the building and waited patiently for the all clear. Thank you to Milton Detwiler, our bus driver. Mr. Detwiler cares for our students. The day was windy and it was a lot of work driving. Congratulations to the students! Good work!

Mat Makers Will Meet

Mat Makers will meet Saturday, November 20, from 9-noon. Everyone is invited to come help in the process of making sleeping mats for the homeless.

Community Praise Service

The community Praise service will be Sunday, Nov. 21st at 7 PM at the United Church in Kensington. The theme is “Hope and Praise”. The area churches will be providing special music. Please call Sherry Newbrey if you have specials to add to the program. 785-476-8073 or 785-476-2605.

Thunder Ridge Ballgames & Important Dates

Thur. 18- MS BB @Agra vs Rock Hills 4:00pm

Fri. 19- 10am HS (only) Late Start; 7pm Sub-State Football @Kensington

Mon. 22- MS BB @Logan 4:00pm, lv @ 2:35

Tue. 23- Dismiss @ 12:15pm for Thanksgiving Break

Wed. 24-26: No School – Thanksgiving Break


Thur. 2- MS BB @Agra vs St. John’s-Tipton 4:00pm

Mon. 6- Dismiss @ 2:30pm for Teacher In-Service; No MS BB practice

Weekly Inspiration

This is your reminder to stop and give yourself some credit. No matter what is going on around you, you have kept on going and overcome so much.

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