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News for 3/30/2022

Fish Fry Friday Night

It’s no April fools’ joke! The Kensington American Legion is having a FISH FRY this Friday evening, April 1st, from 6-8pm at the legion. We'd love to have you join us for a buffet style spread of: fish, fries, coleslaw, hush puppies, and desserts. We will have several different kinds of fish--even from Alaska! There will also be a chicken strip basket available for the children. Prices are $15/adult and $7.50/kids. Regular menu items will NOT be available.

Please use the south bar door when you come. Bring your appetite, family, and friends! Call us at 785-476-3204 and we can make your order up to go, and it will be plentiful.

TRHS Special Achievements

TR attended the NPL Powerlifting competition held in Wilson on Thursday, MArch 24. Thirteen team members earned medals for overall performances plus, many of the team members earned medals for placing in the top 3 in individual events in their weight class. The overall medals are for placing in the top 3 in their weight class when scores in all 3 events (clean, squat, and bench) are added together. The boys' team placed 2nd in the League and the girls' team placed 5th. Congratulations to all those who competed and thanks to their coaches--Mr. Struckhoff and Mr. Coomes.

“Super proud of this group at league powerlifting! Boys got 2nd overall with 314 points,” Coach Joel Stuckhoff.

Placers include:


Kamryn Rietzke-1st place bench- 4th overall.

Mariana Escobar-1st Place squat and clean-1st place overall.

Gianna Hoersdig-3rd place squat and bench- 4th overall.

Susana Jovel-5th place clean



PJ Vanderlinden-198 class-1st bench and 6th Squat-6th overall

Hayden Kelley- 132 class-3rd clean and 5th squat-5th overall

Ruben Steenkamp-198 class-4th bench


Jimmy Gower-114 class-2nd squat, clean, and bench-2nd overall

Josh Ferguson-220 class-1st squat, 3rd bench, and 3rd clean-1st overall

Mason Baker-173 class-5th squat, 3rd bench, and 3rd clean-3rd overall

John Brandon-198 class-5th bench


Dylan Bice-198 class-4th squat, 1st bench, and 1st clean-1st overall

Dalton Bice-198 class-2nd bench and 3rd squat, 3rd clean-3rd overall

Jace Randall-173 class-3rd squat and 2nd clean-3rd overall

Kaleb Wagenblast-220 class-5th squat, 2nd bench, and first clean(290 and a new league record)-2nd overall

Alex Keshmiry-181 class-4th squat, 2nd bench, and 2nd clean-2nd overall.

Brian Shaw-HWT-2nd bench, 2nd squat, and 2nd clean-2nd overall

Zach Barnes- 165 class-5th squat, 1st bench, and 2nd clean-2nd overall.


Tony Haas-140 class-3rd squat and 5th clean-5th overall

Owen Hrabe-198 class-3rd bench and 5th clean-5th overall

Olin Brown-220 class-4th squat, 6th bench, and 2nd clean-4th overall

Jaden Stauffer-173 class-4th bench and 5th clean.

Leland McGuire-HWT-1st squat, bench, and clean- 1st overall.

Eleven High School students worked hard to bring the playwright, Gary Peterson's sparkling adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” to life this past weekend.

The kids had a new sponsor this year and were so grateful to have 6th grade teacher, Miranda Kirchhoff, step into this position. Patty Lowe had been the play sponsor for at least 8 years, if not more, and was a great resource to answer questions.

The cast included Seniors: Paul Ferguson, JaCea Hunter, Leland McGuire, Kristal Rice and Jordyn Vales; Juniors: Trinity Coomes, Jacob Elson, Hunter Gitchel, Bryce Kelley; and Freshman: Ezekiel McGuire. Also special helpers behind the scenes running lights, audio and curtains included Sophomore: LyNece Stokesbury; Freshman: Destynee Coomes, 8th grader: Gracie Rice and 7th grader: Hannah Nelson.

Photo credit to Julie Kuhlmann.

Hunter Gitchel spins Kristal Rice who portrayed “Daisy in her younger days.”

Kristal Rice “Daisy” chatting with her cousin “Nick Carraway” played by Leland McGuire.

Brothers Ezekiel McGuire and Leland McGuire took the stage together.

Bryce Kelley plays the role of “Jay Gatsby” trying to win back the heart of his young love “Daisy,” played by Kristal Rice.

Thunder Ridge Calendar of Events

KAYS will host a Blood Drive in the High School gym at Kensington on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. Appointments are available between 9am and 3pm. Sign up is available online at or through the high school office (785-476-2217). Make plans to donate and help save a life!


Sat. 2- PROM: 5:30 Pics @ Park; 6:30 Dinner; 8:00 Promenade; 9:00 Dance

Mon. 4- HS only 10:00am Late Start; Mother/KAY Banquet 7pm – 9pm

Tue. 5- HS Track @ Beloit 3pm

Thur. 7- MS Track @ Norton 9:30am, lv @ 8:00

Fri. 8- MS Mid-Terms sent home with students

Sat. 9- HS Regional solo/small Ensemble Contest @ Concordia

Tue. 12- MS Track @ Stockton 10:00am; HS Track @ Smith Center 3pm

Thur. 14- MS Track @ Logan (hosted by NV) 2:00pm; HS Track @ Hill City 3pm

Fri. 15- No School – Good Friday

Mon. 18- No School – Easter Break

Wed. 20- PTL Music @ Southern Cloud (Miltonvale) 8:30am; KAYS Blood Drive in gym

Kensington Library

The regular meeting of our community library board is normally held the 1st Monday of each month at 6:30pm. However, the April meeting has been rescheduled to be held Monday the 11th due to the Mother KAY Banquet taking place April 4th. All board meetings are open to the public as according to the Kansas Open Meetings Act. Please submit your request to attend to Erica Barnes so that you may be added to the agenda.

Our library hours include: Monday 8am-7pm, Tuesday through Friday 8am-4pm, and Saturday 9am-2pm while school is in session. We will be CLOSED on Good Friday. Special Hours for Monday the 18th are 2-7pm. For more information or assistance, please call 785-476-2219 (library line) or 476-8185 (Erica Barnes).

Weekly Inspiration

In this life, we are all just walking up the mountain and we can sing as we climb, or we can complain about our sore feet. Whichever we choose, we still gotta do the hike. I decided a long time ago singing made a lot more sense. -unknown

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