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News for 5/10/23 Congratulations Graduates!

Congratulations to the Thunder Ridge class of 2023 on your graduation! Back (l-r): Bryce Kelley, Marcus Beltz, Ryan Epple, Hunter Gitchel, Brian Shaw, Jashawn Dodds, Dylan Bice, Dalton Bice. Front (l-r): Max Loyd, Trinity Coomes, Sydni Rust, Alexis Holling, Toree Slavik, Kaleb Wagenblast, Jace Randall.

Teacher Appreciation Week

Monday, May 8 through Friday, May 12 is a special time to recognize all the educators who work hard to influence and impact the lives of our children. Tuesday was the last day for all Thunder Ridge students and we hope the children and parents remember to show their appreciation for all of the amazing teachers.

TRHS Math Contest Participants

On April 24, 2023, the following Thunder Ridge High School students participated in the Purple Comet Math Contest, Bryce Kelley, Sydni Rust joined us at a later time, Toree Slavik, Brian Shaw, Dashawn Eller, Joshua Ferguson, Jimmy Gower, Gianna Hoersdig, Jennifer Jones, Jimmy Escobar Orellana, Teaghan Hendryx, Keara Dodds, Michael Ferguson, Evan Slavik, Irene Tilton, Henryk Watkins, and Kaden Werle. The math contest consisted of thirty questions in which students had ninety minutes to answer all thirty questions. It is an international contest in which thousands of students compete in over fifty different countries. Thank you to the TRHS students for their dedication and diligence while competing! Good work!

Alumni Banquet

Only a couple weeks away! We hope you have plans to attend the Annual Alumni Banquet on Saturday, May 27, 2023. *Be sure to make reservations by May 15!!

Open house will be held from 4:00-5:30pm at the High School. Social Hour starts at 5:30 with Banquet to follow at 6:30pm at the American Legion Hall on Main Street. Honor Class pictures to be taken after the banquet. RSVPs and prepayment can be sent to: Kensington Alumni PO Box 72 Kensington, KS 66951. If you have any questions please contact Nikki Blake at 785-476-5297 or

Memorial Day Service Schedule

Memorial Day Services on Sunday, May 28, 2023:

Claudell Cemetery @ 9:00am; Cedar Cemetery @ 9:30am; Gaylord Cemetery @ 10:15am; Athol Lutheran Cemetery @ 10:45am; Pleasant View Cemetery (Athol) @ 11:15am; St. John Lutheran Cemetery (Kensington) @ 11:45am; Olive Branch Cemetery (Kensington) @ 1:00pm; Stone Cemetery @ 1:45pm; Germantown Cemetery @ 2:15pm.


K-Town Kates hosted the annual tea with the Home on the Range Club on Monday, April 10, 2023 at the north St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kensington at 6:00 p.m. Donna Westbrook welcomed members and their guests. JoAnn Rice gave the invocation followed by a delicious salad luncheon. Loretta Struik, the spring tea chairman, emceed the program. The Kansas History theme was carried out by beautiful yellow sunflower/blue daisy floral centerpieces and sunflower ornaments as favors – all created by Loretta. After she introduced Amy Adams, Music Instructor and Kristi Reneberg, Accompanist, students from Thunderridge High School performed their instrumental and vocal solos that they will present at the contest. After this special music, “An Evening with Abigail” was performed by Carla Dettmer. Abigail was the wife of Lyman T. Earl who along with Hyman Bull was the cofounder of Bull City in 1870. The flip of a coin determined the city’s name, which later became Alton, Kansas. Carla, dressed in 1870’s attire, included interesting stories about these people and presented Kansas History and facts. The entertaining presentation ended with singing the Kansas song - Home on the Range. After several games and door prizes, Loretta brought the evening to a close with the singing of God Bless America – a most enjoyable evening!

Legion Friday Night

This week at the Kensington American Legion we will have a special of Jiffy cornbread casserole, broccoli slaw, strawberry fluff and dessert. We will have our regular menu items as well and our kitchen is open from 6-8pm and you can call 785-476-3204 to have your order ready for pick up. We want to wish a Happy Mother's Day to all.

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