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News for 5/12/21

TRHS Graduation

(A list of awards and scholarships can be found at the end of news items)

The 2021 Graduation ceremony was held Sunday, May 9th at the gymnasium in Kensington. Thunder Ridge honored 16 graduates, 9 boys and 7 girls. Valedictorian was Mark Ferguson, Salutatorian was Jonathan Ferguson. Recipients of the American Legion Award were Raini Hrabe and Edgar Banuelos-Galicia. Recipients of the KSHSAA Citizenship Award were Kylie Reimer and Mark Ferguson. Other Scholarship recipients included: Governor’s Scholarship- Mark Ferguson; Kansas Honor Scholar- Mark Ferguson and Jonathan Ferguson; Kansas Scholars Completers- Mya Hoersdig and Jonathan Ferguson; Sons of the American Legion Scholarship- Kyler Seemann and Edgar Bañuelos-Galicia; American Legion Post #166 Scholarship- Kyler Seemann; American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship- Caleb Dodds and Madelyn Davis; Vada Bonnett American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship- Maycee Westbrook and Mya Hoersdig; Agra American Legion and Auxiliary Scholarship- Kyler Seemann and Raini Hrabe; Carl and Martha Grauerholz Memorial Scholarship- Raini Hrabe; Arnold “Tarzan” Levin Memorial Scholarship- Maycee Westbrook; Thunder Ridge Educational Association Scholarship- Jacob Barnes; USD110 Vada Bonnett Scholarship- Raini Hrabe; Rathert Scholarship- Kylie Reimer. Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

Annual Alumni Banquet

Please help spread the word! Make sure your children, family members and relatives know Kensington will hold the Alumni Banquet on Saturday, May 29th, 2021 at the American Legion. Honoring not only this years’ honor classes, but also last years’ that were missed due to COVID-19. Open House at the High School from 4-5:30pm; Social Hour at the Legion Hall from 5:30-6:30pm; Honor Class Pictures following the Banquet. Please make your reservations by May 15th. Payment can be sent to Kensington Alumni Association PO Box 72 Kensington, KS 66951. The price is $25/ticket, which includes meal, entertainment, and other Alumni costs.

To help cut some extra costs, invitations were not mailed out to all alumni this year and we are relying on social media to help spread the word. Please like and follow the “Kensington Alumni” facebook page. Contact Jennifer Dodds at 210-291-7661 or with any questions.

KHS Alumni Shirt

The Alumni Association has placed the t-shirt order. These shirts will be available for pickup at the banquet on May 29. If you cannot be at the banquet we can work out shipping/pick up arrangements. Prepayment is appreciated if you haven’t yet done so- cash, check, Venmo, or Paypal accepted. Contact Adam Synoground at 785-476-5198.

Athol Homecoming Get-Together Planned for May 30, 2021

Plans are being made to have another bi-annual Athol Community Open House on Memorial Weekend. The Athol Community Hall will be open on Sunday afternoon, May 30, 2021 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm with refreshments being served. This will be a time for visiting together and to admire the Community Hall for those from a distance who haven’t seen it for many years.

There will be a program at 3:00 pm for introductions and a time to share memories of Athol. A special memorial service will be held at that time for former Athol students and community members who have passed away since the last get-together in 2019. ElDean Holthus will be explaining his efforts towards getting the Athol Community Hall on the Kansas Historical Registry.

This get-together is not just for Athol alumni graduates. Everyone with Athol ties is welcome to attend.

The last Athol High School Graduating Class was in 1955. Those graduates are 83 years or older. There are several of those graduates who are making plans to attend. Athol Grade School closed in 1966, which former graduate Kathy Shockley Pierce noted is 55 years ago. That group of students are 68 years and older.

Former Athol Grade School students Donna Johnson (476-2691), Dianna Rice (695-2399), Athol High School Alumni Elzene Panter Kirchhoff (1949) and Athol’s historical legend Betty Panter Smith (1946) are working together to plan this event. They can be contacted for more information. We hope this will give everyone with Athol ties a chance to see the Community Hall again and catch up with former Athol residents, Athol High School and Grade School graduates. Mark your calendars for Sunday May 30 from 2-4 pm to reconnect with your Athol friends. Please consider this your invitation to attend.

Agra/Eastern Heights Alumni

You are invited along with your spouses and friends to attend the Pizza Party at the Agra American Legion on Friday, May 28, 2021 starting at 4:30pm. Pizza and ice cream will be served at 5:30pm. Five and ten year classes honored from 2020 and 2021 years. Pictures will be taken of classes.


The Ktown Kates will take a day trip to Norton on Friday May 21, 2021. Members wanting to go will meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Senior Center in Kensington. After traveling to Norton, they will first view the “Also Ran Gallery”, enjoy lunch at a restaurant, then tour the “Crossroads; Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit.”


The Food Pantry for May will be MAY 15th, the third Saturday of the Month. Additional workers will be Donna W. and Deb L.

Kensington Library

With school coming to an end on May 11th, we will be switching to summer hours on Wednesday May 12th. We will be open 2-7pm on Mondays and 9am-2pm Tuesday through Saturday. Also, the Summer Reading Program will begin the second week of June. Stop in to sign your children up for summer reading.

Thunder Ridge Class of 2021

Senior Awards & Local Scholarships

American Legion Award Raini Hrabe

Edgar Bañuelos-Galicia

KSHSAA Award Mark Ferguson

Kylie Reimer

Governor’s Scholar Mark Ferguson

Kansas Honor Scholar Mark Ferguson

Jonathan Ferguson

Kansas Scholars Completers Mya Hoersdig

Jonathan Ferguson

Sons of the American Legion Scholarship Kyler Seemann

Edgar Bañuelos-Galicia

American Legion Post #166 Scholarship Kyler Seemann

American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship Caleb Dodds

Madelyn Davis

Vada Bonnett American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship Maycee Westbrook

Mya Hoersdig

Agra American Legion and Auxiliary Scholarship Kyler Seemann

Raini Hrabe

Carl and Martha Grauerholz Memorial Scholarship Raini Hrabe

Arnold “Tarzan” Levin Memorial Scholarship Maycee Westbrook

Thunder Ridge Educational Association Scholarship Jacob Barnes

USD110 Vada Bonnett Scholarship Raini Hrabe

Rathert Scholarship Kylie Reimer

Kilmer-Miller Scholarship

Jacob Barnes Jadeyn Bice

Seth Brown Madelyn Davis

Caleb Dodds Jonathan Ferguson

Mark Ferguson Edgar Bañuelos-Galicia

Casandra Gibson Mya Hoersdig

Raini Hrabe Kyler Seemann

Kylie Reimer Maycee Westbrook

Smith County PEO Scholarship Raini Hrabe

DAR Good Citizen Scholarship Mark Ferguson

Nex-Gen Break the Rules Scholarship Raini Hrabe

Orville L. & Beverly Borgmann Scholarship Jonathan Ferguson

Raini Hrabe

Strother Insurance Scholarship Maycee Westbrook

Mark Ferguson

Jonathan Ferguson

Edward Beckman Scholarship Raini Hrabe

Bill and Julia Thomas Charitable Trust Scholarship Raini Hrabe

Jonathan Ferguson

Mark Ferguson

Edgar Bañuelos-Galicia

Margaret Nelson Castle College Scholarship Madelyn Davis Jonathan Ferguson

Mark Ferguson Raini Hrabe

Jacob Barnes

Margaret Nelson Castle Vo-Tech Scholarship Edgar Bañuelos-Galicia

Theodore & Ruth Levin Scholarship Kylie Reimer Jacob Barnes

Jadeyn Bice

Casandra Gibson


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Send your news to Erica at (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


Erica Barnes Library Director; K-3 & HS Librarian Kensington Community/School Library 785-476-2219 or 8185 (cell)


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