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The Kenston FIRST LEGO League team KIMERA (Kenston Intermediate, Middle, Elementary and St. Rita's, All together) was one of six teams advancing…

Kenston FIRST LEGO League

The Kenston FIRST LEGO League team KIMERA (Kenston Intermediate, Middle, Elementary and St. Rita’s, All together) was one of six teams advancing to state competition from the Northeast Ohio District Tournament held at the University of Akron.

The team was given a research project in August to detect a problem involving severe weather and then to create a solution. They created a way to make power lines safer to civilians when cut down by trees and also a way to make them quicker to fix by linemen. They also built a LEGO Mindstorms Robot and programmed it to solve point-generated missions.

At districts, the team was awarded a trophy for Best Robot Mechanical Design, came in ninth place out of 22 on the Robot Mission Game and scored high on all three presentations given to the judges.

District Spelling Bee

The Kenston District Spelling Bee is fast approaching.

The following students in grades 4-8 will compete to determine Kenston’s top speller: Alex Akers, Amelia Witmer-Rich, Ann Ortner, Anna DoakAva Moe, Chloe Thomas, Cole Pitz, Elena Lioudis, Elise Markley, Jimmy Spriggs, Josh DeCaro, Josh Walls, Julia Morey, Max Yost, Okan Kardzhala, Olivia Serafin, Sam Kress, Tommy Most, Welsey Byrnes and Will Grendell.

Speech and Debate

Kenston High School’s Speech and Debate team continues to improve. Congratulations go to Gillian McMaster for her best round ever and a 10th-place finish in Impromptu Speaking; Emily Herbruck for an eighth-place finish in Impromptu; Katie Gross for a seventh-place finish in prose/poetry; and to the duo team of Molly Kimpton and Katie Hajek for a seventh-place finish.

Special congratulations go to Nick Vitello for earning a sixth-place ribbon in Impromptu Speaking.

Science Olympiad Results

Kenston held the sixth annual Science Olympiad Invitational for middle and high school students on Jan. 18. Sixty- three teams with more than 1,200 competitors from Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia competed.

The emphasis for all of the events was on “doing” science rather than on reporting information. Events were within the following categories: Life, Personal & Social Science, Earth & Space Science, Physical Science & Chemistry, Technology & Engineering and Inquiry & Nature of Science.

The high school teams placed third and sixth while the middle school placed 15th and 70th in their division. This high school team place eighth or better in 22 of the 23 events.

The following high school students placed eighth or better in their events:

Can’t Judge a Powder – Evan Frank, first place;
Experimental Design – Leah Grcevich, Paul Gray and Alexis Flemming, first place;
Technical Problem Solving – Zach Roshon and Jacob Enders, first place;
Circuit Lab – Mitchell Babej and Andrew Krause, second place;
Material Science – Jacob Enders and Zach Roshon, second place;
Compound Machines – Zach Roshon and Jacob Enders, third place;
Water Quality – Scott Brown and Mitchell Babej, third place;
Chem Lab – Zach Roshon and Leah Grcevich, fourth place;
Elastic Launch Glider – Stephen Kocsis and David Mellone, fourth place;
Geological Mapping – Alexis Flemming and Paul Gray, fourth place;
Boomilever – Harrison Uveges and Vino Sivapalan, fifth place;
Dynamic Planet – Logan Bishop and Alexis Flemming, fifth place;
Elastic Launch Glider – Andrew Krause and Jeff Brown, fifth place;
Compound Machines – Luke Ballard and Leander Held, sixth place;
Disease Detective – David Mellone and Rachel Sauder, sixth place;
Dynamic Planet – Fred Fikter and Chuck Mozingo, sixth place;
Rocks and Minerals – Jeff Brown and Leander Held, sixth place;
Scrambler – Andrew Krause and Alex Dvorak, sixth place;
Solar System – Evan Frank, sixth place;
Write It Do It – Abigail Fickter and Vino Sivapalan, sixth place;
Experimental Design – Carmaletta Hinson, Antal Silva and Tyler Lance, seventh place;
Metric Mastery – Fred Fikter, seventh place;
Mission Possible – Richard Desatnik, Zach Roshon and Vino Sivaplan, seventh place;
Write It Do It – Bre Kramer, seventh place;
Designer Genes – Scott Brown and Josh Sellers, eighth place;
Dynamic Planet – Leander Held and Tyler Lance, eighth place; and
Rocks and Minerals – Paul Gray and Alexis Flemming, eighth place.

The following middle school students placed in their events:

Can’t Judge a Powder – Kelcey Henrikson, first place;
Experimental Design – Nicholas Silva, Anna Snyder and Patrick Vanderbilt, fifth place;
Experimental Design – Ainsley Bradbury, Cassandra Berlin and Alexandra Weinhofer, sixth place;
Entomology – Tommy Kregenow and Anna Snyder, sixth place;
Solar System – Betsy Ortner, sixth place;
Metric Mastery – Ryan Sauder, seventh place; and
Write It Do It – Anna Snyder, seventh place.

KMS Presents “Cinderella”

Kenston Middle School will be presenting the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical retelling of the classic fairy tail, “Cinderella,” on Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 1 at 4 p.m. at the Kenston High School auditorium.

Tickets will be available at the door the night of the show. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students.

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