Kenston School News
November 16, 2023 by Staff Report

Chagrin Falls Veterans of Foreign Wars Veterans Day essay contest winners are Kenston seniors Alayna Stachiw, first place, and Samantha Sunderhaft, second place...

Veterans Day Essay Contest

Chagrin Falls Veterans of Foreign Wars (CFVFW) Veterans Day essay contest winners are Kenston seniors Alayna Stachiw, first place, and Samantha Sunderhaft, second place. Their 1,000-word essays reflected how a veteran’s service and patriotism inspire them.

Stachiw read her essay as part of the Chagrin Falls Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11. They were each awarded a generous scholarship from the CFVFW. The contest was open to Kenston, Chagrin Falls, West Geauga students and affiliated home-schooled students.

Veterans Day Celebrations

On Veterans Day, students in all buildings across the Kenston campus celebrated and honored veterans. Kenston is proud to have Timmons Elementary School and Kenston Middle School designated as Purple Star schools for supporting military families. From the youngest learners to graduating seniors, students participated in events, created artwork and listened to veterans share about their time in the armed forces.

This year marks the 29th year of the Veterans Day program held at Timmons Elementary School. The program includes a third-grade music program, school-wide learning activities and listening to veterans share their military stories.

Kenston Intermediate School students shared in learning about Veterans Day as students read the book, “The Wall,” and created a memorial wall of their own to honor family and friends who are veterans, allowing them to have a visual connection to America’s heroes. Middle school students recognized veterans at a Veterans Day program with the presentation of the colors, special musical tributes and a guest speaker at a building-wide program.

There were over 50 veterans present, including a World War II veteran. The Kenston High School multimedia journalism class taught by Mr. Ryan Novak created a video for all students to watch on Veterans Day again this year. This year the video highlighted the service of Kyle Weninger, a 2010 Kenston graduate and Marine who passed away during a training exercise in 2020. KHS students Brooke Davidson, Kaden Selby, Dom Blogna and Sabrina Billock assisted in making the video.

 Kenston Schools is proud to recognize and honor its alumni who are veterans. Thank you to the Kenston Alumni Association that produces the Military Wall of Honor Video each year.

Visit to view the videos from the high school multimedia journalism class and also the Alumni Association Military Wall of Honor. To all veterans, Kenston salutes you and thanks you for your service and dedication to our country.

Bomber Media Students Excel

A group of Kenston High School Bomber Media students finished as the runners-up in the OSBA Student Video Contest. The statewide contest focused on the theme of “Public schools are the real school choice.” Students Josh Jaeger, Luke Schmidt and Owen Woodard produced the video that also features Aaron Lesner and a beat made by Alex Greenwald. Kenston has previously earned first place in 2017 and 2019. Visit the district website to view the video.

Athletes Celebrate Collegiate Signing

Congratulations to Kenston Bombers scholar-athletes who have committed to compete in collegiate sports. The following students shared their commitments to attend and compete at NCAA programs.

Jimmy Cerha signed to play baseball at Ohio University. Tommy Garvey signed to play lacrosse at Hope College in Michigan, and Wyatt Koenig signed to play lacrosse at the University of Mount Union. L.A. Mighton signed to play baseball at The University of Akron, and Rilley Rosneck signed to play volleyball at Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Silver Bells Boutique

Silver Bells Boutique will be held on Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kenston High School, 9500 Bainbridge Road. The fundraiser benefits Kenston After Prom. Admission is free.

The show will feature over 100 unique local vendors, junior craft vendors, a cookie sale, raffle prizes, choral performances and Holly Jolly Lane with trees and gingerbread houses up for raffle.

Preschool Application

The Kenston preschool at Timmons Elementary School is designed so that preschool children with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) receive educational services in an environment with typically developing peers. The program focuses on providing educational opportunities for all preschool children, which will enable them to grow, develop and learn from one another.

For families interested in sending their child to Timmons as a typically developing peer role model, they must complete a screening packet and return it to Katie Seifried by Nov. 27. The screening will take place on Dec. 1, from 10-11 a.m. or 2-3 p.m. at the Timmons building. Scan or email the packet to, or drop it off at the Timmons Elementary School office attention Katie Seifried.

Children placed as typically developing peer models need to be potty trained, parents must provide their own transportation and fulfill the tuition requirement and families must reside in the Kenston Local School District.

For families of students who are already on an IEP or have recently moved to the district, please contact the Special Education office at 440-543-3013 for assistance.

Winter Sports Season Ticket Packages

Winter season ticket packages for individuals are now available. The passes provide the option of purchasing a pass for admission to an entire season of home games in a particular sport. The passes are nontransferable, but the online ticketing service charges are waived.

Individual event tickets will still be able to be purchased. Both options will be available on the district website as each sport season begins.

In addition, a reminder that for the 2023-24 academic year, the Kenston Athletic Boosters have sponsored the cost of an All-Sports Pass for all Kenston students enrolled in grades K-12. The pass provides complimentary entry for Kenston students to attend all regular season home events in all sports other than football.

To review the entire spectator and ticketing policy as well as instructions on how to order the student All-Sports Pass, visit

Winter Sports Home Openers

Come check out the winter sports teams in each of their home opener events coming up in November/December – boys basketball: Dec. 5 against West Geauga; girls basketball: Nov. 29 against NDCL; bowling: Nov. 29 against Willoughby South; gymnastics: Dec. 15 home meet; hockey: Dec. 1 against Stow-Munroe Falls; swimming: Dec. 1 at Mayfield; and wrestling: Dec. 28-29 KIT.