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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Kennedale student honors rolling in from district to state

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The semester is still young but so far it has been good for the students at Kennedale High School along with their sponsors and coaches.? And, there still is much more to come.? {{more: continue …}}
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KHS Student filmmaker awarded 2nd in annual state film festival ??
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KHS student Brandon Isensee entered two short film entries in the state UIL Young Filmakers Festival. Both of Isenee?s entries were accepted and one was awarded a second place. Earning the silver medal for Isensee was his film entitled Conversatio Morum. It was entered in the Division 1 Traditional Animation category.
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Isensee?s second entry, In Debt, was a finalist in the same category. There were only 6 films selected in the category. Kennedale had two of the six. KHS sponsor ? Marc Miner (CTE Audio-Visual)
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KHS Choir earns first/second division honors ?
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The KHS Choir, who received Division I Superior Ratings on Stage and Division II Excellent Ratings in Sightreading at the UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest at Aledo High. Choir Director -??Matt Schenck
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Bush places in top ten in angler tournament ??
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Riley Bush, KHS Senior, earned 10th Place finish at the Lake Texoma Bass Fishing Invitational. The tournament was sponsored by the Texas High School Bass Association (THSBA). Riley is a founding member of the KHS Bass Fishing Team, and this was his fourth time to compete in the Lake Texoma event. KHS Sponsor -?Danny Wilcox (Biology/Outdoor Education).
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Two KHS All-State Band students perform at state convention ??

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Two KHS Wildcat Band members, Coby and Alexis, earned All-State honors this year. The two performed earlier in February, at the Texas All-State Band Clinic and state convention San Antonio. Accompanying them were band directors Erol Oktay, Tyler Broadhurst and Josie Inman. Head Band Director Oktay called it a ?great performance? by both students.
KHS bands rate superior ?
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Two KHS bands earn top superior ratings …?
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Congratulations to the Kennedale high school Concert Band and Symphonic Band. Both of these groups went to UIL concert and sight-reading evaluation today and received ?straight ones? ratings from the judges. Directors are Tyler Broadhurst and Josie Inman.
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KHS Cheer Team earns 12th in national contest?
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The Kennedale Cheer Team entered the Non-Tumbling category of the UCA National High School Cheerleading Championship held February 7-9, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. This was the 40th year for the event and overall there were over 20,000 athletes and 950 teams that participated in one of the several divisions and categories available.
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Kennedale has participated for several years and this year the team from Kennedale advanced from the semifinals to reach the finals and a were one of the top 12 finishers. KHS Coach/Sponsor – Chasmin Jenkins (Education/Child Development).
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KHS Cheer Team makes top 20 in UIL state contest …?
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In January the KHS Cheer Team make it as a finalist in the annual UIL 4A State Spirit Competition. Out of 78 4A teams competing, Kennedale was one of 20 that made it as finalist but did not the final 10 cut.
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Debate team earns trip to state debate championship ?
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Congratulations to the KHS Cross Examination (CX) Debate Team, who won the UIL District 9-4A CX Debate Championship. KHS entered two teams in the competition. The team of Bailey Torcolleti and Sawyer Rabalais earned 1st Place in the competition and qualified for the UIL State CX Debate Tournament at the University of Texas at Austin on March 20-21, 2020.
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The team of Sierra Deleon and Trinity Grant earned 4th Place, helping KHS secure enough points to earn the team district title. The KHS Debate Coach is Danielle Hyde (KHS English).
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Wheeler finishes high school swim career on state medal stand …
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February 16, 2020, was a big day for Alexis Wheeler, KHS Senior. For the last time as a Wildcat, Alexis stood on the starting blocks at the UIL Class 5A State Swimming and Diving Championships. This was the third consecutive year the KHS Honor Student qualified for State.
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In her final competition, Alexis set personal records in both of her qualifying events. Alexis will always be able to say that she was at her best when it counted the most. Alexis finished in 3rd Place in the 200 yd Freestyle and 5th Place in the 100 yd Butterfly.
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Earlier she qualified for state with a 1st Place in both the 200 m Freestyle and 100 m Butterfly at the UIL Class 5A Region 2 Championships. This is the fourth consecutive year Alexis to qualified for Regionals.
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For her performance, Alexis was named Texas Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (TISCA) Regional Athlete of the Meet.
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After high school, Alexis plans to attend the University of Houston or Lehigh University and major in Architecture. Alexis hopes to swim at the collegiate level.
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First year robotics team starts strong ??
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Thanks to the support of the Kennedale Education Foundation, KHS started a Robotics program this year. After the first three meets, the Wildcat Robotics Team was in 4th Place in the El Dorado League in the FIRST Robotics Tech Challenge. This was the highest league ranking for a rookie team. Sponsor Marilyn Cadenhead (CTE Computer Science/Programing).
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No secret but Kennedale football one of the best …
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Congratulations Athletic Director/Head Football Coach Richard Barrett, the Wildcat Football coaching staff and the student athletes for their 65-25 record over the last six years and a winning percentage of .8125… leading them to be named NINTH BEST in CLASS 4A. This is according to Texas Football. (Note: this ranking is all 4A teams but the Wildcats would be top 4 if just 4A Division 1 were considered).
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#1 Carthage Bulldogs(DI), #2 West Orange-Stark (DII), #3 La Vega Pirates (DI), #4 Argyle Eagles (DI), 5 Pleasant Grove (DII), #5 Gilmer Buckeyes (DII), #7 Navarro Panthers (DII), #8 Cuero Gobblers (DII), #9 Kennedale Wildcats (DI), #10 Liberty Hill Panthers (DI)
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A dream coming true ??
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Congratulations to our Marcos Flores, on winning the Chick-fil-a True Inspiration Scholarship. Only 12 individuals across the country were awarded these four year scholarships.
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Unlike traditional scholarships which are based solely on academics, the True Inspiration Scholarship is for students who also demonstrate financial need, leadership and community involvement. These scholarships are awarded to Chick-fil-A Team Members. Last year, True Inspiration Scholarship recipients logged an average of 596 hours of community service each during the previous 12-month period.
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Last year the Chick-fil-A Foundation awarded $15.3 million in scholarships to more than 6,000 student employees in 2019 but only 12 to the True Scholarship winners.
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Flores posted the following message.?
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?Dreams really do come true. I would have never imagined that I would be awarded the Chick-Fil-A True Inspiration Scholarship. I am very happy and thankful to be given this honor. I will be the FIRST in my family to attend college. Thank you to EVERYONE!??
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Guo earns state academic honors …?
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Congratulations to Amber Guo, KHS Senior, who was recently named to the Texas Student Athletic Trainers Association (TSATA) Academic All-State Team.

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