June 2017 Superintendent Update
With the 2016-17 school year behind us, I would like to highlight some phenomenal successes by Ken-Ton School District students since the school year began in September.
From Kenmore West, Colin Lynch was accepted into West Point, Rachel Janish earned a President’s Volunteer Service Award, and Philip Davis, who will be graduating a year early, was named a National Merit Scholarship Program Finalist. From Kenmore East, a team won first place out of 30 schools at the WNY Physics Olympics (Franklin Middle also won second in the middle school division), Jeremy Lopat placed second in the Buffalo Manufacturing Works Wind Turbine 3D Print Competition, and Andrew Edwards published a book through Green Ivy Publishing. Quinn Kullerkupp and Janae Colston from Hoover Middle won a gold honorable mention in the national Speak Truth to Power video contest, and Elliott Knoll from Hoover Elementary won first place in the regional PBS Kids Writers Contest.
For the seventh year, the Ken-Ton School District was designated as a national Best Community for Music Education. Three students made Conference All-State, 25 made Area All-State, and more than 80 made All-County. Ensembles earned numerous top honors at the 2017 Darien Lake Music Festival. Kenmore East chorus students took part in the Candlelight Processional at Wald Disney World, and the Chamber Singers received the highest distinction possible from NYSSMA.
At Kenmore East, sophomore Christina DeRosa placed second in the U.S. 2016-17 Toyota Dream Car Art Contest, a team of students won the Buffalo State Clay Olympics, and artwork by sophomore Vianca Colon was featured on the cover of the April edition of “The Collective.” At Kenmore West, student artwork was featured in a special exhibit at the Connect Gallery on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus through a partnership with UB Art Galleries.
Our student athletes did a phenomenal job this year as well – Rifle won the Section VI championship; Kenmore West Boys Hockey (Division IV champions) made it to the Section VI final; Kenmore East Girls Basketball, Kenmore West Boys Basketball, and Kenmore West Baseball ended the season at the top of the Niagara Frontier League; Rugby finished third in New York State; and individual athletes earned numerous Section VI/NFL titles. Also, Kenmore West Girls Varsity Basketball won the Brian Hanson Memorial Sportsmanship Award and Grace Ferguson was the NYS Athletic Administrators Association Student Scholarship Essay Award Winner.
Those were just some of the many successes of our students this year. On Saturday and Sunday, we celebrated the greatest success of all as the members of the Kenmore East and Kenmore West Class of 2017 reached the milestone of graduation. Each student who walked across that stage represented a success story. I congratulate all of our students, and especially the Class of 2017. None of their successes would have been possible without the dedication of parents and families, the hard work of our faculty and staff, and the support of the community, and so we should all take pride in what you have accomplished.
Superintendent of Schools