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Maranda Welcomes Area Teachers for Back-to-School Advice

WOTV4's Maranda Where You Live program recently invited four teachers from Kent ISD schools to discuss their favorite things about being a teacher and advice to parents on how they can prepare their children to get the most out...

Brightening the Lives of 4th Graders

Even though the sun has officially launched summer, I still see Stephanie Gerdes standing at the helm of her 4th-grade classroom inside Kenowa Hills' Central Elementary School. I am thinking how lucky are the kids she's just promoted to...

Club Gives ‘Zinser BoyZ’ a Barrier against Bullying

The moment Officer Gil "Butch" Redzinski walked in the classroom, a boy came up and gave him a hug. Other boys called out, "Hey, Officer Butch!" The burly Walker Police officer stirred up a little excitement when he visited the...

Determination over Depression: Future Trooper Found New Home and Career Calling

Editor’s note: This is the last of our “Grads with Grit” series about students who have overcome unusual challenges and hardships to graduate this spring. Molly Sheehan-Visser was being treated for suicidal depression at a psychiatric hospital when a nurse...

Local Educators Get a Real Taste of Marine Boot Camp

Kenowa Hills High School Assistant Principal Jim Smith had to stop thinking like a scholar to determine the quickest way to complete a mission with his group during a boot camp designed for teachers. They were compelled to use all...

From Hammerin’ Hank to Unsinkable Molly, Students Bring History Alive

One by one, the legends came forward: Hank Aaron. Walt Disney. Susan B. Anthony. Laura Ingalls Wilder. Bessie Coleman. Wait. Who's Bessie Coleman? She was the first African-American woman to earn a pilot's license, in 1922. Students and parents...

New Machines Aim to Reduce Injuries, Respond to Growing Concerns about Concussion

Kenowa Hills sophomore Faith Swieringa carries a fingernail-size scar above her right eye. Lacrosse? Nope, cheerleading. She got it from being accidentally whacked during Homecoming week, requiring eight stitches. She's sustained two concussions in competitive cheer, where blows from...

Students Honor Vet with Patriotic Quilt

Three boys stood with an Army veteran pledging allegiance to a faded flag, the gulf of years between them vanishing into their solemn words: "one nation, under God, indivisible ..." The fourth-graders from Kenowa Hills' Alpine Elementary School looked proud...

‘I Did That Too’: Child of Migrant Camps Helps Hispanic Students

Another day at Alpine Elementary is winding down when Sylvia Saucedo-DeVries looks up to see a young man come in the office. Miguel Vega, 18, attended this school as a child and wants to say hi to his former...

Students Sideline Differences with Basketball

When Kenowa Hills HighSchool basketball players took to the court with some special-needs students, they encountered a challenge: One young man in a wheelchair couldn’t reach the hoop with the ball. So they set up a trash can at...

Ready, Set, Teach

The just-risen sun glows through the window as Grace Bollman walks into her classroom, room G121 of Kenowa Hills High School, and gets ready to greet her incoming students on the first day of school. Even after two decades of...

Learning Takes Shape with Geometric Blocks

Put a bunch of different-shaped wooden blocks in front of kids, and they’re bound to do goofy things with them. Second-grader Dylan Fischer, for instance, put a cone, a pyramid and a rectangle on his head as a kind...

Students Win Silver in Statewide Essay Contest

Susan Lamb, a junior and Cole Visser a senior, placed second in a medical essay contest they entered as part of their Anatomy and Physiology class at Kenowa Hills High School.  Each received a $50 cash prize, a merit...

Kenowa Students Thirsting to Serve Others

Ask Jovonta Pimpleton how he feels about going to the Dominican Republic, and he’ll be straight with you: “I’m nervous.” He’s never been out of the country and this will be only his second time on a plane. Then there’s...

Kenowa Students Add College to High School Schedule

Erika Simonds didn’t expect that going to college while still in high school would be like this. “It’s exactly the opposite of what I thought college would be,” said the 17-year-old junior at Kenowa Hills High School. “I thought...

For Katelyn Bowman, College is a Glass Slipper

Katelyn Bowman loved Cinderella. As a child she watched the movie over and over, and wore her Cinderella costume every Halloween. It’s no mystery why Katelyn identified with hard work. “She was like the house maid,” says the Kenowa Hills...
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‘Be The Change’

Kenowa Hills High School senior Carlos Velazquez created a compelling and inspirational anti-bullying video titled "Be the Change." It was inspired by Carlos' belief that bullying victims often turn into perpetrators themselves, and this cycle continues until someone reaches...

Shades of Life

Editor's note: Students in Grace Bollman's English class at Kenowa Hills High School were assigned to write a poem reflecting on the book "Tuesdays with Morrie" by Mitch Albom. This one was written by 10th-grader Haily Raupp. A morning following...
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