KRHS STUDENT PARTICIPATES IN URBAN JOURNALISM WORKSHOP FOR SECOND YEAR
Kettle Run High School junior Abby Duker participated in the Urban Journalism Workshop, sponsored by The Washington Post, for the second consecutive year. She spent every Saturday from March 2 through April 27 in Washington, D.C., working under the guidance of experienced reporters. Last year she attended the broadcast journalism workshop and this year the print workshop. An article she penned on cursive writing was chosen for the front page of the Urban Village Voice, which will be published in June. She also wrote a story about the area’s Cherry Blossom Festival which was selected for inclusion in the paper over articles written by 10 other students.
Abby said her experiences at the workshop allowed her to work on the specific areas of journalism in which she most needed help.
"With a high mentor-to-student ratio, there was always someone knowledgeable in the field available to help me if I needed it," she said. "The mentors were great for helping me learn more about the ethical aspects of journalism, how to interview in the most effective and auspicious ways, and in formulating a story to a particular audience."
Conducted in partnership with the Washington Association of Black Journalists, the Urban Journalism Workshop is a multicultural workshop training students in the basics of newspaper, broadcast and multimedia journalism and offering an inside look at journalism as seen by some of the industry’s leading minority journalists. Experienced journalists from The Washington Post, the Associated Press, National Public Radio and other media companies facilitated the workshops, conducted on eight consecutive Saturdays at various locations throughout the Washington area. Any high school student with a minimum of two years of experience in journalism who wants to pursue journalism at the college level is eligible to apply, and a maximum of 40 students are selected. Students work with professional journalists to produce a newspaper, a radio newsmagazine and television news broadcast, as well as Web-only features for the workshop’s website, www.ujwonline.org. (Articles from the 2012 workshop are currently posted on the website, which will be updated in June to showcase the 2013 articles.)
Shelly Norden, Abby’s journalism teacher at Kettle Run, was not particularly surprised that Abby was selected for the workshop two years in a row; she believes her student will "do great things" professionally.
"In addition to being extremely intelligent, Abby is hardworking and very personable," Ms. Norden said. "She has been on the staff of The Chronicle at Kettle Run since her freshman year and has been one of the strongest students on staff." Ms. Norden said Abby demonstrated her dedication to the field of journalism by giving up her Saturdays for eight weeks to continue to improve her abilities. "I am very proud of what she has accomplished and guarantee she is a name to watch in the future," she said.
Abby also reported one fringe benefit to giving up one Saturday in particular. "Reporting for the Cherry Blossom Festival was fun," she said excitedly, "because I was able to meet and interview [Grammy-winning recording artist] Mya!"
THE ‘WRIGHT’ WAY TO LEARN ABOUT GOVERNMENT
The following was written by Kettle Run High School student Hannah Cuthbertson.
On April 23 Kettle Run High School Government and World History II teacher Chad Wright took his classes to Washington, D.C., so they could get a firsthand look at how easy it is to play a role in their government. “The main point of the field trip was for students to see how accessible their government is and how they must be active citizens in our democracy,” explained Mr. Wright. “I want my students to be informed and understand the issues that impact their lives on a daily basis.” The group left Kettle Run on a charter bus at 7:45 a.m. and arrived in D.C. around 9:30. Their first stop was the U.S. Capitol, where they spent a good portion of their day. Before their scheduled tour, the group made their way through an exhibit about the history of the U.S. Capitol, including a miniature model of the Capitol grounds dating all the way back to its origins, followed by a short film. They then proceeded to walk through the halls of the Capitol, passing the offices of Speaker of the House John Boehner and other integral members of Congress. “It was interesting,” said senior government student D’Sean Smith. “I liked the art and history of all the rooms.” Next the students made a quick stop in the gallery seating of the House of Representatives. But to the dismay of senior Matt Tingle, they weren’t in session. “I kind of wished they were in session to see how they interact with each other,” said Tingle. Next students took a guided tour. Students were given a firsthand look at the Rotunda, and an explanation of the paintings inside the Capitol Dome and the paintings that surround it. “It was an amazing experience seeing the beautiful architecture and art,” explained senior Josh Tapscott. After exiting the Capitol, students were treated to a special meet and greet with 1st Virginia DistrictCongressman Rob Wittman. Students took turns asking Wittman questions about current policies, as well as those that are scheduled to be discussed on the House floor. With an upcoming term paper and presentation due, students took full advantage of being able to access a first person source. “The field trip allowed for students to get a firsthand account of the legislative process including meeting Congressman Rob Wittman,” explained Mr. Wright. After the Capitol tour the bus took the students to the Newseum, where they spent the remainder of their trip, which included a 4D movie and an in-depth history of world news events. “I chose to take students to the Newseum to have students discover and explore the importance of the news in being informed and active citizens,” said Mr. Wright. “Students in government and world history II watch the news on a regular basis in my classes. So having the museum of news solidifies the importance of news with five centuries of news history through primary sources and hands-on activities, and technology provides for an engaging learning experience.” While field trips like this take a lot of planning, Mr. Wright knows that this one was well worth it. “Even after all of the effort that goes into planning a field trip, it is still worth it every single time,” he said, “because it is about educating my students about their world and their role in it.”
TSA STUDENTS EXCEL AT REGIONALS
Technology Student Association members representing Fauquier High School and Kettle Run High School won several top awards at regional TSA competition held at Mount Vernon High School on March 9.
FHS student winners were Dana Lehman, first place in the CAD 2D architectural category; Tony Frank, first place in promotional graphics; Zoe Waide, second place in CAD engineering 3D; and Elle Del Gallo, second place in promotional graphics.
KRHS student winners were Joey Baier, first place in engineering design and also in dragster design; Hannah Murray, second place in desktop publishing; and Jessica Doyle, third place in promotional graphics.
These top winners at the regional level are all eligible to compete at the Technosphere 2013 state competition May 3-5 at the Richmond Convention Center.
TSA advisor at Fauquier High School is Jamell Newman, and TSA advisors at Kettle Run High School are Bill Davidson and Karen Frye.
KRHS HOSTS TRANSITION FAIR
Kettle Run High School held its first-ever Transition Fair for parents and special education students on Feb. 28. The two-hour fair, held on Parent-Teacher Conference Day, brought 11 community agencies together to help parents and students connect with the resources that will be available to them as they transition to the adult world.
Linda Kennedy, teacher of students with intellectual disabilities at Kettle Run, planned the event. She had the idea as she was thinking about parent conference day and reflecting on how to present parents and students with valuable post-school information in a different format than the traditional conference meeting.
“Although I had my 10 students and Mrs. [Kathleen] Willoughby’s eight students with intellectual disabilities in mind and had planned for just a few community people to come in, I realized that all of our students in the special education department might benefit,” she said. She decided to invite additional agencies to include resources across the board that could serve all of the students. “Preparing students for life after high school is a challenge as we have many different ability levels and many different choices– from sheltered workshops to supported employment to work to community college.”
During the fair, parents and students were able to chat with community service providers and find out how the agencies could assist in transition. “This was a great opportunity to have all providers that a family might use together in one place at one time in order to make connections,” Ms. Kennedy said.
Community agencies participating in the fair were Lord Fairfax Community College, Community Services Board, Bridges, FCPS Parent Resource Center, ARC, Special Education Advisory Council, Virginia Transit Bus system, Didlake, Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services, disAbility Resource Center and Independence Empowerment Center.
Parents appeared pleased to have the opportunity to network with so many agencies. Comments ranged from “It was great” and “Wonderful!” to “Thanks for having all the resources together in one place” and “Will you do this again next year?”
Ms. Kennedy, who has been teaching for 36 years – 20 of them teaching students with intellectual disabilities – said her favorite part of teaching special education is “the world of transition which is why I felt the need to have a transition fair.” She said that while this transition fair was presented as a school-based fair for Kettle Run, there has been interest in combining forces with all three high school special education departments to hold a county-wide transition fair in the future.
FIVE YEARS IN A ROW: KRHS BAND A ‘VIRGINIA HONOR BAND’
The Kettle Run High School Band earned the distinction of a “Virginia Honor Band” for the fifth consecutive year on Saturday, March 2, at the Virginia Band and Orchestra Director’s Association (VBODA) District XIV Concert Assessment held at Millbrook High School in Winchester. The KRHS wind ensemble earned a “Superior” rating at the event from each of the four judges and in every category possible. In order to earn “Honor Band,” both the wind ensemble and the marching band must earn a “Superior” rating in one school year. The Cougar Marching Band had earned a “Superior” rating at the State Marching Festival in October 2012 at Liberty High School.
Virginia Honor Band is the highest honor VBODA bestows upon bands. Currently only four schools in the Commonwealth hold the status since opening: Battlefield High School, James River High School, Patriot High School and Kettle Run.
Congratulations to Director Matt Yonkey, a nominee for the 2013 Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award, and the Kettle Run High School Band.
|KRHS ENGINEERING STUDENTS TACKLE TOUGH PROBLEMS|
Living with a disease or disability can be a day-to-day, even moment by moment, struggle. Good ideas, though, can ease that struggle if they result in real-life inventions that improve quality of life. That was the premise of an assignment Kettle Run High School engineering teacher Bill Davidson made to his class. Students were asked to design and fabricate a device that would meet the specific needs of a person with a disability. “Through the use of a model/prototype, display and notebook, students had to document and justify their approach and reasoning in identifying a problem and their solution’s direct impact on a member of their community and on society,” said Mr. Davidson. Then the students had to justify and demonstrate their solution in a timed presentation. On the evening of Jan. 9 in the Kettle Run library, the students presented their projects to visitors who had an opportunity to talk to the students about why and how they tackled the problems they did – problems like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, and Osteoporosis among others. Mr. Davidson assigned the project for several reasons. “When I worked in industry, I often had to share a design in front of a group of people that I didn’t know, who scrutinized my design trying to decide if they wanted to invest in the product,” he said. “This gives the students a real-life simulation that they couldn’t get from reading a book.” Also, he liked the hands-on engineering aspect of this project. “I think there is so much to learn when you try and build something, and this project fit that mold,” he said. Doing the project was also a win-win for Mr. Davidson’s co-curricular class since it plays into an engineering design competition that is part of the Technology Student Association (TSA). And, finally, Mr. Davidson is hoping for a tangible benefit from the students’ presentations. “3D printers are quickly becoming a staple in industry, and I need to have one in my classroom,” he said matter of factly. “My kids are a smart bunch of kids, and I knew that they would build the best possible prototypes out of supplies that are readily available to them. I am hoping that someone noticed the design effort these kids put in and that they are willing to help out these future engineers.” All of the 13 projects were individual ones; students were not allowed to collaborate. “They had to submit projects on their own and become an expert on their subject,” said Mr. Davidson, “but in class they observed each other’s work and shared ideas and made suggestions to one another. The classroom works exactly like a real engineering facility does out in industry.” In keeping with TSA rules, students were required to have two mentors for the project – one a professional from industry and the other someone with the disability they were addressing. If the students didn’t know someone with that disability, they had to find one. “We took the opportunity to have a little ‘sensitivity’ training. I think it was a great life skill for them to learn,” said Mr. Davidson. Students spent six weeks on the project. “But much like a real engineering facility, they had other projects to complete in that time frame,” their teacher said. Still, he said, “The presentations were incredible.” Student Daniel Ahn tackled the disorder of Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) in which an excessively reduced volume of blood returns to the heart after a person stands up from a supine position. As a result, POTS sufferers – mainly women between the ages of 15 and 50 – experience lightheadedness or fainting accompanied by an abnormal increase in heart rate. “My girlfriend has POTS and actually inspired me to go into biomedical engineering,” said Daniel. “Most POTS patients are living with a slightly smaller heart, probably due to their heart not growing as proportionately with their bodies as others. This slightly smaller heart cannot produce enough pumping pressure to fight against the force of gravity,” leading to the lightheadedness and increased heart rate, he explained. “For my project I designed a device where you surgically implant a pump, an accelerometer, and a battery into the chest cavity.” The accelerometer, he said, would be the trigger. “They are the devices in iPhones and new phones, where when you play games, it can feel the tilt of the phone due to the orientation of the force of gravity pulling downwards. The accelerometer will have on axis where if a POTS patient is lying down, the axis is horizontal, so the device will not turn on, but when they stand up, the axis will be vertical which, in turn, will trigger the device to start pumping.” Daniel further planned how to help the human body accommodate his device. “Everything would be encased in polytetrafluoroethylene (Teflon), which is non-corrosive, non-toxic, completely waterproof and has one of the lowest coefficients of friction for a polymer,” he said. “It is perfect for encasing a device that has to be implanted in the body.” Student Drew Ward selected restricted walking and movement as the disability he wanted to address after seeing both of his late grandfathers struggling to move around their homes. “They were having trouble performing simple tasks like getting a snack or getting up off the couch,” he said. “Knowing this, I could only imagine the troubles they faced in the bathroom, in particular getting into the shower, so I created a fully motorized handicapped shower that allowed the user to enter a chair that could transport them from the outside of the shower to the inside, as well as giving them full range of motion inside the shower, allowing them to fully access and take advantage of the space inside by personally controlling and moving the chair around in the shower itself.” Asked how things they had learned in Mr. Davidson’s class had helped them in completing their projects, Daniel said, “Drawing the actual device was a lot easier because of all the things ‘Mr. D’ taught me, and the design process he taught us got me really thinking into the project to create the best possible solution.” Drew said, “Mr. Davidson’s class helped me learn many different things concerning the design process involved, as well as the designing itself. We had created and presented multiple projects before this one that concerned the process of designing by creating an object or project that follows the process of feasibility of design, practicality and more ideas like that.” Both students believe their devices are feasible and might actually be produced and impact lives someday. “I am hopeful that I will truly be able to make a real prototype one day and help many POTS patients,” said Daniel. “My shower is very feasible,” said Drew. “All the technology needed to create it exists today. It would be able to be implemented in many different living areas, such as assisted living homes, nursing homes, and even some custom residential homes. It can transform handicapped showering as we know it, giving the user full power and ability to shower completely independently.” Other of Mr. Davidson’s students devoted their projects to redesigning staircases or handicapped shopping carts, to helping people with cerebral palsy or hemi-paresis disease, to improving hip replacements and oxygen intake masks. While the project presented students with their fair share of difficulties, they seemed to enjoy the challenge. “The best part was definitely the designing,” said Drew. “Having Mr. Davidson’s help over the course of a few weeks of designing helped us refine our projects, fix bugs or kinks in them and eventually perfect them. The hardest part was finding someone with a disability that could support a feasible design to help.” Daniel, on the other hand, found the design to be the most challenging aspect. “The most difficult part for me was the actual creative process to dream up a design that is feasible. Mine took a long time,” he said. What he liked most, though, was “having the opportunity to design a real-life solution to a real-life problem. It was a great project,” he said.
KRHS STUDENTS SEND SNOWFLAKES TO SANDY HOOK CHILDREN
Kettle Run High School students joined students across the country in showering Sandy Hook Elementary School students with paper snowflakes. When Sandy Hook students returned to school at a different location following the tragic shooting at their own Connecticut school on Dec. 14, they were greeted by thousands of snowflakes creating a winter wonderland. The effort at Kettle Run started with student Alexandra Whitesides, who wanted to get involved the moment she saw something on the internet about it. “I was glad for a chance to do something to help the children in Newtown,” Alexandra said. “It was just something so simple that would mean so much to the kids so I was eager to get involved.” Alexandra also wanted to involve her whole school. “I wanted to include our entire school as much as possible because it was so easy, and I loved the idea of one school reaching out to another, even from such a distance away,” she said. As soon as Alexandra learned that the Connecticut Parent Teacher Association was collecting paper snowflakes from all over the country to create the winter wonderland, she approached KRHS teacher and senior class advisor Debbie Embrey with the idea. “The goal was to make the school the students would be attending appear like a winter wonderland in order to take away from the horrible tragedy they had endured,” said Ms. Embrey, who then asked Principal Major Warner for permission to involve anyone in the school who wanted to participate. “He was happy to let me ask others to join in,” she said. “I sent out an email telling the teachers in the building what I was doing, and the snowflakes came rolling in!” The word spread to Mary Walter Elementary School, and students there also contributed snowflakes. As Ms. Embrey flattened out all the snowflakes in preparation for shipping, she decided to count them. “I counted 1,265 snowflakes that we sent. I would have loved to have seen the faces of those kids as they walked into that school. I am always so happy to have our kids do things to give back to others, and something like this was such a simple gesture that probably helped make a huge difference in the lives of others.” The Connecticut PTA’s website reports that Sandy Hook has been the recipient of “a blizzard of support,” that the response far exceeded expectations, and that no more snowflakes are needed. CBS News reported that children across the country had “poured their hearts into this project.” The school received snowflakes from across the United States and from more than 50 countries.
FCPS ONE OF 12 DIVISIONS IN VIRGINIA
NAMED TO NATIONAL AP HONOR ROLL
Fauquier County Public Schools is one of only 12 school divisions in the Commonwealth of Virginia that has met the criteria to be placed on the Third Annual AP District Honor Roll, according to an announcement today by the College Board. To earn the honor, FCPS simultaneously increased access to Advanced Placement (AP) coursework while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams. The College Board considers scores of 3, 4 or 5 to be qualified to receive college credit or advanced placement in college.
A total of 539 school districts across the U.S. and Canada were named to this year’s AP District Honor Roll. The other 11 Virginia districts selected for the honor were Bristol, Chesterfield County, Gloucester County, Hampton City, Northampton County, Portsmouth, Powhatan, Prince William, Roanoke County, Rockingham County and Virginia Beach City.
Unlike most school divisions, Fauquier requires all students enrolled in an AP class to take the test; most other school divisions make the exams optional at the discretion of the student. The number of FCPS students taking AP tests has increased from 362 students taking 644 tests in 2004, the first year that FCPS made the test a requirement, to 814 students taking 1,432 tests in 2012. Even with this increase in numbers, the percentage of FCPS students earning qualified scores has increased from 34 percent in 2004 to 42 percent in 2012.
Dr. Sandra Mitchell, FCPS associate superintendent for instruction, attributes today’s national recognition to the intentionality of the Fauquier County school division to raise the bar for all students.
“One of the greatest wounds we can inflict in education is to underestimate the potential of a child, and one of the greatest gifts we can give is to tell the child, ‘You can do this, and we will help to get you there.’ That has been the basis of this initiative to hold the standards high in our advanced classes while opening the doors to all students,” said Dr. Mitchell. “Every Fauquier County public school is making a purposeful effort to ensure excellence, equity and access for all students. For this advanced placement milestone, all three high schools have contributed to this effort by highlighting student successes and working on teaching approaches to AP: from Liberty High School’s annual publication of the AP Scholars List, to Fauquier High School’s principal’s roundtable on AP achievement several years ago, to Kettle Run’s AP incentive award initiated this year.”
In an email notifying the FCPS superintendent of the school division’s inclusion on the AP District Honor Roll, Peyton White, educational manager for the College Board, wrote, “Expanding access to AP courses while improving performance is a difficult balancing act. Your commitment to providing equitable access to all students while improving your overall performance is to be commended.”
Achieving both goals is the ideal scenario for a district’s AP program because it indicates that the district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit most from rigorous AP course work. More than 90 percent of colleges and universities across the U.S. offer college credit, advanced placement or both for a score of 3 or higher on an AP exam – which can potentially save students and their families thousands of dollars in college tuition.
In today’s announcement, College Board President David Coleman said, “We applaud the extraordinary efforts of the devoted teachers and administrators in these 539 districts, who are fostering rigorous work worth doing. These educators have not only expanded student access to AP course work, but they have enabled more of their students to achieve on a college level – which is helping to create a strong college-going culture.”
Helping more students learn at a high level and earn higher AP scores is an objective of all members of the AP community, from AP teachers to district and school administrators to college professors.
“There has been a great victory for educators who have believed that a more diverse population could, indeed, succeed in AP courses,” said Trevor Packer, the College Board’s senior vice president of the advanced placement program.
About the AP program
The College Board’s Advanced Placement program enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies – with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both – while still in high school. Through AP courses in 34 subjects, each culminating in a rigorous exam, students learn to think critically, construct solid arguments and see many sides of an issue – skills that prepare them for college and beyond. Taking AP courses demonstrates to college admission officers that students have sought the most rigorous curriculum available to them.
| KETTLE RUN HIGH SCHOOL TO VOTE|
IN NATIONAL STUDENT MOCK ELECTION
Students at Kettle Run High School will take part in a national mock election on Wednesday, October 31 and Thursday, November 1 during all four lunch shifts. Students will use a state-of-the art online voting system as they participate in a mock election program sponsored by the Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI), a national civic education program based at the University of Virginia Center for Politics. With approximately one million students expected to vote nationwide during the two-week voting period from October 22-November 1, the YLI mock election is the largest student-only online mock election in the nation.
"Students will get a firsthand experience in the voting process and learn
| KETTLE RUN JOURNALISM STUDENTS ADDRESS GREENVILLE GIRL SCOUTS|
Four Kettle Run High School journalism students went to Greenville Elementary School April 12 to talk to Girl Scouts who were interested in writing careers. Juniors Taylor Holmes and Lizzie Mackercher and freshmen Caroline Silas and Allie Zaleski talked to the girls about the importance of getting both sides of a story. To demonstrate this, they had a discussion about The Three Little Pigs and then read The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, which is a story told from the wolf’s point of view. The Kettle Run journalists also talked to the scouts about the importance of paying attention to details. To demonstrate this, they played a game called Memorize the Tray where items were placed on a tray, and the girls were able to look at the items for 30 seconds. When the time was up, they had to write down as many items as they could remember. The winners received small tokens from Kettle Run.
HIGH SCHOOL PUBLICATIONS EARN HONORS
Three publications from two Fauquier County high schools have been awarded a first-place finish in the American Scholastic Press Association Review and Contest. The Chronicle, Kettle Run High School’s student-run newspaper, received the honor, as did Liberty High School’s Patriot Press newspaper and Talon yearbook. (Fauquier High School does not participate in this evaluation.)
Published 10 times a year, The Chronicle is distributed monthly to all members of the faculty, students and staff at Kettle Run and is available on-line on the school’s website. Shelly Norden is the faculty adviser.
Patriot Press is distributed monthly to the entire LHS population and is available on line at Liberty’s website. Lisa Miller is the faculty adviser for Patriot Press and Talon.
In the ASPA contest, high school publications are evaluated and ranked against a set of criteria and not against other publications.
| STUDENT RECOGNIZED FOR COVER DESIGN |
Kettle Run High School sophomore Anna Houck designed the cover selected for the school division’s recently released annual Program of Studies for school year 2012-2013. Her design features photographs of the county’s three public high schools filling the geographic footprint of Fauquier County. She received a $25 Panera gift card for her cover design. See the PDF file below for more information.
FOUR YEARS IN A ROW: KRHS BAND A ‘VIRGINIA HONOR BAND’
The Kettle Run High School Band earned the distinction of a “Virginia Honor Band” for the fourth consecutive year on Saturday, March 3, at the Virginia Band and Orchestra Director’s Association (VBODA) District IX Concert Festival held at Liberty High School. The KRHS wind ensemble earned a “Superior” rating at the event from each of the four judges and in every category possible. In order to earn “Honor Band,” both the wind ensemble and the marching band must earn a “Superior” rating in one school year. The Cougar Marching Band had earned a “Superior” rating at the State Marching Festival in October of 2011.
Virginia Honor Band is the highest honor VBODA bestows upon bands. Currently only three schools in the Commonwealth hold the status since opening: Battlefield High School, James River High School and Kettle Run.
Congratulations to Director Matt Yonkey and the Kettle Run High School Band.
KETTLE RUN HIGH SCHOOL BAND
MAKES IT A 4-PEAT
The Kettle Run High School Band earned the distinction of a “Virginia Honor Band” for the third consecutive year on Saturday, March 3rd, at the Virginia Band and Orchestra Director’s Association (VBODA) District IX Concert Festival held at Liberty High School. The KRHS wind ensemble earned a “Superior” rating at the event from each of the four judges and in every caption possible. In order to earn “Honor Band,” both the wind ensemble and the marching band must earn a “Superior” rating in one school year. The Cougar Marching Band had earned a “Superior” rating at the State Marching Festival in October of 2011 at Battlefield High School.
Virginia Honor Band is the highest honor VBODA bestows upon bands. Currently only four schools in the Commonwealth hold the status since opening: Battlefield High School, James River High School, Patriot High School and Kettle Run.
Congratulations to Director Matt Yonkey and the Kettle Run High School Band.
TWO TO ATTEND URBAN JOURNALISM PROGRAM
Kettle Run High School sophomore Abby Duker and junior Hannah Cuthbertson have been accepted into the Urban Journalism Workshop sponsored by The Washington Post. Abby will attend for television and Hannah for radio.
Since 1986, the Washington Association of Black Journalists has introduced young people to careers in the media through an intensive skills-building workshop held each spring. A free journalism immersion program for high school students, the workshop will be held at American University over eight weekends from March 3 through April 28. Experienced journalists from The Washington Post, the Associated Press, National Public Radio and other media companies will teach students the basics of newspaper, broadcast and multimedia real-time journalism.
USC Honor Band 2012
Band Students from Kettle Run, Liberty and Fauquier High Schools participated in the annual University of South Carolina Honor Band Clinic in Columbia, SC from February 16 – 19, 2012. Nominated students joined over 400 other students from 10 states and were auditioned and placed into four ensembles. Christian Toms – saxophone, Stephanie Gimon – flute and CJ Whitney – baritone saxophone placed into the ‘Honor Band’ – the most select performing group. Hannah Fakoury –trumpet also participated from Kettle Run. See the file below- USC Honor Band 2012.