The Kentridge High School dance team, the Chatelaines, is participating in “Kick It Up,” a dance and drill competition next Sat., Feb. 9 at Kentridge High School, 12430 SE 208th St., Kent. The competition begins at 1 p.m.
Booster Club parents Joy Theisen and Carol Jackson said that 28 teams with more than 670 dancers, including Kentridge High School, have signed up to compete in the event. The girls are coached by head coaches Ashley Naset and Staci Mattson and assistant coaches Tami Printz and Joelle Fleming. The competition will help the Chatelaines raise money to pay for other competitions, uniforms and other dance team-related needs. Cheer on our local dancers.
Pictured at right: Kentridge HS Senior Talia Carchedi, daughter of Joe and Alison Carchedi
Congratulations to these Kent high school students for making it to the semifinalist level of the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. There are 16,000 semifinalists in the United States. These students have the opportunity to compete for 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million, offered in spring 2013.
Kent-Meridian High School: Jonathan W. Hanson
Kentlake High School: Kyle J. Owsen and Michael T. Raybuck
Kentridge High School: James K. Dugan, Timothy B. Ie, Emily M. Sanford, Karanbir Singh and Jeannette L. Yu
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) is a nonprofit organization established in 1955 to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program to honor scholastic excellence. For more information, visit www.nationalmerit.org or call 847-866-5100.
- Kyle A. Woo, Kentlake High School
- Patricia Galvez, Kentridge High School
- Caleb Eades, Tahoma High School
These students are among 16,000 semifinalists in the 57th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. From this pool of high school seniors, 8,300 scholarships worth more than $34 million will be awarded next spring. Congratulations to these local students on their incredible achievement!
In this weekend’s issue of the Kent Reporter, journalist Steve Hunter reports that Darren Motamedy, a popular Kent-based jazz musician and elementary school band teacher, is moving to Las Vegas. He started searching for a job 18 months ago when it seemed imminent that the Kent School District would soon be cutting school band programs from the budget. Although KSD offered him a teaching position at the middle and high school levels here, Motamedy and his family had already made the decision to move to Las Vegas where Motamedy had accepted a teaching position.
A Kentridge High School graduate, the 51-year-old Motamedy is a community favorite. He has won a Golden Apple award in 2009 for his teaching in Kent schools and was named Teacher of the Year by the Kent School District in 2008. He has also won awards for his work as a composer and jazz musician. Though he plays a number of instruments, he is best known locally as a saxophonist and jazz musician.
One of Motamedy’s final performances in Kent will take place this Thursday, June 24 at the free Evening of Jazz and Art event at Kent Senior Center.
Having interviewed Motamedy several times along with his music students, I anticipate that his move out of the community will be a big loss to our cultural arts programs as well as to his students. There is no doubt, however, that he will be a success wherever he travels. Best of luck to you, Darren, and to your family! You will be missed!
File photo by Dana Neuts, February 2009
Kent Phoenix Academy (7 pm)
11000 SE 264th St., Kent
Kent Mountain View Academy (6 pm)
Kent-Meridian HS East Wing Auditorium
ShoWare Center, 625 W. James St.
Kentlake High School (9:30 am)
Kentridge High School (12:30 pm)
Kent Meridian High School (4 pm)
Kentwood High School (7:30 pm)
On Tuesday, May 11 (6 to 8 p.m.), the City of Kent will host an open house at the Kentridge High School Library, 12430 SE 208th St., Kent. This will be the city’s final open house before annexation takes place July 1, 2010. The annexation will add approximately five square miles and 24,000 residents to the City of Kent, making it the sixth largest city in the state of Washington.
The Kentridge High School Drama Department is putting on the Broadway musical “Little Women” this month at the Kentridge Performing Arts Center.
November 11-14 & 18-21 – 7:00 pm
November 14 & 21 – 1:30 pm
Purchase tickets online:
Contact Jennifer Grajewski at 253-373-4332 for more info.