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Kent Island Spring Play – “Fools”

Fools 264 (400 x 267)Tickets are now for sale online at kihigh.org for Neil Simon’s comedy Fools. This hilarious two-act farce features two wonderful casts. Select seating is available – tickets are $8 for adults and can be purchased and printed right from home.Student tickets are only $5 and can only be purchased at the box office.

Fools is a comedy/farce circled around Leon who receives an advertisement to be the village educator of a small Ukrainian village named Kulyenchikov. Leon is exposed to the knowledge of a curse that has made the entire town stupid and he must solve it within the next 24 hours, otherwise, he too will fall victim to the curse. The one thing stopping Leon from leaving? The young ingenue, of course: Sophia Zubritsky. Does Leon decide to stay and break the curse or leave before he could fall victim to it.

Thursday, March 7 @ 7:30 Blue Cast
Friday, March 8 @ 7:30 Silver Cast
Saturday, March 9 @ 7:30 Blue Cast
Friday, March 15 @ 7:30 Silver Cast
Saturday, March 16 @ 7:30 Blue Cast
Sunday, March 17 @ 2:30 Silver Cast

Breast Cancer Awareness Program for Young Women at Kent Island High School

Bosom Buddies Charities and Cancer Comfort Angels are teaming up to take their message of breast cancer awareness to Kent Island High School (KIHS). From 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 14, all Queen Anne’s County students are invited to Get their Pink On and “Show you Care, Be Aware” at the second annual Pink Attitude Day at KIHS.

This year, students will have lots opportunities to participate in fun and rewarding events such as:

• Creating comfort blankets for cancer patients, with Laurie Rasinski from Cancer Comfort Angels;
• Working out with Zumba breaks led by Club One trainers;
• Accessorizing with pink feather “jewelry” and hair extensions; and
• Enjoying lots of food and beverages, prizes by Paula’s Fine Jewelry, raffles, giveaways and more!

“Last year was a blast,” said Bosom Buddies Junior Member Elizabeth Arentz, “and this year has even more to appeal to all students. We hope to pack the cafeteria and send everyone home with a lot of Pink and a better idea about breast cancer prevention.”

Bosom Buddies Charities has a mission of promoting breast cancer awareness, encouraging early detection, supporting treatment, and celebrating healing—one that keeps them fully committed to activities that transform those words into tangible benefits for Queen Anne’s County residents. The major fundraiser is the annual Bosom Buddies Ball, which will be held this year on January 19, 2013.


“Have A Little fun, Do A Lot of Good!” – Richard Downey Foundation Holds Crab Feast Fundraiser To Help Local Student Athletes

By Avra Sullivan

You have to pay to play. As adults we understand this concept to mean the hard work we must put in order to acquire the things we want to have or do. But in the age of budget cuts, and economical shoe-stringing, this can take a very literal sense for many high school kids in our area who want to participate in sports or after school activities. Unbeknownst to many, for a high school student to play a sport it costs $100 per student, per sport. A little math can show how a family with two kids and two or more sports per year can incur a hefty bill.

The Richard Downey Foundation is a new, non-profit organization that is trying to help curve the cost of high school athletics by providing the financial resources needed for kids to play. Started in honor of Richard Downey who passed away last August, the group of “ just a few guys who were involved and influenced” by sports, is already beginning to make a difference. “You really get your first taste of being an adult, on the sports field,” says Chris Downey, founder and brother of Richard. “You learn so much about team work, hardship, and perseverance. These are skills that can also be taken into the workplace.” The RDF’s first event last April was a huge success, bringing over 200 people and raising $3,200 dollars. That may seem like just a number, but when dissected, is a huge impact. The money was split evenly between Kent Island High and Queen Anne’s County High Schools, and then split evenly between male and female athletes. Bottom line, this fall 32 students in these two schools will be able to participate in a sport or after school activity, when they may not have been able to before. “Richard was such a charismatic person,” says his brother Chris. “He could walk into a bar, where he knew all but one guy. By the end of that night, he’s that guy’s best friend.” While still in the early stages of development, the RDF is receiving great support from the board of education, the athletic departments, coaches and the community. “So many people want to do so much”, says Chris. “It has been very positive, and something Richard would be proud of.”

The RDF is planning its first annual Crab Feast Fundraiser, set for September 8th from 1-6pm. Being held at the Kent Island Yacht Club there will be all you can eat crabs, all you can drink beer and wine, a silent auction, door prizes, lots of BBQ style food, 50/50 raffle and great music by popular band Johnny Bling. Donations for the silent auction are being accepted and business can contact them about sponsorship opportunities. For ticket information you can call 1-855-ROCK-RDF or email them at richarddowneyfoundation@gmail.com. You can also check out their Facebook page under the Richard Downey Foundation. The proceeds go directly to provide funding for kids to be able to play sports, while learning the lessons only a football huddle can teach.

In photo from left to right: John Downey – Richard’s Father, Faye Downey – Richards Mother, Mark Reed, Joey Blodgett, Jason Gessford, Michael Downey – Brother, Chris Downey – Brother, Trevor Hicks

Pvt. Sean P. Connor Completes Basic Training

Pvt. Sean P. Connor, son of Harold and Debbie Marvaso Connor of Stevensville, Md., grandson of Salvatore and Theresa Marvaso also of Stevensville, and Louise G. Connor of Ocean View, De. (all formally of Wheaton, Md.) completed basic training with Platoon 1002, Company C, 1st Recruit Training Battalion at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC. on January 20, 2012. Pvt. Connor successfully completed 12 weeks of training designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.

Pvt. Connor and his fellow recruits began their training each day at 5 a.m., by running three miles and performing calisthenics. In addition to the physical conditioning program, Pvt. Connor spent numerous hours in classroom and field assignments, which included learning first aid, uniform regulations, combat water survival, marksmanship, hand-to-hand combat and assorted weapons training. They performed close order drill and operated as a small infantry unit during field training.

Pvt. Connor also received instructions on the Marine Corps’ core values — honor, courage and commitment, and what the words mean in guiding personal and professional conduct. Pvt. Connor and fellow recruits ended the training phase with the Crucible, a 54 hour team effort and problem solving evolution.

After graduation from Parris Island, Pvt. Connor was granted leave to return home to Stevensville. While in Stevensville, Pvt. Connor served 4 days of Recruiter Duty. Pvt. Connor visited high schools on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, representing the United States Marine Corps, and answering questions for prospective future recruits.

Pvt. Connor then began training with Alpha Co., 2nd Platoon, Infantry Training Battalion at Camp Geiger, NC for 6 weeks of combat training. During this training, Pvt. Connor was promoted to Private First Class. PFC Connor graduated from ITB on April 13, 2012. PFC Connor is now stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC to continue his training.

PFC Connor is a 2011 graduate of Kent Island High School, and the oldest brother of Theresa, Dain, James, Jack and Peter.

Al Cantello Jr. Scholarship Fundraiser For Kent Island High School

Over 60 volunteers of the Kent Island and Annapolis Communities . (Maryland) will help organize the 2nd Annual AL’s Run to benefit Kent Island lacrosse seniors in memory of Coach Albert Cantello Jr., who died in July 2010. Last year’s event raised enough money to award two students $2,000 scholarships towards their chosen colleges. The cornerstone for the selection process includes a Kent Island High School senior’s leadership, academic, and lacrosse skills coupled with an essay.

On July 18, 2010, Al Cantello Jr. tragically lost his life in a boating accident. He is survived by his wife Nancy, sons Charlie and Sam, and hundreds of others who he met and mentored in the great game of lacrosse.

Al so much loved this game; he played starting at the youth level, through High School and Division I at the University of Delaware. Where Al really made an impact was coaching at the youth level with the Kent Island Youth Lacrosse program, which plays in the Anne Arundel County Recreation League, one of the most competitive leagues in the country. To this day, Al is the only Kent Island coach to lead his team to the “A” level county championship game in back-to-back years.

Al was also co-founder and coach of the Shore Boys Lacrosse Club and served as Vice President in the Kent Island Youth Lacrosse Association. In 2009, Al helped coach the U15 Anne Arundel Youth Lacrosse team that traveled to England and competed against several teams in the Manchester area in an exchange of friendship through the game of lacrosse.

We know Al would approve as there was nothing more important than seeing the youth of the community grow and succeed.

WHAT: Al’s Run 2012 to benefit the AL CANTELLO JR. Scholarship Fund. Scholarships awarded to Kent Island High School Seniors who plan to continue their lacrosse careers through college.

WHEN: Saturday, April 21, 2012. 8:00 am start

WHERE: Island Athletic Club, Kent Island, Maryland

CONTACT: Mark Fromert, Race Director, 410-271-6737


Local Athlete – Chris McQueeney

Christopher McQueeney is a freshman at Kent Island High School. He plays on the JV/Freshman football team, is Vice-president of his student class, and plans to play basketball and run track for the school. Chris runs 5k races and in over 20 races is undefeated in his age group. He loves spending time at his family’s resort in Belize snorkeling, fishing, and adventurous trips. He plans on following in his brother’s Joey’s footsteps, and play college football or track at the University of Maryland.

Chris is a member of Kent Island United Methodist church and plans to continue to serve on mission trips helping the less fortunate.

Dinner Before the Show at Kent Island High School to Benefit CASA

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Queen Anne’s & Kent Counties is hosting a “Dinner Before the Show” on Saturday, March 5, prior to the Kent Island High School Thespian Troupe’s performance of “Hairspray.” Dinner will be served from 6:00 to 7:15 pm in the Kent Island High School cafeteria.

The menu includes pepper steak and rice, baked ziti, Caesar salad, bread, dessert and beverages. Tickets for the dinner are $10 per person and can be reserved by calling the CASA office at (410) 758-8610. Tickets for the play can be purchased from the theatre box office the night of the show and are $10 for adults and $8 for students and children.

“All the food for this dinner has been donated by local businesses,” according to Susan Vianna, chair of the fund raising committee for CASA. “We are very grateful to Adam’s Ribs, The Narrows Restaurant, My Best Friend – Personal Chef/Cake Designer, Acme and Safeway for sponsoring this event. Their generosity will allow us to maximize the proceeds which will directly benefit children in need of assistance.”

Proceeds from this event will be used to support CASA’s mission to advocate for the best interests of children who are under the protection of the court system because of abuse, neglect or abandonment. CASA provides trained volunteer advocates to make assessments and recommendations to the court, with the goal of securing a safe, permanent home for every child.

KIHS Holds 2nd Annual SGA Inauguration

By: Ashley Winterstein

With one successful term under their belts since their reorganization, the Kent Island High School Student Government Association (SGA) held their second round of nominations, campaigns, and elections this May.

Designed by James Evans, Kent Island High School SGA Advisor, and implemented by the SGA last year, the election proceedings once again mirrored the United States Presidential elections. The candidates were nominated by their peers, tallied, and then placed on the ballot. The campaigning commenced, with posters, hats, buttons, and t-shirts adorning the halls. The general population was also invited to a Speech Forum, which resembled a debate, where candidates were given the opportunity to address their fellow students and share their beliefs and ideas for the 2010-2011 school year.

With the campaigns and “Election Day” behind them and the votes officially counted by the Kent Island High School teachers and staff who make up the Elections Commission, SGA members began preparations for their 2nd Annual Presidential and Cabinet Inauguration.

The elaborate event was held on Monday, May 17, 2010 in the Main Auditorium of Kent Island High School. A large crowd of family, friends, teachers, and students gathered to witness the oaths being administered to the 2010-2011 Class Officers, Senators, Justices, and Executive Board.

Kicking off the program this year was a processional of 21 National Flags, led by Reed Bjorntvedt who represented Scotland by wearing his full Scottish regalia while professionally playing solo on the bagpipes. Each flag that followed represented the family heritage of one or more SGA member. With each flag displayed, Paola Maldonado eloquently read the Nations of Flags and the purpose for each. She then captured the audience by displaying the SGA’s diversity when she read the same purpose in fluent Spanish.

As Evans stated, “We understand that diversity is a very integral part of life on our campus and we work to inform the student body of its importance. The SGA provides academic, social, and transitional support in addition to programming, leadership training and inclusive workshops for ALL students and promotes exchange and dialogue between individuals of diverse backgrounds.”

Dr. Carol Williamson, Superintendent of Queen Anne’s County Public Schools, Denise Hershberger, Principal at Kent Island High School, Willie Waits, Academic Dean, and Jacki Carter, Character Counts! Coordinator were again present to express their support for the new officers elect. Genuine respect and encouragement were the recurring themes for the evening, as each addressed the officers with appreciation for taking on the task at hand and acknowledgement that they are prepared for the challenge.

Carter quoted Ralph W. Sockman when she reminded the students, “The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.” As the Character Counts! Coordinator and strong advocate for the Six Pillars of Character, Carter also urged the officers elect to use the principles of Positive Behavior

Intervention and Supports (PBIS) and Character Counts! as guideposts to help them in this endeavor.
Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) is an important tool used with the entire student body at KIHS to improve behavior and academic success. Because PBIS strives to decrease negative referrals and behaviors of bullying, harassment, drug abuse, and school crime, all SGA officers are expected to participate in and reinforce the ideals of the PBIS program.

Character Counts! has also been integrated into Kent Island High School classrooms and the training of SGA members and officers. Character Coaches visit individual classrooms in the ninth grade twice a month to teach students the importance of exemplifying the Six Pillars of Character -Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship.  The importance of demonstrating good character is also written directly into the SGA Creed, as officers are expected to practice honesty and loyalty, observe freedom of expression, and permit fellow students to realize their full potential.

These familiar tools will be combined with additional training throughout the school year. Their hard work will begin with a mandatory All Day In-Depth Leadership Training Conference on June 12, 2010. The Conference will focus on Leadership, Success, Goal Setting, Making Decisions, and Solving Problems. These sessions will help prepare them for fairly representing the diverse population of Kent Island High School.

SGA President for the 2010-2011 school year, Alex Wentz, is excited about this opportunity, saying “I personally felt honored with the attendance of all the families and friends of all those inducted. I was overwhelmed with all of the support which was given to me. My plans for next year as president include the advancement of the Kent Island High School SGA and to fully represent the people. I plan to encourage PBIS in our school and to do my part in being a good role model.”
The SGA Presidential and Cabinet Inauguration was a clear indication that the 2010-2011 Executive Board, Justices, Senators, and Class Officers have earned the trust and respect of their classmates, teachers, and advisors. With the encouragement and support surrounding them, another successful year is sure to follow.

For more information on SGA at Kent island High School, contact James Evans at 410- 604-2070.  For more information on the Character Counts! program in Queen Anne’s County, contact Jacki Carter at 410-758-6677 or jcarter@qac.org.  The Queen Anne’s County Character Counts! is a part of the Community Partnerships for Children and Families, our local management board.

Businesses of Character provide Youth Leadership Workshop

Kent Island High School Student Government Officers (2010-2011) will participate in a one day youth leadership workshop on Saturday, June 12th at the Chesapeake Exploration Center in Chester.

Students represent the newly elected SGA officers and are comprised of 10th, 11th and 12th graders, under the supervision of SGA Advisor, James Evans.

The workshop is being sponsored by CloseCall America which is a Queen Anne’s County Business of Character. CloseCall America, based in Stevensville since 1999, provides local and long distance telephone services, wireless, Blackberry, DSL/Internet and Digital phone services.  The workshop is being facilitated by Eileen Nonemaker of Paradigm Associates, Queenstown. Ms. Nonemaker is a certified business coach and former educator working with individuals and organizations to develop and implement success strategies. Paradigm Associates is also a Queen Anne’s County Business of Character. The workshop content will be adapted from the “America’s Rising Stars” youth leadership program developed by Resource Associates Corporation in Wyomissing, PA.

Chevy Chase Bank, Chester, will provide lunch for the twenty-five participants and Bob Gosselin Photography, also in Chester, will document the event with photographs taken during the facilitation.

For more information, contact Eileen Nonemaker at 410-827-7417. To learn about becoming a Business of Character, contact Jacki Carter, Character Counts! 410-758-6677.

Kent Island High School Students in Fight

It started as a fight between two students in the KIHS cafeteria. it ended with two teachers and administrators at the AAMC emergency room. Both were taken there after breaking up a fight between 18-year-old Aaron Hines of Stevensville and a 16-year-old student, not identified because of his age. Hines was charged with assault plus possessing a weapon on school grounds. The other student may also face charges as a juvenile.