Prize Day weekend at Kent is traditionally the weekend after Memorial Day Weekend. It’s an event that everyone at Kent looks forward to with excitement and delight, tinged slightly with sadness at seeing 6th form friends moving on to their new challenges. Kent’s 112th Prize Day Weekend began with an awards ceremony on Saturday afternoon, where most extracurricular awards, and some academic prizes were presented to students. On Sunday, a Baccalaureate service was held in St. Joseph’s chapel mid-morning, followed immediately by the Prize Day ceremony. Retiring History Department Chairman Ed Dunn delivered the graduation address to the 6th form. Individual academic prizes were then awarded, followed by the anxiously awaited presentation of diplomas to the 6th form. By early afternoon, 6th formers, along with their families and friends, began the celebration of their official transition from students to our newest alumni.
Students in Motion
We’re not quite ready to offer a challenge to GM, Ford, Chrysler, et.al., but Kent’s engineering program saw a giant step taken in the automotive field this spring. One of our engineering students, Skyler D, was inspired last spring to attempt to create a go-kart. Using computer aided design (CAD) software, he designed the frame of the kart. The project continued throughout this year, and Skyler was given assistance by Kent School staff members, as well as some people from town. The project hit a major milestone this spring, as the drive train was assembled, and the kart was driven several laps in the pre-engineering building parking lot. Skyler will continue to work on the kart next year, focusing on body work. When he graduates next spring, he’ll pass the project along to underclass engineering students. We don’t expect to have an entry in the Indianapolis 500 in the near future, but the engineering program at Kent takes great pride in Skyler’s achievement.
Choir Tours Ireland
Ireland was the site of the inaugural music tour for the Kent School choir. From June 4-10, 18 music students and 4 members of the Music Department travelled through Ireland, staging three very well-received performances, and taking in as much sightseeing and exploring as was possible. Concerts were given in Killarney, Wicklow and Dublin, and the group was also able to participate in a vocal clinic at the Cork School of Music. In between their musical obligations, the group was able to visit various castles, churches and gardens, as well as some well-known Irish landmarks such as the Blarney Stone, Waterford Crystal and Trinity College. It was a wonderful experience for all involved, summed up succinctly by Music Department Chairwoman Jennifer Malone Hobbs, who said “students will hold this music tour of Ireland with its many unique experiences and exceptional memories near and dear for years to come.”