The Eye of the Bluebird https://kenwoodnews.org The Student News Site of Kenwood High School Thu, 12 Nov 2020 18:57:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 A Race to Power: The 2020 Presidential Election https://kenwoodnews.org/1834/news/a-race-to-power-the-2020-presidential-election/ https://kenwoodnews.org/1834/news/a-race-to-power-the-2020-presidential-election/#respond Thu, 12 Nov 2020 18:49:31 +0000 https://kenwoodnews.org/?p=1834 The Presidential Election took place on November 3, 2020 between the two candidates of former President Donald Trump and Democratic opponent Vice President Joe Biden. Details and opinions have been soaring in our country but our job as citizens, if eligible, was to vote for the most fitted leader to represent and unite us as a whole; as a nation.

There are many pros and cons that can be taken from this year’s election. Mr. Williams, Kenwood history teacher  says, “I guess a con of the election is that there’s just too much out there. All the news stories are on the election and are too focused to talk about anything else in the world.” Adding on, Mr. Williams says “The pro is obvious…an opportunity for voters to voice their beliefs.”

As more and more youth are interested in registering to vote, the youth can have an impact on the change they’d like to see happen because they are the next generation of leaders and voters. The important impact of young voters is that “they say young voters are coming out more than ever before to make their voice heard,” Mr. Williams states. “Most are very passionate about what they stand for. A lot of young voters care a lot about climate change and the safety of guns. School shootings woke up a lot of people.”

Overall, one thing young voters share in common is feeling like they can accomplish change with their vote. With more young voters than ever before, it’s our generation’s chance to open a new pathway of unity and democracy for the country that we are living in. We have a sense of contributing to the issues of  the present and beyond in the future. According to the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University, “New analysis of young voter turnout indicates a higher percentage of adults under the age of 30 cast ballots in this fall’s presidential election than any other election in history” (Pransky).

Many were concerned if the election would be ensured in all communities? Did everyone registered have access to vote? Since COVID was still a major issue, people had the option to vote by mail. This gives access to every registered voter that would much likely prefer the safer alternative than voting in person and standing in huge lines that could possibly be a risk to their health. “The health concerns of the pandemic makes it less likely for people to go out and vote. The access to in mail voting is more popular and more people won’t be as lazy to participate in the election.” This gives all voters a chance to stay at home instead of standing in a long line that may also put their health in danger. Even with the record number of mail in voting there were still lines of citizens at voting polls lining up to cast their vote on November 3. The Washington Post states that “More Americans voted in the 2020 election than in any other in more than 100 years. Nearly 65 percent of the voting-eligible population cast a ballot!” (Schaul).

Despite which option of voting accessibility that someone chose, so many feel every vote matters. One vote could change everything when an election is close. Whether Republican or Democrat, you should always use your voice for what you believe in. “I believe the country is so divided that votes count so much now. It is the right as an American. They also say it’s going to be really close, so you just never know,” Mr. Williams says. The outcome may be unpredictable, but without voting, how can America really be America without the right to cast your vote?

Each candidate had different goals in leading our country with  Biden caring more for the coronavirus and the steps or restrictions we the people, as a whole, can do to stop this virus. On the other hand, Trump is more for strengthening the economy and functioning businesses and the world during and after the pandemic.

The counting of the election results went on from November 3-7 due to many mail in ballots being counted. By Saturday, November 7th,  the president elect was presented to the world. Joe Biden was announced as the President-elect  after securing 290 electoral votes as Trump failed to re-gain his presidency with 214 electoral votes.

Many would think this means the election is over. From looking at the results it’s concluded that Biden had succeeded against Trump, but what is also happening? Donald Trump believes there must’ve been voter fraud, believing many of his ballots were thrown away and even that “dead people” were voting. Trump’s plans suggest that he will file a lawsuit and take it to the Supreme Court for a re-counting of votes.

Many were hopeful that once election day passed the media and news coverage of the election would be over and people could go back to living their lives knowing who their president was, but as 2020 has been there still seems to be more to this evolving story of who will be our next president.

Though many Kenwood students were not eligible to vote yet, students more than ever before are aware of the political turmoil in our country and are looking forward to their chance in four years to have their voice heard in who should be president. They have high hopes and expectations for the future candidates they’ll be supporting and voting for. Kenwood student Jasmine Ramos shares, “We need to rebuild and recreate “normal”. As we move forward from the pandemic and this election we need leaders to share positivity and help people who need it, modeling things as simple as giving compliments and letting people know you are there for them.”

Though young, today’s youth is more aware of the role of politics than possibly any generation before it as evident by the high youth voter turnout in this election. Today’s youth knows what they want for their future. They might have four or less years to vote but most of them know what they want to see in the next years and they will be looking for future presidential candidates that reflect their values.

They want to see change, equality, and peace from their leaders. They want the world to become a better place for them. Student Nygel B shares, “We need leaders to work with us to create a movement of our time going forward that’s positive and inspirational. That’s the future we want to create.” Students know what they want, and they look forward to having the voice of their vote heard in the future.

 

Sources

Pransky, Noah. “How Record-Setting Youth Turnout in the 2020 Election Surpassed 2016 Levels.”  NBC Connecticut. NBC Universal Media. 10 November 2020. Web. Accessed 11 November 2020.

 

Schaul, Kevin and Kate Rabinowitz and Ted Mellnik. “2020 turnout is the
Highest in over a Century.” Washington Post. Washington Post. 5 November 2020. Web. Accessed 11 November 2020.

 

 

 

 

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SGA Offers Students Opportunity to Connect while Cleaning Up Campus https://kenwoodnews.org/1827/news/sga-offers-students-opportunity-to-connect-while-cleaning-up-campus/ https://kenwoodnews.org/1827/news/sga-offers-students-opportunity-to-connect-while-cleaning-up-campus/#respond Tue, 10 Nov 2020 20:38:17 +0000 https://kenwoodnews.org/?p=1827 Since March of this year, Covid-19 has had a big impact on the Kenwood High School community and families. Students have had limited, if any, opportunities to meet and see their teachers and peers in person. But Kenwood’s SGA offered an opportunity on Saturday Oct 24 for students and staff to meet up for the benefit of the school.

Though Covid-19 was still a concern, many students and staff took advantage of the opportunity to see one another and clean up their beloved Kenwood campus. Participants had to wear masks and social distance themselves from other people. Student participant Kelvin shared,  “It gave me that feeling of connection with my peers but we stayed distanced and had conversations. The campus clean up made us feel proud we can still  make a  difference and show our Kenwood Pride.”

Thanks to all that attended the Oct 24 campus clean up.

Though it may have looked different than anyone would have expected a year ago, many were still happy for the opportunity to see and connect with one another in person.Kenwood SGA advisor Ms. Forman shares, “We couldn’t do anything inside the building, but this was the next best thing. We were able to get together in person while doing something good for the school and community.” Some students say even though Covid-19 has really affected our sense of community when it comes to school they were thankful for an opportunity to “provide good community service and respect for our school.”

Several school organizations participated in the clean up day besides SGA. The student members of the National Honor Society, Math Honor Society, and Kenwood Cares were also active participants in cleaning up the campus grounds. Senior Sarah O enjoyed the experience. “It’s important to keep our  community safe and clean and at the same time it allowed fellow students to engage which each other,” she stated.

Though the campus was cleaned up, the more lasting impression on students was the chance to reconnect and really see one another in person during a time when they haven’t seen each other for months.

 

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The Tradition of Maryland Horse Racing https://kenwoodnews.org/1822/features/the-tradition-of-maryland-horse-racing/ https://kenwoodnews.org/1822/features/the-tradition-of-maryland-horse-racing/#respond Fri, 06 Nov 2020 20:08:01 +0000 https://kenwoodnews.org/?p=1822 The Horse racing business is fascinating business that has a lot of history in the state of Maryland. Thoroughbred racing was first introduced in Maryland in 1743 when the first jockey club in the U.S was founded. Every year on the third Saturday in May the Preakness Stakes which is the middle race towards the Triple Crown is run in Baltimore at Pimlico racetrack.

It was first run in 1873 and named after a former Maryland governor. Every year the winner is placed with a blanket of yellow flowers to resemble the Maryland state flower. Horse racing is a legendary thing, and I know well the family tradition of horse racing.

My grandfather was in the industry for as long as I could remember. He started to come around the racetrack in 1978 but he never even got on a horse until a year later. Eventually he stopped being a jockey. He shared, “I never wanted to stop riding horses because all I ever did was ride horses.”

He dedicated himself to race horses but the risk of the job is terrible. In 2011 my grandfather fell off a horse and broke his neck. He went through many surgeries, but he is now okay. He has returned to the racetrack as an agent for his jockeys. Between the horse tracks in Maryland and the horse farms across Maryland, my grandfather encounters many youths that have a passion for horses. My grandfather says, “In order to be a successful jockey you need to love horses and have the ambition to do this job.”

Many people in the horse racing business are successful horse owners and jockeys. The time and effort people put into this job is incredible. Every horse runs different; it takes a lot for someone to be able to understand a horse. The thing that those outside of horse racing sometimes don’t understand is there is more to it than just getting on the horse and telling it to go.

Every horse needs care from the owner. If a horse is underweight or even overweight it will not be able to run properly. They need to be healthy because anything can happen on the track. If you’ve watched some of the Maryland horse races you have probably sadly seen at some point where a simple injury can be the end of a horse.

Horse racing is a wonderful Maryland tradition. If you haven’t caught a Maryland horse race recently think about checking it out sometime.

Sources:
“Maryland at a Glance: Horse Racing”. Maryland Manual On-Line.MD Archives. 28 October 2020. Web Accessed 5 November 2020.

Rocco, Joe. Interview. Eye of the Bluebird. 23 October 2020

Joe Rocco.

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Kenwood Club to Support the LGBTQ Community https://kenwoodnews.org/1809/features/kenwood-club-to-support-the-lgbtq-community/ https://kenwoodnews.org/1809/features/kenwood-club-to-support-the-lgbtq-community/#respond Thu, 05 Nov 2020 17:53:41 +0000 https://kenwoodnews.org/?p=1809 The LGBTQ community faces many challenges everyday. Feelings of constantly being judged and not accepted can be a tough battle to go through at a young age. LGBTQ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer. In today’s generation, it may be accepted more than it had been in the 90s.
Kenwood High School teacher Ms.Villaran is a apart of the LGBTQ community. One of the main challenges she had faced was being accepted by her family and loved ones. She’s happy to see organizations in schools today that support LGBTQ students. ““When I was in High School, LGBT+ culture was not as prevalent in society and not accepted as much as it is in today’s world,” Villaran shares.

There was a time where being a LGBTQ member was a crime, and you could get a life penalty for loving who you love. Ms. Villaran waited until college to come out because she did not feel comfortable coming out while under her parents’ roof.

Chef G and students showing their support for the LGBTQ community

Unfortunately, sadly, many hate crimes to this day are still being committed against people loving someone of the same sex or being transgender. On June 13, 2016, a popular gay dance club in Orlando was the site of a mass shooting that left 49 dead and another 50 injured. This hate crime is being called the worst mass shooting in U.S. history (Tsukayama).

Just now in the year 2020 in June, the Supreme Court “further advanced the cause of LGBTQ rights Monday, ruling that a landmark civil rights law barring sex discrimination in the workplace applies to gay, lesbian and transgender workers” (Wolf). At the time of the ruling USA Today reported, “Twenty-eight states have little or no workplace protections for the LGBT community. About 4.5% of the U.S. population, or roughly 11 million people, identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer; 88% of them are employed.” (Wolf).

It has been a process over decades to even reach this point for the LGBTQ community. “The Supreme Court’s clarification that it’s unlawful to fire people because they’re LGBTQ is the result of decades of advocates fighting for our rights,” exclaimed James Esseks of the American Civil Liberties Union, which represented Zarda and Stephens. “The court has caught up to the majority of our country, which already knows that discriminating against LGBTQ people is both unfair and against the law” (Wolf).

Coming out as LGBTQ in the 90s or before was not normalized as much as it is in today’s generation, but there is still ground in equality to be made for the rights of the LGBTQ community. To offer a safe space of belonging for LGBTQ students, Kenwood has a club run by Mr. Erdman. Mr. Erdman has been running the club for three years but the club was ran by Ms. Jannotti before he took it over in the beginning of 2018. Back when school was in session, there were about 30 students that were a part of the club, but now in our online set up there are 44 online members, including staff and allies.

Mr. Erdman hopes the club offers students a sense of home in the Kenwood community. “I want the people to have a safe space where they are comfortable and where they have a safe space with someone to talk to and share their life experiences as a LGBTQ person so they don’t feel alone.”

Mr. Erdman and Mr. Grubka

Students that are a part of the club participate in various activities such watching films or movies regarding the LGBTQ community, listening to podcast addressing trans rights, as well as reading articles based on current events impacting the LGBTQ community.

The online start to the school year has made it a bit more challenging to check in emotionally with students. “It’s hard to have heavy conversations because you can’t tell whether a student is going through something and needs to talk. It’s hard to tell if a kid’s okay,” Mr. Erdman shares. He’s created an online space that can be more anonymous for students to visit if and when they need someone to talk to. “It’s trickier with this whole online thing because but I still want to show them I care and give them a space to talk about things. Students in the club online remain anonymous unless they choose to comment on something. We haven’t had a synchronous meeting yet, but they have suggested they’re open to it in our Google form and they know how to reach me independently.”

Though there are several other teachers besides Ms. Villaran and Mr. Erdman that are a part of the LGBTQ community, other teachers and staff along with them have genuine hearts in wanting to support LGBTQ students in feeling safe in who they are and in their home community.

 

 

Sources:

Tsukayama, Hayley and Mark Barman and Jerry Markon. “Gunman who killed 49 in Orlando
nightclub had pledged allegiance to ISIS”. The Washington Post. 13 June 2016. Web
Accessed 23 October 2020.

Wolf, Richard. “Supreme Court grants federal job protections to gay, lesbian, transgender
workers”. USA Today. USA Network. 15 June 2020. Web. Accessed 23 October 2020.

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Art: Telling a Story Without Words https://kenwoodnews.org/1794/features/art-telling-a-story-without-words/ https://kenwoodnews.org/1794/features/art-telling-a-story-without-words/#comments Mon, 02 Nov 2020 18:48:28 +0000 https://kenwoodnews.org/?p=1794 Art is a form of expression that is all around us and created in a variety of ways. It’s an unspoken way to convey feelings, a message, share an experience. Art tells us a story and that story can differ depending on the one viewing the art.

Kenwood’s Art Department chair, Ms. Cain prefers photography over other medias of art. She prefers photography because, “I enjoy the magic of working with film, chemicals, and paper in the darkroom.”
Although she loves the magic that happens in the darkroom and the gratification in seeing your photo come to life, she enjoys modern technology of photography today. “These days I’m enjoying the instant gratification and relatively low cost of digital photography. I still use the same criteria, though, when shooting a photograph. Good lighting, appropriate background, interesting point of view, timing, and thoughtfulness are still required.”

 

Photo 1 student Abigail O

Now that we are living in such an isolated and distant time, art is possibly more important than ever before as many look for an outlet for their turbulent feelings. Cain agrees that times like this really showcase the value of art education. “Art education in important because it promotes creative problem solving, communication and empathy, cultural awareness, and ultimately, confidence.”

We may all be familiar with the old saying, “A photo is worth a thousand words” but Ms. Cain sees the phrase differently “While I think it’s true, your 1000 words will be completely different than my 1000 words. Like all forms of art, photos are about the viewer. We see art through our own life experiences.”

Carolina W “crème de la crème” artwork from Ms. Gavin’s class

Just as writers love to write to tell a story, art is another way to tell a story. Just one without words. “Art is a way to tell a story. The story could be about a fleeting moment or the artists’ entire life. Stories are a way to tell people who we are, to establish connection with other people. In a way, all art is a self-portrait. No matter what an artist creates, it’s filtered through their own views and thoughts. When others see art, they may discover commonalities with the artist. Art is a way to connect. A sense of connectedness is something the entire world craves right now. It’s something we all have in common. Art is for everyone” shared Cain.

Students find art an incredibly meaningful part of their lives.  To the students art can be basically their therapy to destress, soothe their mental struggles, and leave reality to go to their own little world where only them and their art exists. Art student Kersten C shares, “I like to take photos because I feel like it’s another way to express myself or what I’m feeling. I can express my emotion through what I photograph and the style in which I do it. I take photos for recreational and emotional purposes. Most photos I take are meaningful and have a purpose.”

Junior Photo student Kersten C “best photo ever taken”.

Art is a way to speak our thoughts without words and capture the memories we want to keep forever. Art is a significant piece of life that is essential to the artist. “I like art because it provides a way to reveal parts of myself without using words. Art is also important because I make pieces that hold personal significance-usually a memory of a person or event.”

Sometimes art is just a distraction, a way to focus on something else and or a way to remember certain things because its hard to put our emotions into words so drawing is easier to do for some. If you don’t like expressing yourself through writing, think about giving art a try.

 

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Again and Again https://kenwoodnews.org/1789/features/again-and-again/ https://kenwoodnews.org/1789/features/again-and-again/#comments Fri, 30 Oct 2020 16:34:38 +0000 https://kenwoodnews.org/?p=1789 It was a Thursday night and I was home alone, as usual. It was about 2:05 AM. I was sitting in my room on my bed watching my favorite series, Hunter x Hunter, when I heard it. It was a piercing scream. It was so loud that it felt like someone was sticking a needle through my eardrum. The ringing in my ears started to ease after about 4 minutes.

I sat there. I sat at the edge of my bed staring in the direction the scream came from. My ears were still slightly ringing, but that was the least of my worries. At 2:12 AM, I turned towards the tv, but it was off. Did I turn it off? A chill ran down my spine. That wasn’t the only thing… I felt a breath.

The feeling of hot breath on my neck and a whisper “the scared ones taste the best.” I was in shock. I was overtaken with fear, I immediately jumped and ran in the closet. The area around me was too small. Nothing but a file cabinet to the left of me and a long shelf stacked with bags above me. It had only been eight minutes, but it had felt like an hour had passed. I sat there watching, waiting, staring at nothing but an empty space.

My breathing was heavy, but something was off. It had seemed as if I wasn’t only hearing my breathing. I did a full 360 turn around but no one else was there. Something inside me then said, “look up” and instantly threw my head back.

What I saw was beyond terrifying. This wasn’t a creature, it was worse. It was simply a “no name”. Circling around the mid-point of the head, where it looked as if an eye should be, were rows and rows of sharp, decaying teeth. Its long black burnt up hands was gripping the rails on the shelf, just waiting to pounce at me.

I was horrified! I didn’t have time to think; I ran. It was still there. I could still feel its breath, it whispered “run!” With every step, the creature repeatedly yelled… “RUN…RUN…RUN!!!” I looked back to see “No Name” crawling on all fours, the body looked burnt. Its decaying skin was leaving a trail of blood and flesh each time he took a step. I had been so scared I forgot the direction I was running in … the balancer. I came to a halt, but the force threw me off balance, propelling me over the edge. As I fell, I let out a scream so loud it snatched my soul out with it. I hit the ground, breaking my neck.

2:05 AM, sitting on my bed, watching my favorite series when I heard it, a piercing scream.

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The Myths and Legends of Ghosts and Omens https://kenwoodnews.org/1784/opinion/the-myths-and-legends-of-ghosts-and-omens/ https://kenwoodnews.org/1784/opinion/the-myths-and-legends-of-ghosts-and-omens/#respond Thu, 29 Oct 2020 17:45:05 +0000 https://kenwoodnews.org/?p=1784 Omens, spirits, ghosts. What if we saw them every day and don’t even know it? Signs of something coming or spirits lurking near us. There are superstitions from as far back as ancient times. In the spirit of Halloween let’s talk about some of those superstitions today?

Seeing Spirits

It is said that our pets can see spirits and ghosts here in the Human realm. Have you seen your dog staring off into space? Maybe he’s wondering about the spirit behind you. Is your cat hissing at nothing at all? Maybe its only nothing you can see. Maybe your cat is hissing to scare off a threat, one not visible to your eyes, but visible to theirs.

The Omen of the Crow

When a crow is knocking on your window a death in the household may be foretold, and seeing a singular crow is a bad omen. But crows don’t always mean death, it is also said that seeing two crows can be seen as a sign of good fortune coming your way. While four crows can mean wealth, five means sickness and six may mean death is near. Who knows what a whole flock means, but I would stray away if I were you.

Hounds of Hell

Can you whistle? If you can’t maybe that’s for the best. If you can and must whistle please only do so during the day. After midnight is when the hounds of hell leave the underworld and roam the earth. And just like your everyday puppy they come when you whistle, except they are much larger and much more aggressive. If you do, I cannot promise you’ll live to see the next dawn.

Flickering of Light

Have you ever installed a brand-new lightbulb and it started flickering not too much later? Some say spirits can make electricity do what they want when they want. So, next time a new bulb flickers think to yourself long and hard. Is it really just a faulty bulb or is a loved one from the other side visiting you?

Next time something seems strange, think about it instead of brushing it off. Who knows, maybe someone or something is trying to warn you or coming to get you. Whether or not these things are true I cannot testify to. While some of these were found on the vast world of the internet, others were ones remembered from somewhere or told to me by the mouths of others. Heed or ignore them, but don’t blame us for the strange things that happen if you choose to ignore.

Sources:

Wigington, Patti. “The Magic of Crows and Ravens.” Learn Religions. Dotdash Publishing. 12 January 2020. Web. Accessed 28 Oct 2020.

Ray, Souvik. “13 Signs that Show the Spirit World Is Trying to Make Contact with You.” Lifestyle. Times Internet Limited. 28 March 2018. Web. Accessed 28 Oct 2020.

 

 

 

 

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The Origins of Halloween https://kenwoodnews.org/1781/features/the-origins-of-halloween/ https://kenwoodnews.org/1781/features/the-origins-of-halloween/#respond Tue, 27 Oct 2020 20:12:55 +0000 https://kenwoodnews.org/?p=1781 The story of Halloween began long ago with an ancient Celtic festival of Samhain.  The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago, lived mostly in the area that is now Ireland. The tradition originated when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. The evening was originally known as All Hollows Eve and it began on the 1st of November.

November 1st was the day that harvest began and summer came to an end. This day was about connecting the living world with the dead and it was very much like the day of the dead, but it had its own name, known as All Hollows Eve until it eventually became Halloween. People believed that on the night of October 31st the dead would cross over to the side of the living and reunite with their lost loved ones.

The Celts believed that the presence of the sprits on All Hollows Eve made it easier to make predictions about the future. The prophecies were a source of comfort for the Celts during the upcoming harsh and brutal winter. The celebration also consists of the druids who are more commonly known as fortune-tellers who would start huge sacred bonfires so the people could gather around the fire to burn crops and animals for sacrifices to the Celtic deities.

At this celebration the people would wear costumes that typically had animals head and animal skins within their costumes. People also would try to tell one another’s fortunes. After the night was over, they would re-lit the fires to help protect them from the winter to come.

Halloween first started in other countries, but the holiday eventually came to America. In the early days of American Halloween, Maryland and other colonies celebrated Halloween more than New England. Some in New England didn’t celebrate the holiday because of their belief system.  When the ethnic groups of Europe began to change their customs and beliefs, they began to celebrate with American Indians with parties that included dancing, singing, and fortune telling

People used to also tell ghost stories and make mischief at the celebrations. By the 19 century Autumn festivities happened yearly at that time. However, Halloween was still only known in some countries. When America had more new immigrants come to the country, as they saw the holiday celebrations that came with Halloween, they tried to spread the story and customs that come with Halloween and the obviously stuck as here we are in the 21st century still celebrating Halloween.

Between the 1920’s and 1950’s trick or treating was revived. Trick or treating was an inexpensive way for people to share the Halloween experience or celebrations. In theory people used to prevent tricks being played on them by providing the children with small treats or candy. Halloween started over 2,000 years ago with All Hollows Eve traditions and continued with the present day Halloween tradition.

 

 

Source:  “Halloween 2020” History.com. 19 November 2009. Web. Accessed 25 October 2020. 

 

 

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Kenwood Celebrates Hispanic History Month https://kenwoodnews.org/1762/news/kenwood-celebrates-hispanic-history-month/ https://kenwoodnews.org/1762/news/kenwood-celebrates-hispanic-history-month/#respond Fri, 23 Oct 2020 18:20:07 +0000 https://kenwoodnews.org/?p=1762 Hispanic History Month is from September 15 to October 15 and although created by Christopher Columbus it was actually approved by Lyndon Johnson and it’s a month to celebrate the independence of five Latin American countries even if seven countries pay tribute to it (Latin Times )

Some may think of Día de Los Muertos or maybe about the singing and dancing when they think of Hispanic History Month but there’s much more to it than that. Kenwood senior Sulyvan P shares, “Hispanic History month celebrates the history, cultures, and traditions of those who can trace their roots to Spain, Mexico, and the other Spanish speaking countries of Central America, South America and the Caribbean.”

It begs to question of whether anyone can celebrate this month even if they aren’t Hispanic? Here at KHS students of multiple ethnicities participated in celebrating Hispanic History Month. Sulyvan adds, “I believe more should be a part of this tradition because it is cool to be a part of celebrating our history and culture.”

Kenwood Spanish National Honor Society and Music department participated in recognizing and celebrating Hispanic History Month with its students. Kenwood music classes with Mr. Ladd researched and presented Latina music artists. The Spanish Honor Society created images for different Spanish speaking countries and hosted a virtual cooking meeting for the end of Hispanic History Month on October 14. Kenwood Spanish Honor Society Advisor Ms. Forman shares, “Spanish Honor Society worked on a few projects to celebrate culture during Hispanic Heritage Month. It is important to celebrate other cultures and to embrace differences so that we can learn from each other.” A student shared an ofrenda which is a Day of the Dead celebration of life with items on the ofrenda representing the life of a person.

Students, staff, and families participating in a virtual cooking night celebrating Hispanic History Month.

Kenwood Hispanic students appreciate that their culture is celebrated and recognized in school. “As a Hispanic myself our history should be spread so people can understand our importance and origin” shared senior Valentino G. Taking time to recognize and celebrate different cultures gives students a sense of pride in both their culture and school community. “I feel happy that we recognize Hispanic appreciation month,” added Erika T.

Sources:
“When Is Hispanic Heritage Month 2019? Meaning, How To Celebrate Special Month-Long Event” Latin Times. Latin Times, LLC. 30 August 2019. Web. Accessed 23 Oct 2020.

 

 

 

 

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History of Kenwood Sports Championships https://kenwoodnews.org/1751/sports/history-of-kenwood-sports-championships/ https://kenwoodnews.org/1751/sports/history-of-kenwood-sports-championships/#respond Wed, 21 Oct 2020 17:54:25 +0000 https://kenwoodnews.org/?p=1751 Throughout its history, Kenwood High School has had many notable championships. Championships are something an athlete never forgets and leaves a lasting impression on their life because winning championships make athletes feel like they’ve accomplished something.

Kenwood Athletic Direction Anthony Ruocco has been at Kenwood High for twenty years and has had the pleasure of seeing Kenwood win some championships. “Kenwood High School has a very rich history and tradition of athletic success. It brings a tremendous amount of pride to all the student-athletes, coaches, parents, and boosters that contributed to it and experienced it. It’s enjoyable to see former athletes return to support our current athletes. What I find unique about the athletic program at Kenwood is we have been competitive over the years in a very wide variety of sports. Some schools might be known for their success in 1 or 2 sports but we are very well rounded and very respectable in many. This is due to the fact that our kids enjoy multiple sports and many compete during all three seasons.”

Kenwood’s History of Divisional Championships:
Girls Lacrosse Divisional Champions 2016
Boys Lacrosse Divisional Champions 2002, 2008, 2013, 2014, and 2015
Baseball Divisional Champions 2016
Girls Soccer Divisional Champions 2018
Volleyball Divisional Champions 2018

Kenwood’s History of County Championships:
Boys Basketball County Champions 1980 and 1998
Cheerleading won 11 county championships in a row from 1996-2006.
Winter Cheerleading won a county championship in the 2019-2020 winter season.
Wrestling 3A-4A championship 2019-2020

2019-2020 Wrestling County Champions

Kenwood Regional Championships
Football Regional Champions in 1975.

State Championships
Boys Soccer State Champions in 2003

Individual State Champions
Mason Krumholtz won the State Champion in 2004 and 2005 in wrestling
Travis Jenkins State Champion for long jump for track and field in 2012.

2019-2020 Cheerleading County Champions

The best place to truly take in all the glory of the past Kenwood Championships is in the gym where the banners of championships over the years hang throughout the gym. It’s difficult to include all the championships Kenwood’s won over the decades but  those that want to learn more about the history of Kenwood sports should definitely visit the gym once we all return to school and spend some time looking at the banners and displays in and around the gym. “I think you’ll find it enjoyable and enlightening,” shared Coach Ruocco.

To experience the run for a championship is something a student athlete never forgets. Senior Kaylee R, part of the cheerleading county championship team shares, “It makes me feel like all of the sweat, tears, and time all paid off. It will leave an impression on me when I leave high school because I will always remember the amount of work we had to put in and how getting to the top isn’t easy but staying there is even harder. That year we had a goal and we did anything and everything to get there.”

Katelyn Taylor was a part of the 2018 Soccer Championship team and the lessons she learned on the soccer field fighting for a championship is something she’ll carry beyond the soccer field and into life. “Being part of a winning championship team enhanced my high school experience because it showed me all the work we did over the years in the team we had actually become more skilled and more team focused and when you work as a team you can accomplish big goals. It also makes me look back and miss playing sports in high school and how much it made me become better at team work.”

When sports resume be sure to get out and support your Bluebird athletes as they make runs for future championships.

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