Recent Academic Achievements

Several Kent School students have recently earned awards in academic areas. First, on Saturday, March 26, Fourth Grade student Miles Hubbert won the Maryland Sports Spelling Bee. Eighth Grade student Harrison Lavery was the runner up. Miles and Harrison were two of six students who qualified for the state level bee.
Several Kent School students have recently earned awards in academic areas. First, on Saturday, March 26, Fourth Grade student Miles Hubbert won the Maryland Sports Spelling Bee. Eighth Grade student Harrison Lavery was the runner up. Miles and Harrison were two of six students who qualified for the state level bee. After battling for 22 rounds, Miles emerged the winner with the correct spelling of the word frustrated. Miles will be representing the State of Maryland in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC in June. Head of Kent School, Nancy Mugele said, “I am so proud of both of our Kent School spellers. Faculty at Kent School have created word-rich classrooms where vocabulary is taught through literature and context. From music, to math, to science, to art, Kent School students are exposed to vocabulary in a meaningful and relevant way. This contributes to spelling success.”

Through their History class, Middle School students participated in the 2021-2022 Elks Grand Lodge Americanism Essay Contest. This year, the theme was “What does it mean to love your country?” In the Fifth and Sixth Grade level, Fifth Grade student John Yowell earned second place in Kent County and second place in the state of Maryland. In the Seventh and Eighth Grade level, Sixth Grade student Ady Kendall won third place in Kent County. Eighth Grade student Aurora Baughman won second place in Kent County. Eighth Grade student, Charlie Schmidt won First Place in Kent County and third place in the state of Maryland. 

In Yowell’s essay, he referred to the importance of the United States Constitution which “stands for freedom, righteousness and justice. This is important to me because it molds our country’s personality and culture.”  In her essay, Ady Kendall referred to the evolution of women’s rights as a reason to love her country. “There was a time when women had no voice. Today, women not only have a voice, they play sports and have freedoms they have not always had.” Aurora Baughman wrote, “ Being part of America is being independent and brave, where you can make your own decisions on how you want to live out the rest of your life.” Charlie Schmidt opened his essay by saying, “Loving your country means honoring our military and all first responders, the culture of America and being loyal to America (following rules, respecting people that help our country and supporting people that deserve to be supported.)”

Students in Grades Four through Six submitted essays for the 13th Annual Six Pillar Essay Contest hosted by Character Counts in Kent County. Cecilia Smith placed third among Fourth Grade submissions. Clay Fleetwood placed Second among Fifth Grade submissions. Sixth Grade student Brinley Leech placed first among Sixth Grade submissions and is also the Overall Kent County Middle School winner! The awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 6 at Washington College.

Nancy Mugele continued, “I am always proud of our student’s outstanding academic work as well as their commitment to writing such meaningful essays. It is also a source of pride for our students’ achievements to be recognized outside of our school community. As proud as I am of our students’ work, I am equally proud of the teachers who gave their students these opportunities. Middle School History teacher, Patrick Pearce, Middle School Language Arts teachers, Julia Gross and Amanda Mickle and Fourth Grade Teacher Vivienne Turner are to be commended for their teaching excellence and the commitment to their students.”

Kent School, located on the bank of the Chester River in historic Chestertown is an independent school serving boys and girls in Preschool through Grade Eight. Kent School's mission is to guide our students in realizing their potential for academic, artistic, athletic, and moral excellence while fostering the growth of honorable, responsible citizens for our country and our diverse world. For more information visit www.kentschool.org or email info@kentschool.org.
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