Lights, Camera, Auction! took place on May 16 at Chateau St. Jean Winery, a perfect setting for the Great Gatsby-themed soirée. The evening was a big financial success for the Kenwood Education Foundation (KEF), and the party ran like a well-oiled machine, thanks to chairwoman Cynthia Coleman, who got a lot of help from Rosemarie Ramponi, Regina Rolland, and Breanne and Alex Benward. KEF netted a little over $80,000, about 60 percent of its annual output for the Kenwood School district (the rest is made up thorough various other fundraising activities). $17,400 of that came from the Fund-A-Need portion of the auction, which went toward the school library in honor of retiring librarian Katy Biller.
And now on to the graduates!
Sam Kallman, a Kenwoodian up until 2010, graduated from Syracuse University's School of Architecture, a five-year B.A. program. Sam is the son of Robin and Kjell Kallman, who used to live right across from Plaza Park. Sam's sister Nora just graduated from Maria Carrillo High School and is headed to Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Congratulations to both of you!
Here's the run-down of our local high school graduates:
Jackson Lasseter and Lucas Lorenc have both graduated from Sonoma Academy. Lucas is going to Wake Forest University in North Carolina to study Business.
As usual, we have lots of Maria Carrillo High School graduates.
Connor Clardy will be attending Santa Rosa Junior College in the fall. He hopes to transfer to U.C. Davis and study Plant Science. He will be joined at the JC by Erica Calderon, Kevin Moe, Ivan Soto and Taylor Steele. Taylor plans to study in the medical field. Kevin will be on the track team, and plans to be a firefighter.
Hyrum Cook will start out at Brigham Young University for the summer, and and then is leaving on his church mission, location to be determined.
Prescott Creveling will be going to Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo.
Philip Hile will be at C.S.U. Monterey.
Sarah Hoaglund is headed to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She graduated with a California Scholarship Federation Life Member Award and a Biliteracy Award.
Also headed to Cal Poly is Sean Murgatroyd.
Samantha Perry graduated Summa Cum Laude and is heading south to Tulane University (the lure of the Crescent City is strong). Samantha was given the Social Science AC and English AP Department Awards, and the Biliteracy Award.
Ian Johnson and Duncan MacDonald both graduated from Santa Rosa High School. Duncan is going to SRJC to study computer science.
Samantha (Sam) Hogan, another former Kenwoodian, graduated from Petaluma High School. In August she is heading to the University of Alaska Anchorage in their Environment and Society program.
Congratulations to all of you! Remember to keep in touch as you move forward with school and life; the village cares.
In the course of investigating the high school graduates, with much help from Renata Amantite, I also found out about 2013 graduate Cassie Amantite. Cassie finished her General Ed requirements at the JC, and at the moment she is in Madrid, Spain, doing a two-month marketing internship for a winery/event center and upscale restaurant (bodegas-real.com) through a program called Adelante. She is living with a Spanish-speaking woman and navigating the whole experience by herself, which is pretty exciting stuff. When she returns, she heads to Cal State Northridge in their film school for Media Management. Thanks for the update, Renata! And thanks to everyone who sent in information about all the various graduations. If I missed anyone, it's not too late to send in your news. Email it to email@example.com and I'll get it into the July 1st issue.
Kenwood Elementary School held its graduation ceremony last Wednesday, June 3. It's always a beautiful ceremony, and this year was no exception. A number of students were recognized. The Kiwanis Club of Oakmont gives out its Hope of America Awards every year to two fifth-graders and two sixth-graders, and this year's recipients were Alaina Kolling and Caya Aronson (fifth grade), and Hunter Halkovich and Mackenzie Cramer (sixth grade). The DAR Award for good citizenship and scholarship was given to Tyler Bellach. The Danielle Mackinzie Award for Most Inspirational Student went to Martin Austin, and the award for Outstanding Student went to Gabriella Belmonte. Congratulations to the entire class! Now go out into the wider world, but never forget that you are part of Kenwood, and we care what happens to you.
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