By: Kellie S. '21 with an Introduction from Gillian Barnes
At Kents Hill School our ultimate goal is to prepare students to take on the world, whenever they are ready. That could be at the end of one year, post-transfer, after a postgraduate experience where they had an internship they loved, or after a traditional, four-year high school journey. Kellie S. ’21 is one of our four-year seniors who, next fall, will be taking confident steps forward toward her future at Wilkes University. This is her unfiltered story about her first in-person visit to their campus.
When I originally came to Kents Hill the last thing I expected myself to do was to become a Proctor (Proctors are similar to Resident Assistants in college). I have always been someone who cares about people, but never a loud leader like many of my other peers. Over time I’ve learned that being loud doesn't matter as there are tons of different leadership styles. However, when I was a young freshman and sophomore that was my idea of what a leader was. I always envied the upperclassmen and their esteemed title of Proctor and my fourteen-year-old self dreamed of being one. However, I truly never imagined that all things that what seemed like a simple program would teach me over the next four years.
By: Cordell P. '23 with an introduction by Gillian Barnes
Cordell (known as Cory to many) P. '23 is a sophomore day student at Kents Hill School. He is quite involved on campus. He is in such clubs as Model United Nations and Green Team (header photo as evidence), is taking several Advanced Placement and Honors classes, and has many athletic interests such as basketball and golf. Take a dive into his day below...
6:30 a.m. Wake up. I have a routine of brushing my teeth first thing in the morning, drinking a cup of water, and eating an apple so that I don't mess up my breath.
Winter Carnival is a longstanding tradition at Kents Hill School. From what many students have said it's the biggest and the best all-school event on campus. As a senior, this is my fourth and final year. In short, Winter Carnival is a competition between varied teams. Every student and faculty member is assigned a color: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, or Purple. Each team is filled with a variety of different people who have special skills in sports, art, acting, and really...participation. All aspects and Core Values are needed in order to win. Once the teams are chosen, they compete in different events in hope of winning points, the more of which you earn, the closer you are to earning glory. One thing is for sure—winning Winter Carnival gives you ultimate bragging rights.
When you come to Kents Hill School there's a variety of different activities you can participate in—clubs, classes, sports, arts, and so much more. However, some activities are an absolute MUST! Here, in no particular order, are the 101 things you have to do at Kents Hill before you graduate gathered from Kents Hill students.
Kents Hill School’s Diversity, Equity, and Belonging (DEB) Team: Brian Smith, Director of DEB, Alexa Holmes, Coordinator of DEB, Reverend Myung Park,
Two weeks ago, targeted attacks in the Atlanta area killed eight people, including six women of Asian descent: Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, Yong Yue, Delaina Ashley Yaun, Paul Andre Michels, Xiaojie Tan, and Daoyou Feng. Yesterday, a 65-year-old Asian American named Vilma Kari, an immigrant from the Philippines was senselessly attacked in New York City while walking to church. Every day we wake up to new stories of racism perpetuated against the AAPI community. It must stop.
It’s hard to believe that just a short spring season stands between the Kents Hill School Class of 2021 and graduation. One such senior, who is known to many as a campus leader, will be racing to Pennsylvania next fall to begin her collegiate career alongside another Husky. While we will miss seeing Kellie S. ’21 on a daily basis, we know she will be in great hands training with the Head Field Hockey Coach at Wilkes University, Katherine Bowie ’11!
We chatted with both Coach Bowie and Kellie about their soon-to-be joined future and couldn’t be more excited for the both of them.
Kents Hill School’s Four-Dimensional (4D) Academic Curriculum has long been centered in ideas like character-driven education and Project-Based Learning (PBL), but this semester, Jeff Munson, Director of Community Engagement, and Jordan Gehman, Art Department Chair, are working with the Readfield Community Library’s Librarian, Melissa Small, to bring our Core Value of Altruism and PBL together beyond the Kents Hill campus.
Today, Monday, January 18, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day (MLK Day) and as such, our students are shifting from their normal academic programming to a special group of programs steeped in the ideas of civil rights, protesting, culture, bias, racism, and overall history. MLK Day does not exist in a vacuum, though we understand it may seem that way if one is receiving their information via social media alone.
Earlier this week, I opened Kents Hill School’s second semester by talking to our students, faculty, and staff about three words that would guide me as we turn the corner from 2020 to 2021. Gratitude. Hope. Inspiration. I must say that only a few hours later, my guiding words were challenged and tested by the disturbing events that unfolded in our nation’s capital. The peaceful transfer of power in our country - one of our hallmarks - was being disrupted by violence, anger, and division.
If you’ve ever been to Kents Hill School, recently, or in the late aughts, you likely know our newly dubbed Science Department Chair, Maryke Moreau ’09 (Ms. Mo or Rake for those who know her personally). She attended Kents Hill, she is a fierce Winter Carnival competitor and hockey player, she’s a coach, and she is a Dorm Parent in Maine Hall. Her presence is well-known and we are proud of that because she represents achievement in two primarily male-dominated sectors: science and math.
March is here and so is Women’s History Month! While we do plan to respect, honor, and celebrate historical female figures and acknowledge that it is due to their impact that we are able to enjoy certain rights, today we want to celebrate a woman who is making history here and now at Kents Hill School.
John Muir, conservationist and “Father of the National Parks,” wrote, “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” This concept of interconnectedness is central to environmental studies, an educational approach that meets learning standards while emphasizing the relationships between natural and cultural systems. I love environmental studies because it offers an invitation to learn through experience, build practical skills, learn outside, and cultivate an inquiring mind. With our 400 acre campus at Kents Hill School, we are uniquely positioned to be a model of infusing environmental studies into a traditional college preparatory program.
Many students choose independent boarding and day schools for the stability they may not have otherwise been offered; Mr. Jeff Munson, our STEAM Division Head and Director of Community Engagement is no exception. It’s hard to believe that Munson has been at Kents Hill School for 20 years and all at once, it is undeniable as everyone knows him. Anyone who meets him knows that his high energy and passion for the community, on and off-campus, is infectious. Today, we sat down with him to talk about his Kents Hill career and his hopes for the future.
For those candidates that are considering boarding, day, private, or independent schools, we know you are currently seeing a rush of social media posts informing you that admissions decisions have been made. While many of our decisions are made around this time of year, we don’t put emphasis on a certain “Decision Day.”
Why? We’re different. At Kents Hill School we have a rolling admissions model.
While community engagement hours are not required to graduate from Kents Hill School, there are still quite a few of them being performed. In fact, including off-campus engagement, about 275 hours were performed so far during this academic year (even with the pandemic!). Some activities have included helping Admissions share the Kents Hill story, cleaning up the community, working on campus-wide green efforts, building a StoryWalk® for the Readfield Community Library, and more!
At Kents Hill School, our faculty advisors and advisees form bonds that are far deeper than what some people from other academic environments might be used to. Those bonds tend to set us apart as a school and place our students on a confident life path. Senior Emily F. ’21 and her advisor, Social Studies Teacher, Peter Hodgin are great examples of that. We recently sat them down to take a video about their time together, but as many know, lots of excellent footage gets left on the “cutting room floor,” which is exactly why we are going to scoop it up and showcase it here. Together, let’s dive into the behind-the-scenes experience of a trusted adult and a future history professor.
If you are familiar with Kents Hill School, it is likely that you know we live by ten words that together represent Leadership: Altruism, Compassion, Courage, Friendship, Honesty, Perseverance, Responsibility, Scholarship, Sportsmanship, and Tolerance. For us, Women’s History Month (March) is a time to invoke many of these Core Values. A time when we have a responsibility to learn about and respect (tolerance) the female perspective as well as the journey they’ve taken thus far so that we can build more effective, equitable leaders on campus.
As a part of our continued commitment to becoming an anti-racist school and developing our Diversity, Equity, and Belonging offerings, we would like to humbly offer a Black History Month reading list generated by our Kents Hill School team. These books will be available in the Cochrane Library for members of our on-campus community starting in February 2021. Here are the titles and the reasons we chose to invest in them.