On Saturday night, March 17, Kathryn Miles, a ninth grader here at KWS, earned the distinction of becoming a Pennsylvania State All Around Gymnastics Champion. Kathryn was competing with approximately 100 other State qualifiers in Washington, PA. She was competing in the Prep-Op division in the 14 and over age group. She, honestly, was not a major threat to win or even place in this championship meet. To the surprise of family, coaches, and even herself (by the look on her face), she won the honor of All Around Champion, which means her cumulative scores from all four events were the highest in her division. In addition, her combined score of 37.0725 was the highest of all competitors in the other age groups as well. Kathryn’s scores were as follows: 9.4 uneven bars, 9.4 balance beam, 9.275 floor exercise, and 9.0 in the vault. Congratulations to Kathryn for this exciting achievement!
Summer in Thailand
By Julian Romano, 12th Grade Student
I was very fortunate to be selected with 8 other students from around the country to travel to Thailand this summer. Our trip was centered on the plight of the Asian Elephant and conservation efforts of Thailand’s wildlife in general. Below is a brief look into our stay there.
Half way around the world, in the beautiful country of Thailand we land after 36 hours of travel. The heat and beauty immediately enveloped us. Gathering our gear we traveled from the city of Chiang Mai to the ENP (Elephant Nature Park), where we worked on clean-up of park and the sleeping areas for the elephants, gathering food for them, bathing them, assisting in medical care, and grass cutting. During our stay we learned how the native people would treat the elephants, their mahouts (owners) forcing them to give rides to tourists, beating them, harsh mating practices and even starvation. If something is not done to stop this there will be no elephants left in Thailand. This is where ENP comes in, providing sanctuary for these elephants and their mahouts. Our time there was also spent in brainstorming on how we could help. A group decision was made to help write a grant for the ENP to purchase a 2-acre parcel of land for reforestation and habitat preservation. After seven amazing days experiencing the beauty and the nature of these majestic creatures, and waking up each morning to the magical sounds of the elephants moving about and communicating to one another, it was time to head back to the city.
To check out what our tenth grade has been working on recently, please visit their artisan internship blog here: http://kwstriskelesartisaninternship2011.blogspot.com/.