By Paula Olmstead
Enid News & Eagle
The Kremlin-Hillsdale 7th/8th grade academic team went undefeated to win the OK Junior Academic Bowl Association Class A Regional Tournament Feb. 16 at Kremlin. Kremlin-Hillsdale defeated Pond Creek-Hunter 290-240, Cherokee 330-250, and Pond Creek-Hunter again 270-220, to take the title and advance to the OJABA State tournament April 20 at OU. The leading scorer for the Broncs was 7th grader Josh Reimer with 320 points. Other team members were Captain Briley Craig (30 points), Ian Franklin (80 points), Alice Keithly (30 points), Corbin Lunday (20 points) and Mikayla Horning. Roger Gossen is team coach.
The KHS 7th grade academic team went undefeated in winning the OJABA 6/7 Class A Regional tournament Feb. 23 at Kremlin. KHS blasted Union City 440-200, then beat second-seeded Leedey 320-250. Leedey beat fifth-seeded Canute to create a rematch with the Broncs.
KHS won the rematch 350-210 to take home the championship and advance to the OJABA State tournament April 13 at OU. Captain Josh Reimer led the Broncs with 320 points, followed by Cody Bower (180 points), Alice Keithly (120 points), Ian Franklin (70), Jazzy Stubblefield and Tatum Horning. Gossen is team coach.
The KHS 8th/9th academic team was the top seed in the OJABA Class A Regional tournament held Saturday at Kremlin. Team members were Captain Jordan Presley, Connor Snapp, Elijah Voth, Billie Jo Gabriel, Briley Craig and Corbin Lunday. Gossen was team coach.
Seven teams competed in the regional tournament, and three teams will advance to state April 27 at OU.
The KHS Band, under the direction of Kaylene Toelle, competed at the Pre-District Concert Band Contest on Feb. 13 and received superior ratings. They now advance to the OSSAA District Concert Band Contest Tuesday in Edmond. The solos and ensembles will compete next week at the OSSAA District Contest at NWOSU in Alva.
The KHS Band and Band Boosters will host a Craft Show/Garage Sale 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 20 in the school commons area to help raise funds for the 2014 band trip to Disney World. Lunch will be available.
The KHS elementary will celebrate Read Across America Monday through Friday. Monday is “Go Bronc for Books” — wear Bronc clothing; Tuesday is “Get Green with Reading” — wear lots of green; Wednesday is “Be a Book Word” — wear a shirt with words on it; Thursday is “Hats Off to Reading” — wear your favorite hat; and Friday is “Be a Creature with Reading” — dress as a strange creature and name your creature. Each teacher decorated their classroom door and will have guest readers and trivia contest daily.
The Kremlin-Hillsdale Academic Enrichment Foundation met on Feb. 19. Members present were Mike Riddle, Joyce Fales, Kristi Hilburn, Cindy Felber, Janice Johnson, Leland Streck, Jamie McCalister, Kathy Wuerflein, Lee Frisendahl and Stefanie Franklin. The group scheduled the Annual Ice Cream Social for Aug. 17 in the school commons area. Tabitha Buller will help the Foundation with their annual newsletter. The next meeting will be 6:30 p.m. March 14.
Congratulations to Larry Keller, former Kremlin Mayor, for being selected as the Citizen of the Year during the Kremlin Lions Club annual Valentine Sweetheart Dinner Feb. 14.
The WildHorse Gang’s February meeting featured two very special guests. Danny Vermillion, who grew up at the Enid State School, now known as NORCE, gave a brief history of his experience being a client at the age of 5, and Air Force 1st Lt. Curtis Holtman entertained the gang with his five generations of military history and his volunteer work with Chicago youth while in high school.
WildHorse Gang members Dalton McAlister and his mom Branda, Tristen Lockhart, Hunter Minnick, Taryn Rhodes, Caileigh Rodriguez and David Campbell, along with Gini Zaloudek, were guest waiters two weekends in February at the Gaslight Dinner Theatre presentation of “Becky’s New Car.” On Feb. 22, nine members, Lockhart, Minnick, Jordan Presley, Caileigh and Miguel Rodriguez, Olivia and Emily and mom Cindy Felber, Jon McGrath, Justin Lippard and Zaloudek, were waiters at Feastin’ & Fiddlin,’ an arts and humanities fundraiser.
Upcoming events for the WildHorse Gang are the monthly meeting Tuesday, the Jeff Wiggins Pancake Supper Thursday at the FWZ Community Center, and Dillard’s annual Easter Style Show on Saturday.
The Kremlin Home Culture HCE met Feb. 18 at the home of Joyce Fales. She presented the lesson, Healthy Grains, with a demonstration and tasting of couscous, quinoa, wheat crackers and whole wheat muffins.
Attending were Stefanie Franklin, Carolyn Ott, Beverly Buller, Sharon Riddle, Virginia Craig and Avis Forbes.
The club completed the 2013 program books, discussed ways to assist Kremlin Hillsdale 4-H Club, made plans to attend the NW District OHCE meeting on March 22 in Perry, started planning items for the Garfield County Fair, and made plans to honor former members who recently have passed away.
Ott reported on adopting a couple in a nursing home and Craig will chair a committee to make 26 slip covers for the Kremlin-Hillsdale kindergarten rest pads.
Following the Kremlin Methodist Church service on Feb. 10, the UMW filled 12 valentine plates and delivered them to the senior citizens in the community. During the Feb. 17 service, Dean Voth, Peter Voth, Richard Wuerflein and Betty and Floyd Sissom were recognized as the church members scheduled to leave on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic.
Kremlin United Methodist Women’s President Joyce Fales presented each member with money to help with their expenses. They plan to deliver baseball bats and other baseball equipment to the youth in the D.R.
Also, Melody Haworth was recognized to go with the group.