Last week, six KES students took their science fair projects to the next level and competed in the Regional Science Fair. Mitchel Larkin, Cameron Stephens, Hannah Bryant, Justin Day, Greg Otto and Henry Mulherin were all chosen by the judges at the KES Science Fair to go on to the regional competition at the NSCC campus in Kentville. All the students had excellent presentations and did a great job sharing their ideas and discoveries with the judges, other students and the public.
The students merited many medals and awards during the closing of the competition. Cameron won a Shad Valley Scholarship. Hannah won a SILVER medal, admission to the Acadia University Huggins High School Seminar and a Shad Valley Scholarship. Mitchel won a GOLD medal, admission to the Acadia University Huggins High School Seminar and a Shad Valley Scholarship. Henry won a GOLD medal and the Canadian Federation of University Women: merit ward.
Topics: Academics at KES
Dear KES Family,
The story is told by Prince Harry that in the early days of their courtship, Meghan Markle’s (now the Duchess of Sussex) first visit to Windsor Castle to see Harry’s grandmother went very well. The reason for the successful visit was that the Queen’s beloved corgis, who had always given Harry a frosty reception, greeted Meghan warmly and happily. The royal canines gave their instant approval. The Queen’s quickly followed.
Belinda and I don’t have corgis but we do have two small dogs, both of which partake in receptions and School events with regularity. When hockey legend Guy LaFleur came to our home during the Long Pond Classic, Guy spent most of his time on the kitchen floor playing and petting with Zuri and Nara. Similarly, hockey famous tough guy Chris “knuckles” Nilan, would have much preferred scratching Nara’s exposed belly (she has no shame…) than signing autographs for the other guests. Who knew that these “larger than life” hockey players were so sensitive? (Guy confided that his little tea cup dog sleeps on the bed.)
And so on Tuesday night at 9:30pm, I made my way across the snow to the Dining Hall with Zuri and Nara for an evening walkabout. We did not actually make it into the Dining Hall itself as in the hallway were a group of students who spontaneously started petting and playing with Zuri and Nara. It was great chatting with Susana and Andrea and all their friends as well as Christian and Duncan and everyone who meandered through the hallway. Evening snack was ending and everyone seemed relaxed and happy. Zuri and Nara were in heaven with all the attention and quickly picked up the Spanish instructions they were given (Zuri is half Papillon so being a Spanish breed it was easier for her…).
While I sometimes lament that we are all generally more relaxed, expressive, and affectionate with animals than with people, I love the interchange that takes place. Perhaps our true selves show more clearly? Or, maybe dogs can sense who we really are inside. It was clear that all the students were happy and comfortable and in a ‘good space’. Christian mentioned that I should bring them around during exams. Maybe I should. Studies have shown that petting an animal reduces anxiety and lowers heart rate and blood pressure.
Be it the Mess Dinner, the record-breaking long assembly this week (superb prom-posal, Lane!), or the way in which the students embraced the winter storm which hit, I am finding the student body relaxed and fun to be with. As one Mess Dinner guest exclaimed after the student reception, “I have never seen such confident children. It is such a rarity to meet teenagers who look you in the eye.”
There are 3 performances for the show so come out and support this wonderful cast on:
- Friday, April 12th 7:00pm
- Saturday, April 13th 2:00pm & 7:00pm.