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KES Almuni: Ian Janes

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jul 24, 2019 11:32:00 AM

I came to KES part way through Grade 8 and stayed for the rest of high school. My parents felt I needed to be in a school that would foster my musical development while having small enough classes to make sure I kept up with my school work! KES allowed me to have my life centred around music, while keeping me adequately engaged in my studies. I played guitar and saxophone in school bands, was in the pit orchestra and production assistant for musicals, sang and played at school coffee houses, did sound for special events and many other activities that kept me engaged and prepared me for my career path.

I began a music degree directly after high school, but left after a year to travel. Shortly after, I began making my first record, Occasional Crush. Ever since I've been making music and writing songs; supplementing my income with construction work, income properties and buying and selling real estate as necessary to support my family. My motivation has always been to work hard and to strive to get as close to "greatness" as is possible. It's all about constant improvement and learning to enjoy that quest because it never ends! There's always more to learn. Just keeping up with the technology and industry trends is a constantly moving target. Over the past few years, I've been investing a lot of time in travelling to write and network. I've been to LA twice and Nashville 9 times in the past 3 1/2 years. There's no substitute for putting yourself where the game is, and those two cities are the centres of the global music industry. I'm headed back to Nashville in September for co-writes, meetings and a few shows, then Vancouver and Los Angeles in October for more of the same. I am also working on recording a new record for release in early 2019.

My advice for KES students is:
» Do what you feel most passionate about.
» Don't ever think that talent substitutes for hard work. Hard work always wins. » Don't base decisions on making money. You'll figure that part out as you go.

To view Ian's recent performance on The East Coast Music Hour, please check out this link:

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Topics: Arts At KES, KES Alumni, ARTS

KES Alumni: Marks Lockhart

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jul 22, 2019 11:31:48 AM

I'd been home in Nova Scotia for a few weeks when a drummer friend of mine called asking to borrow some drums. When returning my gear he asked, "How can you not do this anymore?" How DO I not do this anymore? If I'm not a full- time drummer, does that mean I'm not a drummer at all? Since I was a kid, I've loved music, always gravitating to the drums. Hearing KISS Alive 2 on my Nanny's record player when I was 7 changed my life forever. Another life changing moment was when Jeff Smith pushed me out of my comfort zone by getting me to play with the KES stage band and Jazz ensemble at a Music festival with less than a week's preparation! These were huge experiences that gave me the confidence to pursue my passion and a career in the music industry. After graduating from KES, I moved to Toronto and started my journey as a professional musician. After 11 years of playing and sharing the stage with many talented artists, an eye-opening experience occurred while on the road that left me questioning my career. It was becoming increasingly difficult to make an income and play music that was fulfilling for me. I knew eventually I wanted to get married and have kids, and the lifestyle I had wasn't conducive to do that.

The more I questioned things, the clearer it became. I was becoming unhappy with my current situation. After a lot of gut-wrenching nights, I made the difficult decision to leave Toronto and my professional music career of 11 years behind and move home. I got a 'real' job for the first time in more than a decade that was meant to be temporary but, here I am 15 years later, in the same industry. So, how do I not do this anymore? Being a drummer is how I identified, it was the thing that made me a little cool. If I'm not a full time drummer, does that mean I'm not a drummer at all? Absolutely not! Today, I play music on my own terms. Will I play in an arena again? Maybe not; but I'm okay with that. Now the arenas are my 2 kids and a supportive wife. I have the stability and balance I once craved, and yes, playing music, too. I enjoy that now I can say yes to the gigs I want and play the kind of music I enjoy playing. I've taken a similar approach in other aspects of my life as well. A few years ago, I rekindled my love for mountain biking and racing. I look at racing the same way I do music; it fills a spot in my life that requires some risk and has reward and it pushes me to get better and improve my skills. What I get out of a race is much like a gig; I get the jitters just before starting, once I begin it requires focus and concentration and when it's over, it's absolutely exhilarating.

King's-Edgehill alumni feel embraced by their KES experience long after they have left. If you're an alumnus/alumna eager to re-connect with your KES friends, find out how to do that here:

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Topics: Arts At KES, KES Alumni, ARTS

Nova Scotia Wrestlers of the Year

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 28, 2019 9:51:33 AM

King’s-Edgehill School was well represented at the recent Wrestling Nova Scotia (WNS) Annual Awards banquet, hosted June 9 th  at Hatfield Farms. As her coaches,   Jason Verryn-Stuart  and I were very pleased to chaperone graduating student and captain,   Téa Racozzi, and Grade 9 student,   Bella Turner-Galaise, to receive their WNS High School Wrestlers of the Year awards. Both were Provincial high school champions in their respective weight classes and age divisions.   Téa  was undefeated in high school wrestling this year and won each tournament she entered. She also had amazing results in her club competitions.   Téa  lost only one match and that was against the National Champion at the National Under 19 Championship final match in April. She took home the SILVER medal at her first National Championship, the best result from the Nova Scotia contingent, in both gender and age categories. This performance came on the heels of an Eastern Canadian Championship, where   Téa  defeated last year’s National Freestyle silver medalist and Greco Roman Champion from New Brunswick.  
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Topics: Campus Life, Athletics At KES, Athletes at KES

Téa Racozzi - Taking Rugby to the Next Level

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 27, 2019 8:08:11 AM

Téa Racozzi leaves KES as one of the most decorated female athletes in the last few years. While she overcame challenges that came her way during her time at KES, she is now ready to take on new experiences at Concordia University. This five-sport (soccer, cross-country, wrestling, snowboarding, and rugby) varsity athlete and our Senior Female Athlete of the Year and Senior Female Student Athlete of the Year will be joining the Concordia Stinger’s Rugby program next fall! In joining the Stingers, Téa will be yet another one of our female rugby players who has earned the opportunity to play at the USport level.

Concordia’s coaching staff identified Téa in her Grade 11 season due to her skill, athleticism, and work ethic. “We are very excited to have such an amazing athlete joining our rugby program here at Concordia”, commented Head Coach Jocelyn Barrieau. “Téa’s dedication on and off the field is already visible at such a young age. Her pride in academics is also an important part of what she brings, and we are very happy to have a person like her joining the Stingers family”

Our former Junior Female Athlete of the Year was also a Provincial champion wrestler who had a fine showing at the wrestling Nationals held this year in Fredericton. Due to her prowess on the wrestling mats as well, Téa will have the opportunity to be a dual varsity sport athlete at Concordia if she so chooses. 

Despite being a three-sport Captain, she not only provided leadership in athletics, but was also an engaged Steward and Prefect throughout her time at KES providing excellent mentorship in the classroom and dorms as well. While we will miss Téa next year, our School is a better place thanks to her contributions to it, and we know she will continue to achieve success wherever she goes.

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Campus Life, Athletics At KES, Athletes at KES

Lightfoot & Wolfville Alumni Social Kicks off Summer 2019

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 25, 2019 7:57:22 AM

Last year,   Heather Strickey and Jenn Shaw  in our Advancement and Alumni Office took a leap-of-faith and planned KES’s biggest off-site Alumni event ever(!!) in collaboration with the Lightfoot & Wolfville Winery, owned and operated by   Michael Lightfoot (1983-84)  and daughters   Rachel (2003-09) and Kori (2009-12). It’s a beautiful property with a gorgeous view and delicious offerings from both the kitchen and the vineyard—not to mention the wood-fired pizza oven on the patio! The event was such a success, we decided to do it again this year, and the result was an even bigger and better night—this time with the added musical talent of Alumni who played a mix of classic cover songs and stunning original compositions! 

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Campus Life, KES Alumni

Math Contest Results

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 24, 2019 7:59:22 PM

Results from the latest last Math Contests were announced this week. Written by 46 KES students from Grades 9 to 12, these contests are marked on the students’ full written solutions. The contests are written, distributed and marked by The Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing (CEMC) at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, and they are administered by schools.  

The following competitors were awarded Certificates of Distinction for scoring in the top 25% of all contestants in the world who wrote the contests.

KES Grade 9 Fryer Contest Results:
1 st    Zhi (Angel) Li  - she also placed 3 rd  in NS
Tie for 2 nd    Mitchell Dinn and Xikun (Ted) Yu  – they also tied for 8 th  place in NS
Tie for 4 th  – Y unjin (Kevin) Bai, Hannah Bryant, and Greg Otto
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Academics at KES, Campus Life

Song and Dance Close Out the School Year With Panache

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 23, 2019 7:59:02 PM

What better way to conclude the school year and unwind before exams than celebrating with song and dance? That’s exactly what some of our talented students did last week.   Ms. Stephanie Cummings’ dancers hit the stage on Monday for our 1 st  Annual Dance Recital, and on Wednesday, it was the musicians who took over the spotlight. This has been a benchmark year for our Performing Arts Department.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Campus Life, Arts At KES

Inaugural Multiple Varsity Athletic Award

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 21, 2019 7:58:00 PM

Our inaugural “Multiple Varsity Athletic Award” was presented to first-team, multiple-varsity athletes at our Annual Athletic Banquet on May 28th. Qualified student-athletes were presented the “K” letter in recognition of their accomplishments, recognizing excellence and commitment to the King’s-Edgehill School ideals of “Being More”, and distinguishes the dedication of KES student-athletes to varsity athletics. This new award will be presented annually to the students who applied and met all of the criteria. 

Varsity Athletes represent their KES team/individual in competition with other high schools at the highest division in league competition. Leagues that our School presently participate in include the NSSAF, NEPSAC, NAPHA and PSHF. Students must participate in varsity programmes (competed in the majority of the competitions) in 6 varsity sports (or equivalent) and must participate in varsity sports in all three terms in the year presented. The student must participate on a KES designated individual or team sport and competed in the championship qualifying process of their league (unless due to injury or impeded by actions out of his/her control). 

Congratulations to the first 9 recipients of our KES Varsity “K”! (back L-R): Brisnol Etou, Nicholas Cheverie, Luis Espinosa, Jarred Douglas; (middle L-R): Amelia Humphrey, Kathleen Balcome, Téa Racozzi; (front L-R): Madelyn Walsh, Kyra Jarvis

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Campus Life, Athletics At KES, Athletes at KES

Celebrating a Year of Athletes of the Week

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 21, 2019 2:41:05 PM

“Athletes of the Week” (AOW) are selected based on athletic performance and sportsmanship. Positive sporting behaviour is valued at KES and integral to our Athletic Philosophy and School Mission Statement emphasizing gentleness and learning and dignity and respect.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Campus Life, Athletics At KES, Athletes at KES

Steward Leadership Training

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 21, 2019 7:56:00 AM

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” - John Quincy Adams

We congratulate our new Stewards for the 2019/2020 School year. This group of enthusiastic young women and men will enter Grade 11 as student leaders in September, and they already met for their first part of leadership training last Friday. More training will follow as we begin the new School year. The King’s-Edgehill School staff is looking forward to working with this great group of students! 

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Campus Life

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