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KES Student, Alumni, and Faculty Receive Nova Scotia Support 4 Sport Awards

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 7, 2022 11:37:28 AM

On May 28, the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation held its annual Support 4 Sport awards ceremony at the Halifax Convention Centre, bringing together the greatest in Nova Scotia's amateur sport sector. 

The event recognized the achievements of Nova Scotia's top athletes, teams, coaches, officials and volunteers in amateur sport over the past year. Each of the finalists were nominated by their provincial sport organization as the best in their sport. Their achievements were judged through a multi-level selection process that considers their complete athletic performance throughout the year, as well as their top achievement of the season. 

Congratulations to all award winners who represented KES either as a student, alumni, or faculty. This year's recipients include:

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Topics: Athletics At KES, KES Alumni, Student Leaders, Leadership at KES

Connect, Converse, Catch-Up – Jake Oulton '15

Posted by Mr. Kevin Lakes on May 16, 2022 11:05:18 AM

Join Mr. Kevin Lakes as he catches up with KES Alumnus Jake Oulton '15 in the latest edition of Connect, Converse, Catch-Up!

It is unique for me to connect with a rapper. What’s even more unusual is to converse with a rapper just moments after he had checked on his herd of cattle!

That’s exactly what transpired recently when I had the opportunity to catch-up with Jake Oulton '15. I had heard a few of his tracks, which are gaining in popularity, and dropped by his farm to chat about the music business and his creative ventures.

“Since graduating from King’s, I’ve done a few things. I was a diesel mechanic, worked on transmissions and, of course, I love farming,” says Jake. “There was a period of time that a lot of bad things were happening, even death, and I started creating with my music. I found peace in the writing, it was an outlet – an escape.”

Jake does not look or dress like a typical rapper, but he sounds like one through every beat. “I never try to be anyone other than myself,’ he says. “When I started, I would stay up all night freestyling, I was doing it for myself. I guess I was a closet rapper.”

Jake is very open about using creativity and rhythms as a channel for his ADHD. “I find freestyling comes naturally for my brain.” he says. Jake admits academics were sometimes not his focus at KES and recalls Mr. Alan Dick saying to him that Jake would do well when he found a passion as an adult.

It is a changing landscape for musical artists in the digital world; however, Jake has managed to capture attention. On YouTube alone, he has had over 188,000 views of his three singles: Life on the Highway, Rodeo, and Until the End.

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Topics: KES Alumni, bemore, kespride

Connect, Converse, Catch-Up – Brandon Benedict '98

Posted by Mr. Kevin Lakes on Mar 29, 2022 9:30:48 AM

Join Mr. Kevin Lakes as he catches up with KES Alumnus Brandon Benedict '98 in the latest edition of Connect, Converse, Catch-Up!

Brandon Benedict is at home.

Brandon returned to the Annapolis Valley in 2018 after an illustrious professional hockey career in Europe. However, seeing him in front of the Valley Junior A Wildcats delivering a pre-game talk, it’s evident he has found a professional “home” as well.

The dressing room goes silent when he enters, and he lays out the strategy and the attitude he expects from the young men. “No passengers tonight boys! Everyone “on the rope” for 60 minutes!,” he says with authority and credibility. There is respect and enthusiasm in the room, and the players go on to take a 3-1 win over the visiting team from the South Shore.

Benedict, who remains the all-time leader scorer in Halifax Moosehead history, followed his Junior career with an exemplary four-year run as a member of the Acadia Axemen. He then went on to play multiple seasons professionally in Texas, Manitoba, Denmark, England, and Ireland.

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Topics: KES Alumni, bemore, kespride

Connect, Converse, Catch-Up – Alexandra Ondo '16

Posted by Mr. Kevin Lakes on Feb 24, 2022 11:15:51 AM

Join Mr. Kevin Lakes as he catches up with KES Alumna Alexandra Ondo '16 in the latest edition of Connect, Converse, Catch-Up!

Alexandra Ondo '16 exudes inclusion.

connected with Alex recently to discuss her illustrious rugby career at the University of Ottawa; however, we quickly ended up conversing extensively about her leadership role within her community regarding issues of gender, diversity, and inclusion. We also had a chance to catch-up regarding her new professional life, working at a sport software start-up!

Alex recently graduated from the University of Ottawa with a degree in social sciences and a minor in global studies. She was also an All-Canadian rugby player four years in a row, winning five national medals including gold in 2017. It was her final year that piqued my interest and set us off on a very relevant conversation. “I returned for my fifth year because the team culture was focused on self-awareness, allyship, and promoting teammate comfort to be themselves,” she says pointing out that her final season would be about much more than athletics. 

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Topics: KES Alumni, bemore, kespride

Connect, Converse, Catch-Up – Tessa Firth '18

Posted by Mr. Rory Campbell on Jan 10, 2022 9:04:09 AM

Join Mr. Rory Campbell as he catches up with KES Alumna Tessa Firth '18 in the latest edition of Connect, Converse, Catch-Up!

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Topics: KES Alumni, bemore, kespride

Connect, Converse, Catch-Up – Hsiu-Ping (Patrick) Wu '14

Posted by Mr. Kevin Lakes on Dec 6, 2021 10:32:15 AM

Join Mr. Kevin Lakes as he shares profiles of KES Alumni. It's always fun and motivating to Connect, Converse and Catch-Up!

Fortunately, good schools are increasingly prioritizing the encouragement of diversity and inclusion. I recently had opportunities to contemplate plans of action with colleagues and students as we move forward with curriculum and extra-curricular strategies to ensure our community is aware of the nature of stereotypes and oversights. Even with the best intentions, we are all vulnerable to misconceptions. Perhaps this is why a recent Facebook post by Hsiu-Ping (Patrick) Wu ‘14 caught my attention and popped with prescience.

Patrick is an award-winning composer and violinist. He currently studies in Boston; however, he considers Halifax home. As a Taiwanese-Canadian, he eloquently expressed his perspective in a recent post:

“A colleague of mine recently asked me, ‘Can your music sound more Asian? Maybe add some pentatonic in it?’ I have studied western classical music, as well as traditional Chinese and Indian music. Should my music sound Asian? Should everything that comes from me be considered a part of ‘Chinese music?’ Can it not be simply Patrick Wu’s music?"

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Topics: Arts At KES, KES Alumni, ARTS, bemore, kespride

Connect, Converse, Catch-Up – Ian Janes

Posted by Mr. Kevin Lakes on Nov 2, 2021 10:46:02 AM

Join Mr. Kevin Lakes as he shares profiles of KES Alumni. It's always fun and motivating to Connect, Converse and Catch-Up!

The past year-and-a-half has forced many of us to be creative within the walls of our own homes in order to cope. I found myself finding solace and recreation in music, turning to the piano. However, for those whose livelihoods depend on performing, the pressure was on to adapt! I recently reached out to an experienced professional – Ian Janes ‘95, and it is evident that he is improvising as any great musician would. 

Ian has always been creative as a singer, songwriter, and producer. Recently, he released a splash of creativity that is paradoxically retro yet progressive from an artist who is adjusting to the times in which we live. 

Ian says it as succinctly as a well-placed musical note when describing the ever-changing music business: “The digital stays forever and for never, so I had to find a way to share my music, my way.” Ian’s new project tries to find the balance between the digital and the tactile with the release of Episode 5. His fifth album features a physical companion book of lyrics, photos, and narratives about the creative process, and Rolling Stone France took notice: "The album is authentically divine…Episode 5 is undeniably his best work yet...Ian Janes knows how to write songs that sound like classics, and he keeps getting better.” 

“I was finding, as an artist, I was creating things with no physical manifestation; I wasn’t satisfied. I grew up digesting album art and lyrics. I decided to try a new way to deliver my music…that’s why I am including the book…think of it as an extended and more elaborate album art. There is something about offering a physical product that feels closer to my personal style, an actual real thing in addition to the music itself,” says Ian. “A break from the screen, something to do with your ears, eyes and brain while you listen to the music.” 

All musicians are adjusting to an industry that quickly transitioned from something that people paid to own into something people no longer pay anything to “own.” That’s a tough way to make a living; however, Ian is in the circles of success, recently collaborating with promising young artist Kylie Frey. Their song “I Do Thing” recently went to the top of the country chart in Texas. Ian also had one of his songs prominently featured on the CMT TV show 'Nashville' (Season 5-Episode 11). 

Before the shutdown, Ian travelled to both Nashville and Los Angeles up to 5 times a year working with a variety of industry professionals. In fact, in mid-March, when the pandemic hit, Ian was booked to head back to Los Angeles to follow up on some opportunities sparked during a January 2020 trip. 

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Topics: Arts At KES, KES Alumni, ARTS, bemore, kespride

Connect, Converse, Catch-Up – Léa-Kristine Demers

Posted by Mr. Kevin Lakes on Oct 20, 2021 9:38:49 AM

Join Mr. Kevin Lakes as he shares profiles of KES Alumni. It's always fun and motivating to Connect, Converse and Catch-Up!
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Topics: KES Alumni, bemore, kespride

Welcome to the Fold! Annual Giving 2021-2022

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Sep 23, 2021 9:54:39 AM

Welcome to the KES Highlander Fold! Providing a welcoming environment for our Students, Parents, Faculty, Alumni, and the greater KES Community is the foundation of our new KES Highlander ethos of “Welcome to the Fold.” A unique aspect of Highland Cattle is that they live in folds, not herds. Hence, “Welcome to the Fold!” Our goal at KES is to build an inclusive and accessible community for everyone. We recognize that becoming a fully accessible School is a journey of continuous improvement and as part of this year’s Annual Giving Campaign, we are starting phase one of our journey. 

Integral to the overall KES experience is how well we facilitate movement on our Campus. Therefore, our first Annual Giving Campaign goal is to begin eliminating physical barriers through important campus improvements. Currently, some members of our community struggle to access the Hensley Memorial Chapel safely. To eliminate this physical barrier to the Chapel, we plan to build a ramp that will dovetail into the beautiful stonework of this historic 1877 building. Also, as part of Phase One of the KES accessibility plan, we will pave the Ted Canavan Athletic Centre parking area, allowing easier and safer, year-round access to Campus.

The second goal of our Annual Giving Campaign is to continue to ensure our School is accessible to every student who has the desire to receive a KES education regardless of their financial means. Financial Aid is always a priority at KES. One third of KES Students depend on our Financial Aid and Scholarship Programme every year. As enrolment continues to grow, so does our need for financial aid funding! Every time you give, you are making it possible for motivated students to bridge the gap between their finances and their educational goal of attending KES. Without donations from the KES Community, we must consider raising tuition fees each year which in turn makes KES less accessible to students who want to attend our School.

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Topics: KES Alumni, bemore, kespride

Summer has arrived!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 12, 2021 9:07:28 PM

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

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