Branching Out – March 2020

March 2, 2020

Dear Students, Parents, and Friends of Theodore Roosevelt High School,

Sadly, in February, we suffered the tragic loss of one of our valued students, Ethan Walker. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and many friends. Our staff and school community must continue to unite to support each other during this tragedy.

We are so proud of our efforts displayed during National Black History Month. Over 28 students and faculty participated in the third annual Living Museum. All high school students were able to enjoy this powerful event during their lunch periods. Even some middle school students, elementary school students, and students and teachers from other school districts were able to enjoy a tour of the museum. Other events that were scheduled during the month of February included a door decorating contest and a Read Woke series that was led by Nikki Marchmon Boykin’s Black Experience class. In addition, Roosevelt teachers made it a point to focus on the numerous African Americans who contributed to their subject area.

During Women’s History month we will also have another incredible all-school assembly. On Monday, March 9, author Nic Stone, who wrote Dear Martin, a New York Times best seller, will meet with all of our students. During their English classes, approximately 1200 students had the opportunity to read Dear Martin. Students and teachers are using professional development time to plan and prepare for this visit. This will be a special day for all Roosevelt students.

For the third time in four years, we congratulate our outstanding cheerleaders who have once again made it to states. Seniors Brittney Dengler, Aly Giunto, Sydney Golden, Maddie Graham, Lexi Hamp, Courtney Kenworthy, Onna Vacca, and Jenna White led our team to a third place finish this past Saturday at the state tournament.

On Saturday, February 22, the CTE Business Marketing program hosted the annual Princess Prom with over 350 princesses attending. This outstanding event took three months of preparation. Fifty-nine junior and senior students in the program, including students from compact schools were directly involved in the preparation, organization, and execution of the event.

We are so grateful to Roosevelt senior Abbey Keller who was this year’s Princess Prom Chairperson and Alexis Garrett (Tallmadge HS) who was the Creative Lead and Art Director. The Prom would not be the success it is without the assistance of the support staff at the elementary schools. They are patient and supportive throughout the entire process and we are beyond appreciative of their efforts. We are also grateful for our local sponsors who made donations to the event: Hungry Howie’s Pizza, McDonald’s, and Family Promise. Finally, without the assistance of the parents during the event, we would not be able to offer this wonderful and unique experience.

The annual Polar Plunge was another great event put on by 59 marketing students. We thank senior, Alex Smigel, who was this year’s Polar Plunge Chairperson. Over $4,500 was raised to benefit the Don Beckett Memorial Scholarship. The event was successful because of our key partners: Kent Fire & Brad McDougal; The Fairways at Twin Lakes & David Beck; The Overlook & Zouheir Kahawaji; Corporate partners and sponsors: The Zeiman Restaurant Group LTd. & The Davey Tree Company. DECA makes this an annual event because of the work Don (Beckett) did with the program when we organized our “Do Your Part, Start a Heart” campaign to purchase AEDs for the school system. Don’s contributions to the project were instrumental in its effectiveness and success.

We are extremely proud of our men’s bowling team for making the state tournament. Congratulations to seniors Tyler Kirby, Kobe Thigpen, Carter Troyer, and Casey Troyer. The tournament will be Friday March 5, Qualifying round begins at 10:30 a.m. Championship round begins at 3:45 p.m. at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, 3224 South High Street.

I hope you were able to come out to enjoy this past weekend’s amazing production of Into The Woods. Over 65 students were involved in the cast, crew, and pit orchestra. We are so appreciative of the time and effort the students and staff put into creating this great night of entertainment.

Congratulations to our 2020 Scholastic Writing Contest winners. Trinity Smith received an honorable mention for her flash fiction piece “A Liminal Space”. Senior Max Spear received an honorable mention for his narrative “The Frigid Forest” and a Gold Key for his poem “The War”. Allen Adkins poem collection “Serpentine” received a Silver Key Award and his poem “Pain” was awarded The Gold Key Award. Allen and Max will compete at the national level for their poetry.

Listed below are upcoming events for the month of March.

March 3: All–City Band Extravaganza in the TRHS Gym @
7:00 p.m.
March 7: RRASB Night at the Races at Rose’s Run – Doors Open @ 6:00 PM
March 11: Kent Schools Choral Festival at 7:00 p.m.
March 12: TRHS Spring Choir Concert at 7:00 p.m.
March 20: End of the Third Grading Period
March 13: Late Registration deadline for Advanced Placement
March 19-21: Senior Class Trip to New York City
March 23: First day of Spring Break
April 3: Report cards distributed
April 18: Kent Area Chamber of Commerce & TRHS DECA
Community Expo

Thank you for your continued support and dedication.


Dennis Love