Best Of The Class
England, Woodall Top Class of 2014


Today Kings High School Principal Doug Mader announced that Taylor England, right, finished at the top of her class, and is this year’s KHS Valedictorian. England is joined by Daniel Woodall, who was named Salutatorian. Check back on The Knight Times for a profile of these two top students.

Prom Preview 2014
‘Bella Notte’


It’s once again that time of year. The prom-posals have begun, court nominations are being processed, dresses are being chosen, and the dance theme has been set.

It looks to be a bella notte – or “beautiful night” – for hundreds of Kings students this year

Carley Stelmack

C. Stelmack

On Saturday, May 10, Kings High School juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to attend the school’s annual prom at the Great Wolf Lodge.

Doors open at 5 p.m. and the dance goes until 11. Tickets are $70 and include dinner. New this year, students will be able to order filet mignon, “a real steak dinner” according to Melanie Contratto the woman that makes this all happen.

The theme for this year’s prom is Bella Notte, which means “beautiful night” in Italian. Contratto enjoys helping with prom because she “enjoys organizing and decorating and seeing all the ideas come together.”


Prom 2013 – from The Knight Times archives.

On Friday, juniors and seniors voted for this year’s Prom King and Queen during their fifth bell classes. The top five vote-getters on the ballot are named to Prom Court. From that group, the King and Queen are kept secret until prom night, when the couple is announced during the big dance.


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Prom For Everyone
‘We make sure they get the royal treatment’

Cinderella's closet-2 CUNNINGHAM

Cinderella’s closet is an organization that provides formal wear to girls who cannot afford prom dresses. There are 17 locations all over the United States who take donations of new or gently used formal dresses and accessories to be able to give to less fortunate junior and senior girls.

Maggie Cunningham

M. Cunningham

For one weekend in the spring girls are treated like princesses during their appointment and have a chance to wear one of the 1,000 dresses available for them.

This year’s appointments are on Friday, April 11 from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, April 12 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Cincinnati location at Center Point Christian Church and Vineyard Cincinnati. Each appointment is made through a school/organization contact.

Teachers or organizations members can refer girls through the referral form online. The only limitation is that the girls have to be juniors or seniors.The director of the Cincinnati location Sara Mosteller says most of the decisions are up to the teacher . Read more of this post

Destination: West Point


On graduation day this year, the Kings School District will bid farewell to three senior students who will soon begin their career in the United States Armed Forces.

Haley Frye

H. Frye

Kings is proud to be sending (pictured left to right) Matt Sannella, Taylor England, and Logan Leahy to the prestigious West Point Military Academy, where they will begin their journey in bravely serving our country.

The West Point Military Academy is located is West Point, NY and focuses on educating, training, and preparing students for a career in the military. Potential students must apply directly to the admissions office at West Point and also receive a nomination from their Congressman or Senator. Every July, about 1,300 cadets enter the school with about 1,000 making it to graduation day four years later. All students will become second lieutenant officers upon graduation day. Read more of this post

2013 grad launches photo biz

Jerod Allen-Metzger

Kings 2013 graduate and cinematographer Jerod Allen was only a junior at Kings when he got his first gig in the videography business.

McKenzie Metzger

M. Metzger

Allen had not been interested or involved in the field before he took Kings’ videography class.

“When my good friend asked me if I would like to shoot her sister’s wedding for her I wasn’t hesitant to say ‘HECK YA!’” Allen said.

Allen experimented on his brother’s wedding and when it turned out great, through word of mouth, he got his first gig, and then another. It just kept growing.

Brent Allen, Jerod’s father and Kings Junior High social studies teacher, says that Jerod did it all himself. He started the business by himself and has continued to love it.

“He is a very driven young man,” Brent said.

Jerod says that what once started as a hobby, has turned into a passion.

Allen is currently 19, working a job at Sam’s Club, and is a freshman in Ohio University. He is studying to receive a Masters degree in film. Read more of this post

Sports spring into action


With springtime finally entering into full-swing, Kings High School students are preparing for another season of the spring sports: baseball, softball, track, tennis, and lacrosse. Captains from the teams share some info about what goes in to prepare for their seasons.

Maddie DePaoli

M. DePaoli


The Kings Baseball team has started the season off right with a record of 3-0, placing them 21st in the state. The senior baseball players have continued motivating the team the team by giving a all team-work atmosphere, hoping that their season will continue to go well, leading them to the ECC championships.
Junior Kyle Wegman agrees that the team is very stable for this spring season.
“If we keep playing with the talent we have, the season will bring good things to us.” Wegman said.
“I want to boat our rivals to win the conference, but we also want to enjoy the season while we have a chance to.” Wegman said.


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Vampire Weekend experiments

musicreview1 STOWERS

Modern Vampires of the City, Vampire Weekend’s most recent release, finds the NYC indie outfit as ambitious as ever. With its quirky lyricism and minute attention to production and melodic details, it’s no wonder that Modern Vampires won the 2014 Grammy Award for the Best Alternative Music Album.

Madison Stowers

M. Stowers

Without a doubt, this record is the most mature release by Vampire Weekend to date. Certainly a more adventurous departure from their freshman and sophomore releases, Modern Vampires of the City is a ripe, sophisticated record worthy of all of the praise it has received.

Twenty-nine year-old frontman Ezra Koenig, with an English degree from Columbia University under his belt, weaves literate and, more often than not, relatively cynical lyrics in between sprightly and sometimes challenging melodies. It may be a stretch to call the members of Vampire Weekend instrumentation virtuosos, but Koenig makes up for the group’s occasionally banal melodies with his earnest and witty lyricism. Read more of this post

Helping Out
Foreign language tutors visit KME

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Kings Junior Sean McLeod helps KME students learn German.

The advanced students in the high school language department have been visiting Kings Mills Elementary to teach third grade pupils French and German.

Grace Wolf

G. Wolf

Fours years running now, KHS German teacher Christine Köenig has been supervising and managing her highest level of German. This year, the honors German 3 students Visit KME every Friday and teach students from Mrs. Bersani’s and Mrs. Jones’ class.

Frau Köenig was born and raised in Germany, and has been teaching at Kings for 11 years now. She explained why she keeps returning to KME each year.

“Its very rewarding to finally see the students use what they have learned over the course of only three years of being taught German,” she said.

French 4 student Brooke Albers, a Kings junior, said she enjoys teaching children simple words, such as greetings and goodbyes, numbers, and colors. She said she motivates her students by rewarding them with candy, and also praising them when they get the answers correct. Read more of this post

Hot Corner
The Boys of Summer are back


The boys of summer have taken the field once more for a 162 game journey to the postseason with one goal on their mind: a trip to the World Series in October for a shot at living on in baseball immortality. Can the Boston Red Sox repeat? Are the Seattle Mariners contenders after their massive offseason overhaul? Will the Los Angeles Angels finally put all of the pieces together? In this edition of the Hot Corner, Knight Times sports analyst J.T. Grugen breaks down his 50 predictions for the upcoming season. here are predictions 50-41. Check back soon for more …

J.T. Grugen

JT Grugen

50: David Price lands in Atlanta by the trade deadline

A formula in Tampa Bay has developed that has allowed the Rays to work around their salary cap limitations. With a great farm system, nearly every season the club deals their ace in exchange for prospects, such cases can be seen with Matt Garza and James Shields. With one of the best left handed arms in the game set to hit free agency this winter, the Rays would be wise to deal David Price to a team struggling with depth in their rotation.

Enter the defending NL East champion Atlanta Braves that lost both Brandon Beachy and Kris Melden for the year this spring. Price would become the true ace Atlanta has been searching for over the past few seasons. Financially, the team can afford this move and have a few expendable players in their middle infield and corner outfield positions. Read more of this post

Dolls teach pains of child care

Fake Baby Bezmen

Kings High Schools Family Living classes are currently working on their annual mechanical baby project.

Dana Bezman

D. Bezmen

This nationwide project teaches high school students the reality behind teen pregnancy and offers them a taste of what it’s like to be a parent while still in school. The students have the baby for 48 hours and are responsible for feeding it, changing its diaper and putting it to sleep.

Their grades are based off how well they take care of the babies needs for the 48 hour time period. A computer device allows Sandra Thomas, Family Living teacher to download the information given off from the computer baby.

Included in this information are how many times the students feed, burp, carry, or shakes the baby. It also shows the amount of crying time and can detect for shaken baby syndrome. Read more of this post

District Arts
Schools join for dinner theatre


This spring Kings High School students are helping Kings Junior High put on a dinner theater show for the community.

Amanda Bledsoe

A. Bledsoe

With the help of KHS Drama Teacher Peter Moore and the high school directors, KJH students are given an opportunity to put on short dramas for their peers along with a dinner.

Mr. Moore started the dinner theater tradition 3 years ago.

“Realizing I wouldn’t be able to do this all by myself,” Mr. Moore said, “I decided it would be great to get the high school students to help out.”

The high school students are given the part of directors. The dinner theater process starts off with the junior high auditioning in front of the high school students.

“Once auditions are over, the directors must choose a drama scene and director for each student,” Moore explains. “ After roles are cast we begin rehearsals.” Read more of this post

Big Year
Quiz Team aims high

Quiz Team-Berman

The KHS Quiz Team has had a strong year and is headed to regionals.

Update 4/12: The Quiz Team placed third at regionals today in Tipp City, ending a historic year for the squad ...

The Kings High School Quiz Team has had a very successful year.

Helaine Berman

H. Berman

After defeating rival Walnut Hills, the Knights are now headed to the regional competition on Saturday, Apr. 12 at Tippecanoe High School where they will compete against over 10 different high schools.

This has been one of the best years the team has had in a while. Coach of the Quiz Team and Kings High School math teacher Alex Garvin, thinks their success could be because of the returning members.

“We have three three year starters. They’re seniors now and they have been doing it since they were freshmen. After three years they have honed their expertise,” Garvin said.

The team has also changed their practice schedule to help improve their chances of doing well at regionals. Read more of this post

Flooded in Controversy

Noah floods the box office with controversy from both sides of the religious fence.

Valerie Hamilton

V. Hamilton

Noah revolves around a character named Noah (Russell Crowe), as the title suggests, who one day is spoken to by God and is told that the Earth has gone astray and it is no longer good, so there would be a flood coming to eradicate the bad in the word, but he could be saved, along with his family if he followed his orders, created an arc for them and animals, collecting (or letting the animals climb aboard) and allowing them to mate and reproduce in the new world when it is fixed.

The boat works very well, but is the boat really safe for them?

I can understand the controversy around this movie.The story is not exactly as the Bible tells it, but remember the whole tale is about a page-and-a-half long in the Bible, so of course it won’t be exactly 100% like the Bible states. Read more of this post

Prom Season

Prom is in the air, as students at Kings High School start finding creative ways to ask one another to the dance. Here, Junior DeAndre Barnett takes a knee in the school lobby to ask Maggie Cunningham to be his date. Prom this year is on May 10 at Great Wolf Lodge. Stay tuned for a complete prom breakdown in the next issue of The Knight Times, coming this week.



How’s Your Bracket?


J.T. Grugen

J.T. Grugen

Selection Sunday has passed and the field of 64 has been locked in. Schools from across the nation will once again engage in the melee of basketball games on their quest to the Final Four in Dallas and eventually a national championship. In this edition of the Hot Corner, Knight Times editor J.T. Grugen breaks down what to watch for in this year’s installment of the “madness” and who could emerge as the last team standing.  Read more of this post


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