Royal Valley had four athletes qualify for State Track at the Regional Track Meet in Silver Lake last week. The meet was originally scheduled for Friday, but it was moved to Thursday to avoid the rain. The meet was postponed Thursday night when storms swept through the area, causing the last few events to be moved to Friday morning.
Katie Hanshaw qualified for state in the 3200M run. She finished 3rd with a time of 13:13.56. Kenny Aitkens placed 2nd in javelin with a distance of 161'4" to qualify in that event. Garrett Hicks will represent RVHS in the pole vault. He finished 3rd at Regioinals with a vault of 12'6". Lucas Broxterman will compete in three events at state. He won the high jump at 6'2". He is the defending 3A state champion and will look to repeat in the high jump. Broxterman also took 2nd in the long jump with 21' 3 1/4" and 3rd in the 300 hurdles at 41.90 seconds.
State Track is held at Wichita State University on Friday and Saturday, May 26 and 27.
RVMS held a faculty breakfast on Friday to say goodbye to a few of their own. Staff awards were given out for RVMS employees who have been with the district for 5, 10, 15, 20, etc. years of service. Staff retirees, Jeff Gustin, Tammy Slayton and Cheryl Tillotson, were recognized for their years of dedication to the students and staff at RVMS. Counselor Wendy Agner, band director David Wingerson and history teacher Nathan McAlister were also recognized as they will be leaving the district after this year.
After 35 years at Royal Valley, Jeff Gustin is making a career change. He will no longer be the athletic director, or the transportation supervisor, or the assistant principal of either the high school or the middle school, or any of the other hats he has worn for the past 35 years. He has officially retired, which in his world means he will return to work in August with the rest of the staff.
Gustin will be teaching JAG (Jobs for America's Graduates) at RVHS next fall. He will be in the classroom every other day and in the community on the opposite days. He will stay involved in transportation by becoming a substitute bus driver when needed.
"I have really enjoyed the connections I've made with people in our community, both kids and adults," Gustin reflected.
The Royal Valley FFA Chapter received a gold ranking in the following divisions of the National Chapter Award program: Growing Leaders, Building Communities, and Strengthening Agriculture. This is based on the activities that the chapter completes throughout the year (March 1st, 2016-March 1st, 2017). The number of gold applications is equal to the top 10% of the numbers of chapters in the state, and we ranked gold in each of the three areas as well as being recognized in the top 18 in the state. We will receive our rankings in each of the areas and overall during the Kansas FFA Convention from May 31st through June 1st.
On the last day of school, anticipation builds at RVES for the time when Mrs. Kimble blows the conch shell to announce summer vacation has arrived! Staff line the halls to high 5 the students as they leave the building. Have a great summer!
The 8th graders had their promotion on Monday, May 15th in the RVHS Gym. Students walked in to "Pomp and Circumstance," played by the 7th grade band. The KSHSAA Citizenship Award winners, Laurel Lundin-Burger and Teryn Denzler, led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. The welcome and introductions were given by Student Council President and Vice President Morgan Harvey and Luke Boyden.
Top Achievers among the 8th graders are Luke Boyden, Ivy Fink, Hayley Harman, Morgan Harvey, Mae Joslin, Emma McKinsey, Lilly Rooks and Sydney Stithem.
The 7th and 8th grade chorus sang "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye," and the 7th and 8th grade band played "On the Rising Winds."
The top achievers among the 7th graders were the escorts for the evening. They are Karlie Albright, Sophie Bosse, Parker Long and Catrina Smith.
Royal Valley classes having reunions are invited to have a float in the Glory Days Alumni Parade in Holton on Saturday, May 27 at 11 am. The floats will line up at 10:30 am in the Holton High School east parking lot.
All Jackson County schools, past and present, are invited to participate. There is no entry form or cost. Contact your classmates and join the fun! The parade route goes around the downtown square.
The Class of 2017 was graduated on Sunday, May 14th.
They had thre Valedictorians who each gave a commencement speech: Sarah Beam, Karlie Miller, and Aubrey Willis.
The Soundsations sang "See You Again" by Roger Emerson.
The class motto is "In our hands we hold today, in our dreams we hold tomorrow, in our hearts we hold forever." Author unknown.
The class colors are gold and purple. The class flower is the sunflower.
Class officers are president--Samantha Rupnick, Vice Presient--Sarah Beam, Chairman of the Senior Board--Noah McAlister.
Class sponsors are Michelle Finnegan and Emily Jennings. Jr. Class escorts are Shannon Nease, Dillon Smith and Danielle Stithem.
The Royal Valley FFA Chapter will hold its 4th Annual Farmer Dash on at the Hoyt City Park. The 1-mile fun run will start at , followed by the 5K. Both the 1 mile fun run and the 5K will feature agriculturally related obstacles. This event serves as a fundraiser for the FFA chapter, as well as a fun event for people to work on their individual fitness. The cost is $25 for the 5K and $20 for the 1-mile fun run.