Looking Back: 2012 highlights at KHS
By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Killingly - posted Thu., Dec. 20, 2012
Killingly High School's mission - responsibility, excellence and dedication - was borne out in spades in 2012. The school welcomed Kevin Farr as its new superintendent and Karen Lagace as its new school-to-career coordinator.
Alumnus Michael Herklots raised $75,000, which he presented to outgoing STC coordinator Robert Brennan, at the Career Pathways graduation ceremony in May. To date, he has raised $250,000 in the 14 years he has been out of KHS. “It's not about the money. It's about giving back,” he told the students.
The agricultural education program drew its share of accolades. Plant science teacher Bethany Knowlton was recognized by the National Association of Agricultural Educators as their 2012 Outstanding Agriscience Teacher of the Year for Region Six. She was chosen from among 503 members in Region Six, which includes Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.
In October, Knowlton brought 12 students to the 85th annual FFA convention in Indianapolis, where they mingled with more than 55,000 students and teachers from across the country.
FFA students ended the year with a holiday fair featuring 15 students selling products they had made themselves as part of their supervised agricultural experience, a graduation requirement.
The music department hosted the NEMFA in March. A 440-student contingent descended on Killingly High School for an intensive three-day music festival. As the host facility, Killingly was responsible for lining up enough area homes for 360 students. It kept choral director Pam Rodgers busy for months.
Students in the band and chorus were busy throughout the year, marching as the Big Red Band at football games and the Clipper Invitational, performing at school and town-sponsored events, and providing performances at spring and winter concerts.