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Jacket Radio and Jacket TV visit the State Fair
Jacket TV and Jacket Radio at opening day at the State Fair! We were on Good Morning Texas this morning as we watched the Interview with Kadie Lynn!
FFA Members compete in Rodeo
What a busy but great weekend!! Kemp FFA members did an amazing job at the rodeo on Saturday. Barrett Chambers entered his first rodeo to place 2nd in the Chute dogging, Ty Roberts and Trent Thompson both placing in the top 10. The Lauer brothers battled it out in the Ranch Bronc again. Robbie riding the unrideable Geronimo to win second with Brady a close 3rd. Both rank horses owned by Scott and Angie Ellis. Brody Becker, Colton Clemo, Haylie Thompson, and Anna Christie all showed heart and determination in a sport tougher than most! We are very proud for all of our rodeo team members!
Lady 'Jacket named All-Tournament Player
The "Pride of the Yellowjackets" Drumline competed in the first annual "Drums On Point" drumline contest this Saturday in Wills Point. Our students earned the Best In Class Award in class 3A! They were also ranked 6th overall in the competition, even beating out a 4A line as well.
We are very proud of the extra work these students have done. Congratulations to Mr. Brandon Manuel and his Percussion group on a job well done! They represented Kemp HS in the finest fashion.
As the best in class winners, the group received a $500 dollar voucher towards percussion equipment from the Vic Firth (sticks/mallets) and Zildian (cymbals) companies along with some other cool percussion swag.
Welding Project
1st Completed project this year.  Look for great things to come this year!
Cross Country Regional qualifiers
Luis Garcia placed 4th and Kenzee King placed 10th at the District Cross Country meet on Monday, October 9th.  They qualified for Regionals October 23rd, at Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie.  Congratulations and Good Luck!
Heart of Texas Livestock Show
Two 1st place ribbons and two 2nd place ribbons for the week.  Maddison won first and Maddie second in their class on the second show. The team landed a first and second in their class!! 🥇🥈Super proud of all the hard work they have put in to showing their heifers, in Waco at the Heart of Texas Livestock Show! Thanks to Mr. Linson for driving out for the day to help and support our team. I am super proud of all the hard work our team put into the heifer show this week!
Yellowjacket Band Advance to Area
"The Pride of the Yellowjackets" Kemp High School Marching Band competed in the Region 3 UIL Marching Competition on Wednesday October 18th. There were 9 class 3A bands in the competition.
3 adjudicators are tasked in judging the performance of each band. The scoring system used is a called a Division Rating. 1-Superior, 2-Excellent, 3-Average, 4-Below Average, 5-Poor.
KHS Band received a Division 1 rating for their performance! Great Job to the hard work of these students! We are very proud!
Marching Bands in Texas are only allowed to advance up to Area and State levels every other year. This is mainly due to logistics and site/judge availability. This is a 3A advancing year. Region 3 advanced Kemp High School Band to the Area Level along with 4 other bands. There are 7 regions in our Area. Area "B" covers all of North Texas from the Wichita Falls area over to Paris and down to north of Waco. Each of the region's bands that earn a division 1 rating will send those groups to C.H. Collins Stadium in Denton on Saturday October 28th where the bands will compete in a Prelims/Finals style competition to send a small number of bands to the State Level competition. That would be November 5th through 7th in San Antonio.
Please congratulate our high school students on their success yesterday and wish them good luck in their future contests.
Special Olympics Bowling
Special Olympic Team just returned from a competition in bowling.  Our team brought home 4 Gold medals, 6 Silver, and 2 Bronze.
Gold - Mackenzie Fleck - Shelby Jackson - Ulises Lujan - Chance Knight (former student)
Silver - Brittany Adams - Dalton Blankenship - Corey Dawson - Landon Dean - Austin Lamb - Brandon Lasater
Bronze - Tyler Nelson - Alex Rabon
Congratulate these students if you see them!
Reserve Grand Champion
Maddie with Reserve Grand Champion Heifer at Kaufman County Show.
 UIL Region 3 Concert and Sight Reading
Both the Kemp High School Non-Varsity and Varsity Bands competed in the UIL Region 3 Concert and Sight Reading competition on February 28th at the Canton High School Auditorium.
The Non-Varsity Band received both Excellent and Good ratings from the 6 judges. The Varsity Band received Superior ratings (straight 1's) across the board earning a Class "A" UIL Sweepstakes! Congratulations to these students for their hard work and dedication! They represented Kemp High School and the community of Kemp extremely well. We are so very proud of them!
Girls Regional Powerlifting Meet
The Girls Powerlifting Team recently competed in the Regional meet in Fairfield.  They walked away with the 3rd Place Team Trophy, 3 State Qualifiers, 1 Outstanding Lifter, and 2 regional record holders (Alicia Dennis and Andrea Beasley).
Those who qualified for the State Meet in Waco March 16th - 17th are Andrea Beasley, Bethany Alexander, Alicia Dennis~Outstanding Lifter.
The Team and their weight classes are, Andrea Beasley~259+, Bethany Alexander~148, Alicia Dennis~123, Delanie Spakes~259, Jaylin Contreras~123, and Carmen Villarreal~114.
The team is Coached by JJ Williams, Steve Stewart and Macy Gilcrease.
Kaufman County Youth Show
Kaufman County Youth Show Top Winners from KHS
Mariah Martinez
Art III, Senior
FIrst in Collage Division 
Best in Class
Whitney Bradshaw
Art II, Sophomore
First in Photography Division
Best in Class 
Reserve Champion
ATSSB All-State Concert in San Antonio
We are very proud of Stephen Duvall and Donna Hyde as they represented Kemp High School at the ATSSB All-State Concert in San Antonio on Saturday, Feb 17, 2018. Congratulations to you both on a job well done!
The of the 2018 Bruce Kenner Memorial Scholarship was Donna Hyde ~ Kemp High School. 
2018 Boys Basketball Playoffs
Went 16-8 on the season and were Bi-District Champions, Area Champions, Regional Quarterfinal Champions, and Regional Semifinalist.
All-district honors are as follows:
Offensive Player of the Year:
Kane Johnson
Defensive Player of the Year:
Darel Booker
1st Team All-District:
Jaise Bowie
Boomer Irvin
2nd Team All-District:
Austin Williams
All-District Honorable Mention:
Ashton Thompson
Bryce Francis
Academic All-District:
Austin Williams
Cameron Clamon
Ashton Thompson
Bryce Francis
Girls State Powerlifting Results
Results of the 2018 Girls State Powerlifting Competition:
Alicia Dennis 2nd place in the 123's totaling 825 lbs. Bethany Alexander 11th place int he 148's totaling 805 lbs.  Andrea Beasley 4th place in the 259+ totaling 1080 lbs. Congratulations on your accomplishments this year! 
They are coached by, JJ Williams, Steve Stewart and Macy Gilcrease.
Boys Regional Powerlifting Meet
The Boys Powerlifting Team recently competed in the Regional meet in Elkhart. Alan Quezada (181), Richard Lowrie (132), Desmond Jones (148), Tyler Garrett (181), Harley Manders (198), and Jonathan Mendez (181). Two lifters will be advancing to the State Meet in Abilene, Texas March 24th, they are Richard Lowrie,  and Alan Quezada.  The team is Coached by JJ Williams, Steve Stewart and Macy Gilcrease.
KHS Dramatic Jackets
Kemp HS Dramatic Jackets won Bi-District on Saturday, March 24th at Kaufman HS.  Those receiving awards were--  All-Star Cast: Matthew Floyd, Marcus Aguilar Honorable Mention All-Star Cast: Cole Handy;  TECHNICAL AWARD:  JAYDA SIMON
They will be competing for AREA on March 30th at Grayson College in Denison.
Members of the Dramatic Jacket One Act Play are:  Matt Floyd, Marcus Aguilar,Andy Haertel, Tyler Gilbert, Shane Hughes, Alex Tanner, Cole Handy, Jacob Gilbert, Dalton Powell, Jordan Rabon, Connor Wilson, Kamryn Lewis, Jayda Simon, Brianna Walters, Mariah Martinez, Ariana Else, Maggie Ivey, Kassie Mast, Ariana McDonald, Makayla Ragsdale, Donna Hyde
AREA Performance - Friday, March 30th. 6 schools starting at 2 PM, Kemp is 2nd to perform, $5 to get in.
Grayson College
Cruce Stark Auditorium
6101 Grayson Drive (Hwy 691)
Denison, Texas 75020
Carly Delaney signs with Centenary College in Louisiana
Carly Delaney was awarded a scholarship to play NCAA volleyball at Centenary College in Louisiana. Congratulations and Good Luck!
Golf Team and Individuals Advance to Regionals
The Boys Team placed 1st at the District Tournament at The Links at Lands End recently and qualifying for Regionals Tournament.  Those that qualified were, Cameron HoschJr Brooks, Boomer Irvin, Richard Lowrie and
Andrew Edwards. Jr Brooks finished 2nd in total score.
Carley Delaney finished 1st in total score for the Girls team qualified for Regionals as well.  Congratulations and Good Luck at the Regional Meet, to be held at the Golf course in Bullard Texas, Oak Hurst Golf Course, the boys will compete April 23-24 and the girls will compete April 25-26.
Donna Hyde advances to UIL STATE ACADEMICS
Donna Hyde placed 2nd in Journalism -- News Writing at the UIL Academics Regionals Meet (Conference 3A Region 2) at Tyler Junior College recently earning her a spot at
UIL Academics State Meet in Austin -- Saturday, May 5th.
Alicia Dennis advances to Nationals in Powerlifting
Your 2018 USA Powerlifting State Champion in 57kg and 2nd best lifter overall in all women's weight class!  She will be competing in the Nationals competition in Spokane, Washington in May.  Good luck Alicia!
Track Regional Qualifiers
Bryce Francis took 2nd place in Shot Put and 1st in Discus, Breanna Blue 4th in Discus, Darel Booker 5th in Triple Jump, Desmond Tutson 1st in Long Jump and Austin Williams 4th in Long Jump.  They will compete at Regionals April 27 - 28 in Whitehouse.  Good Luck!
Track State Qualifiers
Bryce Francis and Kane Johnson both qualified for the State Track Meet this past weekend, at the Regional meet!  They will be competing in Austin on May 11th & 12th.  Bryce won the discus competition, and  Kane placed 2nd in the 110 High Hurdles at the Regional competition which qualified them both for their events for the State Meet in Austin.  This is a phenomenal accomplishment and these guys represented our school well! Good luck to you both!