Out of the thousands of communities across the nation, for the first time Kent has been nominated as one of the top one hundred communities for young people.
To celebrate this accomplishment, on February 18, 2011 the community gathered at the ShoWare Center in Kent where they watched performances, visited booths and got involved in different activities. These were all put on by different community members of Kent.
Kent-Meridian High School, Kentridge High School and Mill Creek Middle School performed several different styles of dance, including Tahitian, Bollywood and Rockette style. In addition to dancing, students from Kent- Meridian showed off their vocal talents. Several prominent members of Kent spoke, such as the mayor, Suzette Cooke, Chief Student Achievement Officer Dr. Merri Rieger and students of the Institute for Community Leadership.
Coming together as one, different corners of the community came together and proved why Kent earned this great recognition. Containing such a broad spectrum of diversity, the youth of Kent teach each other the concept of acceptance, creating a respectful environment. Not only do the community members accept one another, but they celebrate the variety of people within Kent, making Kent a comfortable place for the youth to live.
Communications Intern Michayla Tompson