Kenwood, Ray, Lab and City Elementary in School News

Staff Writer

Kenwood Choir wins at Florida festival

The Kenwood Academy Concert Choir won big at the 2016 OrlandoFest during the weekend of April 15.

Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., walked away with four major awards, including: 1st place in top scoring concert choir, 1st place in top scoring chamber choir, 1st place in top scoring advanced female choir and the choir was named the Grand National Championship Choir at the end of the weekend.

The concert choir is lead by teacher Richard Nunley.

Ray advances in book competition

Students at Ray Elementary School, 5361 S. Kimbark Ave., are advancing to the citywide final competition of Battle of the Books on May 7.

Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program across the country that asks students questions about selected books. Students find the answers by reading the books.

Ray is the winner of Network 9 schools and is one of only 15 schools out of 120 in the city to participate in the upcoming finals event.

Librarian Linda Sue Collins is in charge of Ray’s Battle of the Books program.

U. of C. Laboratory High School comencement speaker chosen

The commencement speaker for this year’s University of Chicago Laboratory High School (U-High), 1362 E. 59th St., graduation ceremony will be class of ’90 alum, W. Kamau Bell.

Bell is a socio-political comedian who stars in the new CNN television series, “United Shades of America.”

As in past years, the U-High students had the opportunity to choose their commencement speaker. The U-High graduation ceremony will take place Thursday, June 9 from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave.

Event at City Elementary

On Sunday, May 1, City Elementary, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., will hold a free presentation titled “When Is A Label Not Enough?” about neurodevelopment and using the HANDLE approach.

The HANDLE approach assists children and adults who suffer from a range of neurological issues such as Autism, ADD, Down Syndrome, anxiety and Dyslexia.

The presentation will focus on viewing the issues as barriers in development rather than an illness that limits development.

The presentation begins at 11 a.m. RSVP to