Kearsley Community Schools announces 2018 Hall of Fame inductees
Kearsley Community Schools is proud to announce the three individuals, one team and one volunteer that comprise the Kearsley Community Schools Hall of Fame Class of 2018. Individual honorees were selected by a committee in three categories which are aligned with the district’s motto of Pride, Tradition and Excellence. In addition, a team was selected and will be honored at the 2018 Homecoming football game vs. Swartz Creek on October 5, 2018. The “pride” inductee will be honored at the Class of 2018 Senior Athletic Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 30th at 7pm in the KHS Auditorium. The “tradition” inductee will be honored at the Senior Honors Convocation ceremony on Thursday, May 31st in the KHS Auditorium. The “excellence” inductee will be honored at the Class of 2018 Commencement exercises on Saturday, June 2nd at 7pm at The Whiting auditorium in downtown Flint. A recent addition was to include a volunteer of the year to the Kearsley Hall of Fame class. This individual will be honored at halftime of the Friday, September 14th home football game vs. Holly High School along with participating in the 2018 Homecoming Parade. Individual and team plaques of all inductees will be prominently displayed on the “Hall of Fame Wall” in the halls of Kearsley High School.
Pride – Jenna Walter
A 2002 Kearsley graduate, Jenna Walter had a storied athletic career in girls golf. She was a four-time first team all-conference selection, three-time individual Big 9 champion (2000, 2001, 2002) and two-time MHSAA Regional champion. Her average of 74.5 remains the lowest in school history. She was selected as the 2002 Miss Michigan Golf, awarded to the top female golfer in the state. Jenna went on to earn a scholarship to play collegiately at Western Michigan University. During her time as a Bronco, Jenna was a three-time NCAA scholar-athlete, team captain and earned 2nd team all-Mid American Conference honors. She earned dual bachelor degrees from WMU in International Business and Spanish. Jenna currently works as an executive regional rep for Boston Scientific in Memphis, TN. She is also nearing completion of her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Vanderbilt University in Nashville.
Tradition – Mike Skidmore
Mike Skidmore served the Kearsley district from 1973 until his retirement in 2010 as a teacher, media center specialist and chess coach. In 1983, he took over the Kearsley varsity chess team as head coach. He led the team to 24 league championships, nine state championships and six national championships (1986, 1988, 1996, 2002, 2004, 2006). He finished his coaching career with an incredible dual match record of 534-144-80. From 1993 until 2010, Mike was the editor of the Michigan Chess Association bulletin and was a two-time Michigan Chess Association board member serving from 1989-1993 and then again from 1997-1999. Mike also served the Michigan Chess Association as their scholastic director. Mike was inducted into the Michigan Chess Association Hall of Fame in 2008. In 2009, he received the prestigious Meritorious Service Award from the U.S. Chess Federation. In addition to coaching the chess team, Mike served as varsity quiz bowl coach from 1994-2010. During his tenure as the quiz bowl coach, the team qualified for the state championships several times and were Flint Metro League champions in 2010. Mike’s impact on generations of Kearsley students is immeasurable and he established a legacy of coaching success that may never be duplicated. Following his retirement from Kearsley in 2010, Mike served the district as a member of the Kearsley Community Schools Board of Education from 2011 until 2016.
Excellence – Phil Kerby
Phil Kerby graduated from Kearsley High School in 1963. During his high school career, he served as class president and was an all-conference athlete in both football and basketball. Phil went on to attend Central Michigan University where he played football and graduated with a B.S. in Education in 1967. After teaching in the Flint Community Schools for two years, he applied to the FBI and was accepted and immediately began training in Quantico, VA. Phil served as a FBI special agent from 1969 until his retirement in 1996. He received several honors throughout his career. Phil was also chosen as one of 12 FBI supervisors to serve on the bureau’s first-ever Director’s Advisory Board. Following his career, Phil wrote a book about his career entitled “With Honor and Purpose” that is available at bookstores throughout the country. Following his retirement from the FBI, he opened his own fraud investigation company, Kerby, Bailey and Associates. The company was sold to Rehmann CPAs two years later and Phil became a partner within their organization. In 2002, a movie was made about his investigation and conviction of Detroit mob boss Anthony Giacalone. Phil has given back to the Saginaw community by serving on the Board of Directors of Boys and Girls Club of Saginaw County along with the St. Mary’s Hospital audit committee.
Team – 1993 Softball
The 1993 varsity softball team had a record-breaking season. They finished with a final record of 38-6, won the Big Nine conference championship and advanced all the way to the MHSAA Class A State Championship game before falling to state champ Mt. Pleasant. Coach Chuck DeArmond’s squad cruised through the regular season with a record of 32-5, won the prestigious Fred Piper Invitational in Royal Oak and captured their seventh consecutive league title. They opened MHSAA tournament play by winning MHSAA districts at Clio and then went on to win the regional with a 5-1 triumph over Bay City Western. They defeated Waterford Kettering in the quarterfinals before earning a decisive 15-1 win over New Baltimore-Anchor Bay in the semifinals. Despite falling 3-0 to Mt. Pleasant in the state championship game in Battle Creek, the Lady Hornets completed an historic season. First team all-Big Nine selections were Sarah Princinsky, Danielle Manzardo, Jennifer McKittrick, and Meredith Cashin. Second team all-Big Ten honorees were Kathy Taylor, Jennifer Ayre, and Heather Dash. Receiving first team all-state honors were Danielle Manzardo, Meredith Cashin and Kathy Taylor. Jenny McKittrick earned honorable mention all-state recognition.
Team members: Front row: Carrie Gubancsik, Anna Brawner. Second Row: Jennifer Ayre, Coach Russell, Heather Dosh, Coach Wheaton, Danielle Manzardo, Coach DeArmond, Jennifer McKittrick. Top Row: Kristi Kohlmann, Tina McGivern, Sarah Princinsky, Kathryn Taylor, Meredith Cashin and Nicole Arndt
Volunteer – Fernando Amaya
Fernando Amaya has been a part of the Kearsley Community and Kearsley Athletics for over 20 years. He began coaching his children and their teammates when his daughters transferred into the Kearsley district. Fernando has coached baseball, softball and football within our youth leagues since 1999. As a coach, Fernando always stressed participation, improvement and most of all focusing on the student’s academics. He has been the public address announcer for Kearsley Youth Football since 2008. He later served as the Kearsley Football Booster President from 2012-2016. In 2011, Fernando began serving as “The Voice of Kearsley” at all home football, soccer, boys and girls basketball and baseball contests. Fernando announces all levels, not just the varsity game, and allows lower level teams to experience the same treatment as our varsity teams with starting lineups, warmup music, etc. Fernando is always willing to lend his assistance to Kearsley students by providing a sound system or DJ services at several school events. A huge thank you goes out to Fernando Amaya, thanks for all you do for Kearsley students and community!