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Founding Principal Honored at Dedication Ceremony

September 27, 2013
By KCS Staff
Mrs. McKenzie served KCS from 1968-1999. Her legacy lives on today through the Helen McKenzie Scholarship Fund.

KCS founding principal, Helen McKenzie, was recognized on September 27, as the Helen McKenzie House was dedicated in her honor.

The entire student body gathered around the McKenzie House to pay tribute to Mrs. McKenzie. In 1968, she was at the helm at a small Christian school with 80-some students, a school that was born out of deep faith in the Lord. For 31 years, she worked tirelessly to carry out the mission of KCS. In 1995, she was instrumental in expanding KCS from a preschool/elementary school to include middle school. In 2000, a residential home was converted into a two story classroom building, the "Mahina House," primarily housing grades 6th to 8th. 2010 marked the expansion of the Mahina House, as an additional classroom was added and the computer lab was renovated. Today, 6 middle/high school classrooms are utilized by 80 students. During the ceremony, reflections by KCC Senior Pastor Ron Arnold and Mr. Gallagher acknowledged Mrs. McKenzie’s accomplishments being deeply rooted in her desire to the serve the Lord.

In 1999, Mrs. McKenzie’s last year here at KCS, she reflects in her Principal’s Message in the yearbook, "My most important asset is the selection of teachers and staff. I surrounded myself with successful, caring people. The cultivation of team spirit, encouraging support, and love were prime ingredients." 

In turn, each of the current staff who worked with Mrs. McKenzie recall her as a warm, caring, and understanding principal. Her thoughtfulness and generosity extended to their families. Ms. Yokomizo, Mr. Kaji, Mrs. Spearing, Mrs. Silsby, Mrs. Nagata, and Ms. Leslei all express gratitude for the opportunity Mrs. McKenzie gave them to work at KCS. All the current staff that worked under Mrs. McKenzie echo a fondness and love for her. 

Mrs. Spearing (P4A teacher) believes Mrs. McKenzie "set the foundation [and the] early vision" of KCS. That is evident today in our spirit of ‘ohana. And her legacy continues, as every year, a worthy middle school student receives a tuition scholarship in her name.

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