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John F. Kennedy High School

3000 South Bellmore Ave
Bellmore, NY 11710
Mr. Gerard Owenburg

Assistant Principals:
Mr. Daniel Jantzen
Dr. Marie A. Netto
Mr. Vincent Pisano

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PHOTO GALLERY: Bellmore-Merrick Graduates Class of 2021

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The Central High School District graduating Class of 2021 was celebrated at three ceremonies on the Mepham, Calhoun and Kennedy high school football fields on June 13.

The pomp and circumstance were radiating throughout the students, staff and grounds as spectators tailgated along the fence lines to catch a glimpse of this special day.

School color balloon arches and other embellishments, commemorative student speeches and diploma sleeve handouts marked the afternoon.

Valedictorians Max Luft from Mepham, Jasper Seabold from Calhoun and Jake Arlia from Kennedy, as well as salutatorians Jack Savalli from Mepham, Michelle Serban from Calhoun and Jordyn Krinsky from Kennedy all addressed the crowds.

Arlia discussed the pandemic’s effects on him and his classmates.

“I am not surprised at how triumphantly we persevered through this year,” he said. “The joyful memories we cultivated in our pre-pandemic reality, incentivized us to work hard and cooperate for a brighter future.”

Luft added similar sentiments to his Mepham classmates.

“Our cooperative abilities have only been improved through COVID,” he said. “We are all integral pieces in our future, and we need to help each other up when one of us inevitably falls in order for us all to succeed.”

Seabold leaned into his speech, offering much comic relief, but noted he wanted to also say something to add value to his classmates’ lives. He discussed the importance of literacy in going through life.

“If you’re literate you can read different arguments and school of thought,” he said. “Only through the free exchange of ideas can we hope to distinguish those of merit.”


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Kennedy Girls Lacrosse Named Nassau County Conference V Champs

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The Kennedy High School girls lacrosse team clinched the Nassau County Conference V Championships on June 8, for the first time in program history.

“This season we were very excited to get back out on the field and prove what we could have done last year if it weren’t for the pandemic,” explained coach Mallory Freely.

Losing to Freeport, 6-5 in triple overtime their first match up this season, the Cougars were determined to make a comeback.

“We defeated them the second time, 13-5, to seal the deal and claim the title,” Freely added. “We finished with a record of 12-1 for conference V. This is the first year that we have every attacker on the score board and it was the entire team effort for all of our success.”

Kennedy’s Tyler Bissoondial Named Finalist in Clean Tech Competition

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Tyler Bissoondial, a sophomore at Kennedy High School, was named finalist in the 2021 Spellman High Voltage Electronics Clean Tech Competition.

For 2021 Clean Tech Competition, students are required to identify a specific problem associated with climate change and design solutions for remediation. This year, students had a choice of developing low cost sustainable solution to environment challenges or developing high tech solutions for “Preserving Plant Earth.”

Bissoondial’s research project, “Development of salt-tolerant (stl) radish for increase crop production or phytoremediation in regions of high salinity,” addresses the local and global problem of soil salinization restricting crop productivity.

He won $1,000 and will compete Aug. 5 for a $10,000 grand prize.

Kennedy’s Morgan Tesser to Play for Israeli National Softball Team

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Morgan Tesser, a senior at Kennedy High School, will play for the Israeli Women’s U18 National Softball Team this summer at the European Championship in Prague.

Tesser is one of eight American women selected to represent Israel and has also been playing for the Cougars softball squad since eighth grade.

While she plays third base for the Israeli team, Kennedy coach Krista Thorn has her at shortstop.

“She’s had to put in double the amount of time into this sport than others,” Thorn added. “There’s a lot of determination just to get a little bit better for this player. She’s a pleasure to be around and leads by example in her work ethic.”

Tesser is slated to travel to Israel mid-June to obtain her dual citizenship, also known as Aliyah, followed by training with the team.

She will also participate in the Triple Crown International Challenge in Denver, Colorado at the end of June. Tesser will attend Bryant University in the fall on a softball scholarship.

Robotics Team Places 5th in VEX Robotics World Qualifiers

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After competing in the New York State level Live Remote Vex Robotics Tournament, Kennedy High School Robotics Team B qualified to advance to the VEX Robotics Live Remote World Championship. 

This was the largest virtual international competition in history. In May 20-22, team members, Brandon Lin, Kai Rodger, James LaSalle and Michael Liu competed in two days of World Championship qualifying matches against teams from schools as far away as California, Texas, South Korea and Australia.

“It was amazing to be able to compete with teams from all around the world, especially when we were able to discuss strategies and ideas with them,” explained Lin. “Even with the barriers posed by the current circumstances, we still felt part of the whole competition. We did much better than we expected, which was definitely a plus, and it was mostly due to adapting to the matchups each day. We've learned a great amount from Worlds this year and are aiming to go even further in the future."

Each live-remote match involved four teams competing in pairs or alliances on camera from their home schools. Students and the alliance teams that they were paired with, chatted via text before the matches began so they could determine a strategy to score points in tandem on the 12' x12' game fields.

The matches included an autonomous component in which the robots ran on code that the teams wrote and pre-programed into the robot brains followed by a driver-controlled element in which the robots were driven on the game fields to score points by dropping balls into goals called towers. Judges in Texas scored the matches by watching the events that were streamed on webcams from around the world.

“I have witnessed their camaraderie, perseverance and their positive attitude over the past three years and they have really come together to create an amazing team,” said Deanna Ocampo, robotics team coach, physics and engineering teacher.

When the world qualifiers were complete, the Kennedy team was in fifth place in their division and named an alliance captain heading into the World Finals.

In the finals, the Kennedy Robotics team skillfully advanced to the World Championship semifinal round before being bested by the top team from California.  

“This has been an extraordinary season for Kennedy robotics,” said Rob Soel, district science and STEM chairperson. “The team designed and programed a very complicated robot under tough classroom restrictions during the pandemic. I am so impressed with their skill and perseverance to build, test, trouble-shoot, redesign, code and practice with their robot for months to get to this level. The Kennedy Robotics team achievement at VEX Worlds is an inspiration to all of the students in the Bellmore-Merrick Robotics Clubs. "

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