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John F. Kennedy High School

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

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

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Kennedy Students Named Regeneron Science Talent Search Finalists

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Two Kennedy High School seniors in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District are among only four Long Island students named Regeneron Science Talent Search finalists on Jan. 21. This marks the first time in school history that Kennedy has had two finalists in the same year.

Andrew Brinton and Katherine St George were among 40 national finalists selected from 1,993 highly qualified entrants based on their projects’ scientific rigor and their potential to become world-changing scientists and leaders. 

The finalists were among 36 high school seniors from 20 Long Island districts named scholars in the first round on Jan. 8, which also included Kennedy’s Kenar Gelman. However, this marks the first time in school history that Kennedy has had two finalists.

Brinton’s project is “Marsh Restoration: Ribbed Mussels (Geukensia demissa) as a Revival Mechanism to Rebuild the Coastal Salt Marshes of Long Island, New York.” 

“I enrolled in Advanced Science Research as a freshman not entirely knowing what I was getting into,” said Brinton. “Now that I’ve gone through every bump in the road and have still produced a research project from scratch that I am truly proud of, I have a different take on what it means to be in ASR.” 

All 12 seniors in the school’s program completed graduate level research by the end of high school.

“These kids gave up parts of their summers and school years, all with a specific problem they had in mind to solve,” he added. “For me, that was damage caused by hurricanes. Accolades and what people outside of the program see is a lot different than what goes on in it; completing my own research was daunting, but seeing others around me pouring their hearts and souls into research, and even be published, is inspiring.”

St George, the school’s valedictorian, titled her project “The Ketogenic Diet Ameliorates The Effects of Caffeine in Seizure Susceptible Drosophila melanogaster.” She joined ASR for the opportunity to get real lab experience while still in high school. St George was also attracted to the program because students are able to choose their own topics.

“I was initially interested in influenza, and while reading about it I found that people with epilepsy are particularly vulnerable during flu outbreaks,” explained St George. “I began to read more about epilepsy, and was so intrigued by the nutritional therapies for the disorder such as the ketogenic diet. I decided to investigate the impact on seizure susceptibility if an organism is exposed to caffeine while on the ketogenic diet.”

Both students are advised under ASR teacher, Barbi Frank.

“Mrs. Frank has done so much for me, from encouraging me through the rough patches of the research process, to spending hours going through my paper with me,” added St George.

Each finalist is awarded at least $25,000, and the top 10 awards range from $40,000 to $250,000. The top 10 Regeneron Science Talent Search 2020 awards will be announced at a black-tie gala awards ceremony at the National Building Museum on March 10.

Kennedy, Calhoun Come Together for Cross-Curricular Lesson

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Teachers from Kennedy and Calhoun high schools in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District developed an interdisciplinary lesson on the Founding of Israel after the Holocaust and the Israeli culinary tradition on Jan. 6.

Mike DiGiovanni, a culinary arts and hospitality instructor at Kennedy, and Dr. David Goldberg, a social studies teacher at Calhoun, joined forces to present this cross-curricular lesson and discussion.

“My Voices of the Past students presented on the nation’s founding after World War II then these students worked collaboratively with the Kennedy kids to do some of the final prep for the meal,” explained Goldberg.

“While the CHAMP (Culinary and Hospitality Applied Management Program) students at Kennedy prepped some of the meal ahead of time, students were able to work together and learn even more,” explained DiGiovanni.

Daniel Goldstein, a Calhoun Class of 2015 graduate and former Voices of the Past student, joined the lesson as well. He is a sergeant in the Israeli Defense Forces who spoke to students along with a current Kennedy student who is Israeli. 

“[Goldstein] shared a lot of insight about his experiences and also the Middle East generally,” explained Goldberg. 

 “The most substantial outcome for students was to be able to see how cultures develop over time and how critical turning points in history can lead to substantial changes in the global landscape,” Goldberg added. “In addition, it provided students with an important chance to see cross-curricular connections and engage in conversation with an individual who saw firsthand the complexity of today's global politics.”

Kennedy Boasts Three Regeneron Scholars

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Three students from Kennedy High School were named Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholars on Jan. 8.

Recognition as a Regeneron STS Scholars places Andrew Brinton, Kenar Gelman and Katherine St George among the top 300 brightest young scientists in the nation.

“This exceptional accomplishment has been earned in recognition of their scientific talent and development of outstanding independent scientific research projects,” explained Robert Soel, district science chairperson and STEM Education. “They have invested hundreds of hours over three years planning, conducting and analyzing their own scientific investigations while being mentored by cooperating scientists in fields of their own choosing.”

Brinton’s project is “Marsh Restoration: Ribbed Mussels (Geukensia demissa) as a Revival Mechanism to Rebuild the Coastal Salt Marshes of Long Island, New York;” Gelman’s project is “Chondrocyte Adenosine A2A receptor signaling leads to cellular homeostasis through activation of Protein Kinase A (PKA)” and St George’s is “The Ketogenic Diet Ameliorates The Effects of Caffeine in Seizure Susceptible Drosophila melanogaster.”

They are all seniors in Barbi Frank’s Advanced Science Research class, a three-year program, at Kennedy High School. Research teachers Barbara Franklin and Orquidea Afonso, as well as Soel, also assisted students with support throughout the program.

The Regeneron STS is the nation's most prestigious pre-college science competition. Each scholar, selected from 1,900 entrants, receives a $2,000 award with an additional $2,000 going to his or her respective school. The 40 finalists chosen to compete in Washington, D.C. in March will be announced in late January.

Kennedy’s CyberPatriot Team Places First Again

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The Kennedy Senior CyberPatriot team, “Devs 2.0” placed first in New York State in the Platinum tier for the second year in a row and are now defending state champions.

The senior team achieved 150th out of over 3,000 high school teams across the nation. The senior CyberPatriots will now compete in the national semifinals in January. 

Additionally, junior and freshman teams scores earned them a competition spot in the national high school gold tier. Advisers Robert Soel and David Prince oversee the CyberPatriot teams. 

CyberPatriots include Brandon Lin, Panayiotis Milonas, Isabella Guimaraes, Param Negpal, Shion Renaud, Richie Ippoliti, David Greenberg, Michael Lamaze, Dylan Hovell, Tyler Bissoondial, Jack Racer, Jonathan Ivers, Chris Prainito, Tyler Kealy, Aidan Walden and Jared Weinstein.

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