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John F. Kennedy High School

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

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Mr. Jeff Cronk
Mr. Daniel Jantzen
Mr. Vincent Pisano

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Kennedy eSports Receives Gaming PCs Through Grant

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After being one of 25 schools nationwide out of 4,000 applicants awarded a grant, the Kennedy High School Esports Team worked with representatives from AMD Processors and Generation eSports to build six high-end gaming computers on Nov. 16.

Generation Esports runs the High School Esports League, the online league that Kennedy and other district eSports clubs play League of Legends, Rocket League, Valorant, and other games in.Esports, or competitive online video games, are a fast-growing industry, with college scholarships and corporate sponsorships for top players with the potential to play in professional leagues.

“Years from now, being on your school's Rocket League or Valorant team will be considered as legit as being on the lacrosse or football team. This grant is a major step forward for making Esports a major part of JFK student life,” said Math Chairperson David Prince.

Prince procured the grant and participated in an online interview during the final round, along with student team captain Richie Ippoliti.

“Leadership is about accountability and getting everyone on the same page,” he said. “It makes you feel better about yourself once you’ve done that,” Ippoliti said during the build.

The equipment is worth approximately $30,000 will be used in gaming competition by the nearly 50 students in the club. The club is advised by James Alford.

Local hot 97 DJ and online influencer, Hip Hop Gamer Gerard Williams, also popped in to engage with students. He works with AMD Processors as a brand ambassador.

“I’m loving the energy in here,” he said as he greeted each student. “You all are doing amazing things here.

Date Added: 11/21/2022

Kennedy Hosts Engaging Academic Field Day

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On Nov. 8, students at Kennedy High School were scheduled for a half-day. In lieu of traditional instruction, the school hosted a special day that allowed administrators, teachers and staff to offer a workshop on topics of their choice.

“We are extremely fortunate to have so many teachers and administrators who are so supportive of student initiatives like Academic Field Day,” wrote Student Government President Rachel Oppenehim in a thank-you message to teachers and administrators. “The success of the event was due mostly to the wide selection of workshops that you generously spent your time preparing for us. Additionally, as a student in the leadership program, I can confidently say that the activity was an extremely rewarding experience.

Students signed up for workshops based on their interests and the event was scheduled and organized by students in the School and Community Leadership course.

“Behind the scenes, students in our School and Community Leadership class were able to learn about the logistics of planning an event of this magnitude,” said Principal Gerard Owenburg.

“Academic Field Day opened up the door for me to enjoy and engage with our school in new ways, such as connecting to teachers that I don’t have,” said Tara Brown, a Leadership II student.

Leadership II student Maxwell Izen said the program was a “great way for students and teachers to come together through similar interests and learn in a different, interactive way.”

The experience was designed to allow students to connect with teachers, administrators, and staff — to perhaps find someone at Kennedy with whom they didn’t know they had something in common.

“That connection can be through a shared culture or family history, an interest in a particular movie or music genre, a mutual passion for food or fitness or travel, or an appreciation for an era of history or a certain period of art,” explained teacher/faculty organizer Brad Seidman.

“Aside from learning something new, I was so happy to see our students and staff building strong relationships in such a stress-free environment,” added Owenburg.

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Date Added: 11/14/2022

Kennedy Hosts Safe Halloween for Elementary Children

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In what has become a Kennedy High School tradition to host safe Halloween for the surrounding elementary schools, students and staff welcomed hundreds of future Cougars to campus dressed in costume for fun and games on Oct. 28.

Student Government members helped organize the event and various clubs also participated. There was a bouncy house, face painting, pumpkin decorating, photo opps and a trunk or treat.

The cheerleading squad performed cheers and gymnastics and the orchestra played a few tunes.

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Date Added: 10/31/2022


Engineering Students Have a Ball at Robosoccer Competition

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Students in Deanna Ocampo’s Principles of Engineering classes at Kennedy High School competed in an after-school robosoccer tournament.

The friendly competition was a supplemental activity to the course curriculum.

First, teams had to work together to build and code a VEX robot to perform a 15-second autonomous task — put a ball into a goal. After gaining point in the autonomous round, teams moved on in bracket formation to compete in 2-vs-2 soccer matches with a driver-controlled robot.

“Once the robot enters the goal the other robots are not allowed to enter and the robot must exit the goal and leave the ball at rest there in order for the goal to count,” Ocampo explained. “This is to eliminate a goal that just rolls past by accident. The robots must also keep the ball on the ground when travelling, so they can't just pick it up and hold onto it. There was one claw bot that had their claw a little raised, so when they grabbed the ball the bottom of the ball stayed in contact with the ground.”

The robots performed tasks inside a walled arena that is part of the Kennedy Robotics program.

This is the second year Ocampo hosted the activity, however, this year there are now two classes of students, making the pool a bit wider.

“We kept the rules the same, but I was able to use tournament manager software which is the same software used at robotics competitions since I know how to set it up now,” she added.

Senior Massimo Marino manned the scoring while Gavin Chen served as referee.

The winners were team 7: Paula Pastor, Ariana Kahn and Taylor Conroy and team 2; Jack Sarosy and Michael Tomasello and Jacob Lancer.

Date Added: 10/14/2022

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