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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’s David Frank Named National Merit Finalist

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David Frank, a senior from Kennedy High School in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District, has been named National Merit Finalist in the 2020 competition.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Approximately 15,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers, qualified as finalists. Only 2,500 receive scholarships.

Frank will receive a $2,500 scholarship, funded by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. He will be attending the Cornell University Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management as a Presidential Research Scholar. Frank is also the author of two published articles in peer-reviewed journals, president of the Future Business Leads of America, co-president of Tutors-for-a-Cure, president of the Math Club, in the Advanced Science Research program. He plays the alto saxophone in the school band and is a member of the varsity golf and wrestling teams.

His classmates Madeline Jutsen and Mikaela Milch also were previously named finalists.

Kennedy Holds Supply Drive for Healthcare Workers

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Members of the Kennedy High School Student Government shifted gears to helping others beyond the boundaries of Bellmore-Merrick Central School District with a collection for the healthcare workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic on April 20.

“Shortly after the district converted to remote learning, Student Government President Danny Iskols began contacting me about ways the Student Government could help the school community,” explained Principal Gerard Owenburg.

Junior/secretary Dylan Lipman and senator Eric Giannaris spearheaded the effort to collect items and money for Mount Sinai South Nassau Hospital in Oceanside.
“Eric proposed the idea of collecting items without any contact,” explained the club’s faculty adviser Brad Seidman. “Dylan made contact with the hospital and obtained a list of items they needed for their ‘grab and go’ stations.”

Student Government members volunteered to either set up a table in front of their house or collect the donated items at the end of the day and bring them to the administrative offices in Baldwin. Community members donated a generous number of items, including water, Gatorade, snacks, desserts and more.

“We also collected close to $1,000 that day that was used to purchase masks from the hospital's vendor in Freeport, Lamar Plastic,” explained Seidman. “It was a successful activity while practicing safety and social distancing.”

They also set up a way to collect monetary donations on their website,

“The Kennedy Student Government has a long history of being active in the community and their actions are no surprise to me,” added Owenburg. “They are a group that will never sit idle while others are in need. I’m very proud of them and someday when they reflect back on the pandemic, I hope they feel the same sense of pride that I have in them today.”

Kennedy Artists Receive Top Recognition

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Kennedy High School artists Matthew Diesing, Madyson Livingston, Lillian Stone, and Joanna Vaccaro were chosen for the prestigious annual Heckscher Museum's Long Island's Best exhibition.

All four of Vanessa Albaneze's students are featured in Long Island’s Best: Young Artists at The Heckscher Museum, which is the only juried exhibition on Long Island that offers high school students the opportunity to show their work in a museum.

Diesing is the first student from Kennedy to ever receive second place "Best in Show." Stone will be receiving an award for "Achievement in Realism in Colored Pencil."

Students were challenged to create works of art inspired by a piece they viewed at the museum. The museum chose 100 students this year from approximately 400 entries.

“We are so unbelievable proud of the exceptional work by these young artists,” said Cheryl Fontana, the district’s Director of the Fine & Performing Arts. “It is so clear by looking at their work how much heart and soul they pour into their art; their pieces are a true example of wellness at its best.”

The exhibition has been postponed until further notice, however you can view the exhibition online;

Kennedy Teacher Launches Virtual Book Club

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Earlier this year Kristen Mogavero, a library media specialist at Kennedy High School, organized the first community read and saw significant participation from students and teachers.

“During this isolating time, I wanted to start up a virtual book club to provide students and faculty an opportunity to connect socially,” she added. “Books have always served as an escape for readers and I felt that this is a time when we could all use the opportunity for a mental break.”

After she researched three different options and putting the decision out to vote via Google Form, “Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency” by Douglas Adams won with 43%.

“The author, Douglas Adams, is well known for his absurd writing style and wit in books like ‘The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy,’” she added. “The book is described as ‘a kind of ghost-horror-detective-time-travel-romantic-comedy-epic, mainly concerned with mud, music and quantum mechanics.’”

From there, she reached out to everyone interested and provided them instructions on where they could access copies of the book.

“We utilized resources from the public libraries through the use of eBook collections on Overdrive,” Mogavero explained. “I created and sent out a suggested reading schedule and set up regular Zoom meetings to discuss the book.”

Some participants prefer hard copy books and are still waiting on deliveries due to postal delays.

“I’m incredibly proud of the creative ways that our staff and students are finding ways to stay connected with each other,” said Principal Gerard Owenburg. “We often refer to our school community as a family, and events such as the virtual book club is one of many ways that our Kennedy family is staying connected during this difficult time.”

Kennedy Spark! Team Nabs First Place

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In December 2019, two teams of Kennedy High School’s science students participated in the Northwell Health Spark! Challenge.

The teams visited Northwell Hospital sites for a day of career shadowing while learning about the role of each member of a health care team in a particular hospital department.

The team of AP Biology students visited the Southside Hospital Neurology Department on Dec. 13, 2019; and, the team of ASR students visited the Schneider’s Children Hospital Pediatric Trauma Department on Dec. 12, 2019. After the visits, the teams worked with their teachers to create posters that promoted the role of one of the professionals they met on site.

“I am so pleased to announce that our ASR team has won first place in the Spark! contest for their career poster promoting the role of a Child Life Specialist,” explained Robert Soel, district science department chairman. “They are awarded $2,000 for their winning entry.” The district congratulates the team members: Julia Levine, Callie Burns, Seth Gorelik, Danielle Kacaj, Arjun Maystry, Alexis Krayevsky, Ashley Camisso, David Frank, Eric Giannaris, Noah Kava, Katherine St George, Mikaela Milch, Jordy Krinsky, Josh Farber, Liam Boyle, Matt Cohn, Jacob Kamler and their Spark! coach, Barbi Frank.

Northwell Health’s SPARK! Challenge is an annual program for high school students across the New York area that brings together educators, schools and lots of passionate Northwell team members. By bringing together educators, schools, and clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals, the Spark! Challenge is helping to inspire students to explore healthcare careers. More than 900 11th and 12th grade high school students from Long Island, Staten Island, Westchester and New York City participated in the fifth annual Spark! Challenge. See this year's winners here

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