JFK Presents a Well-Deserved Diploma

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The Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District’s John F. Kennedy High School recently honored a valued alumnus. Robert Schneider left the school in 1967, just prior to his senior year, to join the army. On July 6, after many decades, he finally received a symbol of his effort, commitment and success in the form of a high school diploma.

Mr. Schneider’s diploma was presented by Principal Lorraine Poppe and Assemblyman David McDonough through New York’s Operation Recognition Program. This initiative recognizes the devotion and sacrifice of World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam Era Veterans who left school early by presenting them with a high school diploma.

Also in attendance at the celebration were Assistant Principals Jerry Owenburg and Vincent Pisano, along with members of Mr. Schneider’s family. Mr. Schneider attended John F. Kennedy High School in 1966 – its initial year. His two daughters, Kristen and Heather, went through the school and graduated in 2003 and 1994, respectively.

“This is the most rewarding thing we can do – it is a way to help people and recognize them,” said Assemblyman McDonough. As Ms. Poppe handed the veteran his official graduation documentation, she stated, “By the authority vested in me by the Board of Education of the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District, I officially certify that Mr. Schneider is eligible to receive his diploma.”