Members of the Kennedy High School community in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District gathered early on June 26 at the NYCB Theater at Westbury to celebrate its graduating class.
Student Class President Steven Obadiah had positive message for his peers.
“We have a class full of winners and I am honored to have worked closely with many of you,” he said of the class’ philanthropic accomplishments.
Salutatorian Rachel Mashal offered the following advice to her fellow graduates should they face obstacles in the next stage of their lives.
“Remember your passion and never give up on what you love,” she said. “Be a leader and stick up for what you believe in.”
Valedictorian Samantha Klein emphasized that graduates should “remember to focus on joy” in their lives and not rely on status or material things to make themselves happy.
“The next step in our lives may be challenging, but we all have the strong foundation of the Cougar Nation underneath us as a supporting network as we are separated from Long Island – and Town Bagel for the first time,” she jested.