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JFK Senior Wins Young Naturalist Award

Kennedy High School senior Beatrice Brown was selected as one of two winners in her grade for the American Museum of Natural History’s Young Naturalist Award. The distinction was made in recognition of her research, “Forecasting Hurricane Hazards for the Long Island Area.”

The Young Naturalist Award is a research-based science competition open to students in grades 7-12 aimed at promoting the natural sciences.  It is sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History and the Alcoa Corporation. 

Brown’s research project was rigorously evaluated by educators and scientists at the museum.  She was chosen from a pool of finalists who completed STEM research projects focused on natural environments across the country.  Motivated by the damage to her own home, the loss of her family’s personal belongings and the devastation to her community during Superstorm Sandy, Brown’s independent research project developed predictive models of the hurricane hazards faced by coastal communities on Long Island. 

As a national winner, Brown and her parents are invited to an all-expense-paid overnight stay in New York City and an awards ceremony and luncheon at the American Museum of Natural History. 

She will also meet with museum scientists for a special behind-the-scenes tour of the museum’s laboratories and rare collections. Brown will receive a $2,500 cash award for her achievement.  

Intel Finalist Travels to Washington

Bellmore-Merrick’s Intel finalist, Samuel Epstein, traveled to Washington, D.C. recently to network and compete with the nation’s 39 other Intel finalists.

Epstein, a senior at John F. Kennedy High School, was selected as a finalist in January, earning him an all-expense-paid trip to the nation’s capital. He and fellow finalists shared their research with visitors and one another at the Public Exhibition of Projects. Later in the trip, Epstein attended a black-tie affair, emceed by CNN National Correspondent Suzanne Malveaux, where he was presented to an audience of more than 500 people. Highlights of the trip also included a meet-and-greet with President Barack Obama at the White House.

Epstein’s research, titled “The Effects of the Modulation of TOR Signaling and Microbial Exposure on Feeding Behavior in Drosophila melanogaster,” observed the dietary patterns of fruit flies in an attempt to research how caloric intake can be controlled to reduce the risk of disease and potentially slow the aging process. Epstein worked with mentors out of Long Island University. Other finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search included a student who developed a method to scan DNA for genetic mutations and one who modified a tomato plant for resistance to pests.

Browse our “In the News” section at left to view media coverage of this national event.

March Students of the Month

Administrators and staff at Kennedy recently designated one student from each academic department as Student of the Month for March. This recognition highlights the student’s achievements and efforts throughout the month. The March Students of the Month were:

Rebecca Banilover, Physical Education
Beatrice Brown, Science
Sam Dacher, Business
John Duroseau, Vocal Music
David Kantor, Math
Mikaela Orenstein, English (unavailable for photo)
Kenneth Pabon, Art
Devon Phillips, Family & Consumer Science
Danielle Schwartz, Social Studies
Neal Shah, World Languages and Health
Dan Steen, Instrumental Music

Congratulations to all these outstanding students!

Dancing with the Teachers at JFK

On March 10, the Kennedy Student Government and PTA presented “Dancing with the Teachers,” a one night competition featuring eight Kennedy teachers who showed off their dance moves after taking eight professional dance lessons during a two-month period.  

The theme for this year’s event was “Faculty Redemption,” as six of the participants returned to compete after falling short of victory the first time.  This is the fourth time the event was held at Kennedy.  

The six returning participants were Keri Andree, Roseann Damato, Steven Mastromarino, Bruce Reed, Lois Schiavetta and Daniel Vessely. The wild cards were Barbara Franklin and Rory Haiber.  Each participant danced with his or her professional instructor to a packed school gymnasium.

The contestants were judged by Kennedy English teachers Vivian Lopez and Jon Dell’Olio, main office secretary Mary Clark and senior Halle Marks.  The event was hosted by Kennedy science teachers Helmut Schleith and Russell Lella, who filled the night with wit and humor.  

Before the event, the Kennedy Student Government presented a donation of more than $6,200 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The money was raised by the Kennedy English Department’s Pennies for Patients campaign, along with proceeds from the event.

The combination of spirit and service is a cornerstone of the Kennedy Student Government.  President Zach Goldman presented the evening’s check, praising the dedication of the student organization for benefiting worthwhile causes.  Assistant Principal Jerry Owenburg commended the students for their charitable efforts. He presented citations to Goldman, as well as the club’s service coordinators Rachel Breslow and Aydin Kessler.  

Ms. Andree, a finalist in 2010, won the evening’s competition. All of the teachers demonstrated stellar dance moves, and it was a fun, spirited night.

Health & Career Fair Draws Hundreds to JFK

John F. Kennedy High School held its annual Health & Career Fair on March 24, gathering dozens of healthcare professionals and local organizations for a student networking opportunity.

Held in the school’s gymnasium, the evening began with a friendly Medical Scrabble Tournament and raffles, which helped raise money for Cohen Children’s Medical Center. The efforts raised $1,420 for the medical center.

During the event, students had an opportunity to speak with nurses, doctors, laboratory scientists, genetic counselors, forensic scientists, EMTs, acupuncturists, physician assistants and many other professionals.

Also in attendance were community health and wellness groups, such as the Alzheimer’s Foundation, the Community Parent Center, the Forever 9 Foundation, and fitness organizations, such as CrossFit and TFW.

The evening also featured fitness class demonstrations in the auxiliary gym. Kennedy High School’s gourmet foods students prepared healthy appetizers for the evening’s festivities.