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VIDEO: Accomplished Alumnus and Percussionist Neil Grover Visits Kennedy

VIDEO: Accomplished Alumnus and Percussionist Neil Grover Visits Kennedy

Decades ago Neil Grover, a member of Kennedy High School’s class of 1973, watched Ringo Starr perform with The Beatles on television and he began playing the drums in the school band.

Fast forward to the present where he expertly performs on more than 40 percussion instruments, travels the globe with the esteemed Boston Pops and has created his own concert instrument line, Grover Pro Percussion.

The accomplished musician addressed a packed band room at Kennedy on Dec. 3.

“While I was at Kennedy, I was probably practicing one to two hours a day because I wanted to get into a music conservatory,” Grover recalled. “By the time I was a senior, I knew I wanted to peruse music as a career, but was unsure in what capacity.”

Grover demonstrated various percussion instruments including the bongos, congas, tambourine and also played an excerpt of a song from the hit movie, Home Alone on the glockenspiel and chimes.

"It was such an awesome experience having Mr. Grover come in to speak and perform for my students,” said Walter Avellaneda, director of bands. “To see someone fulfill their lifelong passion and have a career with so many accomplishments was an incredible lesson for my students.”

Grover stressed the importance of finding your passion and running with it. 

“There is no better inspiration for students than that,” Avellaneda added. “For them to see an alumnus that played on the very same instruments, in the same room, while spending countless hours in the band room and hearing his journey become one of the most respected percussionists in the music industry was such a treat. It is something we will all never forget and the kids haven't stopped talking about it." 

A message of sacrifice and perseverance was emphasized to students when it comes to pursuing your goals.  Grover constantly reiterated that everyone in their own way has a passion for music, as it touches lives on many levels.  He encouraged students to keep playing whether it be for a future career as a musician or simply for their own enjoyment. 

Grover ended by sharing that his time in the band program at Kennedy High School was one of the most motivating factors in starting his highly successful career.



Kennedy Boys Volleyball Earn Board Honors, Official Town Sign

Kennedy Boys Volleyball Earn Board Honors, Official Town Sign photo
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The Kennedy High School boys volleyball team, recently named Long Island and New York State champions, were honored at the Dec. 5 board of education meeting for their accomplishments.

“You will have that experience forever,” John DeTommaso, superintendent of schools said when he addressed the team and their parents at the Dec. 5 board meeting.  

On Dec. 7, Hempstead Town Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney and Receiver of Taxes Donald Clavin delivered an official sign, marking their championship wins.

“Donald Clavin and I are glad to present this commemorative plaque, recognizing your hard work and dedication on the volleyball court,” King Sweeney told the team.  

Kennedy Alumni Gifts $15,000 in Science Equipment

Kennedy Alumni Gifts $15,000 in Science Squipment photo

Several members of the Kennedy High School Alumni Association visited the school’s Advanced Science Research room to observe the nearly $15,000 of equipment they purchased for the program.

“These donations to the Science Research and STEM programs have allowed for the purchase of cutting-edge media tools and technological equipment that will empower our students in the fields of advanced science research, engineering, design, robotics and computer science,” said Robert Soel, a science chairperson.

Items included an Afinia H800+ 3D printer, an HP DesignJet poster printer and plotter, an HP multifunction color laser printer, Apple TV and two large screen Samsung Smart TVs, two HP laptop computers, and a custom package of VEX V5 robotics kits for competition and classroom use.

“Gifts like these allows us to preserve the past while connecting with the present,” said Alumni Association President Dr. Gary Morganstern of the Class of 1973.

“Support from our alumni is essential in developing the most dynamic and successful learning community,” added Soel. “This donation coupled with the ongoing connections we foster between our current students and alumni in STEM professions is a testament to their support of the next generation of scientists, engineers, and clinicians.”

Kennedy Boys Volleyball Clinch State Title

Kennedy Boys Volleyball Clinch State Title photo
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The Kennedy High School boys volleyball team was victorious against Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake on Nov. 17 to earn the Division II New York State championship title. 

The team advanced to the final with a 3-1 record in pool play including a two-set sweep over defending state champions Eden. 

“This was an amazing run coaching incredible kids,” said coach and health teacher Dennis Ringel. “A state championship is the pinnacle in high school athletics, and to watch this group achieve it was extraordinary. The team showed heart, resilience and determination rising for every challenge that they faced.”

Cooper Moran, Tyler Jarzabek and Justin Steinberg were named to the All-New York State team and Tyler Anderson was named Division II New York State Most Valuable Player. 

While dozens of folks traveled to watch the boys compete, they were also greeted by peers and family members late Saturday evening as their bus pulled into Kennedy.

“A huge thanks to our parents, our administrators, and all of the teachers and students who made the trip to Albany to bring a little bit of Cougar Nation to our state capital," Ringel added.

Kennedy’s Morgan Marcus Designs District’s New Art & Music Logo

Kennedy’s Morgan Marcus designs district’s new art & music Logo photo
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Students in the Central High School District were recently given the opportunity to show off their artistic abilities to design a new logo for the art and music department.

Morgan Marcus, a junior at Kennedy High School, created the winning design.

“We were looking for a design that encapsulates the already existing Bellmore-Merrick logo, but with an added art and music flair,” explained Cheryl Fontana, director of fine & performing arts and adult education.

After narrowing down the submissions to the final four designs, voting was opened up to the entire student body and faculty to vote for their favorite via a Google form. 

“Interested students worked on them at home as well as some within their graphic design courses,” added Fontana.

Marcus used Adobe Illustrator in her Creative Suite II class to design the logo.

“I was able to build on the skills I learned last year in Creative Suite I this year to help me create the logo,” Marcus said. “I’ve become increasingly interested in graphic design and it’s something I might consider pursuing in the future.” 

Marcus’ art & design teacher Jessica Conte described her as a “talented art student who works hard.” 

“I have seen her grow and learn through the Adobe programs,” she added. “She is never satisfied with a mediocre product and strives to create meaningful works of art.”

Other finalists included Kennedy’s Gabriella Greiser, Alexander Pakula and Matthew Woghin and Grace Beyer of Mepham High School.