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John F. Kennedy High School

3000 South Bellmore Ave
Bellmore, NY 11710
Mr. Gerard Owenburg

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Two Kennedy Students Named Regeneron Finalists

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Kennedy High School seniors Christopher Luisi and Desiree Rigaud were named finalists in the Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. 

Luisi and Rigaud were among only seven students from across Long Island named finalists and 40 nationwide on Jan. 21. Four other Kennedy students were named semifinalists on Jan. 6: Michelle Brown, Brandon Lin, Christopher Prainito and Shannon Su.

“We really all did this together and it is so great to be together to celebrate this,” said advanced science research adviser Barbi Frank. “I have had the honor of watching these students since they have been sophomores and to observe them transform into the scientists they have become today is remarkable.” 

Luisi’s project, “How Dietary Restriction Affects the Athleticism, Metabolic Rate, and Lifespan of Drosophila melanogaster,” is a culmination for more than a year of work.

“Working alongside my classmates for three years, we got to not only learn about science research, but also learn about ourselves and each other,” Luisi said. “We’ve been editing each other’s papers, presentations, post boards, all the while learning about each other’s passions.”

Rigaud’s project, “COVID-19 Induced Economic Stress: The Effect on Marital Functioning and Methods of Alleviating Financial Stress,” also endured a year’s worth of efforts.

“My goal is to continue to keep this connection that we built in advanced science research,” she said. “It was such a rewarding and supportive experience.”

In the last 17 years, a total of 62 Kennedy students have been recognized as semifinalist/scholars and eight have advanced to the finalist-level in the Regeneron STS. 

The 40 finalists nationwide were selected from 300 scholars and 1,804 entrants.

In addition to the $2,000 awarded to the semifinalists’ school, each of the finalists is awarded $25,000. They represent 37 schools across 19 states.

Finalists will participate in a weeklong competition from March 9-16, 2022, where they will undergo a rigorous judging process and compete for more than $1.8 million in awards.

Date Added: 1/21/2022

Kennedy Students Presents First Cougar Talk Program

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On Jan. 14, the students in Leadership III course at Kennedy High School presented their Cougar Talk program.

The 14 student presenters, who have been a part of the three-year School and Community Leadership program since sophomore year, presented memorized talks to an audience of family, friends, teaching, peers, and administrators.

“Over the course of the last two months, the students have been collaborating on this project - writing, editing, re-writing, memorizing and rehearsing their talks,” explained Brad Seidman, a social studies teacher who serves as the program instructor along with teacher Kristy Faulkner.

Their topics ranged from personal stories of adversity to reminders about the dangers of social media to their love of their messy bedroom. All of the students were fantastic - speaking confidently on the auditorium stage.

Student presenters included; Christopher Luisi, Liz Bohlert, Gabby Ostroff, Andis Azemi, Victoria DeLeo, Ruby Lapidus, Jayson Eisner, Lara Indich, Layla Schechner, Jake Tolipano, Kayla Stern, Isabella Mandel, Nikki Rosen, JT Berger, Sammi Einbinder and Kylie Matulich.

The entire program can be viewed on CougarTV’s YouTube channel: Click Here


Date Added: 1/19/2022

Six Kennedy Students Named Regeneron Scholars

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Six students from the Central High School District were named Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholars on Jan. 6.

Kennedy High School seniors Michelle Brown, Brandon Lin, Christopher Luisi, Christopher Prainito, Desiree Rigaud and Shannon Su are among 300 scholars selected from 1,804 applicants. Since 2004, there have been 62 research semifinalists/scholars at Kennedy. Last year, five students received this distinction.

“When we learned that six students were recognized today, the feeling of school pride was just overwhelming. When it comes to college readiness, the research conducted by these students may be one of the most meaningful learning experiences of their high school careers.”

“Their projects included hundreds of hours of laboratory and field work; the findings are novel and relevant to many challenges our society is facing today in the fields of medicine, psychology and epidemiology,” explained Science Chairperson Robert Soel. “They all completed extensive research investigations and impressive scientific essays in their Regeneron applications.”

Brown’s project is, “The Concurrent Effects of Metformin and Dietary Restriction on Parkinson’s Disease in a Drosophila melanogaster Model.” Lin’s project is, “A Novel Approach to Examine the Effect of Dietary Restriction and Exercise on Aging Drosophila melanogaster Involving Custom-Built 3D Printed Equipment.” Luisi’s project is, “How Dietary Restriction Affects the Athleticism, Metabolic Rate, and Lifespan of Drosophila melanogaster.” Prainito’s project is, “Development of a Polydiacetylene-Based Paper Biosensor for Naked-Eye Detection of COVID-19 in Saliva.” Rigaud’s project is, “COVID-19 Induced Economic Stress: The Effect on Marital Functioning and Methods of Alleviating Financial Stress.” Su’s project is, “The Combined Effect of HIF-1a Inhibition with Azacitidine and Venetoclax in Acute Myeloid Leukemia.”

In total, 12 students from the school’s advanced science research program submitted projects. Su’s mentor throughout the three-year process was ASR teacher Orquidea Afonso-Ancieto, while ASR teacher Barbi Frank served as a mentor to Brown, Lin, Luisi, Prainito and Rigaud.

“They have inspired, guided and mentored our research students for three years while on remote learning, hybrid, and in-person instruction,” added Soel.

"We could not be prouder of our advanced science research program and all the students who want to take on the challenge of creating original research during their high school years,” added Superintendent Michael Harrington. “A program like the one that exists in our district does not happen without some very special educators. We are in awe of the six students named semifinalists and their projects."

These scholars represent 185 American and International high schools in 37 states and three countries, including three homeschools. Each student will be awarded $2,000 while an additional $2,000 will go to the school to support its science program. On Jan. 20, 40 of the scholars will be named finalists, competing for more than $1.8 million in awards March 10-16.

The Regeneron Science Talent Search is hosted by the Society for Science, a program of Society for Science since 1942, is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. Each year, nearly 2,000 student entrants submit original research in critically important scientific fields of study and are judged by leading experts in their fields.

Kennedy Leadership Students Buddy Up With Elementary Kids

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Students in Kristy Faulkner’s School and Community Leadership class at Kennedy High School participated in a Buddy Program on Dec. 16 with children from the Reinhard Early Childhood Center in the Bellmore School District.

Students worked with both Ms. Raniolo and Ms. Frankel’s second graders to discuss the importance of teamwork and leadership.

CHAMP Program Hosts Open House

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CHAMP students Kennedy High School hosted an open house for middle schoolers on Dec. 15 to educate them about the Culinary and Hospitality Applied Management Program.

The program, led by instructors Meredith Ober and Michael DiGiovanni, is offered to all in district high school students and features a state-of-the-art kitchen facility.

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