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.