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Kennedy Holds Class of 2015 Commencement


More than 300 graduating seniors from Kennedy High School received their diplomas during the school’s 48th annual commencement ceremony on June 28 at the NYCB Theatre in Westbury.

During the spirited ceremony, graduating members of the high school chorus entertained family, friends and faculty members with “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “A Little Pretty Bonnie Lass.” The audience also heard from graduating senior vocal performer Mara Friedman, who delivered a stunning rendition of “God Bless America.” In addition, the class was treated to a visit from Sen. Chuck Schumer, who delivered an amusing and inspiring speech about life choices.

In the salutatory address, Nicholas Field compared the graduates’ journey to the way directions on a roadmap don’t always dictate the outcome. He also recalled the morning announcements from his middle school years, when he often heard the principal say, “Make it a great day or not…the choice is yours.”

“In college, we’ll get pushed toward a major, but the rest is up to us,” Field said. “We get to make our own decisions. Make it a great life or not…the choice is yours.”

Valedictorian Beatrice Brown echoed those sentiments in her address, reflecting on the class’s years of effort and how their education at Kennedy prepared them for the future.

“Today we are here as a testament to all our hard work,” she said. “Our journey is just beginning, but we must keep in mind that tomorrow is not determined by destiny or fate. During the next leg of our journey, we will have the resources to improve the world.”

The graduating class also heard from Class President Anna Lawrence, who wished her fellow classmates well in the future. Principal Lorraine Poppe spoke fondly of the Class of 2015.

“As I look out, I cannot help but recall the remarkable things you’ve accomplished,” Ms. Poppe said. “As a class, you will be hard to top.”

“Your story is yet to be written, and you are just at the beginning,” said Board of Education trustee Dr. Nancy Kaplan. “Involve yourself with new things. Get to know your faculty and allow them the pleasure of getting to know you.”

The ceremony culminated with each student approaching the stage to receive his or her diploma, followed by the traditional cap toss.

Kennedy Senior Wins at Long Island Science Congress

Jamie Kanner, a senior in John F. Kennedy’s advanced science research program, earned first place in Behavioral Sciences at the Long Island Science Congress at The Wheatley School in Westbury last month. 

As a result of her first-place accomplishment, Kanner was invited to present her research project and compete for placement at the New York State Science Congress competition at Brookhaven National Laboratory on May 30. 

Jamie’s research project, “What Do You Think? The Perceptions of Typical Individuals Regarding Those with Autism Spectrum Disorder,” was developed with the help of a mentor from Harvard Medical School, and professionals from the Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism.
Kanner was recognized for her accomplishments at the June 3 meeting of the Board of Education.

BOE Recognizes Its Own at June Meeting

During the school year’s final meeting of the Board of Education, members of the board and student representatives exchanged gifts, pleasantries and bid farewell to retiring members of the district.

Board Vice President Skip Haile read the names of the 13 Bellmore-Merrick CHSD employees retiring at the end of the year.

The board also recognized the service of retiring board trustee Susan Schwartz in a touching tribute to her years of service to the district. The board’s student representatives recognized the work of board President JoAnn DeLauter by presenting her with a plaque.

The student representatives were surprised to learn that they would be recognized for their service — delivering monthly updates on their school’s events and accomplishments. President DeLauter read a proclamation of gratitude and handed out personalized honorary gavels as a keepsake. As an added thrill, the students got to deliver the May update while sitting at the head of the board dais.

The board also recognized outgoing members of the district’s various PTA organizations.

Senior Awards Recapture Stellar Year

More than 200 scholarships and awards were handed out in separate ceremonies held at all three high schools on May 27.

The Senior Awards Program is an annual event that pools scholarships and recognitions both in and out of the district to reward outstanding seniors who have made contributions in numerous fields, including community service.

The awards ranged from perfect attendance and academic excellence, to memorial awards in journalism and music.

The evening also provides an opportunity for members of each school’s respective alumni associations and PTA groups to connect with current students and recognize their work.

Kennedy Honors a Dozen Seniors


Twelve seniors from Kennedy High School were recently honored with Cougar Pride Awards for their loyalty, dedication and commitment to the school.

This award, given to students whose involvement and leadership in clubs, teams and activities goes above and beyond, were also given the opportunity to select a teacher/coach advisor to honor that evening.

Pictured are the 12 outstanding seniors and the staff members they honored:

Student Honorees
Beatrice Brown
Rachel Choset
Gabrielle D’Ambrosi
Samuel Epstein
Mara Friedman
Joshua Goldman
Zachary Goldman
Taylor Ann Haiduk
Jamie Kanner
Jared Nossen
Justin Shapiro
Jake Silverman


Staff Honorees
Walter Avellaneda
Kara McManus
Walter Avellanada
Barbi Frank
Jeanette Pincus
Madeline Donahoe
Brad Seidman
Allen Ma
Christopher Mammone
Melissa Ranallo
Lisa Scherer
Jason Elias