The student government at John F. Kennedy High School will host its annual Faculty Olympics on April 24 at 7 p.m. More than 80 Kennedy teachers, administrators and secretaries, divided into four teams, will be led by team captains chosen by the government’s executive board, including Kerri Andree, Jon Dell’Olio, Michael Graziosi and Laura Rosenthal. Staff members will compete in a variety of events, such as cupcake wars, tug-of-war, “Are You Smarter Than an AP Student?” and musical chairs. Teams will be scored by student judges.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Lung Cancer Research Foundation in memory of Ellen Sheldon, a Kennedy special education teacher who passed away in February after a lengthy illness. Students chose to honor Mrs. Sheldon for her 10 years of service in the district. To raise additional money, students will each donate $1 to participate in “Flannel Friday” the day after the event. The student leaders proposed the idea in hopes of showing solidarity for the cause and to collectively demonstrate appreciation for the career and life of Mrs. Sheldon.

The Kennedy Student Government is one of eight student councils in New York State to be named to the Gold Council of Excellence by the National Association of Student Councils. This recognition is a result of the group’s commitment to service and spirit. The Kennedy Student Government consists of an executive board, student senate and general assembly. Students are responsible for every aspect of the organization’s operations and the work necessary to host events such as this one.