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Kennedy’s Wilen Gets Gold Medal for Writing

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Alixandra Wilens, the Class of 2017 valedictorian at Kennedy High School, was one of eight students nationwide to be awarded the coveted Scholastic Gold Medal Award for her writing portfolio.

Wilens was also awarded three silver keys at the regional level for her six submission pieces – which included a compilation of newspaper articles, collection of poetry, short stories and essays.

“I wanted to shared with readers how choices in a story can drive the plot forward,” explained Wilens. “Details that can seem so small at first can become more impactful throughout the story.”

Her English teacher, Vivian DiGennaro said she mentored Wilens on only “editing her pieces from the creative aspect,” but not many changes were needed because of her talent.

Wilens serves as the co-editor-in-chief of the school’s newspaper, The Cougar Crier, and is a member of several national honor societies, Mu Alpha Theta. She was also named a National Merit Commended Student.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the nation's longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12. Within the Awards' 29 categories, a record-breaking 330,000 works of art and writing were submitted for adjudication at the regional level this year.

Wilens will receive a $10,000 collegiate scholarship and will attend a ceremony on June 8 at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Kennedy Students Get on Their Feet for Musical Trip

On March 1, students from Amanda Cooper’s Spanish 4H classes at Kennedy High School attended the musical “On Your Feet!” in Manhattan.

Cooper and her students have been learning about the story of Emilio Estefan and Gloria Estefan and how they influenced the music industry.

“This week, students are following with a cultural comparison activity that will allow them to compare and contrast their favorite artists with the Estefans,” explained World Languages Chairperson Renée Fallon.

Perri Zilberman Wins National Young Astronomers Award

Perri Zilberman, an Advanced Science Research senior at Kennedy High School, has been named the first-place winner of the National Young Astronomers Award for his research on the exoplanets called “Hot Jupiters.”  

As a first-place winner, Zilberman is invited to an awards ceremony to be held at the 2017 North East Astronomer’s Forum in addition to receiving a telescope valued at $1,500.

Kennedy Key Clubbers Help Create Love Bugs to Foster a Community Partnership

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In celebration of Valentine’s Day, the Kennedy High School Key Club from the worked with Bellmore School District’s kindergarten students at the Reinhard Early Childhood Center on a Love Bug project.

The activity allowed the 25 club members to receive valuable community service hours, while providing an opportunity to mentor younger students.
The kindergartners had fun decorating their red construction paper love bugs with fluffy pipe cleaner antennas, eyes and messages of love, while the high school students demonstrated important role modeling and teamwork skills.
Adviser Jessica Chilton said the high school students enjoyed working with the younger students.

“The Key Club always looks forward to visiting schools and fostering a community partnership between districts,” she said.

Three Seniors Named National Merit finalists

Two Seniors Named National Merit finalists
Three students in the district have been named finalists in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Alaina Anderson of Calhoun High School, Maximilian Bazil of Kennedy High School and Rachel Jozwick of Mepham High School all received this distinction.

“We are proud of the exemplary students who received this prestigious honor,” said Superintendent John DeTommaso. “In addition to being strong in academics, they have each contributed greatly to their school community.”

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Approximately 15,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers qualified as finalists. From here, approximately 7,500 students will be notified of various monetary, corporate-sponsored or college-sponsored awards.