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John F. Kennedy High School

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

Assistant Principals:
Mr. Daniel Jantzen
Ms. Marie A. Netto
Mr. Vincent Pisano

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Kennedy Sudents Assist With Community Clean Up

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On Nov. 10 several members of the H.O.P.E. (Helping Our Planet Earth) Club and other students from Kennedy High School joined forces with the South Merrick Community Civic Association, Inc. to clean up litter and refurbish the garden plantings at Cammanns Pond.  

Legis. Steve Rhoads, as well as other members of the community and a local Girl Scout troop attended and volunteered raking and pruning, planting and generally cleaning up this community space.  

Tyler Bissoondial Earns Second at Broadcom MASTERS

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Tyler Bissoondial, a freshman at Kennedy High School, placed second in the National Broadcom MASTERS competition held in Washington, D.C. from Oct. 25-30.

As a result, he received a $2,500 award for this achievement in addition to the $500 he was also granted for being named one of only 30 national finalists in September. Bissoondial was also awarded an iPad and had a minor planet named after him. 

“Tyler is a very hard working, well-rounded student with a passion not only for science, but for every subject,” said Tami Cruz, his research teacher at Grand Avenue Middle School. “He is an accomplished musician as well, known for his skills playing the violin.”

Under the guidance of Cruz, Bissoondial worked on his research project, “Isolation and Characterization of Salt Tolerant Mutants in Raphanus sativa (Radish),” when he was in eighth grade at Grand Avenue Middle School. It focuses on addressing global soil salinization, which is an emerging problem facing crop productions. 

Grand Avenue will also be awarded a monetary prize of $1,000 for his accomplishment.
Broadcom MASTERS is the nation's premier science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competition for middle school students. The Broadcom MASTERS, a program founded and produced by the Society for Science & the Public, seeks to inspire young scientists, engineers and innovators to solve the grand challenges of the 21st Century.

Cougar Pride Roars at Homecoming

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The Cougar Nation Kennedy High created a sea of green and white to display ultimate school pride at their Oct. 18 homecoming game.
While the football squad fell to opponents New Hyde Park High School, that didn’t stop the crowd from celebrating and making the moment a memorable one.

“I couldn’t be prouder of how these young men represented our school on the football field,” said Principal Gerard Owenburg.

The Friday night lights game followed an afternoon festival that included various club booths, a lively bonfire and various performances.

The traditional bonfire was held on the baseball field just before the game. Kennedy cheerleaders invited youth from the Braves cheer squad on the sidelines for a performance. Both the cheerleaders and kickline entertained the audience during halftime.

Kiara Stefandel and Liam Orr were crowned homecoming queen and king, respectively. 

The band, led by Walter Avellaneda, amped up the crowd throughout the evening. A tradition established a few years ago, a raffle was again held each quarter, offering students the opportunity win couch seats on the sidelines — complete with curb-side service from the C.H.A.M.P. (Culinary and Hospitality Applied Management Program) chefs.


Kennedy’s David Frank is Sole Author of Research Article

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David Frank, a senior at Kennedy High School, was listed as the sole author of a research project recently published in the “International Journal of Hospitality Management.”  

Frank is the first student at Kennedy to have received the honor of a sole publication. 

His project, “To Gift or Not to Gift: How Providing a Memento Affects a Restaurant Magician’s Tips,” examines the psychology behind tipping behavior and the generalizability of a published tip enhancing technique that is based on the “norm of reciprocity” — the idea that we feel a social obligation to repay what other people have given us. As a professional magician, Frank collected data for his study by performing magic at a local restaurant.

Tipping “is an important source of income for many service workers, who would benefit from a better understanding of things they can do to increase their customers’ ‘tips,’” according to his abstract.

His findings indicate that a magician receives more frequent and larger tips when he provides customers with a souvenir playing card. Specifically, it provides evidence that the aforementioned effects of giving gifts on tipping are reliable and that they generalize to a wide array of service contexts.

In addition, this past July, Frank was invited by the Science of Magic Association to present his research at their international science convention. He is currently completing another project related to his recent publication.

Kennedy Students Learn How to ‘Arrive Alive’

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Students at Kennedy High School learned valuable, hands-on lessons about the dangers and consequences of impaired driving as the Arrive Alive Tour visited the campus on Oct. 4.

The UNITE Arrive Alive Tour program uses a high-tech simulator, impact video and a number of other resources to educate the public about the dangers of intoxicated driving.

After wearing vision impairment goggles to navigate a police sobriety test of walking a straight line, sophomore Desiree Rigaud said the seemingly simple task was “quite difficult.”

“I felt like I was going to fall to one side with every step I took,” she added. “I didn’t expect that.”

The simulator allows participants to experience the potential consequences of impaired driving in a controlled environment.

Health teacher Katie Speiss said the program, sponsored by the Community Parent Center, ties in a lesson about positive versus negative risk taking and “how the choices students make now can affect them for the rest of their lives.”

The program was brought to Calhoun High School on Sept. 13 and will also be visiting Mepham High School. A version of the program will also be presented to the middle schools.

Focusing on health and safety issues, the Community Parent Center provides a full complement of school assembly programs, parent/community workshops and school administrator/staff development seminars addressing a wide range of topics: pre-prom and graduation safety, teen driver safety, mental health and youth depression, bullying, cybersafety and more. 

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