John F. Kennedy High School honored 12 outstanding students during its annual Cougar Pride recognition program on June 11. The award is given to students who go above and beyond for the Kennedy community – those who really make a difference in the school itself and the community at large. More than 40 students were considered by a panel of faculty members for this distinct honor.
Once selected, the 12 students recognized a member of the faculty who made a significant impact on them during their time at Kennedy. Principal Lorraine Poppe and Assistant Principal Eileen Connolly spoke about each student in detail before students took to the podium to speak about their chosen faculty member.
Cougar Pride recipients included Gary Anderson, Jack Babbush, Rachel Calagna, Rebecca Jellinek, Briana Krackow, Madison McGlone, Sean O’Donnell, Benjamin Rabinowitz, Andrew Sheehan, Emily Silverman, Brandon Simon and Rachel Weintrauib. Faculty honorees included Keri Andree, Briand DeGaetano, Barbi Frank, Sara Gant, Elissa Germaine, Matthew Grasso, Allen Ma, Chris Mammone, Dennis Ringel, Christy Rochford, Jennifer Sapir and Frank Sansanelli.
“Tonight, the spotlight is on the young men and women who will be honored for their role in making Kennedy High School a very special place and the teachers who have made a difference in their lives,” said Ms. Poppe. “On behalf of my fellow administrators, I congratulate both the Cougar Pride recipients and the teachers who have helped to guide them. You are all truly remarkable, and I thank you for making a difference.”