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Kennedy Duo Places in State Business Competition

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Linda Jiang and Hugh Cheung of Kennedy High School in the Bellmore-Merrick Central School District placed fourth in the New York State Future Business Leaders of America competitions.

Their category, Banking and Financial Systems, required them to complete a 100-question test and later provide and present an impromptu solution to a case study to a panel of judges.

“This is an amazing accomplishment as, not only are they both freshmen and first-time competitors, they competed against high school students of all ages,” said Roseann Damato, the Future Business Leaders of America adviser.
This feat earned them a place at the national event in Anaheim, California. Additionally, Hugh placed fifth in the Introduction to Financial Math category.

FBLA is the largest career student organization in the world. FBLA’s state and national awards program recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. Through state-based competition at the spring State Leadership Conferences, members compete in events that test their business knowledge and skills. Top winners in each state are eligible to compete for honors at the National Leadership Conference each summer.

Spanish and Cooking Classes Collide at Kennedy

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Members of Franca Fiorentino’s Spanish 3H class at John F. Kennedy High School collaborated on a cross-curricular lesson with Michael DiGiovanni, an instructor with the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Program.

Fiorentino’s class worked on a cultural unit that included learning about famous Spanish tapas, small plates of food usually served in Spain. Students visited the culinary arts room to prepare and enjoy challenging tapas recipes.

“It was great to see the students enjoying a meal they prepared,” Fiorentino said.   

DiGiovanni will be visiting the Spanish class next week to discuss Spanish cuisine with the class.

Bellmore-Merrick Seniors Earn High Honors at Music Festival

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Two seniors in the district participated in the 2017 National Association for Music Education All-Eastern Festival and Concert in Atlantic City, New Jersey early April, earning high honors.

Skylar Berkley of Kennedy was selected as second chair clarinet with the Honors Orchestra and Julia Losner of Calhoun High School was selected as a Soprano II in the Honors Treble Chorus.

“Both of these ensembles are comprised of top student musicians from high schools across the northeast,” said Cheryl Fontana, the district’s director of the fine and performing arts. “This is such an incredible accomplishment for these two young ladies; the entire district is extremely proud.”

The intense three-day rehearsal period culminated with a live performance at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom in the historic Boardwalk Hall on Saturday, April 8. They were advised by music directors Wally Avellaneda and Sanford Sardo, respectively.

Kennedy Team SPARKs Second Place Win

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A team comprised of advanced science research students from Kennedy High School earned a second place prize at this year’s Northwell Health SPARK Challenge.

The teams that participated by shadowing professionals in different departments of the Health System last fall, competed with career presentations they designed to represent the departments they shadowed.

Teams from the culinary program, the virtual enterprise program and the Advanced Science Research (ASR) program presented at the Northwell SPARK event held in the Cradle of Aviation museum.

Kennedy’s ASR team won second place with their career advertisement poster presentation, representing vocational counselors and professionals at Northwell Health.  

Their prize includes a $4,500 award to be used for a field trip chosen by the 10-member student team and their teacher.

Congratulations to Team “Vocation Nation,” which is comprised of Jennifer Rhakimov, Julia Abrams. Nicole Khouryawad, Oliva Mark, Christopher Ham, Lucas Rosen, Nina Weissbach, Amanda Schleider, Chloe Rome and Brian Zharov.  They were lead by team advisor Barbi Frank.

Italian Students Win Poetry Awards


On March 24, students from the central high school district participated in the American Association of Teachers of Italian’s annual poetry recitation contest at SUNY Old Westbury.

These select Bellmore-Merrick students competed against more than 225 students from all over Long Island as they recited classic Italian poems in front of peers, teachers and professors. Each student not only memorized up to 30 lines of a classic Italian poem, but also effectively introduced and interpreted it.

“The students who demonstrated their mastery of pronunciation, intonation, interpretation, poise and memorization were awarded for their accomplished performances,” said World Languages Chairperson Enrique Montes. “All competitors were commended for their efforts and determination as they spent a day immersed in Italian.”

Senior Rebecca Unz of Calhoun High School received the top prize in her category for her poignant rendition of an excerpt from Dante Alighieri’s “The Divine Comedy.” Melissa Mjeshtri of Kennedy High School was also awarded first place among a large group of freshmen from all over Long Island.

Winners were as follows:

Calhoun High School – senior Rebecca Unz – first place; senior Jonathan Kessler - third place; junior Lauren Ameruoso - honorable mention; junior James Caracciolo - honorable mention; junior Sara Grossman- honorable mention and junior Kyle Pilotti- honorable mention
Kennedy High School – freshman Melissa Mjeshtri - first place
Wellington C. Mepham High School – junior Rebecca Scotto - honorable mention