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Kennedy Junior Earns Elite History Internship

Sophia Beren, an 11th-grader at Kennedy High School, has been selected to participate in the New York Historical Society’s Scholars Program for Teens, an internship program that attracts history-minded high school students to conduct research at New York City libraries and archives.

Beren will join a host of other students this summer in choosing a topic relevant to New York’s history and exploring that topic extensively with rare historical resources at hand, including artifacts, manuscripts, drawings and microfiche films.

Beren will also get the chance to help the New York Historical Society partner with Literary Manhattan, an organization dedicated to promoting New York’s rich literary history by thoroughly researching significant moments and locations of literary merit. To conduct her research, Beren will have access to the archives at the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library, one of the oldest independent research libraries in the United States.

The Scholars Program seeks to strengthen students’ visual literacy skills and ability to conduct in-depth historical research using the Historical Society’s extensive collection.

Kennedy Band Performs in Boston

Approximately 60 students from Kennedy recently traveled to tour and perform in Boston, Massachusetts.

Students began their tour by visiting Harvard University, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library at the campus of the University of Massachusetts, and experienced a performance by Blue Man Group.

The following day, before a crowd of more than 150 people, students performed a concert at Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall. The concert was live-streamed so that parents could view the performance. Following their showcase, students took a classic Duck Tour around Boston. Students then traveled to Salem for a show and walking tour. The weekend culminated in a visit to Six Flags New England.

This is the fifth spring tour that the Kennedy HS band program has taken. Students performed a pops-style concert featuring music from Broadway’s “Wicked,” Disney’s “Up,” “James Bond” and more. The student played under the direction of Kennedy music teacher Walter Avellaneda

To hear excerpts, view photos or for more information, visit the Kennedy HS band program website at http://jfkhsband.weebly.com.

District Holds Relay for Life at Calhoun HS


Hundreds gathered to march around the track at Calhoun High School on April 24 as Bellmore-Merrick kicked off its first Relay for Life event.

Despite the unseasonably cold temperatures, the event brought warmth and hope as it helped raise more than $75,000 for the American Cancer Society.

The opening ceremony of the 12-hour overnight event featured remarks from the Relay for Life student committee and an impassioned speech from Calhoun 10th-grader Holden Smith, who recently fought and beat Hodgkin’s lymphoma. From there, survivors, including Smith, gathered on the track and took the ceremonial first lap behind a Relay for Life banner before they were joined by family members, caregivers and participants.

The event was the brainchild of students Adam Myers, Michael Jean and Matthew Koffler. In honor of Calhoun teacher Doug Smestad, who is currently battling liver cancer, this core group of students, known as “Smestad’s Knights,” approached district administrators last year and began the planning stage. Relay advisor Wendy Simson worked with Relay for Life specialist Sarah Sobel on getting the event off the ground. During the opening ceremony, Sobel presented Myers, Jean, Koffler and Christine Collins with certificates for their outstanding service in organizing the relay.

Highlights of the evening included a soaring rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by student Alaina Anderson, a performance by Calhoun alumnus and former “American Idol” contestant Robbie Rosen, live performances from the bands “Wait for It” and “Calhoun’s Crescendo,” and the luminaria ceremony of candle-lit lanterns lined up along the track.


District Inducts Hundreds Into National Honor Society

All three high schools in the district held their National Honor Society induction ceremony on April 22, swearing in more than 400 new students district-wide.

At Mepham, 135 students were inducted in a ceremony that included candle-lighting for the four qualities of membership: Service, Character, Scholarship and Leadership. The four officers of the Mepham National Honor Society, President Anand Bradley, Vice President Jenna Frisolone, Secretary Jessica Bortolussi and Treasurer Sara Miller conducted the ceremony. The evening also featured comments from Mepham’s Principal Michael Harrington and the honorary induction of English teacher Ed Grosskruez.

At John F. Kennedy, 123 students were inducted in a ceremony opened by student Reid Bachman, along with the candle lighting remarks from Sam Moser and Sara Harris. The evening also featured guest speaker and English teacher Steven Mastromarino and a musical performance of “Se Tu Ma’mi” from student Julianna Codispoti. Principal Lorraine Poppe delivered the induction address, while Mastromarino and mathematics teacher Daniel Vessely presented the credentials to each new inductee.

At Calhoun, student David Braunstein and advisor Julie Rosslee gave a welcoming address before inducting 153 students. Co-presidents Jared Del Orfano and Louis Lin; Vice-President Sanjida Chowdhury, Secretary Jamie Solomon and Treasurer Nicole Fegan handled the honors of lighting the ceremonial candles and inducting the new members. The ceremony also featured inspiring remarks from Principal Nicole Hollings.

All combined, 410 students were inducted into the National Honor Society, a fraternity that demands and rewards excellence in academic scholarship as well as leadership, character and public service.