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District Students Inducted into National English Honor Society

On April 19, all three high schools in the Central High School District welcomed new members into the prestigious National English Honor Society, an organization which recognizes the merits of accomplished students and faculty in the field of English Language Arts. To qualify for NEHS membership, students must maintain a certain GPA, take part in at least two writing competitions throughout the school year, contribute to an English related activity, attend a school arts event and complete a rigorous course of study in their English classes.

At Calhoun High School, 32 students were inducted into the school’s NEHS chapter, led by English teacher Dawn Boland. Current NEHS president, senior Josh Aberman, presented a keynote speech at the ceremony about how literature changed his life and continues to affect him as a student and an individual. Senior officers Rachel Gershengoren (vice president) and Kristi Chan (treasurer) presented each inductee with a membership pin, certificate and a personalized gift: a copy of Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged,” signed by one or more of their past English teachers to congratulate them on their achievement.

At Kennedy High School, 21 students were inducted into the school’s NEHS chapter, led by English teacher Kimberly Miller. Current NEHS president, senior Rebecca Stekol, presented a keynote speech at the ceremony about the power of writing and its ability to liberate individuals and society. English teacher Steven Mastromariono and English Chairperson Adeline Atkins presented each inductee with their certificates. Daniel Sheffield, an honorary inductee and veteran English teacher, was inducted and acknowledged for his dedication to his students both inside and outside of the classroom. Sheffield has taught English at Kennedy High School for 13 years and has directed 13 drama productions.

Mepham High School welcomed young adult author Kate Karyus Quinn as a keynote speaker for its induction ceremony, who shared anecdotal stories of childhood creativity that led her to pursue her dream to write novels. Mepham’s Poet Laureate Maura Singleton shared an original poem penned for the event. Senior officers Kelsie Schroder, Kara Brust, Bradley Boyle and Katherine Galgano then honored English teacher and Skull and Bones Drama Club adviser Edward Grosskreuz with Honorary membership and NEHS co-advisers Heather Castellano and Shari Stack awarded the Erin McArdle Memorial Scholarship to graduating senior and NEHS secretary Bradley Boyle before inducting new members.  

World Languages Students Inducted into Honor Societies

The Department of World Languages held its annual honor society induction ceremony at Kennedy High School on April 19 and at Mepham High School on April 20.

Students of French, Italian and Spanish were honored for their outstanding work in a world language.  

The events were organized by Kennedy teachers Francesca Engelson and Mepham teachers Andrew Franklin and Betsy Siegelaub.  

“The inductions were student-led ceremonies that featured student highlights from the year and student musical and poetry presentations in French, Italian and Spanish,” said Renée Fallon, world languages chairperson.

Kennedy Student Government Hosts Pasta Night for Charity

Members of the Kennedy High School Student Government and Culinary and Hospitality Applied Management Program co-hosted a pasta dinner on April 18 to benefit the American Cancer Society.

The C.H.A.M.P. students prepared a selection of fresh pasta dishes, including sauces made from scratch.

The Student Government planned the entire event while members of the central administration, Kennedy faculty and the Bellmore-Merrick community attended.

Guests were served freshly made Cesar salad, salad, pizza and desserts. Kennedy Senior Joshua Corwin entertained visitors by playing classical piano music throughout the evening. All proceeds were donated to the American Cancer Society.

Josh Levine on Newsday’s Students to Watch List

Kennedy High School junior Josh Levine was recently named to Newsday’s Students to Watch list for April.

Read more about why he was selected here.

Kennedy Students Strut the Catwalk for Charity


Led by Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District Board of Education Vice President Janet Goller for the 20th year in a row, Kennedy High School seniors converted the auditorium into a fashion runway to raise money for their adopted charity.

More than 100 students participated in the fashion show, which showcased casual and formal wear as well as hair and makeup styling from a variety of local merchants. The evening is part of the Senior Experience, which offers alternative learning opportunities to graduating students towards the end of their senior year.

“It is a culminating event for seniors, like Class Night, the prom and then graduation,” said teacher Lisa Scherer. “This year an extrodinary number of seniors volunteered - the most in years - and they represented all groups of students.”

A portion of the event’s proceeds will benefit Camp Sunrise, a day camp dedicated to children with cancer and their siblings, free of charge.