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Kennedy High School Celebrates 49th Commencement


Members of the Kennedy High School community in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District gathered early on June 26 at the NYCB Theater at Westbury to celebrate its graduating class.

Student Class President Steven Obadiah had positive message for his peers.
“We have a class full of winners and I am honored to have worked closely with many of you,” he said of the class’ philanthropic accomplishments.
Salutatorian Rachel Mashal offered the following advice to her fellow graduates should they face obstacles in the next stage of their lives.

“Remember your passion and never give up on what you love,” she said. “Be a leader and stick up for what you believe in.”
Valedictorian Samantha Klein emphasized that graduates should “remember to focus on joy” in their lives and not rely on status or material things to make themselves happy.

“The next step in our lives may be challenging, but we all have the strong foundation of the Cougar Nation underneath us as a supporting network as we are separated from Long Island – and Town Bagel for the first time,” she jested.


Kennedy Seniors Experience Work Environments


In the spring of 2006, a committee of administrators, teachers, parents and students at Kennedy High School developed a senior program to offer alternative learning opportunities to graduating students towards the end of their senior year. This program, known as the “Senior Experience Program,” is currently entering its 10th year.

Participants have three weeks of release time during the last three weeks of the school year. This period of time is dedicated to their chosen project or internship; students are expected to spend time at their placement equal to the time that they spend at school. This year, more than 215 seniors are participating in the program at Kennedy High School. Students are in a variety of fields that range from engineering to communications, and medicine to graphic design, and are working in offices from Hauppauge to New York City.

“The success of the program relies on the commitment of the students, the monitoring of each student by a faculty mentor, and the generous support of our community sponsors who are willing to work with our students and give them an enriching and educational experience,” said Principal Lorraine Poppe. “From their experiences, many of our students begin to change or develop future plans. Others merely enjoy sharing their talents or commitment to service with others. The program has truly become part of the Kennedy culture, and students look forward to being part of Senior Experience.”

A few of the students are interning at law firms on Long Island and in New York City.

“I've learned how the judicial system functions,” said student Ashley Jarzabek. “I've also learned many terms that attorneys use; such as a Stipulation of Settlement and a Judgment of Divorce. Before going into this, I didn’t know these terms existed. Something I've done well was take notes of the court cases and follow along with them since they are confusing sometimes…I am learning so much and the idea of law school is now exciting to me.”
Students like Alex Dobosh are also focusing on the legal field; however, Alex is interning in a courthouse rather than a law office. He is at the New York State Supreme Court in New York City.

“I have learned a lot about the court process…sitting on trials is different,” Dobosh said.  “It’s pretty crazy how the legal world works.”  

Dobosh also noted how he has been able to apply some of the skills he learned in Mock Trial to this experience.

Student Elizabeth Lau said she is enjoying her experience working at Bellmore-Merrick Pediatrics. “At the pediatric office, I work with other staff, patients and parents. Instead of learning at a desk, I'm learning from hands-on experience,” she said. “I definitely prefer working at the office more. This is definitely more interesting and engaging, and I really feel like I learn a lot more. I also love being able to interact with people directly.”

All students in the program write a daily journal entry, which is reviewed by the student’s mentor.  In addition, during the week following Senior Experience, participants present an overview of their project to classmates, teacher, parents, and administrators.

Calhoun, Kennedy Takes Home High Awards at LI Science Congress

The Long Island Science Congress recently hosted its annual award ceremony to honor the top 25 percent of the students who competed in the event.  

More than 2,000 students competed in the event and several Kennedy and Calhoun high school students were recognized during the award ceremony.  

Calhoun’s Jacob Miller took home an honors award, while seniors Nicole Fegan, Louis Lin and Rachel November took home high honor awards. Kennedy’s Melissa Himelfarb, Alexia Tilman and Amanda Steinberg also earned high honors. Maxmilian Bazil, Anna Kuznetsova, Jennifer Rakhimov and Michael Sternbach earned highest honors in addition to receiving special awards that carried $50 cash prizes.

Kennedy’s Racalbuto Eclipses Goal Record


Nico Racalbuto is a senior and four-year varsity starter with Kennedy High School’s boys lacrosse team who shattered the school’s single season goal record, netting 56.

An All-County selection last season, Racalbuto again led the boys lacrosse team in points, with 73.

Racalbuto is a two-year captain and leaves Kennedy as the all-time leader in career goals (130) and points (196). He will be playing lacrosse at Adelphi University in the fall.

Kennedy Staffer Wins School Nursing Award

Kathleen King, a well-respected member of Kennedy High School staff, was recently awarded the New York State Excellence in School Nursing Award.

“Her many years of hospital and school nursing experience have given her a wealth of expertise to share,” said board trustee Gina Piskin. “She is always proactive in her practice and eager to continue learning. It is evident that she is a professional who truly cares about her students.”