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Three Seniors Named National Merit finalists

Two Seniors Named National Merit finalists
Three students in the district have been named finalists in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Alaina Anderson of Calhoun High School, Maximilian Bazil of Kennedy High School and Rachel Jozwick of Mepham High School all received this distinction.

“We are proud of the exemplary students who received this prestigious honor,” said Superintendent John DeTommaso. “In addition to being strong in academics, they have each contributed greatly to their school community.”

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Approximately 15,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers qualified as finalists. From here, approximately 7,500 students will be notified of various monetary, corporate-sponsored or college-sponsored awards.

Kennedy JV Cheer Squad Lands at Nationals for First Time

Kennedy JV Cheer Squad Lands at Nationals for First Time
For the first time in the school’s history, the junior varsity cheerleading team at Kennedy High School recently competed in the National High School Cheerleading Championship in Orlando, Florida.

“Since December we have been practicing up to five days per week to prepare,” said coach Linda Leonardo. “We had less than two months to fundraise for the entire trip and would not have made it there without the help of our parents and sponsors.”

Leonardo explained the squad had a “rough warm up” prior to their Feb. 11 competition held at the ESPN World Wide of Sports Complex in the Pavilion.

“However, once they hit the mat their focus changed and they performed that routine like I had never seen before,” she added. “They had a perfect hit. No deductions. This was something we were hoping for when we got to nationals.”

The team finished in 12th place and looks forward to heading back next year.

Kennedy Pole Vaulter Jumps to Record Height

Cayla Conley, a senior at Kennedy High School, recently shattered a school record during the track and field conference championship.

Conley, clearing 7 feet, 6-inches in the pole vault, was an entire foot higher than the previous record.

“I’ve always had a love for running,” she said. “It allows me to express any emotion that I’m feeling at the time.”

Head coach Chris Mammome, assistant coach/jumps coach Cici Hirsch and her teammates are extremely proud of Conley’s record as well as the team’s achievements.
“She scored almost all of the points for the girls team at the conference championships,” Mammone explained.

“The coaches are very motivating, even when you are having a rough day,” Conley added. “They taught us that it doesn’t determine how the rest of your performances will go.”

Conley said she was hesitant trying pole vaulting four years ago, but pushed herself to do so.

“I carried over track from middle school into the high school setting but wanted to set new goals for myself,” she added.

Conley also earned fourth best school records in long jump and triple jump.

Eight Science Students Present at JSHS

Eight Science Students Present at JSHS
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Eight students from Kennedy and Calhoun high school were selected as semifinalists to present their research at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium at York College on Feb. 5.

This is the first time in Kennedy’s history that all who submitted were selected as semifinalists.

Kennedy students Max Bazil, Arin Forstadt, Claire Kelly, Jennifer Rakhimov, Michael Sternbach and Perri Zilberman were joined by Calhoun students Samantha Hernandez and Sara Samir.

Based on their scientific research presentations, Forstadt and Kelly of Kennedy were selected as finalists and will compete at York College on Feb 19.

JSHS is designed to challenge and engage high school students in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Individual students compete for scholarships and recognition by presenting the results of their original research efforts before a panel of judges and an audience of their peers.

Central Seniors Chosen as 2017 Coca-Cola Scholar Semifinalists

Two seniors were recently selected as Coca-Cola Scholar semifinalists.

Sara Samir from Calhoun High School and Maximilian Bazil from Kennedy High School were honored for their contributions to the community and the science field.

After the applicant pool was whittled down from 86,000 applicants, 1,914 students were chosen from across the country.

They are currently submitting their semifinalist applications to be reviewed in January.

After the review, 250 semifinalists will advance as regional finalists with 150 becoming Coca-Cola Scholars. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation exists to better the world through investment in exceptional high school students who are dedicated to leadership, service and action that positively affect others.