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First-Quarter CARMA Awards Go to Two Students

The Kennedy High School Student Government recently congratulated students Jamie Kanner and Lauren Azmon on receiving the Cougars as Role Model Americans (CARMA) award for the first quarter of the school year. Members of the student government, including its president and vice president, Zach Goldman and Josh Goldman, as well as its PR coordinator, Justin Shapiro, presented the recipients with certificates. The CARMA award recognizes students for their outstanding community service.

Jamie Kanner:
In December 2013, Jamie Kanner came across the Rolling Thunder Special Needs Running Program, an organization that gives children and adults with disabilities the opportunity to participate in track and field events. Kanner found the organization’s website and discovered there was only a group in Suffolk County, not Nassau, so she decided to start her own Nassau County chapter of Rolling Thunder.
In March 2014, Kanner spoke at a Rolling Thunder Special Needs Running Program meeting and was given $500 by the president of the Long Island Chapter of the Autism Society of America to purchase equipment for the program. After obtaining the insurance policy through the autism organization and the permission from Kennedy High School to use the track on the weekends, Kanner hosted running events for disabled runners.
Kanner’s participation on the track and cross-country teams motivated her to start this program.

Lauren Azmon:
This past summer, Lauren Azmon participated in two community service programs in Africa with Global Leadership Adventures. Azmon traveled to rural Ghana, where she took part in the “Dream Big Ghana” project. While there, she built a compost facility for an extended family of 26 relatives. She had to make her own bricks using sand and water and carry them in a bucket on her head from the village to the worksite.
After completing a bathroom complex in Ghana, Azmon spent three weeks in Tanzania, where she taught English to first-grade students. She also built a fence around the playground of the school to protect the children during recess. She continues her dedication to this cause by selling handmade elephant pants for the Jiendeleze organization.
Azmon was motivated to volunteer because of her love of working with children and her interest in the science of public health.

Lady Sharks Recognized at Board Meeting

The Board of Education recognized members of the district’s aquatic team, the Bellmore-Merrick Sharks, for their remarkable 2014 season.
During the Board’s December meeting, the Lady Sharks were presented with a citation from Board President Joann DeLauter after the team place second in the state at the Swimming and Diving Championships held at Ithaca College two weeks prior.|

In addition to their success at the state meet, the Lady Sharks broke the Nassau County record in the 200 medley relay. The relay, comprised of Mepham’s Jaimie Kaefer and Liz Walsh, Calhoun’s Georgeanne Zimmerman and John F. Kennedy’s Paige Kaplan, finished fourth in the state.

Kaplan also won the state championship in the 100-yard butterfly, setting a new Nassau County record, and tied for fifth in the 200 individual medley.
The 200 freestyle relay, comprised of Jessica Arana, Kerry Giovanniello, Kaefer and Kaplan, finished eighth in the state.

Kennedy Alum Delivers Can-Do Presentation

Students at John F. Kennedy High School received a special visit from an inspiring alum on Nov. 26 when they welcomed back Stephanie Hammerman to speak to them about overcoming challenges.

Hammerman, a 2007 graduate of JFK High School, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy after her birth, a condition that causes difficulty with motor skills such as walking, getting dressed or picking up objects. Now in her mid-20s, Hammerman has worked her way through graduate school and is one of the first women with cerebral palsy to participate in CrossFit competitions and attain CrossFit Level 2 Certification.

Mixing great humor with an approachable demeanor, Hammerman discussed her life’s struggles and amazing accomplishments while a college student at Lynn University in Florida, where she was first introduced to CrossFit trainers. From that meeting, she began a lifelong journey of marathons and social networking with other differently abled people around the country inspired by her story.

After her presentation, Hammerman fielded questions from the audience and stuck around to say hello to some past teachers and administrators.