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Kennedy’s Ava Goldsmith Wins at International Science Fair

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Kennedy High School senior Ava Goldsmith was among several qualifiers from Long Island who competed in the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles May 7-11.

Goldsmith earned third place in cellular and molecule biology, earning her a $1,000 prize. Her research project, "Targeting of Epichaperome Downregulates HCFC1 Mediated Transcription of Oncogenes: Implications in Breast Cancer Therapy," focuses on a cancer-promoting protein network known as the "epichaperome."

Her study on how targeting this network could be an effective strategy in breast cancer therapies introduces a novel approach in molecular cancer treatments.

Goldsmith, an advanced science research student, achieved this prestigious recognition by securing first place in Cell and Microbiology category at the Long Island fair.

Every year, millions of high school students around the world participate in Regeneron-affiliated science fairs, but only about 1,600 qualify to compete for nearly $5 million in awards, scholarships, and internships at LISEF each May.

View her virtual booth here,

Kennedy Hosts STEAM Career and College Fair

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More than 70 professionals representing various careers were on hand at Kennedy High School’s STEAM Career and College Fair on April 16.

A medical Scrabble tournament and mini robotics competition were also part of the fair.

Individuals from various careers, organizations and colleges spoke to students and their families about college and career opportunities.

“Engaging alumni and local professionals in STEAM fields can offer students invaluable insights, mentorship, and inspiration for their own educational and career journeys,” explained Robert Soel, an event co-coordinator and science/STEAM chairperson based at Kennedy.

Students were able to get hands on experiences such as eSports gaming, flight simulation, robots and more.

“This kind of interaction fosters a sense of community and connectivity, which can be truly enriching for both the students and the professionals involved,” added Danielle Caliendo, an event co-coordinator and science/STEAM chairperson based at Calhoun High School.

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Date Added: 5/3/2024

Kennedy Students Earn LI Youth Summit Awards

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Two students in the Kennedy High School & Community Leadership program recently won Best Project awards at this year’s Long Island Youth Summit.

Haniyyah Myricks and Jayda Levine attended the summit along with 17 fellow Kennedy students who were also finalists.  

The Youth Summit is an educational collaboration among various organizations, including Northwell Health and St. Joseph’s College, encourages high school students across Long Island to tackle pressing local socio-medical, environmental and social issues. 

Levine, whose work addressed the impact of climate change on her generation, secured the award in the Impact of Climate Change category.  

In her paper, she expressed the stress experienced by her peers, exacerbated by the stark realities of climate change and increased societal violence.  

“By the time we had outgrown childhood, climate change was no longer a distant threat but a present reality, with greenhouse gases at peak levels and natural disasters more frequent and severe,” Levine stated in her paper.  

Her project proposed practical measures to reduce environmental impact, including water conservation and energy efficiency, which she argued could be implemented immediately to mitigate these effects. 

Myricks won in the Leadership category with a paper delving into leadership's nature amid modern challenges. She explored historical and contemporary figures who exemplified strong leadership, influencing positive change amidst adversity.  

“Leadership is not about authority or titles,” Myricks wrote in her paper. “It's about making a positive impact and inspiring others to join in collective action, regardless of the challenges we face.”  

Her paper highlighted the importance of empathy, resilience and community engagement in fostering effective leadership. 

Both students received accolades for their insightful analysis and practical solutions to the challenges posed at the summit.  

Brad Seidman, their Leadership teacher noted how proud he is of the students. 

“Their projects demonstrate their deep understanding of the issues and their commitment to actively seeking solutions,” he said. “They truly embody the spirit of leadership and service we encourage at Kennedy.” 

High School Students Offer Guidance to Elementary Peers

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Students from Kennedy and Calhoun High Schools visited Merrick’s Lakeside and North Merrick’s Fayette elementary schools, respectively.

A group of Lakeside alumni who now serve in their high school’s student government revisited their alma mater to engage with current student council members.

The focus was emphasizing the profound impact of service in shaping strong communities. Their message resonated deeply with the future Cougars, sparking enthusiasm and renewed commitment to making a positive difference. As we continue to foster a culture of service and leadership, let's draw inspiration from these alumni and their continual service.

Calhoun athletes regularly visit Fayette School through the ACES program, or Athletes Compassionately Educating Students, to lead lessons about healthy and positive life habits. During their recent visit, sixth graders broke out into groups as ACES athletes discussed the importance of avoiding drugs and alcohol and maintaining an active lifestyle. The high schoolers also shared what sixth graders can expect both at Merrick Avenue Middle School and Calhoun, including classes, teachers, participating in sports and independently following a daily schedule. Sixth graders greatly enjoyed receiving the beneficial insight.

Date Added: 3/28/2024

Kennedy Artists Chosen for LI’s Best Exhibition

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Julia Cohen, Dylan Friedman, and Daniella Tejada of Kennedy High School were chosen for the prestigious annual Heckscher Museum's Long Island's Best exhibition. 

Long Island’s Best: Young Artists at The Heckscher Museum is the only juried exhibition on Long Island that offers high school students the opportunity to show their work in a museum. 

Additionally, Friedman won an Achievement Award in Social Commentary and Cohen won honorable mention. 

Exhibiting artists and their friends and family, as well their teachers Vanessa Albaneze and Carissa Roche, are invited to attend a preview exhibition on March 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Their artwork will be on display at the Museum, located at 2 Prime Ave., Huntington, beginning March 24 (and virtually on March 30) by clicking here.

Date Added: 3/6/2024

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