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John F. Kennedy High School

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3000 South Bellmore Ave
Bellmore, NY 11710
Mr. Gerard Owenburg

Assistant Principals:
Mr. Daniel Jantzen
Dr. Marie A. Netto
Mr. Vincent Pisano

 Attendance: 992-1409
 Guidance: 992-1420
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Graduation Letter

June 2022 Exam Schedule

Final Exam/Regents Transportation Schedule

Prom Information

AP Exam Letter & Schedule 2022

Island Photography Timeline - Spring 2022

The Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District is following the State and local guidance that ended the mask requirement in schools, effective March 2, 2022.

Culinary, Hospitality, and Applied Management Program (CHAMP) Promotional Materials

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2021-2022 Yearbook Information

JFK Athletic Hall of Fame Nomination Form

JFK Athletic Hall of Fame - Inaugural Journal 

Kennedy HS COVID Positive Student Reporting Procedure 

Campus Map of Arrival & Drop-Off Procedures



JFK Class of 2021 Graduation Slideshow

2021-2022 Teacher Supply List

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Current News

Kennedy Graduates Class of 2022

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The Kennedy High School graduating class of 2022 was celebrated on the football field on June 12.

Bursts of green fill the field as staff, friends and families enjoyed the commencement ceremony under a canopy of cloudy blue skies.

Gerard Owenburg began was appointed as principal when the Class of 2022 were freshmen.

“What I wanted most was for you, was for you to have great memories of your high school experience, and I just wanted you to be happy,” he said. “Little did any of us know the obstacles we would face during your remaining three years of high school,” he added, referring to the Covid disruption in education. “The Kennedy Class of 2022 quickly started to be recognized for a different trait; their adaptability. During the most difficult months of your high school years, your kindness and generosity remained a beacon of hope for this entire community.”

Valedictorian Christopher Prainito and salutatorian Michelle Brown addressed the crowd.

Prainito noted to his peers that they should be ready to pivot throughout life when it comes to careers and passions.

“We are the ones who choose our paths,” he said. “While it is important to have dreams and goals, it is just as important to be flexible.”

Brown spoke about COVID-related challenges.

“We were really taken out of our comfort zones and as a result we have come out of high school stronger and more united than ever.”

Date Added: 6/16/2022

Kennedy’s Cougar Crier named Best High School Newspaper

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At the June 2 Press Club of Long Island’s Media Awards dinner, Kennedy’s Cougar Crier was named Best High School Newspaper.

“Being recognized along with some of the best journalists is something to be proud of,” Sam Luckman, the paper’s editor-in-chief, said. “This wouldn't have been possible without all the hard work put in by the advisers, editors and staff.”

In addition, students Jess Mehr and Nikita Rodov won third place in the Editorial/Commentary category (Student Division) for Mehr’s opinion piece, “The Case for a Virtual Option,” in which Rodov edited.The winning piece can be viewed at:

Dr. Dennis Urban and Brad Seidman serve as co-faculty advisers for The Cougar Crier.

“Mr. Seidman and I are fortunate to have a dedicated staff of editors, writers and photographers atThe Cougar Crier,” said Dr. Urban. “We are so proud of their accomplishments in transforming theCrierinto an award-winning newspaper. Their hard work hashelped the newspaper become a true reflection of Kennedy High School's excellence."

View online editions of The Cougar Crier at:

Date Added: 6/3/2022


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The Cultural Arts Foundation, now in its 43rdyear, is a community based, volunteer organization that encourages and supports our student musicians, artists and theatrical performers.

Each year, 8th and 12th graders who have shown tremendous talent and commitment to the Arts are nominated by their teachers to audition/interview with the committee; the winners are then honored at the end of the year.

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners and their teachers!



ART: Joseph Bilardello (Architecture), Katherine Brown (Photography) & Maggie Viti (Painting)

DRAMA: David Padilla

VOCAL MUSIC: Nina Genzone

ORCHESTRA: Marissa Lopez

BAND: Ava Stanek


ART: Sydney Eisner (Sculpture), Beck Levy (Photography) & Kayla Riopel (Mixed Media)

DRAMA: Brooke Cerami

VOCAL MUSIC: Christen Ayodele

ORCHESTRA: Bailey Croce

BAND: Christopher Prainito


ART: Jamie DeLuca (Photography), Helena Fu (Mixed Media), & Amanda Romano (Digital Drawing)

DRAMA: Anthony Karagianes

VOCAL MUSIC: Victoria O’Shea

BAND: Joshua Ostroff


ART: Elaine Li

VOCAL MUSIC: Mikella Rahim


BAND:Sofia Caba


ART: Ryan Levinter (Photography) & Danielle Tejada (Mixed Media)

VOCAL MUSIC: Sophie Kovoros


BAND:Jack Zagariello


ART: Dara Levitt

Please click on the link below to view the winners’ digital art galleries and virtual performances

2022 Cultural Arts Gallery

Date Added: 5/31/2022

Five Students Medal at Long Island Math Fair

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Five students from the Central High School District won medals for their work at the Long Island Math Fair.

Kennedy High School senior Christopher Prainito, along with Merrick Avenue eighthgraders Ryan Kenny, Jason Lin, and Jordan Siegel won bronze medals. Kennedy junior Luke Feldman won the district's first gold medal in over 10 years.

Each studentwrote a research paper on a challenging math topic of their choice and recorded a video where they summarized their findings, then submitted their work before a panel of professors.

“To have one medal winner on its own is extremely impressive, but having five winners including a gold shows the hard work and determination of Bellmore-Merrick mathematics students,” said math chairperson David Prince.

Date Added: 5/25/2022

Kennedy’s Craig Papach Earns 200th Win

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Craig Papach, the athletic director and coach at Kennedy High School in the Bellmore-Merrick Central School District, earned his 200th win May 16 as the boys varsity lacrosse coach.

Even better was the win came in a 9-8 overtime victory versus Jericho High School to send the Cougars into the playoffs.

Eric Caballero, the district director of athletics, health, physical education, driver education & nurses, said, “you would be hard pressed to find another individual more qualified to earn this accolade.”

“He bleeds all things Kennedy and is a true ambassador for the sport of lacrosse. He’s touched the lives of so many student-athletes and I’m extremely proud of his accomplishment,” Caballero continued.

Date Added: 5/26/2022

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