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Bionic Gaels end season as Connect Finalist at Super-Regional

The Bionic Gaels ended an amazing season by becoming a Connect Award Finalist at FTCEastSR, which placed them among the top three Connect Award teams out of the 815 teams from the 12 states and District of Columbia that are part of the super-region!

Here’s the list of their accomplishments for the 2013-2014 FTC Block Party! season:

Connect Award
NJ Robo-CATastrophe III Qualifier

Connect Award Finalist
NY Ice^3 “Cubed” Suffern Qualifier

Second Alliance Captain
CT Greenwich Qualifier

Third Place Inspire Award
NY Hudson Valley Championship

Winning Alliance Second Pick
CT Championship

Connect Award Finalist
FTC East Super-Regional Championship

These achievements were the result of their hard work during the entire season. Since the Block Party! kick-off back on Sept. 7, they met 70 times for a total of 346 hours, with a total of 3,079 team-member hours. These meetings included brainstorming, strategy, design, CAD, prototyping, builds, practices, workshops, scrimmages, outreach events (club day, open houses, FLL championship, Engineering Expo), judging prep, hosting a qualifier, and competing in qualifiers and championships.

Boys basketball opens season 3-1; host Bishop Ford this Sunday at 2:45 PM

 

The boys varsity basketball team opened its first season in the Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) by reeling off three straight victories en route to a 3-1 start heading into this Sunday’s 2:45 p.m. showdown in Somers against Bishop Ford.

The Gaels opened the season with a drubbing of Salesian, 67-42, on Nov. 22.  Dom Cristiano lead the way with 20 points and Sean Delaney added 13 of his own.  Then on the evening of Reunion 2013 (Nov. 30), the boys did the alumni proud with a 79-54 win over Moore Catholic.  Cristiano again led the Gaels with 23 points, while Sean Delaney, Kevin Buron and Dan Cruz had 15, 13 and 10 points, respectively.

Cristiano continued his scoring onslaught in December with 25 points to go along with 10 rebounds in a 71-47 win over St. John’s Prep on Dec. 6.  Delaney was in the mix again with 16 points and 10 boards, while Buron recorded 9 points and 13 rebounds.  Defending City Champs Monsignor Scanlon handed the Gaels its only loss on Dec. 8, 58-65.

Congratulations to the boys on an excellent start to the season.  The Gaels have two more home games this month, so download the schedule or visit our Calendar to subscribe to the entire Kennedy athletic schedule.

Accepted Class of 2017 gathered Jan. 30 for ‘Meet and Greet’

 

Kennedy Catholic was pleased to welcome more than 170 accepted students and their families for a Jan. 30 Meet & Greet with the Gaels’ faculty and staff. Following a sumptuous dinner, parents were treated to a video and presentation by Kennedy President the Rev. Mark Vaillancourt, while the newly accepted students joined our upperclassmen in the recently refurbished gymnasium for some ice-breakers and team-building activities.

For those unable to attend or would like to review, below you will find the PowerPoint that Father Vaillancourt debuted at the Meet & Greet. Depending on your browser of choice, you may need to download and/or “allow” Quicktime to run so that you can click through the slideshow properly. If you are unable to view the movie, or your default movie player cycles through the slides too fast, click this link to view the PowerPoint in PDF format.

Click the image to advance to the next slide.

 

Bionic Gaels are Hudson Valley Championship Finalists

 

Congratulations to our Bionic Gaels robotics team on being a finalist this past weekend at the Hudson Valley FTC Championship. The Gaels were one match away from winning it all, and took home the Finalist Alliance Trophy and Medals for its efforts. The Connect Award finalist proved its design capable of consistent scoring, effective defense, and a high degree of reliability.

Team moderator Joe Higham P’15 said the Gaels did a “great job in the pits diagnosing and fixing our motor cable short. Without that fix, we wouldn’t have been able to rack up three triple-digit qualifying match scores.”

The Bionic Gaels now has its sights on another strong showing at the Connecticut State Championship next month.

Alumna celebrates holidays with ‘Cubs for Christmas’

Morales, friends build 144 Teddy Bears for hospitalized children

Kennedy Catholic 2008 graduate Sam Morales knows what it’s like to celebrate Christmas from inside a hospital.  She remembers being there with her brother, Nolan Morales from the Class of 2005, while he was undergoing treatment for cancer.

Nolan died during Little Christmas in January of 2005, but his sister still recalls how nice it felt to be surprised by Samaritans delivering presents to the hospital on Christmas.  And for the past four years, Sam and her boyfriend, Ryan Silberquit, have been doing their part to bring a little bit of Christmas to children in local hospitals.

It began four years ago, when Morales and Silberquit visited the Build-A-Bear Workshop® at the Danbury Fair Mall on Christmas Eve.  But instead of bringing their cuddly creature home, they went to the Putnam Hospital Center to find someone in need of holiday hugs.

“The nurses were thrilled and delivered it to whoever was admitted there that night,” Morales said.  “From that point on, we decided it was something we wanted to do every year.”

Last Christmas, they extended the invitation to friends and hoped to end up with 10 bears.  Their charity was rewarded with almost 20, plus other kid-friendly toys and games, which were taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital.  This year, the couple was building toward a goal of 40 bears that can be delivered to multiple area hospitals.

On Saturday, Dec. 8, Morales and friends more than tripled that amount at the Danbury Fair Mall Build-A-Bear Workshop store, stuffing their holiday spirit into what they are calling “Cubs for Christmas”.  According to their Facebook event page, more than 45 people had signed up for the bear building.

“While I never taught Sam, I am incredibly proud that our alumni continue to act with courage and compassion,” the Rev. Mark Vaillancourt, president of Kennedy, said.  “She has turned a difficult personal memory into a positive Christmas for area children.  To quote O. Henry’s ‘The Gift of the Magi’, ‘let it be said that of all who give gifts, these two were the wisest’.”

EXTENDED: Baseball Camp Registration Due Dec. 21

 

The Kennedy Catholic baseball program will be running a Baseball Camp on Saturday nights in January and February of 2013 from 7 – 9 p.m.  This Camp is for children 7-to-13 years old, with all proceeds going directly to the Athletic Department.  Please download the registration form , or call the following for more information: Coach Bob Fletcher, (845) 264-9474; Kennedy Catholic High School, (914) 232-5061.  The deadline has been extended; all registration forms must be returned by Friday, Dec. 21, 2012.