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Kennedy Catholic Blood Drive 2016, By Catherine Brennan

Pictured: Anthony Torchia (Center)

Since 2011, Kennedy has held a blood drive before Christmas break every year. The first and second blood drives were run by Anthony Torchia, a Kennedy student at the time. Anthony had become very passionate about donating blood after a trauma that had happened to him during his junior year. On June 26, 2011, Anthony got into an ATV accident on his street. He immediately blacked out and had four skull fractures, four broken ribs, a fractured pelvis, a shattered spleen and was bleeding internally. During his three-week stay at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, Anthony needed four pints of blood. An accident like this could happen to anyone and Anthony was very aware that there were many other people in similar situations to his own, “Somewhere out there is a boy like me, someone who, because of an unfortunate accident or unfortunate circumstance, needs blood transfusions to live.” As a school, we are honored to be holding our annual blood drive and continue to give the gift of life.

The 2016 Blood Drive will take place on 12.14.16

The World Health Organization says, “Blood is the most precious gift that anyone can give to another person — the gift of life.” Every year around Christmas, Kennedy has an annual blood drive where students, faculty, parents, alumni, and people in the local community come together to donate this precious gift. 1 in 7 people will need a blood transfusion at some point in their life. Everyone knows someone who has needed a blood transfusion. Because of the amount of blood used every day around the world, hospitals are always looking for people to donate blood.

This year, our blood drive will be Wednesday, December 14. For most of us, Christmas will be a time of family and joy, but it will be a difficult time for some this Christmas season with a lot of uncertainty. By donating crucial, life-saving blood, we will be doing our part by making this season a little less stressful by stocking blood banks.

To find out if you are eligible to donate visit: http://www.unitedbloodservices.org/pdf/bs300l-ubs.pdf


Walk-ins are welcome


 

 

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y Courtney Manbeck ’18 & Julianna Montuoro ’17

Tennis has making improvements year after year at Kennedy

This season for the Girls Varsity Tennis Team was full of accomplishments and victory. The season began with the introduction of several new teammates, both freshmen and upperclassmen alike. The team welcomes new girls with open arms, ready to assist them in becoming skilled players. Daily practices from late August to mid-October improved all players’ skills and brought the team closer together. The team bonded and really got to know each other better, on and off the court.

The team was led by senior Juliana Montuoro. Although the team suffered a loss when she transferred schools at the very end of the season, she supported the team by boosting team spirit and coming to the games, even when she wasn’t feeling well. Freshman Victoria Kleinschmidt claimed the spot as first singles player and consistently won most of her matches against difficult opponents. Sofia Valente acted as a manager for the team, organizing and setting up events such as a celebration for the graduating seniors. All of the girls on the team did their best to do well in their games and be kind to their teammates.

Coach Joe Melian returned for his third year coaching the team. Even after the season finished, he still had plans for the team. There is a possibility that he will create a program that will allow the girl and boy tennis teams to play together in the spring.

The team was able to finish extremely well, losing to only one school in the entire league. It is highly likely that the team might be able participate in the championship league next season. This year’s season ended on a high note, continuing the growth of Kennedy’s tennis program. The team hopes to continue their success in the next season.

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Kennedy’s 2016 Volleyball Season Recap: by Hannah Langley ’17

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Members of the 2016 team with Coach Santora

The end of Fall sports at Kennedy Catholic means the end to a great season by the freshmen, junior varsity, and varsity volleyball teams. The junior varsity and varsity teams both had extremely successful seasons, winning nearly all of their games. The JV team had a record of 13-1, and the varsity team finished with an undefeated record of 15-0. Home games were made more entertaining this year as the wins racked up and as fans filled the bleachers to support the girls. The combination of athletic abilities and teamwork amongst the girls on the court proved to be a recipe for success.

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A member of the team soars above the net to block the ball

Unfortunately, not all great seasons end as well as their teams had hoped. Although the varsity team went undefeated during the regulated season, they lost in the first round of playoffs in a heartbreaking and fierce game against Preston. The JV team found more success in playoffs, winning the Division Championships. They lost the City Championship game in a competitive game against Archbishop Malloy. Overall, both teams had amazing seasons and should be proud of their accomplishments.

The girls faced many challenges, but in the end, they accomplished winning seasons that they should be extremely proud of, knowing deep down that they played their absolute best! Kennedy Catholic has surely proven to be a force to be reckoned with in the Catholic League when it comes to volleyball, and the program will hopefully continue to grow as time passes. As a senior on the varsity team, I feel fortunate that I was able to experience such a successful season.

Good luck to the teams next year, and here’s hoping for bigger and better things to come!


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You can read more about the girls volleyball team by scrolling through their team’s twitter feed below.

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Second Kennedy Catholic College Fair Bigger, Even More Diverse

The Kennedy Catholic Guidance Department threw its second college fair of the 2016-17 school year this Tuesday, and the response was enormous. With a nearly 250 percent increase in the number of colleges attending over the first fair, the event blew out of the previous confines of The Commons and into the gym to accommodate the more than 50 colleges in attendance.

Kamal Kornegay, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admission for Monmouth University

Kamal Kornegay, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admission for Monmouth University

Kamal Kornegay, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admission for Monmouth University, was there, and praised the event’s organization:

“I think (Kennedy Director of Guidance) Christine (Gerrity) does a great job of getting everybody together, it’s very well prepared, well-coordinated. I think that every school has some good characteristics but when they are properly prepared that makes for a great event for us, and I think Christine does a great job with that.”

The attending colleges were a diverse mix included Vaughn College of Aeronautics, Penn State and a large selection of SUNY schools. The Guidance Department typically goes out of its way to understand the students’ career interests, and books colleges accordingly.

As Julia Feeney’17 explains: “I want to work in fashion so (Mrs. Gerrity) worked to bring in schools that would specifically benefit me — which was very nice of her to do. It helped me get a lot of stats on schools and weed out where it was worth the trip and where it wasn’t so that I’m not going all the way across the country to see a school that is not really for me.”

The great diversity in the schools is a boon to those who are not quite sure of their path, as well. Sabrina Rehfeld ’17 is still undecided about her major and appreciates the wide selection:

“I’m still undecided but Mrs. Gerrity does a great job of bringing in schools that have so many majors,” she said. “She really works with you on finding the right school that is open to offering what you want to do later in college.”

Kennedy Seniors Sabrina Rehfeld, Erin Sullivan & Julia Feeney

l. to r. Sabrina Rehfeld ’17, Erin Sullivan ’17, Julia Feeney ’17

Attendance at the college fairs that Kennedy Catholic holds several times a year is mandatory for all sophomores, juniors and seniors. Erin Sullivan ’17 credits her three years of college fair attendance for helping her decide upon her major:

“I didn’t decide what I wanted to study until recently so going to all these schools and meeting their admissions counselors and talking to them about things they want to see or what types of students are at their college helped me to narrow down my choices and find out what would be good for me.”

Kamal Kornegay says the fairs help colleges make up their minds, as well:

“It helps by enabling us to meet some great individuals from their sophomore year up to their senior year who are just great assets to universities.”

Kennedy Catholic Director of Guidance Mrs. Christine Gerrity

Kennedy Catholic Director of Guidance Mrs. Christine Gerrity

As Mrs. Gerrity explained, the whole process of students getting to meet with the reps of the colleges they may end up attending over a three year period is part of the ulterior motives-laden Master Plan:

“Our seniors have actually applied to many, many schools already at this point in the season. They were able to engage with a lot of representatives who have their applications on file. They are able to connect with the college reps, and in some cases the reps they are speaking with may end actually reading their applications again — another value added aspect for the Kennedy students.”

The third and final college fair of this school year is scheduled for the spring, and Mrs. Gerrity promised it will be “even bigger.”

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Kennedy Catholic Fair Starts “The College Conversation”

Kennedy Catholic held its first College Fair of the school year today and it was well-attended and received by students from sophomore through senior years. The tables, literature and reps for nearly two dozen institutions for higher learning filled Kennedy’s Commons for the better part of the day.

Matthew Stabler standing behind the College of St. Rose table at the Kennedy Catholic College Fair

Matthew Stabler, Asst. Director of Admissions for The College of St. Rose

Matthew Stabler, the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions for the College of St. Rose, has been representing that college at every Kennedy College Fair for the past five years. He’s a big fan of the whole experience, and the students he meets in particular.

USMC Staff Sgt. Zapien and Kennedy Catholic seniro Ryan Kennedy

USMC Staff Sgt. Zapien and Kennedy Catholic senior Ryan Panny

“The students are motivated! They walk around, they chat with the colleges, they ask intelligent questions, they know what they are looking for, and it’s always very well organized, very well-represented by the schools,” he praised. “It’s a worthwhile and valuable fair.”

For Kennedy Guidance Counselor Christine Gerrity, who organizes the semi-annual confabs, it’s all about Kennedy students being able to get to know the schools on their own terms, not the college’s.

“Often times this process can be intimidating for the students, and our College Fairs put them at ease because they are surrounded by their peers,” she said. “They’re in a comfortable setting, there’s a short window of time.”

Ms. Gerrity brings the students into the fair in waves organized by their year.

“We brought down the sophomores this morning, encouraging them to start ‘The College Conversation,’” she noted. Juniors, who are a “little bit further along in their search,” and seniors who should already be “crossing their t’s and dotting their i’s on college applications,” will visit throughout the day.

Ryan Panny, ’17, is another fan of the fairs, and owns that they have been “very helpful these last couple of years in figuring out where I want to go and what I want to study.”

Ryan has narrowed his college selections down to either Villanova or Duke, and plans to major in biomedical engineering.

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Girls Lacrosse Starts 2016 Season Off on the Right Foot: By Rebecca O’Callaghan ’16

Coach Matthew Tieber has led the ladies to a 6-0 start for the 2016 season.

Coach Matthew Tieber has led the ladies to a 6-0 start for the 2016 season.

Kennedy Catholic Girls Lacrosse is starting off to what is sure to be an exciting season. For the first time in the New York Catholic High School Athletic Association‘s history, there is a female lacrosse league. The league consists of eight teams and next year will expand to include the Archdiocese of Brooklyn and Queens. In seasons past, Kennedy girls lacrosse could only participate in tournaments or play friendlies, but this year they have the chance to win titles. The Kennedy Gaels are eager to make the most out of this new opportunity and have set their standards high. Under the leadership of senior captains, Hannah Callaghan, Meghan Dooley, Deirdre Ledley, and Gabriella Vlattas, the team hopes to spearhead a legacy of Kennedy Catholic girls lacrosse with this first season in the league. Coach Matthew Tieber helped form the league and has also set high aspirations for their season. He has stacked the team’s schedule with many crossover  games against teams in Section 1 and the NYSAIS to keep the team ready for tough competition. They are approaching the season focused, determined and aren’t taking anything for granted. This team is certainly one to watch as they begin their journey this spring.

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Senior Gabrielle Vlattas runs after the ball to in the Gaels win over Cardinal Spellman

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Boys Lacrosse Gets Off To A 3-0 Start

The Kennedy boys lacrosse team has gotten off to a 3-0 start with 3 additional scrimmage wins. Led by seniors William and Gerard Martarano and University of Tampa, Florida committed, Ryan Podlovits. We are proud of the boys and excited about their success. To see a full list of their games, please visit our website calendar or subscribe to their specific calendar here. Below you will find a few of their current accomplishments. Follow them on Twitter @KennedyLacrosse.

 

View a large gallery of images of the Kennedy boys lacrosse team by clicking the image below.

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Kennedy Football Homecoming Game Review

The Gaels dropped a heart breaker in their home opener against Nazareth High School. Kennedy Catholic dominated in Time of Possession as the offense moved the ball extremely well. Tucker Clair kicked a 30 yard field goal on the opening drive that took 10:09 seconds. David Keogh added a late touchdown in defeat as Nazareth won 22-10. The Gaels will host Kellenberg High School next Sunday at 1:30 pm.

 

 

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Freshman Glendon earns seat on Westchester All-County Band

 

Kennedy Catholic Band students performed with the Paul Effman Wind Ensemble at North Salem High School.  Margaret Caridi (clarinet), Armando Barquin (percussion), and Max Jarcho(alto saxophone), were chosen to participate due to their ability to prepare and perform at a very rigorous level.  Congratulations!

Kennedy Catholic freshman, Erin Glendon (flute),  prepared a level six flute solo and competed and earned a seat in the NYSSMA Westchester All County Band.  Congratulations!

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Girls LAX Wins Again

 

Congratulations to the girls lacrosse team who defeated Beacon yesterday by a score of 12-3 in Girls Lacrosse

Scorers for Kennedy Catholic

  • Rooney, Mikaela scored 2
  • Hennessy, Kiera scored 2
  • Araujo, Courtney scored 2
  • Burke, Natalie scored 2
  • Petrullo, Allie scored 1
  • Petrullo, Daniella scored 1
  • Dodge, Megan scored 1
  • Ledly, Deirde scored 1

The girls next game will be home on Friday at 4:30 against Ardsley.

Thank you to Coach Tieber for keeping us up to date with the scores. If your team would like to have updates posted on the website, please use the “SUBMIT NEWS” tab directly under the NEWS tab at the top of the website and let us know how your competition went. Pictures are always welcome.  

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