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Sara Skelton Named 2016 National Merit Finalist

Kennedy Catholic student, Sara Skelton, has been named Finalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. Congratulations to Sara on this amazing accomplishment!


Congratulations to Sara Skelton who was recently named a 2016 National Merit Finalist.

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Nick DiGrandi Meets Pope Francis

Following up from a previous post, Senior Nick DiGrandi had the opportunity to meet Pope Francis while His Holiness was in New York City. Nick was one of 12 students chosen to meet Pope Francis. After the meeting, Nick was one of three (of the 12) students to meet Anderson Cooper for an interview.




View Nick’s interview with Anderson Cooper below:



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Nick Morgante, Class of `13, transfers to MIT

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6 Students Earn National Merit Commendation

Congratulations to Silvana Acierno, Kenneth Brown, Matthew Carney, Danielle Galvao, Rose Grosskopf, and Max Jarcho who earned commendations from the National Merit Foundation.


Commended Students throughout the nation have been recognized for their exceptional academic promise.  Commended Students placed among the top five percent of the more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2013 competition by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

“Recognizing academically talented students plays a fundamental role in the advancement of educational excellence within our nation,” commented an NMSC spokesperson.  “The young people recognized as Commended Students represent some of the best and brightest minds in the country as demonstrated by their outstanding performance in our highly competitive program.  We sincerely hope this recognition will provide them with additional educational outlets and motivate them in their pursuit of academic achievement.”

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Senior Nick DiGrandi to meet Pope Francis

Nick-DiGrandiCongratulations to Nick DiGrandi (pictured 5th from the right) who will meet Pope Francis this week while he is visiting New York City. Nick is one of 12 students in the Archdiocese who will have the opportunity to briefly speak with His Holiness when he comes to the area.



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2016 National Merit Semi-Finalist

Kenendy Catholic student, Sara Skelton, has been named a Semi-Finalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. Congratulations to Sarah on this amazing accomplishment!

National-Merit-2016Press Release from NMSC:  Today officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 61th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.



PSAT information

Juniors who are taking the PSAT, and who want to review their previous scores, may see Ms. Teifer. For juniors, this year’s test scores are the ones that are used for future National Merit Scholarships.

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Guidance Hosts College Fair

The Kennedy Catholic Guidance Department hosted over three dozen colleges and universities for a College Day designed for juniors, sophomores and freshmen.  College representatives have historically visited Kennedy on an individual basis throughout the fall season.  The Guidance Department chose to sponsor this event so that Kennedy students would have access to a variety of representatives in order to compare schools more effectively.

“The goal is to bring our students face-to-face with admissions representatives as early and as often as possible,” Director of Guidance Samantha Black said. “In addition to making a positive first impression, it also gives them an opportunity to learn more about the schools and opportunities that might interest them.”

The list of colleges included 19 New York schools, 5 Connecticut colleges and 2 from New Jersey, plus another dozen from beyond the tri-state area.  Among the Empire State schools were St. John’s University and SUNY Albany, which along with Iona College, collectively offer 72 college credits to Kennedy students through an ongoing partnership.

In anticipation of the event, the Guidance Department prepared students in advance on how to maximize their interaction with the college representatives.  “The College Day is an opportunity for students to learn whether a college is a potential match based on their strengths and interests,” Marie Riffel said, “so we encourage our students to prepare in advance by thinking about issues such as campus location, student life and majors.”

Mrs. Black said last year’s graduating class earned more than $17 million in merit scholarship awards, which she attributes to the strong student-teacher dynamic at Kennedy, and to the achievements and accomplishments of our talented student body.

I.T Specialist Mike Kealy has been utilizing the Naviance college application system to communicate the event to students, parents, and faculty. He has generated enthusiasm within the school community and has created a partnership with Kennedy and the colleges attending.

Tables were set up in the Commons for representatives, and students had ample opportunity to frequent them during their lunch periods as well as designated class visits. For more information, please write to Guidance@KennedyCatholic.org

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Kennedy Welcomes Back Graduates Currently Attending USNA


KCHS graduates attending Annapolis presented to sophomores and juniors on life at the US Service Academies as well as the application process.