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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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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.


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2 Kennedy Students Earn National Merit Finalists Status

Two Kennedy Catholic students,Tucker Clair ’15, and Susanna Cohen ’15  have been risen to the top as Finalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. Congratulations to both students as they move on in the process.

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Blood Drive December 9

When: Tuesday, December 9

Where: Kennedy Catholic High School’s Lakeview Room (Cafeteria)

Time: 2:30-8:30 p.m.

Hosted By: Kennedy Catholic Student Government and The New York Blood Center

For appointments and preferred times, please email Moira Normile at mnormile@kennedycatholic.org.

Walk-Ins are Welcome

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Kennedy’s ‘Team Maureen’ to Swim Sound in Memory of Maureen McAvoy ’06


Memories Flood Back as Alumnae Swim Across America

Team Maureen remembers ’06 classmate with 4th plunge this weekend

The inaugural members of Team Maureen 2009 included Kennedy Catholic alumnae Kristen Nestler ’06, Samantha Fiorentino ’07, Diana Warncke ’07, Stacey Schwenk ’08, Kim Brown ’08, Emily Krizek ’08, Kerry Coughlin ’07 and Kristen Johannes ’06.

LARCHMONT, N.Y. (July 25, 2012) – The Long Island Sound will run deep this weekend, deep into the recesses of memory as many friends and family will recall loved ones lost to cancer through their participation in Swim Across America.

For the fourth straight year, Team Maureen will be among them.  Founded by 2007 graduate Kerry Coughlin, the team lost its namesake, Maureen McAvoy ’06, to a brain tumor in 2007.  But through an annual basketball tournament and events like Swim Across America, the family and friends of Maureen continue to honor her memory and pass on her insuppressible spirit.

“As Maureen’s family, friends and former teammates grow older and move further apart geographically, Team Maureen has been such a nice way to bring all of us together…and just be reminded of what an incredible person she was and how much she meant to each of us,” said Coughlin, who is fundraising from Moldova, where she serves with the U.S. Peace Corps.

Coming together this year are 10 Kennedy Catholic alumnae—Gina ’06 and Jackie ’06 Bartolomeo, Kim Brown ’08, Kerry Coughlin ’07, Kristen Johannes ’06, Emily Krizek ’08, Kelly McAvoy ’03, Kristen Nestler ’06, Elizabeth O’Donnell ’03 and Stacey Schwenk ’08—who make up the majority of the 12-person team, along with Brian Dougherty and Ryan Sirignano of Long Island. Of the 10 graduates, four of the girls—Brown, Coughlin, Krizek and Nestler—swam with Maureen on the Kennedy Catholic team.  Sirignano will be the team’s first 4-mile swimmer, while nine others will hit the Sound around 8:30 a.m. this Saturday, July 28, at the Larchmont Yacht Club for the 1-mile event.  The Bartolomeos will be volunteering land side.

“I find this experience to be extremely rewarding,” Krizek said.  “It’s a pretty incredible feeling to know what we are doing is helping to make such a great difference in so many peoples’ lives.”

Perhaps none more than Kelly and Elizabeth, Maureen’s sister and cousin, respectively, for whom swimming was a special shared connection.  As she prepares for this weekend, Kelly said she remembers all the good times they had together in the pool and ocean.  For Elizabeth, it harkens back to her senior year at Kennedy when Maureen had just started as a freshman.

“Swimming was a natural part of our connected lives, and it continues to be,” O’Donnell said, the tears flowing as the memories deepened.  “Maureen and I were known as the water bugs in our family.  We were the first to jump in—we never took the stairs—and the last to leave.”

With a team fundraising goal of $5,000, each member has been asked to raise $500.  Team Maureen is already more than halfway to the mark.  For those wishing to do so, donations can be made online directly to Team Maureen or made out to Swim Across America and sent to one of the team members.

“I think she would be proud,” Brown, this year’s captain, said of what her former teammate might have made of the team in her name.  “I know she would do the same if the situation were reversed.  I truly believe Maureen is there, cheering each and every one of us on.”

To a person, that is a sentiment carried by the members of Team Maureen.  In fact, they all agree that Maureen is encouraging them to swim not just for her, but for all those who are sick and in need of support.  As their team page notes, while some of the members have been around the water their entire lives, others will be venturing into uncharted waters, inspired by Maureen.

“I remember Kristen Nestler saying that Maureen would think we are all a little bit silly for taking on this tough swim every year,” Coughlin said from Moldova.  “Perhaps; but I also know Maureen would be the first in the water if she were here.”

Some waters run too deep to ever dry up.


Named one of the 50-best secondary schools by the Catholic High School Honor Roll in 2005, Kennedy Catholic provides a rigorous, college-preparatory program that seeks the fullest development of mind, body and spirit.  Founded as St. Mary’s in 1924 by the Sisters of the Divine Compassion and located on 64 scenic acres in Somers, N.Y., Kennedy provides state-of-the-art technology—SMART Boards, wireless Internet, computer labs and a TV studio—that prepares today’s students for tomorrow’s world.  Home to 52 athletic teams across 17 sports and more than 25 extracurricular activities, Kennedy Catholic offers the complete high school experience.

Contact: Alex Malecki • Director of Alumni & Public Relations

W: (914) 232-5061 Ext. 134 • M: (914) 912-6930 • F: (914) 232-3416 • PR@KennedyCatholic.org


Kennedy Catholic students heading to UAlbany NanoCollege for March 7 NanoCareer Day

‘Nano Nano’

Kennedy Catholic students heading to UAlbany NanoCollege for March 7 NanoCareer Day

Somers, N.Y. (March 7, 2012) – Though the technology may sound like it’s from another planet, a la Mork and Mindy, it’s really just the College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering (CNSE) setting out to change the world.  And on March 7, the UAlbany NanoCollege is hosting over 300 students from schools statewide, including Kennedy Catholic, for a sneak peek into the ever-evolving science.

Simply defined, nanotechnology refers to the engineering of functional systems at the molecular scale.  In terms of practical applications, it’s nanotechnology know-how that makes your slacks stain-resistant, or the nanocomposite that makes your car’s bumper lighter (and therefore, more fuel-efficient) and more scratch-resistant.  Simply put, it’s everywhere.

“The fact that we are able to have such powerful handheld devices is because of nanotechnology,” said science teacher Georgia Ioannou, who along with George Petryczka, will be accompanying 30 Kennedy Catholic students to CNSE’s NanoCareer Day on March 7.

The daylong event draws more than 300 middle and high school students to CNSE’s Albany NanoTech Complex, which is the most advanced research facility of its kind at any university in the world.  The first college in the world dedicated to research, development, education and deployment in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience and nanoeconomics, CNSE is also home to the New York State Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnology.

“The UAlbany NanoCollege is delighted to welcome students and teachers from throughout New York state, including Kennedy Catholic High School, to NanoCareer Day at CNSE’s Albany NanoTech Complex,” said Diana Dumesnil, CNSE Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Student Recruitment and Public Outreach. “This program provides an unparalleled glimpse into the world of nanotechnology, which is driving educational excellence, career opportunities, and economic growth in the 21st century.”

Students on Wednesday will be treated to presentations on nanotechnology and growing career opportunities in the field, as well as activities and interactive tours of the NanoTech complex.   CNSE faculty will serve as both educators and tour guides.

Ioannou referenced the decreasing size of circuitry and efficiency of data storage as just two examples of modern applications.  When you pit the original cell phone against the current smartphone, or the CD versus the DVD, she said, it’s easy to see how nanotechnology is impacting everyday life.  It’s also a new course Kennedy is considering for spring 2013.

“And what’s next?” Petryczka asks.  “Nanobots programmed to seek-and-destroy viruses and cancer cells in our bodies, or to synthesize all the food the planet could ever want?  Why not?  Such possibilities, this nanotech.”

“It’s the way careers will be going in the very new future,” Ioannou said.


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Kennedy Catholic Girls Basketball Advances in Sectional Tournament

Girls Basketball advances to County Center

Lady Gaels build early lead; hang on for 48-32 win

The varsity girls’ basketball team advanced to the Section 1, Class B semifinals on Feb. 22 with a 48-32 victory over the Falcons of Woodlands at Kennedy Catholic.  The Lady Gaels will play defending champion Irvington at the Westchester County Center on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 8:15 p.m.

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