Celebrate Excellence with us at the 2017 President’s Dinner

On May 24, 2017, Kennedy Catholic will hold its annual President’s Dinner at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown. Choosing the honorees each year is a nearly impossible task because so many wonderful people give so much of their time and money to the school and its mission. This year Kennedy has chosen to honor Dr. Alfred Tinger (Parent of Justin ’13, Christopher ’15, Mark ’16, Nicholas ’18, Luke ’20) with the Lux Christi award. The award is given to a member of the Kennedy Catholic community for their dedication to Catholic Education. Father Vaillancourt says, “Dr. Tinger, a radiation oncologist in Mount Kisco, is a long time supporter of Kennedy Catholic. Not only has he chosen to send all five of his children to Kennedy, but he also is a part of our esteemed faculty in which he teaches Medical Technology as part of our S.T.E.M. learning initiative. Kennedy is certainly a better place because of Dr. Tinger.

2017 Students of Excellence pose with their college/university sweatshirts

Kennedy will honor Mrs. Joyce Ferraro (Parent of Justin ’17) with the Divine Compassion award. “Mrs. Ferraro is the epitome of altruism“, said Fred Compton, Director of Advancement. “She volunteers tirelessly at for major Kennedy event, is a leader of the Parents Association, she makes sure that the monthly Teacher’s Appreciation Breakfast is held to the highest standards, and helps in so many other areas of Kennedy Catholic life.

Each year, Kennedy honors some of the top students in the graduating class by crowning them, Student’s of Excellence. These students are models for future students by reaching to the top of the academic charts, by becoming leaders in the school, and giving generously of their time through community service. This year’s students are: Kelsey Baron, Sophia Brennan, Catherine Brennan, Kerry Brosnan, Tara Cooney, Alana Dinelli, Isabella Dinelli, Jiayi Fan, Justin Ferraro, Julia Gayanelo, Erin Glendon, Nicholas Goebelbecker, Juliet Hoinkis, Meenu Johnkutty, Kathleen Kennon, Mairead Kennon, Nicholas Kralik, Hannah Langley, Alyssa Moylan, Miraj Patel, Nicholas Quartironi, Anna Santini, Erin Sullivan, Justin Szpindor, Lauren Telesca

Additionally, Kennedy awards a Teacher of the Year award to a Mr. Brian Bruder and Mr. Robert Santini, both of whom are members of the Social Studies department.

Previous honorees of the Lux Christi Award are Sister Barbara Heil, Mr. John McAvoy, Rev. Joseph D Fessio, Cardinal O’Brien, and Cardinal Dolan

Previous honorees of the Divine Compassion Award are Mrs. Maura Devey, Mrs. Patricia Clair, Rev. Robert M. Dunn, Dr. Christina Araujo, and Mrs. Linda M. Troani.

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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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Meeting His Holiness, Pope Francis: By Nicholas DiGrandi

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Vote for David Keogh – Kennedy’s Heart of a Giant!

David KeoghThe Heart of a Giant program, sponsored by USA Football and the Hospital for Special Surgery, recognizes and rewards Tri-State area (NY, NJ, CT) high school football players who demonstrate unparalleled work ethic and passion for the game.  Our own Kennedy Junior QB David Keogh has been selected as a week 1 nominee and is competing against 9 other players for on-line votes and the opportunity to go own to the next level of the competition.  The grand prize winner is recognized on the field at a home Giants game and receives $5,000 in sports equipment for his high school.

We need everyone to vote for David as often as you can through November 11th.  Share this link with others willing to vote.

Click here, select Week 1 and scroll to the bottom for David’s picture to submit your vote.

Vote 1 time every day on each device (e.g., phone, ipad, laptop, etc.)

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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.




Kennedy Students Tour Europe

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Bionic Gaels win Inspire Award

On February 8 at Pace University in Pleasantville, the Bionic Gaels competed at the Empire New York Regional Championship. They were undefeated during qualifiers, lost in the semi-finals, and won the Inspire Award, which is the top tournament award. This capped off a season which included two other Inspire Award finishes in Yonkers and Brooklyn, as well as an Inspire Award runner-up finish in New Jersey. Additional awards this season include Think (NJ), and finalists for Think (Empire NY), Control (NJ, Empire NY) and Rockwell Collins Innovate (NJ).

Winning the Inspire Award resulted in the Bionic Gaels being the top team to earn advancement from the Empire NY region to the FIRST Tech Challenge East Super-Regional Championship, where they will compete against 72 teams advancing from 12 regions from Maine to Virgina. This is the second season in a row for the Bionic Gaels to advance to national-level competition.In addition to the Empire NY championship, the Bionics Gaels also qualified to compete in the New York City / Long Island and New Jersey championships. Having already earned advancement to the Super-Regional at the Empire NY Championship, they decided to withdraw from the additional championship tournaments in order to give other teams an opportunity to advance, spend more time improving their robot (PT-109), complete more outreach events, and volunteer at the NJ championship.The FTC East Super-Regional Championship will be held at the University of Scranton from March 19 to March 21. Each of the four US Super-Regional Championships will advance 20 teams to the 128-team World Championship in St. Louis in April, joined by advancing international teams.

Bionic Gaels links:

Website: https://bionicgaels.wordpress.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BionicGaels
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bionic-Gaels/149751451833346

FIRST Tech Challenge links:

US FIRST Tech Challenge: http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc
Empire NY Region: http://seidenberg.pace.edu/first
FTC East Super-Regional Championship: http://www.ftceast.org
FTC East Super-Regional field of teams: http://www.ftceast.org/teams/2014-2015-teams

Bionic Gaels

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Share the Love – School Supplies for Angola children

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, KCHS will be collecting school supplies for children in Angola in conjunction with our Lady of Fatima Parish in Yonkers.  The children are in need of school supplies of all types.  Please consider donating pencils, pens, erasers, crayons, markers or any item that you choose to share with children less fortunate than we are.  Student Government will collect donations each Friday during homeroom through March 27th.