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Greene’s MVP performance leads Geneseo to championship, named to SUNYAC first team

Leah Greene, a 2014 Kennedy Catholic graduate, was named the tournament MVP after scoring the game-winning goal with just 59 seconds left in the seconTo request a photo please contact Keith Walters at x5870, walters@geneseo.edud half to lead Geneseo to a 1-0 victory over Cortland in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) tournament championship game on November 8.

Greene, a freshman, was named to the SUNYAC conference first team and was also named Rookie of the Year in the conference.

On the season, the star forward has 13 goals and six assists for a total of 32 points to lead the SUNYAC Conference.

Geneseo will compete in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, November 15 against Frostburg State at 7:30 p.m. at Johns Hopkins University

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Two Kennedy seniors earn Girl Scout Gold Awards

Susanna Cohen of Troop 10496 and Alexandria Kleinschmidt of Troop 1272, both seniors at Kennedy Catholic, earned their Girl Scout Gold Awards, the Girl Scout equivalent of Eagle Scout.

For Cohen’s Girl Scout Gold Award project, she created a new website for St. Aloysius – a preschool, convent, and retreat center in Hopewell Junction. According to Cohen, the website had not been updated since 2006. After completing the website, www.st-aloysius.org, she taught younger Girl Scouts what she had learned by hosting workshops for Brownies to earn a Computer Expert badge.

The goal of Kleinschmidt’s project was to encourage and facilitate senior citizens getting out of their house and being active. She worked with the president and board of the Jefferson Village Condo Association and organized a ‘Senior’ Prom for approximately 200 senior citizens. Kleinschmidt also hosted smaller events, such as baking for the seniors and watching a movie with them.

“It was an extremely rewarding project,” Kleinschmidt said. “I had the chance to meet many seniors whose ages ranged from the 60s to the high 90s. Many of the seniors expressed a lot of gratitude for my project. The conversations I had with them and their appreciation was truly rewarding.”

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Kennedy Volleyball CHSAA NY City Champions

Photos courtesy of Lucy Weidenhamer and Francesca Del Monte

Kennedy Varsity Volleyball travelled to Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx on Saturday and came home as NY City CHSAA Champions!

They won every set, defeating St. Edmund’s (25-9 and 25-3) St. John’s Prep (25-18 and 25-21) and then St. Joseph Hill (25-17, 25-22 and 25-13) in the final round.  For seniors, Kelly Gallagher, Mary Burns, Katelynn Ryan, Mary Helen Baudinet and Johanna Weidenhamer, it was there last game as Gaels.


Individual Statistics:

Kelly Gallagher 43 Assists, 19 Kills, 32 Digs, 44 Serves, 7 Aces, 1 Block

Mary Burns 1 Assist, 23 Kills, 6 Digs, 20 Serves, 3 Aces, 1 Serve Receive, 1 Block

Katelynn Ryan 9 Kills, 9 Digs, 30 Serves, 6 Aces, 2 Serve Receives, 1 Block

Mary Helen Baudinet 5 Kills, 4 Digs, 25 Serves, 4 Aces, 8 Serve Receives

Johanna Weidenhamer 1 Assist, 8 Kills, 1 Dig, 20 Serves, 7 Aces

Tara Cooney 5 Assists, 6 Kills, 3 Digs, 2 Serve Receives

Danielle Kralik 3 Kills, 8 Digs, 3 Serve Receives

Megan Erb 14 Serve Receives, 34 Digs, 2 Kills

Meagan Gallagher 12 Serve Receives, 28 Digs, 32 Serves, 11 Aces, 2 Assists

Caroline Tompkins 17 Serve Receives, 14 Digs

Teresa DeVino 19 Serve Receives, 9 Digs

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Football team to participate in Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk

The Kennedy Catholic football team has a bye this week and will be traveling up to Poughkeepsie to take part in the Dutchess County Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk at Walkway Over The Hudson on Saturday, October 18.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the walk starts promptly at 9 a.m.

Kennedy returns to the gridiron when it travels to Christ the King for a 4 p.m. contest on Saturday, October 25.

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Ultimate Discount Card comes to Kennedy!

Attention all students and parents at Kennedy Catholic High School: The Ultimate Discount Card has arrived and is a great way to save money.

The Ultimate Discount Card was created by the Family Association as a way to give back and thank our local businesses in Somers and the surrounding communities who always offer their support. We also want to use this as an opportunity to direct new and returning parents, students and alumni to these businesses. Cards are for sale for $10 in the School Office or see any Kennedy Catholic student. Students receive a free card for every 10 they sell!

The card is good for one full year of continuous discounts and generally pays for itself in just one use. Shop at your favorite participating local retailers, presenting your Ultimate Discount Card, and save through December 1, 2015.

Please show the order form to your friends, relatives and co-workers, and share this special offer with them. But remember, door to door selling by children is not permitted unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please supervise your children closely.

Orders are due on Wednesday, October 22. On this date, Kennedy students should bring to school a completed order form and full payment, made payable to Kennedy Catholic High School. Please put Ultimate Discount Card in the memo section of your check.

Thank you for your support!


Kennedy Students Participated in Empire Girls State

This past summer, Kelly Gallagher and Mikaela Rooney were selected to be Citizens at Empire Girls State.  They joined 358 other girls from around New York in a mock government program.  The girls were recently invited to the American Legion Post in Valhalla to report on their experiences.

From The American Legion Auxiliary’s Empire Girls State Program:

Empire Girls State is a hands-on week-long educational workshop, focusing on Americanism and the political process, sponsored by the New York State American Legion Auxiliary. The goal of the program is to help students to better understand democratic ideals and the part we as individuals play in carrying out these ideals. This program, which has been accredited by the National College Credit Recommendation Service (National CCRS) is a non-partisan attempt to teach high school junior girls about government, politics, and Americanism.

Qualified high school juniors are selected to become citizens of and participate in creating a mythical 51st State, from the county to the state level. This mythical 51st state is divided into 11 counties, each named after famous women and the citizens, assigned to either the Nationalist or Federalist Party, experience the two party system, much like our Government. Their rigorous schedule includes participating in political campaigns, debates, and crafting bills. As the government begins to take shape, these young women come to understand their roles in a democratic society.

During their week at Empire Girls State, these students, under the guidance of the Americanism Chairman, will also learn proper flag etiquette, participate in and create either a flag lowering or raising ceremony, and participate in a POW-MIA Ceremony. The citizens will also receive information from the Department (State) President on some of the programs that are important components of our organization

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Kennedy Driver’s Ed Program – Mandatory Meeting, Sept. 25th, 3 pm

The Kennedy Catholic High SchoolDriver’s Education Program will begin the week of September 29th.  It will be conducted for 16 weeks.  The registration form is available in the main office.  Participants must have a valid driving permit as of September 26th.  A mandatory 90-minute orientation meeting will be held on September 25th at 3 pm in Room 100.


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.


Lady Gael Explores Career in Engineering at RIT

Encouraged by her physics teacher, Mrs. Georgia Ioannou, Kennedy junior Katelynn Ryan recently attended the Rochester Institute of Technology’s annual overnight program for the Society for Women in Engineering (SWE).

SWE Overnight is a program for female high school juniors  formulated to motivate and inspire young women interested in pursuing a career in engineering.   SWE attendees have the opportunity to explore a number of engineering fields via hands-on labs with current RIT engineering students.   A panel discussion was held with professional engineers and the program concluded with an engineering competition.

Katelynn described the event as  “a wonderful opportunity for female students to develop a mentoring relationship and experience life as a college student.”

Any students interested in the program should speak with Mrs. Ioannou , visit the RIT Society of Women Engineers or contact Jodi Carville, director of Women in Engineering.

Pi Day Problems

In celebration of Pi Day–it was 3.14, after all–Mrs. O’Rourke’s seventh-period College Algebra students were treated to the following math problem.  See if you can solve it…

The Pi-Rates found that the length of the ship directly correlates to the pounds of loot they will take home. Their findings are below:

  • A 10 foot ship usually has 458 pounds of loot
  • A 25 foot ship usually has 827 pounds of loot
  • A 45 foot ship usually has 1027 pounds of loot
  • A 96 foot ship usually has 1058 pounds of loot

A 139 foot ship is sitting in the harbor. The Pi-Rates are planning to loot the ship. How much loot can they expect to from this ship if it follows the data modeled above?

Enjoy, and Happy Pi Day!