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:

Walk-ins are welcome



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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 Homecoming – Go Gaels!

Homecoming Festivities 2014

Let’s Show Our School Spirit!

This coming weekend is Fall Homecoming 2014 at Kennedy Catholic.  Here’s a quick list of what’s on tap for students during the next couple of days:

Thursday, September 18th – Dress Down Day – Free of Charge!

Friday, September 19th – Homeroom Olympics & Pep Rally

Friday, September 19th – Varsity Field Hockey Game / Boys Varsity Soccer Game
Please come cheer on the Kennedy Catholic Varsity Boys Soccer Team vs Mount St. Michael at 4:00pm and the Girls Field Hockey team as they face off against Chapin at 4:30 p.m.  Go Gaels!
Saturday, September 20th – Homecoming Football Game
The Kennedy Catholic Varsity football team will kick off against Nazareth at 1:30 PM.  Come cheer on the Gaels and show your school pride!

Homecoming Dance @ 7:00 PM
The annual Homecoming Dance (for current students only) will conclude the day’s festivities from 7-to-10 p.m.  Join fellow classmates for an enjoyable evening! Tickets are $10 each, payable at the door.

As a reminder, no students are permitted to leave once they have checked into the dance, unless they are leaving campus for the evening.  For those students requiring parental transportation, please make sure your ride is ready promptly at 10 p.m.


Bionic Gaels part of Winning Alliance, Design Award recipients at NYC Championship

Congratulations to our Bionic Gaels FIRST Tech Team on its first-place finish this Friday at the New York City Championship!


Kennedy’s New iPad Program Highlighted in Catholic New York

Click to read the full story by CNY’s Juliann DosSantos


Accepted Class of 2017 gathered Jan. 30 for ‘Meet and Greet’


Kennedy Catholic was pleased to welcome more than 170 accepted students and their families for a Jan. 30 Meet & Greet with the Gaels’ faculty and staff. Following a sumptuous dinner, parents were treated to a video and presentation by Kennedy President the Rev. Mark Vaillancourt, while the newly accepted students joined our upperclassmen in the recently refurbished gymnasium for some ice-breakers and team-building activities.

For those unable to attend or would like to review, below you will find the PowerPoint that Father Vaillancourt debuted at the Meet & Greet. Depending on your browser of choice, you may need to download and/or “allow” Quicktime to run so that you can click through the slideshow properly. If you are unable to view the movie, or your default movie player cycles through the slides too fast, click this link to view the PowerPoint in PDF format.

Click the image to advance to the next slide.



Junior Juliana Gullotta running NYC Half-Marathon for cancer patients, families


Juliana Gullotta ’14 has begun training to run the 13.1 miles of the 2013 NYC Half-Marathon on March 17, 2013. The junior is a member of Team Continuum, which doubles as a charity that helps cancer patients and their families deal with everyday financial burdens so that they can keep their focus on recovery.

Her goal is to raise $2,000 or more by race day. Many of the requests for assistance Team Continuum receives tell the same heartrending story: ordinary people who are healthy, happy and productive one day, suddenly find themselves with a cancer diagnosis and undergoing treatment. Unable to work. Limited or no medical coverage. Struggling to pay the rent, feed their families, buy birthday presents for their kids. And all the while trying to cope with cancer and get better.

Gullotta is running to help Team Continuum pay the bills for cancer patients’ immediate and vital non-medical needs.  With each step, she is bringing the charity one step closer to its goal of never having to turn a family away because it is short on funds.

Those wishing to sponsor Gullotta’s run can make a tax-deductible donation through her personal fundraising page. While the junior goes the 13.1 miles, Gullotta said donations will also go a long way toward helping Team Continuum reach its goal.

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Bionic Gaels are Hudson Valley Championship Finalists


Congratulations to our Bionic Gaels robotics team on being a finalist this past weekend at the Hudson Valley FTC Championship. The Gaels were one match away from winning it all, and took home the Finalist Alliance Trophy and Medals for its efforts. The Connect Award finalist proved its design capable of consistent scoring, effective defense, and a high degree of reliability.

Team moderator Joe Higham P’15 said the Gaels did a “great job in the pits diagnosing and fixing our motor cable short. Without that fix, we wouldn’t have been able to rack up three triple-digit qualifying match scores.”

The Bionic Gaels now has its sights on another strong showing at the Connecticut State Championship next month.


Kennedy Catholic alumni making ‘Strides for Sandy Hook’ Jan. 19 at FDR State Park


Jack Duffy and Sean Kelly met in the summer of 1989 at Kennedy Catholic’s first football practice of the season.  Twenty years later, these 1993 classmates are still running, and this Saturday, Jan. 19, at 10 a.m., they will tackle the growing tribute to the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary and the community they called home.

Taking their event’s name from the original race being held this weekend in Newtown, Strides for Sandy Hook is a 5-kilometer run and walk to fundraise for the memorial playground that will be dedicated to the victims of the Dec. 14 tragedy.  For Duffy and Kelly, both parents and Sean a teacher, it is an opportunity to stand in solidarity with a community in mourning.

“We know that despite our efforts, we cannot reduce the pain that these families are going through,” Kelly said.  “But hopefully, we can remember the people that were tragically lost and aid in donations for a brand new memorial playground that will be built in Newtown.”

Jack first heard about Strides for Sandy Hook while looking a race to run in January.  The original plan was to drive across state lines, make their donations, run, and then return home.  That plan changed when the event grew too large for Newtown to officially support by coordinating with the necessary agencies and dedicating the significant manpower required.

With the help of the Taconic Road Runners, of which Kelly is a member, the two Gaels have put together a local version of Strides for Sandy Hook this Saturday at Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park, 2957 Crompond Road in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., starting with registration at 9 a.m.  The entry fee is $25 per racer, and the Road Runners are covering all fees so that the full amount can be donated to the Newtown Park Gift Fund.  Duffy and Kelly were initially hoping to get 30-to-40 runners, but that number has since ballooned to more than 100 registrants.

Kennedy Catholic president the Rev. Mark Vaillancourt said the Gael community couldn’t be more proud of Duffy and Kelly, who have taken up the charge of his Dec. 15 e-mail to alumni and parents about sharing the legacy of Courage and Compassion that are the school hallmarks.

“We can all fall into the shoes of the victims and can empathize with their pain,” Duffy said.  “Hopefully, our little run will make it a little easier.”


A New ‘Way’ for a New Year


Congratulations and a hearty thank you to the Weidenhamer Family P’15, winning bidders on this year’s name the Kennedy roadway item at the Nov. 17, 2012 Auction.  From now through next Christmas, it shall be known as “Weidenhamer Way”.

In the same breath, we bid adieu to “Christopher Way”.  Named in loving memory of our beloved Sister Mary Christopher O’Toole and Christopher Devey ’78 by Douglas and MaryEllen Devey ’82 McLaughlin P’10,’13,’15, “Christopher Way” is now home with family in Lewsiboro, Pa.

Thank you, again, to the Weidenhamers, McLaughlins and all who support Kennedy Catholic through our annual Auction.

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