Kellenberg Memorial High School A Catholic School in the Marianist Tradition Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:27:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 39267889 Kidsday Features Latin School Writers; Interview with Aaron Judge Sat, 24 Jun 2017 19:10:50 +0000 Congratulations to Latin School students from the sixth and seventh grade who are featured this week in Newsday’s Kidsday section. Writers include Lance Allen, Theresa Amico, Theresa Bambrick, Emily Carroll, Isabel Connolly, Nicholas Cortese, Ella DeCamp, Christopher DeLuca, Tori Famularo, Andrew Galligan, Grace Garcia, Julia Garcia, Anabella Ginebra, Hilary Heaney, Penelope Henshaw, Vincenza Julian, Tresa Karnati, Aisling Kelly, Declan Lennan, Caroline Lopez, Olivia Marciano, Andrea McPherson, Micaela Maywald, Lauren McCarthy, James McCormack, Molly McGoldrick, Isabella McKay, Kaitlyn Messina, Elizabeth Mooney, Jack Murphy, Owen Murphy, Carmela Musso, Elizabeth Musso, Meaghan O’Keefe, Jake Orfano, Jillian Palmeri, George Pappas, Colin Richards, Isabella Rollo, Daniel Sullivan, Bridget Sweeney, Veronica Tadross, Grace Toler, Jared Valluzzi, Isabella Yew, and Marybeth Zimos.

Today’s article features Nicholas Cortese, Andrew Galligan, Colin Richards, and Jared Valluzzi’s interview with New York Yankees rightfielder, Aaron Judge.


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Newsday: Kellenberg’s state lacrosse crown brings tears of joy Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:24:11 +0000

Article by Newsday’s Ari Kramer:

Kellenberg’s Brendan Kelly and Marco Mongelli remembered watching another team hoist the trophy after the 2016 CHSAA AA boys lacrosse intersectional title game. They remembered their senior teammates crying.

With one year left on varsity, they vowed to not go out the same way.

“I never thought I would see someone cry,” Mongelli said.

Added Kelly, “Seeing all the seniors, how broken they all were, it just motivated all of us to work that much harder.”

Seven state championships had come and gone since the CHSAA added a Class AA title game, and Kellenberg had not appeared in one. So that also bore down on Kelly, Mongelli and the senior class.

If any tears were shed after that group’s final high school game on May 30, they were of the joyous variety. The Firebirds finally etched their name into the history books, with a 12-5 defeat of Buffalo St. Joseph’s Collegiate in the state championship game, erasing the pain from their 2016 loss to Fordham Prep.

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Four Firebirds Elect to Serve Their Country Following Graduation Wed, 14 Jun 2017 16:52:19 +0000 Four members of the class of 2017 have elected to serve their country after their time at Kellenberg Memorial High School. Please keep the following graduates in your prayers as they commit themselves to their future endeavors. 

Margaret Oriani ’17
Appointed to United States Military Academy at West Point

James Mahon ’17
Appointed to United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point

Cyril George ’17
Enlisting in the United States Marine Corps

Craig Wallace ’17
Enlisting in the United States Marine Corps

Sophomore English Students Complete 382 Books This School Year Wed, 14 Jun 2017 11:36:20 +0000 The students in Mrs. von Schoenermarck’s fifth period and seventh period English classes completed a combined total of 382 books that they read independently from September to June of this school year! 

Using Peggy Kittle’s model from Book Love, they embarked on a reading journey that incorporated 10 minutes of in-class reading every Monday and Wednesday and 10 minutes at home on the other nights in an attempt to read an hour per week. The students held “Book Talks” every Friday, introducing two selections for the class to consider, and engaged in one-on-one conferences with their teacher at least once a trimester in order to chat about their reading habits and interests. “Book Buddies”—a kind of in-class book club—was held once a month to discuss setting, characterization, use of titles, opening and closing lines, etc., from whatever book each student was reading at that time.

Fifth period tallied an impressive 188 books while seventh period conquered an amazing 194 titles!

With summer on the way, they hope to continue the trend by packing a novel in their beach bag along with lunch and some sunscreen!

Chris Cappas ’17 Makes History Winning CHSAA Player of the Year & Pitcher of the Year Tue, 13 Jun 2017 11:18:23 +0000

Congratulations to Chris Cappas ’17 on becoming the first player in NSCHSAA history to win both Player and Pitcher of the Year.  At the plate,  Chris batted .438 with 3 home runs, 2 triples, and 2 doubles and batted in a league leading 22 runs.  Maybe his most impressive statistic was that Chris struckout only once in 68 plate appearances.  On the mound, Chris was a dominant pitcher posting an ERA of .18 (allowing only one earned run the entire season) with 53 strikeouts in 39 innings.  Chris needed the season not allowing a run in 25 consecutive innings.  Head coach, Chris Alfalla, says, “He is one of the best teammates a person could ask for!”  Chris will always be remembered for his contributions on the field as one of the best players to put on a Kelleneberg uniform.  We wish Chris the best of luck next year as he takes his talents to ACC to pitch at the University of Pittsburgh. 


Class of 2017 Graduation Awards Fri, 09 Jun 2017 11:53:52 +0000

Kellenberg Memorial High School General Excellence Award
Outstanding Young Man & Young Lady
Juliana Cosenza & Gerard DeAngelis


Kellenberg Memorial High School Francis T. Keenan, S.M. Valedictorian Award
Thomas Greco


Kellenberg Memorial High School Father Francis T. Keenan, S.M. Salutatorian Award
Amanda Greco


Academic Excellence Award Awarded to the Young Man & Young Lady
with the Highest Cumulative Averages From Grades 9 – 12
Maximillian Calleo and Justina Henein


Edward J. Dunn Student-Athlete Award Awarded to the
Most Outstanding Young Man & Young Lady Student Athletes
Alyssa Boll and Steven Hoffman



Brother Richard J. Hughes, S.M. Service Award Awarded to the Young Man & Young Lady
who have shown the Most Outstanding Service to the School Community
Jordan Bernhardi and Dana Livingston


Nassau County Award for
Community Service and Academic Excellence
Gerard DeAngelis


Town of Hempstead Award for
Community Service and Academic Excellence

Kaitlyn Knoblach


Awards for Special Activities

Band Award for Excellence In and Dedication to the Band
Holly Bohack and Daniel Fleming


Blue and Gold Award for Excellence In and Dedication to the School Yearbook
Maria Prastos and Tyler Stock


Chorus Award for Excellence In and Dedication to the Chorus
Gerimy Layos and Kaitlyn Toscano


Drama Award for Excellence In and Dedication to the Drama Club
Sean Crosby and Anna Waiter


Orchestra Award for Excellence In and Dedication to the Orchestra
Sarah Peppe


Parish Religious Education Program Award for
Contributing the Most to the Teaching of Religious Education
Ryan Barrett and Juliana Cosenza


Phoenix Award for Excellence In and Dedication to the School Newspaper
Maximillian Calleo and Noelle McManus


Speech and Debate Award for Excellence In
and Dedication to the Speech and Debate Club
Thomas Dompkowski and Allison Occhiuto


Outstanding Seniors in Individual Subjects

Outstanding Seniors in American Sign Language
Haley Perlow and Kiernan Reinhard


Outstanding Seniors in English
Noelle McManus and Edmund O’Brien


Outstanding Senior in Fine Arts
Jake Johnson and Micah Sanguyu


Outstanding Seniors in French
Emma Aquino and Andrew Russell


Outstanding Seniors in History
Thomas Greco and Bridget Sullivan


Outstanding Seniors in Latin
Jeremy Capuder and Emma Watson


Outstanding Seniors in Mathematics
Maximillian Calleo and Emily Roff


Outstanding Seniors in Music
Jeremy Capuder and Anna Waiter


Outstanding Seniors in Religion
Juliana Cosenza and Thomas Dompkowski


Outstanding Seniors in Science
Calvin Bernic and Justina Henein


Outstanding Seniors in Spanish
Maximillian Calleo and Julianne Daga


Brianna Rubenstein ‘17 Awarded Scholarship from Good Samaritan Hospital Thu, 08 Jun 2017 22:00:41 +0000

On June 6, 2017, Brianna Rubenstein ‘17 was awarded a scholarship from the Junior Volunteers Program at Good Samaritan Hospital. Brianna was awarded this honor after completing over 150 hours of volunteer work, working mainly in the geriatric ward. The Good Samaritan Junior Volunteers Program is designed to give willing high school students an opportunity to donate their time at the hospital. Brianna was a member of Kellenberg’s EMT Club and a 4 year Honor Roll student while at Kellenberg. During her time working at the hospital and after being a member of the EMT club, Brianna’s interest in becoming a doctor grew tremendously, and she will be pursuing a career in medicine at the University of Tampa next fall.

Henry Russo ’23 Wins Senator Hannon’s “There Ought To Be A Law” Contest Thu, 08 Jun 2017 20:46:29 +0000  

On Thursday, May 25, at the Levittown Memorial Education Center in Levittown, sixth-grade finalists were chosen from twenty-nine participating schools and honored for their creative and innovative ideas for new laws. The entries touched on topics such as health care, school safety, environmental protection, child safety, and the use of electronics. Henry Russo was the winning sixth-grade contestant representing the Brother Joseph C. Fox Latin School. His law stated that citizens should be required to obtain a permit to operate a drone. This would prevent unlawful spying and ensure the privacy of individuals to promote a safer environment. At the ceremony, Henry received a certificate and a personal photograph with Senator Kemp Hannon.

Congratulations to Henry Russo for his wise contribution and participation in the government which is key to the future of all children and our democracy!

National Language Arts Olympiad Exam 2017 Thu, 08 Jun 2017 20:36:47 +0000

On May 3, the entire Latin School seventh and eighth-grade student body took the nation-wide Language Arts Olympiad Examination to evaluate their acquired skills in spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and reading comprehension.  Our top ten scorers in the eighth grade were the following students:  Caroline Lopez, Julia Lawless, Antonio Ruiz, Kevin Bongiorno, Meaghan O’Keefe, Carmela Musso, Ciara Atkins, Catherine Farrell, Veronica Tadross, and Anabella Ginebra.   Our top ten scorers in the seventh grade were the following students:  Mark DiLapi, James Cross, Michael Callinan, Vincent D’Addona, Vincenza Julian, Ryan Gerhart, Sofia Panek, Karis Mueller, Katelyn Pecoraro, and Elizabeth Musso.   In the Bro. Joseph C. Fox Latin School the eighth-grade scores ranked our students first nationally, and the seventh-grade scores ranked our students second nationally.

Congratulations to our winning students in grades seven and eight who received certificates and medals for their high scoring test accomplishments!






Academic Quiz Bowl Competes at Nationals in Atlanta Thu, 08 Jun 2017 16:23:44 +0000 By Aidan York ’20:

Friday, May 26, 2017, eight members of the Kellenberg academic quiz bowl team traveled to Atlanta, GA to attend the 2017 NAQT High School National Championship Tournament. 304 teams from all across the country (and beyond – a team from China was in attendence) had qualified through different tournaments during the year. These were the best teams in the Nation out of some 5000 high schools that participate in quiz bowl. Our A team of senior Calvin Bernic, juniors Evan Katsounis, Aidan Dowd, and freshman Aidan York had qualified, while our B team of Senior Mike Garcia, Sophomores Tyler Martinus, Chelsea-Faith Florita and freshman Victor Louie were there for support and experience. After settling in at the hotel, the A team competed in the Friday evening practice scrimmages, winning 4 games and losing none.

Saturday, May 27, began early with all 300+ teams gathered in one of the hotel’s massive ballrooms. After a 15 minute instructional meeting, the teams were dismissed for their first match of the day. The tournament took place entirely in the Marriott Marquis with 96 games per round scattered all about. Kellenberg A, accompanied by their two coaches and Kellenberg B as spectators, competed in ten matches over the course of the day. To order to make the playoffs on Sunday, you must have a winning record. In the last round of the day, Kellenberg faced North Kansas City HS from Missouri – both teams had 5 wins and 4 losses. The winner would move on, the loser would be eliminated. Kellenberg easily won with a score of 410 to 55 and qualified for the playoffs – easily our best game of the day. Only 116 of the 304 teams qualified for the playoffs. With this happy news, both Kellenberg teams attended Mass held in one of the hotel’s breakout rooms lead by the priest coaches from Cistercian Preparatory School from Texas.

On Sunday, our first playoff opponent, also 6 and 4, was Ed Clark High School from Las Vegas, NE. The game was close and it came down to the last question which Senior Calvin Bernic got (by knowing that porcupine quills evolved from hair) and Kellenberg won 285 to 265. In the next round, we faced Detroit Catholic’s C team from Michigan – a school whose A team perennially finishes in the top 10 at Nationals. Kellenberg fell to them by a score of 290 to 115 and was eliminated from the tournament finishing with a record of 7 wins and 5 losses. Kellenberg A ended in 65th place out of the 304 teams. During the day, the B team was able to compete in scrimmage rounds against teams who did not have the chance to compete in the playoffs. They ended their four matches with two wins and two losses.

At the award ceremony held in the afternoon, A team member Junior Evan Katsounis earned an All-Star Trophy for his exceptional individual performance scoring 64.6 points per game, ranking as the 34th highest scorer out of 1472 participants.

After eating at famous restaurant Mary Mac’s Tea Room known for their southern fried chicken, Kellenberg retired, satisfied with their performance on the national level. The teams returned early Monday, May 29. Overall, it was a great and exciting end to a very good year of quiz bowl. Congratulations to the team and their effort.

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