Central honors valedictorians, salutatorians


The Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District recently introduced its class of 2014 valedictorians and salutatorians at Calhoun, Kennedy and Mepham high schools.

According to a district news release, “These outstanding and well-rounded students embody an impressive breadth of knowledge and pride of personal character. All six students have demonstrated a strong dedication to their academics and responsibility to the Bellmore-Merrick community, all while remaining committed to their extracurricular activities and outside obligations.”

“I’m so impressed by our valedictorians and salutatorians this year,” said Superintendent of Schools John DeTommaso. “They represent the talented and innovative student body we have at all three of our amazing high schools. I wish them the best of luck in everything they do in the future.”


Valedictorian: Benjamin Rabinowitz

As Kennedy’s valedictorian, Benjamin Rabinowitz is committed not only to his high-achieving academics, but also to his extracurricular activities and volunteer work. A member of the school’s Advanced Science Research program, he’s completed research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center on bioluminescence imaging in an immunology laboratory. He’s volunteered at North Shore-LIJ Feinstein Institute, assisting in research of autism spectrum disorders; at Hadassah, fundraising for stem cell awareness by participating in walks; and with JCC Maccabi USA, participating in a variety of fundraising and community-service activities. 

Rabinowitz also dedicates his time to volunteering for the Forever 9 Foundation, for which he has helped organize the annual 5K run in memory of his close friend Robbie Levine. Additionally, Rabinowitz spent the summer of 2013 in Florence, Italy, taking courses in Italian and marketing at Instituto Lorenzo de’Medici.

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