Central honors valedictorians, salutatorians

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At Kennedy, Rabinowitz has been class vice president for the past four years, in addition to being an active member of the Key Club, wind ensemble and National, Science and Spanish honor societies. He also was part of Athletes Helping Athletes and participated in the National Honors Spanish Test for three years, earning a silver, bronze and honorable mention. 

A varsity soccer player for his entire high school career, Rabinowitz was team captain as a junior and senior, and was named All-Conference his junior year. He has also competed on junior-varsity track and a travel soccer team, and has taken part in the Maccabi Games in track and field, earning 11 gold, eight silver and three bronze medals.

He plans to major in pre-medicine and psychology in college in the hope of becoming a surgeon.

Salutatorian: Benjamin November

An Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor, Benjamin November is a member of the school’s Advanced Science Research program. He spent his sophomore and junior years conducting research at City College, and his junior and senior years researching at Brookhaven National Laboratory. His research paper – “Measurement of Leaf Properties to Improve the Parameterization Used by Earth System Models to Estimate the Maximum Capacity for CO2 Uptake in the Arctic” – earned him semifinalist status in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search competition. November hopes to study engineering in college and obtain both a master’s and doctorate in engineering. 

As a senior, November served as chairman of the Stock Market Club for Future Business Leaders of America, in addition to being a member of Athletes Helping Athletes and the Key Club. November is also a member of the National, Math, Science and Spanish honor societies and has served as a peer tutor for underclassmen with the National Honor Society. 

Outside of school, November has volunteered at Winthrop University Hospital. During his freshman and sophomore years, he was invited to attend the National Young Conference – an invitation extended to students with excellent academic performance and leadership potential. He was named the Math Student of the Month at the school, and he has represented the Cougars on the junior-varsity and varsity football and track teams.

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