In addition to a virtual Alumni Day program planned by the Student Government on Dec. 21, John F. Kennedy High School in the Bellmore-Merrick Central School District installed a Cougar Nation victory flag for the courtyard.
Principal Gerard Owenburg said that the flag is something he’s wanted to add to the campus for some time, but added that it isn’t just for students or staff who win a
championship or competition.
“It’s about having a winning mentality and enjoying the growth and relationships that come with setting out to achieve a goal,” Owenburg added. “Often in competitions there can be only one winner. But that doesn’t mean only one person ‘won.’” Owenburg added that the Class of 2020 officers “made for the best example of this and were honored to have them be the inaugural group to raise the victory flag on Alumni Day.”
“Their resiliency and adaptability paved the way for others to ‘make every moment count’ during the pandemic,” added Owenburg. The school will be having clubs, teams, and individuals raising the flag throughout the year.
“It will be raised every morning by a different staff member or student,” explained Brad Seidman, social studies teacher and Student Government faculty adviser.