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John F. Kennedy High School Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame is a school project and not a project of the Alumni Association.

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NOTE !!!!  extended  nominations till DECEMBER 23 rd 2014
Notifications will be Jan 2015
March 7th 2015 date of event
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2012 Hall of Fame  / Wall of Honor 

Induction Ceremony Dinner 

Photos & Videos


David Weiss, Steven Hunt, Alan Berkowsky, Larry Scott, Joan Littman Landry, Fred Cohen, Susan Katz Holland, 

Gary Morganstern, Robert Wigand, Allan FLeishman, Arthur Kempner, Ronald Steiger, Mark Meyerowitz, Matt Kuschner



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ESPN Honors Levy & Schefter JFK Hall of Fame Inductee's Dec 2012

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Hall of  Fame  Article LI Heald

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JFK Hall of Fame Inductees

Colonel Steven D. Hunte, USA (Ret.) Class of 1973

A 1977 graduate of the University of Iowa, Steve Hunte is the most decorated wrestler in the history of Kennedy High School. A commissioned officer of the United States Army, Steve served his country with great distinction for over 32 years, before retiring at the rank of “Colonel” in 2011.

-Three time Nassau County Section Wrestling Champion

-Two time New York State Intercollegiate & Freestyle Wrestling Champion

- Member of three NCAA Championship Wrestling Teams

-Assistant Wrestling Coach at USMA at West Point

-All-Army Wrestling Team

-Chief of Physical Therapy at Numerous Command Posts

-Recipient of Army Commendation & Army Achievement Medals

Steve’s personal commitment to helping others and his dedication to providing to the welfare of military veterans embodies the visionary spirit of President John F. Kennedy.


Artie Kempner Class of 1977

A 1981 graduate of the University of Florida, Artie Kempner earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Communications, while being a member of the national powerhouse “Gators” football squad. He has distinguished himself as an athlete, sports broadcaster, television producer and tireless advocate for autism research.

-USA Network – Director of US Open Tennis

-FOX Sports Director for the NFL and NASCAR

- FOX Sports Director of NHL

-FOX Sports Director of Super Bowl XXXIX and XLII

-Eight Time Sports Emmy Winner

-Founder and Past President of Autism Society of Delaware

-Former Board Member of Autism Society of America

Artie’s pursuit of excellence has taken him from the hallways of Kennedy to the spotlights of primetime television to “behind the scenes” as a television producer. His continued support and advocacy for autism research on both a state and national level is well recognized, and he embodies the visionary spirit of President John F. Kennedy.

Joan Littman Landry Class of 1984

A 1988 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Joan Littman Landry has distinguished herself as an army officer, as an engineer and as a pioneer for women seeking to go where others can only dream of.

-First female from JFK to attend and graduate from the USMA at West Point

-First Lieutenant, Operations Officer, Intelligence Analyst

-Contract Engineer for Abbott Laboratories

-Recipient of Numerous Army and Corporate Awards

-Completed Fifteen Full Marathons in Eleven States

Joan’s professional achievements and her personal commitment to assisting others by her service to our country and her continued efforts in opening doors to other females embodies the visionary spirit of President John F. Kennedy.

Steve Levy Class of 1983

A 1987 graduate of the State University of New York at Oswego, Steve Levy has distinguished himself as being one of the longest tenured ESPN SportsCenter anchors in the history of the network. A journalist, a broadcaster and play-by-play man, Steve’s career has taken him from college football to the National Hockey League:

-Nicknamed “Mr. Overtime” for broadcasting the three longest televised Stanley Cup playoff games in NHL history

- Member of the ESPN crew to travel to Kuwait with SportsCenter to “Salute the Troops”

- Winner of three Emmy awards for his role on SportsCenter

As one of the most recognized voices and sports personalities on ESPN’s SportsCenter, Steve has demonstrated that persistence, perseverance and effort are the cornerstones of success, and he embodies the visionary spirit of President John F. Kennedy.

Dr. Gary Morganstern Class of 1973

A 1977 graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, Gary Morganstern continued his education at Loyola University School of Dentistry in Chicago, Illinois. As a Doctor of Dentistry in private practice in Merrick, Gary has distinguished himself as a professional, as a mentor to countless students and as the inaugural President of the John F. Kennedy High School Alumni Association.

-Private Practitioner (Doctor of Dentistry)

-President of John F. Kennedy High School Alumni Association

-Mentor - JFK Senior Experience Program

-Volunteer for Big Smiles Foundation

Gary’s dedication to volunteerism and to mentoring countless students from Kennedy High School will impact their lives forever. His selfless efforts on behalf of thousands of alumni and his generosity of time, talent and spirit embody the visionary spirit of President John F. Kennedy.

Adam Schefter Class of 1985

A 1989 graduate of The University of Michigan, Adam went on to earn a master’s degree at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. A journalist, a sports reporter, radio personality and television sports analyst, Adam’s credits include:

- Sports Reporter for The Denver Post (Covered Denver Broncos for sixteen seasons and two Super Bowls)

-Sports Analyst for ESPN – “NFL INSIDER”

-Author of four books

-Sports Illustrated “Power 40” as one of the NFL’s most influential people

As one of the most recognized sports personalities on ESPN, Adam has demonstrated that hard work and perseverance are the trademarks of success as he embodies the visionary spirit of President John F. Kennedy.

Larry Scott Class of 1982

A 1986 graduate of Harvard College, Larry Scott has distinguished himself as an accomplished business man and as an outstanding athlete. Larry has established a solid track record of innovation and growth, across a range of different sports, at both the college and professional levels.

-New York State Tennis Champion

-All-American Honors in Tennis at Harvard College

-Professional Tennis Player (ATP Circuit)

-Commissioner of NCAA PAC-12 Conference

-Recipient of Women’s Sports Foundation “Billie Jean King Contribution Award”

-Named to Time Magazine’s list of “Best Global Sports Executives”

Larry’s professional achievements and his personal commitment to assisting others by expanding opportunities of student-athletes and women are remarkable indeed and embody the visionary spirit of President John F. Kennedy.

Ronald Steiger Class of 1972

Ron attended Nassau Community College, Farmingdale State College and Long Island University, CW Post Campus. He has been the driving force behind the creation and movement of the JFK Alumni Association.

-Regional Sales Director of Woodbury Financial Services for New York and all New England States

-Creator of the Bellmore JFK Alumni Association website and publisher of the Alumni Newsletter

-Trustee, JFK Alumni Association

-Civic Volunteer to Countless Charities and Organizations

Ron’s dedication to volunteerism, his selfless efforts on behalf of thousands of alumni and his generosity of time, talent and spirit embodies the visionary spirit of President John F. Kennedy

Kenny Dichter – Class of 1986 

A 1990 graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Kenny Dichter has been an entrepreneur in sports marketing, retail and manufacturing. He is the founder of three companies:

·         Alphabet City (a recording company)

·         Tour GCX Inc. (golf access)

·         Marquis Jet (travel access)

Kenny' s entrepreneurial success allowed him to create MarquisCare,  which supports more than 50 different charities. A participant in JFK' s  Senior Experience Program, Kenny is a favored guest speaker in Kennedy's classrooms.

Doug Ellin – Class of 1986 

A 1990 graduate of Tulane University, Doug Ellin has become an acclaimed comic, actor, writer, producer and director. His credits include:

·         Creator, Head Writer, and Producer of the hit television show, Entourage.

·         Writer, Actor and Director of Life with Bonnie, Kissing a Fool, Phat Beach, The Pitch and The Waiter.

Doug is a creative artist, a philanthropist, and a recognized leader in the field of television.


Jonathan Fish – Class of 1980 

A 1984 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania' s Wharton School of Business, Jonathan Fish then studied at Oxford University, earning a diploma in 1988.

·         Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Advertising Council

·         Five-time National Champion (Rowing)

·         Seven-time Member, World Rowing Championship

·         Gold Medalist-1986 Goodwill Games, Russia

·         Olympian in Seoul, Korea 1988

·         Silver Medalist-1991 Pan American Games, Cuba

Jon is a recognized business executive, adjunct professor, CPA, United States Olympian, member of Board of Directors of Row, New York, and former member of the United States Olympic Committee.


Lori E. Horowitz Moran – 

Class of 1979 A graduate of Hofstra University and Hofstra University School of Law, Lori Horowitz Moran was admitted to the New York State Bar Association at the age of 22. In addition to participating as an attorney, she has held a variety of county positions:

·         Chief Counsel, Nassau County Board of Supervisors

·         Chief Prosecutor for Child Abuse, Nassau County

·         Bureau Chief, Nassau County Department of Real Estate

·         Chief of Operations for Nassau County Executive Thomas Gulotta

·         Chief Operating Officer – Private Management Co.


Dr Matthew Kuschner – Class of 1977 

A graduate of The State University of New York at Albany, Matthew Kuschner continued his studies at New York Chiropractic College. Formerly a private practitioner, Dr. Kuschner now serves as a medical investigator for a national insurance company.

·         Chiropractor/Medical Investigator

·         Fifteen-year Trustee, North Merrick Board of Education

·         Six-year Trustee and/or Officer, Bellmore-Merrick CHSD Board of Education

·         Member, Board of Directors of Bellmore-Merrick Community Wellness Center

·         Commissioner: CYO and PAL Football

·         Three-year Trustee, Congregation B' nai Israel

As a long time community advocate, Matthew Kuschner transformed his passion into action.


David Paul Weiss – 

Class of 1968 A graduate of Buffalo University and Hofstra University School of Law, David Paul Weiss is a member of the first graduating class of John F. Kennedy High School. David is the backbone of countless organizations and community activities in Bellmore-Merrick, providing pro-bono legal services, as well as active support:

·         Five-time President and 25-year Member of Bellmore Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

·         Board of Directors, Bellmore-Merrick Cultural Arts Foundation

·         Founder, JFK Alumni Wrestling Club

·         Officer, JFK Sports Booster Club

·         Advisor, BMCHSD Scholarship Program

·         Mentor, BMCHSD Senior Experience/Shadow Days

Mr. Weiss is a tireless community advocate, an ardent supporter of all activities at Kennedy High School, and a true role model.

Lawrence B. Steinberg, Class of 1975

Graduated Yale University in 1978; and then Harvard Law School in 1981.  Member of Los Angeles County Bar Association, Beverly HillsAssociation and American Bar Association. 

Volunteer Work as a Board Member, Office and Past President of PUBLIC COUNSEL, a Pro Bono, Volunteer Public Interest Law Office that Provide Legal Services for Indigent, Specializing in Consumer Fraud and Real Property Fraud Cases.

Volunteer Work as a Member of the Board of Directors of the INNER CITYLAW CENTER, an Organization Providing Legal Representation Designed to Assist the Homeless of Los Angeles’ “Skid Row” in Obtaining Housing Benefits, Food Stamps, and Other Social Services Assistance.

Married to Ellen Gingold (J.F.K ’75)

2 Children: Jennifer and Valerie


Eileen Korey, Class of 1973

Eileen graduated from Princeton University in 1977, moved to Cleveland to work in Radio, Newspaper and Television.  As a Medical Reporter for NBC Station, she spearheaded several public health campaigns, exposed dangerous medical practices, and kept the public informed of new life-saving technologies.  Her accomplishments were noted nationally through the NBC Affiliates Network.  She used her public position for the benefit of several charities, and was honored by:

-March of Dimes, Arthritis Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, and LifeBanc Organ Donor Network

-The Recipient of six EMMY Awards, Recognizing Excellence in News and Public Service Reporting

- Two-Time winner of the UPI United Press International NewsLeader Award

- Built her own Video Production Company, Medical New Network, in 1992

-Her charity work and service to the Community, helping to form a Local Citizens Advocacy Group that monitor school spending and educational programming

Married to Robert Kaplan, Ph.D.

2 Children: Benjamin and Rachel

Mark Meyerowitz, Class of 1969 

A Graduate of Farmingdale College and Hoftra University .

      -Certified Public Accountant

-Past President of Chamber of Commerce of the Bellmores

-Past President of the BellmoreLions

-Board Member of  Bellmore Kiwanis

-Involved in Community Blood Drive

-Chairman Lions and Kiwanis Strawberry Festival 

(Over the Years Having Helped Raise Over $500,000 for Local Charities)

Bellmore Family Street Festival Committee -Kiwanis Liason to Kennedy Key Club

Married to Karen Appel, 1973

3 Children: Andrew and twins Seth and Rachel


Arhur Pitts, Class of 1969

Attended Colgate University , then St. John’s University Law School (’81)

1986 Practicing Attorney, Associate Justice, Lindernhurst Village 

’87 – ’92  Supervisor, Town of Babylon where he spearheaded a solid waste management program combining recycling and state-of-the-art resource recovery facility; created master plan for Town’s Department of Development; rewrote Town’s ethics code

1992 Elected to County Court Judge for Suffolk County

Married: Jane Broderick     


Alix (Barbara) Korey, Class of 1969

Graduated Barnard College , Columbia University 1972.  Appearing on Broadway, Off-Broadway, television and film, regional stock and industrial theater, as well as concert cabaret “gigs”.  Making her mark as a performer in leading and featured roles in “Hello Dolly”, “Hello Kay”, “Pirates of Penzance”, “Show Boat”, “Forbidden Broadway”, “Jerry’s Girls”, and “Ain’t Broadway Grand”.

An elected official of Actors Equity, her greatest accomplishment was the creation of “Equity Fights AIDS” now called “Broadway Cares-Equity Fights AIDS”, this organization encompasses fund raising drives, galas, and concerts of the theatrical world for AIDS research. 

1992 – Bistro Award cabaret performance of the year for “Songs You Might Have Missed”. 

          -Recorded album “Songs You Might Have Missed”

Married to Randy Hansen


Stan W. Ziegler, Class of 1968

A Graduate of Yale University

 Ph.D. from Universityof Texas , in Austin , in Adolescent Psychology after being Eric Erikson’s Special Intern in San Francisco

-Hired immediately to start 

California ’s largest new residential treatment center for emotionally disturbed teenagers

-Private Practice of Child Actors, former Child Stars and Celebrity’s Kids

-Media work as a Psychological consultant on T.V. movie projects, i.e. Donahue and Oprah

-President of Gay and Lesbian Adoloscent Social Services, providing residential care for severely emotionally disturbed teenagers

-Founded only licensed

California agency to provide residential care for teenagers with AIDS – now four homes.


Claude W. Bernard, Class of 1968

A Graduate of Harvard University, 1972, Claude was awarded the Sophia Freund Prize as the HIGHEST RANKING HARVARD SENIOR in 1972.

1972-1975      National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship recipient

1976           Ph.D. in Theoretical Particle Physics, Harvard University

1976-1978      Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Columbia University

1978-1983      Assistant Professor, UCLA

1980-1983      Sloan Foundation Fellowship

1983-1986      Associate Professor, UCLA

1985           Distinguished Teaching Award UCLA

1986-1990      Professor, UCLA

1988-1990      Deputy Director, Institute for Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara

1990-present     Professor,Washington University

1993-1996      Editorial Board, Physical Review D


Andrew Chasanoff , Class of 1971

A graduate of S.U.N.Y. at Cortland 1975 as a therapeutic recreation major

Director of Recreational Therapy at Children’s Specialized Hospital , Mountainside, New Jersey

Created Competitive Wheelchair Sports Program

1989  Head Coach for U.S. Jr. Wheelchair Team at World Disabilities Games in 1989

1990  Selected as one of ten Outstanding Young Citizens of New Jersey

On New Jersey ’s Governor’s Board of Advisors for the Handicapped

1991  Meet Director of the National Junior Wheelchair Championships

1992  Coached for the IX Paralympic Games, U.S. Wheelchair Team for 1992 games in Barcelona, Spain

Married: Debra

3 sons: Michael, Mark and Thomas

Steve Sackrin, Class of 1972

Graduated Yale University ; obtained his M.D. at California at San Francisco , 1980.  Steve made the decision to make meaningful contributions to society rather than settle into a comfortable private practice.  He joined Highland Hospital , an inner city hospital in Oakland, California , where most are unable to afford proper health care, leading the fight to assure them health services.  Steve was chosen “Physician of the Year” three years in a row.  (Because of this, the rules were changed so no one could receive this honor consecutively.)

Steve refused to become a member of the A.M.A. preferring to join the Physicians for Social Responsibility.  He is active in the Sierra Club, a practicing conservationist. 

Married: Pennie, a nurse


Tod Michael Zipnick, Class of 1973

Graduated Adelphi University .  Founder of ICOM Simulations Inc., a Chicago-based computer software company.

Considered a “visionary” in his field, he developed interactive computer games; his company was the first in the world to develop a process that used live actors for video games in “Sherlock Holmes, The Consulting Detective”

Tod gave to people.  Example: helped a fellow Kennedy graduate start a computer firm in Manhattan ; gave another classmate a job in his company’s law firm; put the children of a financially distressed couple through college (M.I.T.) because he could not stand to see potential go to waste. While at Kennedy, he helped create the Bellmore-Merrick Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

The N.Y. Times: “a man of extraordinary warmth and generosity.  His unique creativity and vision and boundless energy propelled him to great success and international acclaim in the computer software industry.”

Tod died July 5, 1991 from complications of Hodgkins disease, four months short of his 36th birthday.




George E. Manaskie, Class of 1973

Graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis ,

1977.      Selected by Admiral Hyman G. Rickover for the submarine nuclear propulsion program. 

1978-1982    Served on the U.S.S. Tullibee

1982-1984    Headed Reactor Principles Division at Navy Nuclear Power School Orlando, Florida

1984-1987    Chief Engineer on U.S.S. Lafayette

1987-1989    Submarine assignment officer,Washington, D.C.

1991-1992    Naval War College .  Selected President’s Honor Graduate for “outstanding academic, extracurricular and community achievements as well as poromotion of the Navy in the Public Interests.”

1992       Commanding Officer of U.S.S. Bergall Submarine

Married: Sue Fader (J.F.K. ’74)

2 children (son and daughter)



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