JFK to celebrate 50th anniversary

WARREN – John F. Kennedy High School will mark its 50th anniversary this year.

President Brian Sinchak said at the recent State of the Schools address that the anniversary will be celebrated with activities throughout the 2014-15 school year.

The first day of school on Aug. 25 will be “a wild and amazing opening day event to kick off the 50th anniversary year,” he said.

This year’s 2014 graduating class is the 50th class to graduate from the school. The ceremony was held last Saturday.

“The reason we are celebrating the 50th anniversary next school year is just like a wedding anniversary or first birthday. You don’t celebrate that 50th until you have finished that year,” Sinchak said.

A logo will be created, and anniversary activities planned include anniversary events over homecoming weekend Oct. 10 and 11 and a Coming Home event for all JFK alumni. There will also be a Flying Eagle 5K run / walk on Oct. 11 starting at the lower campus and ending at the upper campus a homecoming dance.

“This will be a big celebratory weekend,” he said.

Sinchak said there is an Athletic Hall of Fame event on Oct. 24 acknowledging athletes.

“It was important to me with my time here to develop an Athletic Hall of Fame to acknowledge and celebrate the athletic accomplishments of the students,” he said.

Sinchak said the annual Just for Kicks auction will be a silver and gold event since its the 25th anniversary of the auction and 50th anniversary of the school.

“Just wait to see next year’s auction. We are looking forward to wonderful events,” Sinchak said.

The yearbook for next school year will also be unique with 50 years of photos of the schools over the years and be a commemorative issue.

He said plans for next year are to continue fundraising to serve students.

“If we all put our heads to together we can solve and face challenges with enthusiasm,” he said.

Jill Phillips, director of communications / advancement, said also new at the school is a state-of-the-art weight room called the Nannicola Weight Room, which was a gift.

She said plans for next year are to have all students receive iPads, hosting international students and students travel this month on a mission trip to India.