John F. Kennedy Bulletin
June 17, 2021
Dear John F. Kennedy Families:
Class of 2021 Honors
Please join in congratulating the following students who have been respectively awarded titles of 2021 valedictorian, salutatorian, Outstanding Cougar, and Outstanding Cougar Athlete. They are each highly dedicated and deserving of much more recognition than I can ever adequately communicate. They are the pride of the Cougar Nation!
Valedictorian: Veronica Kim
Veronica completed her Senior year with a cumulative GPA of 4.4 She completed a total of 11 AP classes, scoring high enough to be honored as an AP Scholar with Distinction. On her first attempt, she earned a 1550 on the SAT and a coveted ‘5’ on the challenging AP Physics exam. In addition, Veronica demonstrated a consistent passion for environmental conservation as a member of the Earth Guardians club, received a certificate of Congressional recognition for her volunteer work in the Teens Create Dreams organization, and served four years as the treasurer for the Class of 2021. All of this is in addition to spending two weeks working on the Navajo reservation during the summer after her sophomore year and running track and cross country. Come fall, Veronica will attend U.C., San Diego.
Salutatorian: Ivan Huang
With a GPA of greater than 4.0, Ivan took 12 AP classes, even scheduling two science classes during his junior year, two math classes during senior, and coursework at the community college. Arriving to the U.S. as a first-generation Chinese immigrant, he saw his circumstances not as an opportunity. He is a 4-year tennis player, competed in Forensic Debate during his sophomore year, and volunteered over 50 hours his first three years at a public library. In addition, he is a member of the National Honor Society, California Scholarship Federation, Chinese Culture Club, and Key Club. Ivan’s next stop will be U.C.L.A.
Outstanding Cougar: Sara Faraj
This year’s Outstanding Cougar was also named the Sacramento City Unified’s 2020 Stellar Student. In addition, she placed 7th nationwide in congressional debate during the 2020 speech and debate Tournament of Champions. She was also the #1 sophomore in the State at the 2019 California State Championship. She is a mentor, scholar, and advocate, receiving the Pride of Pocket community award for participation in the 2020 Sacramento Youth Mental Health Initiative. Her leadership and involvement extend further to include volunteer hours with Sacramento Youth Rise and the Rotary Club as well as serving as a featured speaker at the 2021 Never Alone Summit, an event aimed at promoting worldwide wellness by practicing preventive health and habits. Congratulations, Sara!
Outstanding Cougar Athlete: Ethan Lu
Ethan is the number one golfer on the best team in the Metro League for the 2021 season. Kennedy dominated the Metro, and one Senior led the team with a 36.8 scoring average for 9 holes. That number is even more impressive when factoring in the high winds this spring which make scoring more difficult during matches.
Kennedy was an undefeated 6-0 in League and won both 18-hole Metro tournaments by a whopping 52 and 97 strokes! Ethan is team captain and has helped and inspired his teammates to perform at their best. In the first 18-hole Metro League tournament, three teammates shot their lifetime best scores. In the 2nd League tournament, 3 more shot their lifetime best, leading to lopsided victories for Kennedy.
In addition to a key starter all four years, every year Ethan played, Kennedy dominated and won the Metro League. He performed well enough in the 2019 postseason to move forward to the second round of competition. He is a special player and person who has performed at a very high level throughout his high school career. Kennedy’s success would not have been possible without him. Way to go, Ethan!
Summer school will run from June 21-July 23. It will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m. In addition to credit recovery, a number of other academic enrichment programs are on offer. Counselors are currently identifying and enrolling students. Once that process is complete, students will be individually notified via their District e-mail account. Remind your student to check regularly. Should you need assistance, contact the Counseling Center at (916) 395-5090.
Coach Brian Lewis
I am thrilled to share that Coach Lewis has been named the Sacramento Bee’s Coach of the Year. In announcing the award, Writer Joe Davidson lauded Coach’s leadership during the tragic loss of student athlete Emmanuel Antwi. The complete article is available online. Coach ‘B,’ we’re darn proud of you!
In addition, the “Bee’s Best” included three other Cougar athletes: Kywan Cook, Xavier Calvin, and Xzavier Sablan. Woo hoo!
Graduation pictures are now available! Mischa photography uses facial recognition software: students take a selfie and register online. The system will find their pictures and create a private gallery. If interested in obtaining photos, use the following link: http://regis.viewyour.photos/67625/27123789
You can still order a yearbook! Visit www.yearbookordercenter.com and use code 7929 when prompted. Due to production limitations, yearbooks are expected to arrive in July. If you have questions, please contact Yearbook Advisor Danilo Campos @ Danilo-Campos@scusd.edu.
Senior Lawn Signs
There is still time! Class of 2021 lawn signs are available! Get yours here!
As always, should you have a question or concern, school staff is available at (916) 395-5090. You may e-mail me at David-VanNatten@scusd.edu.
David Van Natten