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BK alums win Academy Award for Best Animated Film

February 28, 2017

Bishop Kearney graduates take home

Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature

Hollywood, California –   Bishop Kearney graduates James Hasman and Brian Menz took home Academy Awards on Sunday night for their work on Disney’s Zootopia, which won for Best Animated Feature Film.

They were both part of the animation team for the film, and had also been nominated for their animation work on another contender for this year’s Best Animated Feature, Moana.

Hasman is a 1988 Bishop Kearney graduate. Menz graduated from the school in 1997.

Menz had previously won awards for his role on the animation team for Frozen and Big Hero 6. Hasman won for his role on the animation team for Frozen.

BK students compete in 14 hour M3 Math Challenge

February 27, 2017

 BK students compete in 14 hour M3 Math Challenge

Rochester, N.Y. –   Four Bishop Kearney students (Matt Giacovelli, Annie Heyen, Spencer Cattalani, and Kiki Jin) participated in the M3 Math Challenge.  They spent fourteen hours on Saturday 2/25 trying to come up with the best solution to a very complicated problem.

M3 Challenge is unlike any other high school math competition! It is a math modeling contest that will push you to the limits of what you know about math and test your ability to work as a team and under strict time restraints. This contest gives you the unique opportunity to work on a real problem using a multi-step process infused with skills and techniques from each of your team member’s individual math tool kits, as well as problem solving and critical thinking.

And, to level the playing field as much as possible, everything you need to get started and be successful is online and free! While the process for selecting winners is rigorous and intense, there are 90 team scholarship prizes and great recognition for solid efforts. 

Senior to Senior Ball

February 27, 2017

    BK Seniors Bring the Prom to Nursing Home Seniors


Irondequoit, N.Y. – Bishop Kearney High school seniors and senior citizens had a ball at St. Ann’s Home Friday.

The students at Bishop Kearney High School, who are all members of the Honor Society, dressed in their formal best and brought the “prom” to residents of St. Ann’s.

There was a lot of dancing, friendships made and memories shared.

“I’ve been making all sorts of movements, you know, trying to pretend I’m dancing, but I’ve never danced in my life,” said George Veach, 86. “I’m having a good time.”

“The event for us is eye-opening because, especially in high school, you always see high school kids around and it’s really nice to talk to people from different perspectives and they are also open to talk,” said Annie Heyen, a senior at Bishop Kearney. “And they love dancing, so that’s always fun.”

The Senior to Senior Ball is a tradition that’s been going on for over 20 years.

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Bishop Matano celebrates mass at BK

February 2, 2017


Thank you to the most reverend Bishop Matano for celebrating mass with the students, staff, parents, and alumni at Bishop Kearney. Bishop Matano gave a beautiful homily and after mass spent time getting to know BK students in the library. It was an honor and a blessing to have Bishop Matano visit our school and spend time with our students and faculty.

Soup-er Bowl Feb. 2 at BK

January 30, 2017





How does the SOUP-ER BOWL work?   BK students simply place cans of soup on the Patriots or Falcons table in the BK cafeteria on or before Thursday Feb. 2. The team with the most soup cans is the “predicted winner” of the big game on Sunday. All soup collected will be donated to feed the hungry. Bishop Kearney proudly follows Christ’s example to reach out to the hungry, needy, and poor in society.

So help predict the winner and feed the hungry by participating in the SOUP-ER BOWL at BK on Feb. 2!







Congratulations NJHS inductees

January 19, 2017


Congratulations to the newest members of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) at Bishop Kearney! These BK students were recognized in a ceremony this morning before the student body for their outstanding academic achievement achieve for promoting the ideals of scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship. On January 16th at 6:30p.m. in the BK auditorium, family and friends are invited to the NJHS induction ceremony. Bishop Kearney is extremely proud of these young scholars and all of our students who contribute academically, socially, and spiritually to the BK family.

Our innovative College Prep. Plus Curriculum prepares students for the challenges of the 21st century and exceeds state and national standards. With our one to one laptop program at the high school level our students have access to technologies that allow them to focus on important 21st century skills such as: Digital-Age Literacy, Inventive thinking, Effective Communication, and High Productivity. Our award winning faculty is dedicated to create lessons that organically imbed such skills into their already rigorous curriculum. With a modified block schedule students have more time to become actively  engaged in their own learning with a positively impressive success rate.

Over 11,000 young men and women  have graduated from Bishop Kearney over the last 50+ years. Exceptional academics, strong athletics, spirituality,  hands on learning –  we educate the whole person:

  • 85% of BK students are involved in a club, sport, or extracurricular activity
  • BK students come from 17 surrounding school districts, 12 U.S. states, and 5 countries
  • BK exceeds the New York State standard for credits to graduate ( 22 vs. 31 at BK )
  • BK S.A.T. scores are consistently 20% higher than the national average
  • BK students perform hundreds of community service hours every year
  • 99% of recent graduates felt strongly that BK gave them the skills to succeed in college and beyond
  • Over $ 13 million dollars in college academic and athletic scholarships this past June
  • 100% Graduation Rate
  • 100% College Acceptance Rate to over 60 different universities including 4 Ivy League schools

BK students win Congressional App. Challenge

January 18, 2017

Bishop Kearney students win Congressional App. Challenge

A trio of students at Bishop Kearney High School have won the third annual Congressional App Challenge for New York’s 25th Congressional District. When three Bishop Kearney students couldn’t find an easy way to search college athletic scholarships, they decided to create an app.

“It shows the head coaches contacts from all the different schools for different sports,” said Emily Phelan, one of the girls who helped to develop the app.

For now, the FutureU Sports app links athletes with college coaches and other contacts based on three sports: basketball, softball and volleyball.

“I tried to reach out to coaches, but it was really hard to go to all the college websites and athletic websites,” Phelan said.

Emily Phelan, Michelle Russotti and Lilly Wellman were honored in a ceremony at the school on Tuesday, Jan.17, with an official announcement an awards presentation by Congresswoman Louise Slaughter of Fairport that was covered by three local television news stations.

“It’s important to be recognized by Louise Slaughter for their efforts and the hard work they’ve put into this app,” said Christina Smith, technology teacher at Bishop Kearney. “They’re just freshman and through this project they grew and gained a lot of experience.”

Slaughter revealed that the Bishop Kearney team’s entry was chosen from a field of more than 20 competitors. Slaughter spoke about the importance of having young women taking on leadership roles in the areas of technology and science. She also expressed her gratitude to Bishop Kearney’s principal and faculty for having an academic environment that fosters creativity and prepares young people to be leaders in the 21st century.  Slaughter launched this competition in September to help stimulate high school students’ creativity and increase participation in STEM education fields.

Established by members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, this competition is a nationwide event that allows students from across the country to create and exhibit their app  for mobile, tablet, or computer devices.

The winning team’s app will also be featured on the U.S. House of Representatives’ website ( and displayed in the U.S. Capitol.

Gift of Warmth – January Clothing Drive

January 11, 2017


Throughout January, Bishop Kearney will be holding our 8th Annual “Give the Gift of Warmth” Winter Clothing Drive. We are collecting gently-used winter-wear, such as coats, hats and mittens, for the students of the Wilson Foundation Academy. Wilson Foundation has scholars from Preschool through 8th grade, so all sizes ranging from children’s’ 5 through young adult large are welcome! Please make sure that the items are clean and bagged before you bring them in.

Last year, thanks to your generous donations, we delivered over two full carloads of items, which Wilson Foundation distributed to their students in need. So if you discover that your children have outgrown their winter gear, please consider donating it to our clothing drive, and give the gift of warmth! If you have any questions, please contact Amy Feller at

After school activities cancelled and Christmas concert rescheduled to Dec. 19

December 15, 2016






All Bishop Kearney after school activities have been canceled for December 15th, 2016. This includes all clubs and practices, as well as the JV boys basketball game, and Christmas Concert.


The Bishop Kearney Christmas Concert (Show Choir and Band) that was scheduled for tonight (12/15) has been postponed due to the weather and has been rescheduled for Monday, December 19th at 6:30pm.


BK Senior wins Do the Right Thing Award

December 13, 2016

December 12, 2016

BK Senior “Do the Right Thing Award” Winner


A local teen is being recognized for giving back to the community.

Annie Heyen is our latest “Do the Right Thing” award winner. She’s a senior at Bishop Kearney High School and  her vice principal nominated her for the award.

This summer, Heyen spent 40-plus hours volunteering at the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf. It’s a place she’s volunteered for the last four years. We asked her what keeps her going back to help.

“All the people that volunteer there are so nice and then all the people that come in are so willing to talk and share their stories,” she says. “And it just makes my day that I can help them.”

In addition to her volunteer work, Heyen is a captain on two sports teams, a member of the National Honor Society, sings in show choir, has leading roles in the fall play and spring musical….while she maintains a 98.4 average in the classroom.

Annie lives out the Bishop Kearney school motto “Do All Things Well”.

We say congratulations on this well deserved award!