Monthly Archive: May 2015

BK senior Billy Heyen honored with Wandtke Award

May 22, 2015

Bishop Kearney senior Billy Heyen was named the 2015 recipient of the Steven A. Wandtke Award.  Billy was presented the award on air during the WBKS morning TV news broadcast. The Wandtke award is the highest honor a Bishop Kearney student athlete can receive.

Steven Wandtke (class of 1996) was a well rounded young man who worked hard in the classroom as well as on the basketball court for Bishop Kearney Coach Ed Nietopski. His strong work ethic, humble nature, and his dedication to strive for excellence served Steven well as he went on to college at Niagara University. After graduating from Niagara, Steven was diagnosed with cancer.  Despite a courageous battle and many prayers from the Kearney community, Steven passed away. Steven Wandtke’s memory lives on every year at Bishop Kearney with the presentation of this award. The Wandtke Award plaque is visible to all who enter the Ed Nietopski gymnasium which reads:
He was a selfless team player who strived for
athletic excellence. He was focused on the
task at hand with consistency, reliability, determination
and an innate ability to rise to challenges.
He demonstrated a true respect for the game,
his coach and his teammates.


Congratulations to Billy Heyen for being honored with the Steven A. Wandtke Award. Billy will attend Case Western Reserve University this fall in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Billy Heyen (pictured above) receiving the Steven A. Wandtke Award.

Music Concert – BK Auditorium May 13 at 6:30

May 13, 2015

The BK music department presents NINTENDO POWER – a tribute to NES music featuring the BK Band and the BK Folk Group “Murder of Crows”. It all happens tonight May 13 at 6:30 in the BK auditorium!

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BK Folk Band Rocks the Lilac Festival

May 12, 2015

BK students performed live at the LILAC FESTIVAL! The BK FOLK BAND “Murder of Crows” played tunes for 45 minutes on the main stage and entertained the festival crowd. Congrats to these BK musicians and Mr. Yogis (Music Director) on a job well done!

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BK Tradition – Wiffle Ball for AP Chemistry students!

May 7, 2015

Since the late 1990’s a BK tradition has been for AP Chemistry students to play a game of wiffle ball after taking the AP Chem exam in Mr. Burke’s class. This is a wonderful tradition and some well deserved fun after a year of studying and hard work.  Mr. Burke has had dozens of students major in chemistry, physics, or engineering in college…and all cite Mr. Burke as their inspiration for pursuing science as their calling.  Mr. Burke is a dedicated and gifted educator.  He is a member of the Bishop Kearney Hall of Fame.

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Marisa Bernardi (BK’14) SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR – EMPIRE 8 Conference

May 7, 2015

Congrats to Marisa Bernardi  for being named to the Empire 8 Conference Sportswoman of the Year Team. Marisa has pitched 33 innings as a freshman for Elmira College with 3 wins and a complete game shutout! Marisa is a 2014 graduate of Bishop Kearney and is a well rounded student athlete. She has a bright future and is a wonderful ambassador for Bishop Kearney. elmira 111664_10205351361321800_2030622709371889084_n

Senior Bryant named N.Y. State Player of the YEAR in girls basketball

May 6, 2015

Senior guard Kharysma Bryant of Bishop Kearney in Rochester, NY was named the NEW YORK STATE CLASS A BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR!!! She will attend Niagara University on a basketball scholarship this fall. Kharysma is a well rounded student-athlete who is a champion on the court and in the classroom. Congrats on this well deserved honor!

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