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Frankie Tempesta - Class of 1998

Why did your family choose Kennedy for your education?
My parents believed in Kennedy academics and sent all of us to JFK. It was the environment of excellence in education and sports and the Kennedy families which makes this institution truly special. God, Family, Education, Football: Blue Pride

What is your favorite high school memory?
Playing football and baseball at Warren JFK. Playing for Coach Nap & Coach Lee. Growing up watching Matt Richardson, Andre Jethroe, Mark Thomas, Tom Paolucci, Mike Elder, Mike Munno. Trying to emulate them and their successes and leaving a legacy like the one they provided to me to live up to. The brotherhood of JFK and representing and wearing the K. Wearing #44 and trying to honor the past.
Did you have a teacher or class that was a major influence on you?
Probably more at St Mary’s Middle School, Coach Sam Racketa. I travelled with him to McDonald when he coached basketball for the Blue Devils to be their ball boy/water boy. It was a great experience and I saw early on the dedication and work it took to be successful.  Coach Napolet was the biggest influence on my life at JFK, he was my role model, mentor, father figure. I wanted to make him proud.
What career did you choose and tell us a little bit about how you got there?
I went to Walsh University and was fortunate enough to play college football and baseball for the Cavaliers.  I chose to go into Law Enforcement. I have been with Warren Police Department since January 2003; to protect those who can’t protect themselves, the elderly, the weak, and vulnerable.
What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?
In Law Enforcement, the relationships formed and positive rapport built in the community and the trust they have bestowed in me over the years. Respect given and respect earned in return. Serving the community in which I was raised and have great pride in Warren, Ohio. Being a part of the 2016 DIV VII State Champs JFK Football team.
What is a specific piece of advice you would give to a Kennedy senior?
“What the mind of a man can conceive and believe the mind of a man can achieve.”

“Life is no dress rehearsal, you only have one shot at life so blaze a wide trail.”

“Work will win when wishing won’t.” 


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