JFKMS Students Made History

JFKMS Students Made History
Posted on 12/04/2019
Newport News Shipbuilding officially christened aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) on Saturday, Dec. 7, and Suffolk students were part of the historic ceremony.  

During a rare opportunity, more than 20 students from John F. Kennedy Middle School chorus performed three songs during the event. Directed by Jamilla Ford, students sang for a crowd of 10,000+, including the event’s finale song “America the Beautiful.”   

During the ceremony, Ship’s Sponsor Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of the late John F. Kennedy, broke a bottle of American sparkling wine on the carrier’s hull, officially naming the ship as part of the time-honored ship christening tradition.    

CVN 79 marks the second aircraft carrier to be named for the late president. The first, a conventionally-powered carrier, served from 1968 to 2007, and was also built by Newport News Shipbuilding.    

Suffolk Public Schools is incredibly proud that JFKMS students were invited to be part of such an important event for the military community and the Hampton Roads region.  Visit this link for more information on the event ... http://bit.ly/33Q6s1v   

In addition to offering this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to students, Newport News Shipbuilding has made a $500 contribution to the school’s chorus program. Suffolk Public Schools is grateful for the generous contributions Newport News Shipbuilding makes to our region, the economy, the safety of our troops, and now to our school.
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