Pass, Punt and Kick Winner

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Academy Street Elementary School fourth-grader Keira Rooney made history this October when she became the first district student to compete in the New York State championship of the NFL’s Punt, Pass and Kick Competition.

Keira, who was a finalist in the Long Island Championship, participated in the competition through the school’s physical education department. Academy Street’s third- through fifth-graders took part in the annual program, which tested their ability to see how far they could properly kick a football.

Six Academy students – fifth-graders Brendan Most and Hannah Woolsey, fourth-graders Keira Rooney and Ryan Costa, and third-graders Ben Morris and Taylor DiBiasi – were named Suffolk County winners and competed in the Long Island Championship at the annual Oyster Festival in Oyster Bay.

Select winners from the state championship will advance to compete nationally at this year’s NFC championship game in February.