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Farewell Master Chief Kevin Harris

Bishop Kenny High School’s Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) honored Master Chief Kevin Harris at his retirement ceremony on June 8, 2022. Wishing him fair winds and following seas in his retirement. BK was fortunate to be blessed with Master Chief’s bright spirit for 16 years. 

Master Chief Harris started his Naval career at Recruit Training Center Orlando, FL. His first Command was on the USS Midway, Yokosuka Japan. 

He went on to serve in Atsugi AIMD, Japan then to Okinawa, Japan where he earned his AA degree from the University of Maryland. Then he transferred to Mofett Field, CA where he earned Master Training Specialist designation, qualified as an Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist, was selected as Sailor of the Year, and was initiated to Chief Petty Officer. 

In 1990, he transferred and embarked on the USS Midway, and after Desert Storm, the Air wing cross-decked to the USS Independence. Next, he attended the senior Enlisted Academy, in Rhode Island, Class 56, Brown group and upon completion, reported to Yokosuka, Japan, as a computer analyst. Then selected as Command Master Chief, completing the squadron change homeport from Lemoore, CA to Atsugi, Japan, and deploying with the USS Independence and USS Kitty Hawk. 

In 1999, Master Chief Harris reported to NAF Atsugi, earning a BA degree from the University of Maryland during his tour. In 2002, he and his family joined the Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron, earning the Urban League Guild of San Diego County’s “Blacks in Aviation” award recognizing his service as the first black Command Master Chief with the team. 

After 31 years, Master Chief Harris retired from the Navy. He was accepted into the Troop-to-Teacher program and became a Naval Science Instructor. First hired by Brunswick HS, he joined BK in 2006. The Unit is a two-time National Academic Champion, was designated a Distinguished Unit with Academic Honors for 15 straight years, and AFA CyberPatriot State Champion and National Finalist. 

Master Chief Harris’ personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (3 awards) and the Navy Achievement Medal (3 awards) and various other unit and campaign awards. 

Hoorah!  Thank you, Master Chief, for your service to our Country and to our School. 

Class of 2022 Valedictorian and Peace in Christ Recipient:  Natalie Otero

Bishop Kenny High School is proud to announce the Class of 2022, Valedictorian, Natalie Otero.  She is a National Merit finalist, National Hispanic Scholar, AP Scholar with distinction, and AP Capstone Diploma Candidate.  Natalie was also the recipient of the John J. Snyder Peace in Christ award for best exemplifying the virtues lived out by Bishop Snyder.

Natalie maintains a rigorous academic schedule with a 4.59 GPA.  She was actively involved in the greater Jacksonville community and has accumulated an incredible 900 service hours.  Natalie was involved in many extracurricular activities at BK as a member of the science, Spanish, history, and FCCLA clubs, the St. Vincent de Paul Society and the National Merit, Rho Kappa, and Math Honor Societies. She serves in leadership positions for the National Honor and National English Honor Societies. Natalie was also a captain of the Cross-Country team, the senior head of morning announcements, and a Girls State Member of the House of Representatives.   
Natalie says, “As a child, I grew up hearing stories about how my grandparents came to the United States from Cuba with nothing, not even speaking the language. The fact that my family found success through their determination and hard work has always been an inspiration to me. I want to make my family proud not only in my achievements but also in how I achieve - through my hard work, just like my family before me.”  Natalie will attend the University of Central Florida and was accepted into the Burnett Honors Medical Scholars program.  She will major in biomedical science with plans to pursue a higher degree in the medical field.