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Two Belmont Hill Students Honored by the Boston Celtics for Heroic Acts

Two Belmont Hill Students Honored by the Boston Celtics for Heroic Acts

The Boston Celtics “Heroes Among Us” was established in 1997 to honor individuals who have made an exceptional and lasting contribution to our community that has an overwhelming impact on the lives of others. Within the span of just a few days, two Belmont Hill students were honored at halftime during games at TD Garden.

Daniel Slatkavitz ’24 was honored for saving a young man’s life during a basketball practice. Daniel used CPR skills learned at Belmont Hill in science teacher Ruth Sweeney’s AP biology class. Daniel was also commended by an attending police officer in Andover, where the event occurred, who said that Daniel’s perfect technique was crucial in saving the young man’s life.

Jake Kornmehl ’24 was also honored for his work with Ice Cream Sunday. Jake started the program in 2018 to provide ice cream certificates and transportation costs so low-income children and their families or guardians could enjoy time together over a special treat. In 2020, during the COVID pandemic, he became a 501(c)3 and pivoted to support food insecurity and education equity, including Summit Scholars at Belmont Hill. Jake has raised nearly $35,000 and supported eleven organizations. He continues to support ice cream outings with his corporate partner, JP Licks, and now receives donations from several multinational corporations.

Belmont Hill is proud of these fine young men and their outstanding work helping others.

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