John Fitzgerald Kennedy "Ask not what your country can do for you--ask what you can do for your country."

In this presentation I'm going to talk about John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Born in Brookline, Massachussets, on May 29, 1917, he was the 35th President of the United States (1961 - 1963) and, with his 44 years of age, he was the youngest man elected to this office. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, commonly known as JFK, was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963, becoming also the youngest President to die. During his short presidency in the world occurred facts of extraordinary importance and gravity that risked to bring humanity to the third world war but he, who was head of the largest world power and had the destiny of the earth in his hands, has always been able to make the best decision. First Roman Catholic President, JFK supported racial integration and civil rights. His sudden death was an event that saddened people from all over the world and the circumstances that led to his murder have not yet been entirely clarified to more than fifty years later.

Now I'm going to talk about his experience at school. JFK came from a very rich family and, apart from the very first years, has always attended very exclusive private schools.

His first school, until third grade of elementary, was the Devotion School a public school near his home. Then he went to the Dexter School, the Riverdale school and for the eight grade, the last before the high school, he attended the Canterbury School. In the years of elementary and middle school JFK proved to be a boy certainly very smart but a mediocre student; he liked English and history but had very low ratings in Latin. Because of his many health problems he was often sick and had to miss many days of lesson; during his illness he read much any subject and was very informed for a boy of his age.

John F. Kennedy's Canterbury School report card.

Then he attended the High School to the Choate School; also there he proved to be a brilliant and talented guy but, as a student, he preferred sports, girls and jokes to the lessons. JFK had the same behavior even in the early years of the University, which he attended first at Princeton and then at Harvard, where he studied government and history. Only during the last year, JFK decided to realize his potential and wrote a thesis on why Britain was so unprepared to fight Germany in World War II. After graduation this thesis was published under the title "Why England Slept" and the book was a success and sold more than 80,000 copies.

John F. Kennedy's 1940 Harvard College yearbook entry
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