February 18, 2020

Outstanding Grads 2017

Here are 12 impressive graduates who already have made major strides in healing the world — and who are just getting started.
“I find myself functioning at my best when I am really busy. In a weird way, I enjoy being under that much pressure," said Noah Daniel.
Sophie Levy remembers practicing religiously — not for her bat mitzvah but for a cameo opposite Hugh Jackman in the 2011 film "Real Steel."
“I’m the epitome of an undecided, undeclared, incoming freshman,” Romy Dolgin, 18, said without sounding the least bit self-conscious.
During his sophomore year at a public school in San Francisco, Seiji Shaw made it with his robotics team to an international competition in St. Louis.
Yeshoua’s mother had surgery to implant a defibrillator. The device served its purpose later, when she went into cardiac arrest while riding in an elevator.
Jacob Zelonky exuberantly sang a few bars of “Tradition” from “Fiddler on the Roof." He is headed for the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art.
Miriam Waghalter and three girls from her Arabic language class at YULA Girls High School went to Israel to meet and travel with four Muslim girls.
Under Soviet rule in Odessa, Rivka Schusterman’s grandfather was barred from attending college. Instead, he educated himself, staying up nights, reading.
Benjamin Heller had surgery in March to remove a sarcoma growth on his lungs. He’d been diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.
As an 8-year-old, Serena Davis already was infatuated with computers. Fooling around on the home desktop, she quickly mastered email.
Noam Gershov assumed the position of shamash, responsible for opening the shul and cleaning up after services when the janitorial staff was off on Sundays.
By 7:45 a.m., when school begins at Valley Torah High School, Jonathan Zisblatt already has been at work for a half an hour.