Davida Amkraut, Middle School Language Arts, 8th Grade GLA

Yesterday, along with family, friends, staff and students, the Schechter community celebrated the graduation of the 2016 Eighth Grade Class. The ceremony included reflections and songs in Hebrew and English from the graduating students and the presentation of awards and graduation certificates. The evening prior to graduation, the students, their families and teachers celebrated with a special dinner paying tribute to the students, their achievements over their many years at Schechter and special memories that they shared during their course of study and culminating trip to Israel.

Graduation is a time for reflection, celebration and recognition, including the presentation of special awards to students in several categories. Adam Kahn received the Coleman Brosilow Award, which is presented to a student who exemplifies leadership and excellence in all areas. Brian Caplan and Sam Axner won the Torah Award for academic excellence in both General and Judaic Studies, the pursuit of knowledge and a love of learning. Jacob Solomon won the Alec Joshua Feldman (z’l) Memorial Creative Writing Award, established in memory of Alec Feldman, Class of 2010, who had a strong love for writing. Dylan Sussman was awarded the Avodah Award for his commitment to Jewish living. The Gemilut Hasadim Award, for acts of kindness towards others, went to Mollie Stadlin, and the Manhigut – Leadership in Israel Award was presented to Grace Bloom and Adam Kahn who exemplified leadership and maturity during the group’s recent trip to Israel.

Two students, Bethy Rush (Grade 7) and Ezra Galili (Grade 7), received the Lee Schneider Tikkun Olam Award for acts of kindness.

The Eighth Grade graduating students from Gross Schechter Day School are: Emily Axner, Sam Axner, Grace Bloom, Eden Burg, Andrew Caplan, Brian Caplan, Aidan Gross, David Israelstam, Adam Kahn, Julian Saunt, Ari Sokol, Jacob Solomon, Mollie Stadlin, Dylan Sussman, Noah Turoff, Benjamin Wyant and Eden Zamir. The students will be attending the following high schools: Beachwood High School, Cleveland Heights High School, Hawken, Laurel, Montessori High School at University Circle, Solon High School, University School and West Geauga High School.

We are incredibly proud of another outstanding class of graduation students.

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Rachel Lappen

Rachel is the proud parent of two Schechter students.

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