Jewish Journal


June 8, 2011

Kid stuff? Hardly.


Each year, we profile a group of “outstanding high school seniors” culled from the many nominations sent in by you, our readers. And each year, we find it almost impossible to decide between the many extraordinary leaders, givers and enormously talented graduating teens.

But, choose we did. And, once again, the members of this year’s group know no limits in their quests for excellence and impact. They staged rallies to protest public school budget cuts, raised thousands of dollars for Israel, built homes in the hurricane-devastated South, became leaders in the global fight against AIDS, and mobilized colleagues to fight for the release of Israeli prisoner Gilad Shalit. They found their passions — debate, violin, fashion design, robotics, drama, art — and harnessed them to inspire others.

Just imagine what they’ll do as adults.

Michael Turkell
He’s not just fiddling around

Rachel Sapire
Out of Africa

Danny Hirsch
Combining rigorous debate, humble leadership

Harel Rush
24 merit badges and a ‘Varsity’ kippah

Jaclyn Kellner
Fixing the world, one extracurricular at a time
Judith Greenbaum
The big picture helps her balance it all

Celine Yousefzadeh
Runway leads to social entrepreneurship

Barbara Schloss
NASA is her dream

Sophie Trauberman and Sam Landsberg
Rallying 3,000 students

Michael Farnoosh
Valedictorian with menschlikayt overcame early challenges

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