Jewish Journal


June 5, 2013

Outstanding Graduates 2013


Every year, we shine a spotlight on a group of outstanding high school seniors, culled from many nominations submitted by local educators, clergy, community leaders and, of course, you, our readers. And each year we find that the real difficulty is not in identifying those with spectacular accomplishments, but in choosing among the enormously talented graduating teens around us.

But, choose we did. And, once again, this year’s group has shown an impeccable ability to change the world — on a scale both small and large. They have not only shown the value of excellence in academics, but they have proven the importance of making a difference in the lives of others. They have reached out to those with special needs; counseled teens struggling with life’s challenges; brought joy to others through the arts; taken the reins of an international Jewish youth organization; blazed a trail on the gridiron; planned dinners at a shelter for mentally disabled homeless women; found a voice on Huffington Post; and gone running to do good. They discovered their life’s passions — drama, music, athletics, Judaism, politics — and harnessed them to inspire others. 

Just imagine what they’ll do as adults.


Ruth Maouda
Putting the pieces together

Gabe Freeman
A leading player

Michael Sacks
Leading the way

Sepora Makabeh
Using gift of gab for good

Rose Bern
A passionate voice
Rachel Arditi
Family inspiration

Sam Lyons
Finding his voice

Raphi Heldman
Lessons on the run

Joelle Milman
Transforming herself

Daniel Schwartz
Grad’s goal: A better world

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