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Advocating for dignity: Jacob Artson

by Michelle Chernack

June 11, 2014 | 12:42 pm

Emerson Academy

Jacob Artson completed his coursework, participated in extracurricular activities and will be graduating this month, just like so many other high school seniors in... read full article

  • Leadership from left to right: Ori Brian

    by Leslee Komaiko

    June 11, 2014 | 12:32 pm

    West Ranch High School
    Going to: University of Chicago

    When some 700 Jewish young people gather in Atlanta this December for the annual United Synagogue Youth (USY) International Convention, Ori Brian and his Boston-based co-chair will be responsible for planning all five days...

  • Gymnast, linguist, jewelry designer: Nikki Gutman

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 11, 2014 | 12:28 pm

    Agoura High School
    Going to: Moorpark College

    Nikki Gutman remembers one thing from those first two years spent in a Lithuanian orphanage. 

    “The only thing I remember is the crib I was in,” Gutman said, falling very quiet. “It was blue and pink.”

    When she became old enough...

  • Science is in her cells: Milana Bochkur Dratver

    by Claudia Boyd-Barrett

    June 11, 2014 | 12:22 pm

    Milken Community Schools’ Mitchell Academy of Science and Technology
    Going to: Yale University

    Milana Bochkur Dratver is still in high school, but already the 18-year-old has worked in a top university research lab, had her work published in a scientific journal and is listed on...

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  • Teacher and student of Israel: Aliza Mchugh

    by Leslee Komaiko

    June 11, 2014 | 12:16 pm

    Santa Monica High School
    Going to: UC Berkeley

    Santa Monica High School student Aliza McHugh visited Israel when she was 12 on what she calls a “pre-bat mitzvah trip.” But it was the eight weeks she spent there in the spring of her sophomore year, as part of the Alexander Muss...

  • Shooting for the stars: Janine Moses

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 11, 2014 | 12:10 pm

    Hamilton High School Humanities Magnet
    Going to: UC Davis

    "Ever since I could talk, I told people I wanted to become an astronaut,” said Janine Moses, 18, a senior in Hamilton High’s Humanities Magnet program who plans to major in aerospace engineering at UC Davis and expects to...

  • A leap of faith to excellence: Benjamin de Toledo

    by Claudia Boyd-Barrett

    June 11, 2014 | 11:56 am

    New Community Jewish High School
    Going to: Jewish Theological Seminary and Columbia University

    For Benjamin de Toledo, a senior at New Community Jewish High School (NCJHS) in West Hills, the key to success is simple: hard work.

    De Toledo is senior class president, wrestling...

  • A community of arguers

    by Danny Hirsch

    June 11, 2014 | 11:09 am

    Jewish day schools have a curious relationship with speech and debate programs. Argumentation is central to the Jewish tradition and to enduring stereotypes of the Jewish people — two Jews, three opinions — but speech and debate as an extracurricular activity has not been...

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