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  • Leading the way

    June 5, 2013 | 11:24 am

    As a key leader in a number of organizations at Sierra Canyon School in Chatsworth, it’s hard to imagine that Michael Sacks ever felt left out. After all, the 18-year-old senior is student body president, chapter co-founder and co-president of Future Business Leaders of America,...

  • Taking her role(s) seriously

    June 6, 2012 | 12:49 pm

    Disguised as an elderly woman in czarist Russia, Sheridan Pierce took the stage at Brentwood School. As the bright lights touched her face and the character took over her body, Pierce poured her heart into her role, and she realized that she was meant to act. 

    The play was “Fiddler...

  • A song in his soul

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    June 6, 2012 | 12:44 pm

    Quinn Lohmann closes his eyes and tilts his head slightly. His fingers find their place between the frets of his guitar, and his voice rings out, soft and crystal clear.

    “We all got a life to live. We all got a gift to give. ...”

    Lohmann stops mid-strum. “I need to tune,” he says,...

  • It’s all about the kids

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 6, 2012 | 12:39 pm

    When his late grandmother was first diagnosed with terminal cancer three years ago, Jason Aftalion was moved by the volunteers who visited her at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. “I was so touched by how they talked to her and spent time with her, so she wouldn’t be lonely,” said...

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  • Sometimes, less is more

    June 6, 2012 | 12:35 pm

    In her junior year, Oakwood senior Katherine Bernstein spent two weeks in Sierra Leone with the North Hollywood school’s immersion program. Amid carrying buckets of cement for a new school and helping to paint a map of the world in its library, she was struck by a major difference...

  • A real page-turner

    June 6, 2012 | 12:27 pm

    Corinne Kentor may be coming of age in the iPad and Kindle era, but she feels most at home surrounded by books. The more classic the volumes, the better. It’s “Candide” and “Don Quixote” that thrill this New Community Jewish High School (NCJHS) senior, who lights up when she...

  • Healing others, and herself

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 6, 2012 | 12:23 pm

    Almost every day, Marissa Meyer, an 18-year-old senior at Agoura High School, heads out to the stable where her riding teacher rehabilitates abused horses. There she works with her 15-year-old gelding, Lucky. Helping to heal him after his difficult life at a dude ranch has been one...

  • Working toward ‘never again’

    By Ryan Torok

    June 6, 2012 | 12:22 pm

    Milken Community High School senior Leah Gluck is dedicated to raising awareness about genocide, even though it seems so distant and unsolvable.

    “I think it’s an issue that really is very far away for a lot of people at my school ... and I think that it’s important,” Gluck said.

    ...
  • Finding common ground

    June 6, 2012 | 12:16 pm

    Shalhevet journalism teacher Joelle Keene says that Leila Miller, editor-in-chief of the school’s newspaper, The Boiling Point, has set a high standard for journalism, integrity and optimism amid complex human relations.

    “[She is] wise enough to know that real differences among...

  • Dual identity yields an international outlook

    June 6, 2012 | 11:37 am

    Eeman Khorramian could see himself entering the political world. The Palisades Charter High School senior has been highly active in school affairs and with the school’s student government since ninth grade. His leadership skills even earned him the position of student body president....

  • Dear Graduates

    May 30, 2012 | 12:46 pm

    Having recently attended the college graduation of our middle child, I could not stop thinking what I might have said if given the opportunity to offer the commencement address. Here are five thoughts:

    1)

    Continue to learn and teach.

    At the moment you were born — whether conscious...

  • Despite diplomas, Ethiopian Israelis can’t find jobs

    By Dina Kraft

    December 26, 2008 | 12:15 am

    JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Asaf Negat, 29, made his way to Israel from Ethiopia as an 11-year-old boy and worked hard to find his way in a new land and learn to speak a new language. Eventually, Negat graduated with a business degree from one of the country's top universities.

    However, since...

  • Gap-Year Kids Leave to Study For A Year in Israel

    By Ali Austerlitz

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Many college-bound high school graduates are packing up their inflatable sofas and plan to stay abreast Middle East news using wireless laptops. But some of their peers will get a real-time glimpse of current events as they prepare for a year of study in Israel.

    In the wake of the...

  • 2005 Grads: Oh The Places They’ll Go.

    By Julie G Fax

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Leor Hackel,
    Shalhevet School
    Pico-Robertson
    Yale

    Whether it was discussing the Terri Schiavo case or debating whether students should get PE credit for participating on sports team, Leor Hackel had one goal for the weekly town hall meetings he lead as head of Shalhevet's...

  • Gifts for Grads That Will Make the Grade

    By Emily Pauker

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It's hard to find that perfect gift for the high school or college graduate -- something personal and thoughtful but also useful. It's even harder for distant relatives and friends of the graduate.

    Cash and gift certificates can be a tad too impersonal (albeit useful), but you don't...

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