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Middle School Academic Awards 2018

Thursday, May 3, 2018
 
On Thursday, AEC Middle School honored students for academic excellence and achievement.  Academic excellence awards honor the student with the highest grade point average. Academic achievement awards honor student merit for showing outstanding educational growth, improvement, and commitment or intellectual development in their academic subject. View Photos.

The President’s Award for Educational Excellence 

The President’s Award for Educational Excellence recognizes a student’s academic success in the classroom.  This is given to an eighth grade student with an “A” average in challenging classes and high scores on national standardized tests, and is based also on high motivation, initiative, integrity, intellectual depth, leadership qualities, a solid attendance record, and exceptional judgment.   The President’s Award for Educational Excellence is given this year to Liahm Blank.
 

The President’s Award for Educational Achievement 

The President’s Award for Educational Achievement is given to an eighth grade student who has shown tremendous growth, demonstrated unusual commitment to learning in academics despite various obstacles, and improved grades to truly superior levels.  The President’s Award for Educational Achievement this year has been earned by Ellah Lowie.
 
 

2018-2019 NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY

This is our third National Junior Honor Society induction ceremony. We are formally recognizing those students who have been selected by the faculty of our school and are being inducted as new members of our NJHS chapter. In addition to the strong academic records which established the eligibility for membership, our chapter members are leaders in many student organizations and they serve our school and community through many activities. We are proud of their accomplishments.
 
Alex Amid
Dotan Barshishat
Carson Fiksenbaum
Jadyn Garshofsky
Elize Itkis
Jack Kim
Amber Lovat
Nicole Miller
Evan Shalev
Adam Super

 

Each department presented the following awards:

Hebrew Department:

Eliezer Ben Yehuda, a lexicographer and newspaper editor, was the driving spirit behind the revival of the Hebrew Language in the modern era. In honor of Eliezer Ben Yeduda. The recipients of the Eliezer Ben Yehuda Awards for Academic Excellence in Hebrew are:
Grade 6: Ash Abrahamson
Grade 7: Liel Vasker-Peretz
Grade 8: Liahm Blank 
 
The recipients of the Eliezer Ben Yehuda Awards for Academic Achievement in Hebrew:
Grade 6: Jacob Roiter
Grade 7: Adam Super
Grade 8: Maya Coneh

Judaics Department:

Rabbi Moshe Ben Maimon (known by the acronym of Rambam), a preeminent Jewish philosopher, is regarded as one of the greatest Torah scholars. In honor of Rabbi Moshe Ben Maimon. The recipients for the Rambam Awards for Academic Excellence in Jewish Studies:
Grade 6: Riley Bello
Grade 7: Evan Shalev
Grade 8: Liahm Blank
 
The recipients for the Rambam Awards for Academic Achievement in Jewish Studies:
Grade 6: Matan Sussman
Grade 7: Seth Amram
Grade 8: Eshrat Botach

English Department:

Cynthia Ozick is an American-Jewish short story writer, novelist, and essayist, who won the National Book Critics Circle Award for her novel Quarrel and Quandary. Her graceful literary style and exploration of Jewish American life makes her an ideal namesake for this award honoring outstanding Language Arts students. 
 
The recipients of the Cynthia Ozick Awards for Academic Excellence in English:
Grade 6: Ash Abrahamson
Grade 7: Evan Shalev
Grade 8: Liahm Blank
 
The recipients of the Cynthia Ozick Awards for Academic Achievement in English:
Grade 6: Matan Sussman
Grade 7: Jadyn Garshofsky
Grade 8: Ellah Lowie

Social Studies Department:

Josephus recorded Jewish history, with special emphasis on the first century CE and the First Jewish–Roman War, including the Siege of Masada. The Jewish War recounts the Jewish revolt against Roman occupation. Antiquities of the Jews recounts the history of the world from a Jewish perspective for an ostensibly Roman audience. These works provide valuable insight into first century Judaism and the background of Early Christianity.  In honor of Josephus, 
 
The recipients of the Josephus Awards for Excellence in Social Studies:
Grade 6: Ash Abrahamson
Grade 7: Evan Shalev
Grade 8: Liahm Blank
 
The recipients of the Josephus Awards for Academic Achievement in Social Studies:
Grade 6: Matan Sussman
Grade 7: Liel Vasker - Peretz
Grade 8: Ellah Lowie

Science Department:

Lise Meitner was a physicist who discovered the power of nuclear energy after escape from Nazi Germany, and the second woman to earn a Ph. D. from University of Vienna. In honor of Dr. Meitner,
 
The recipients of the Lise Meitner Awards for Excellence in Science:
Grade 6: Ash Abrahamson
Grade 7: Evan Shalev
Grade 8: Liahm Blank
 
The recipients of the Lise Meitner Awards for Achievement in Science:
Grade 6: Michael Harouni
Grade 7: Adam Super
Grade 8: Maytal Rozen

Math Department:

Archimedes, a Greek mathematician, is regarded as one of the greatest mathematicians of all time and is known as the Father of Mathematics. In honor of Archimedes,
 
The recipients of the Archimedes Awards for Academic Excellence in Math:
Grade 6: Ash Abrahamson
Grade 7: Elize Itkis
Grade 8: Liahm Blank
 
The recipients for the Archimedes Awards for Academic Achievement in Math:
Grade 6: Michael Harouni
Grade 7: Adam Super
Grade 8: Lorenzo Cacciapuoti

Visual Arts Department:

Marc Chagall was a Russian- French born artist of Belarusian Jewish origin.  He is associated with several artistic styles and created works of art in multiple artistic formats including painting, book illustration, stained glass, stage sets, ceramics, tapestries and fine art prints. In honor of Marc Chagall,
 
The recipients for the Marc Chagall Awards for Achievement in Visual Arts:
Grade 6: Lexi Ross
Grade 7: Agam Ifergn
Grade 8: Fiona Katz-Armstrong

Performing Arts Department:

George Gershwin, a Jewish American composer, was most recognized for his works in orchestral compositions such as Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris and theOpera, Porgy and Bess. Jewish-American Leonard Bernstein was an accomplished pianist, composer and conductor with flair. In honor of these accomplished artists,
 
The recipients for Gershwin & Bernstein Awards for Achievement in Performing Arts:
Grade 6: Britohn Blank
Grade 7: Jacob Grantz
Grade 8: Mai Kaufman

Startup Incubator Department:

Jewish engineer Josef Ganz’s revolutionary Beetle prototype inspired the 1st generation of compact, economic cars representing the “think small” movement. In honor of Mr. Ganz,
 
The recipients of the Josef Ganz Excellence in Innovation Awards:
Grade 6: Avi Tregerman
Grade 7: Seth Amram
Grade 8: Daniella Vargas

PE Department:

Sanford “Sandy” Koufax was a professional baseball pitcher, who in the 1965 World Series game requested not to pitch on the holy day of Yom Kippur.  Sandy maintained that his personal beliefs out weighed his professional beliefs. In honor of Sandy Koufax,
 
The female recipients for the Sandy Koufax Awards for Achievement in Physical Education:
Grade 6: Justice Reisman
Grade 7: Sara Berg
Grade 8: Eden Boldur