Upper School News
Since 7th grade, sophomore Judah Hafter had dreamed of winning a gold medal in the national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards contest. This year, he achieved that dream with his photography. Through the digital media studio in the Adelson Educational Campus Startup Incubator, as well as the mentorship of his teacher, Mr. Tobin Herringshaw, Judah created an entire portfolio of food photography for his AP Photography class.
The winning photograph, titled "Discovering Blue", was part of that portfolio and the culmination of a month of work trying to understand the relationship between the color blue and the appeal of food in a normal diet. Less than 1% of all the participants throughout the country earn the coveted gold medal. Judah is the first student in the history of the Adelson Educational Campus, to have earned a gold medal in photography. Judah and Mr. Herringshaw are now invited to be recognized at a national ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City, along with other gold medalists throughout the country. These student artists represent the most outstanding young artists in the nation and their works will become part of the Art.Write.Now.2020 national exhibition to be displayed in two of the most prestigious art schools in America, the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons School of Design at The New School and Pratt Institute’s Pratt Manhattan Gallery.
Student Council hosted a fabulous Sadies Dance last Saturday night. The students transformed the downstairs entrance and band room into an 80s-themed dance hall complete with neon decorations and big hair! Topping off the great night was the inclusion of the Lauder Javne students from Budapest. This was their first ever “American High School dance” and they had a blast.
Our 8th graders along with a few AP US History students took an exciting and informative trip to The Mob Museum this week! The group experienced first hand the history of the 1920s, including the period of Prohibition, the rise of organized crime, and viewed the St. Valentine’s Massacre exhibit. The students learned about the first federal courthouse in Nevada where the museum is housed, as well as seeing artifacts that enhanced their learning experience. They also enjoyed a walk around downtown seeing signs of the old casinos that were either created by or influenced by the mob.
- Gold Key Writing winners were Liahm B., Gabriel H., Judah H., Isabella S.
- Silver Key winners were Liahm B., Jonah T., Michelle P.
- Honorable Mention winners were Itai B., Liahm B., Sarah B., Eden B., and Nicole M., Judah H., Michelle P.
On Monday, January 27 (International Holocaust Memorial Day), NYU graduate and pro-Israel activist, Adela Cojab, will visit our campus and speak to AEC High School students. Adela Cojab was a speaker at the Israeli-American Council's 2019 summit in Florida, where she gave a very powerful speech about the rights of Jewish students deserving a harassment-free environment on college campuses. After her speech at the IAC summit, President Trump announced an executive order, which recognizes Jewish students as a protected group under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. Learn more about Adela Cojab. Parents and faculty are welcome to join us from 12:25-1:10pm on Monday, January 27, in the Beit Midrash. Watch her recent speech at the 2019 Israeli American Council Summit.