Valedictorian: Jacob Penstein. Already in ninth grade it was clear to all that Jacob Penstein would be the class valedictorian. His copious notes, diligent disposition, and academic acumen singled him out from the start. Jacob is opinionated and well-read, eager to engage in dialogue and firm with his perspectives. Throughout his DRS career, Jacob would also develop as an incredible leader in chesed and character. He has helped make DRS a holier, more inclusive, and better place through the pioneering program he launched together with Yachad, coalescing his two passions—learning and chesed—in an endeavor that created a monthly kiddush Hashem. DRS is confident that, b’ezras Hashem, he will see much success and continued growth next year at Yeshivat Har Etzion.
Salutatorian: Yehuda Frankel. Yehuda Frankel excels in so many areas. In learning Torah, he put himself in the highest shiur, working hard to develop his skills, and he loves spreading Torah to others through his writing for the schools Torah newsletter. In chesed, he is a Friendship Circle and iShine volunteer, always looking to lend a hand to others where it is needed. Athletically, Yehuda was an integral member of the DRS hockey team. Academically, he rose to great heights, excelling in all his classes. Yehuda has certainly left his mark in DRS with his overall excellence, not to mention his refined middot tovot on display, greeting everyone with his characteristic smile. DRS is sure that Yehuda will keep using his outstanding kochot to achieve great things at Shaalvim and beyond.
Keter Shem Tov: Joseph Greenberg. The Mishnah in Avos tells us, “There are three things on which the world stands, on Torah, on avodah, and on chesed.” Joseph Greenberg has become a shining example of what a Jew should be in all three areas. Joe learns with such hasmadah, davens beautifully, and everyone knows about his tremendous chesed. Whether he was running the Kulanu mishmar program or coaching kids in flag football, anyone who watches Joe knows he is “all in.” He was a key contributor on the successful DRS Mock Trial team. He always has a kind word to say to his friends and is well-respected by his peers, as evidenced by being voted junior and senior class president and Keter Shem Tov honoree. DRS wishes Joe continued success in Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh.