Platinum Award winners Susan Deutsch and Yosef Hekmati

HANC HS students and faculty filled the school’s auditorium for the closing ceremony of 2018 on Friday, June 8. The program opened with remarks from Rabbi Shlomo Adelman, principal, followed by award presentations.

The first set of recognitions was a series of honors that were given to students who stand out in areas that are valued at HANC. Rabbi Adelman introduced the awards with a special emphasis on the process of choosing recipients. Faculty members nominated candidates for consideration and collectively selected the recipients. Each award went to one male and one female recipient and was presented by administrators.

The name of each award recipient will be added to the plaques adorning the second-floor hallway. The students who went above and beyond in their participation in chesed activities were Shirley Ebrani and Rafael Akilov, who received the Rabbi Moshe & Rebbetzin Sandra Gottesman Chesed Award. The Golda Meir Community & School Spirit Award went to Kayla Stern, and the Natan Sharansky Community & School Spirit Award went to Aeton Rabanipour, as students who exemplify “a strong commitment to the HANC community and [work] selflessly in order to foster inclusiveness and strengthen school spirit.” Students were also recognized for their “academic achievement, true intellectual curiosity, and a demonstrated commitment to increasing knowledge in various disciplines.”

Jonah Rocheeld received the Rav Avraham Yitzchak Kook Passion for Education Award, and Courtney Isler received the Nechame Leibowitz Passion for Education Award. Students with outstanding “determination and diligence and an unwavering commitment to advance academically” received the Rabbi Meyer & Rebbetzin Goldie Fendel Determination and Perseverance Award; Daniella Rothman and Jesse Rothafel were the recipients. The Ateret Shem and Keter Shem Tov recognizes two students who demonstrate distinguished character and a strong commitment to leading a life of high ethical and moral standards consistent with Torah ideals and values. The recipients were Racheli Abginesaz and Matthew Zimmerman.

HANC helps build character by ensuring that students perform acts of chesed. Students participate in chesed activities such as community service throughout the school year and into the summer months. Although 15 hours per year are required by HANC, many students choose to continue their participation past their obligation.

Chesed Awards were presented to students by Rabbi Etan Ehrenfeld and Rabbi Daniel Mezei. Silver awards went to students who completed more than 25 chesed hours, gold awards to students who completed over 50 hours, and platinum awards were reserved for students who completed over 100 chesed hours. Congratulations to Susan Deutsch and Yosef Hekmati who went above and beyond and completed over 100 hours of community service.

This was followed by an address given by newly elected president Aeton Rabanipour, and a nostalgic year-in-review video presentation expertly prepared by the Student Life team. Students watched the presentation while enjoying ice-cream bars. In addition, a special recognition was given to the hard-working custodial faculty and security. A heartfelt farewell was extended to those faculty members who will not be returning.

Director of College Guidance Ms. Karen Sheff presented a series of awards recognizing students’ accomplishments. These awards were: Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award, David Reitano; The Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award, Aeton Rabanipour; George Eastman Young Leaders Award, Adena Cohen; Rensselaer Polytech Institute Medal Award, Jonah Rocheeld; Xerox Award for Innovation and Information Technology, Josh Vilkas; The Brandeis Book Award, Gabrielle Schoenberg; Nassau County District Attorney Shield Award, Joseph Haar; and the Yeshiva University Torah U’Madah Book Award, Courtney Isler and Jonah Rocheeld.

The ceremony was an incredible success and created a sense of achdut among the students as they cheered for their peers who received awards. The program concluded with a musical performance by juniors Bernie Maslin and Racheli Abginesaz.

Mazal tov and thank you for a fantastic year! Wishing everyone much hatzlachah on their Regents exams. Have a fantastic summer!

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