The Hebrew Academy of Nassau County is proud to announce the Class of 2018 valedictorian and salutatorians.
“Joshua Weinstein, Zackary Plutzer, and Batsheva Moskowitz embody the core values of our yeshiva. Each of them, in their own unique way, personifies excellence as scholars, leaders, and ba’alei middot, said HANC High School menahel Rabbi Shlomo Adelman. “The HANC community is incredibly proud of these well deserving honorees who excel in their academic and religious studies.”
In addition to being at the top of his class and enrolled in the most challenging coursework that HANC has to offer, valedictorian Joshua Weinstein is a member of the National Honor Society and a constant presence on the general and Judaic studies honor rolls.
Josh was selected by the faculty to receive the Natan Sharansky Community & School Spirit Award, which is presented to the student who best exemplifies “a strong commitment to the HANC community and works selflessly in order to foster inclusiveness and strengthen school spirit. He was awarded the Gold Award for completing over 50 hours of community service in a single school year. He was selected by the administration to receive the Yeshiva University Book award, and he was named as an AP Scholar by the College Board.
Josh exhibits strong leadership qualities on campus through heading the Peer Tutoring Society, serving as an editor of the yearbook, running the news section of the HANC Herald, and leading the HANC Public Affairs Committee (HPAC). Josh travels each year to Washington, D.C. to participate in AIPAC. Since ninth grade, he has represented HANC magnificently in the offices of senators and members of Congress. Josh served as the coordinator of the HANC contingent of the Shalva Team for the Jerusalem Marathon that included an astounding 47 students this past March.
Following a year of learning at Hakotel in Israel, Josh will be attending the Macaulay Honors Program at Queens College where he plans to study history and psychology.
From day one at HANC High School, Salutatorian Batsheva Moskowitz has made her presence known. She has challenged herself with many AP and honors classes and has been rewarded for her efforts by being named to the general and Judaic studies honor rolls every quarter of her high school career. She was also inducted into the National Honor Society, served as co-vice president as a junior and currently serves as co-president. Last year, Batsheva received the Golda Meir School Spirit award, which is given to the student who best demonstrates a commitment to the HANC community and works selflessly in order to foster inclusiveness and strengthen school spirit. The administration further recognized Batsheva with the Brandeis Book Award, given to the junior who is committed to social action or civic engagement.
Batsheva has also achieved greatness behind the camera. She has photographed nearly every school event, and helped to create HANC’s Photography Club. She has starred in every school theatrical production, even drawing the Playbill cover and poster. She dances, writes, plays the piano, and has made art out of trash she found on the side of the road. Batsheva’s talent is seemingly limitless.
Next year, Batsheva will be attending Brandeis University where she plans to study English and theater.
Salutatorian Zackary Plutzer always has a thoughtful word for his peers and school faculty. He has a smile that goes from ear to ear and brightens up even the darkest day. He is a natural leader, but his leadership style is never pushy or aggressive. He leads by an example of diligence and thoughtfulness that makes those around him feel heard and valued.
Academically, Zack is nothing short of a superstar. He is enrolled in some of the most difficult coursework HANC has to offer, both in general studies and Judaic studies. Ask any teacher at HANC and they will tell you that Zack is intelligent, but also that he is one of the hardest-working students they have ever encountered. He constantly looks to challenge himself. He has been a member of the National Honor Society since the tenth grade, becoming co-vice president in 11th grade and co-president in 12th grade. He is an AP Scholar with Honors, a University of Rochester George Eastman Young Leaders Award recipient, and a recipient of our school’s Keter Shem Tov Award for excellent character and moral fiber.
Zack is captain of the College Bowl Team, chairperson of the blood drive, gabbai of morning prayers, and a speaker at the AIPAC Policy Conference. He also gives back through his four-year commitment to both the Yachad Committee and the Jewish Elderly Committee. Zack has also represented HANC on both the basketball and hockey teams.
Next year, Zack will be attending the University of Michigan where he plans to study sports management.