The awardees of the highest honors at the Mesivta Ateres Yaakov graduation exemplify the values and virtues of the mesivta.
Yaakov Eckhaus: Valedictorian. Brilliant, altruistic, and clever are just a few words of many to describe Yaakov Eckhaus. Yaakov serves as the gabbai for the yeshiva minyan and as president of the MAY Chapter of the Arista National Honor Society. His sharp, always relevant questions and objections in shiur, and in court as a former lawyer for the mock trial team, are amazing. Yaakov doesn’t keep all his wisdom to himself. He is always the first one willing to explain a hard piece of Gemara or the homework from the night before. He is also Arista president and editor-in-chief of the Ateres HaShavua. Yaakov is graduating with a cumulative combined GPA of 99.05. MAY congratulates Yaakov on this accomplishment and on his myriad MAY successes, including his upcoming siyumim on Masechtos Makkos and Bava Metzia.
Shmuel Aidelson: Limudei Kodesh Salutatorian. Shmuel Aidelson is an all-around all-star. He is a four-year member of the Ateres Yaakov Eagles softball team, a two-year member of the football team, and a key component to the Torah Bowl Team. Shmuel has an extremely kind heart and is always willing to take new chesed projects upon himself; he is involved in Tomchei Shabbos, and is instrumental in the youth groups at Aish Kodesh in Woodmere. He is one of the coordinators for Chai Lifeline’s i-Shine program, as well as a sought-after tutor for younger students in almost any subject. Shmuel is also the business manager and fundraiser for the school newspaper, the Ateres Yaakov Star. Shmuel is graduating with a cumulative limudei kodesh GPA of 96.85. MAY congratulates Shmuel on this accomplishment and on the myriad successes he has had in yeshiva, including his siyum on Masechta Megillah earlier this year and his upcoming siyum on Masechta Ta’anis.
Baruch Eisenberger: General Studies Salutatorian. Baruch’s mastery of the SAT, the football field, and the classroom are absolutely astounding. A three-year star wide receiver for the Ateres Yaakov Eagles football team and a veteran softball player, Baruch always has his eye on the prize. Baruch is a National Merit Scholarship Finalist and excellent peer tutor, and is always willing to help others, whether it by editing essays, involving himself in Tomchei Shabbos, or offering football analysis and stats from the previous day’s games. In whatever area Baruch involves himself, his tenacity and dedication is unmatched. Baruch also has amazing middos and a lot of energy. Baruch is graduating with a general studies GPA of 98.94. MAY congratulates Baruch on this accomplishment and on his myriad MAY successes.
Shaya Gross: Rav Yaakov Kamenetzky Academic Excellence, Diligence, Midos & Character Award. With a smile that brightens up any room, Shaya Gross is an incredible role model to his peers. His enthusiasm for learning is contagious and he always adds a special, unique aura to his surroundings. Over his four years at MAY, Shaya has grown into a true eved Hashem and ben Torah. However, his vast abilities are not just within the realm of learning or character refinement. He is an editor of the weekly Torah publication Ateres HaShavua, a seasoned drummer, and loves a good kumzits. Shaya has been learning a mishnah a day since his bar mitzvah and has to date completed Seder Zeraim and Seder Moed. Reserved, yet full of energy, Shaya is a spark that will continue to light the flame of Klal Yisrael, b’ezras Hashem. MAY congratulates Shaya on this achievement and on his upcoming siyum on Masechta Bava Metzia.
Yossi Malek: Rav Pesach Oratz Hasmodah & Torah Excellence Award. Yossi’s excellence as captain of both the Ateres Yaakov Eagles varsity football and varsity basketball teams pales in comparison to his hasmodahÂ in learning. Anyone who spends time in the beisÂ midrashÂ at MAY can attest to the brilliance and dedication in his learning, as well as his selflessness in helping others. Yossi has a tremendous desire to grow in all aspects of life, and over the past four years MAY has been privileged to watch Yossi grow and develop into a true benÂ Torah. Yossi’s humility stands out most. He doesn’t take himself too seriously, has a sharp sense of humor, and he accomplishes all of his undertakings with a balance of levity and intensity that makes it look easy. MAY congratulates Yossi on this accomplishment and on the multitude of siyumimÂ he has made throughout his years at the mesivta, including his upcoming siyumimÂ on MasechtosÂ MakkosÂ and BavaÂ Metzia.