Valedictorian: Michael Akhavan.
Michael Akhavan is a true representative of the grade. Michael distinguished himself early on at Rambam and quickly became known as someone with exemplary middos as well as someone eager to contribute to the school culture and to Am Yisrael. As gabbai of the Sephardic Minyan, Michael strove to create an atmosphere of ahavas Hashem and achdus. He shepherded the school’s weekly Torah publication, Hamasmid, and was a debate captain. He was a stalwart member of Rambam’s basketball team and Yachad Club.
He is a member of the Arista Honor Society and even won Rambam’s CBS Survivor Tzedakah Challenge. Michael is kind, humble, and epitomizes the idea of a ben Torah. He plans to study at Sha’alvim next year and will continue his Torah learning in the U.S. while attending the Queens College Scholars program.
Valedictorian: Akiva Schuck.
Conscientiousness, creativity, and a stellar character are the trademarks of Akiva Schuck. Akiva’s academic prowess was recognized from the time he applied to school four years ago and was named a Rambam scholar. Over the course of high school, his achievements earned him membership to the Arista/National Honor Society. Excelling in all of his academic studies and a budding talmid chacham, Akiva is respected by Rambam’s administration, faculty, and student body. His wonderful middos endear him to everyone who meets him. He is a well-rounded individual who participates in various sports teams, extracurricular activities, was involved in the school’s weekly Torah publication, Hamasmid, and is frequently found in the beis midrash “just to learn.” Akiva plans to attend Yeshiva University after spending time in Israel in Yeshivas Netiv Aryeh.
Salutatorian: Doniel Fodiman.
Doniel Fodiman is always seen walking around with a sefer and a book. His commitment to halachah, intellectual curiosity, and drive for truth set him apart as the quintessential Torah U’Madda man. Doniel was integral to the success of the school’s Torah Bowl, poetry, and tennis teams. He founded the Rambam Medieval Jewish Poetry Club while writing for AIPAC and serving in Lev Leytzan, the Compassionate Clown Society. Doniel plans on learning in Yeshivat Har Etzion (Gush) and then staying in Israel to continue both his kodesh and college studies. Wherever he goes, there is confidence he will have a meaningful thought, a kind word, and a warm smile for everyone he meets.