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Class of 2020 Spotlights

Maya Baltinester

Maya Baltinester

Favorite SDJA memory:  My favorite memory from high school was our last day on campus. Even though it was a sad day to many, it brought my grade together, all of us sitting around the lunch tables crying, laughing. It’s what I believe the closest my grade has ever been and I’ll never forget it.

Teacher Shoutout:  Mr. Sered

What I will miss most about school:   Seeing my friends everyday

Favorite Covid-19 activity:  Painting

Plans for next year:   San Francisco State University

Eitan Breziner

Eitan Breziner

Favorite SDJA memory:  Playing school sports

Teacher Shoutout:  Dr. Cunningham

What I will miss most about school:   Everything 

Favorite Covid-19 activity:  Making music

Plans for next year:   IDF

Galia Cohen

Galia Cohen

Favorite SDJA memory:  Going out to the semi-finals football game with almost the whole school and winning. 

Teacher Shoutout:  Mrs. Rosenberg 

What I will miss most about school:   Our close-knit community.

Favorite Covid-19 activity:  Jacuzzi

Plans for next year:   Babson College

Sharon Cohen

Sharon Cohen

Favorite SDJA memory: The grade trips, from Arkansas to San Francisco, we always bonded the most during these field trips.

Teacher Shoutout: Mr. Sered

What I will miss most about school:  The community and the teachers. 

Favorite Covid-19 activity:   Sleeping

Plans for next year:   I’m making aliyah to Israel in July and enlisting in the IDF around December/November.

Victoria Cohen

Victoria Cohen

Favorite SDJA memory: Our first Kabshab as seniors when we began hugging during a Hebrew song and then everyone else joined in the hug and sang together.

Teacher Shoutout: Dr. C and Dr. Eisen

What I will miss most about school:   The teachers, our friends, and battle of the bands.

Favorite Covid-19 activity: Baking

Plans for next year: University of Michigan

Rebecca Datnow

Rebecca Datnow

Favorite SDJA memory: Walking with the kindergarten kids on the first day of school.

Teacher Shoutout:  Mrs. Schneid

What I will miss most about school: Seeing my friends

Favorite Covid-19 activity: Puzzles with my family

Ella Diamond

Ella Diamond

Favorite SDJA memory:  The first day of senior year. We walked the incoming kindergartens through the chuppah. It made me realize how far I had come as a student. It was amazing to understand how much I have grown and how much I have learned from the Jewish Academy. It made me feel confident that I was ready for life outside of high school. 

Teacher Shoutout:  Dr. Eisen

What I will miss most about school:  Seeing my friends everyday.

Favorite Covid-19 activity:  Hiking

Plans for next year:   University of Oregon

Gabriel Dorenbaum

Gabriel Dorenbaum

Favorite SDJA memory:  Winning the football league title.

Teacher Shoutout:  Mrs. Dolinka and Mrs. F

What I will miss most about school:   The community, the school in general. 

Favorite Covid-19 activity:  Playing Xbox

Plans for next year:  Gap year in Israel

Isabelle Flores

Isabelle Flores

Favorite SDJA memory:  Prom

Teacher Shoutout:  Ms. Nebo

What I will miss most about school:   My friends

Favorite Covid-19 activity:   Sleeping and FaceTiming Benny 

Plans for next year:   FIDM

Raquel Galante

Raquel Galante

Favorite SDJA memory:  Going on the Boston trip my Sophomore year.

Teacher Shoutout:  Rabbi Frank

What I will miss most about school:  Being with all of my friends and teachers.

Favorite Covid-19 activity:  Netflix

Plans for next year:   Community College

Tali Gold

Tali Gold

Favorite SDJA memory:  When Alice shaved Mr. Hagarman’s head at school.

Teacher Shoutout:  Mrs. Watt

What I will miss most about school:  Knowing everyone and the relationship with the teachers.  

Favorite Covid-19 activity:  Getting the sleep I lost in high school. 

Plans for next year:  University  of Miami

Mia Hansen

Mia Hansen

Favorite SDJA memory:   Winning junior year powder puff and every classmate rushing into each other in a group jumping around in a circle in the pouring rain.

Teacher Shoutout:  Dr. Strahl

What I will miss most about school:  The amazing sense of community

Favorite Covid-19 activity:   Working out with my family, variations of different activities: runs, bike rides, etc.

Plans for next year:   Attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the fall

Maiya Hirschhorn

Maiya Hirschhorn

Favorite SDJA memory:  8th grade overnight

Teacher Shoutout: Miss Nebo

What I will miss most about school: My peers and friends 

Favorite Covid-19 activity: Drawing

Plans for next year: Going to Pratt Institute

Moises Kanarek

Moises Kanarek

Favorite SDJA memory:  Football playoff game

Teacher Shoutout:  All of them

What I will miss most about school:  Homework 

Favorite Covid-19 activity:  sleep

Plans for next year:   FIDM

Noah Katcher

Noah Katcher

Favorite SDJA memory: Snow Day! When the school brought tons of snow onto the football field.

Teacher Shoutout: Mrs. Hansen

What I will miss most about school: Seeing everyone and being present in the community.

Favorite Covid-19 activity:  Drawing

Plans for next year:   Southern Utah University’s Aviation Program.

Deryn Klein

Deryn Klein

Favorite SDJA memory: Going on all of the grade trips

Teacher Shoutout: Mrs. Hansen 

What I will miss most about school: The community that has been built over the years.

Favorite Covid-19 activity: Watching Netflix

Plans for next year: Loyola Marymount University (LMU)

Evan Kohn

Evan Kohn

Favorite SDJA memory:  Beating the #2 team in soccer playoffs last year 

Teacher Shoutout:  Mrs. Hansen

What I will miss most about school:   The feeling of community

Favorite Covid-19 activity:  Making music

Plans for next year:   College- Undecided

Sofia Kucinski

Sofia Kucinski

Favorite SDJA memory: Winning powderpuff junior year 

Teacher Shoutout: Mrs. Falkiewicz 

What I will miss most about school: Our grade

Favorite Covid-19 activity: Baking

Plans for next year: Culinary school: Johnson and Wales University

Gali Laska

Gali Laska

Favorite SDJA memory:  Winning Powderpuff my junior year. 

Teacher Shoutout:  Mrs. Webber and Dr. Cunningham

What I will miss most about school: The family that SDJA has to offer. 

Favorite Covid-19 activity: Tie-dye bleaching clothes and making stickers. 

Plans for next year:  George Washington University

Ilan Leisorek

Ilan Leisorek

Favorite SDJA memory: Making it to the Football finals for the first time ever.

Teacher Shoutout: Mrs. Falkiewicz , Mrs. Webber and Coach Trotta

What I will miss most about school: Seeing all of the faculty and my friends every day.

Favorite Covid-19 activity: Cooking

Plans for next year: Take a gap year in Israel and then go to Northeastern

Mason Leitstein

Mason Leitstein

Favorite SDJA memory:  Baseball with my brothers  

Teacher Shoutout:  Coach Justin

What I will miss most about school: Monday off campus senior lunches

Favorite Covid-19 activity: Working out

Plans for next year: University of Arizona

Benny Lombroso

Benny Lombroso

Favorite SDJA memory: Winning CIF championship for Football

Teacher Shoutout: Ms. Buhler

What I will miss most about school: My friends

Favorite Covid-19 activity:  Tanning

Plans for next year: University of Arizona

Natalie Lombrozo

Natalie Lombrozo

Favorite SDJA memory: 5th grade graduation

Teacher Shoutout:  Dr. Eisen

What I will miss most about school: Seeing my friends

Favorite Covid-19 activity: Netflix

Plans for next year: University of Miami

Hannah Moel

Hannah Moel

Favorite SDJA memory:  Making my wall art for geometry class.

Teacher Shoutout:  Mrs. Hansen

What I will miss most about school:   Seeing my closest friends everyday.

Favorite Covid-19 activity:   Learning new recipes and starting a garden.

Plans for next year:   Boston University

Jessy Podolsky

Jessy Podolsky

Favorite SDJA memory: Cheering on our sports teams.

Teacher Shoutout: Mrs. Watt, Nebo, Hags, Dr. Eisen and Mr. Riley

What I will miss most about school: Seeing everyone (students, teachers, faculty)

Favorite Covid-19 activity: Painting, yoga, tanning

Plans for next year: Gap year in Israel

Gaby Russo

Gaby Russo

Favorite SDJA memory: My favorite memory from SDJA is spending time with friends and having opportunities that I wouldn’t have anywhere else.

Teacher Shoutout: My favorite teacher was Dr. Eisen because I was very passionate about her class and she taught me a lot about what I want to study in the future

What I will miss most about school: I will miss playing on the volleyball team

Favorite Covid-19 activity: Watching movies and spending time outside

Plans for next year: I am going to CU Boulder to study psychology

Jayde Saloner

Jayde Saloner

Favorite SDJA memory:  Field trip to Boston 

Teacher Shoutout:   Ms. Nebo

What I will miss most about school:  I will miss the people and beautiful campus.

Favorite Covid-19 activity:  Painting

Plans for next year:   Chapman University

Daniela Sutton

Daniela Sutton

Favorite SDJA memory:  Powder Puff Games 

Teacher Shoutout:   Dr. Eisen

What I will miss most about school:  Seeing my friends everyday.

Favorite Covid-19 activity:  Netflix

Plans for next year:   Gap year in Israel (ajshara)

Ariela Tepperman

Ariela Tepperman

Favorite SDJA memory:  When I covered a wall in the art room of tinfoil for one of my portfolio pieces for college. Doing that project just reminded and got me excited for my future and love for art. 

Teacher Shoutout:  Ms. Nebo, Dr. C and Rabbi Frank  

What I will miss most about school: Belonging to the special community that is SDJA and feeling a sense of home every time I walked through the school gates.

Favorite Covid-19 activity:  Painting

Plans for next year:   Parsons

Karla Vainer

Karla Vainer

Favorite SDJA memory: Winning Powderpuff

Teacher Shoutout: Dr. Eisen

What I will miss most about school: The people and community 

Favorite Covid-19 activity: Tanning

Plans for next year:  USC

Alice Vilenski

Alice Vilenski

Favorite SDJA memory:  Our trip to Boston in 10th grade.

Teacher Shoutout: Dr. C

What I will miss most about school: Seeing my friends’ faces everyday.

Favorite Covid-19 activity:  Spending time with my brothers.

Plans for next year:   Northeastern University

Sarah Weiss

Sarah Weiss

Favorite SDJA memory:  Lower school step-up ceremony

Teacher Shoutout:  Dr. Eisen

What I will miss most about school:  My friends in every grade.

Favorite Covid-19 activity:  Reading

Plans for next year:  University of Puget Sound

Gaby Wellman

Gaby Wellman

Favorite SDJA memory: My favorite memory at SDJA is the first time I put on the Lion’s Suit. It was at the football homecoming game in Freshman year and I remember being so nervous before. As soon as I put it on it felt right and I knew that I couldn’t let anyone else be the mascot other than me.

Teacher Shoutout:  I don’t have one, it’s like asking to pick a favorite movie… there are too many good choices to just single out one. All of my teachers and administrators have played such an important role in my time at SDJA and I am appreciative of each one of them.

What I will miss most about school:  Everything. SDJA is like home for me and everyone in it is like my family. The relationships that I have formed here are so special, and the people who I have formed them with are who I will miss the most.

Favorite Covid-19 activity: I have been learning new songs on my ukulele and on the guitar. Just having fun without an overwhelming amount of things to do.

Plans for next year:  I am going to be attending Boston University’s School of Education