The Hebrew Academy of Nassau County this week announced its Class of 2015 top honorees — Valedictorian Adam Livi, and Salutatorians Eliana Kaufman, Leah Scher and Yigal Kamel.
“Adam, Eliana, Leah, and Yigal embody the core values of our yeshiva,” said HANC HS Menahel Rabbi Shlomo Adelman. “Each … personifies excellence as scholars, leaders, and ba’alei middot. HANC is incredibly proud of these well-deserving honorees that excel in their academic and religious studies.”
Valedictorian Adam Livi is an embodiment of a scholar-athlete, while exemplifying the meaning of the word mensch.
He was named to the General and Judaic Studies Honor Roll; was designated an AP Scholar with Honor and a National Merit Commended Student; was selected by the administration to receive the University of Rochester George Eastman Young Leaders award; was awarded the NYS Scholarship for Academic Excellence, and is currently serving as Co-President of the National Honor Society.
He is captain of the Varsity Basketball team, a member of both the Volleyball and Softball teams, coordinator of the school’s semi-annual blood drive, a member of HANC’s Jewish Elderly committee, and he tutors several youngsters from his community, preparing them for reading the Torah at their Bar Mitzvahs.
Adam will be attending Yeshiva University as a recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship after spending next year at Netiv Aryeh.
Salutatorian Eliana Kaufman is a bright and insightful young woman who is admired and respected by all. She is soft-spoken, yet carries herself with a grace and an elegance that is almost unheard of in a teenage girl. Academically, Eliana is incredibly hardworking, determined, and a deep thinker in search of the truth, making the Honor Roll every quarter, inducted into the Maalot Chapter of the National Honor Society, named a National Merit Commended Student, chosen as RPI Medalist, and selected as a recipient of the NYS Scholarship for Academic Excellence.