SKA trumpets its graduation honors


Valedictorian: Ayelet Aharon

Ranked first in her class, Ayelet is an extraordinary amalgam of exceptional qualities and talents. In addition to her positions as editor-in-chief of Skappenings and Parsha Press, captain of the Torah Bowl Team, and head of Production choir, Ayelet is a SPARKS committee head and the recipient of both Tanach and Keter Torah Awards.

An AP Scholar, National Merit Scholarship Commendee and Science Olympiad Team Captain and Gold medalist, Ayelet is also a teacher-nominated Long Island American Chemistry Awardee for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement in High School Chemistry, and a member of the Re’ut National Honor Society. Serving as an SKA Ambassador representing the school at recruitment and open house events, Ayelet is also on the Model Congress and Math Teams.

Outside of the classroom, Ayelet volunteers at Kulanu, where she works for special needs children and received the UJA Robert A. Belfer Family Fellowship Award for her leadership and community service. Ayelet will be attending Michlalah next year and then continuing her studies at Stern College for Women Honors Program.

Salutatorian: Shoshana Rockoff

An exemplary student, Shoshana’s passion, motivation and intelligence are a rare combination. Her talent for writing, singing and public speaking are matched by her outstanding abilities in the classroom. Editor-in-chief of Skappenings, Parsha Press, Holocaust Journal, and captain of the Debate Team, Shoshana’s senior schedule consisted of three APs and four honors classes, the most allowed in the school. In addition to representing students as Head Ambassador and being appointed as head of SKA’s tefillah committee, 

Shoshana displays her love for Israel though her involvement with NORPAC and she was selected to represent SKA to meet with Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer. An all around excellent student, Shoshana genuinely loves to learn and was a member of the Reut National Honors Society, SKA Math Team, Model Congress, and was the recipient of SKA’s Tanach Award for Excellence in Judaic Studies. She was also active in many of the school’s organizations including TTYL, MACs and SPARKS. When not serving as SKA choir head in production, dedicating her time to Friendship Circle or tutoring chemistry, Shoshana can be found playing on the SKA soccer, volleyball and softball teams. Most importantly, Shoshana is someone who embodies exemplary middot as she was chosen by her peers to receive the Middot Award for Outstanding Character. Shoshana will be attending MMY next year and then continuing her studies at Stern College Honors Program.

Keter Shem Tov: Aliza Rothman

Aliza Rothman has been voted the Keter Shem Tov awardee by her peers in the Class of 2018. Head of Production, sports editor of the yearbook, and Color War general, Aliza has a contagious enthusiasm in the classroom and throughout the school, receiving middos and Keter Torah awards. In Tenth Grade Aliza’s family moved to Canada and she was greatly missed by her classmates; she returned for junior year and jumped right back into the swing of things, never missing a beat. A bright and motivated student, Aliza also volunteers at Kulanu, I-Shine and JEP and is involved in SKA’s Kiruv Club. This year, she brought Operation SOS (Support Our Soldiers) to our school, an initiative to try and support American troops while they are away. Aliza will be attending Michlalah next year and then continuing her studies at Touro College for Women.