Middle School Students Shine!
By B. Rosen
Barrack faculty members proudly presented a number of our Middle Schools students with achievement awards and special recognition for their contributions to our school at Moving-Up Day Ceremonies. Laura Lyn Stern, art teacher, presented Fine Arts Awards to Sophia Hoessly, Sarah Nelson, and Avi Zeff. Dewey Oriente, drama director, recognized the cast and crew of Annie Jr, this year’s Middle School musical, and acknowledged Middle School students who participated in this year’s the Upper School musical, Once On This Island : Gabriella Maze, Noah Glickman and Elliott Warshowsky. Kim Gillio, Athletic Director, presented the Athlete of the Year Award to Benji Joffe and Physical Education Awards to Adin Solomon, Talia Raikin and Dina Malka Botwinik. Allen Gottlieb, Middle School Council adviser, recognized Council officers Zoe Grossinger, president; Michael Sachs-Leshem, vice-president; David Treatman, treasurer; and Ruthie Schmidt, secretary, for their leadership.
Wendie Sittenfield, Head Librarian, presented Library Volunteer Awards to Madelyn Simon and Samantha Becker. Rabbi Judd Levingston, Jewish Studies Director, presented the Jewish Studies essay contest award to Noah Glickman. Christine Farrell presented the Geography Bee Awards to winner Mattan Manstein and runner-up Ben Shapira. Barbara Albert and Joyce Ferber, Resource teachers, presented awards to the most improved students Ben Shapira and David Gordon. Judy Shrager, Co-chair of the Math Department, presented the Math Award to Avi Zeff and recognized the four 8th graders who participated in the Lower Merion Math Competition: Elliot Bernstein, Benji Joffe, Ofek Peres, and Avi Zeff. Rhonda August, Head of the Science Department, presented the Science Award to Avi Zeff.
Carol McMichael, lead World Language teacher, presented the language awards: Ruthie Schmidt for Spanish, Zoe Grosinger for Latin and Anna Lieberman for French. Rony Cohen, lead World Language teacher, presented Hebrew Awards to Mia Stein and Benji Joffe and the Most Improved Student Award to Alexandria Guiterrez. Stephanie McHugh, Technology Department, presented the technology Award to Elliott Warshowsky.
All the 8th graders then proceeded to the stage where they received their Moving Up Day certificates, followed by the 7th and 6th graders moving up to the front seats of the auditorium, respectively, signifying their moving up and on to the next stages of the Middle School careers. Sharon P. Levin, Head of School, delivered closing remarks, and the ceremonies concluded with refreshments for all participants and their guests.