Midreshet Shalhevet is honored to announce the Class of 2016 top honors. The Rambam/Shalhevet family is incredibly proud of these well-deserving young ladies who excel in and out of the classroom.
Valedictorian: Avital Weinberg. Avital has been an integral part of her grade and the school community at large over the last four years. Avital was a finalist in the 2014 Ulpaniada, captain of this year’s second-place Torah bowl team, and Model UN captain, where she was awarded Outstanding Delegate at Heschmun, the Heschel Model United Nations Conference, and Honorable Mention at the Yeshiva University National Model United Nations (YUNMUN). She has participated in mathletes, college bowl, Committee for Israel Activism (CIA), Shalhevet’s STEM enrichment program, and was dance captain for four years. Avital has participated in activities—and been awarded a number of impressive accolades—outside the walls of Midreshet Shalhevet as well. She attended Cooper Union’s Summer STEM Program, and held an internship at BDB Payroll. Avital was an AP Scholar with Distinction, was inducted into the National Honor Society, and received a National Merit Scholarship Letter of Commendation. Avital will continue her studies in Israel next year at Nishmat: The Jeanie Schottenstein Center for Advanced Torah Study for Women, then at Macaulay Honors College at Queens College, where she hopes to study computer science and business.
Salutatorian: Meira Nussbaum. Meira is a star both in academics and religious studies. Her diligence, excellent work ethic, humor, and true empathy for those around her will take her well beyond her academic achievements in high school, and far in life. During her tenure at Midreshet Shalhevet, Meira has been involved in a myriad of extracurriculars. She was a G.O. representative, a top mathlete for three years, and, most recently, acted as yearbook editor-in-chief. She took part in Shalhevet’s STEM enrichment program and has been a contributor to the Shalhevet Flame, the school newsletter, for four years. She has taken and aced many advanced-placement honors classes, and was awarded Arista National Honors Society and a NYS Board of Regents Scholarship for Academic Excellence. Meira was involved in chesed in and out of school. She was on the NCSY Jump team, and a key factor in Shalhevet’s 2015 championship and 2016 finalist teams, as well as being engaged with Ohel over the years. She has participated in Torah bowl, choir, mock trial, and Committee for Israel Activism. Following a year of study in Israel at Sha’alvim for Women, Meira plans to attend Macaulay Honors College at Queens College where she looks forward to studying mathematics.