Jewish Tidewater’s Graduates

by | May 30, 2024 | Latest News

This year’s graduation season began with plenty for Jewish Tidewater’s graduates and their families to celebrate.

Graduations provide time to recognize achievements, formally bid goodbye to a treasured educational institution, and move on to life’s next chapter. And celebrate!

This year, Jewish Tidewater has much to collectively feel proud of and celebrate – with so many graduating from respected schools, earning impressive degrees and awards, and planning rewarding futures.

Jewish News is excited to celebrate these outstanding graduates and cheer them on for their next steps. Mazel Tov!

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Leila Abrams
Princess Anne High School
International Baccalaureate Program

Next: University of Virginia

Leila is the daughter of
Rachel and Marc Abrams.

Hebrew Academy class of 2017

Noah Alperin
James Madison University
Honors College with distinction and Cum Laude from the College of Arts and Letters

Next: Noah plans to spend the next year working at his father’s law firm, Alperin Law, sitting for the LSAT, and applying to law school.

Noah is the son of
Lori and Scott Alperin.

Katie Auerbach
Norfolk Academy

Next: University of Connecticut, where Katie plans to study animal science on the path to veterinary school.

Katie is the daughter of
Leslie and Andrew Auerbach.

Hebrew Academy class of 2017

Rebecca Auerbach
Norfolk Academy

Norfolk Academy peer counselor, Duke of Edinburgh International Bronze Award Recipient, BBYO chapter board member.

Next: Syracuse University

Rebecca is the daughter of
Leslie and Andrew Auerbach.

Hebrew Academy class of 2017

Casey Barkan
First Colonial High School

Graduated with honors and
Summa Cum Laude

Next: University of Virginia

Casey is the son of
Lauren and Alex Barkan.
Casey is the grandson of
Sandi and Michael Barkan and Judy and Raymond Goldman.

Mia Barkan
Virginia Tech

President of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority,
Dean’s List

Next: Attending Ross University
School of Veterinary Medicine.

Mia is the daughter of
Jen and Andrew Barkan.

Sarah Blais
James Madison University

Sarah graduated Magna Cum Laude and earned the Student Achievement Award from the Health Sciences Department for scoring in the top 5% (#1 rank) out of 400 students on a general knowledge of science assessment.

Next: Medical University of
South Carolina, School of Nursing

Sarah is the daughter of
Pam and David Blais.

Hebrew Academy class of 2013

Sylvie Cardon
Tidewater Collegiate Academy

Next: Gap year in California

Sylvie is the daughter of
Elyse and David Cardon.

Hebrew Academy class of 2017

Allison Comess
University of Maryland

Next: University of Baltimore Law School

Allison is the daughter of Jill Comess. Allison is the granddaughter of
Allan and Jean (of blessed memory) Comess.

Kacey Cooper
Washington and Lee University

Kacey graduated with honors and completed a 2-year research lab in Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences.

Next: Master of Science in Business/Brand Strategy at Virginia Commonwealth University

Kacey is the daughter of
Betsy and Erik Cooper.

Jordan Familant
College of Charleston

Jordan earned the Senior Senator of the Year Award for his work in student government. Jordan served as deputy chief of staff in Student Government Association and Ambassador and mentor for Hillel.

Next: Jordan is working for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC)

Jordan is the son of
Judit Roth and Bruce Familant.

Hebrew Academy class of 2013

Aiden Feigenbaum
American University

Graduated Summa Cum Laude

Next: Headed to Seattle to work for Microsoft.

Aiden is the son of
Rachael and John Feigenbaum.

Hailey Foer
James Madison University

Master’s Degree in Inclusive Early Childhood Education

Next: Hailey looks forward to becoming a teacher in the Virginia Beach Public Schools as well as a Religious School teacher at Ohef Sholom Temple.

Hailey is the daughter
of Tammi and Jerry Foer.

Carly Goldberg
Columbia High School Maplewood, N.J.

National Honor Society and track and cross-country athlete

Next: Carly will attend the University of South Carolina where she will major in retail management

Carly is the granddaughter of Anne and Sandy Goldberg.

Jacob Goldstein
Great Bridge High School

National Honor Society and an Honors Graduate

Next: Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Civil Engineering, US Air Force ROTC, NCAA DIV III wrestler

Jacob is the son of
Joanne and Matthew Goldstein.

Isabella Leon
Norfolk Academy

High Honor Roll, Cum Laude Society, Batten Leadership Literacy Fellow, Virginia Thomas Bell Award (greatest achievement in the creative arts)

Next: William & Mary
Isabella is the daughter of
Lisa Finkel Leon and David Leon.

Hebrew Academy class of 2017

Anna Lisner
Georgia Institute of Technology

Anna earned Highest Honors and received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Next: Master’s at Georgia Tech

Anna is the daughter of
Diana and Charles Lisner.

Rachel Lisner
University of Virginia

Rachel earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a minor in Chemistry.

Next: Eastern Virginia Medical School

Rachel is the daughter of
Diana and Charles Lisner.

Sarah Lisner
University of Virginia

Duncan-Hyde Clark Award, Kenneth G Elzinga Scholarship, and the Julia Devlin Award in development economics

Next: Associate consultant at Bain & Company in Boston.

Sarah is the daughter of
Diana and Charles Lisner.

Noah Mendelson
University of Virginia

Noah earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with a minor in Leadership.

Noah is the son of
Sara and Judd Mendelson.

Jacob Morrissey
Granby High School

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Next: Jacob plans to attend
Tidewater Community College in the fall and transfer to University of Central Florida to become a sportscaster.

Jacob is the son of
Alyson and Chris Morrissey.

Sam Nossen
First Colonial High School

Legal Studies Academy
National Honor Society, Mock Trial Team, and Scholastic Bowl Team

Next: Sam will attend William & Mary.

Sam is the son of Joe and Bill Nossen.

Zev Pasternak
JR Tucker High School

Richmond, Va.
Honor Graduate

Next: Penn State University, Schreyer Honors College

Zev is the son of
Dr. Lori and Jake Pasternak.

Zev is the grandson of
Vivian and Burke Margulies.

Audrey Peck
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Phi Beta Kappa

Next: Audrey will be a special-projects manager for a joint initiative between UNC and Manchester City before moving to Melbourne, Australia in September.

Audrey is the daughter of
Stephanie and Paul Peck.

Hebrew Academy class of 2013

Jonathan Peck
James Madison University

Next: Jonathan will serve as a marketing intern this summer in the Old Dominion University Athletic Department.

Jonathan is the son of
Stephanie and Paul Peck.

Hebrew Academy class of 2013

Daniel Santo
Sherwood High School
Sandy Spring, Md.

Next: Daniel will attend Salisbury University where he plans to study to be a psychiatric nurse practitioner.

Daniel is the son of
Deborah Schechner and Adam Santo. Daniel is the grandson of Dr. Steve and Marge Schechner.

Sophia Schechner
Walter Johnson High School Bethesda, Md.

Next: William & Mary

Sophia is the daughter of
Dr. Adam and Jessica Schechner. Sophia is the granddaughter of
Dr. Steve and Marge Schechner.

Noah Schranz
Granby High School

Next: UCLA

Noah is the son of
Joanna and Craig Schranz.

Joshua Schwarz
Virginia Tech

Bachelor of Science in Clinical Neuroscience, Biochemistry and Philosophy

Next: University of Virginia School of Medicine

Joshua is the son of Lora Schwarz.

Hebrew Academy class of 2013

Ilanit Sedek
University of Maryland
A. James Clark School of Engineering

Cum Laude, Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honors Society, Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honors Society

Next: George Washington University’s
Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medicine Program
lanit is the daughter of
Naomi and Simon Sedek.

Izzy Seeman
Norfolk Collegiate School
AP Capstone Diploma

Next: Izzy will study in Israel and plans to attend College of Charleston, where she will major in business and minor in Jewish Studies.

Izzy is the daughter of
Patti and Paul Seeman.

Hebrew Academy class of 2017

Daniel Shames
Ft. Mill High School, Ft. Mill, S.C.

Bronfman Fellow

Next: Brown University

Daniel is the son of
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Shames.

Alex Sherman
Kellam High School

Eagle Scout

Next: Alex will attend George Mason University where he will study Information Technology – Cybersecurity.

Alex is the son of
Linda and Eric Sherman.

Logan Simon
Norfolk Academy

Academic Achievement in Psychology Award and Helping Hands Award

Next: University of Georgia

Logan is the daughter of
Shelly and Britt Simon.

Hannah Stredler
Norfolk Academy

Cum Laude Society, Norfolk Academy AP Scholar Award, University of Tennessee Volunteer Scholarship Recipient

Next: University of Tennessee College
of Nursing

Hannah is the daughter of
Karen Mason and Andrew Stredler.

Rachael Stromberg
James Madison University
Honors Scholar with Distinction

Next: Rachael will be working as a preschool teacher at the Washington, D.C. Jewish Community Center.

Rachael is the daughter of
Robin and Burle Stromberg.

Hebrew Academy class of 2013

Sam Stromberg
Norfolk Academy

Honor Roll, Varsity Baseball, volunteer basketball coach in Virginia Beach, member of several extracurricular clubs at school such as Livestrong

Next: University of South Carolina

Sam is the son of
Robin and Burle Stromberg.

Hebrew Academy class of 2017

Mitchell Tall
George Mason University
Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology with a concentration in Cyber Security

Next: a career in cyber security

Mitchell is the son of
Rebecca and Jeff Tall.

Skylar Tessler
University of Virginia

Highest Distinction

Next: William & Mary Law School

Skylar is the daughter of
Terry and Jeff Tessler.

Sanni-Jannah Jazz Wagenaar
Virginia Commonwealth University

Magna Cum Laude

Next: Sanni is working as an entomologist.

Sanni is the daughter of Mindy Brown.

Hebrew Academy class of 2013