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Reunion for 2019 high school graduates who were former JAO students

 

Pictured with some of their Jewish Academy of Orlando teachers is the class of 2019. From left to right (top row): Eric Levine, Samuel Freed, Ethan Arace, Elie Basher, Ryan Mendelsohn, Jake Woodruff, Drew Miller, Eli Finkelstein, Ann Montgomery; (bottom row): Fanny Sernik, Ofree Basher, Jamie Benghiat, Noa Lotringer, Lauren Mendelsohn, Ashlinn Thomas, and Vicki Peisner.

Former Jewish Academy of Orlando students who graduated from area high schools this year enjoyed a reunion held in the library of the Jewish Academy of Orlando at the end of the academic year. Historically, Jewish Academy of Orlando graduates continue on to some of the best colleges in the country. The Class of 2019 was no exception. Graduates from the Class of 2019 will be studying at University of California in Berkley, Northwestern University, University of Wisconsin in Madison, University of Florida, Florida State University, University of Central Florida, just to name a few. Other students will be taking "gap years" and helping the State of Israel.

After lunch and trip down memory lane by looking through old yearbooks and a tour of their old school, the graduates went into the gym for a spirited game of dodge ball with their beloved former P.E. teacher, Ann Montgomery.

"We are very proud of all of our graduates, and we are proud of the fact that their academic foundations were established at Jewish Academy of Orlando," stated Head of School Alan Rusonik.

Jewish Academy of Orlando serves central Florida students of all faiths from grades kindergarten through fifth. The school delivers a whole-child education fostering academic excellence and character education rooted in Jewish values. Jewish Academy of Orlando is accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools. Beginning in fall of 2019, the school will offer a transitional kindergarten. To learn more about Jewish Academy of Orlando, please visit: jewishacademyorlando.org or follow the school on Facebook facebook.com/JewishAcademyOrlando.

 

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