Milken Congratulates the Extraordinary Class of 2021 – Jewish Journal

Posted By on June 14, 2021

I am so proud to congratulate the Milken Class of 2021! There was not a dry eye at the Rose Bowl on Sunday as we watched with pride as our seniors walked across the stage and in an instant turned into alumni who will fully embody our Portrait of the Graduate think well, take positive action, and belong to something greater than themselves.

Brandon Tavakoli 21 as Tevya in Fiddler on the Roof

We have so much to be proud of as our students are heading to over 50 unique schools across the globe, including specialty programs in areas like our Architecture+Design Institute, Computer Science, Jewish Studies, and Robotics. We are also proud to keep our connection to Israel and the Jewish people with students moving to Israel this summer to join the IDF. You can click hereto see all of the schools to which our students were accepted this year.

Talia Gandin 21 Co-captain of the Robotics Team

I want to take a moment to wish a heartfelt Mazal Tov to the recipients of our honors this year. Along with our valedictorian, salutatorian, and Hebrew speaker we also honor students according to each of our core values. Congratulations to this group of outstanding students:

ValedictorianBrandon Tavakoli

SalutatorianAmelia Marengo

Hebrew SpeakerArielle Meisel

Core Values AwardsPursuing Academic Excellence Talmud TorahBenjamin Bakhaj

Building a Joyful, Welcoming Community KehillahCeline Behnam

Treating Others with Dignity and Kindness Kavod HaBriyotSabrina Abselet

Taking Responsibility for Self and Others AreivutArielle Meisel

Connecting to Israel and the Jewish people Ahavat YisraelTalia Byrnes

Growing with Integrity TeshuvahNavid Aframian

Pausing to Nurture the Soul Shavat VayinafashEliyah Stern

As I reflect on this past year, I see how our students were strong, passionate, and resilient. Of course, I would love to have seen this year go on normally but the strength and confidence they gained from overcoming this difficult time is beautiful to see. I wish them all the best in their future endeavors, and I am deeply grateful to the faculty, academic advisors, and families who supported them in their journeys at Milken.

Dr. Sarah ShulkindHead of School

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