Message to graduates: At graduation, I’m planning on speaking about the value of individuality and how each person in our graduating class has helped to shape not only my Weber experience but also the culture of the school and one another in a positive way.
Highest achievements: I started Weber’s robotics team as a sophomore, and we’ve since competed in the Atlanta regional and Georgia state championships for three years, and this year we ranked fifth overall out of more than about 200 teams in the state, advancing to the world championship competition. Although canceled due to COVID last year and the RamBots didn’t advance as a team, I was going to attend the world championship as one of three students chosen to represent Georgia as a Dean’s List finalist.
A large part of our robotics program is community outreach, which mainly focuses on extending the resources of the DZA [Daniel Zalik Academy] to our surrounding communities, so we’ve enjoyed offering manufacturing seminars and capabilities to teams in Atlanta as well as starting robotics teams for middle schools in our area. I’ve also been involved with our Israel advocacy organization, Rams for Israel, and Peace by Piece, an interfaith dialogue program, during my four years at Weber; political advocacy and Jewish education are very important to me, and I hope to continue similar activities in college.
Future plans: Next year, I’ll be studying at Carnegie Mellon University in the School of Computer Science with a concentration in robotics or machine learning. I’ve been interested in pursuing engineering and computer science for a few years now, and much of that interest has manifested in my work with The Weber School’s robotics program (Weber RamBots) and our fabrication facility, the Daniel Zalik Academy.