Five of the Top 10 scholars in North Springs Charter High School’s Class of 2016 are graduates of Jewish day schools in Sandy Springs.

North Springs announced its top scholars, based on cumulative numeric averages, on Friday, March 4, the day after the Sandy Springs public school held a luncheon honoring the 10 students and their parents. The students will have a special role at graduation May 26.

Davis Academy supplied the salutatorian for the class, Abi Szabo, as well as eighth-ranked Rachel Kaufman and 10th-ranked Jamie Greenberg. Seventh-ranked Alexa Rakusin and ninth-ranked Sarah Saltzman are Epstein School graduates.

In addition to being second in the class, Szabo won Best in Show in a juried art show in Roswell for North Fulton high school students.

According to the North Springs announcement, three of the five have declared their college choices: Szabo, University of Pennsylvania; Rakusin, Washington University in St. Louis; and Saltzman, Emory University.

The other students in the Top 10 are valedictorian Sanjay John, Rachel Miller, Luke Muehring, Elizabeth Gilbert and Alice Ann Lever.

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The Top 10 scholars in the North Springs Class of 2016 are (back row, from left) Luke Muehring, Elizabeth Gilbert, Alice Ann Lever, Sanjay John and Abi Szabo and (front row, from left) Jamie Greenberg, Rachel Kaufman, Alexa Rakusin, Rachel Miller and Sarah Saltzman.

Tech Feels Startup Nation

Georgia Tech got a taste of Israel’s startup nation vibe Monday, Feb. 29, when Israel Ideas and Hasbara Fellowships brought their Start Up Nation Technology Fair to the Midtown campus.

The fair visited Emory University, hosted by its Tamid chapter, the next day (see Editor’s Notebook, Page 10).

Seniors Zary Peretz and Rivka Jacobs co-chaired the Georgia Tech event with the help of mentors Veronica Beskin, the director of Hillel at Georgia Tech; Fay Goldstein, the Hasbara Fellowships coordinator; and Riki Franco, an Israel Innovations mentor. Sponsoring organizations included the Scheller College of Business, Alpha Epsilon Pi, Hillel and Conexx.

Hillel Director Veronica Beskin (left) mentors event co-chairs Rivka Jacobs (center) and Zary Peretz.

Hillel Director Veronica Beskin (left) mentors event co-chairs Rivka Jacobs (center) and Zary Peretz.

More than 150 students attended the fair, where Israeli-based startups showed off their innovations and talked to students about internships or other positions.

The exhibitors included Zeekit, an app that shows you how clothes in a store would look on you; Diggidi, which helps turn eye contact into lasting personal contact; and Mobileye, which helps carmakers install safety features that respond to dangers on the road, such a car stopping suddenly ahead.

The fair concluded with a “Shark Tank”-type competition, in which four student startup groups pitched their ideas to judges Lior Moravtchik, the CEO and founder of Diggidi; John Lanza, a patent lawyer from Boston; and Georgia Tech professor Arn Rubinoff, a Jerusalem Economic Conference participant.

True Pani won the $1,000 prize, as well as the audience choice vote, for a copper lotus flower that serves as an innovative household sanitation solution. The water storage device, shaped like a lotus flower, a symbol of purity in Hinduism and Buddhism, targets the last point of water contamination in underserved areas: the cup.

College Fair March 13

Students and parents are invited to the Atlanta National College Fair (www.nationalcollegefairs.org) from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 13, at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park.

The event, sponsored by the National Association for College Admission Counseling and hosted by the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling, is free and open to the public.

Attendees will get to meet with representatives of two- and four-year, private and public, colleges and universities.

Students are encouraged to register at www.gotomyncf.com.