The Davis Academy held its 18th graduation but its first at the Rosenberg Performing Arts Theater on Thursday, June 1, sending 70 eighth-graders to high schools including North Springs, Weber, Riverwood and Dunwoody.
Head of School Amy Shafron asked the graduates to reflect on the experiences they shared at the school and to appreciate those who guided them along the way. “You received a special gift when your parents enrolled you in Davis,” she said, “the gift of an incredible education.”
The Class of 2017 pushed Davis’ all-time number of graduates past the 900 mark.
The class included three sets of twins: Jordy and Evan Elster, Nicholas and Nathan West, and Emma and Evan Tessler. Five children of faculty also graduated: Derek Coffsky, Halli Friedman, Alana Kramer, Gabriela Lefkovits and Max London.
Among families completing their Davis journeys after at least 15 years of sending siblings to the school, the prizes went to the Fleischmann family, who ended 17 Davis years with the graduation of Lily, and the Barnard family, for whom Danielle was the last of four children at the Reform day school.
“Your experiences at the schools will allow you to become fabulous leaders and take the lessons you learned with pride in the journey ahead,” Principal Drew Frank told the graduates. “Your youthful exuberance and great appreciation for learning have inspired me the most throughout your time at Davis.”
Alumni speaker Max Miller from the Class of 2003 spoke about the importance of pursuing your passion. “Whether it’s to become an artist, doctor, lawyer, a computer programmer or even a rabbi, the road ahead is filled with opportunity and success,” said Rabbi Miller, recently hired as an assistant rabbi at Temple Emanu-El. “The world needs you to pursue your dreams because of who you are and what you love.”
Class of 2017
Photos by Sarah Moosazadeh