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.

Talia Barras accepts her diploma from Associate Head of School and Principal Drew Frank.

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.

Rabbi Micah Lapidus delivers the invocation to the Class of 2017 at the Davis Academy.

“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

Andrew Altmann
Matthew Aronin
Isabella Baker
Danielle Barnard
Talia Barras
Samuel Baylin
Ethan Ben-Moshe
Jared Berenthal
Emma Bernath
Nicole Cobb
Derek Coffsky
Rachel Cohen
Jordan Crim
Elena Dollinger
Evan Elster
Jordy Elster
Rami Fabian
Madeline Fellner
Lily Fleischmann
Jacob Frank
Halli Friedman
Jake Friedman
Ashley Glass
Kurt Holland
Will Hopkins
Ziv Ilan
Charlie Janko
Lucas Jannett
Grace Kirschner
Peter Klafter
Bryan Kopkin
Alana Kramer
Halle Kwatnez
Gabriela Lefkovits
Leora Lewis
Jordan Liban
Max London
Tyler McMahon
Grant Miller
Samantha Miller
Eli Minsk
Jacob Moradi
Caroline Morrison
Zachary Nadel
Felicity Negin
Adam Orlow
Oren Panovka
Jake Powers
Dorothy Ripps
Darren Rosing
Zachary Rosing
Grace Ross
Hailey Rubin
Stephen Rusnak
Seth Shapiro
Eric Shindell
Abigail Shrubstok
Kura Solovei
Logan Spector
Adam Spitzler
Lilian Stadler
Jordan Starr
Logan Sucan
Paige Swygert
Emma Tessler
Evan Tessler
Nathan West
Nicholas West
Ethan Wolfson
Melanie Zeewy

Photos by Sarah Moosazadeh