18 Under 18 Honoree: Sam Cohen
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18 Under 18 Honoree: Sam Cohen

Jewish Atlanta 2020's 18 Under 18 Honoree: Sam Cohen, 17, Druid Hills High School

Sam has maintained a strong commitment to Judaism, social action and leadership in the face of great challenges and family tragedy when his sister lost her battle to brain cancer in October. Described as mature and resilient, Sam is heavily involved in teen programs at The Temple, including social action work and the Gesher teen mentor program, which accepts only 16 of 150 applicants each year. He works closely with The Temple on different initiatives and volunteered to assist in reviving their youth group. Among various volunteer projects, Sam is preparing for his second “Ultimate Hike,” which raises funds for groundbreaking childhood cancer research. Sam is also passionate about Jewish summer camp, working three summers at In the City Camp, and he will be a counselor at Camp Coleman this summer. At school, Sam helped build Druid Hill’s ultimate Frisbee program and is a co-captain of the varsity team. His strong character has also helped him professionally. After last summer’s week-long internship at Jamestown Properties, Sam was hired in an ongoing role this school year, working two mornings a week while juggling school responsibilities.

Activities and Awards:
Horizons Atlanta video editor
The Temple Madrachim/Gesher leader
Druid Hills Middle School ultimate Frisbee assistant coach/mentor
Nicholas House, Merry Mitzvah projects volunteer
Druid Hills High School IT intern
Project Connect Youth Group vice president of membership
National Honor Society
Beta Club
DHHS Outstanding Math Student Award

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