Rambam’s Valedictorian Benjy Wiener, Salutatorian Joshua Koegel, and Keter Shem Tov Award Winner Dovid Lichter represent everything Rambam stands for: a love of learning, commitment to chesed, leadership, midos, and a mission to the world.
Benjy was captain and lead programmer of the Rambam RamBots Robotics Team, and led them to a second-place finish in the RoboCup Jr. competition in 2017. He was a consistent top-scorer for the Rambam Radicals Math Team. He is an independent software developer, and recently started freelancing. So far, he’s released three mobile apps on the App Store. He is in the process of rolling out a cloud-based “Mi SheBeirach” list service for shuls, which aims to help gabbaim keep their lists up to date, while also being more convenient for congregants. Benjy is also an AP Scholar and Arista member. Next year, Benjy will be studying at Yeshivat Har Etzion (Gush) after which he will be attending the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Honors Program at Yeshiva University to study computer science.
Josh in known around school for his humble demeanor and desire to get involved. He was involved with the Meet The Author Book Club, Fencing, EMT, Mock Trial, Robotics, Soccer, the Poe Pack, Model Beis Din, Chess, College Bowl, the Math Team, and so much more. He was a Rambam Ultimate Frisbee Team Captain; a Shakespeare Festival Winner; Survivor Winner; and is an AP Scholar and a member of Arista. Next year he is learning in Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh and then going to Macaulay Honors College at Brooklyn. He is hoping to study pre-law or pre-med.
The Torah Communications Network Keter Shem Tov Winner, Dovid Lichter, is the first to tell you he doesn’t deserve the award. He is humble, kind, and always there to help anyone who needs assistance. Dovid was involved in the Jewish Action Committee; the Math Team, where he placed in the Top 50 in Nassau County; the Soccer Team; and was Captain of JV Basketball. He was a starter for the Varsity Basketball Team and helped lead them to one of their most successful seasons. He is also an AP scholar. Next year he plans on going to Migdal Torah in Israel and then will continue learning while going to college in the States.
These are three unique individuals, all exemplary in their own way, but alike in their dedication to the values of Torah, midos, and excellence.