Getting Involved

Interview With Sophia W.
Q: As a senior at JCHS, and someone who is very involved with the  community in many different ways, has it been a challenge to adjust to  the academic rigors of being a senior?

A: Yes, it has been a bit of a challenge, but it has also been fun and rewarding. This year I am taking exciting classes like AP Art History and Jewish Thought that give me the opportunity to explore subjects I love that are fascinating and  enlightening. For example, I really enjoy learning about the concepts of  ‘sin’ and ‘evil’ with Dr. Sandel. I have the opportunity to choose  classes I am interested in, and I love that I can learn for the sake of  learning and have fun with the classes I am taking.
Q: Aside from  being a dedicated student, you are also an accomplished actor. Can you  tell me a bit about your involvement with JCHS’ fall production, The Sound of Music?

A: Being a part of The Sound of Music  is definitely one of the highlights of my year. I really enjoy having  the opportunity work with such a skilled student cast and crew, and I  especially enjoy working with the freshmen involved in the play. It’s  some serious stage experience and I always enjoy learning more about  theatre and performing. I know we are all looking forward to our shows  in November.

Q: How are things going with your role in Knesset student government and being a student leader at JCHS?

A:  My involvement with the Knesset is especially exciting because my  position is new this year. As the Communications Executive I run the  Hakhel (our weekly student assembly), as well as publicize students  events. I really enjoy being the leader of Hakhel because it gives me  the opportunity to inspire other students and have fun with our  community.

Q: Perhaps the most exciting and rewarding program with  which you are involved is the Be Bold, Be Bald campaign to raise money  for the fight against cancer. Can you tell me more about this?”

A:  Be Bold, Be Bald is a campaign where participants will go bald for a  day on October 22 to raise money for the fight against cancer. In two  strong weeks I have already recruited 20 team-members and over $2,000.00  for this campaign. I encourage everyone in our community to get  involved and help raise awareness of the fight against cancer.”

Q: Thanks so much for taking the time to speak with us and good luck with the rest of your senior year.

A: My pleasure! I look forward to the challenges in the weeks and months ahead.
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