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Meet Your Honorees: Adina Arnet, Celia Giles, and Samuel Schwartz

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Meet Adina Arnet 

Adina Arnet

Hi! My name is Adina Arnet and I am a senior at Ida Crown Jewish Academy. I am passionate being involved in my school and community. My participation in various activities and organizations is my way of giving back to the community that has given me so much. Being involved is an integral part of my identity and has shaped who I am today. From President of Yachad to StandWithUs intern to school clubs - I give it my all! Through all my pursuits, I have learned how to be the best leader I can be. I see myself as someone who is constantly engrossed in meetings and events, an avid learner, and enthusiastic friend. I cannot put words to my appreciation for my encouraging parents, advisors, directors, and everyone else who has helped me get to where I am today. I could not have accomplished this much without you.  

Dream Job? Social media marketing  

How do you give back?  I give back by taking what I learned and using it to make an impact. I am constantly sharing what I gained with others so one day, they too can inspire future leaders. 

Who is a leader that inspires you? Randy Pausch (author of The Last Lecture) 


Meet Celia Giles 

Celia Giles

Hi! I'm a Sophomore at Glenbrook North High School. I currently serve on Regional General Board for CHUSY. I am an active member of Congregation Beth Shalom, serving on a board that allocates money to charities called Acharia and the Vice President of my chapter for USY. For the past 8 summers, I've attended Camp Chi, a Jewish overnight camp run by the JCC. At school, I'm in a show choir and an avid member of theatre. I am beyond grateful to be granted this outstanding award! I'd like to thank my parents for helping me enrich my Jewish experience and value my Jewish identity. It's an amazing honor to be a part of this group of high achieving teenagers. I know this award will and has already motivated me to be even more involved with Jewish education and make a difference in our Jewish community. 

Dream Job? Marine Biologist 

How do you give back?  I volunteer with kids at an agency called Study Buddies and tutor them in all subjects at school. Whenever possible, I volunteer with Holocaust survivors at Holocaust Community Services. Also, every Sunday, I'm a teacher's assistant at my synagogue, Congregation Beth Shalom and help out with 5th graders.  

Who is a leader that inspires you? My Grandfather, Conrad Giles who is currently serving as President at World ORT 


Meet Samuel Schwartz 

Sam Schwartz

I’m Samuel Allen Schwartz, Sammy for short, and an extremely thankful to be honored as an 18 under 18. I attended Solomon Schechter Day School from kindergarten until 8th grade graduation. Now, I attend Niles North High School and am on track to graduate following the spring semester of 2019. I enjoy having conversations, learning from others, and staying active. I’m able to impact my community through my involvement as Hebrew Honor Society president, founder of Middle School Israeli club, founder of mental health education club (renamed Erika’s Lighthouse following our partnership), Executive board member of D219 dance marathon, tutoring club, AJC LFT fellow, and numerous other organizations. This summer I will be volunteering at an Israeli orphanage and can’t wait to begin fostering new friendships. Special thanks to my parents who have given me everything I need and more, my sister for blazing my path to success, and my brothers for pushing me to be better each and every day. 

Dream Job? General Manager of the Chicago Bears 

How do you give back? Volunteer weekly at Soup at Six, tutoring club (tutoring elementary students), Moat Chitim, destigmatizing Mental Health issues, executive of district Dance Marathon, Kol Hanaerim mentor, and being nice to those around me. :) 

Who is a leader that inspires you?  Haiym Solomon 


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