HAFTR High’s val and sal


Erica Hilsenrath is valedictorian of HAFTR High School’s class of 2018.

Not only does she have the highest General Studies and Judaic Studies averages, but this incredible young lady is a true leader in every sense of the word, exceptionally active in a host of school and community activities.

Her loves include the math and science fields and she’s worked with HAFTR’s Science Institute and Math research program.

Erica is currently president of the Deah chapter of the National Honor Society. She also devotes time in a multitude of community service pursuits.  From Torah Bowl to Tomchei Shabbos, to helping with youth groups to fundraising endeavors, she is there actively leading others to success after success.

Next year Erica will be at Midreshet Moriah in Israel and the following year she plans to attend the S. Daniel Abraham Honors Program at Stern College for Women.

Daniel Friedman is HAFTR’s  salutatorian.

Last year the school honored him as Student of the Year at induction to the Deah chapter of the National Honor Society, at which he spoke of individual potential and how the fear of failure limits people. He urged classmates to take risks and meet challenges. 

Daniel’s thrived in both the Bronfman Fellowship and in Tikvah Scholars program, is involved  as a chairperson in Model Congress, is captain of Torah Bowl, and is a vibrant member of the  Math Team and the Science and Engineering program. He even successfully engaged in the highly competitive Jerusalem contest and is an AP Scholar. Daniel also spends many hours volunteering with Tomchei Shabbos, I-Shine and programs helping children with learning differences. Finally, he thrived in an independent study program at Yeshiva University.

Next year Daniel will be at Yeshivat Har Etzion (Gush) in Israel and the following year he plans to  attend Princeton University.