April News from the Chi Family!
April News from the Chi Family!
Summer is right around the corner and things are definitely heating up despite the unusual snowstorm in Chicago yesterday. With engagements, new babies, college decisions, and more, there is plenty to celebrate in the Camp Chi family and we are excited to share it with everyone. Have news for us to share? Submit it here.
We were and are still beaming with pride as Marc Luban was recognized last week at the Springboard, the Jewish Teen Alliance of Chicago, and JUF 18 under 18 event. You’re awesome Marc!
Andrew “Toes” Maslanka worked at Chi for many years and in many roles. But this is unlike anything he ever did at camp. He recently accepted a position for Washington State DNR Helitack and will be helping fight wildland fires by getting drop in by helicopter. Stay safe!
Scott Harris has been in the Chi News a lot over the years for many things. But this one is a first. Scott, alogng with 3 of his AEPi brothers at the University of Kansas raised $3000 while shaving their head with St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Good work Scott!
He just can’t be stopped! Maxwell Strauss had quite an impressive month in gymnastics competitions. Maxwell placed 1st all around at the Illinois state championships, and then proceeded to place 4th overall and 3rd in high bar at regionals. Way to go Maxell!
It’s been a busy few weeks for b’nai mitzvot and we want to wish hearty mazel tov to Adelaide Samson, Nessa Bleill and Jack Zislis on their recent celebrations. Jack had the furthest to travel, as he celebrated his Bar Mitzvah in Israel with his family.
Matt Sturt’s campers should not try to argue with him this summer- he will likely win the argument, as he and the Niles North debate team were recently crowned state champs.
Speaking of great debaters, Alyssa Mueller qualified for Nationals in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, and will be heading to Dallas to compete just 2 weeks before she comes back for another summer on staff.
The roads are getting more crowded, and potentially more dangerous, as Brian Reich, Miriam Besser and Robbie Besser all recently got their driver’s licenses. Drive safely everyone!
Sarah Patton is off to Illinois State University in the fall, but first she’s being recognized at her high school. Sarah received the Livingston Human Relations Award, the highest award at her high school. Sarah is one of 10 (out of a graduating class of 450+) to be receive this honor, which recognizes Sarah’s commitment to kindness, friendship, and commitment to her community. Very proud of you Sarah!
The SITs of 2018 were a pretty smart group and they have the record to back it up, as Hayden Grijnsztein, Max Liber, and Benny Liber were all recently inducted into the National Honors Society. Congratulations gentlemen.
Decision day is looming and we have a lot more college commitments to celebrate as Alyssa Mages, Misha Rekhter, Julia Fromstein and Max Hurwitz head to Indiana University, Becca Pinsky heads to Vanderbilt University, Alyssa Mueller heads to Bradley University, Alexa Blumberg and Cydney Berman go to University of Kansas, Sophie Hovis heads to McGill University, Matt Sturt and Morgan Kravitz head to Michigan State University, Mimi Bushala will be at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Lindsay Weisskopf is headed to Ohio State University, Jessica Tenenabaum, Frannie Ibañez and Leslie Villasenor are headed to University of Wisconsin- Madison, and University of Illinois welcomes Jessica Altenebrg, Alex Stein, Maddie Brimm, Daniel Ship and Erin Markowitz. We wish all of you immense success.
Elana Redfern isn’t headed to college quite yet, she’s spending next year in Israel on Nativ. Have the most amazing time Elana!
He may just be 11 and finishing 5th grade, but Mike Majewski is proving that he is one smart cookie. Mike was accepted to the University of Miami to study genetics and rocket science for 3 weeks this summer (after he leaves Chi of course.) Way to go Mike!
Congratulations are in order for Jordyn Rubin! Jordyn won 2nd place at the state FCLA tournament. Nice work Jordyn!
Love was in the air recently as both Mara Rubin Rothschild and Richard Bernstein got engaged, as did Anna Browar and Andy Cohn. Wishing all of you a lifetime of love and happiness.
Speaking of lifetimes of love and happiness, Blaine Goldflies (SIT 2002) married Guy Downer this past weekend. Mazel tov to both of you!
There are two new babies in the Camp Chi Family. Pamela (Dvorak) and Scott Freeze welcomed Hannah Grace. Just a few weeks later Jessie (Levin) and Aaron Fenton welcomed Oliver Shane (pictured above with big brother Mason.) Everyone is doing well and the photos we have seen are precious!
Recently GMR BBYO had their elections for the regional AZA and BBG boards and it’s no surprise to us that we there are some very familiar names on both boards. On the BBG side, Cleá Summers will serve as S’ganit while Lindsey Schur serves as Aym Ha’Chaverot. For AZA Daniel Korol was elected as Gizbor and Grant Katzenstein was elected as Moreh. We are so proud of each of you and know you will do great in these roles.
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