Middle School Athletes Celebrated at Award Ceremony
Milken’s Middle School athletes were in the spotlight at the Sports Award Assembly on Tuesday, January 9. The Middle School Community Room was packed with seventh and eighth graders and some of their parents for the event, which recognized and honored the athletes for their accomplishments and contributions to their teams. It capped off a successful athletic season, which included such highlights as the Boys Varsity Football Team winning the San Fernando Valley Private School League Championship (SFVPSL), defeating AGBU by a score of 14-8 in the finals, and the Girls Varsity Basketball Team finishing their season as runners-up in the SFVPSL Final against a tough Viewpoint team.
A common theme that ran through many of the student speeches was the leadership and teamwork skills gained by playing sports. Students also spoke about the hard work they put in and the strong bonds of friendship they developed with their teammates.
Each team was recognized, and the athletes were met with loud applause as team members’ names were called and they strode up to the front of the room where they were presented certificates.
Sara Goldin ’23, who won the Most Improved Swimmer Award, recounted to the audience how she had not had any swim training since the third grade. She joined the swim team this year unaware of how good the other swimmers were and how hard competitive swimming was. She remarked, “I had the most amazing experience. Our coaches were so patient and encouraging, and the team definitely supported each other.”
Girls Varsity Basketball players, Rachel Pournazarian ’22 (Offensive Player of the Year) and Lauren Bernstein ’22 recalled their season, which culminated with the team playing in the Championship Game, disclosing that they learned to believe in themselves and persevere even when things got tough.
JV Football player Elliot Tabibian ’22 echoed the sentiment, observing that “Our whole team was supportive of each other and played with heart and soul. We were always positive, even when we lost. We always pushed each other to do our best.”
Middle School Athletic Director Lisa Steenport summed up the fall sports season noting, “Every team made huge improvements in not only their skill but teamwork, discipline, and enthusiasm. It was a wonderful fall season.”
Winter sports are underway and Spring sports sign-ups (girls and boys volleyball, baseball and running/track and field club) will take place next week in Advisory.
Milken Middle School Sports Award Assembly Fall Season 2017 - Award Winners
Boys Varsity Flag Football Most Valuable Teammate – Zachary Karubian ’23 Offensive Most Valuable Player – Brandon Damico ’22 Defensive Most Valuable Player – Joey Bender ’22
Boys JV Royal Flag Football Most Valuable Player – Jake Cohen ’23 Defensive Most Valuable Player – Benji Stein ’23
Boys JV White Flag Football Offensive Most Valuable Player – Daryn Shabbouei ’23 Defensive Most Valuable Player – Alex Vaisman ’23
Coed Swimming Most Dedicated Swimmer – Lauren Daneshgar ’22 Most Improved Swimmer – Sara Goldin ’23
Girls Varsity Basketball Offensive Player of the Year – Arielle Snapir ’22 Defensive Player of the Year – Rachel Pournazarian ’22 All Hustle Award – Davina Kohanim ’22
Girls JV Royal Basketball Offensive Player of the Year – Riley Golshan ’23 Defensive Player of the Year – Jaden Akhtarzad ’23
Girls National White Basketball Offensive Player of the Year – Gabriella Melamed ’23 Defensive Player of the Year – Sophie Solomon ’23
Milken School is a college prep private day school in Los Angeles established on the foundation of the highest academic standards and Jewish values. This Jewish Day School serves students in grades 7-12.