Which years did you attend The Silver Academy? 1979-1986 (Kdg -6th grade). I Also attended pre-school at the JCC.
Where did you grow up? Colonial Park
Where did you go to school after The Silver Academy? Linglestown JRH, Central Dauphin HS, University of Maryland/College Park, Johns Hopkins University (Masters)
Where do you live now? Baltimore (Pikesville), Maryland
What do you do? Software Engineer for AAI Corporation/Textron
What was your favorite class at The Silver Academy? I'd have to say science. I enjoyed the material and interactive nature. A highlight was getting to take care of the animals and fish. I remember one weekend I took home the rabbit, which made a fun weekend for my brother, sister, and I. I can't say if my parents were quite as thrilled.
Who was your best friend at The Silver Academy? I had many good friends. Two of my lasting close friends are Noam Chasan and Jason Schein.
What is your current favorite food and what was your favorite lunch at The Silver Academy? Who could forget Mr. Lowey's cooking? My favorite was the rectangular pizza. Now, I like Indian food the best.
How many times were you sent to the principals office? Not very often that I remember. But there was one instance where I learned a new four letter word and repeated it to the bus driver, earning me a trip to the office the next day.
What was your favorite memory and/or do you have any funny stories about The Silver Academy? One highlight was taking an overnight trip to Washington, DC, in 6th grade. It was my first experience at taking a trip with my friends. I had fun visiting the sites, and it was especially fun staying in a hotel room with three other classmates. (I remember one was Brian Wittlin, who was in 7th grade, but I don't recall who the other two were).
What is your favorite sports team? Pro, Miami Dolphins; College, Maryland Terps
What was your favorite thing to do at the JCC? My mother (Carol Cohen) worked as editor of the Community Review, so the JCC was like a second home. Back then they had a bowling alley, and I participated in the kids leagues. I also remember spending time with friends playing racquetball, floor hockey, and swimming. We also played football when the adjacent field was bigger (before renovations). I participated in BBYO and USY as I got older (many events were at the JCC).
Who was your biggest role model in Harrisburg? Probably my parents. All of my grandparents lived in Harrisburg, and they also had a major influence on my life.