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Student of the Month

Each month North Shore Hebrew Academy High School's Headmaster Dr. Daniel J. Vitow
selects one student as Student of the Month. This student is featured, because he/she
achieved a level of excellence that is exceptionally noteworthy.

September 2019 Student of the Month - JEREMY SOFIEV





There’s always something special about being the first Student of the Month for a new school year. The September SOTM is always chosen at the end of June to be sure that come September 1st, the vibe of the new school term starts out on the right track. So, let’s all congratulate Jeremy Sofiev, incoming junior, as the September 2019 Student of the Month.

Jeremy is the one honored this year to set precedent and raise the bar for student excellence. The pun is intended. Jeremy has a passion for the law. In fact, Jeremy has a passion for a lot of things. Things that may on the surface seem unrelated, but there are always common denominators. For instance, he comes from a family of jewelers. As a result, he developed a zeal for collecting rocks and minerals.


This would be defined as a creative interest in geology, which is the study of physical aspects and historical aspects of the earth. It’s a way of looking at things that will serve him well in life – doing research to seek information of the mundane visible things and digging for the truth and intangibles. Jeremy is a keen observer and analyzer.

Some would argue that geology is a science, and that would be correct. The fact is that for Jeremy, science is a strength though not his true interest. Even so, he participated in Medical Explorers with Dr. Chandhok and in Science Research with Mr. Suchmann and Mr. Weinberg and has excelled by taking High Honors at the Long Island Science Congress (LISC) with his invention. Jeremy created a device called “Spoiler Alert” that detects spoiled food based on methane concentration in the air to prevent food poisoning that also won “Most Creative” in the Science Research category at North Shore’s 1st Annual STEM Fair. Next, he wants to create an app for his award-winning invention and will work with Mrs. Wilensky on an independent study. He feels that although science is not his path, it can only aid him in any law cases he may come across later on.

This brings us to “discovery” of Jeremy’s true passion. Since a young age he has been interested in the law. He has always had a strong innate sense of right and wrong, and the concept of seeking justice for victims of crime only serves to turn up the flame. To this end he has chosen his North Shore classes (that also happen to be his faves) and co-curricular experiences to enhance and embrace his plans for his future. Jeremy took AP Euro with Mr. Miles and is continuing this year with AP US History and English with Mr. Muir (lawyers have to be able to express themselves). He enjoys the energy they impart in their classes. He will also be enjoying AP Macro and Biology and looks forward to Ms. Hennelly’s Forensics class when the time comes.  

He is continuing this year as a seasoned member of both the Debate Team and Mock Trial which he especially enjoys for the experience of arguing a case from both sides of an issue. In true Jeremy style, he thrives on the idea of researching (there’s that word again!) the facts and details from all points of view. He is also looking forward to being a part of Penn Model Congress and Yale Model Congress this coming year. As a big thinking kind of guy, he likes to get a global perspective to make the best decisions.

Jeremy loves to work hard and play hard. Being well rounded and living a balanced life is something instilled in him by his parents and is something he has taken to heart. In addition to his rigorous academics, he is going to start his third year as a member of the NSHAHS Wrestling Team, which plays to his competitive nature.  

In the theme of balance, this past summer he not only worked as a certified lifeguard at a local pool but also managed a high-level internship in a criminal law office two days a week. They have never before accepted a high school student as an intern, which is a testament to Jeremy’s level of maturity and commitment. He gained a lot of experience in the law field and saw what it is like to be a criminal attorney. He was also able to draw the big differences between activities like mock trail and real world law and hopes to continue this internship until and throughout law school.

On the fun side of things, Jeremy’s hobbies include working out, going to the park for pick-up b-ball games and studying the stock market (yes – seriously his hobby), and watching his favorite TV show How to Get Away with Murder about a professor who teaches a class on defense law and is also a criminal defense attorney who hires her students to assist on cases. Speaking of favorites, his favorite color is Green (the money shade of green), and his favorite foods are rice and broccoli (again seriously).

Jeremy’s law school graduation should occur in about the year 2028. All who would want him as their attorney – raise your hands. Exactly – it’s unanimous. As he starts his junior year at North Shore, we all see him and support him on his amazing path that starts with a single step. Oh wait – he’s already done that. Jeremy is well on his way to success with humor and passion that is only picking up momentum as he moves toward graduation. No objection. Court is adjourned.


Best of Luck Jeremy!

Keep up the amazing work!