A budding freshman at American University, Aaron is a passionate, driven, and motivated student and leader. Originally from St. Petersburg, Florida, Aaron is studying Interdisciplinary Studies (CLEG) and Jewish Studies. He, among other things, has an active role in SPA leadership, sitting on the Programming Committee and a member of the Gender and Sexuality Issue Group. This year he is also serving as the Deputy Director of Academic Affairs for the AU Student Government, advocating for student’s academic rights across campus. Driven to change the world, Aaron embraces the opportunity to study subject with an interdisciplinary mindset, seeking to impact 21st Century problems. He is a 5th Grade Teacher at Temple Micah, working with co-teachers to change the lives of 28 Jewish children. This past summer, he worked at URJ Camp Coleman as a camp counselor, caring for rising 5th and 6th graders for two months. These experiences have allowed him to find his passion in Jewish life and impacting Jewish communities. He is a dedicated member of the Reform Jewish Community. Aaron is a member of the academically rigorous AU Honors Program, and is excited for the next for years of academic stimulation and unforgettable experiences. The Honors Program’s interdisciplinary approach to learning is a new and exciting opportunity for him to learn with and from the other members of his class. In High School, Aaron was the captain of his debate team, competing and winning in multiple styles of debate including Ethics Bowl, Pubic Forum, and Policy Debate. He also was the Religious and Cultural Vice President of his Regional Reform Jewish Youth Group, planning weekend retreats for hundreds of Jewish teens. He remains committed to his own and others’ spiritual development, and allows Judaism to guide his lifestyle. Aaron has an older brother, younger sister, and two loving parents.