The Ramon Award is an exceptional program in Israel in the field of leadership for 12th grade students. The partners for this program are: the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Science, the Ministry of Technology, the Ministry of Space and the Ramon Foundation. Each year the team selects agroup of twelve to fifteen student who has excelled in their studies, with proven leadership ability and who has made an outstanding contribution to society and the community. This students is selected from over 300 candidates.
Every year, candidates from all parts of Israeli society are eligible to participate in the Ramon Award, including new migrants, Arabs, Christians, Druze and Jews, from both the centre and the periphery of the country.
In addition students meet with opinion leaders in the public arena, where they become aware of core challenges in Israeli society. During the year, the students are mentored by the Ramon Foundation and by key people in Israeli society. This year, for the first time the students will participate in the Hayim Association which supports children with cancer and their families. The students will analyze the needs of the association, examine its current programs and suggest ideas to advance the association to a national level.
Alon Tzrouya —The 9th Comprehensive School, Ashdod. Alon is a representative for the LEAD organization for the development of leadership in Israel, where he founded the Leading Dialogues Today project which fosters dialogue among grade 9 students on topical subjects. Alon also served as chairman of the Municipal Student Council, and is active in the Field, Nation & Society youth movement where he serves as a counsellor. He also represented Israel in the 2016 UN Office on Drugs and Crime Youth Forum (UNODC), which took place at the UN Office in Vienna.
Daniel Abitbol —The Interdisciplinary Shchakim School, Nahariya. Daniel initiates and participates in many school projects – fundraisers for children with special needs, “Melach Ha’aretz” leadership seminars for social change. Daniel served as a representative of Israel and his school for the Young Ambassadors’ delegation to the Parliament in Rome. He took part in the Jewish Agency’s Partnership 2Gether project, took their young leadership course, and was part of their delegation to New Jersey. Daniel is also an active member of the Amcha Foundation which pairs young people with Holocaust survivors, teaching them computer skills and helping them write their stories.
Yuval Berkovich —The Henry Ronson ORT School, Ashkelon. Yuval serves as chairman of the student council of his school, plays a central role in the Municipal Youth Council, and took part in the LEAD program for leadership in Israel. Within this framework and in partnership with the Municipal Youth Council, he launched the End Shaming project for the benefit of the community in Ashkelon. Yuval is a Field, Nation & Society counsellor, he graduated the tour guide and navigation course with honors, and is teaching that same course this year. Yuval takes part in the Connected (“Mechubarim”) program which pairs young people with Holocaust survivors, teaching them computer skills and helping them write their stories. He also participates in the City Story project, which aims to recognize the personal contributions of those who have left their mark on the city. Yuval volunteers at the maritime school of Ashkelon and takes part in the Assa made me a fighter combat fitness group. Last year, he was a fellow in the Dealer Program, an Ashkelon-Baltimore partnership, which promotes social-values activities and “Tikkun Olam”. Thanks to his many endeavors, Yuval is a laureate of the Mayor’s Outstanding Youth Award.
Gal Biton —Leo Baeck, Haifa. Gal is a member of her school’s running team. She takes part in organizing and managing the Science Day projects in her school, as well as initiates and runs volunteering activities in her class. Gal is part of the Scouts youth movement. This year, she helped found a youth group for children with special needs, and served as a counsellor. Gal volunteers at Magen David Adom, and is a counsellor on the SpaceIL Youth Program. In addition, she mentors a child suffering from cancer as part of the Zichron Menachem Foundation.
Noy Krief —The Comprehensive School, Nesher. Noy takes part in the End Dropout Now educational leadership program. She also counsels and is active in an environmental protection group, as well as in the Israeli Culture-leading Group, and among her peers. She is part of the English debate team and the discussion project in Hebrew, as well as sports teams and cyber competitions. Within the framework of the Youth Counsellors, she is in charge of the 10th grade as well as the staff training. Noy serves as deputy chairman for both the Municipal and Regional Student and Youth Council, and is as member of the National Student and Youth Council. She is very active in this framework and in others, leading campaigns and promoting efforts in various fields.
Matias Ioav Roitberg —The 7th Comprehensive School, Ashdod. Matias is a “Mofet” student (a high-level mathematics, physics, and social sciences class) and is majoring in biotechnology, physics, and chemistry. He also takes physics classes at Tel Aviv University. Matias was valedictorian of his school, and won 5th place at the Municipal Rotary Young Speaker’s Club. Matias is a Field, Nation & Society counsellor and also a tour guide at his school. He trains students at his school to become guides as well, and took part in the Seeds of Peace delegation to the United States.
Chen Perri —The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Chen sings in the Encore choir. She is a member of the student council, and participates in organizing events and ceremonies. She is also part of the LEAD program for advancing leadership in Israel, where she launched the Musical Memory project which connects youth with Holocaust survivors by means of musical memories from the survivors’ childhood. Chen is also a founding member of the Jerusalem “Shavua Tov” project which brings together various parts of Israeli society for dialogue and community activism. In addition, Chen takes an active part in dialogue groups within various youth circles in Jerusalem.
Nitay Ledany —The Zinman Interdisciplinary School, Dimona. Nitay serves as chairman of his school’s student council as well as the head of the Community Team of his school’s Robotics Club. He also runs the Field, Nation & Society Southern District Youth program. He is a qualified tour guide, a youth counsellor for arts, and a mediator for the “Gevim” Institute. Nitay takes part in science and technology projects at school. He participated in the So Can I competition which aims to develop products for people with disabilities, the ‘Amal’ in The Cross-Israel path competition, and the National Math Olympiad. Nitay was his class representative at the Global Entrepreneurship Week, as well as the host and judge for the National Robotics Competition, a member of the Virtual Olympics steering committee, and a founder of the municipal Science Night project. He studied theatre in Tel Aviv for a year, and at Dimona’s Theater School for another 4 years. Nitay initiated community projects within the framework of the Starting Line program. He is a 2015 Municipal Activist Award laureate.
Nir Gofman —The Zinman Interdisciplinary School, Dimona. Nir takes part in science and technology projects. He received an honorable mention at the Ilan Ramon Youth Science Olympics, took part in the Weizmann Institute Science Camp, and was a finalist in the So Can I competition. Nir participated in the ‘Amal’ in The Cross-Israel path competition, as well as the National Math Olympiad. He represented Israel at the global FLL competition. He is Dimona’s representative in the FRC Robotics competition, as well as in the Apps competition (Hackathons). Nir volunteers as a judge in municipal and national competitions, as well as in school activities. He serves as a mentor for his school robotics teams, and has developed dozens of websites and applications. Currently, Nir is developing a start-up.
Naya Yassin —The Comprehensive Al-Battuf School, Arraba. Naya takes part in the MEET project, as well as other Arab-Jewish youth groups. She is a group leader for a student assistance program, and is an active leader when it comes to school activities. Naya conducts research at her school within the framework of the Szold Institute’s mentoring program. She volunteers at her community center where she is active in various projects.
Yoav Franco —Hakfar Hayarok Youth Village, Or Yehuda. Yoav is an associate director in establishing the Start-Up School, where he serves as a mentor and guidance counsellor for high-school students, in an attempt to encourage them to create, initiate, innovate, and launch their own start-ups. He took part in the Spirit of Innovation competition where his team qualified for the worldwide finals which took place in the United States. Yoav undertook several technology-oriented projects, aiming to advance disadvantaged communities. So far, Yoav has created 10 Android applications, of which several have had worldwide exposure with over 100,000 downloads.
Eden Marwali —ORT Lilenthal, Ramla. Eden is a “Mofet” student (a high-level mathematics, physics, and social sciences class). He serves as chairman of the Municipal Youth Council, is a member of the “Acharai” program, and is in charge of advancing school projects at the municipality. He runs the Give me a chance program, a youth talent show which raises funds for youth at risk. Eden also initiated the Young Leadership Conference which aims to promote and encourage volunteering among the city’s youth. He also ran school projects commemorating Sgt. Liel Gidoni who was killed during Operation Protective Edge.