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not the case. I always think I
can do better?'
Gifted students also achieve
to make school more in-
teresting for themselves.
Oakland Schools' Reischke
says, "The ceilings provided for
these students are not high
• enough, so they set goals for
themselves because it makes
their daily activity more in-
Greenstein says that she
must be interested or challeng-
ed to do well. "The advanced
placement courses are the
hardest," she says. "I'm more
interested in them and I put
more effort into the class and I
know I'll be the best prepared
for college by taking them?'
Prince says, "I find the busier
I am the more organized I am
and I can accomplish much
more." She is very involved with
languages, presently speaking
French and Spanish and study-
ing Latin. Next year at Brown
University she plans to take
Japanese, and she is looking
forward to studying a wide
variety of subjects. Eventually
she hopes to work in interna-
tional law or business.
"Teachers and students shar-
ing a real love for a subject is
a strong motivator for these
students," according to
"When you have a teacher
who is really excited about a
subject like geometry for exam-
ple, then you just can't wait to
get to the homework," says
Greenstein. "I have to have
things fit. That's why I like
math so much." And Schwart-
zman adds, "Teachers really af-
fect whether you like a subject
or not."
Many of these students set
goals for themselves. One of the
first goals is attending the col-
lege or university of their
choice. Some knew early in
their academic life where they
wanted to attend college and
most had their minds made up
by their sophomore year. Finkel
says he had his mind made up
from the second grade. "My
mom tried to get me to look at
other schools, but I only wanted
to go to the University of
Michigan," he says. Finkel
plans to be in politics some day,
"but first I'll probably study
law and practice as a civil liber-
ties lawyer?' At Lahser, he
works on the school newspaper
writing many of the editorials.
Aside from academic goals,
these kids are committed to lots
of other activities that are •
challenging, creative, and build
organizational and manage-
ment skills.
Craine, who plans to study
business and the performing
arts at U of M, has had a major
part in every play at Groves
since he was a freshman. He
got hooked on acting at Camp
Walden one summer. Rocks
have also interested him for
many years and this year at
' Groves he is taking a gemology

class. In addition, he was a
regional planner for the B'nai
B'rith Youth Organization
(BBYO) last year. Craine
started his own business two
years ago selling office supplies
because "I didn't want to be a
busboy?' On weekends, he also
works as a disc jockey.
Freedman, also active in
BBYO, attended the interna-
tional program two years ago in
Starlight, Pa. He says, "The
leadership aspect of BBYO is
great and, coupled with
Judaism, the experiences
become very valuable." Freed-
man is the chairperson of the
Peer Tutoring Program at
Southfield High and last sum-
mer wrote software programs
for Oakland Schools.
Prince spent two summers in
France, and another in Spain as
an exchange student. She has
played the violin for 12 years,
and now using a guitar - is the
song-lead for her youth group at
Temple Beth El and for the
Michigan State Temple Youth
(MSTY) where she is a general
vice president this year.
MSTY is a high priority for
Schwartzman aside from
schoolwork. Through MSTY
she has made a lot of friends,
gained leadership ability, lob-
bied in Washington for a bill for
the homeless, and strengthen-
ed her feelings for Judaism.
- "Only after being active in
school activities can you really
feel like part of the school, not
just attending classes:' adds
Greenstein. This year she is the
chairperson for the West
Bloomfield High graduation to
be held at Meadowbrook, has
worked on the prom committee,
and helped plan and organize a
mother/daughter fashion show
held at West Bloomfield.
Gurvitz plays great tennis
and has been the captain of the
tennis team at West Bloom-
field. Last summer she worked
as an assistant tennis pro. She
is also president of the National
Honor Society at West Bloom-
field and works diligently for
the Class Activity Club, her
youth group at Temple Israel,
and tutors several students,
mostly in math.
Lorch, another active BBYO
member, is captain of the
Southfield-Lathrup Computer
Club, plays bridge, and is active
in the Science League.
Finkel has been on the swim-
ming team at Lahser since his
freshman year. He has worked
on Governor Blanchard's cam-
paign for election and been a
runner at a law firm last
Motivation can come from dif-
ferent directions: family,
teachers, or peers. But these
students all agree they are
challenged from within
themselves. All say they know
what their parents expectations
are, but, in the end, they
achieve and accomplish for
themselves. D

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