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NAME: Micah Heilbrun
OCCUPATION: Student at Berkshire
Middle School in the Birmingham
RESIDENCE: Beverly Hills
FAMILY: His father, Lance, is director of
biostatistics for the division of
hematology/oncology and associate
professor of medicine at Wayne State
University. His mother, Debbie, is a
special education teacher in the
Crestwood school district. Three
siblings: Aaron, a student at Groves;
Shana, a student at Bingham Farms
elementary school; Noah, also a student
at Bingham Farms. Grandmother,
Mildred E. Hutto, resides in Southfield.
SYNAGOGUE: Temple Emanu-El
Bloomfield Soccer Club.
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HOBBIES: Building rockets, painting
miniatures, competitive swimming, role-
LATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: "Winning
the world championship of the Odyssey
of the Mind."
PHILOSOPHY: "Team work."
BACKGROUND: Micah Heilbrun was born
in Houston, Texas. He lived there for-
one year and then moved with his
family to the island of Oahu, Hawaii.
He lived there for seven years while his
father was a biostatistican on the Japan
Hawaii Cancer Study for the Kuakini
Medical Center in Honolulu.
He has fond memories of Hawaii. "It
was pretty sunny, but there was lots of
rain. The temperature was in the
nineties." He also recalls the
temperament of the people. "Everybody
was real laid-back."
In Hawaii, Micah learned to speak
Pigeon, which is part Hawaiian and
One day, while playing in Hawaii,
he found parts of a rocket. He then
became interested in building rockets,
which he still enjoys today. "I've
launched over 30 rockets." He has 45 in
Another interesting hobby is
painting miniatures. After watching his
brother play the popular game,
"Dungeons and Dragons," he became
fascinated with knights. He paints
miniature knights that are one inch
high and highly detailed.
During the summer months, he
swims competitively for the Cranbrook
Swim Club. He also enjoys sailing on
Micah attends Berkshire Middle
School and will be entering the seventh
grade in the fall. Last year he earned a
grade point average of 3.75.
One of his projects this year was the
Odessey of the Mind competition..
Students are given specific problems
and have about six weeks to solve them.
They use a diagram and a skit, which
are scored on creativity, scenery and
A team of seven students, guided by
Maggie Van Camp, had to construct a
balsa wood structure with a one-eighth
inch support to hold the largest amount
of weight possible. The team managed
to support 352 pounds on a structure
that weighed five grams and was eight
The team finished first in the state
and went to the world finals in
Colorado. Some 100,000 students
participated world wide and the
Berkshire Middle School team finished
in first place.
Micah believes the key to success in
this project was teamwork. "You have to
have teamwork. If you don't work
together, there's a lot of fighting."
Micah continues to espouse the
teamwork philosophy when he says:
"It's a fabulous competition, but you
need a •good coach."
Fash Bash, the annual fashion show
presented by Hudson's and benefiting the
Detroit Institute of Arts, promises to be
exciting with the special appearance of
actress JOAN COLLINS. Members of the
press and the Founders Junior Council
were recently treated to a preview. Some