Basil blazes an academic trail for his sibs at the Frankel Jewish Academy

December 5, 2013 | Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

When Basil Williams was in the eighth grade, he happened to read a letter in the Detroit Jewish News from a parent at the Frankel Jewish Academy (FJA). Intrigued, he visited the school and ultimately made the decision to attend for his freshman year of high school. Basil graduated from FJA and is now a sophomore at Harvard. His younger brother Yale and sister Molly, seeing the positive experience and success that Basil had there, also decided to attend and are now both students at the school.

All three siblings have thrived at the Academy. Basil was involved in student government, drama and athletics. Yale participates in a variety of athletics and several clubs, while Molly is active in the Frankel Zionist Club, student government and athletics as well. While it was a difficult decision for the Williams’ kids to leave their friends in public school, the caliber of education at FJA, as well as the exposure to a deeper and richer curriculum was well worth it.

“The change we see is that they all view themselves as part of a much bigger world—whereas before they were the world, which is typical of most teenagers,” says the kids’ father, Ken. “They are more keenly aware of global issues now, and family discussions often revolve around how we can make a difference, both in small ways and in their future plans.” Like their many peers at FJA and other local Jewish Day School programs, Basil, Yale and Molly have been given the education they need to prepare them for a bright future as individuals and as leaders of the Jewish community.

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