Hebrew Academy students have adopted the mottos “Live Like Sammy” and “Smile for Sammy” in the wake of his tragic passing to emulate and remember Sammy’s happy demeanor. To honor his memory and continue his legacy, The Warrior Word now features a weekly column dedicated to Sammy.
So Sammy was never a kid that I really spoke to very often, but one time that I really did speak to him that I took something out of was when I did backstage for the play Almost, Maine, and it was his first play, and he didn’t have to be on stage yet, but it was tech week, so I was already out there doing the lights, and when you do the lights you’re in a dark corner, all alone, and it was really dark, and I was really bored, and I saw him walking up to me and he came and he sat by one of the chairs next to me and I asked him what he was doing because I thought he had to be on stage, and he said “It wasn’t my part yet,” and I said “But don’t you have to be backstage or something?” and then he said “I don’t want you to be alone in the dark, it must suck to be alone,” so we talked a little and then he went back, and I felt like he was really a kid that thought about everybody and that’s something that I learned from that experience which was the first time I really had a conversation with him, was that he really cared about everybody. Even if he didn’t know you he cared about you. -Natalie Alishayev (11th Grade)