Remembering Adam Singer
By AMANDA DAMON
On December 9th, 2014 the Jericho community experienced a tragic loss. Adam Singer, a 2008 Jericho High School graduate and son of our beloved science teacher Mrs. Singer, sadly passed away at the age of 24 after a two-and-a-half year battle with cancer. Adam Singer will always be remembered and loved by Jericho staff, students, and community members alike as the extraordinarily bright, outgoing, and caring person that he was.
Principal Joan Rosenberg has many fond memories of Adam. She said, “Adam and my son Marc have been friends since early childhood. Adam was always full of energy, willing to take a risk. If you told him he couldn’t do something, he was ready to prove you wrong! When Adam wanted to be the best at something, like baseball, he wouldn’t do it at the expense of someone else. He was a true friend and will be missed terribly.”
Science teacher and friend of the Singer family Debbie Kowalski said, “My heart breaks for the family. Adam was a great kid and an amazing young man. He had a great personality, an infectious smile, and piercing blue eyes that caught your attention immediately. He was devoted to his family and friends and lived his life to the fullest. He will be missed. SingerStrong forever!”
Chemistry teacher Alice Zagelbaum also provided insight into the courageous young man Adam was. She said, “He had charisma. He had charm. He had strength. He had a perfect smile which always made me smile.”
Social studies teacher Mary Bensen also had some beautiful words to share about Adam and his family: “One of the expressions I have referred to often in my 25 years as a Jericho teacher is, ‘Apples don’t fall far from the tree.’ Today, I reference that expression in honor of Karen and Adam Singer. How lucky Adam was to have Karen as his tree, and his strength made her proud of the man he grew to be.”
Assistant Principal Dagoberto Artiles said, “The incredible and genuine outpouring of support, stories, and words of hope gave Mrs. Singer a much needed emotional boost.”
Adam chose Muhammad Ali’s words for his senior yearbook quote: “Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them — a desire, a dream, a vision.” Adam epitomizes Ali’s words. Adam fought his battle with true strength and will forever be remembered as a champion by the entire Jericho community. Adam and his family remain in our thoughts and prayers.