Star qualities shine both inside and out of the classroom at Midreshet Shalhevet. Over the past few weeks, the students at Midreshet Shalhevet have won numerous interschool competitions and commendable awards for their superb performances in various extracurricular activities. Starting with the Yeshiva University National Model United Nations Competition, junior Noa Eliach won honorable mention representing Israel and Australia in her counterterrorism unit. Noa felt confident and prepared when she presented her stance and credits her coach and history teacher, Mr. Simcha Bader, for her success. Following Noa’s accomplishment, juniors Tamar Beer and Tamar Yastrab qualified for the finalist round with Tamar Yastrab winning the Best Overall Performance at the interschool Poetry Slam competition held on February 10. Tamar Yastrab’s poems titled “Rainku” and “Promise” exemplified the theme of Branching Out. Mrs. Jennifer Morey, Tamar’s AP English and creative-writing teacher was thrilled when Tamar won. “Tamar has exceptional talent in many areas and I was so proud that her talents were recognized by all at the slam.” Mrs. Morey exclaimed.
The achievements did not stop there! The Mock Trial team, under the superb guidance of Ms. Atara Blumenthal and Mrs. Melanie Marmer, an attorney, won their first two cases! The team argued the defense in the first trial, and for plaintiff in the second. Seniors Devora Chait and Daniella Azose and sophomore Avigail Borah acted as the attorneys and presented thought-out arguments and stated their cases clearly. Witnesses played by juniors Yael Eiferman, Bella Weiss, and senior Miriam Blonder responded well under cross-examinations and were not thrown off by allegations from the other team. The Mock Trial team is busy preparing for their upcoming trials in the following weeks. The entire Shalhevet family is overjoyed by the success of its students and is appreciative of their hard work.