Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services was overwhelmed with almost 1,500 entries to their “From the Eye of the Storm” school essay and picture competition. Students from over 50 schools nationwide entered, with many teachers encouraging the participation of their entire class.
With specific questions for different grades, Ohel encouraged entrants to look inwardly at “Learning and Growing after Hurricane Sandy and other Dramatic Events” and explore their own lives in overcoming obstacles and learning lessons for life.
Given both the quality and quantity of entries, Ohel and the judges—Charlie Harary, Rebbetzin Aviva Feiner, and Nachum Segal—decided to expand the prizes and awarded two honorable mentions for each category as well.
The finalists and their families as well as school principals and teachers were invited to Ohel’s gala this past Sunday, where the winners were announced in a packed hall of over 1,000 friends and supports of Ohel.
The winner of grades 9–12 was Ariella Goldsmith, TAG, and honorable mentions were Rivka Pfeiffer, TAG, and Talia Weisberg, Manhattan High School for Girls. The winner of grades 6–8 was Shimmy Matyas, Yeshiva Chasan Sofer, and honorable mentions were Aaron Elbogen, Yeshiva Chasan Sofer, and Sender Pattashnick, Yeshiva Torah Vodaath.
The winner of grades 3–5 was Scott Mayer, North Shore Hebrew Academy, and the two honorable mentions were Moshe Freund, Yeshiva Chasan Sofer, and Suri Schoenblum, Bnos Zion of Bobov.
Mazel tov to all the winners! v