Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Unprecedented Results in National Bible Contest

The results for the qualifying test for Chidon HaTanach (the International Bible Contest) are in and the success of our students is unprecedented. Tani Finkelstein and Ariel Kampf, both of whom are 9th graders and were up against 10th and 11th graders throughout the country, qualified to move on to the national finals in New York in May.  Perhaps more startling, though, is that all seven of our Junior High students who participated in the program, also ranked high enough to move on to the national finals.  8th graders Shlomo Bosin, Batya Bosin, Chaya Klein, and Shmuel Perl, as well as 7th graders Akiva Finkelstein, Ezra Cooper, and Yisrael Weiner all prepared for the exams by putting in hours of extra study outside of school under the guidance of Moreh Shimshon Solemon.  Their hard work paid off as all of them now have a chance to compete for the national title, a prize that includes an expense paid trip to Israel next year to represent the USA in the international finals.

Given that last year's high school winner (Asher Finkelstein, pictured above) was an MHA graduate, I have no doubt that the competition will be shaking in their boots when nine MHA students show up to the competition this year!  We wish them and Moreh Shimshon a heartfelt מזל טוב on their impressive accomplishment and, win or lose, we hope that this experience and their success to date will inspire them to reach higher and higher in their Torah study in the years to come.

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