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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Students Excel in Year End WordWright Challenge

Three teams of students representing Yeshivah of Flatbush recently won highest honors in year-end standings of this year’s WordWright Challenge, a national competition for high school students requiring close reading and analysis of many different kinds of prose and poetry. Participating with 596 high school teams from all across the country, the school's ninth graders placed second in the nation in the cumulative standings at the end of the four meets held this year. At the same time, its tenth graders also placed second in the nation (after finishing first in the year's final meet), and its eleventh graders placed first in the nation. While not winning year-long honors, the school's twelfth graders tied for third place in the year's final meet. The teams were supervised by Mrs. Shifra Hanon.

Four of the school's students won highest honors for year-long individual achievement as well: Freshmen Michael Goldstein was one of the nine highest-scoring ninth graders in the entire country in the year-end cumulative standings, while sophomore Sylvia Franco was one of the nine highest scoring tenth graders, and sophomores Victoria Gindi and Dylan Sutton among the 14 highest scoring tenth graders nationwide.

Students who excelled in this year's final meet, held in April, included freshmen Deborah Coopersmith, Madelyne Deutsch, Michael Goldstein, Esther Levy, Florence Deutsch, Ricki Khezrie, Estelle Saad, Naomi Sanders, Marcelle Setton, and Bonnie Tawil; sophomores Sylvia Franco, Dylan Sutton, Lily Betesh, Esther Bildirichi, Max Edeson, Rachel Isayev, Michelle Zalta, Ruthie Gindi, Victoria Gindi, Daniel Salzman, Evelyn Tawil, Gabriel Vizgan, and Emily Waingort; juniors Matthew Bukobza, Marc Esses, David Feintuch, Ginette Laboz, and Jack Tawil; and seniors Raizy Cohen, Sarah Cohen, Isaac Dayan, Andrew Hersh, Ely Kattan, Julie Mizrahi, and Susie Sasson.