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Charting a course toward college
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Miriam Friedman

Another highlight included Yeshiva League College Bowl, jointly hosted by Davis Renov Stahler (DRS) and Stella K. Abraham (SKA) high schools at the Young Israel of Woodmere, where eight Long Island yeshivas played their last match on April 18. The HAFTR teams played three rounds. In the first match, the 7-0 junior varsity played an exceptionally good SKA team. The match was close but HAFTR lost by about five points. “I have to say I was quite devastated, but I was very proud of the team. We played our best and had a really good time,” said Jaimee Schwartz, one of the team’s captains. The junior varsity team defeated Rambam and Hebrew Academy of Nassau County (HANC) that secured their title as Long Island JV Division Leader with an outstanding record of 9-1. HANC was the last challenger of the day, and since the HAFTR team already clinched the title, the entire team had the opportunity to play this round. HAFTR’s varsity played exceptionally, won all three of its games and finished with an excellent 8-2 record. A tiebreaker game won by DRS determined the wildcard winner. The championship rounds between the Long Island, Manhattan, and New Jersey divisions is at Heschel in Manhattan on Thursday. Congratulations to the junior varsity team on clinching their division title and advancing to the playoffs.

What makes the college bowl teams so good is that each member has a different strong suit. Some people specialize in math, others in pop culture, and some just know random general facts. These strengths enable them to really cover every category. “Personally, this is my favorite extracurricular because it showcases the strengths of so many students. We get to learn a lot in a competitive and exciting environment while also having a blast,” said Russell Charnoff, one of the junior varsity captains. “I really enjoy the time I spend practicing and being at matches. I am so very glad that I joined the team!”


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