Shalhevet Sabers. This year the Shalhevet Sabers had their best season ever. Coached by Ilona Diamond with help from assistant coach Dena Warshaw, the Sabers made it to the playoffs.

Going into last week, Shalhevet’s record was tied with Magen David’s and they faced off in a tie-breaker play-in game last Thursday night, February 14. The game was energetic and started close. The Sabers showed excellent teamwork, which had been improving all season long. High scorers at Shalhevet were Freshman Yael Eiferman (15 points), Freshman Janet Normatov (13 points) and team captain Sarah Schapira (12 points). The team not only scored high, they played an excellent defense, with Rivki Eckstein, Kayla Zeitz, Shalvah Goldschein, and Noa Eliach (another freshman in the starting lineup) leading the way.

Most importantly, the team played with dignity, as was noted by many in attendance at the game. We are looking forward to more of the same at the play-offs, and another outstanding season next year! Go Sabers!

Mock Trial Team. Shalhevet is on a roll. Their first season mock trial team, Danielle Azose (tenth grade), Michal Benshabat (tenth grade), Chana Miriam Blonder (tenth grade), Devora Chait (tenth grade), Shalvah Goldschein (eleventh grade), Becky Marks (ninth grade), Tali Roth (tenth grade), and Devora Scott-Thoennes (twelfth grade), had a fabulous win as plaintiff against Oyster Bay High School as defendant. They are all so excited to be advancing to the next phase of the New York State Bar Association Mock Trial Competition Wednesday, February 27. Expertly coached by attorneys Melanie Marmer (mother of Malka, grade 11) and Elana Makau, the students have been spending weekends and late nights preparing their notes, prepping witnesses, and engaging in lively debates about the case.

“It’s so amazing that Shalhevet offers us this opportunity; it truly is an experience like no other,” says Devora Chait.

At both trials, a hush fell over the courtroom as Shalhevet’s three lawyers and three witnesses took their seats and began. After an intense two hours it was over. The judge remarked that the students’ professionalism was impressive. The group was calm, cool, and collected; they were confident in their legal positions and their legal presentation. And, as usual, their midos were outstanding throughout the competition.

The students all took note of the efforts of Ms. Leora Palgon, Shalhevet mock trial coordinator, and Mrs. Marmer, Esq. and Ms. Makau, Esq., who have been so kind in lending their experience and expertise in guiding and supporting the team throughout this process. The students and their advisors look forward to the next round, as they eagerly prepare. v

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