For the first time, an all-yeshiva math olympiad was held at Bnos Bais Yaakov in Far Rockaway, including middle-school teams from many local and metropolitan area yeshivas. Shulamith, like all the other schools, was invited to send five-member teams from grades six, seven, and eight. Shulamith has a math olympiad team that competes nationally in periodic exams, without ever meeting opposing team members. This yeshiva math olympiad that took place on January 6 was unique in that the teams were all together in the same venue. Under the direction of Mrs. Aviva Golfeder, math instructor and math olympiad coach at Shulamith, the students prepared for the competition by practicing math problems that require higher-order thinking skills. The eighth-grade team, consisting of Avigail Borah, Zahava Fertig, Nicole Israeli, Ayelet Klahr, and Sarah Kurtz, took first place in their competition! Thanks to their coach, Mrs. Goldfeder, and to other members of the Math Department faculty, Mrs. Beth Shubowitz and Mr. Aaron Rosenfeld, for helping the students sharpen their math skills and motivating them to believe in their math capabilities. v

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