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Education notes for the June issue of the Southwest Community Connection

Jewish Day School student earns gold in international competition

Mendel Mishulovin, 10, has proven himself an expert on the 613 good deeds found throughout the Torah, placing first in the Chidon Sefer Ha'mitzvos competition.

Mishulovin, who attends the Maimonides Jewish Day School in Southwest Portland, competed against 3,000 children ages 9 to 13 from 80 schools around the globe.

Participants in the annual contest spend nearly an entire academic year studying large volumes of detailed texts that delve into the intricacies of the Torah's 613 required good deeds. To master this information, students carve out about seven months, spending their free time preparing after school and via special online classes. Mishulovin said his experience yielded not just gold, but friends from all over the country and the world. "I thought that if I tred for it (the first-place medal), I could get it, and I made friends from Arizona, England and Australia," he said.

Wilson speakers take top honors at State Members of the Wilson High Speech and Debate team competed April 21-22 at the OSAA State Tournament in Monmouth, and they made a strong showing in the elimination rounds of their events:

  • Wolf Morgan-Steiner placed fifth in After-Dinner Speaking;
  • Amy Sloan placed sixth for Radio Commentary;
  • Ari Lohr was a finalist in Student Congress;
  • Andrew Foran was a semifinalist for Humorous Interpretation;
  • Benedicte Hamilton was a semifinalist in Expository;
  • The Dual Interpretation team of Bryce Snyder and Hannah Borel was a semifinalist;

  • The Public Forum debate team of Moses Felberg and Fletcher Calcagno was a quarterfinalist; and
  • The Parliamentary Debate team of Elijah Moon and William Sweek was an octofinalist.
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