HAFTR hosts tri-state Model Congress event


HAFTR High School again hosted the annual Yeshiva League Model Congress, on March 6.

Students from 14 tri-state area schools convened at the Young Israel of Woodmere, including Central, DRS, Ezra Academy, Flatbush, Frisch, HAFTR, JEC, Ma’ayanot, MTA, SAR, Shalhevet, SKA, Solomon Schechter and TABC.

The competition included over 180 students, and each school provided one or two judges who ranked students based on their overall performance. Keynote speaker, Judge Ronald Goldman, explained the importance of the Constitution and compared it to the game of basketball.

Goldman reminded the students that both politics and basketball are treated as games, but one only has entertainment value while the other has deep effects on every person’s life. Prior to the tournament, students prepared bills relevant to their assigned committee. Students competed in 18 committees.

There were three overall first place winners: Avigail Winokur and Dodie Weinberg from Central and Shmuel Berman from Frisch, and three overall second place winners, Leeba Sullivan and Meira Saffra from Central and Yonatan Schiller from DRS, as well numerous first and second place winners in each committee