Highlights of the 2018-19 Mock Trial Competitions Faculty Ayelet Topp (‘19), Academics Editor Focus: The Mock Trial season has as the court-house clerk and time Mr. come to a close for the 2018-2019 keeper). The attorneys gave openschool year. This year, the co-ed ing and closing remarks, along Pulitzer team was led by co-captains, Li- with directing and crossing witana Seidenfeld (‘19) and Ari Wilner (‘19). The team practiced at weekly meetings under the guidance of school professors and a professional attorney, in preparation for two competitions at the Los Angeles Courthouse. The Mock Trial team has the opportunity of experiencing an authentic simulation of a court case, so for students interested in law, Mock Trial is the best way to pursue and explore this passion. This year’s case, People v. Klein, saw defendant Reagan Klein facing prosecution on two counts: a criminal threat and a false report of an emergency. The YULA Girls and Boys teams attended the court house twice to represent both the defense and prosecution of Klein. Students acted as prosecuting and defense attorneys, pre-trial lawyers, and witnesses (as well
nesses on stand. YULA Lawyers defended the client, Reagan Klein, and proved that she did not send a criminal threat nor send a false report of an emergency, thus declaring her as not-guilty. Reflecting on her time in Mock Trial, Liana Seidenfeld, team captain and winner of the MVP Award on the side of prosecution says, “being a prosecution lawyer on YULA’s Mock Trial team means that I can develop powerful arguments to convince a real judge of a certain claim. It empowers me to step outside my comfort zone and become enveloped in the language of the law, which is both challenging and exciting”. Additionally, the youngest lawyer on the team, Leila Fishman (‘22), won the MVP Award during her court case, on the side of the defense.
Ezra Rosenbaum (‘20)
YULA Mock Trial Team poses with Judge Tony L. Richardson at the Stanley S. Mosk courthouse, celebrating the success of their trial. At both court hearings, the YULA team, whether acting as defense or prosecution, won on one account but not the other. Although they did not make it into
the second round of competitions, they are very proud of how they did as a team and the skills gained during the season.
YULA Girls Compete in Ulpaniada Competition Adiel Nourmand (‘22)
On October 23rd, 2018 the first round of the highly anticipated math competition took place. The test consisted of challenging questions, requiring the girls to truly think outside the box and test her knowledge. The Ulpaniada competition is a project directed towards high school girls in Israel and all around the globe, all of whom compete to take home the win. Throughout their eight years of the tournament taking place, there have been eight thousand high school students who have partaken in this challenging tournament.
There are three rounds to the competition; the first two take place in the students’ school while the final round will take place in Michlalah, a Jerusalem College, in February 2019. The winner for the Ulpaniada will receive various valuable prizes: Certificates of Excellence from the Israeli Ministry of Education, a scholarship from the Jerusalem College, and other beneficial rewards. The heads of the competition highly encouraged as many girls to apply, for the first part is more straightforward and is a good way for the students to quiz their
knowledge. The second round gets progressively harder and is more demanding than the first round. Finally, the third part is extremely difficult and requires the students to use the full capacity of their knowledge. The competition is geared towards girls who enjoy solving logical problems, difficult math puzzles, and number games. There were five daring girls who decided to enter this year’s competition. Eliana Sisman (‘20), Jennifer Peled (‘20), Ada Gindin (‘20), Alana Bess (‘20), and Elisheva Zisblatt (‘19) all competed in the first round of the compe-
tition. Later, the results came in naming two students from YULA Girls who would advance in the competition: Eliana Sisman and Jennifer Peled, who took the second test on December 19th. Mrs. Green, YULA’s math department chair stated, “ I am so proud of all the girls who participated in the math competition. Having two of these girls qualify to move on to the next round is a great accomplishment. As each round gets more challenging we are eager to see what happens next. Whatever the outcome, they all deserve a round of applause!”
Learning in the New Campus Menachem Korenreich (‘19), Academics Editor YULA Boys’ new campus finally opened November 2. Students are now able to take full advantage of the entire campus expansion, from Gemara and Calculus in Gelman Hall and individual and group study in Kestenbaum Commons to a true physical education experience in the Samson Center. Several teachers, including Math Co-Chair Mrs. Layla Bayramova and Rabbi Nachum Sauer, have moved into Gelman Hall. Although the students took a while to get used to the moving chairs and electronic equipment,
they are now able to take full advantage of what the new building has to offer. Art teacher Mrs. Lisa Utrata is pleased with her new classroom because it gives more space for students to explore their creativity. She is also making use
and engineering teacher Mr. Alec Gomez both teach in the Schlesinger STEAM & Entrepreneurship Center. Rabbi Cohen is now able to make use of innovative technology, including a laser cutter and additional 3D printers.
Students and teachers have been able to take full advantage of what the new building has to offer. of the new supplies she has received, such as a pottery wheel. Rabbi Michael Cohen, Director of Innovation, and math
Mr. Gomez is also able to utilize the new campus’s technological offerings. He has moved his engineering classes into Gelman
Hall, where he has more space to teach his students. Mr. Gomez also coaches the robotics team, which now practices and builds its robots in a space far more comfortable than in its old room in the basement. The new campus provides students with innovative spaces to advance their learning and has inspired teachers to help their students explore the campus’s full potential.
Mr. David Pulitzer references the periodic table during a chemistry class. Mr. David Pulitzer is a new science teacher at YULA Boys. So far, Mr. Pulitzer is impressed by YULA because he feels that “the administration and staff here are phenomenal––very supportive and very eager to help.” He also feels that students are “overall very respectful and polite.” Mr. Pulitzer teaches Chemistry, Honors Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Informal Geometry, and Statistics. In his 12th grade Anatomy and Physiology class, he delves into the structure of living things and how the mechanisms in the body work to keep us alive. According to Leo Tasslit (‘21), a student in Mr. Pulitzer’s 10th-grade Honors Chemistry class, “Mr. Pulitzer is a great teacher.” Mr. Pulitzer graduated from California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. He attended Oregon State University for graduate school, where he studied cellular and molecular biology and researched “aging-related dysfunction based on the mitochondria.” He intended to learn how to minimize chromosome cutting, which is common in old age. If successful, the study could help people live longer and healthier lives. Mr. Pulitzer grew up in Santa Monica, but he has lived and worked all over the world: he taught biology and chemistry in England for 13 years. Jewish, Mr. Pulitzer initially wanted to become a rabbi but eventually found his passion in teaching science. Mr. Pulitzer has also lived in Seattle and he has worked in quality assurance for a confection company. In his free time, he likes to hike and hang out with his family, and he loves that in L.A., “you’re not too far from the beach, but not the slopes either.”