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Sophia Aron

Congratulations to Wornick alum Sophia Aron, who won first place in the fifth annual Palo Alto City Writing Contest within her grade division! Sophia is currently as Senior at Kehillah Jewish High. The essay prompt was: In 500 words or less: "What would you create that could change your world?"  Essays submitted were judged on the following criteria:

  • Concept-Idea is consistent with the theme
  • Creativity-Unique interpretation
  • Technical Sill-how well did they answer the question

Cori Sidell

Athlete of the Week — Sidell saves best PAL performance for last

Cori Sidell’s senior season as the No. 1 singles player of the Carlmont Scots could not have ended any sweeter.

Granted, Sidell’s run as a Scot isn’t quite over. She and Carlmont qualified as a team for the Central Coast Section tournament that begins with action today. But in terms of her career as a Peninsula Athletic League tennis star, it’s safe to say Sidell finished by saving her best performance for last.

A year after falling to Mariko Iinuma in the same match, the PAL individual championship duel, Sidell found herself having to compete against another Hillsdale Knight, Cindy Liu, for a chance at redemption. For PAL fans, it was a dream matchup, with arguably the two best players (seeded No. 1 and No. 2 for the tournament) facing off against each other in what was sure to be another epic battle. And the winner would not only capture the league’s individual title, but get a bit of bragging rights to go with it as the two split matches during the regular season.

“Every time I play [Liu], it’s a close match,” Sidell told the Daily Journal. “I look forward to the challenge.”

Sidell was dead on with her assessment. The two went back and forth for three sets. But at the end of the affair, Sidell picked up the biggest win of her high school career, besting the talented Liu 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.

For her efforts, Sidell is the San Mateo Daily Journal Athlete of the Week.


Dalia Jude

Young philanthropists: Jewish Teen Foundation teaches youth how to give

It’s recruiting season for the Jewish Teen Foundation, and philanthropic high school students across the Bay Area seem eager to give.

Started by a group of parents who wanted to give a little more meaning to their kids' bar mitzvah celebrations, the Jewish Teen Foundation’s philanthropic training organization — which guides teens on how to discuss pressing social issues, identify nonprofits to fund and ask for money — has grown to be one of the biggest and most prominent youth giving programs in the Bay Area.

Now with four chapters, the organization interviews and accepts new students every year with the help of program graduates who really believe they’re making a difference.

“I feel like the work we do really matters,” said Dalia Jude, a third-year student at Sequoia High School in Redwood City, who is on the leadership council for the foundation’s North Peninsula chapter and last year helped raise several thousand dollars for a handful of charities. “Sitting in a classroom for seven hours a day doesn’t really change the world. This is a way that I can make a difference at 16.”


Chelsea Karp

KJHS Wins First Place at the California Regional Certamen Rounds

A proud team of four Latin students from Kehillah WON FIRST PLACE at the California Regional Certamen Rounds held by the California Junior Classical League yesterday at Harker Academy. They are: Senior, Dana Nozik, Junior, Marissa Taub, and Sophomores, Chelsea Karp and Joshua Booth. After months of meeting during lunch time and hours of studying, they beat out all the other Northern California school teams at their level. Not only that, but they managed to honor Shabbat by sleeping over in San Jose on Friday night and WALKING many miles to Harker and back on Saturday. They now go on to the State competition at the end of the month. Congratulations to them!


Cori Sidell

Scots Climb Back Into Contention

Carlmont-Belmont recorded its biggest girls tennis win of the year on Tuesday, edging visiting Menlo-Atherton 4-3. The Scots, 7-2 overall, climbed back into the race for the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division race. The Bears are 4-1 in the Bay, the Scots are 4-2. “I’m not sure, but some people have told me that Carlmont hasn’t beaten Menlo-Atherton in girls tennis for a long time,” Carlmont coach Amina Doar said.

The match came down to No. 1 singles where Carlmont’s Cori Sidell bested the Bears’ Erin La- Porte 7-6 (5), 6-2. Other Scots wins came at No. 2 singles and No. 1 and 3 doubles. Veronika Dvorak clipped Lauren Diller 6-4, 6-1 at No. 2 singles. At No. 1 doubles, Paulette Varelas and Christine Tataru took care of Chloe Rehlaender and Jordan Capelle 6-2, 6-3. The Scots’ Erin Shields and Pareesa Darafshi defeated the Bears’ Missy Lees and Jenna Scandalios 6-2, 6-2 at No. 3 doubles.
Email John Reid at jreid@dailynewsgroup.com.