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      Math Olympics for Religious Girls Proves that Math is Fun

      The final round of the Ulpaniada math competition took place at the Michlalah Jerusalem College on Wednesday. Arutz Sheva was there.
      By Elad Benari & Yoni Kempinski
      First Publish: 6/8/2012, 6:49 AM

      The final round of the Ulpaniada math competition took place at the Michlalah Jerusalem College on Wednesday. Arutz Sheva was there and broadcast the competition live to several schools.

      The Ulpaniada is a problem solving competition based on math skills and logical reasoning for Orthodox high school girls. Now in its fifth year in Israel, this was the second year that the Ulpaniada went international, and girls from Orthodox high schools worldwide were invited to participate.

      The winner of the competition was Tehila Grabovski from the Raya girls’ school in Beit El. Hannah Otis from the Ida Crown High School in Chicago came in second and Adi Asher, a ninth grade student from the religious kibbutz Kvutzat Yavneh, east of Ashdod, finished third.

      “The biggest message that we want to send out to everyone is that math is fun,” said Dr. Ziva Deutsch, head of the math department at the Michlalah Jerusalem College. “I think anyone can touch math. It’s not frightening.”

      “I think it’s a wonderful thing for girls to know that there are religious Jewish girls all over the world taking part in this math competition and using their abilities and making the most of themselves,” said Devorah Speyer, head of the math department at Beit Shulamit High School in Jerusalem.

      Dr. Deutsch added, “By bringing them here we connect them to Israel.”