Congratulations to our winner… Leah Schlanger!
Leah and I spoke and she answered the following questions. Thank you Leah for your time and patience.
(Psst… And sorry this took so long to get up on the website.)
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Question #1: Leah, please introduce yourself. Where are you from, where do you go to school etc.
Answer #1: Hi! My name is Leah Schlanger and I’m in seventh grade. I am 12 years old and go to Shluchim Online School, which means that I learn via computer and all of my classes are with other girls who learn via computer.
Q: Wow Leah! That sounds pretty cool. Can you tell me a little more about online school? How does it work? Do you like online school? Why do you go to online school?
A: First of all, I go to online school because I am a Shlucha (Chabad Emissary) in Bakersfield, CA and the closest Jewish school is in Los Angeles, two hours away. Online school, is sort of like Skype. You could see your teachers and friends but only if they press the “webcam” button. (The button that enables everyone else to see you.) There’s a mike button that you can press if you want to speak, a chat box and a whiteboard where the teachers shows the class the days lesson and so on. I have classmates from all over the the country including, Hawaii, New Mexico, Nevada and tons more places. It’s my eighth year attending an online school and I love it!!
Question #2: What are some of your hobbies, how do you like to keep busy?
Answer #2: My hobbies are photography, drumming, and reading. There’s nothing that can keep me away from a good book or drum practice! On a boring summer day, I absolutely love to go out and do a mass photo shoot.
Q: That is amazing– you seem incredibly talented! Do you get photography and or drumming lessons? Or do you teach yourself?
A: Thank you! :) For photography, I’ve been teaching myself for a few years now, I.e researching online etc… For drumming I take lessons from a lady.
Question #3: How did you find out about Yaldah?
Answer #3: A friend of mine told me about it and BOY, am I glad she did! Ever since then, I have been totally hooked!!
Question #4: What is your favorite part of being a Jewish girl?
Answer #4: All the values and traditions that we keep that make us closer to G-d than ever.
Question #5: What is the hardest in you opinion modesty-wise?
Answer #5: I think the hardest is wanting to be accepted, even though you can’t wear and do what other people are doing.
Now, I am going to list several sticky situations, respond as to how you would deal with them if they happened to you.
You are stuck in the mall with tons of bags and a dead phone. What would you do?
I would go into a random store and ask to use the phone. :P
You are shopping with a friend and she wants you to get something not modest. What would you do?
I would say it’s not my taste and pick up something else. I would then be over enthusiastic about that article of clothing I picked up, to make her forget about the immodest piece of clothing she showed me.
You are asked by a friend her opinion on a skirt, you do not like it and it is not modest. What would you tell her?
To be honest with you I would tell her the truth. Obviously I would tell it to her super nicely, and say something in the lines of, “Why don’t we look around again for more skirts?”.
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Thank you Leah, I can tell a lot of thought went into each answer! Thanks for your time and enjoy the rest of your summer!