Holliston Seventh Grader Wins First Prize in Global “JewQ” Competition


Holliston, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A seventh-grader from Holliston proved she has a deep knowledge of Torah, after winning the international JewQ competition in her division this year.

The JewQ International Torah Championship 5782 was held on March 13, and it was there that 12-year-old Caitlin Blois won the international championship title, representing her school, Chabad Hebrew School in Milford.

JewQ contestants begin by learning all about Jewish prayers, holidays, and heroes while practicing with educational games. Then, students take online or in-person tests that, if they score high enough, will qualify them as JewQ champions to compete in local and international championships.

The competition was held in Princeton, New Jersey, as part of this year’s CKids Shabbaton, which has been held since 2018 for children at Chabad Jewish Centers around the world. According to the JewQ website, the event covers 21 countries and 137 cities.

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“It felt really good, I had my family and friends, even my teacher was supportive,” Caitlin said. Blois has won bronze, silver and gold medals in the past, but this year she took home the top honors: a gold trophy for the international champion in the seventh grade division.

Caitlin’s mother, Debbie Blois, says she couldn’t be prouder.

“I can’t say enough how proud I am. She took it on her own, I didn’t have to tell her to study,” Blois said.

WBZ’s Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports.


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