My name is Shlomo and I learn in the 10th grade. This year was a surprising year, with many surprises along the way. We began the year, two groups in one dorm. At the middle of the year, our dorm finished being renovated and we moved to live there.
At the 10th grade we begin to study at Tom High School, where we learn until the afternoon and go back to the village. It was strange moving to Tom - a new place, unfamiliar. I got to know new friends, and was very connected to them. But even so, the Ben Yakir boys stayed together.
We at the Brosh group love spending time together. When we are in the mood, we play, talk, and go to activities together. But sometimes, each of us catches his own corner and spends some time alone.
This year I took part in many activities - gym, soccer, ceramics and the choir - this is an activity I really love. The choir has many students that I love, and also the choirmaster - Hanan (we call him Nani). He is funny; he is like a brother to me. I love talking to him. He makes me open up and share things that I didn't think I'd talk about.
At the beginning it was hard for me at the choir - I did not know what it was. Hanan took me in, integrated me in the performances, and that way I understood.
Special moments I remember from this year - a journey to Safed - was very special and unique. That is where I began to speak to my friends and get to know them.
When we drove to the hospital in Hanukkah and gave jelly donuts to sick people - I felt that the entire group works together. It was fun for me to do something new. My father and I often do secret charity. In this case it was nice to see the people you are helping and their gratitude.
The person that influenced me the most this year was Lior, the boarding school director. When I was down, he always managed to put a smile on my face. During hard times, I can turn to him. I felt connected to him from the first moment I arrived at the village. He is a person that is easy to connect to.
For next year, I hope to succeed in everything. I wish my friends much success as well. And that we will stay unified as we are today.