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Elias Silver is a rising senior at the Bronx High School of Science with a strong interest in history and languages. He is passionate about sharing his love of learning, and was selected as a Yale Young Global Scholar in July, 2018.  He has debated for three years in Public Forum at Bronx Science with his partner Ben Oestericher, and as of December 2018 was ranked 2nd in the nation. Select tournament awards include champion of Yale and Glenbrooks Invitationals (2018) and finalist at the Harvard and Princeton Invitationals (2018 and 2019). 


Elias is currently the Novice Director of the freshman Public Forum team at Bronx Science, coaching sixty 9th grade debaters, and qualifying the most debaters for the state championship in the team’s history. Next year he will be a co-captain of the Varsity Public Forum.


Elias speaks Russian, studies Chinese, and tutors students for the SHSAT. He also mentors students at a Bronx shelter as part of the "No One Gets Left Behind" program. Next year he will be its curriculum director.  Elias is also a member of the Welcoming School Climate Student Advisory Board at the DOE, where he works with representatives of the other specialized high schools to improve school climate for underrepresented students. Next year he will serve as director of all clubs at Bronx Science.