Bible quiz winner gets engaged to runner-up

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Education Minister Naftali Bennett (L), Azriel Shilat (2nd-L), Oriah Cohen (2nd-R) and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) at the International Bible Quiz, which is held annually on Independence Day, in Jerusalem, on April 19, 2018. Shilat was the winner of the contest and Cohen was the runner-up. (Shlomi Cohen/Flash90)

Azriel Shilat, who narrowly beat Oriah Cohen in last year’s contest, pops the question to her

By TOI STAFF Today, 1:50 pm 

The winner and runner-up of the 2018 International Bible Quiz for Youth announced Wednesday that they were engaged to one another, a year and a half after they competed against each other.

Azriel Shilat and Oriah Cohen went head to head in last year’s final — held every year on Independence Day — with both tied for first during most of the contest with the maximal score. In an eventual tiebreaker round, Shilat managed to correctly answer one question more than Cohen to win the top title.

Shilat and Cohen, both aged 17 at the time, were then together on the stage to be awarded their respective honors from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

It turns out they have remained together ever since.

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