Out of the water, swim team All-American Shahar Resman focuses on a lot more than swimming.

One thing he focused on recently was showing inequality in economic classes. Resman and classmate, sophomore James Sturgis, held an event in the Flag Room of the Keene State College  L.P. Young Student Center last week.

The event was for an economic class project that Resman and Sturgis were assigned to — showing inequality in the country.

Teammate of Resman, Junior Zachariah Carroll said that when Resman was in the Army in Israel he probably got to see a lot of the inequality that happens all over the world.

“Where he lives in Israel and due to what is going in that part of the world, he has seen people get things taken from them. Houses, possessions and everything else that they might have,” Carroll said.

For the assignment, Resman and Sturgis decided to make the audience a part of it.

“We did a group discussion with everyone about the issues that were there, and we also showed a power point,” Resman explained.

After the discussion and the Power Point, Resman and Sturgis split the group up into the three economic classes: high class, middle class and low class.

Once the audience was split up they fed them the meals that were equivalent to their economic class.

“For the lower class, they sat on the ground and they ate a bowl of soup. The middle class ate macaroni and cheese. The high class was sitting at the table with nice napkins, and they ate fancy food,” said Resman.

Contributed photo / Sharhar Resman

Contributed photo / Sharhar Resman

The event that they put on was a huge success, according to Resman.

They had a turn-out of about 40 people who participated in the event.

“We just wanted to show to the audience that we have a major problem with hunger,” Resman said.

Although Resman succeeds academically, he does not stop there.

Resman said before he decided to come to KSC, he met the head coach of swim team, Jack Fabian, at a World Cup race a few years before he went into the Israel Army.

“I told him that I had to go to the Army for three years, and he told me to get in contact with him. So we became friends, we emailed each other . . . After the Army we got into contact again, and he remembered me,” Resman said.

Resman said that once he got to the U.S. it was a very difficult transition with the language barrier, and just getting accustomed to everything.

“I still don’t have the best English, but I’m definitely trying my hardest. This is my third language, I know Hebrew, Spanish, English and I’m starting to speak a little bit of Russian,” Resman said.

Assistant Swim Coach Dan Morse said it seemed that Resman did a really good job of getting adjusted.

“The language barrier was a little bit at first, but that just took a little bit of time. In terms of outside of the pool, everybody seemed to get along with him immediately because he’s just such a likeable guy.”

Morse continued, “I could not ask for anybody better, he’s one of the hardest workers I’ve ever seen in my life. On top of that, he is just such a nice kid.”

Carroll said that Resman always has a competitive edge in everything he does.

“He wants everyone around him to succeed as much as he does. He always wants to do better, and he always wants to bring his friends to the top with him,” Carroll said.

He continued, “I think he talks about academics just as much as he does about swimming because he has a strong desire to succeed in both.”

Resman is a nine-time All-American swimmer who is trying to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games as well.

However, he explained, “Being an All-American is not what is going to get me to the Olympics. To get there I am going to have to be much faster much stronger than that.”

Connor Smith can be contacted at csmith@kscequinox.com

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