The Panther Debate Team brought home two championships from the Wellington Invitational. Edward Sturm and Josh Jacobsen were undefeated and took first place in the open division. Fayaz Alam and Aiden Scott were undefeated and took first in the novice division. Deena Eichhorn and Brandon Cope took fifth in the open division. Overall, the debaters were 14-1 and had the best winning percentage of any school in the field.
The Independent debate team won the team championship over 22 other schools Saturday in Salina with the best combined record. The Salina South tournament is one of the most competitive in the state because it draws large schools from both Kansas City and Wichita. Independent debaters won 4 of the top 8 places in the KDC open division, which consisted of 33 varsity teams. Alex Cline and Chase Farha were undefeated at 5-0 and finished in second place out of 33 teams. Madison Martin and Natalie Johnson were 4-1 and took the 4th place medal. Deena Eichhorn and Victoria George were right behind in 5th place also at 4-1. Edward Sturm and Malar Muthukumar took 8th. Brandon Cope and Peter Daood finished in 12th.
Four freshman competed in the novice division and finished with winning records. Fayaz Alam and Judah Hansen finished 7th out of 30 teams. Claire Sturm and Grace Martin were 13th.
Independent debaters also earned two speaking awards. Edward Sturm won the award for the top speaker in KDC out of 66 debaters. Madison Martin also medaled as the 4th-best speaker.
Sensey Cadman, 2nd place
Marin McCausland, won first match but eliminated in the second.
Kiarra Farha & Madeline Lancelot, 3rd place
Madison Martin & Abby Ottaway, were eliminated after their first match.
Overall the team placed 2nd! On October 12, Sensey, Kiarra, and Madeline are headed to Pratt to compete in the state tournament!
Thank you to Watermark Books for bringing us Jonathan Auxier to The Independent School. He was an excellent storyteller with an accurate historical chimney sweep tale and he did this while throwing complex yo-yo tricks!
Congratulations to senior Malar Muthukumar on being named a National Merit Semifinalist. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.
Reema Moussa, Caleb Ballowe, and Alex Cline were named Commended Students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
The Girls’ Varsity Tennis Team took 1st Place at the Maize quad tournament.
#1 singles - Sensey Cadman - 1st Place
#2 singles - Marin McCausland - 1st Place
#1 doubles - Kiarra Farha & Kortney Rowe - 3rd Place
#2 doubles - Madison Martin & Abby Ottaway - 1st Place
Storytime Village Literacy Champions, Sonali Bhakta, Elly Boshers, Laura Cunningham, Victoria George, and Janai Jennings rose early Saturday morning to attend the Literacy Festival's Rise Breakfast at Wichita State University. They were recognized for their leadership, community service, and literacy advocacy. One of the highlights of the breakfast was seeing Taye Diggs and his life-long friend, and illustrator of his children's books, Shane Evans.
Also recognized was fourth grader Ta'Lyiah Lewis for her book she wrote and illustrated this summer Star and the Big Choice and Ms. Ann Garvey for her sponsorship and support of Storytime Village Programs. We thank Prisca Barnes, President and CEO of Storytime Village for the books that were donated to our lower school and the continued opportunity to participate in the Literacy Championship program. Student members are looking forward to beginning their fourth year to share reading techniques and encourage reading with their buddies at Spaght Elementary.
As you drive around the campus you will notice a bright and bold mural reminiscent of our Wichita flag. The art piece was designed and painted by Independent senior, Grace Gill, and is the result of an item offered at the Wanderlust auction last year. A friend of the school made a generous donation to support Independent's annual fund and, in exchange, had the opportunity to include his grandchildren's names in the mural. It was a great way to beautify the space and support the school at the same time.
Grace volunteered more than 50 hours of her already busy life to create this piece. Thank you to all who made this happen!