The Boys' Swim Team had an incredible showing on Tuesday at the Topeka Hayden Invite—arguably the best performance in Independent Boys Swimming history.
Against a competitive field of large schools from Kansas City and Topeka, the boys won both the 200 free relay (Edward Sturm, Daniel Jekov, Juan Lillig, and Aidan Scott) and the 400 free relay (Edward Sturm, George Jekov, Matthew Janssen, and Aidan Scott) setting new school records in both. In addition to his record-breaking performance in the relays, Aidan Scott also broke his own school records and took first in both the 50 free and the 100 free. Other notable performances include 2nd and 3rd in the 500 free (George Jekov, Daniel Jekov); 2nd in the 100 fly (Edward Sturm); 2nd and 3rd in the 100 breast (Matthew Janssen, Juan Lillig); 2nd in the 100 back (Daniel Jekov).
Congratulations to the entire team for many personal best and a fantastic meet!
The Panther debate team brought home a first place trophy for the 5th straight week and dominated at the Augusta Invitational on Saturday. The team had a combined 18-2 record and won the team championship over 16 other schools. Independent teams took 4 of the top 5 spots in the open division. Edward Sturm and Malar Muthukumar were undefeated at 5-0 and took second place out of 30 teams in the open division. Natalie Johnson and Madison Martin were also undefeated and took third. Peter Daood and Peyton Reynolds were 4-1 and finished 4th. Judah Hansen and Julia Douglas took 5th place at 4-1. The team has one more regular season tournament before heading to regionals and state.
The Panthers swam strong at the first meet of the year in Emporia. They finished 2nd place as a team! That is the highest place the Independent boys swim team has ever finished at a meet.
Aidan Scott, Edward Sturm, George Jekov, Daniel Jekov, Juan Lillig, and Matthew Janssen all qualified for the state!
200 Medley Relay
A: 1st- D. Jekov, Janssen, G. Jekov, Scott (State qualifying time) (SCHOOL RECORD)
B: 2nd- Sturm, Kroeker, Lillig, Burmeister
George Jekov- 1st - (State qualifying time)
Matthew Janssen- 1st - (State qualifying time)
Juan Lillig- 3rd- (State qualifying time)
Aidan Scott- 1st- (State qualifying time)
Graham Burmeister- 9th
Jonah Bolin- 11th
Matthew Kroeker- 13th
Aidan Scott- 1st (State qualifying time)
Edward Sturm- 2nd (State qualifying time)
Daniel Jekov- 3rd
Matthew Kroeker- 5th
Josh Jacobsen- 16th
Miles Martin- 18th
200 Freestyle Relay
A: 3rd- Kroeker, Cline, Bolin, Burmeister
B: 13th- Jacobsen, Dasa, Martin, Yao
Daniel Jekov- 2nd (State qualifying time)
Edward Sturm- 3rd (State qualifying time)
George Jekov- 4th (State qualifying time)
Matthew Janssen- 1st (State qualifying time)
Juan Lillig- 3rd (State qualifying time)
400 Freestyle Relay
A: 1st- Scott, D. Jekov, G. Jekov, Janssen - (State qualifying time)
B: 2nd- Sturm, Lillig, Burmeister, Cline
Congratulations to Matt Kroeker on being named to the Honors Performance Series! High School students from around the WORLD auditioned for this opportunity. The students selected will travel this summer to Sydney, Australia, rehearse for three days under world renowned conductors and present a concert at the Sydney Opera House.
Each year, the Kansas Authors Club holds a writing competition in a variety of age categories in sections of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Third grader, Adiva, wrote a fictional story this past summer and won 1st prize. Way to go, Adiva!
On November 12, we were honored to celebrate with the Garvey Family as the home of Willard and Jean Garvey was officially named The Independent School Early Learning Center. Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Thank you to Cathcart Architects, Icon Structures, Inc., Wildcat Construction Co., Inc. and MKEC Engineering, Inc.
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!