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Boys’ Swim Team Places 3rd at State

Boys’ Swim Team Places 3rd at State

February 16, 2019
The Independent Boys' Swim Team claimed 3rd place at the 5-1A State Meet.  Independent, placing 3rd of 40 schools, is the first 2A team to ever reach the podium at the state meet. Aidan Scott made First Team All-State, while Matthew Janssen and George Jekov were selected to Second Team All-State.  Way to go Panthers!  200 Medley Relay 6th place - Daniel Jekov, Matthew Janssen, Juan Lillig, Edward Sturm 200 Free 3rd place - George Jekov 200 Individual Medley 3rd place - Matthew Janssen 50 Free 3rd place - Aidan Scott 100 Fly 4th place - Aidan Scott 7th place - Edward Sturm 15th place - Juan Lillig 100 Free 7th place - George Jekov 200 Freestyle Relay 2nd place - Edward Sturm, Daniel Jekov, George Jekov, Aidan Scott 100 Backstroke  7th place - Daniel Jekov 100 Breaststroke 10th place - Matthew Janssen 13th place - Juan Lillig 400 Freestyle Relay 4th place - George Jekov, Edward Sturm, Matthew Janssen, Aidan Scott
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MS Scholars’ Bowl League Champs

MS Scholars’ Bowl League Champs

February 12, 2019
Both our 7th & 8th grade Scholars' Bowl teams have claimed the league championship! The Class of 2023 won on the 3rd tiebreaker, becoming back-to-back league champs. Congrats to the nearly 30 students who participated throughout the season and a big thanks to the coaches, Mr. McIntire and Mr. Angell.
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Ford’s Theatre Oratory Competition

Ford’s Theatre Oratory Competition

February 11, 2019
Congratulations to Jayda Kelly (1st place) and Shreya Reddy (2nd place), who were selected to represent Independent at the Ford's Theatre Oratory Retreat in Washington D.C. this May. More than 15 8th grade students competed on Sunday for the opportunity to attend. The students were selected based on grades, citizenship, a written essay, and the performance of their historic speech or slam poem. A special thanks to our guest judges Aaron Profit, Dr. Martin Burch, and Suzanne Perez Tobias of the Wichita Eagle. Congratulations to the runners-up including Lauren Schmeidler (3rd Place), Costa Veletas (4th Place), and Charlie Daood (5th Place).
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Scholars’ Bowl Ends a Successful Season!

Scholars’ Bowl Ends a Successful Season!

February 11, 2019
Our Varsity Scholars Bowl team are State Runners-up after the tournament this weekend. Congrats to Malar Muthukumar, Abby Ottaway, Peter Daood, Alex Cline, Charlie Kaufman, and Coach Skinner. The team played a great meet, claiming a second place finish. Thank you to the entire JV and Varsity teams on a tremendous season!
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The Annual Fund Helps Here…

The Annual Fund Helps Here…

February 05, 2019
When I think of the phrase “The tide rises all boats” it makes me think of the Independent Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). You might wonder why it’s so important to our school. So, maybe this can offer some perspective. Since 1980, countless students have been given the opportunity to attend Independent because of the generous supporters of TAP. The program offered support to students who have gone on to start businesses, attend graduate school, and give back to their community. Currently, 138 students, in pre-K thru 12th grade, from 100 families (approximately 30%) receive assistance through TAP. The assistance we offer varies in level covering 10 to 75 percent of tuition expenses. Every family at Independent invests something to their students’ education. We want to maintain this incredible opportunity for our students and respectfully ask you to consider a gift to the Independent School Tuition Assistance Program. It is so important for our students and would mean so much for a family willing to make their own financial sacrifice, so their student is able to attend The Independent School. We thank you for your consideration of this important program. Please give to the Annual Fund and be the tide that helps rise the boats of tuition assistance. It makes the school affordable to a wider range of students, bringing your child the many benefits of a diverse student population in a supportive community. DONATE
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Middle School Math Team Headed to State

Middle School Math Team Headed to State

February 05, 2019
The Middle School Math Counts Team took 3rd at last weekend’s competition and are headed to state! Congrats to Ben Coke, Satvik Kolla, Sophie Agha, Nura Farahnakian, and Coach Malar Muthukumar. Satvik placed 2nd and qualified for state in the individual competition. 
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Scholars’ Bowl Regional Champs

Scholars’ Bowl Regional Champs

February 01, 2019
Our Upper School Varsity Scholars' Bowl team are the regional champs! They took 1st place with an undefeated score of 12-0. They're headed to state next weekend. Congratulations Charlie Kaufman, Alex Cline, Pax Weber, Abby Ottaway, Malar Muthukumar, Jack Begeson, and Coach Skinner. 
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Middle School Scholars’ Bowl at Cheney

Middle School Scholars’ Bowl at Cheney

February 01, 2019
The 7th & 8th Grade Scholars' Bowl teams did well at the meet in Cheney on Thursday. Both teams took 1st with an 8 - 2 record battling past some of the better teams in the league. The final regular season tournament will be next Thursday at Andale. Congratulations Panthers!
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Excellence in Art & Literary Magazines

Excellence in Art & Literary Magazines

February 01, 2019
The Independent School English Department is excited to announce that both of our literary magazines—BLUE (MS) and Echoes (US) —were awarded as EXCELLENT by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) for our 2018 issues. Our magazines were two of only four recognized from the State of Kansas. The 2018 edition of Blue was advised by Mrs. Deb Cole and edited by Anna Bailly. While, the 2018 edition of Echoes was advised by Mrs. Amanda Evansand edited by Alece Stancin.  Congratulations to all of our talented student artists and writers who participated! Blue Echoes
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Middle School Geography Bee

Middle School Geography Bee

January 29, 2019
Congratulations to our Middle School Geography Bee winners!  • 1st Place: Grayson Jensen  • 2nd Place: Julian Bartel • 3rd Place: Max Christie
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