The Independent debate team won the regional championship in the 321A 4-speaker regional on Saturday. Chase Farha and Alex Cline were undefeated on the affirmative. Edward Sturm and Malar Muthukumar were 4-1 on the negative. The team will advance to the state championship on January 11th.
Congratulations to the top spellers of today's Lower School Spelling Bee!
1st place - Hadley (5th grade)
2nd place - Rishi (4th grade)
3rd place - Adiva (3rd grade)
All the students who participated today did an exceptional job completing 60 rounds before naming the champion!
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.