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2019 KAIRS Teacher of the Year

2019 KAIRS Teacher of the Year

January 16, 2019
We're excited to announce that Upper School Government & History Teacher, John Steere, has been named the 2019 Kairs (Kansas Association of Independent and Religious Schools) Teacher of the Year! During school meeting this morning, Mrs. Bolin, along with Dr. Diane Steere, surprised Mr. Steere with a “royal proclamation” announcing the award.
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Jostens Renaissance National Staffulty Member of the Month

Jostens Renaissance National Staffulty Member of the Month

January 15, 2019
We're proud to announce that Allison Raney, Dean of Students, is the recipient of the Jostens Renaissance National Staffulty Member of the Month Award for January 2019! The award recognizes faculty who has made an impact within their school through Jostens Renaissance. The core of the program revolves around the five R's: what you Respect, Reward, Recognize, and Reinforce = Results. Mrs. Raney was selected because she's led the efforts to ensure that the climate and culture within the Independent Upper School is focused around the success of all students and staff.
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MS Basketball League Champs

MS Basketball League Champs

January 15, 2019
The 8th Grade Middle School Boys' Basketball Team claimed the Central Plains League Championship with a 27 to 25 win over St. Marks! 
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Middle School Students Compete in Stock Market Game

Middle School Students Compete in Stock Market Game

January 14, 2019
Four of our middle school students participating in the Stock Market Game ranked in the top 5% and top 10% of the Kansas teams. Ben Coke and Eli Aziere placed 11th out of 1,028 teams and Eighth Graders Joey Bergeson and Pranav Reddy placed 85th. This accomplishment is quite impressive because almost 650 of the teams competing last semester were high school students.  The Stock Market Game (SMG), administered by the KS Council for Economic Education, is a semester-long competition which provides fundamental understanding of investing while providing them with real world skills practice in math, English Language Arts, economics, and social studies. The Stock Market Game, taught by Mr. McIntire, is offered in the Independent Middle School as part of the school's Explore curriculum.
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2019 CPL Honor Band & Choir

2019 CPL Honor Band & Choir

January 14, 2019
Band students Eleena Amirani and Alexis Meredith (flute), Jason Liu and Malina Wagner (clarinet), Matthew Kroeker and Janai Jennings (saxophone), Charlie Kaufman, Eren Bogner, and Vijay Muthukumar (trombone) Garret Jensen (tuba) and Nitai Dasa (percussion) worked with Tabor College director Shawn Knopp alongside 80+ CPL band students on many challenging selections, including Hugh Stuart's Hymn for Band and Randall Standridge's Whiplash, and choir students Ashylyn Mahoney, Amanda Pearson, John Williams, and Ryan Mahoney sang for Wichita's Michael Hanawalt, preparing a challenging concert including the “Dies Irae” from Mozart's Requiem.
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Debate Team Wins State Championship

Debate Team Wins State Championship

January 13, 2019
The Independent Panther debate team won the 321A debate state championship on Saturday in Fort Scott. Alex Cline, Chase Farha and Peter Daood argued the affirmative. Edward Sturm, Malar Muthukumar and Josh Jacobsen argued the negative. The Panther debaters, coached by John Steere, finished with a 12-4 record and prevailed in a tightly fought contest over eight other schools who had qualified at regionals. Also competing this weekend in the State Debate Tournament (2-speaker category) were Deena Eichhorn, Victoria George, Natalie Johnson, and Madison Martin. 
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Swim Meet at Campus

Swim Meet at Campus

January 10, 2019
The boys' swim team had a great showing at the Campus meet. They placed 2nd as a team and won 10 out of 12 events!  200 Medley Relay A- 1st!- Jekov, Janssen, Lillig, Sturm B- 4th- Cline, Kroeker, Bolin, Burmeister 200 Freestyle Matthew Janssen- 1st! Daniel Jekov- 3rd Juan Lillig- 5th 200 IM Aidan Scott- 1st! 50 Freestyle George Jekov- 1st! Matthew Kroeker- 5th Graham Burmeister- 6th Jonah Bolin- 7th Jordan Cline- 8th 100 Fly Aidan Scott- 1st! Edward Sturm- 2nd George Jekov- 3rd 500 Freestyle Matthew Janssen- 1st! 200 Freestyle Relay A- Sturm, Jekov, Jekov, Scott- 1st! B- Martin, Jacobsen, Dasa, Skinner- 8th 100 Backstroke Daniel Jekov- 1st! Jordan Cline- 4th Josh Jacobsen- 10th 100 Breaststroke Juan Lillig- 1st! Matthew Kroeker- 5th 400 Freestyle Relay A- Sturm, Janssen, Jekov, Scott- 1st! B- Lillig, Cline, Burmeister, Kroeker- 4th
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Sebastien Patiño Named 2019 Horatio Alger National Scholar

Sebastien Patiño Named 2019 Horatio Alger National Scholar

January 09, 2019
Congratulations to Sebastien Patiño on being named a 2019 Horatio Alger National Scholar! The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans selected 106 recipients from 40,000 applicants. Sebastien receives a generous scholarship to the university of his choice and a trip to Washington DC for the National Scholars Conference, where he will meet Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
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Regional Debate Champs

Regional Debate Champs

December 17, 2018
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. 
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Chess Champion

Chess Champion

December 10, 2018
Uday Kabirpanthi took 1st place in the U1500 category at the United States Chess Federation Tournament organized by Wichita Chess Club. 
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