The boys competed this past Saturday in the Wichita Invite hosted at the Wichita Swim Club. They had quite the day with some really awesome swims. They set 4 new team records, all 3 relays and the 100 backstroke. The team finished 3rd overall behind Wichita East and Olathe Northwest. What a solid day for TIS swimming!
200 Medley Relay
A: 2nd- (NEW SCHOOL RECORD) Daniel Jekov, Matthew Janssen, Juan Lillig, Edward Sturm
B: 12th- Jordan Cline, Matthew Kroeker, Jonah Bolin, Graham Burmeister
George Jekov- 3rd
Daniel Jekov- 4th
Matthew Janssen- 3rd
Aidan Scott- 2nd
Graham Burmeister- 15th
Edward Sturm- 2nd
George Jekov- 4th
Juan Lillig- 6th
Aidan Scott- 2nd
200 Free Relay
A: 2nd- (NEW SCHOOL RECORD) Jekov, Jekov, Sturm, Scott
B: 10th Graham Burmeister, Jordan Cline, Josh Jacobson, Matthew Kroeker
Daniel Jekov- 4th (NEW SCHOOL RECORD)
Juan Lillig- 2nd
400 Freestyle Relay
A: 2nd (NEW SCHOOL RECORD) G. Jekov, Janssen, Sturm, Scott
Congratulations to Kim Storer winner of a 2019 CFO Award from the Wichita Business Journal. In addition to managing our school's finances, Kim oversees our kitchen operations, payroll, and human resources.
Last night, Independent hosted the first Middle School Scholars' Bowl tournament of the season. The 7th grade team went undefeated with 675 total points. Congrats to Grayson Jensen, Eli Aziere, Myles Loewen, Sierra Tinsley, Stella Veazey and Adam Stultz on a first place finish!
The 8th grade team tied for first with win/loss totals but lost to Kingman on total points. It was an outstanding performance by Jett Schmidt, Edie Gill, Joey Bergeson, Satvik Kolla, Charlie Daood, TJ Lewis, Jayda Kelly and Nicole Moussa.
Hosting an event like this takes a lot of time preparing so a special thank you goes out to sponsor, Dave McIntire, for his organization and amazing skills needed to pull off such a successful event. We also want to thank the many volunteers who helped (former students, high school students, middle school students, parents, and staff members from all three divisions). It was truly a team effort.
Brandon Cope, Peter Daood, Charlie Kaufman, Malar Muthukumar, and Pax Weber traveled to Belle Plaine where they claimed 1st place with a 10-0 record!
Last week, Caleb Ballow, Jack Burgeson, Brandon Cope, Charlie Kaufman, and Abby Ottaway traveled to Conway Springs and played a great tournament claiming second place with an 8-1 record.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.