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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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Lower School Spelling Bee

Lower School Spelling Bee

December 07, 2018
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!
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Swim Invitational at Topeka

Swim Invitational at Topeka

December 05, 2018
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! 
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Debate Win at Augusta Invitational

Debate Win at Augusta Invitational

December 03, 2018
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. 
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Swim Meet at Emporia

Swim Meet at Emporia

November 30, 2018
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 200 Freestyle George Jekov- 1st -  (State qualifying time) 200 IM Matthew Janssen- 1st - (State qualifying time) Juan Lillig- 3rd-  (State qualifying time) 50 Freestyle Aidan Scott- 1st-  (State qualifying time) Graham Burmeister- 9th Jonah Bolin- 11th Matthew Kroeker- 13th 100 Butterfly Aidan Scott- 1st  (State qualifying time) Edward Sturm- 2nd  (State qualifying time) Daniel Jekov- 3rd 100 Freestyle Matthew Kroeker- 5th Josh Jacobsen- 16th Miles Martin- 18th 200 Freestyle Relay A: 3rd- Kroeker, Cline, Bolin, Burmeister B: 13th- Jacobsen, Dasa, Martin, Yao 100 Backstroke Daniel Jekov- 2nd  (State qualifying time) Edward Sturm- 3rd  (State qualifying time) George Jekov- 4th  (State qualifying time) 100 Breaststroke 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
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