Congratulations to senior Malar Muthukumar on being named a National Merit Semifinalist. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.
Reema Moussa, Caleb Ballowe, and Alex Cline were named Commended Students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
The Girls’ Varsity Tennis Team took 1st Place at the Maize quad tournament.
#1 singles - Sensey Cadman - 1st Place
#2 singles - Marin McCausland - 1st Place
#1 doubles - Kiarra Farha & Kortney Rowe - 3rd Place
#2 doubles - Madison Martin & Abby Ottaway - 1st Place
Storytime Village Literacy Champions, Sonali Bhakta, Elly Boshers, Laura Cunningham, Victoria George, and Janai Jennings rose early Saturday morning to attend the Literacy Festival's Rise Breakfast at Wichita State University. They were recognized for their leadership, community service, and literacy advocacy. One of the highlights of the breakfast was seeing Taye Diggs and his life-long friend, and illustrator of his children's books, Shane Evans.
Also recognized was fourth grader Ta'Lyiah Lewis for her book she wrote and illustrated this summer Star and the Big Choice and Ms. Ann Garvey for her sponsorship and support of Storytime Village Programs. We thank Prisca Barnes, President and CEO of Storytime Village for the books that were donated to our lower school and the continued opportunity to participate in the Literacy Championship program. Student members are looking forward to beginning their fourth year to share reading techniques and encourage reading with their buddies at Spaght Elementary.
As you drive around the campus you will notice a bright and bold mural reminiscent of our Wichita flag. The art piece was designed and painted by Independent senior, Grace Gill, and is the result of an item offered at the Wanderlust auction last year. A friend of the school made a generous donation to support Independent's annual fund and, in exchange, had the opportunity to include his grandchildren's names in the mural. It was a great way to beautify the space and support the school at the same time.
Grace volunteered more than 50 hours of her already busy life to create this piece. Thank you to all who made this happen!
At the Hayden Invitational the Boys' Swim Team was able to pick up two more state qualifying times in the 200 Free and 400 Free relays. The relay team of George Jekov, Edward Sturm, Matthew Kreoker, and Aidan Scott broke the 2012 school record in the 400! The team placed 5th out of 13. We now have all three relays qualified for the state swim meet in February. Independent has not had that since 2012!
200 Medley Relay: 18th
George Jekov- 1st (State Qualifying)
Edward Sturm- 4th (State Qualifying)
Aidan Scott- 1st (State Qualifying)
Graham Burmeister- 23rd
Edward Sturm- 1st (State Qualifying)
George Jekov- 9th
Aidan Scott- 2nd (State Qualifying)
200 Free Relay:(State Qualifying)
A: 1st B: 17th
George Jekov Jonah Bolin
Grahman Burmeister Jordan Cline
Edward Sturm Miles Martin
Aidan Scott Zach Hole
Grahman Burmeister- 20th
Zach Hole- 24th
Jie Yao- 28th
Jordan Cline- 30th
400 Free Relay: 2nd- NEW SCHOOL RECORD- (State Qualifying)
The debate team ended the regular season on a high note Saturday at the Augusta Invitational. Reid McConnaugheyand Lauren Agpoon went undefeated and took first place in the open division in a field of 41 teams. Will Rowley and Alece Stancin finished 7th with a 4-1 record. As a school, Independent won the sweeps trophy as the top school at the tournament. Edward Sturm, Malar Muthukumar, Natalie Johnson, Jack Bergeson, Tori Dexter and Liam Conlee all had winning records and contributed to our sweeps victory.