Athletic Director and Head Boys and Girls Soccer Coach Tom Bower was named the 2016 NSCAA High School Boys' Private/Parochial School Regional Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Latin's Diversity Council, in conjunction with LIFE (Latin's Initiative for Ethics) is pleased to welcome Shaka Senghor as our school's 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Speaker. Shaka Senghor is a leading voice in criminal justice reform and the president and co-founder of #BeyondPrisons, an initiative designed to uplift the voices and experiences of those impacted by the criminal justice system. His memoir, Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death and Redemption in an American Prison is a tale of forgiveness and second chances.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
*There will be a book signing preceding the event.
Middle and upper school students will have opportunities to hear from Senghor throughout the day on Tuesday.
The MS Lego Robotics Team won their first-ever FIRST Lego League Regional Championship on December 10 at Lasalle Language Academy. The team came in first out of 12 teams, which is very impressive for a rookie team going up against some very experienced squads! They will be advancing to the State Championship on January 14 in Elgin.
In honor of Computer Science Education Week (December 5-9), Latin students learned about cryptography, the art of writing or solving codes. Cryptography is relevant to many subjects outside of traditional computer science classes.
Whether understanding the math behind cryptographic protocols, discovering how ciphers have been used throughout history, exploring the impact of securing data on society and politics, or making art that encodes secret messages, there is an aspect of cryptography that relates to just about everything. Several classes incorporated cryptographic activities into their daily curriculum during CSEd Week. In the lower school, the first grade got together with their eighth grade buddies to decode secret messages using Caesar ciphers. The first graders then had to answer the questions they deciphered in the messages. Middle schoolers solved different encrypted messages on posters throughout the school in the Cryptography Poster Challenge. They also worked through the Break-In Box challenge by solving a cipher each day found on RomanNet and then used the library's resources to get the clues they needed to open five locks. Upper schoolers, faculty and staff teamed up to break out of the Escape Room by using their crypto skills to solve puzzles and problems in order to escape the room within 30 minutes.
Overall Record: 29-9-2
ISL Record/Place: 7-0/1st
Lead by seniors Caroline Riise, Sam Beck and Lorna Wilson, the team has a lot to be proud of this season: finished 1st at MICDS Invite; finished 4th at Latin Invite; ISL Champions; IHSA Regional Champions; IHSA Sectional Champions (first in school history); IHSA Super-Sectional Champions (first in school history). The team ended the season in the Final Four, placing 4th in the State.
Overall Record: 14-8
ISL Place: 1st
The Romans began their season strong with a seven-match winning streak, and won the ISL JV Tournament. The team ended their season with a win against Francis Parker, sealing their spot as ISL JV Champions.
The JVb team started off the season with an exciting three-set match win against Walther Christian and ended the season with a three-set match against Ogden. The girls discovered the importance of good communication, teamwork and fun – both on and off the court.
Overall Record: 8-12
ISL Record/Place: 5-1/1st
The varsity team had one of the finest years in school history. They finished with a 13-7 dual record and a 6-0 record in the ISL. All three of the doubles teams played in the championship finals at the ISL tournament, bringing a 1st place team finish and putting the Romans in 1st place overall. The girls also tied for 1st in the sectional tournament, sending first singles and first doubles teams to the State Tournament. Alessandra Bianco '18 took 2nd place in State and the doubles team of Maya Seymore '18 and Eleanor Ruscitti '17 took 6th place in State. Together, the three State players brought the team a 3rd place finish in the State Tournament.
The JV team won seven out of ten matches overall and won every ISL match this year. On top of the successful record, the team received a lot of compliments on how sportsmanlike they were throughout the year from other schools. The team is also very young, and all the girls have the potential to grow into outstanding tennis players over the next few years.
The team had a successful season, competing in three invitationals and eight dual meets. The Romans took 4th at the U-High invite, 2nd at the Latin Invite, and 4th at the Little Village Relay Invite. While the team was defeated by the much larger teams of Riverside-Brookfield, Jones and Whitney Young, Latin swimmers were able to defeat Solorio and Amundsen, all while turning in many season and lifetime best times. The team placed 7th out of 12 teams at the IHSA Sectional and nearly every single swim was a lifetime best.