The Romans had a successful spring! Below are highlights from the season. Be sure to check out the summer edition of the Latin Magazine for team recaps and additional information.
The Iron Roman award is presented to seniors who have participated on an athletic team every season for all four years of high school for their commitment as student athletes.
Kathryn Stender - Cross Country, Basketball, Softball
Sophie Norris - Field Hockey, Basketball, Soccer
Richard Mbouombouo - Cross Country, Basketball, Track & Field
Alden Sulger - Soccer, Ice Hockey, Track & Field
On June 7, Athletic Director Tom Bower received the Excellence in Sports Leadership Award from the Positive Coaching Alliance at PCA-Chicago Breakfast of Champions. The following day, on June 8, Bower was presented with the Soccer Person of the Year Award from the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association at their Spring Awards Banquet. Congrats Tom!
Communications expert and lower school parent Jodi Glickman spoke to college-age Romans and recent grads, sharing her insightful and practical advice for how to best work with your new boss. Jodi's Great on the Job tips included powerful written and verbal communications, how to tackle a project with no idea how to do it, pushing back when overwhelmed and asking for feedback. Thanks to Jodi for arming our graduates with great information as they start new jobs.
Four eighth grade students, Nora Cheng, Anees Goparaju, Vivie Kaufman and Rebecca Wanger, held an art exhibition for family and friends on May 26 to showcase their work. These students expressed an interest in doing an art exhibit and worked on their artwork during art club and on their own at home throughout the school year. Each student met with middle school Art Teacher Russell Harris frequently to check in on their progress, including discussions about a theme for their show, how to display the artwork and creating an artist statement.
On the evening of May 25, students in the Honors Latin Lyric Poetry class continued the tradition of showcasing their knowledge of lyric poetry and Roman culture by presenting their research and analyses of artifacts found in the Mary and Michael Galleries of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Art at the Art Institute of Chicago. Seniors Leah Benrubi, Ian Cummins, Alex Dent, Noah Hobbs, Michelle Perez, and Kathryn Stender described fish plates, wine cups, coins, necklaces and busts of Marcus Aurelius and Athena, linking each to the lyric poetry of Horace and Catullus and our experiences in the modern world. The presentations captivated the parents and friends in attendance, and even some of the patrons of the museum stopped to listen. These Romans represented the Latin School superbly.
The Lower School Class Day ceremony on Friday, June 2 was filled with tradition, laughter, music and Head of School Randall Dunn's customized take on a Dr. Seuss poem.
Lower School Director Julie Brooks opened the ceremony by welcoming the students, faculty and families, and handing out three special awards. The Karen Sue Berger Award for community service was given to art teacher Brenda Friedman; first grade teacher Fiona Deeney received the Shipp Family Outstanding Educator Award; and lower school assistant Pauline Brakebill was given the Augustus K. Maxwell Jr. Award.