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In Latin’s history books, future students will not only read about what it was like to compete in athletics during a global pandemic, they will also see these record-breaking summer season accomplishments by the Romans during this unprecedented time!

Boys Baseball

Congratulations to the Boys Baseball team who won the ISL Conference and IHSA Regional championships this season! They played a solid game against Timothy Christian in the IHSA Sectional final but lost 8-12. All-Conference players this season are Matthew Shrake ’21, Ryan Kramer '22, Devin Abraham ’23, Patrick Shrake ’23 and Ashton Seymore ’24. ISL coaches voted Ryan Kramer '22 “Player of the Year” and Coach Scott Marinier “Coach of the Year”! This young team gained a lot of experience this season, which will take them far next year. We say goodbye to seniors Eli Aronson ’21, Timothy Devine ’21, Will Furlow ’21, Spencer Gunning ’21, Peter Jones ’21 and Matthew Shrake ’21.  Go Romans!

Boys baseball pitcher during game

 

 

Lacrosse

The Boys Lacrosse team entered its fourth year as a varsity program, led by seniors Shahab Kousheshi ’21, Henry Finkel ’21 and Charlie Weiss ’21. The team went 5-7 on the season, winning games over Northside College Prep, DePaul College Prep, and suffering three one-goal losses to Whitney Young, Highland Park HS and Lane Tech.  

Boys lacrosse team photo

 

The Girls Lacrosse team played their first season as a varsity sport in 2021. They competed against some very tough opponents, going 7-6 on the season. Alanna Madry ’22 was chosen as an All-Sectional athlete by the Illinois Girls Lacrosse Coaches Association. The whole team will be back next spring!

Girls lacrosse team cheer

 

 

Girls Soccer

Girls Soccer had an excellent season, tying for first place in the ISL! The team was led by eight senior 4-year award winners, including two Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association All-Sectional athletes: Alessandra Kaestner ’21 (1st team) and Malia Brandt ’21 (H.M.). Earning All-League honors are Malia Brandt ’21, Alessandra Kaestner ’21, Zoe Weiss ’22, Ava Falk ’23 and Eden Raviv  ’23. Good luck to all of our seniors: Claire Box ’21, Malia Brandt ’21, Eliza Bufferd ’21, Frances Hutchison ’21, Alessandra Kaestner ’21, Megan Lorenz ’21, Alexa Silverman ’21 and Tara Walsh ’21!

Girls soccer player chasing the ball

 

 

Girls Softball

The Girls Softball team went 4-6 on the season, taking second place in the ISL. All-League athletes are Maya Shroff ’21, Katie Hallinan ’24, Emery Sill ’24 and Maggie Zeiger ’24. Thanks to Maeve Healy ’21 and Maya Shroff ’21, our 4-year award-winning senior captains for leading the way! Congratulations to Coach Dave Gonzales for earning Coach of the Year in the Independent School League!

Girls softball player pitching during game

 

 

Track & Field

Boys Track & Field placed third in the ISL and fifth in Sectionals this season. Four members of the Boys Track & Field team competed in the State meet. All four earned All-State honors.

  • 1600m = Peter Bernhardt ’21
  • 300m Hurdles = Cole Fuller ’21
  • 1600m 3rd place = Ryan Hardiman ’22 
  • 1600m = Akili Parekh ’23

Thanks to our four 4-year award-winning seniors: George Alexandrakis ’21, Peter Berhhardt ’21, Henry Coleman ’21 and Cole Fuller ’21!

Athlete on the blocks at track and field race

 

The Girls Track & Field team brought home their first-ever 2021 IHSA Class 2A State championship. All-American athletes Ava Parekh ’22 (3200m) & Marianne Mihas ’21 (800m) were ranked nationally. Congratulations to all of these phenomenal athletes!

  • 4x800m Relay = State Champions - Bea Parr ’21, McLaine Leik ’23, McKenna Fellows ’22 & Marianne Mihas ’21
  • 3200m = State Champion - Ava Parekh ’22 & 7th Place - Olivia Syftestad ’21
  • 800m = State Champion - Marianne Mihas ’21 & 4th Place - Ava Parekh ’22
  • 400m = 2nd Place - Marianne Mihas ’21
  • 1600m = 2nd Place - Ava Parekh ’22 & 4th Place - Bea Parr ’21
  • 4x400m Relay = 5th place - McLaine Leik ’23, Ava Parekh ’22, McKenna Fellows ’22 & Marianne Mihas ’21
  • Shot Put = 8th Place - Alice Mihas ’23
  • Discus = 8th Place - Alice Mihas ’23

Additional State qualifiers were: Sabrina Hayes '22, Marin Creamer '22, Josephine Daab '21 and Charlotte O’Toole '21.

Girls Track & Field team winning State 2021

 

 

Boys Tennis

The Boys Tennis team brought home the 2021 IHSA Class 1A State championship for the first time in Latin history. They also won the ISL and Sectionals on their way to State. Congrats, Romans!

  • Boys Doubles = State Champions - Akshay Garapati ’23 & Kiran Garapati ’23
  • Boys Singles = 4th Place - Sujan Garapati ’21
  • Boys Singles = 5 points - Will Benford ’22
  • Boys Doubles = 4 points - Sam Cutinho ’22 & Antonio Feliciano ’21 
     
Boys tennis doubles team at match

 

 

Boys Volleyball

The Boys Volleyball team was on an 11-game winning streak when they earned the IHSA Regional championship this season! They matched up against Oak Park & River Forest High School in IHSA Sectionals. Unfortunately, the Romans lost (0-2), but there were some amazing rallies and outstanding individual and team play throughout the match. We say goodbye to our six dedicated seniors–all 4-year award winners: Wesley Eaton ’21, Darius Nabers ’21, Tushar Patel ’21, Nicholas Pranger ’21, Tejas Vadali ’21 and Sebastian Valenzuela ’21!

Boys volleyball team during game

 

 

Water Polo

Boys Water Polo was led this year by senior, 4-year award winners Cole Lindemann ’21 and Sam Szykowny ’21. They had a very small team but played with determination, losing to several of their opponents with much larger rosters by one goal. 

Boys water polo seniors

 

The Girls Water Polo Team was led by six seniors this season. They went 5-7 with great wins over Argo, Resurrection, Amundsen, Lockport and Jones/Payton. Congratulations to Elena Skender ’21 who earned All-Sectional honors! We say goodbye to seniors Vivienne Kaufman ’21, Freddi Mitchell ’21, Emily Mundy ’21, Zoe Smith ’21 and Rebecca Wanger ’21!

Girls water polo player in the pool

 

 

Sailing

Both Varsity and JV Sailing had a fantastic spring season this year! Varsity competed in six regattas, culminating in an appearance at the 2021 ISSA Mallory National Championship in Cleveland, Ohio, where the 20 top teams from across the country and USVI competed for the title. Unfortunately, the Romans didn’t reach the podium, but there was impressive team and individual sailing throughout the two-day event. JV had fun and learned many new skills sailing three regattas at the Chicago Yacht Club, including the Latin Regatta where our teams took second and fourth place in a fleet of 17. We say goodbye to our dedicated team captain Alex Laverty ’21!

Members from the Club Sailing Team

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2020-21 Upper School Athletics Summer Season Round-up

In Latin’s history books, future students will not only read about what it was like to compete in athletics during a global pandemic, they will also see these record-breaking summer season accomplishments by the Romans during this unprecedented time!

Boys Baseball

Congratulations to the Boys Baseball team who won the ISL Conference and IHSA Regional championships this season! They played a solid game against Timothy Christian in the IHSA Sectional final but lost 8-12. All-Conference players this season are Matthew Shrake ’21, Ryan Kramer '22, Devin Abraham ’23, Patrick Shrake ’23 and Ashton Seymore ’24. ISL coaches voted Ryan Kramer '22 “Player of the Year” and Coach Scott Marinier “Coach of the Year”! This young team gained a lot of experience this season, which will take them far next year. We say goodbye to seniors Eli Aronson ’21, Timothy Devine ’21, Will Furlow ’21, Spencer Gunning ’21, Peter Jones ’21 and Matthew Shrake ’21.  Go Romans!

Boys baseball pitcher during game

 

 

Lacrosse

The Boys Lacrosse team entered its fourth year as a varsity program, led by seniors Shahab Kousheshi ’21, Henry Finkel ’21 and Charlie Weiss ’21. The team went 5-7 on the season, winning games over Northside College Prep, DePaul College Prep, and suffering three one-goal losses to Whitney Young, Highland Park HS and Lane Tech.  

Boys lacrosse team photo

 

The Girls Lacrosse team played their first season as a varsity sport in 2021. They competed against some very tough opponents, going 7-6 on the season. Alanna Madry ’22 was chosen as an All-Sectional athlete by the Illinois Girls Lacrosse Coaches Association. The whole team will be back next spring!

Girls lacrosse team cheer

 

 

Girls Soccer

Girls Soccer had an excellent season, tying for first place in the ISL! The team was led by eight senior 4-year award winners, including two Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association All-Sectional athletes: Alessandra Kaestner ’21 (1st team) and Malia Brandt ’21 (H.M.). Earning All-League honors are Malia Brandt ’21, Alessandra Kaestner ’21, Zoe Weiss ’22, Ava Falk ’23 and Eden Raviv  ’23. Good luck to all of our seniors: Claire Box ’21, Malia Brandt ’21, Eliza Bufferd ’21, Frances Hutchison ’21, Alessandra Kaestner ’21, Megan Lorenz ’21, Alexa Silverman ’21 and Tara Walsh ’21!

Girls soccer player chasing the ball

 

 

Girls Softball

The Girls Softball team went 4-6 on the season, taking second place in the ISL. All-League athletes are Maya Shroff ’21, Katie Hallinan ’24, Emery Sill ’24 and Maggie Zeiger ’24. Thanks to Maeve Healy ’21 and Maya Shroff ’21, our 4-year award-winning senior captains for leading the way! Congratulations to Coach Dave Gonzales for earning Coach of the Year in the Independent School League!

Girls softball player pitching during game

 

 

Track & Field

Boys Track & Field placed third in the ISL and fifth in Sectionals this season. Four members of the Boys Track & Field team competed in the State meet. All four earned All-State honors.

  • 1600m = Peter Bernhardt ’21
  • 300m Hurdles = Cole Fuller ’21
  • 1600m 3rd place = Ryan Hardiman ’22 
  • 1600m = Akili Parekh ’23

Thanks to our four 4-year award-winning seniors: George Alexandrakis ’21, Peter Berhhardt ’21, Henry Coleman ’21 and Cole Fuller ’21!

Athlete on the blocks at track and field race

 

The Girls Track & Field team brought home their first-ever 2021 IHSA Class 2A State championship. All-American athletes Ava Parekh ’22 (3200m) & Marianne Mihas ’21 (800m) were ranked nationally. Congratulations to all of these phenomenal athletes!

  • 4x800m Relay = State Champions - Bea Parr ’21, McLaine Leik ’23, McKenna Fellows ’22 & Marianne Mihas ’21
  • 3200m = State Champion - Ava Parekh ’22 & 7th Place - Olivia Syftestad ’21
  • 800m = State Champion - Marianne Mihas ’21 & 4th Place - Ava Parekh ’22
  • 400m = 2nd Place - Marianne Mihas ’21
  • 1600m = 2nd Place - Ava Parekh ’22 & 4th Place - Bea Parr ’21
  • 4x400m Relay = 5th place - McLaine Leik ’23, Ava Parekh ’22, McKenna Fellows ’22 & Marianne Mihas ’21
  • Shot Put = 8th Place - Alice Mihas ’23
  • Discus = 8th Place - Alice Mihas ’23

Additional State qualifiers were: Sabrina Hayes '22, Marin Creamer '22, Josephine Daab '21 and Charlotte O’Toole '21.

Girls Track & Field team winning State 2021

 

 

Boys Tennis

The Boys Tennis team brought home the 2021 IHSA Class 1A State championship for the first time in Latin history. They also won the ISL and Sectionals on their way to State. Congrats, Romans!

  • Boys Doubles = State Champions - Akshay Garapati ’23 & Kiran Garapati ’23
  • Boys Singles = 4th Place - Sujan Garapati ’21
  • Boys Singles = 5 points - Will Benford ’22
  • Boys Doubles = 4 points - Sam Cutinho ’22 & Antonio Feliciano ’21 
     
Boys tennis doubles team at match

 

 

Boys Volleyball

The Boys Volleyball team was on an 11-game winning streak when they earned the IHSA Regional championship this season! They matched up against Oak Park & River Forest High School in IHSA Sectionals. Unfortunately, the Romans lost (0-2), but there were some amazing rallies and outstanding individual and team play throughout the match. We say goodbye to our six dedicated seniors–all 4-year award winners: Wesley Eaton ’21, Darius Nabers ’21, Tushar Patel ’21, Nicholas Pranger ’21, Tejas Vadali ’21 and Sebastian Valenzuela ’21!

Boys volleyball team during game

 

 

Water Polo

Boys Water Polo was led this year by senior, 4-year award winners Cole Lindemann ’21 and Sam Szykowny ’21. They had a very small team but played with determination, losing to several of their opponents with much larger rosters by one goal. 

Boys water polo seniors

 

The Girls Water Polo Team was led by six seniors this season. They went 5-7 with great wins over Argo, Resurrection, Amundsen, Lockport and Jones/Payton. Congratulations to Elena Skender ’21 who earned All-Sectional honors! We say goodbye to seniors Vivienne Kaufman ’21, Freddi Mitchell ’21, Emily Mundy ’21, Zoe Smith ’21 and Rebecca Wanger ’21!

Girls water polo player in the pool

 

 

Sailing

Both Varsity and JV Sailing had a fantastic spring season this year! Varsity competed in six regattas, culminating in an appearance at the 2021 ISSA Mallory National Championship in Cleveland, Ohio, where the 20 top teams from across the country and USVI competed for the title. Unfortunately, the Romans didn’t reach the podium, but there was impressive team and individual sailing throughout the two-day event. JV had fun and learned many new skills sailing three regattas at the Chicago Yacht Club, including the Latin Regatta where our teams took second and fourth place in a fleet of 17. We say goodbye to our dedicated team captain Alex Laverty ’21!

Members from the Club Sailing Team

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Grid method in action

The Grid Method is a way of teaching that has proven successful in many classrooms at Latin across the middle school.

The Grid Method is an instructional framework for standards-based, mastery learning that is used in several science classes, language arts classes and language classes. Working from recognized standards, teachers create a grid of assignments and assessments for students to work through at their own pace. These assignments increase in complexity, from basic vocabulary up to higher-level thinking.

Grid method in action

A middle school science classroom has students working on a variety of activities according to the grid: some students are reading the materials; some students are building models of viruses; while some are researching them; some students are reading text materials; and some are working on the lab portion of the project.

Listen to Clara D. '26 describe her experience with a science project following the Grid Method. Along each step of the way, students need to show competency or mastery before moving up to the next level. This method allows students to work at their own pace and get individualized attention from the teacher when they need it. Students who master concepts quickly are able to forge ahead and do independent advanced work, whereas students who need more time are able to take it, within reason. Perhaps surprisingly, this method allows for a lot of personalized learning and one-on-one time with the teacher during class time, in small bursts right when the student is ready for it. Teachers monitor student progress for interventions and provide real-time feedback. It's an engaging way to meet the needs of all the learners in the classroom.  

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I Am Every Good Thing book

“I Am Every Good Thing” by Derrick Barnes, a book full of nourishing words and illustrations, was chosen as the lower school’s all-school read this year.

Written as a poem, "I Am Every Good Thing" encourages young readers to celebrate everything that makes you, YOU. This book affirms that kids can achieve anything they want to achieve and that it's okay for kids to make mistakes. It concludes with a beautiful message at the end:

"I am worthy of success, of respect, of safety, of kindness, of happiness. And without a shadow of a doubt, I am worthy to be loved." I am worthy of success, of respect, of safety, of kindness, of happiness. And without a shadow of a doubt, I am worthy to be loved.
"I Am Every Good Thing" by Derrick Barnes

On Thursday, October 15, all lower school students were excited to attend a virtual author visit with Barnes. Check out his presentation on the Lower School Library page on RomanNet.

Derrick Barnes author visit

Derrick Barnes, author of "I Am Every Good Thing," joined lower school students for a virtual author visit.

During a workshop over the summer, lower school teachers discussed "I Am Every Good Thing" and what ways the words and images will resonate with their students. They also talked about the concept of windows, mirrors and sliding glass doors in books best described by National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) member Rudine Sims Bishop, "Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. These windows are also sliding glass doors, and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created and recreated by the author." Their reflection on this concept included a series of questions:

Who in your class will identify with the characters & storyline? (mirrors)

What will other students learn from the characters & storyline? (windows)

How will this create a deeper understanding of the world? (sliding glass doors)

Classroom activities will include deeper dives into the affirmations in "I Am Every Good Thing," relating to our school year's theme, Nourish.

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Graphic about intersectionality

According to Psychologist Beverly Daniel Tatum, identity is shaped by individual characteristics, family dynamics, historical factors, and social and political contexts. However, the concept of identity can be complex because the answer to “who am I?” largely depends on who the word around me says I am. (For more information on Tatum’s work, please refer to this essay, “The Complexity of Identity: Who Am I?”
Students at Latin begin learning about identity as early as junior kindergarten. In addition to thinking about the question, “who am I?”, young students begin building an understanding of intersectionality, a term used to describe how race, class, gender and other individual characteristics “intersect” with each other.

An exercise that helped prepare Latin’s lower school teachers for working through conversations around identity and intersectionality with students was thinking about this series of questions:

“How do you identify yourself? And͑ what is the most important part of your identity? Is it your sex, your race or ethnicity, your sexual orientation, your class status, your nationality, your religious affiliation, your age, your physical or cognitive abilities, your political beliefs? Is there one part of your identity that stands out from the rest or does your identity change depending on who you’re with, what you’re involved in, where you are in your life?” (SOURCE: Critical Media Project)

In the classroom, students have been working on creating identity maps and writing “I Am” poems and talking about “single stories.” Ask your student about the classroom discussions they are having related to these topics.