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Despite the fall athletic season looking very different this year, many of the athletes were able to safely compete in their sports. View a video created by Latin's Athletic Department that was played at the virtual fall sports banquet and take a look at their individual and team accomplishments below.

Boys and Girls Cross Country
ISL: Boys First Place; Girls First Place
Regional: Boys First Place; Girls First Place
Sectional: Boys Third Place; Girls Second Place

The upper school cross country teams were the best teams in Latin's long strong history of producing excellent teams. The girls were ranked number one in the state for most of the season and the boys as high as fifth. At the conference meet, Latin swept all four JV and varsity races with the girls varsity team earning a historic perfect score!

JV Boys Golf
Overall Record: 4-3
Highlights from the JV boys golf season included a barnburner win against De La Salle Institute at Jackson Park Golf Course and a rowdy team scramble to finish up the season at Sydney Marovitz Golf Course.

Varsity Boys Golf
ISL: Third Place
Regional: First Place
Sectional: Third Place

In a year unlike any other, the Latin boys varsity golf team displayed grit, enthusiasm, optimism and zest in a time that did not always present the environment to do so. In a "normal" year, the boys' would have qualified for the IHSA 1A State Tournament, something to hang their hats on and their chins held high. A special thank you to all of the seniors who, in too many ways to list, were the building blocks to this program in recent years.

Varsity Girls Golf
Overall Record: 9-1
ISL: First Place

Regional: First Place
Sectional: Third Place
The team was 9-1 in dual matches this season with their only loss being to a really talented Fenwick squad. The girls won a dual match against Loyola Academy on their home course and also on their Senior Day. Though they qualified for the State Finals, the final round of competition was not held. 

Girls Swimming
Overall Record: 5-3
Sectional: Fifth Place

Placing in the top 12 individually at Sectionals and scoring points for Latin included: 
Elena S.- 9th in the 200 free, 5th in the 500 free 
Zoe S.- 9th in the 100 fly, 10th in the 50 free 
Alexa S.- 7th in the 200 IM, 5th in the 100 back
Ashley R.- 6th in the 200 IM, 2nd in the 100 breast
Elro S.- 8th in the 50 free, 10th in the 100 fly 
Katie C.- 10th in the 200 free, 12th in the 500 free 

JV Girls Tennis
Overall Record: 9-2   
The Romans became closer as a team, worked hard, and overcame difficult opponents such as Walter Payton and Lane Tech. The coaches were so proud of what they all accomplished this season and are looking forward to the next season.

Varsity Girls Tennis
Overall Record: 14-1
ISL: First Place
Sectional: First Place

Sectionals was a repeat of history for Latin's first and second doubles teams to face off in the finals. This isn’t always the best-case scenario but it is pretty impressive and shows the hard work they had put into the season. The coaches were proud of the resilience and adaptability of the players to have a successful season.

Sailing
State Championship Regatta: Fourth Place
Chicago Yacht Club Team: First Place

The sailing team had a wonderful season, especially with summer-like temperatures in November. The regattas were few due to restricted inter-state travel and limits on clubs hosting outside teams during the pandemic, but Latin endured and the eight varsity and two JV sailors practiced three times per week. This paid off at the November 7-8 State Shepard's Championship Regatta with Latin placing fourth out of 15! Though falling short to Lake Forest High School,  U of C Lab School and Loyola Academy, Latin defeated local rivals St. Ignatius, New Trier and Walter Payton, as well as Jones and Whitney Young.

 

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Athletics Highlights: Fall Season 2020-21

Despite the fall athletic season looking very different this year, many of the athletes were able to safely compete in their sports. View a video created by Latin's Athletic Department that was played at the virtual fall sports banquet and take a look at their individual and team accomplishments below.

Boys and Girls Cross Country
ISL: Boys First Place; Girls First Place
Regional: Boys First Place; Girls First Place
Sectional: Boys Third Place; Girls Second Place

The upper school cross country teams were the best teams in Latin's long strong history of producing excellent teams. The girls were ranked number one in the state for most of the season and the boys as high as fifth. At the conference meet, Latin swept all four JV and varsity races with the girls varsity team earning a historic perfect score!

JV Boys Golf
Overall Record: 4-3
Highlights from the JV boys golf season included a barnburner win against De La Salle Institute at Jackson Park Golf Course and a rowdy team scramble to finish up the season at Sydney Marovitz Golf Course.

Varsity Boys Golf
ISL: Third Place
Regional: First Place
Sectional: Third Place

In a year unlike any other, the Latin boys varsity golf team displayed grit, enthusiasm, optimism and zest in a time that did not always present the environment to do so. In a "normal" year, the boys' would have qualified for the IHSA 1A State Tournament, something to hang their hats on and their chins held high. A special thank you to all of the seniors who, in too many ways to list, were the building blocks to this program in recent years.

Varsity Girls Golf
Overall Record: 9-1
ISL: First Place

Regional: First Place
Sectional: Third Place
The team was 9-1 in dual matches this season with their only loss being to a really talented Fenwick squad. The girls won a dual match against Loyola Academy on their home course and also on their Senior Day. Though they qualified for the State Finals, the final round of competition was not held. 

Girls Swimming
Overall Record: 5-3
Sectional: Fifth Place

Placing in the top 12 individually at Sectionals and scoring points for Latin included: 
Elena S.- 9th in the 200 free, 5th in the 500 free 
Zoe S.- 9th in the 100 fly, 10th in the 50 free 
Alexa S.- 7th in the 200 IM, 5th in the 100 back
Ashley R.- 6th in the 200 IM, 2nd in the 100 breast
Elro S.- 8th in the 50 free, 10th in the 100 fly 
Katie C.- 10th in the 200 free, 12th in the 500 free 

JV Girls Tennis
Overall Record: 9-2   
The Romans became closer as a team, worked hard, and overcame difficult opponents such as Walter Payton and Lane Tech. The coaches were so proud of what they all accomplished this season and are looking forward to the next season.

Varsity Girls Tennis
Overall Record: 14-1
ISL: First Place
Sectional: First Place

Sectionals was a repeat of history for Latin's first and second doubles teams to face off in the finals. This isn’t always the best-case scenario but it is pretty impressive and shows the hard work they had put into the season. The coaches were proud of the resilience and adaptability of the players to have a successful season.

Sailing
State Championship Regatta: Fourth Place
Chicago Yacht Club Team: First Place

The sailing team had a wonderful season, especially with summer-like temperatures in November. The regattas were few due to restricted inter-state travel and limits on clubs hosting outside teams during the pandemic, but Latin endured and the eight varsity and two JV sailors practiced three times per week. This paid off at the November 7-8 State Shepard's Championship Regatta with Latin placing fourth out of 15! Though falling short to Lake Forest High School,  U of C Lab School and Loyola Academy, Latin defeated local rivals St. Ignatius, New Trier and Walter Payton, as well as Jones and Whitney Young.

 

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Lower school students looking at a computer

In a world where students are spending a significant part of their school day online, it is now more important than ever to develop thoughtful and empathetic digital citizens from a young age. 

Fourth grade students are studying what it means to be a considerate digital citizen and maintain a positive digital footprint with Fiona Deeney, Latin’s lower school computer science and technology integration specialist. A digital citizen is someone who develops skills to responsibly use technology, including digital devices and online media platforms. When individuals share information online, they leave a digital footprint. A digital citizen is someone who develops skills to responsibly use technology, including digital devices and online media platforms.

After the students learned the basics of online safety and digital footprints, they were tasked with creating a graphic that encompassed these lessons. In order to complete the assignment, they researched a credible digital media platform to build their piece–Pic Collage was a popular option among the students.

Hear more about what it means to be a responsible digital citizen and how to manage a digital footprint from fourth grade students Colleen C. ’29 and Annabelle W. ’29.

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Jessie Heider

Get to know Jessie Heider who has been Latin's partner from Athletico and athletic trainer since 2010. In January, Jessie officially became the first full-time in-house athletic trainer at Latin. 

Education 

B.S. in Athletic Training - Purdue University
M.S. in Health Education & Promotion - University of Cincinnati

Position and years at Latin

Athletic Trainer - 10 years

Favorite Quote: 

"Today me will live in the moment, unless it's unpleasant, in which case me will eat a cookie." –Cookie Monster

What are your favorite things about Latin? 

There is such a close sense of community at Latin. One of my favorite things about working here is being able to connect with and get to know so many different people.

What are the best parts of your job? 

It’s rewarding to help kids through the rehabilitation process and then get to see them successfully return to their sport after experiencing an injury. I also love that every workday is different… it keeps me on my toes!

Why did you decide that you wanted to work at a school? 

I always found the idea of working at a school appealing because I knew it would give me the opportunity to be involved in so much more than just athletics. At Latin, I’m lucky enough to work with both athletics and our Latin 360 program. It’s also fun to be able to support our students in other ways, such as helping with senior projects or attending dance shows and plays.

What was the last good book you read? 

"American Dirt" by Jeanine Cummins

What are your hobbies and interests? 

I love spending time with my dog, Piper, playing fantasy football and following Purdue sports (Boiler Up!). I’m also excited to get back to traveling again once the pandemic is over.

What was your first job?

I worked as an Athletic Trainer for Women’s Lacrosse at the University of Cincinnati while in grad school, but working at Latin was my first “official” job after finishing school.

What’s your favorite place you’ve ever visited? 

Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada

What's the best advice you've ever heard?

Be present. Try not to focus on what happened in the past or what will happen in the future. Enjoy the “now.”

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US Chess Team  in the Learning Commons during the State Final

On February 12-13, the upper school chess team competed virtually in the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) state finals and finished in first place in Division 1A.
The students who represented Latin were Waleed B. '21, Matthew S. '21, Mark M. '21, William F. '21, Eli E. '23, Anton S. '23, Collin D. '22, and Maxwell L. '23. The tournament took place online, but participating teams had to play from the same location—the Romans competed from the upper school's Learning Commons. This is the first time in Latin history that the Romans have won the division title.

ABOUT THE UPPER SCHOOL CHESS TEAM: This academic team meets four times a week for practice and competes in the Chicago Chess Conference composed of catholic schools, including St. Ignatius, St. Patrick, De La Salle, Marist, Br. Rice, etc. After the conference play, they compete in sectionals. Then if they qualify, they play in the state championships.  

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Hopeful. Excited. Inspired. These are just some of the words that described the way students, faculty and staff felt after participating in the conversations and presentations during Latin’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Commemoration on Wednesday, January 20.

Upper school students began the morning at assembly with an inspirational rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” by J. Rosamond Johnson and James Weldon Johnson sung by Latin’s upper school chorus. 

The assembly was anchored by the amplification of student voices answering thought-provoking questions. Upper school affinity groups, including Black Student Union (BSU), Latin American Student Organization (LASO), Chronic Illness and Disability Alliance (CIDA), LGBTQ+ Affinity, Asian Student Alliance (ASA) and White Identities and Anti-Racism Affinity (WIAA), discussed their answers to the question, “What would an equitable and inclusive community look like at Latin?”

Learn more about Latin’s institutional goals and action steps for DEI from Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Eleannor Maajid in this episode of the Latin Learner Podcast. Co-Head of LASO and junior at Latin Caroline C. ’22 echoed the sentiment that many affinity groups offered in their reflection of the question: “An inclusive and equitable community to me acknowledges that from the start this institution might look very different to new incoming students but makes an effort to make everyone aware that their culture shouldn’t define whether they speak up in class or not or be given looks down the halls. No one should be told to tone down their culture.”

The student groups also answered these questions: “Why is it vital for students to be able to organize? How do equity-focused student groups improve community and hold them accountable?” The upper school’s Student Diversity and Equity Committee (SDEC) and Demanding Accountability groups provided insight into this area. SDEC is dedicated to fostering a safe, inclusive environment at Latin and promotes dialogue across all perspectives. Demanding Accountability is a group focused on holding the Latin community accountable for creating the space that the community says they want Latin to be.

These student groups noted that student organizing is important because they have a relevant perspective with insight into injustices that sometimes only students can see. Co-head of Demanding Accountability Kazi S. ’22 was quoted during the presentation, “When students aim for equity, we can be the prosperity of not only ourselves but everyone around us.” When students aim for equity, we can be the prosperity of not only ourselves but everyone around us.
Kazi S. '22, Co-head of Demanding Accountability

In continuing with the assembly’s theme of amplifying student voices some of the other student groups that presented included Student Government, Identity Coalition for Latin (ICFL), “Discourses” and “The Forum.” An inspirational morning concluded with remarks from English Teacher and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator Brandon Woods: “We stand ready to listen to you, to partner with you and most importantly, to be challenged by you. You have the ability to make change that you might not even know yourselves, so we stand ready to help you do that and for you to guide us and lead us.”

During the middle school assembly, Educational Consultant Dr. Derrick Gay leveraged Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s iconic "What Is Your Life's Blueprint?" speech to frame Latin’s 2020 I can practice peace.
I can try again, rather than give up.
I can care for my community. 
Mindful affirmations from the book "I Can Do Hard Things" by Gabi Garcia
Middle School Climate Assessment findings. "The idea was to invite you to reflect on your life's blueprint, meaning who you are, your actions, your behaviors, your legacy, your purpose and how we can link your purpose to creating a more inclusive school... a more inclusive world," Dr. Gay explained to the students. He also noted that this speech was written by Dr. King for middle school students. Hear more about the history behind the speech and listen to an excerpt.


In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., lower school students engaged in various peace-related activities during the month of January. They also participated in an all-lower school read of “I Can Do Hard Things” by Gabi Garcia. As part of the MLK Day commemoration, students selected a personal photograph or designed an affirmation poster that connected to one of the following lines from the book:

  • “I can practice peace.” What is something peaceful you do for yourself or for others?
  • “I can try again, rather than give up.” What is something challenging (a “hard thing”) that you are learning to do or have learned to do? 
  • “I can care for my community.” What is something that reflects a way that you contribute to or care for your community?

At the lower school assembly, students listened to Dr. Gay read “I Can Do Hard Things” and then watched a video featuring the photos and student work.

Lower school students

Although the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Commemoration at Latin looked much different this year than in years past, students, faculty and staff found a sense of hope, excitement and inspiration from the day’s events.

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