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Eli Bucksbaum is exhibiting and auctioning artwork at the Happy Jack Pop-up Shop and gallery, open now at 8 Fulton Street in New York City. Happy Jack is a clothing and art company created by Eli’s best friend, Jack Nathan, to raise awareness for mental health and anxiety amongst kids and adults alike. In the wake of Jack’s passing this last July, Happy Jack's legacy lives on. “May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so we thought that there was no better time to open a pop-up shop completely dedicated and in tribute to Jack. I will be curating the gallery with all of Jack's artworks and five of mine which will be up for silent auction throughout the month.” To make a bid on Eli's art, all you have to do is sign up and provide an email and password on the Happy Jack website and then you are all set to go. Fifty percent of all profits will be donated to The Child Mind Institute, which aims to transform the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders.” See Happy Jack online and check out the silent auction.
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!
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. 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!
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.
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 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!
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!
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.
Thanks to our four 4-year award winning seniors: George Alexandrakis ’21, Peter Berhhardt ’21, Henry Coleman ’21 and Cole Fuller ’21!
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!
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!
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 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.
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!
Did you know that Mitsubishi, a car manufacturer, is reducing CO2 output by 30% by lowering industrial emissions to 0 and lowering their power generation emissions significantly? Or that Gap, Inc., the clothing brand, promises to source all cotton from sustainable sources by 2025 and launched a pop-up shop in 2017 where customers could purchase up-cycled denim to bring awareness to clothing waste?
Climate change has been a topic in the news for many years. Eighth grade students in Kathleen Meade's science class took a deeper look into the effect climate change has on the world around them.
Students created visual representations about the topic, including an explanation of two signs of climate change, two solutions and three images that they associated with climate change. The last element on the piece of paper was one of their choices–they either calculated their families carbon footprint, researched legislation, identified companies making a difference or looked at current events. Check out an example of the one-page visual.
We would like to say a very heartfelt thank you to the faculty and staff who will be leaving Latin this year for their service to the school. We wish you well in your next adventures!
Danika Amusin, Mathematics
Kim Diorio, English
Jennifer Hayman, Learning Resources
Cara Gallagher, History
Betty Lark Ross (retiree), Visual Arts
Ashly Lawrence, Counseling
Miten Patel, History
Jenny Stevens, Counseling
Faye Wells, Science
Leah Wolf, Computer Science
Julie Badynee, Learning Resources
Renie Dunn Finch (retiree), Dean of Students/Physical Education
Jane Kelly (retiree), Dance/Movement
Samantha Johnson, Mathematics
Lindsay Ann Ruiz (sabbatical substitute), English
Pauline Brakebill (retiree), Division Assistant
Julie Brooks, Division Director
Logan Gannon, Remote Lead Teacher
Harriett Hauske, Junior Kindergarten
Nancy Kamin, Remote Lead Teacher
Becki Maloney, Nurse
Gabe Paynter, Third Grade
Page Syvertsen, First Grade
LS Assistant Teachers:
Zahra Bhoy, Development Coordinator
Melissa North, Director of Events
Jill Norris, HR Generalist
Sara Salzman, Associate Director of Enrollment Management
Morganne Stevens, Associate Director of Latin 360°
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