Go Gryphons Newsletter | 2019-2020 Academic Year
Go Gryphons is a newsletter that highlights the achievements of ISI students, faculty, staff, and alumni!
Student Fundraisers Continue to Benefit the ONE ISI Campaign

Grade 10 student Frédéric Mandeville sold ONE ISI-themed sweatshirts and sweatpants as part of his Personal Project. After the sale, Mandeville donated his entire earnings to the ONE ISI campaign.

In February, kindergarten and 3-year-old program students Elijah and Emilia Bauzo sold their own toys and raised $200 for the ONE ISI campaign. Lower School students continued to creatively raise money for the naming rights to the indoor slide at the Chen Family Lower School Building.

You can learn more about the ONE ISI Campaign at www.OneISI.org.
Impressive College Acceptances and Scholarship Offers for Class of 2020
The Class of 2020, made up of 38 students, has currently been accepted to 95 different universities both internationally and in the U.S. Of the senior class, 100% of students applying to U.S. schools have been admitted. Additionally, the students have, as of the date of this newsletter's distribution, been awarded nearly $5.5 million in scholarships. We are so proud of the senior class and are excited to learn which schools they plan to attend!
Senior Receives Distinct Indiana Recognitions

Rose Schnabel was recognized as a 2020 Indiana Academic All-Star, an honor that only 40 Indiana high school seniors receive.

This distinction recognizes seniors who excel academically and who display leadership in their schools and communities.

Previously in December, Schnabel earned another honor when she received the 2019 Sen. Richard G. Lugar Distinguished Student Leadership award from the University of Indianapolis.
Middle Schooler Competes in Annual Golf Championship

Grade 8 student Michaela Headlee participated in the eighth annual US Kids Copperhead Classic in Palm Harbor, Florida. Out of 17 participants, she tied for third place. 
Three Grade 12 Students Advanced to Entrepreneurship State Finals
Grade 12 students Clayton Wimmersberger, Nate Wolfe, and Olivia Pendleton entered the Innovate WithIN High School Pitch Competition for their EveryTable invention. Their invention, a desk with 7 different functions to help with test scores and save lives, brought them to the State Competition in April.
Lower School featured in IndyStar Article
The article, which featured the Lower School kindergarten French, Mandarin, and Spanish classrooms, focused on the benefits of a language immersion program. ISI is highlighted as the only school in the midwest that offers full language immersion in three languages.
Sertoma Club of Broad Ripple Honors Students for Essay Competition
Grade 6 students Isabela Gonzalez-Knarr and Amalia Cristea were chosen to attend a downtown Indianapolis luncheon hosted by the Sertoma Club for their exemplary essays on what freedom means to them. The students' essays were read aloud and they were honored for their excellent work.
Four Grade 11 Students Named Rising Stars of Indiana Honorees
The Rising Stars of Indiana, a complement to the Indiana Academic All-Stars program for seniors, honors grade 11 students for their academic achievements each year. This year, Juliette Albert, Charles Bruder, Mia Cisija, and Claire Kaneshiro received this distinct honor.
Middle Schooler Featured in Music Video
Grade 7 student Cale Odenwelder was featured in the Indianapolis-based band Winona Avenue's music video for their newest single, titled Future Me. In the music video, recorded by a professional film crew, Odenwelder can be seen skateboarding.
Principal Haygaru Attends Certification Program with Global Educators

Lower School Principal Trina Haygaru continues to serve as an Advisory Board member to the Center for Systems Awareness. As a Senior Practitioner, she supports curriculum development at the Center.

In January, Mrs. Haygaru traveled to the Garrison Institute in New York, where roughly 30 educators from around the world, including professors from MIT, gathered to attend program workshops and share in their educational experiences.
Teacher To Have Book Published

Frédéric Allamel, Upper School Social Anthropology and French teacher, will publish his book on the Houma Indians . Having worked with this French-speaking community in the 1990s, this book is the product of Allamel's vast experience alongside this indigenous community.
Upper School Teacher Selected for Lilly Endowment  Fellowship
Mary Godley, Upper School English and Individuals & Societies teacher, was one of 100 teachers selected for the 2020 Teacher Creativity Fellowship by The Lilly Endowment. When international travel is encouraged again, Godley will travel to Italy to reconnect with relatives, write a collection of poems based on her family's stories, and more.
Boys High School Basketball Wins Historic Sectional Title

On March 7, the high school boys Basketball team defeated Indianapolis Metropolitan 69-65, making them the Sectional champions for the first time in school history.
Freshman Advances to State Swimming Meet

Grade 9 swimmer Will Longfellow placed first in the 100 Backstroke in the Boys Swimming Sectionals meet.

Longfellow advanced to the State meet, which was held at the IUPUI Natatorium in February.
Cross Country Top Competitor
Grade 8 runner Abby Moyers competed in the IYTA Cross Country State Championship 4K race in November, where she placed second with a time of 15:37. Moyers would go on to compete in the Nike Cross Regionals meet, where she placed eighth with a time of 11:17.
Boys Basketball Player Reaches Career Milestone
In January, grade 11 Basketball player Jaden Thomas hit a career milestone of 1,000 points during the game against Traders Point, where the team won 68-50.
Class of 2018 Alumni Reporting for Indiana Daily Student
Grace Ybarra, class of 2018 ISI alumni, is an Ernie Pyle Scholar at Indiana University, set to graduate in 2022. Ybarra is currently a Sports Editor for the Indiana Daily Student, the school's independent student newspaper.

The IDS Website archives all of Ybarra's published work , which ranges from Bloomington crime & court coverage to coverage on Indiana University athletics.
Previous ISI Student Passes CAPES Exam
Nicolas Bertrand, ISI student from 1996 to 2003, ranked 37 out of 800 in the CAPES exam in France. In the Fall, Bertrand taught middle school English in Merignac, France while working to complete the second year of his master's program.
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