Greetings Eagle Families and Friends,
Sandburg’s version of March Madness includes many celebrations of success, some repeated and others as historical firsts. Either way, it is a joy and a pleasure to share some of the highlights in this newsletter.
In mid-March, for example, our Scholastic Bowl team competed at State and placed 4th, becoming the very first Southwest side school to finish in the top four since 1990. Over the same weekend, members of our Superfanz Executive Board traveled to Peoria to be recognized at the 3A state basketball game for advancing to the final four spirit teams in the IHSA Student Section Showdown competition. While we did not achieve back-to-back championships, we are still very proud of our school’s recognition as first runner up.
Our Debate Team accomplished the unimaginable by winning its 7th State Championship trophy. The dynamic Public Forum team of Ayyan Chaudhry and James Hughes earned the Eagles a three-peat that was celebrated at an all school assembly on Thursday, March 22nd - a great way to go into Spring Break.
At a separate winter recognition assembly on March 16th, dozens of Sandburg students were recognized for their countless athletic abilities from swim to basketball to cheer and from DECA to ILMEA. We also incorporated our annual St. Baldrick’s event into the assembly and recognized special Eagles and staff who shaved their heads and raised over $17,000 in support of finding a cure for cancer. As if that was not enough, we welcomed back Sandburg alum (Class of ‘10) and Olympic Gold Medalist women’s hockey player, Kendall Coyne, to speak to the entire student body about perseverance, resilience, and teamwork. Kendall inspired and energized all of us.
Specific to senior students, the Guidance Department hosted our annual “Senior Seminar”event on Friday, March 23rd. Seniors participated in a series of workshops and presentations that provided them with useful transition advice for their preparation of life after high school. New York Times best-selling author, Harlan Cohen, and nationally recognized, motivational speaker Eddie Slowikowski energized, inspired and helped our students better understand how positive relationships yield improved self-confidence, how to be a good team player, and how to identify and overcome obstacles that impede success.
It has truly been a GREAT month to be an Eagle! Best wishes and Go Eagles!
Deborah D. Baker
Kendall Coyne's Gold Medal Kendall Coyne's Visit to Sandburg