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High School Basketball Updates

Boys Basketball: The high school boys basketball team (15-4) became HOIC champions last week. After two more regular season games, they will compete in the regional tournament for a chance to go to state. Their first round game is set for February 24th at 6:30pm in Norwalk vs. Nevada.

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Girls Basketball: The girls basketball team–currently ranked 8th in 4A–will compete in the substate tournament in hopes of making it to state. With a first round bye, they’ll face the winner of Knoxville and Des Moines Hoover in Gilbert on Saturday, February 22nd at 5pm.

New Providence: Sophomore Ava Hawthorne is starring in a new movie about 6v6 basketball that’s set to be released the week of the state basketball tournament. To read more about this story, click here.

Lundt Now Head Coach of HS Football Team

Graham Lundt, who teaches health and PE at the high school, as well as being a coach for the Tiger Strength and Conditioning program, is now the head coach of the high school football team. With previous experience coaching at Akron-Westfield, Ankeny, and Ames, and having already been the assistant coach at Gilbert, he is excited to take on this new role. Below is a welcome letter sent to the families of Gilbert football players.

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HS Swimmers Qualify for State

Two Gilbert high school students–senior Drew Hawthorn and sophomore Eli Houseman–qualified to swim at the state meet in Iowa City on Saturday, February 15th. Hawthorn will be swimming in the Men’s 50 and 100 Yard Freestyle and Houseman will compete in the Men’s 200 Yard IM. For more information on the event, you can click here.

Scholastic Writing Contest Winners

This year the ELP students once again participated in the Scholastic Writing Contest.  Each year, I am amazed at the talent these students put forth as they enter this contest. It takes courage and dedication to submit to such a high leveled competition.

**We are privileged to have an American Voices and Vision winner- Ella Hatfield.  The American Voices & Visions Medals, the highest regional honors, are given to one writer and one artist from each region. 

Selection Process: Five works of writing and five works of art from each region are selected by local judges as American Voices & Visions nominees, who are then celebrated in local exhibitions and ceremonies. From the pool of nominees, a panel of jurors in New York City selects one writer and one artist from each region to receive an American Voices Medal or an American Visions Medal, a non-financial highest regional honor. These Medalists are celebrated during National Events and at the National Exhibition in New York City.

**Gold Key
The very best works submitted to local programs. Gold Key works are automatically considered for national-level recognition

**Silver Key
Stand-out works submitted to local programs that demonstrate exceptional ability.

**Honorable Mention
Accomplished works submitted to local programs showing great skill and potential.

 
This year’s winners are:
MS:
7 John Artz– Journalism Gold Key
8 Alice Zhang– Short Story Honorable Mention
8 Natalie Hansen- Novel Writing Honorable Mention
Jaden Wilson- Novel Writing Gold Key
8 Chloe Berns– Poetry Gold Key
Kalyn Schmidt- Dramatic Script Silver Key
 
HS:
9 Ella Hatfield- Sc Fi/Fantasy Gold Key and American Voices Nominee
10 Sarah Lennon Dramatic Script Gold Key
–Mendy Moritz, 6-12 ELP Coordinator
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