Wyverns Stay Busy During Winter Break

By Reed Gabhart, Head of the Goshen CampusMathCounts_2

As we returned from Winter Break this week, our students were fired up to share their vacation tales! It was an action-packed morning meeting on Monday, with lots to recap and new beginnings afoot. Even over the break there was still plenty of activity rolling on! First, we were the host school for the Governor’s Cup Regional Competition on Saturday, February 13th, and 18 schools descended upon the Goshen Campus! This might be a recipe for disaster in lesser hands, but under the skillful guidance of Debbie Adkins and Lindsy Serrano (along with a host of faculty volunteers and help!) the day ran like a well-oiled machine! And a special “WOO-HOO” to 8th grader Lorenzo Mahoney for qualifying in math to move on to the State competition!

The next Saturday, it was our MathCounts team’s turn to compete at the University of Louisville.  Thanks to the keen coaching of Erin Staley, our “mathletes” had their best finish in many years, placing 7th out of 21 teams (and many of these teams mean business, practicing nearly year-round!). This is a wonderful experience for our talented math students, and we are so appreciative our teachers are willing to spend a Saturday during their vacation championing the Wyvern cause! Look for Erin’s article in the newsletter with more details.

We also received the astounding news that, due to our participation in the Jazz Educators’ Network Conference earlier this year, two Grammy-winning musicians wanted to visit St Francis (Downtown) to put on a workshop for our young musicians Monday! This wouldn’t be possible without the diligence (and networking!) of Bob Bertke, and from the Courier-Journal clips of the session, it looks like our kids were in awe! What a memorable treat for our musicians on both campuses!

Finally, Coach Shavar Cowherd was all smiles on Monday as day one post-Winter Break only means one thing to him – the start of track practice! So as we put basketball and Peter Pan to bed, we fire up track, lacrosse (and baseball soon!), and The Birds will be flying into a nest, or theater, before you know it! Evidently, there’s no rest for the Wyverns!