LS Girls’ Volleyball Team Rises to the Challenge in Colombo!

COLOMBO, Sri-Lanka. — The Lincoln School Girls’ Volleyball team 2018 conquered obstacles and rose to the SAISA challenge despite losing key players from our team last year. The blend of youth and experience, as well as a strong work ethic, steered the team to numerous victories throughout the tournament. We definitely had our ups and downs throughout the process, but as a team we grew stronger and stronger and never let our fighting spirit fade.

We knew participating in a round-robin, nine-team volleyball tournament was going to be very challenging and exhausting, as we played four matches each day.  However, that didn’t break our focus, nor our hunger to succeed. Fighting against the heat and humidity in Colombo, we played all our games to the best of our abilities, or in other words till the ball had dropped.

In the end, we finished fifth in the tournament and with big smiles on our faces in the knowledge that we are ready for the years to come. As a team, we have earned many good experiences for the future and countless incredible memories. After back to back SAISA championships and an amazing run of five consecutive finals appearances, Lincoln girls’ volleyball is ready to rise again!

Sarya Thapa-Magar, Captain

 

Lincoln Swim Team Shatters Records in Amman!

AMMAN, Jordan. —  Winter may have begun in Jordan, but the Snow Leopards were smoking hot at the 2018 SAISA Swim Meet at the American Community School in Amman last week, breaking records and bringing home golds galore in three action-packed days.

Lincoln School finished the meet as champions in the 13-14 boys and 15-19 girls categories, placing 3rd in the boys and girls overall, but the story doesn’t end there.  Our small school in the Himalayas ran away with the leaderboard, shattering 16 of the 25 SAISA records broken at the meet, and taking home 34 of the total 86 gold medals! Isabella M and Nasir H notched 6 SAISA records each, with Isabella becoming the first girl in SAISA history to clock a sub-28 second 50-freestyle and Nasir cleaning up with 10 of 10 gold medals. Tisa S ran away the 15-19 girls breaststroke, IM and freestyle races, coming home with 3 individual SAISA records, and smashing the four-year old 15-19 girls 400 free relay, along with her teammates Oshina B, Akshara S, and Ayushma T. Newcomer Aaditya S came home with 9 golds, 1 silver and 3 new school records in the 13-14 boys category, while young veteran Ashwini S recorded several best times, multiple golds, and medaled in all her events for the 10-12 girls. Each of our age groups had strong point scorers, and the team was led admirably by seniors Dane, Jarrah, and Oshina.

We had tons of record-breaking swims, but those were far from the only highlights of the meet. Every single swimmer recorded at least one personal best during the meet, and several of our newer team members swam up in a big way for the team.  Lincoln School may be small, but all of Jordan heard us roar this week.

Coach Eve DiMagno

LS Boys’ Volleyball Team Makes It 3 Finals in a Row!

KATHMANDU, Nepal. — SAISA Boys Volleyball 2018 proved to be another special tournament for the snow leopards. Hosting the tournament at home, with a team comprised of a core group of six returning seniors, meant that the SAISA weekend was always going to be a memorable one for our team, and the greater LS community. The back-to-back defending champion Snow Leopards started off with two convincing straight set wins against the ISOI Cobras and ASB Eagles on day one. This trend continued through the rest of pool play, with similar results against TAISM Eagles and KAS Knights earning Lincoln first place in their pool, and a spot in the semi-finals. The semi-final match-up was a rematch against Karachi, which also ended in a win, with Lincoln reaching the final without dropping a set.

The final brought together the LS Snow Leopards and AISD Tigers for the third consecutive year. And while the two teams are great rivals on the court, they have also developed strong friendships as a result of the experiences that they have shared. Despite the fantastic support from the bleachers, which inspired some great play from the home team, the Tigers kept their composure and built enough momentum to earn a hard fought four-set win.

The Lincoln team would like to thank the entire community for contributing towards a fantastic tournament. We appreciate all of your support both on and off the court.

Coach Sam Davis

 

Lafayette College Representative Addresses High School Students

Mr. Eugene Gabey (admissions representative from Lafayette College) and Rijan Maharjan (recent graduate of Lafayette and Yale Grad. School) recently visited with 10th, 11th and 12th grade students at Lincoln to discuss the value of studying at a Liberal Arts college. Important aspects of the University application process were discussed and advice about successful adaptation to college life was presented.  Lafayette is a prestigious Liberal Arts College in Pennsylvania (located 75 miles from both New York City and Philadelphia).

Health Exploratory Advocates Balance

The Grade 8 Exploratory class were (re)introduced to Health and Wellness this week, with the aim of creating a bulletin board that showcases the four dimensions of holistic health: Physical Health, Mental & Emotional Health, Social Health, and Intellectual Health.

Students related these dimensions to the life of a Lincoln student, as well as recognizing possible risk factors and ways to ensure positive behaviors and decision-making.

Lincoln Learners Celebrate their Pursuit of Dreams!

On the penultimate day of the school year, over 200 students, parents, teachers, coaches and administrators gathered on our transformed elementary school rooftop to celebrate our students’ pursuit of dreams during the 2017-2018 school year. Our secondary students, dressed for the occasion, indulged in a great feast, and cheered on their peers and teammates during the banquet. Teachers and coaches put great thought into their speeches, and recognized some outstanding groups and individuals for their contributions to our programs, including each team’s MVP, MIP and Coaches Award, as well as the Athlete of the Year and Snow Leopard Awards.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • The year began with hosting the LS Invitational Volleyball & Swimming Championships, that included local clubs and schools, as well the American Embassy School in New Delhi.
  • Our girls won this invitational Volleyball tournament, while our boys’ only lost to a club team.
  • We won the 3rd Annual Lincoln Invitational Swimming Championships with many outstanding performances.
  • We hosted SAISA Girls’ Volleyball and successfully defended our title! For our girls’ team, this is the 5th year in succession that we have either won or been in the final. An incredible record.  
  • Our Boys’ Volleyball team was also back to back SAISA champions! This is a record 9 SAISA titles for Boys’ Volleyball after a thrilling 5-set battle vs AISD in the final.
  • We travelled to Muscat, Oman for SAISA Swimming, where our girls’ and boys’ teams both finished 2nd, and achieved 12 SAISA record-breaking performances, broke over 50 school records, and won 23 gold medals!
  • Also for swimming, our 10-12 girls and 15-19 girls & boys were all SAISA champions. It was an incredible first season of swimming and volleyball!
  • We took a team of 6 players and 2 coaches for an incredible Tennis and cultural experience in Amman, Jordan.  
  • We attended a MUN conference in Holland and hosted a small MUN conference in the Spring.
  • We hosted a very successful SAISA Art Festival with a number of schools participating in the region, and our students producing fantastic work under the guidance of professionals.
  • Our SAISA Girls’ Basketball team had a fantastic 2nd place finish in Mumbai and also made it to the finals of the NISSA Championships we hosted.
  • Our SAISA Boys’ Football team finished 2nd in the NISSA league, before we hosted a 10-team SAISA tournament off-campus and went through the tournament undefeated, winning our 5th SAISA Boys’ Football Championships!
  • Our Badminton team traveled to Colombo and continues to show strong growth.
  • Our SAISA Girls’ Football team finished 2nd in the NISSA league, and then traveled to Colombo, where they finished 6th overall despite some strong performances.
  • SAISA Track and Field had some wonderful individual performances and were 10-12 girls champions, while our 13-14 girls finished 2nd place.
  • We hosted the NISSA Boys’ Basketball Tournament again this year and our team won for the 3rd year in a row with some outstanding play. The team also traveled to Muscat where they did not play to their potential, but learned valuable lessons.
  • A successful series of secondary one-act play productions was performed.
  • MS Male Athlete of the Year: Atreya K
  • MS Female Athlete of the Year: Niamh P
  • HS Male Athlete of the Year: Avi R
  • HS Female Athlete of the Year: Ayushma T
  • Snow Leopard Award: Sarya T-M & Niharika T

Lincoln Youth Football Team Triumph in LS 9-A-Side Tournament!

KATHMANDU, Nepal. — On Saturday, May 19th, Lincoln School hosted an inter-school 9-a-side U-14 football tournament for our youth football teams and other local schools in Kathmandu – Rato Bangala School, Premier International School and GEMS. Due to many participants in our program, Lincoln contributed two teams to the tournament, “Lincoln Red” and “Lincoln White”.

The tournament kicked off with Lincoln Red taking on last year’s finalists, Premier International. In a keenly contested match, both teams scored from free-kicks with the game finishing 1-1. Lincoln Red then triumphed over Lincoln White (4-0) and Rato Bangala School (1-0). While the Lincoln White team was mostly comprised of younger, less experienced players, their attitude was fantastic and the team played their heart out in each game. However, coming into the last game before the final, all of GEMS, Premier International School and Lincoln Red were tied on points, meaning that Lincoln Red had to defeat GEMS to go to the final. The game was tied 1-1 after normal time, but the Reds earned a penalty in extra time to send the ecstatic Lincoln players into the final, where they had to play Premier International once more. In a cagey affair, neither team was able to unlock their opponents’ defense and the tournament would be decided on the lottery of a penalty shootout. Grade 7 student, Goethe, was the hero in the shootout, scoring his goal and then saving Premier’s penalties to help Lincoln to victory!

Lincoln Swimmers Sizzle in the Pool in Fun Finale Meet

KATHMANDU, Nepal. — The evening of Friday, May 25th saw 60 Lincoln Elementary and Middle School swimmers jump into our pool to race and showcase their development in both LS swim clubs and Physical Education classes this year. We also invited 30 swimmers from Nisarga Batika School to join the fun in 25 and 50 meter events in the four competitive strokes. Swimmers in purple to green caps, along with our swim team members in Middle School, powered through the water with many personal best performances. Cheered on by a large crowd, it was great to see swimmers of varying ages and abilities give their best in the water. The meet also saw seven school records broken; Nasir lowered his personal marks in the 50 free, back, breast, fly and 100 IM, while Isabella broke records in the 50 back and then swam the joint fastest 50 meter freestyle time for girls in Lincoln history with a time of 29.33. Congratulations to all!