We are pleased to announce that we have secured Brazilian Football School (BFS) and Thang Long Warriors (TLW) Basketball Academy to run some Saturday Youth Sport offerings for your children. We hope to expand the offerings in the future with more sport and activity options, as well as opening up to the younger grade levels.
Please see details below from each organization, as well as the links to sign-up:
Thang Long Warriors (TLW) – Saturday Youth Sport Basketball September 19-November 28 8:00-9:00 am:grades 3 – 4 (girls/boys) 9:10-10:10 am: grade 5 (girls/boys)
With instruction and guidelines from professional coaches, your child will be able to learn the basics of the game of basketball with the Thang Long Warriors Academy. Whether they are a beginner or have played before, there is an opportunity for all. This program will allow each and every child to establish new skills, in a fun, safe and professional environment. Whether you are looking for an outlet for more fitness for your child or want them to improve on their basketball skills, our team will ensure that all participants will receive proper techniques and training to discover their edge. Feel more energized, healthier, faster and stronger than ever.
Brazilian Football School (BFS) Saturday Youth Sport Football September 19-November 28 8:00-9:00 am: grades 3 – 4 (girls/boys) 9:10-10:10 am: grade 5 (girls/boys)
Our Brazilian Football School team will come to UNIS and deliver fun training (10 sessions) which not only develop key soccer skills but also promote healthy physical activity and important social skills, such as teamwork and communication. We will challenge and facilitate the development of your child’s skills in the soccer training from the beginner level onward. Your child will learn the basic concepts of soccer and sharpen motor skills which will further enhance their enjoyment of the beautiful game. Training topics will include: Passing & receiving technique, change of direction and dribbling skills, 1v1 attacking moves & creativity on the ball, shooting & finishing skills and basic team concepts – 3 v 3 & 4 v 4.
Saturday Open Court opportunities will begin this Saturday for Secondary School (MS/HS) students. Boys and Girls are welcome to join the fun in the UNIS Hanoi Sports Centre for some informal sport activity and an opportunity to socialize with friends while being active. During MS basketball season, options will include Badminton, Futsal and Volleyball. No basketball will be available during this time. During HS volleyball season, options will include Badminton, Futsal and Basketball. No volleyball will be available during this time. Students who sign up must be willing and able to participate in activity.
When: Saturdays MS Time: 10:30 – 12:30 HS Time: 12:30 – 14:30 Limitation for sign-ups: 80 students per session. Where: UNIS Hanoi Sports Centre ——————————————————– Sign-ups will be sent directly to all students every Thursday.If students are not on the sign-up list, they will not be permitted to participate.
Students who were unable to sign-up because the form closed due to reaching max allowable participants may e-mail Director of Activities, Mr. AL-Iesa at firstname.lastname@example.org and will be placed on a priority list for the following week.
Saturday Open Court Rules
UNIS Hanoi behavioral expectations apply at all times.
Please make sure to sign up by Thursday for the upcoming Saturday. Individuals not on the sign-up list will not be permitted to participate. Sign-ups will be on a first come first served basis.
If you sign-up and do not show up without giving the Activities Office prior notice, you will not be permitted to sign-up for the next two Saturdays.
UNIS Hanoi ID Badge is required for campus access in line with our campus security regulations.
Proper sports apparel and footwear is required.
During “Open Court” the Sports Centre is an informal recreation facility and will be set-up for various sports. We ask that you respect the spirit of our community and invite others to join and/or share spaces to maximize participation.
Two supervisors are always on duty and available for support.
Please only bring in water bottles or sport drink, no other food or drink is permitted in the Sports Centre.
You must leave campus immediately following the end of Open Court.
193 students from Grade 2 right up to Grade 12 are back in swim training! The Phoenix Swim Club remains one of UNIS Hanoi’s most popular programmes, with training sessions taking place two to five times a week.
High School Varsity Tennis 2020/21 has had an excellent start to the season with 34 students coming to the first trial session. With no APAC event and travel cancelled this year due to the times we’re in, this season will look a bit different. With one eye on development this season the Team will be selected as normal with six boys and six girls who will train on Mondays and Wednesdays. Fridays will now be used for players who missed out on team selection this year and new for Saturdays will be “UNIS Tennis Ladder” -a set up which will involve all players (and Middle School students) to get in that all important match practice.
Through some links with local clubs we aim to set up some local competition with them and we look forward to the annual staff challenge that will be 3rd October this year.
More than 400 students have signed up to participate in at least one co-curricular activity! The Autumn Activities session kick-starts next Monday (September 7) and will give UNIS Hanoi students a chance to participate in a variety of sports, musical endeavours, and much more.
Tarique Al-Iesa, Director of Activities at UNIS Hanoi said, “All coaches, directors and activity sponsors are extremely excited at the opportunity to begin working with all our enthusiastic students in their areas of passion and interest. It has been great to see the large numbers of students signing up and looking to get involved.”
From Monday, the following activities will begin:
High School and Middle School Season 1 Sports (HS Volleyball, HS Tennis, MS Basketball)
Secondary School Music Programmes (Band, Choir, Orchestra)
High School Play
Model United Nations
After School Activities (ASAs)
UNIS Music Academy (UMA), and UNIS Aquatics Academy (UAA).
Details of specific meeting times and other relevant information is communicated out by the respective coaches/directors/activity sponsors or the Activities Office in the case of ASAs and UMA.
We have several exciting activity options on offer during the Autumn Session. Please make sure to log in and sign-up during the registration process which is open from 9:00 on August 26 to 12:00 noon on August 28.
Offers Tennis instruction in a range of programmes for UNIS Hanoi students only. Due to campus regulations there will be no adult and community classes in Season 1 from September to October. We hope to run a full programme from Season 2 so look out for information on that in November.
The UNIS Aquatics Academy offers a swimming training programme for all ages and ability. This is known as the Phoenix Swim Club and is solely offered to UNIS Hanoi students. Please visit the Aquatics Academy website for all the information about the programme.
UAA Catalogue and Registration UNIS Hanoi Phoenix Swim Club students only but please only sign up once the students group has been determined, after the assessment. Squad Allocation will be sent by August 23. Sign ups will open during the above dates and is on a ‘first-come-first-served’ basis.
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The first sports season of the year is planned to begin as soon as possible.
High School (Grade 9-12) volleyball and tennis as well as Middle School (Grade 6-8) basketball will start when we are able to safely and efficiently start practices. Be on the lookout for sign-up details as well as additional general information from our respective coaches.
Middle School sports are a two-day a week commitment while High School is a three to four-day a week commitment. Our Middle School programmes operate as a ‘no-cut opportunity’. Everyone wishing to participate will have the opportunity to practice, improve, and play some competitions. Please be advised that, given the ever evolving situation, we will need to remain responsive and flexible as the local regulations guide our planning and adjustments.
The Co-Curricular Activities Department is looking forward to delivering an inclusive and engaging set of offerings in the coming academic year. Our plan is to maintain core programmes, while simultaneously ensuring we are responsive to any impact of COVID-19.
Our plan is based on the following levels:
LEVEL 1 – Campus closed. Virtual options may be provided (Based on Government regulations)
LEVEL 2 – Campus open to UNIS Hanoi students only (Based on Government regulations)
LEVEL 3 – Campus open: Local travel – Hanoi only (No Domestic or International travel)
LEVEL 4 – Campus open: Travel and exchanges within Vietnam (No International travel)
LEVEL 5 – Campus open: Normal travel (e.g. APAC/MRISA) (International travel permitted)
Level 3 – 5
(Differs from on-campus
Sport Teams, Performing Arts Groups, Academic Competitions, Festivals, MUN
(Sports and Arts on offer will follow our regular programme)
Some programmes may continue virtually depending on feasibility, availability of a virtual culminating event and/or change in focus on process over product.
Run internally with UNIS students only. For Example: Intramural league.
Regular programme with culminating events adjusted according to level.
LEVEL 3 – Event/tournament with local Hanoi schools.
LEVEL 4 – Event/tournament with schools in Vietnam.
LEVEL 5 – APAC/MRISA event.
UNIS Music Academy (UMA)
Lessons continued via Zoom sessions.
UNIS Aquatics Academy (UAA) and UNIS Tennis Academy (UTA)
Campus closed – No programme
Regular programme and run internally with UNIS students only.
Swim meets and tennis tournaments will follow the same process as “sports teams” above.
Be ready to get involved in an exciting co-curricular programme and pursue your passions outside of the school day. To kick off the year there will be opportunities in: Visual and Performing Arts, Academic Pursuits, Technology, Sports and Movement, and Social/Cultural interests. Be on the lookout for more details coming in August.
Yesterday, UNIS Hanoi came online together to celebrate the remarkable achievements of its secondary school sports stars, artistes and student leaders. The Virtual Co-curricular Awards Ceremony was an opportunity for the community to honor all co-curricular groups as well as recognize some stand-out individual accomplishments.
Director of Activities, Tarique Al-Iesa said, “Our students’ talents are as diverse as our student body. Every individual who’s signed up and participated in an activity, committed to the necessary training, practice and prep work and gone out on the field, court or stage to perform deserves a round of applause.”
As is tradition, coaches and directors nominated individuals that had shown exceptional dedication, commitment and success to their chosen sport or activity throughout the school year.
Watch the Ceremony again!
If you missed the premiere of the Awards Ceremony, don’t worry! You can watch it again here.
High School Sports Awards
The winners are:
Male Junior Varsity Athlete of the Year: Iestyn Rusinow
Female Junior Varsity Athlete of the Year: Mia Kritenbrink
Male Varsity Athlete of the Year: Shay Smith
Female Varsity Athlete of the Year:Co May Nguyen
Male High School Ambassador: Richard Dang
Female High School Ambassador: Josefine Schmitz
High School Arts Awards
The winners are:
Thespian of the Year: Bailey Shelley
Musical Artist of the Year: Bao Chau Nguyen
Commitment to the Arts:Merel van Tienen
Excellence in Arts: My Anh Truong
Middle School Sports Awards
The winners are:
Middle School Male Athlete of the Year: Segdae Lucardie
Middle School Female Athlete of the Year:Jada Al-Iesa
Male Middle School Ambassador:Oliver Pollack
Female Middle School Ambassador:Sophia Chagas
Most Valuable Player Award Winners
Varsity Girls Volleyball: Frances Phan
JV Girls Volleyball: Tey (Tue Chan) Le
Varsity Boys Volleyball: Richard Dang
JV Boys Volleyball: Lam Nguyen
Varsity Tennis: Nguyen Dao
Varsity Girls Swimming: Flora Hamilton
Varsity Boys Swimming: Jan (Honza) Krubner
Varsity Girls Basketball: Co May Nguyen
JV Girls Basketball: Audrey Hanson
Varsity Boys Basketball: Malik Sy
JV Boys Basketball: Iestyn Rusinow
Player’s Choice Award Winners
Varsity Girls Volleyball: Co May Nguyen
JV Girls Volleyball: Mia Kritenbrink
Varsity Boys Volleyball: Richard Dang
JV Boys Volleyball: Gia Khang Vo
Varsity Girls Swimming: Flora Hamilton
Varsity Boys Swimming: Jan (Honza) Krubner
Varsity Girls Basketball: Co May Nguyen
JV Girls Basketball: Trang Pham
Varsity Boys Basketball: Zaid Zeidan
JV Boys Basketball: Junho Hwang
MS Coach’s Choice Medal Winners
Jada AL-Iesa, Victoria Kim, Mikkeline Lundsby, Giulia Landini, Svea Schmidt, Melissa Teo
Segdae Lucardie, Clemens Schmitz, Duc Vinh Nghiem, Sai Radu
Sophia Chagas, Nathalie Rowe, Polly Ward, Harley Dore, Robin van Tienen, Emily Dinh
Ségdae Lucardie, Will Francis, Thoma Bigot, Alinghi Song, Duc Vinh Nghiem, Clemens Schmitz
Recognition of MUN Leadership team:
Da Hyun Yu: In recognition of your leadership including your presence as a reliable guiding force throughout 2019-2020.
Ji U Jeong: In recognition of your organisational skills, specifically your management of the administration & hospitality for our two UNIS MUN conferences.
Harrison Wallace: In recognition of your embodiment of UNIS MUN core principles including your role as Secretary General for UNIS MUN 2020.
Seokhee (John) Yoon: In recognition of your affability & team building specifically with regard to the development of UNIS MUN Delegates.
Bao Chau Nguyen: In recognition of your dedication including your role as President of the Security Council at THIMUN 2019.
Binh Vu: In recognition of your commitment to raising the profile of UNIS MUN including your design of the UNIS MUN homepage & weekly TinTuc articles throughout 2019-2020.
Ho Lun (Felix) Shum: In recognition of human resource management skills including your training & development of UNIS MUN Presidents & Chairs.
Long Tran: In recognition of your interpersonal skills towards the development of a professional team of UNIS MUN Delegation Ambassadors.
Recognition of Ambassadors and Special Delegate
Duc Anh Nguyen Phu: In recognition of your leadership & professionalism as a UNIS MUN Delegation Ambassador at ISPP MUN.
Thanh An Nguyen: In recognition of your leadership & professionalism as a UNIS MUN Delegation Ambassador at ISPP MUN.
Heedong Cho: In recognition of your outstanding lobbying & debating skills as a UNIS MUN Delegate at ISPP MUN.
Jeongha Kim: In recognition of your leadership & professionalism as a UNIS MUN Delegation Ambassador at THIMUN.
Performing Arts Recognition
To the seniors – Yoo Chan Ko, Roy Lee, Jiyoon Kang, and Hye Min Lim – In recognition of their dedication to leaving the Band Program at UNIS better than how they found it.
Harry Chowdhry, Ben Knaggs, and Ambrose Phelps – In recognition of their stellar attendance, being dependable members of the Band, and always being ready to contribute at a high level.
Sophie Kim – In recognition of her ability to lead by example with consistently strong and excellent playing that makes the whole group better
Thanh Nguyen – In recognition of his drive and dedication to make himself a better musician
HS Mekong Delta
Jinha Oh – In recognition of her focus and attention to detail in rehearsal and performance
Chinh Mai – In recognition for his dedication, expertise and leadership in his role as a Tenor in APAC choir.
Da Hyun Yu – In recognition of your dedication to APAC choir and your leadership in the Soprano and Alto sections.
Sung Eun – In recognition for your resilience and commitment to the group as a reliable support for your peers.
Jeremy Smith – In recognition for his tireless work on the technical aspects of production, training other students and keeping it all running smoothly.
Gaby Chanen – In recognition of her outstanding commitment to role and consistent demonstration of creative process.
Elena McCullough – In recognition of her outstanding commitment to role and consistent demonstration of creative process.
Matthew Wood – In recognition of his outstanding commitment to physical characterisation.
Solene Shelley – In recognition of her focus and reactions when not having a lot to say. And her innate comic timing.
Frances Phan – In recognition of her focus and reactions when not having a lot to say. And her innate comic timing.
To the HS Senate Officers – Hye Min Lim, Dao Nguyen, Harrison Wallace, Jeremy Smith and Eileen Kang – you are recognized and gratefully thanked for your leadership, initiative, organization and work in improving the HS Senate throughout the year and your ongoing efforts to engage with students and maintain Senate operations during Distance Learning.
To the HS Senate Events Committee – Shaivee Sharma, Jae Hee Jung, Huy Nguyen, Woochang Jung, Bao Chau Nguyen, Daniel Jung, Lenard El-Hage and Minh Thien Mai – thank you for your efforts in organizing and running exciting student-centered activities that help raise school spirit throughout the year.
To the HS Senate Student Representatives Committee – Oskar Stenman, Sarah Anthony, Binh Vu, Eddie Lee, Hong Hai Tran, Long Tran, Johnny Ngo and Holly Seo – thank you for your efforts in creating opportunities for all students to have their voices heard through town hall meetings, HS assemblies and other outreach programmes.
The ban on large gatherings did not deter the Activities Office from organizing an event to celebrate the talented students involved in the co-curricular programme. Instead of the traditional annual banquet and awards night that’s hosted by the Boosters, the Activities Office has produced a virtual awards ceremony that will be live-streamed via YouTube on Thursday May 21 at 19:00. The ceremony will recognize athletes, musical and theatre artists as well as student leaders.
Personalized invitations to the event were sent to hundreds of students, parents, coaches and supporters earlier today (Friday May 15).
Organize a Watch Party!
To make the event extra special, why not gather a small group of friends and family members to watch the show together, cheering on the award winners as it happens?
Save the Link
The Virtual Co-Curricular Awards Ceremony will be live-streamed via UNIS Hanoi’s Co-Curricular YouTube channel.
Registration for Virtual After School Activities (ASAs) has opened. Students from Kindergarten right through to High School have a range of activities to choose from. Activities are free and start from 3.30pm for one hour via Zoom.
“We’ve designed bespoke activities that will be age-appropriate and engaging, but will be the least likely to require adult supervision and support, thus easing the burden on parents” said UNIS Hanoi’s Director of Activities, Tarique AlIesa.
The ASA’s will commence on Monday April 27. To register, please follow the instructions sent via email on Thursday April 16 from the UNIS Co-curricular Activities Office. Login to CHQ to read the activity available for your child, the full activity description, the day of the week the class runs, the class size limit and name of instructor. Registration ends on Wednesday April 22.
Snapshot of ASAs for the Elementary School (please log in to CHQ for full details)
Word Warriors (K2 – G3)
Word Warriors is an exciting word club for students, which helps expand vocabulary and improve both spelling and dictionary use. Children will be challenged with a lot of word games, puzzles, crosswords and quizzes.
Mind Mapping for Children (K2-G1)
A mind map is a graphic organizer or diagram that is used to visually outline information. It’s like a large web where a central word or idea branches out into related subjects. The ideas are listed out and connect to one another. This makes it easy to see how concepts are related to get a better understanding of the subject. Using words, pictures, and diagrams help to organize your thoughts which in turn helps you follow your train of thought when you come back to study further.
Cool Science (K2-G1)
Learn interesting science facts by experimenting with different materials that react in surprising ways. Your child will find a lot of experiments can be done using simple ingredients. The materials we use to perform experiments are simple, safe and perfect for young kids.
If you love solving problems using your mathematical, scientific, technology, engineering knowledge and skill, come and join our STEAM club where you’re free to come with your ideas. It’s all about making and building models!
STEAM Kid Club (K2-G2)
STEAM is an amazing club which offers kid-friendly and hands-on science, technology, engineering, art and math activities using materials you probably have lying around the house. Don’t worry if you have never made it before and what is more important, you do not need to prepare anything special.
Fun Science Experiments (G1-3)
Students will have the chance to learn interesting science facts by experimenting with different materials that react in surprising ways. With materials easily found at home like water, vinegar, ice-cream, baking soda… our science projects hope to help students acquire new ways of understanding the world.
Fun Origami (G2-G3)
Origami is a popular form of art. With no requirement for too many materials, origami helps develop eye hand coordination as well as improve patience and sequencing skills. It can also be very relaxing and creative.
Show and Tell (K2-G2) Show and tell (or show and share) is a wonderful introduction to public speaking as children are often given the option of speaking about a topic they know well and are interested in. Speaking about something you love always makes you love it even more! When you are asked to help your child prepare a show and tell, remember the positive impact it can have on his or her confidence and communication skills!
Challenging Capers (K1-G5)
Each week there will be a range of challenges for the students. This will include quizzes, scavenger hunts, talent shows, folding clothes and more. It will be a lot of fun and remember…points mean prizes!
Making little doll house (G3-G5)
Have you ever had a chance to use a needle to sew some cute things? Now is your chance! The big project we will do together is making a little doll house. We will make a stuff doll, and a collection of clothes and jewelry for your lovely doll. To join our club, please make sure you have some pieces of felt or fabric, needle with thread which you are able to work on, fabric scissors and your patience!
Story time (K1-K2)
A purely relaxing story time your children need after a hard-working day. There will be some fun activities to follow with the story. A promise of fun, relax, no-pressure time ahead….
Reading club (G2-G3)
Books are the most nutritious meal for humans. Only by reading more and more, can kids be promoted to establish reading habits. Also, reading not only enriches our second knowledge but also in the academy. So, reading club will be a special chance for kids to learn reading comprehension and to be more confident in a variety of skills such as reading aloud, fluency, sharing and reflecting.
Learn to Juggle/Ball Games (G4-G5)
This will be fun based activity exercising fundamental core skills mainly co-ordination. Lots of different activities using balls for instance; target throwing, throwing and catching, You will need 3 tennis type sized balls. All exercises will be based indoors
Be More Sustainable By Doing It Yourself! (G5-G7) So you care about the environment and you want to live more sustainably, but you just don’t have the time? Well, one of the advantages of distance learning is you have more time at home to explore and experience doing things for yourself. In this ASA we will explore how we can make household products ourselves instead of buying them in wasteful plastic packaging.
These will include learning to:
Make compost bins
Make homemade yoghurt and cheese
Make homemade soap and other toiletries and more…
Fun Yoga for kids (G1-G3)
Virtual Fun Yoga for Kids provides students with opportunities to discover their own body and help them to relieve stress after a long, hard-working day with distance learning. Fun Yoga for Kids develops students’ self-esteem and body awareness with a physical activity that’s noncompetitive. We value cooperation and compassion and yoga is a great gift to give our children. Students will need to have a Yoga mat for this activity.
Music and Movement (K2-G2)
Virtual Music and Movement provides students with opportunities to discover their own body and help them to relieve stress after a long, hard-working day with distance learning. Students can have fun while listening to music and doing some brain break, being away from the screen.
Snapshot of ASAs for the Middle School and High School (please log in to CHQ for full details)
Sporcle Trivia Challenge (G6-G12)
This 5-week trivia challenge will cover topics from Sports, History, Geography, etc. Each week points will be accumulated to crown an ultimate champion after 5 weeks.
APAC Tennis Pre-Season (G8-G12)
For any players having desire to play APAC Tennis Season next year this will serve as a headstart to that. Learn about the overview of the season structure plus many activities that can still be done at home in preparation
Preseason “Prehab” Exercises (G6-G12) This 5-week programme will focus on exercises and stretches used to prevent common injuries in sport. New joint, body parts, and injuries will be discussed each week to give student-athletes information and confidence leading up to their next sport season. All exercises and stretches will be easy to complete at home.
Sustainable By Doing It Yourself! (G5-G7)
So you care about the environment and you want to live more sustainably, but you just don’t have the time? Well, one of the advantages of distance learning is you have more time at home to explore and experience doing things for yourself. In this ASA we will explore how we can make household products ourselves instead of buying them in wasteful plastic packaging. These will include learning to make compost bins, homemade yoghurt and cheese, homemade soap and other toiletries to name a few…
Need help being motivated to workout. Join me as we cycle through exercises to get our heartbeat going and our bodies moving. All levels welcome and no equipment is needed.
Students from Kindergarten right up to High School will soon get the chance to sign up for After School Activities (ASA) once again! From Monday April 27th, multiple ASA’s will go online for a period of five weeks, giving students the chance to get engaged in purposeful activities once their school day ends. These one hour sessions, starting from 15.30, offer students the chance to have fun and connect with their friends.
UNIS Hanoi’s Director of Activities, Tarique Al-Iesa said, “Every activity we offer will be fun based and aims to give students the opportunity to investigate areas of potential interest, improve skill sets and interact with like-minded individuals outside of their immediate peer group.”
All classes will be free of charge. “On April 16th, my team will communicate the full list of offerings” revealed Tarique. “Registration will open from April 17 to April 22 through the normal CHQ platform.”
The third and final sport season of the year kicks off shortly after we return from Tet Holiday. High School soccer and badminton begin on Monday, February 10, and Middle School volleyball begins on Tuesday, March 3.
Students who are interested in HS or MS sports should make their way to the sign-up boards outside the UNIS Hanoi cafeteria and register as soon as possible. Be on the lookout for more detailed information from your respective coaches.
Middle school sports are a two-day a week commitment while high school is a three to four-day a week commitment. Our middle school programmes operate as a no-cut opportunity. Everyone wishing to participate will have the opportunity to practice, improve, and play some competitions.
The 2019 season for the UNIS girls JV tournament was full of new relationships, team spirit, and successes. This year’s team consisted of co-captain My Nguyen, co-captain Mia Kritenbrink, Victoria Moro de Mendoza, Kitty Tran, Didi Bullard, Elaine Dang, Tey Le, Sarah Anthony, Isabella Brazil, Ngoc Nguyen, Hari Jang, Trang Pham, Carmen Cortizas, and Abigael Goosey. The team first participated in and won first place in the local HAC tournament hosted at Concordia International School Hanoi. Then, we traveled to Saigon South International School in Ho Chi Minh City for the final MRISA tournament. After three days of fantastic volleyball with five other teams, we received third place.
The level of play in MRISA was considerably higher than in previous games our girls had faced, with all of the other teams participating being those at the varsity level. Despite the difference in age, we persevered and demonstrated amazingly positive attitudes in every game, showing a determination to never give up no matter the score. An honorable mention from the tournament must go to the three pairs of colorful socks, one for each day, that were worn by the travel team to boost team spirit. Featuring hot dogs on the first day, popsicles on the second, and avocados for the third, these socks were just one of the ways that our team made an effort to foster a family atmosphere, which showed in the way that we played and really banded together as a team. Our amazing back row players produced incredible “3-point” passes, our setters set beautifully for our hitters, and our spikers absolutely killed it! There were only words of encouragement spoken on the court, and in a sport that is as mentally exhausting as volleyball, supportive teammates are key to success.
It’s safe to say that our team has made incredible progress throughout this season in terms of individual skills and working together as a team. As co-captains, we are extremely proud of our awesome team for how far we’ve come from the group of mostly uneasy strangers to the highly functioning volleyball machine that we’ve become. All the hard work and effort that we’ve put in, ranging from extra morning practices to planning outfits on game days, definitely paid off, and the memories from this season will be ones that we will keep forever. We’re going to miss being with these energetic, goofy, yet powerful players. It was an honor to be a part of this team!