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  Sunday, May 15, 2016

A Memorable Kiwanis Junior Olympics for SDFAS

By Isabelle Gilet

Yesterday, over 40 SDFAS students competed in the Kiwanis Junior Olympics at Clairemont High School. The annual track & field event invites all La Jolla students, ages 5 – 12,  to enjoy a day of fun & competition. Students signed-up to test their skills in the 200m sprint, 100m sprint, 50m sprint, running broad jump, standing broad jump, obstacle course, and softball throw. SDFAS students raced, jumped and threw their way to gold, silver and bronze medals! Congratulations to all our young competitors!

Additionally, each year at the Junior Olympics, each school is invited to choose 4 girls and 4 boys to race in the 4 x 100m relay races. The relay consists of one 8 year old, one 9 year old, one 10 year old and one 11 year old. This year, for the first time, BOTH the girls and boys relay teams placed 3rd out of 8 schools, and they were all awarded the bronze medal. Congratulations to Marie Rebeiz, Elisabeth Madany , Ella Schuppek , and Tahlia Zadeyan for being the first girls relay team in school history to place in the top 3! And to Aidan Des Rosiers – Kutchuk, Titouan Ferton, Nicola Redon, and Paul Madany for representing the boys! Bravo to our relay teams!

At the end of the day, each school sends their fastest runner to compete in a 400 meter race for the title of “Fastest Boy” and “Fastest Girl” in La Jolla.

This year for the girls, 4th grader Tahlia Zadeyan represented SDFAS and finished as the 5th fastest girl in La Jolla, an amazing accomplishment for such a young athlete. Good job, Tahlia!

For the “Fastest Boy”, 5th grader John Guckian raced a strong and strategic race. His focus and determination, coupled with his raw talent was no match for any other boy in La Jolla. John had a fast start, held a competitive pace throughout the race, and out sprinted all other runners during the last 100 meters… Giving him the 2016 title of “Fastest Boy In La Jolla” and winning the gold medal!  “San Diego French-American School, John Guckian, Fastest Boy in La Jolla 2016″will be engraved on a historical trophy with all past winners. What an monumental feat!

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