Lions End Winter Season On A High Note

St. John’s hosted the 2012 ISST Girls Division 1 Basketball Championship this past week, March 8-10. The tournament lived up to its slogan, “Peace, Love, Basketball”. The three days of competition were filled with great spirit, sportsmanship and wonderful basketball. The tournament was made up of 12 teams from 9 different countries and a total of 120 athletes.

ACS Athens was the dominant team of the tournament, winning its five games by an average margin of 41 points, and beating the American School of Paris in convincing fashion in the championship game, 69-26. The St. John’s girls finished in a very solid sixth place, posting wins over the International School of The Hague and Zurich International School.

Our basketball players were not the only St. John’s students working hard throughout the tournament. A group of 8th grade media students in Caitlin Krause’s Media Studies class led the way in covering the event. The students wrote game stories, interviewed players and took photos, which all contributed to a daily newsletter, recapping the day’s events. This newsletter was posted on the tournament’s website ( at the end of each day and handed out to spectators, coaches and players first thing in the morning. In addition, the students managed a live video stream of all games played in the Arena, which included a live score update at the top of the screen – just like on TV! The icing on the cake was a live score update for both gyms throughout the day on the website itself. While the students were given ideas and some guidance, they surpassed all expectations and displayed the incredible amount of talent present at St. John’s.

The boys’ basketball ISST Championship took place simultaneously down the road at the International School of Brussels. While only losing one game, the St. John’s boys finished fifth overall, beating the American School of Paris, Cairo American College, the International School of Brussels and Frankfurt International School along the way.

The swim team travelled to The Hague for this year’s ISST Championship. The team won 7 medals, 6 bronzes and 1 silver, and finished 7th overall.  Helene Seegert ended the season in style, beating three school records at the ISST’s. Soraya Kezelman and Elliot Sodemann impressed as well, setting two and one new school record, respectively.

The St. John’s community has many reasons to be proud. As the spring sports season is getting started, let us all hope for many more good moments to come.

 Preben Gietz, Assistant Athletic Director