Two of our students have won their respective divisions in the AMIS Solo Finals Competition. Arnold (Grade 12) won for his Tenor/Bass Voice performance of Mozart - Se vuol ballare and Janice (Grade 10) won for her Harp performance of Rota - Sarabanda e Toccata. Hundreds of students from all over the world enter this competition in each discipline. All of the winning performances will be featured in a recorded online concert performance to be released on June 1, 2021.
Awards and Honors
Read all about our student achievement and accomplishments of our students!
Ina (Grade 8) received the Encouragement Prize for her participation in the 2021 International University Dance Competition. Ina has been practicing ballet for six years. Hosted by Korea International Dance Exchange Association in collaboration with Amsterdam University of Arts and Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, this competition provides young Korean dancers international exposure and opportunities such as scholarships to well-known performing arts universities.
In VoiceLab, Middle School students are challenged to create unique audio and video compositions like this piece by Kevin (Grade 8)! Guided by teachers Matt Gibault, Steven Church and Bryan Coogan, students find their own inspiration and pursue creative excellence.
Learn more about VoiceLab at voicelab.seoulforeign.org
(Recorded in a room in isolation with no mask required)
Four of our Middle School AQT students, Alex (Grade 8), Na Yoon (Grade 7), Christian (Grade 7), and Nathaniel (Grade 6), attended the NAQT Middle School National Championship Tournament held virtually from Chicago. The team played in eight rounds from 10:00 pm to 7:30 pm, making both SFS and NAQT history as the first MS team in all of Asia to ever make it to the playoffs. The team finished in 37th place overall out of 112 teams. Personal achievements include captain Alex placing 45th and Nathaniel placing 101st out of 588 students. Congratulations to MS AQT Team A for their great achievements!
On April 17th, SFS hosted a Middle School and High School AQT tournament for 21 teams across 5 schools. Our HS A team placed 2nd and B team placed 8th, while our MS A team placed 1st, B team placed 4th, and C team placed 7th. Coaches Philip Hart and Tobias Kim are very proud of all the students for their dedication each week with the hours of practices and the long day of competition. Please stay tuned for updates from the National (USA) Championship Tournaments in May, where our MS and HS A teams will be competing.
Lily (Grade 9) participated in the National Latin Exam level IV, sponsored by the American Classical League and the National Junior Classical League. The mission of the National Latin Exam is to promote and support the learning and teaching of the Latin language and culture. Lily received a score that earned her a magna cum laude award. Congratulations!
Arthur (Grade 2) and five other team members received the Ranatra Fusca Award from the Odyssey of the Mind competition, a creative problem-solving competition, and his team will be representing Korea in the final world-wide competition. The Ranatra Fusca Award embodies what the program represents and is given to a team or individual for demonstrating outstanding creativity. In a typical year, the award would have allowed Arthur and his team to travel to the United States for the competition, but for 2020 and 2021, it will be replaced by pre-recorded sessions over Zoom.
Congratulations to Olivia (Grade 7) for being the third-place winner in the Middle School category for the National Center for State Court’s (NCSC) 2021 Civics Education Essay Contest. Olivia’s essay was one of 1,826 entries in this year’s contest! Her essay was selected as a finalist by Texas Chief Justice Nathan Hecht and Colorado Justice Richard Gabriel. Beyond being the third-place winner, Olivia is the first-ever international student winner.
We have six athletes in Grade 12 who will be continuing their athletic careers at the collegiate level: Jay Jones (Tennis, Swarthmore College), Mya Rolinson (Soccer, Shaw University), Seawon Park (Cross Country, Haverford College), Flavio Tokunaga (Swimming, Penn State Altoona), Emily Park (Swimming, Northwestern), and Ryan Kim (Soccer, Asbury University). Their signed certificates will be displayed in the gym. Go Crusaders!
For the second year running, Joanne (Grade 11) won first place in the Individual Performance category in the National History Day, Korea Competition. The SFS History Society team including Joanne, Meichen (Grade 11), Sophia (Grade 11), Jia (Grade 9), and Coach Hutchin, participated in the online tournament. Joanne’s entry was based on the first Korean dictionary and was titled, “The Dictionary that wouldn’t Die: The fight of the Korean Language Society.” Joanne will now be invited to represent Korea and compete in the US NHD competition held every summer in Washington, DC.