The Indiana Association for the Gifted held its annual meeting in Indianapolis in early December, and recognized two Sycamore students, Emily Hackwelder and Nate Liang, who have demonstrated distinguished achievement in academics, leadership, or the arts as winners of the Distinguished Students Award. These awards are designed to inspire students to achieve, as well as highlight the distinct accomplishments and educational needs of gifted students. Each recipient is awarded $250 in addition to a plaque. Since IAG did not hold a conference in 2020, this year IAG named two Distinguished Students this year.
Sycamore School’s 6th/7th/8th Spell Bowl Team had an amazingly impressive day at Purdue University, winning the the 37th Annual Indiana Academic Spell Bowl State Finals.They had both the highest score overall of any team in any division, and only missed two words. Congratulations to Gavin Sigua, Akhil Jois, Ava Deng, Tess Eggeson, Mukund Sagi, Kaia Starnino, Sophie Liang, Riti Tandra, Hasini Ambaty, Aditya Bhatia, Alex Bramhill, Raza Hassan, and Coach Cummins. 4th/5th Grade Team: Sycamore also won the 29th Annual Indiana Academic Spell Bowl Area Contest championship Monday. To prepare for the competition, students learned to spell 750 words. During the competition, Sycamore spellers correctly spelled 55 of 56 given words. The team includes Dyer Thompson, Izzy Abraham, Sahana Pesek, Mikhaela Starnino, Caroline Cheng, Savannah Reymer, Zoe Singh, and Yohaan Cheryan. There is also an impressive group of alternates that includes: Violet Pangan, Addie Liu, Charlotte Pryor, Trey Overstreet, Prudy Peng, Lucy Ko, Lianna Cohen-Gadol, Steven Mason, and Kushi Chandra.
At the September 3rd soccer match against The Oaks, two cousins faced off against each other. Sycamore's Simon Williams and Daniel Michael of The Oaks continued a "family rivalry" of Sycamore against Oaks soccer that began back in 2015 when Simon's older brother, Owen Williams, faced two older cousins at The Oaks.