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ACST Elementary Student Council "The Activators"

For some happy news this week, ACST’s elementary student council members, the Activators, serve as leaders within our school. Grade 4 and 5 students are selected to represent their homeroom and serve for a trimester.

Each term, students are asked to:​​​​​​​

  • Emcee our assemblies
  • Sponsor a spirit day
  • Engage in a community service project

This round of Activators eagerly embraced the idea of staff appreciation and organized “Room Service '' for all faculty in or associated with the elementary. They designed a menu, created a door hanger, baked their goodies, and (this past Tuesday) went from room to room sharing smiles, sweet treats, and healthy snacks. This group has certainly proven to be excellent role models who exemplify ACST’s core values.

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I was one of the six ACST high school music students who attended the Western Europe Regional Honor Band and Honor Choir 2020 in Dusseldorf, Germany for the first time this year.

This music festival was founded three years ago and aims to gather many international schools in Europe and the Middle East to practice selected pieces of music to perform at a final concert. The festival is an opportunity for advanced music students from small international schools throughout the region to play music in a more intensive setting than they normally have in their school bands. A shoutout to Mr. Minaker, who made this trip happen and helped coordinate our busy schedule. It was so inspiring to experience being part of a high-level band of 80 high school students from 12 different schools. Coming back on Sunday, we were all exhausted from the intensive 8-hour practice every day but satisfied with our successful concert, new musical abilities, and the many friends we made along the way.

by Tamara Ghandour, Grade 10 Student

MASAC Varsity Basketball @ AAC

This past weekend, both boys and girls varsity basketball teams traveled to the American Academy of Casablanca to participate in MASAC. I congratulate both teams for making it to finals, which has not been done in basketball for a while at ACST.

The girls won their first three games and made it to finals, to play a tight match against the American School of Tangier. We played our absolute hardest and gave our best, with the score being 17-14 - we lost by one basket. There was blood, bruising and tears, but we supported each other through it and held our heads up high to receive our 2nd place trophy. I am particularly proud of our strong fight and happy to announce that our coach did end up shaving his legendary beard as a bet to a few of our wins.

As for the boys, they did win their first two games, however lost their third match against the Casablanca team. Fortunately, they won their semi-finals match against the Rabat American School and made it to the finals. They played against the Casablanca team again, and they went harder than ever. With a score of 32-24, they came in first place and brought home the beautiful trophy.

All members of both teams played well, but there were a couple of all star players voted “most valuable players” by the coaches. Emma Moody, Annkathrin Dix, Khadija Derouiche and Zeraly Saromines all played the last match with real emotion, they poured their soul into every lay-up, pass and dribble possible. As for the boys, Youssef Bensaad, Etienne Thomas, Adam Grossenbacher, and Youssef Shehadeh were also all-star players. These players hustled up and down the court, trying their best to perfect each shot and pass. You could see the passion they had for the game reflected in the light of their eyes.

Of course, this entire season could not have happened without the wonderful coaches. Thank you Mr. Ferreira, Mrs. Sonya, and Mr. Otsing for dedicating so much time, hard work, and effort into all the planned practices. You have not only taught us how to play basketball, but you have both taught us what it means to be the best version of ourselves both on and off the court, and we can not thank you enough for that.

By: Sophie Cherif, Grade 11 student

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