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  • Writer's pictureTatiana Chen

Final 4 Closing Ceremony

The EABH Hawks made history for our school’s athletics department by bringing EABH to the national championship for the top two finalists of Big 8 and the ISSL tournaments that occurred prior to the Final 4. Concluding the championship, the athletics director of the host school, Graded, the American School of São Paulo, gave a speech congratulating all the athletes who participated and played their best regardless of the medals taking home. Out of the four categories, EABH qualified for Girls Soccer and Boys Basketball after placing 2nd in ISSL back in September. For this national event, the winners for each sport were announced as the athletes went up stage to receive a medal, chant and take a picture. The crowd had an additional moment to applaud the seniors for their participation in their last Final 4.

For Girls soccer, EABH pridefully place 3rd while EARJ placed 2nd and St. Pauls placed 1st. The Lady Hawks' hours of preparation dedicated to the championship was payed off by bringing home the bronze medal! Likewise the previous tournament, the girls demonstrated their Hawk spirit with this victory making EABH proud to be a Hawk! Anna Flavia Escobar (5) as team captain was recognized for her ability to cultivate team spirit and chemistry throughout the games as a great leader at our school. Boys soccer had EARJ place 3rd, Graded place 2nd and Nations won 1st. The final game between Nations and Graded had a large audience as it was the last game of the championship and a few minutes before the closing ceremony, it consisted of athletes from nearly every school watching.

Girls Basketball had British place 3rd, St.Pauls in 2nd and Graded in 1st. For Boys Basketball, Graded won 3rd, EARJ got 2nd and St.Pauls won 1st once again, similar to their 1st place victory at ISSL. The Hawks placed 4th, not receiving a medal after 2 intense games against EARJ Panthers and Graded Eagles; they faced various obstacles regarding the physical state of athletes and the spirit of the team. EABH, as a close community, congratulated the boys’ hard work, from the starting line up, to benched players and team captain Lincoln Pfile (3) who dedicated many hours to bringing the team to a championship of this importance. The school is proud to have every athlete in São Paulo representing the school!

Congratulations to the Hawks that worked their hardest to be where they are on behalf of the school as well as the coaches Coach Fred, Coach Tamara, Coach Daniel and Coach Sandro and Athletics Director, Mr. Jaison! EABH would also not have made it this far without the hard hours of dedication by team captains, Lincoln Pfile (boys basketball) and Anna Flavia Escobar (girls soccer).

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