May 22, 2017

From May 12-15, 2017, ISLA Academy Phase 5 and 6 students climbed to the highest point in the Caribbean, Pico Duarte, in the central mountain range of the Dominican Republic.  They started their trip with a beautiful waterfall hike in Jarabacoa.  On Day 2, they entered the national park and climbed nine hours until reaching the base camp of La Compartición.

Waking up at 3:00 am on Day 3, the team began their final ascent to the peak, at 3,087 meters!  They returned to base camp that evening for dinner and celebration.  On the fourth and final day, the students descended another 6 hours before returning triumphantly to ISLA Academy that afternoon.  

Along the way, they saw unparalleled beauty.  More importantly, they learned about themselves and what it takes to overcome challenges.  We are all so proud of them!

May 15, 2017

After two months of rigorous training, the ISLA Academy gymnastics team traveled to Salcedo, in the Cibao Valley of the Dominican Republic, to participate in their first competition, the '2nd Provincial Rhythmic Gymnastics Tournament 2017', held May 5, 2017.  

Under the leadership of team captains Samantha Biondi and Giulia Oliva, the team met early mornings, on the weekends, and after school to design and practice their choreography, mix their own music, and make their own uniforms. 

In front of a huge audience at Liceo Cientifico, the team perfectly executed their routine and were awarded the top prize in their age group. We are so proud of the way they represented ISLA Academy. They are all excited to defend their title at the next competition in June.

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