Al Akhawayn School of Ifrane Triumphs in National Badminton Tournament
Ifrane, March 15, 2011 - In a first for the young athletes of the Al Akhawayn University School of Ifrane (ASI), the school's badminton team won the overall championship trophy for the first time in its 14-year history in the recent Moroccan-American Schools Athletic Consortium (MASAC) badminton tournament hosted by the school in Ifrane from March 12-13. The victory was especially sweet as ASI beat several much larger schools with longer histories of success in badminton.
Al Akhawayn not only came away with the championship, but scored 7 first place finishes, 5 second place finishes, and several third place. Other schools competing in the tournament included past champions Casablanca American School, Rabat American School, and George Washington Academy.
The team's victory was honored by a pizza banquet sponsored by the Office of the University's Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Abdelhamid Lotfi, and cheered on by University President Driss Ouaouicha, who remarked that, "Great things often come in small packages: the fact that ASI excels nationally is proof positive that the school is providing a wonderful education and great team athletics for our amazing young people."
The coach of the winning Al Akhawayn team was Omar Boutaleb, and the students who competed included (grade 6) Zahra Benmekka, Rim Bouia, Ibrahim Charifi, and Muhammad Khan; (grade 7) Amine Naitlho and Mamoune Naitlho; (grade 8) Kenza Naitlho; (grade 9) Aisha Barrou and Hafsa El Bouji; (grade 10) Salim Tananim, Elias Ghecchi, and Safae Alaoui; (grade 11) Yassine Kharraz and Nizar Naitlho; and (grade 12) Chafik Derakaoui and Youssef Gehchi.