Each month the Athletic Department selects a Spartan Athlete of the Month. The recipients for the month of April are Julie Andrist and Salaam Khater from the badminton team.
During the season, this number-one doubles team went undefeated in the South Suburban Conference with a regular-season mark of 7-0. They won the conference tournament at number-one doubles by knocking off the top-ranked player and her partner from TF South.
Then, the tandem qualified for the Illinois High School Association State Finals by taking third place at the sectional. They defeated Willowbrook’s number-one doubles team and Downers Grove North’s number-one and number-two doubles teams in the process.
This is the first state-qualifying team in badminton at Oak Lawn Community High School since 2015. They took their 27-8 record at number-one doubles into the state meet.
Other nominees for Spartan Athlete of the Month included Zach Olejniczak (Boys Track), Emma McGrath (Girls Track), Monique Villarreal (Softball), Joey Barnhouse (Baseball), Mia Kennelly (Girls Soccer), and Ahmed Sharfi (Boys Tennis).