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Jeremy Hobson awarded Rising Star honor

Jeremy Hobson ('99) is being honored as the school’s Rising Star award recipient this year. The award recognizes Uni High alumni who have demonstrated leadership in their field, in service to the school or the community. 

As the inaugural Rising Star Award Recipient, Hobson will speak at the Uni High Graduation ceremony, May 20th.  There will be a celebration dinner in honor of Hobson’s achievements beginning at 6:30PM at Baxters’ American Grille (100 Trade Centre Dr, Champaign, IL 61820).  Seating is limited, free of charge, please rsvp HERE.

Hobson co-hosts NPR’s “Here and Now.” Before joining Here & Now, he hosted the Marketplace Morning Report. He also was a reporter for Marketplace based in Washington, D.C., and later New York City, where he covered Wall Street and its impact on ordinary Americans during the financial crisis of 2008.

Hobson has also reported and hosted for public radio stations including WRNI Providence, WCAI Cape Cod, and WILL in Urbana, Illinois. He spent years as a producer for NPR’s “All Things Considered,” “Day to Day” and “Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me!”

Hobson’s radio career began at the age of 9 when he started contributing to a program called Treehouse Radio. He is a graduate of Boston University and the University of Illinois Laboratory High School.


Recently, the University released a Strategic Vision Report with recommendations for long-term planning for the school's future. Each of the recommendations has been accepted by the Provost as worthy of future study, not as items fully accepted and decided by the University. 

In response to the recommendations, the administration solicited feedback from the faculty, the student council and the Parent-Faculty Organization, as well as giving all students a chance to respond via email. The Alumni Association is collecting feedback from alumni, and will submit a report as well. 

The Gargoyle, our student publication, summarized the report and reported on initial reactions. Both articles are open for comments, and further articles are in the works


Uni hosted our first Alumni Agora Day this year, where alumni spent an afternoon sharing their experiences, advice and philosophies about careers, high school, college, the world and life in general. It was a great opportunity for current Uni students to see where they could be in the future. The event was part of ReUNIion Week April 6-8.

Below: top left:Habibullah Monah, ‘07; top right: Adam Tiouririne, ‘09; bottom left: Allen Harper, ‘52; bottom right: Morgan Johnson, ‘94


Uni's first-ever ReUNIon week was held April 6-8, and included an all-1950s reunion as well as decade reunions for other classes. The annual Gala was April 8, where we honored this year's Max Beberman Distinguished Alumni award recipient, were serenaded by decades of Madrigals gathered for the 70th Madrigal reunion, and raised $14,000 toward our teacher wish list items. We're looking forward to next year's ReUNIon!

Below: top left: Richard Newmark, '57, was honored at the Gala as the 2017 Max Beberman Distinguished Alumni Award recipient; top right: The classes of 1950 to 1959 celebrated their Grand Reunion at the Urbana Country Club. Lorna (Klorfin) Graff ’56 and Marcia (Koplan) Rudin ’58 organized the evening; bottom left: Jeremy Hobson, ’99 and Social Studies teacher Janet Morford; bottom right: Current Madrigals and Alumni performing together.