Uni ExploraVision team second in nation
Uni's grade 7-9 ExploraVision team (left) placed second in the nation with their project NewFerro Roads, an innovative way to build new roads and prevent further decay of infrastructure. The team members were subfreshmen Benji Chang, Nate Jones, Ryan Wang and Shoorsen Gandhi. The team was advised by subbie science teacher Cyndi Smyser. As second place winners, they will receive a $5000 savings bond and a trip to Washington, D.C.
Uni's grade 10-12 team, May Yang and Maher Adoni, won first place in our region, with their technology prototype, HydroSuppORT. They were advised by Uni biology teacher Dave Stone.
Uni Alumni get together in San Francisco
The Uni High Alumni Association hosted an alumni reception in San Francisco April 6. Nearly 40 alumni visited with School Director Jeff Walkington and Uni biology teacher Dave Stone.
From left to right: Elisabeth Pollock ('99), Daniel "Spinnerty" Finnerty ('99), Uni science teacher Dave Stone, Jeff Helfrich ('99), in back, and Reed Martin ('99).
The next alumni get-together will be June 12 in Washington, D.C. Keep an eye out for details in May!
Yang sells Fullstack Academy
David Yang, '00, co-founder of Fullstack Academy, has announced the sale of the startup company to Bridgepoint Education. Bridgepoint will pay $17.5M in cash and up to 4.75.M shares of common stock.
Fullstack is a Premier, Innovative Web Development School with more than 2,500 graduates, offering learning programs in cybersecurity training and web development.
Freshman participate in interdisciplinary project
At left: Uni freshmen spent three days in early April at the C-U Community Fab Lab on an interdisciplinary field trip focused on humanities and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). Students studied one subject area and one area of digital fabrication each session.
During this time students were introduced to an array of Fab Lab resources, participating in activities including the development of electronic musical instruments and 3-D printing images they captured at the Krannert Art Museum.
Scholastic Bowl state champs
Uni's Scholastic Bowl team won the state title, defeating Rockford Auburn 430-390.
Japan Bowl success
Fourteen Uni students participated in the Japan Bowl competition in Naperville, Ill. in March. Irina Cheng, Bridget Rubins, and Crystina Wayne won second place in the Level 3 division, and Macheila Anderson and Lili Banihashem won third place in the same event.
Math class swap
Juniors in Erin Smith's Advanced Topics math class joined Craig Russell's subbie Math 1 students for a peer teaching activity inspired by research showing that having older students teach younger students benefits both groups.
The Advanced Topics students taught a Math 1 lesson on vectors, vector addition, and the application of vectors.
Uni was also hosting several visitors from another local high school as part of a separate project, making for a crowded but highly energetic class period.
We have set a campaign goal of $10,000,000 to ensure we are able to have an impact on the lives of students and move education at Uni forward for the next 100 years. We are thrilled to have already received more than 84% of our goal as of April 24, 2019.