What's New at Urbana High School
March 5th, 2015
UHS students competed in the 35th ICTM Regional Mathematics Contest on Saturday, February 28, 2015. The contest, held at various regional sites throughout Illinois, included fifteen schools attending the regional tournament hosted at Parkland College. After the school points were totaled, UHS Math Team was awarded third place.
Results for UHS students in individual and team contests are as follows (with notations on who advanced to State): Read the rest of this entry »
February 27th, 2015
Art work created by Urbana High School and other area students will be on display for the 6th Annual Eric Show from March 12 through April 5 at the Illini Union Art Gallery. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, March 12 from 5pm to 7pm at the Illini Union Art Gallery. Awards will be announced at 6pm and refreshments will be provided. The Eric Show honors the legacy of Eric Steffensen, a UHS graduate who was killed by a drunk driver in 1970.
UHS students who have art work in the show are:
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From the Eric Show, 40 North web site:
The Eric Show is a juried high school art show that was established in 2010 and is endowed by Dale and Peg Steffensen in memory of Dale’s son Eric (1951-1970). Throughout high school, Eric won several awards for his outstanding artwork and demonstrated creativity that was far beyond his years. He worked with Rob Fisher, then a sculpture professor at the University of Illinois, and began preparing his portfolio with plans of majoring in art at UIUC. Eric had graduated a semester early from Urbana High School but while driving home from a hockey game in early 1970, he was killed by a drunk driver at the corner of Race and Michigan streets in Urbana.
The Eric Show honors Eric’s legacy as well as encourages the amazing young artists of this community.
February 11th, 2015
A group of UHS students joined other local high school students and community members and participated in the “One Winter Night” event in downtown Champaign this past weekend. The event was successful in creating awareness about homelessness, but also in gathering donations to help those without shelter or a place to live. UHS students said they will continue their fundraising through this coming Friday, February 13.
Nine students, some from the National Honors Society, participated in the, “One Winter Night,” spent six hours outdoors that night, in cardboard shelters or on the street, interacting with supporters and other members of the community. One student who participated in the event, Penny Xu, wrote in an email, “The atmosphere was really friendly as the whole community came together last night to support and address homelessness.” She went on to say that it was an eye-opening experience for the group and that they look forward to participating again next year.
Donations are still being accepted and the UHS group is looking to raise $1,000. For more information or to make a donation, please visit: www.cuathome.us.
This is the story from the News-Gazette about the event: One Winter Night nets more than $94,000
February 3rd, 2015
Congratulations to the several Urbana High School Band, Choir, and Orchestra students who participated in the Illinois Music Education Association’s (ILMEA) All-State Conference held in Peoria on January 29, 30, and 31. Students were selected for this honor by auditioning and being selected to the ILMEA District Band, Choir, or Orchestra in November of 2014. Because the UHS students placed so highly at the district level performance (in November), they advanced to All-State and performed this past weekend.
The Choir student was placed into the All-State Choir after his participation in the District III Choir in November. The Band and Orchestra Students auditioned again when they arrived in Peoria and were then placed into one of four groups: the ILMEA All-State Band or Orchestra or the ILMEA All-State Honors Band or Orchestra. The following is a list of UHS students and their placements:
Troy Webster – All-State Choir – Tenor II
Cecilia Brown – All-State Honors Band – B-flat Clarinet
Henry Ando – All-State Honors Orchestra – B-flat Clarinet
Jack Wright – All-State Honors Orchestra – Trumpet
January 14th, 2015
Looking to help support our ladies basketball team? Then please join them at the Philo Road Monical’s for a community night fundraiser on January 20th.
Monical’s will donate 20% of your dinner check to the girls basketball team. To obtain a copy of the discount flier or more information, visit www.monicalspizza.com or the Urbana High sports website at il.8to18.com/urbana.
Please note, flyer must accompany order for donation to be applied; not valid with delivery.
December 18th, 2014
Congratulations to Cecilia Brown, UHS class of 2015, on being honored with the Urbana Exchange Club UHS Student of the Month for December. Cecilia and her parents attended a recent Exchange Club luncheon where she was presented with a certificate of achievement from the group.
Thank you to the men and women of the Urbana Exchange Club for their continued support of our students!
December 17th, 2014
Urbana High School’s production of Little Women: The Musical has been selected to perform at the Illinois High School Theatre Festival, January 8-10, 2015. It is the second time in two years that UHS Theatre has earned this honor.
While the Theatre Festival is not open to the public, a benefit performance will be staged in the UHS Cobb Memorial Auditorium on Tuesday, January 6 at 7:00 pm. All proceeds will help defray the costs associated with taking the show to the festival.
UHS Director of Theatre Tim Broeker referred to the show, written by Alan Knee, as a “best kept secret of Broadway.”
“This adaption brings the classic story to life with some of the most colorful and beautiful
orchestrations and lyrics,” Broeker said. The music is challenging, he added, but the level of vocal talent currently in his theatre program made this the year “to pull off the show.”
With a cast of only 11, the production doesn’t lean on large ensemble numbers for momentum and energy. Instead, strong vocals and character development carry the show, stirring real emotion. UHS Senior Caitlin Elliott, who plays the lead role as Jo March, said that when the show ran in early November, real tears were shed on stage and in the audience.
“We go through such a range of emotion in this show—sometimes we would come off the stage from a scene crying,” Elliott said, pointing to “the beauty of the writing” and the cast’s character development work as keys to that emotion.
“We had the luxury of a small cast, which allowed us to devote a lot of time to character
development—there are so many strong character personalities in the show,” she said. “It was also important to really examine each of the relationships between the characters. The energy on stage makes up for not having a huge ensemble.”
Other contributions to the success of the show, Broeker said, include the minimalist scene
design, the decision to put the 15-member orchestra on the stage behind a scrim, and the use of projection to guide the audience through the story’s timeline, and to enhance Jo’s role as a writer. A stage and technical crew of 30+ students make everything come together.
In producing Little Women: The Musical, Broeker was assisted by vocal director Cullyn Murphy, technical director Breanna Morton, and orchestra conductor Darren Hicks.
The Illinois High School Theatre Festival, produced by the Illinois Theatre Association, is the largest and oldest non-competitive high school theatre festival in the world. More than 4,000 students from 150 schools, as well as teachers, university representatives, exhibitors and volunteers, come together to put on over 25 different high school productions and over 150 workshops. In addition to Urbana High School, downstate Illinois will be represented at the 2015 festival by Centennial High School and St. Joseph-Ogden High School.
For more information and to schedule interviews with student actors, contact Tim Broeker: firstname.lastname@example.org or 217.722.0690.
December 13th, 2014
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission has named the 2015-16 State Scholars and a number of UHS students have made the list! These students are being recognized for their outstanding academic achievement.
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More information can be found on the ISAC 2015-16 State Scholars page on the ISAC web site.
December 6th, 2014
UHS students and members of the A Cappella Ensemble, Vocal Chords Required (VCR) and the Honors Choir group spent Thursday, December 4 traveling around Urbana. There mission was to bring a little winter cheer to our Tiger Community members at several nursing and retirement homes. Their tour also included stops at the Urbana Adult Education Center and the WCIA studios to film a performance for ciLiving.
VCR is a group that meets prior to the start of the school day. Along with the Honors Choir, their Holiday Tour set-list consisted of traditional holiday songs such as Deck the Halls, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, and Sleigh Ride, along with some contemporary songs with unique arrangements specifically for a cappella groups. One song, Oceans, was arranged by teacher and Choir Director Torance Douse specifically for this group.
WCIA’s ciLiving performance can be found here: Holiday Songs with Urbana High School’s VCR.
The pictures below are from the group’s performance for the Urbana Exchange Club at the Clark Lindsey retirement home. After the performance, the Club gifted the group with an unexpected monetary donation, for which the group is very grateful.
November 21st, 2014
Eight students from the Urbana High School Social Justice class visited the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign for a field trip on November 18th. The students were invited to present their social justice work to an undergraduate class taught by Dr. Yoon Pak on the Social Foundations of Education. They presented the social justice class overview and objectives, as well as the findings of their youth participatory action research at UHS. The below pictures are from their presentation on campus.
After the presentation, the UHS students toured and networked with students and university employees, the LGBT Resource Center, The Diversity Ed Project at the Campus YMCA, La Casa Cultural Latina, and the Bruce B. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center. Additionally, the students met with faculty and administrators from the College of Education and students from the Minority Association of Future Educators (MAFE).
The trip was planned and led by Dr. Anjalé Welton, UIUC, graduate student at UIUC Tiffany Harris, UHS Minority Enrichment Program Coordinator Rashidah Salaam, and Dr. Joseph Wiemelt, Director of Equity & Student Learning, USD #116.
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