U-High Speech Takes Third at Sectionals

Congratulations to the Pioneer Speech team on an impressive showing at the Sectional tournament in Belleville, Illinois! The following competitors will be advancing to the State Tournament in Peoria this weekend: Emma Noraian & Caroline Pickering in Humorous Duet Acting, James Han in Impromptu Speaking & Extemporaneous Speaking, Lauren Dubravec in Informative Speaking, Jordyn Blythe in Oratorical Declamation, Natalie Thomison in Original Oratory, and the cast of the Performance in the round! Full results follow:

Team Sweepstakes
3rd: University High School

Dramatic Duet Acting
5th: Eva Clay & Ian Guthrie

Extemporaneous Speaking
1st: James Han

Humorous Duet Acting
3rd: Caroline Pickering & Emma Noraian

Humorous Interpretation
5th: Izzie Jacobsen

Impromptu Speaking
3rd: James Han

Informative Speaking
1st: Lauren Dubravec

Oratorical Declamation
2nd: Jordyn Blythe

Original Oratory
3rd: Natalie Thomison

Performance in the Round
2nd: Yvin Shin, Nick King, Rachel Simmons, Rylee Camp, Aaliyah Newble, Brode Wall, Kaitlyn Hall, Anya Giordano, Tyler Livingston, Lillian Wilkin, Cole Zimmerman, and Student Director Allie Beam

4th: Jordyn Blythe

Radio Speaking
5th: Jonathan Boudreaux

Special Occasion Speaking
5th: Emma Noraian

Career & Technical Education Expo

This event is open to the public and allows prospective students to see first-hand what our Career and Technical programs are like by participating in mini hands-on workshops lead by faculty. The workshops feature Heartland’s CTE programs such as Business, Technology, Computer Networking, Early Childhood, Radiography, Industrial Technology, etc. Prospective students will also meet faculty and current students, talk with advisors and financial aid, and be able to tour labs. This will take place at Heartland Community College on Wednesday, February 21st from 5-7:30pm.

USC/Chevron Frontiers of Energy Resources Summer Camp 2018

The Frontiers of Energy Resources Summer Camp offers a preparatory, interactive training focusing on various energy resources including fossil fuels, solar, biofuels, nuclear energy, and information technologies for energy efficient operations. This unique program is designed to introduce exceptional high school students to the opportunities and career possibilities available in the global energy resources industry.  Teachers will explore the current state of energy and social engineering concepts, as well as gain techniques to stimulate the critical thinkers in their classes. All interested individuals are encouraged to apply online at:  http://cisoft.usc.edu/uscchevron-summercamp. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, April 6, 2018.

District 1-BK Scholarship

District BK of Multiple District 1 of Lions International offers undergraduate scholarships for students entering, or in the process of completing, a degree which leads to working in the field of special education, including, but not limited , to education of children with vision and/or hearing impairment(s).  Priority for scholarships will be given to applicants who themselves have received special education services during high school with further preference for applicants who have a primary impairment of vision and/or hearing.  Students pursuing a degree in the medical fields of vision or audiology will also be considered. See counseling office for application. Deadline is April 1, 2018.

The Illinois Heartland Decorative Artists Scholarship

The Illinois Heartland Decorative Artists, a local chapter-affiliated with the National Society of Decorative Painters, have established a First Place $1000 scholarship, and a Second Place $500 scholarship for a graduating senior who will attend an accredited art program following high school graduation.  This money will be provided directly to the college they will be attending for tuition and fees in two installments: one installment each semester of their freshman year. IHDA will also award $250 of art supplies to the FIRST Place student’s high school Art Department to further Art Education. SECOND place student’s high school Art Department will receive $125 in art supplies. Please visit http://www.ihda.us/education.html to download application and instructions.  Any questions, please email ihda.education@gmail.com.

Monica L. Taylor Community Service Scholarship

One scholarship will be given to a qualifying African-American high school senior who contributes to the community by volunteering in community service activities and has plans to continue academic studies at an accredited 2/4-year college or university. Student must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 5.0, or equivalent, and attend high school in the Bloomington/Normal area.  This scholarship is named after Our Triumphant Soror Monica L Taylor who served within our community and a faithful member of BIZ. Please see the counseling office for application.