Speech Team Heads to State Tournament

The Pioneer Speech Team ended their regular season with a 15th place finish as a team at the IHSA State Speech Final this past weekend. The Pioneers competed in seven events at the State Tournament. Caroline Pickering and Emma Noraian placed sixth overall in Humorous Duet Acting. James Han placed fourth overall in Impromptu Speaking. Jordyn Blythe placed seventh overall in Oratorical Declamation. Lauren Dubravec placed sixth overall in Informative Speaking. Congratulations to all of our extraordinary speakers who made it to the State Tournament!

U-High Boys Swim and Dive Team Heading to State

The U-High boys swim and dive team won the Normal Community Sectional on Saturday! The Pioneers will be well represented at the state meet this weekend in Evanston. Colton Stogner won the 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle. Colton was on the winning 200 medley relay team along with Andy Ritsema, Harrison Fudge and Anthony Williamson. He was also on the winning 400 medley relay team along with Andy Ritsema, Anthony Williamson and Josh Nepomuceno. Harrison Fudge won first in the 100 breaststroke. Anthony Williamson and Andy Ritsema also qualified for state in the 200 freestyle and the 100 backstroke, respectively. Congratulations and good luck at state guys!

U-High Chess Participates in State Tournament

Congratulations to the UHS Chess Team on their 5-2 record at the IHSA State Tournament! The team finished 25th out of the 161 teams in the state. Freshman Joseph Suh went undefeated with 5.5 points on Board 3 at the tournament. The team also finished 3rd in the Central Illinois Chess League–Central Division with seniors Tanner Gillam and Vishvarath Balasubramanian-Karthikeyan finishing 3rd and 4th respectively.

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