Congratulations to our "Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering" (WYSE) team on their sectional victory last week at Northern Illinois University. WYSE is an international program headquartered at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offering an annual Academic Challenge competition. A perfect score of 500 points earned our EA team first place out of eleven schools in their Division. The win advanced the Hilltoppers to the State Championship on April 18.
The team swept medals in three subject areas.
- Biology: 1st Prudhvie Gudapati, 2nd Karan Gowda, 3rd Pranav Sai
- Chemistry: 1st Simon Balisi, 2nd Prudhvie Gudapati, 3rd Bryan Leng
- Computer Science: 1st Ben Simon, 2nd Karan Gowda, 3rd Simon Balisi
Also earning medals were Amelia Deering (English 2nd Place), Eddie Joyce (Math 2nd Place, and William Wang (Math 1st Place and Physics 1st Place). Additional members of WYSE are: Madigan Boborci, Sharene Gould Dulabaum, Alex Mead, Caitlin Sharma, and Henry Stone.
Congratulations to Upper School English teacher George Sanchez. Three of his poems have been published in the Southern Pacific Review, a literary journal with roots in Chile. To read Mr. Sanchez's poetry, click here.
Seventh grader Tommy Guyett has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2017 Illinois Geographic State Bee. The contest will be held at Illinois State University on Friday, March 31. This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee. Our best wishes go with Tommy!
Jarrett Payton, former NFL player with the Tennessee Titans and son of Walter Payton, delivered an entertaining and inspirational message to middle school students in grades 6 through 8. Payton is a former Hilltopper, having attended the Academy from kindergarten through 2nd grade. He was delighted when 8th grader Emma Smiley showed him a photo of himself as a 2nd grader in an old Hilltop yearbook.
Senior Amelia Deering has been selected to move from National Merit Semifinalist recognition to the status of National Merit Finalist. She joins the ranks of about 15,000 National Merit Scholarship finalists nationwide.
"Amelia is without question a truly exceptional student who celebrates the joy of intellectual curiosity for its own sake. She has achieved remarkable academic success at the same time that she has pursued excellence and leadership opportunities in a wide range of co-curricular and service ventures, said Doug Sept, Director of the Upper School.
The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, a test that serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year, and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.
Take a "Welcome Wednesday" tour of our campus to see teachers and students in action as they engage in active learning, and to meet with our Director of Admission. Click here to register in advance.
Admission Campus Preview Days
Admission Campus Preview Days are held throughout the year to provide interested students and their parents with an opportunity to learn more about Elgin Academy. You will be provided with a tour of campus, a formal overview of Elgin Academy, and the opportunity to speak informally with faculty, staff, current parents, and students. Check out our next Admission Event. Click here.