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WYSE Team Bound for State
WYSE Team Bound for State

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.

Nicholas Kathrein Receives Rotary Scholarship

On Tuesday, May 2nd, the Dundee Township Rotary Club awarded Senior Nicholas Kathrein the "Jack Roeser, OTTO Engineering Scholarship" in the amount of $5000. Nicholas was 1 of 25 scholarship recipients to receive awards by several different foundations through the Rotary Club. Nicholas will attend the University of Miami in the fall. Nicholas is pictured to the left with Rotary Club President Glenn Morgenroth.

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The Upper School Mock Trial Team won their case at the annual Kane County Mock trial competition sponsored by the Kane County Bar Foundation. The trial simulation was held at the Geneva Courthouse in downtown Geneva and presided over by a Kane County judge.

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LS Immersion is a Wrap!

The sounds of African drums filled the air when Kenya came to Elgin Academy. Lower School students and faculty spent the morning participating in various activities related to their month-long study of Kenya.

The students tasted typical Kenyan foods and learned unique meal customs, such as, removing shoes before a meal, eating with feet facing away from the table, and using only the right hand to eat. Students also learned how to play cricket, Kenya's most popular sport. A Kenyan game called Shisima (Body of Water) required the young learners to use some math skills to align the game pieces (water bugs). A variety of artistic challenges were presented. Students made colorful masks similar to those used in ceremonies in Kenya and used colorful beads to create Maasai necklaces. Students learned different songs from Kenya and learned dance moves as well as drumbeats. Wooden sticks were used in variations to create rhythms. There was even some stick flipping to go along with all the music.

We greatly appreciate the team of parent volunteers who were on hand to assist at various learning stations set up around campus.

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0n Friday, April 21st, the Upper School held a Day of Silence event to bring awareness to the silencing effects of anti-LGBTQ name-calling, bullying, and harassment. Students who elected to participate took a vow of silence during the morning time frame typically used for socializing and club activity. The non-verbal behavior helps to illustrate the silencing effect of bullying and harassment on LGBTQ students and those perceived to be LGBTQ.

The event, part of a nationwide LGBTQ awareness campaign, was organized by the EA chapter of Student Alliance for Equality (S.A.F.E.). The club also sold bracelets to support the Trevor Project, a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people ages 13-24. For anyone in need, a call or text will be received 24/7 at the Trevor hotline number: 1-866-488-7386.

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MS Solutions Symposium

Energy was high in the Sears Gallery Theatre on Tuesday morning, as Middle School students excitedly participated in a Solutions Symposium on poverty in Elgin. The event was the culmination of a month-long Project Based Learning (PBL) activity where students answered the driving question, "How can we make an impact in the fight against poverty by actively addressing one of its symptoms in the Elgin community."

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MS Qualifiers for National History Bee

Congratulations to 8th grader, Lucas Muffitt, and 7th grader, Tommy Guyett, on advancing as National Finalist Qualifiers to the National History Bee to be held June 1st - 4th in Atlanta, Georgia. The two middle school boys competed in the Chicago North Regional Finals at St. Francis High School in Wheaton on Saturday, March 25th.

The National History Bee National Championship is the final stage of the National History Bee competition. Each competitor will compete in four Preliminary Buzzer Rounds. Two rounds will feature questions that focus on the history of the United States while two will feature questions that focus on the history of the world. Each student will also take a written exam. Good luck, boys!

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Kudos to Battle of the Books Team

Congratulations to EA's 2016-2017 Battle of the Books (BOB) team of 13 team players and 1 student coach who finished second out of a field of 35 teams in the BOB program. Team members read books from a list of titles chosen by librarians. Scores are kept and winners are recognized; however, much emphasis throughout the season is placed on the fun of participation and the satisfaction that comes from reading and from starting and finishing an assignment. Ms. Schick, EA Librarian and Faculty Coach, said that throughout the season the team was complimented on their teamwork, organization, and support of one another.

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