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WYSE Wins 2018 State Championship

Meet the 2018 WYSE State Champions! The Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) team competed on Wednesday against 35 other schools in their division on the campus of University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

They took tests in the fields of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering Graphics, English, and Physics. The team placed 1st overall!

 Individual medals were awarded in the following categories:

  • Biology - 5th Sharene Gould Dulabaum
  • Chemistry - 1st Haolin Liu, 2nd Karan Gowda, 3rd Candace Feng, 4th Neha Karna
  • Computer Science - 1st Ben Simon. 2nd Pranav Sai, 3rd Simon Balisi
  • Mathematics - 2nd Simon Balisi, 3rd Haolin Liu, 5th Ben Simon
  • Physics - 3rd (tie) Richard Zhang and Prudhvie Gudapati 


Additional WYSE members include: Madigan Boborci, Connor Jaworski and Danielle LaVigne. Congratulations to all competitors and to sponsor Jorge Sanchez on an outstanding season!



WYSE State Champs

Meet the 2018 WYSE State Champions! The Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) team competed on Wednesday against 35 other schools in their division on the campus of University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

They took tests in the fields of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering Graphics, English, and Physics. The team placed 1st overall!

 Individual medals were awarded in the following categories:

  • Biology - 5th Sharene Gould Dulabaum
  • Chemistry - 1st Haolin Liu, 2nd Karan Gowda, 3rd Candace Feng, 4th Neha Karna
  • Computer Science - 1st Ben Simon. 2nd Pranav Sai, 3rd Simon Balisi
  • Mathematics - 2nd Simon Balisi, 3rd Haolin Liu, 5th Ben Simon
  • Physics - 3rd (tie) Richard Zhang and Prudhvie Gudapati 


Additional WYSE members include: Madigan Boborci, Connor Jaworski and Danielle LaVigne. Congratulations to all competitors and to sponsor Jorge Sanchez on an outstanding season!

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Seventh-graders Hisham Shirazi (left) and Kyle Saurer (right)

Congratulations to our Middle School winners in the Elgin Elks Lodge #3737 Americanism Essay Contest. The contest was open to 5th through 8th-graders across the country. 

Seventh-graders Hisham Shirazi and Kyle Saurer won 1st and 2nd place respectively, for their excellent essays on the prompt Why Our Veterans Are America's Heroes. Kyle's essay also placed 2nd for the North District Elks Association.

Their essays can be read on the blog. Click HERE.

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tudents cook and then sampled a traditional Australian soup

Lower School Immersion is underway with a study of the land down under!  This week students began participating in mix-grade level workshops for innovative lessons about many facets of Australia. For example, in one classroom students learned about the Great Barrier Reef and then began building a reef of their own from egg cartons, while in another classroom, under the supervision of a teacher, students cooked and then sampled a traditional Australian soup. In still another class, the students were making ceremonial rain sticks. There is so much to learn. It's a good thing Immersion lasts a few weeks!

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Another National History Bee Winner!

Congratulations to 7th grade student, Krish Patel, who also qualified for the Regional History Bee competition at Fenton High School in Bensenville during Spring Break. Due to a conflict with that date, Krish competed in a Regional History Bee competition in Detroit, Michigan and placed in the top eight.

He will be moving on to compete at the National History Bee competition in Atlanta, Georgia this May 31st - June 3rd with our other two previously announced middle school winners, Tommy Guyett and Jonathan Vogt.

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Amy McTeague from Hope for Haitians, an agency that works to bring clean water, food, housing, education and medical services

Middle School students have begun a three and a half week project-based learning experience,Majority Cry, Minority Reply.  This year teams of mixed grade level students will be responding to the following challenge: How can we help to solve a problem in a majority (developing) country by creating an invention or system which serves a basic human need?

The students began their quest on Tuesday, April 3rd by participating in a simulation requiring them to purchase basic needs on the average monthly salary for a family of four in various developing countries. The following day speakers from a variety of international groups shared some insights with the students to help them understand the issues facing populations in majority countries. Now, students are ready to begin research, analysis, creative thinking and collaboration necessary to respond to the challenge.

On Tuesday, April 24th, the EA community is to attend a Global Forum in the Sears Hall Rider Room from 2:00 - 2:45 p.m. where the students will present their invention or system to serve a basic human need.

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Middle School students, Tommy Guyett (left), Johnathan Vogt (right), and Noelle Brown (center), who all qualified for and par

Congratulations to Middle School students, Tommy Guyett (left), Johnathan Vogt (right), and Noelle Brown (center), who all qualified for and participated in the Regional History Bee competition at Fenton High School in Bensenville during Spring Break. Both Tommy and Johnathan finished in the top 5 with Tommy placing 1st among all 8th graders competing! Tommy and Johnathan will advance to the National History Bee competition in Atlanta, Georgia this May 31st - June 3rd. Good luck!

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second grade stone soup

Congratulations to our Second-Graders on their successful production of Stone Soup, directed by classroom teacher Adeline Moon and Music teacher, Heather Giebel.  The students performed the mini-musical in the Kimball Street Theatre on Thursday, March 15, 2018 in two shows, one for Lower School classmates in the morning and another in the afternoon for parents and invited guests.

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Elgin Academy BOB Team

Congratulations to our Battle of the Books team!  The team completed the season with a perfect score, winning all six meets. On Tuesday, March 12th, at Elgin High School they were honored for their First Place seasonal finish before an audience of other BOB teams, parents, and invited guest.

2017 - 2018 BOB team members are:  Samuel Amante, Kaan Bruss, Lily Perez, Quentin Gillus, Ben Wegrzyn, Nella Ksiag, Om Patel, Naomi Emmanuel, William Emmanuel, Delaney Reimer. and faculty coach Ms. Lynne Schick.

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Many of our band students attended the Music Education Services Band Solo Contest on Saturday, March 3rd at St. Peter's School.  This event gave the band members an opportunity to perform a solo with a piano accompaniment and be judged on their level of proficiency.  Our EA students rated very well.  The following students will receive medals for their performance:

Solo Gold Medal winners: Henry Green, Nathan Rukel, Noah Heinz, Kaan Bruss, Nella Ksaig, Sam Amante, Maggie Ingente, Dayce Jensen, Addison Lanton, Reagan Dwyer​, Noelle Brown, Oscar Garcia, and Charlene LaVigne.

Duet Gold Medal winners: Henry Green, Kaan Bruss, Nella Ksaig, Sam Amante, Dayce Jensen, Addison Lanton, Reagan Dwyer​, Charlene LaVigne, and Ranger Ni.

Solo Silver Medal winners: Seth Pritchett, Cole Weddle, Jack Guyette and Ranger Ni. 

Additional congratulations to this year's Music Education Services Honor Band Nominees, Noelle Brown and Oscar Garcia!

Congratulations to all EA's fine musicians!

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