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Good things are happening at UCHS

By John Estridge, Editor

At every Union County College Corner Joint School District Board of Trustees meeting the building principals get up and talk about what is happening in their respective buildings.

That was the case Monday night, April 8.

This is an example of what the principals talk about.

Union County High School

Connie Rosenberger

Rosenberger announced the enrollment is 420, and the attendance rate is 95.75 percent.

FFA

Liberty FFA attended the district meet at Rushville Consolidated High School. Students competed in different categories such as: Ag sales demonstrations, multimedia scrapbook, public speaking and quiz bowl to name some of them.

Morgan Krom placed first in public speaking and will advance to the state to do it again. Sarah Schwab placed first in multimedia scrapbook and is also headed to the state. Gwendolyn Harvey was third with the Ag sales demonstration.

Taylor Pinkerton was elected vice president of the FFA district. Mason Tipton is parliamentarian.

On March 16, the FFA students attended a Tri County Farm Bureau Legislative breakfast and were able to meet and listen to area legislators talk about the different bills in the statehouse during the current session.

Liberty FFA attended a couple of livestock judging contests, one was at Batesville on March 11 and the other was in Lebanon during spring break on March 21. Area livestock judging competition will take place in Rushville on April 30.

State welding competition occurred on Wednesday, April 10, but results were unavailable as of press time. Also, 20 Ag students and FFA members took part in the annual Ag Day activities on April 10.

Honors geometry class

Students in Libby Adams' class did a group project on circles before going to spring break. They worked in groups of two or six to create and measure a mandala. A mandala is a complex abstract design that is usually circular in form. They found the area and circumference of the entire mandala. After that, they had to split the circle into equal pieces for each member of the group to design and find the area, arc measure and the area of a smaller section of their section.

Government class

Todd Blessing's government classes created a “Roller Coaster of the Presidency.” It illustrated the popularity or unpopularity of all the presidents from Washington to Obama.

Students used polling data from Sienna and Quinnipiac surveys. They then plotted presidential popularity and created a giant graph. Some of the presidents served before polling data were available. In those cases, the students referenced CSPAN Presidential Historians Survey.

After all that, students had to write a paragraph about the most popular president, Abraham Lincoln, and the least popular president, James Buchanan. Ironically, Buchanan was the president prior to the Civil War and Lincoln was the next president, during the Civil War.

Art

Painting 2 and independent studies will take a field trip to the Contemporary Art Center in downtown Cincinnati.

Parent Sigrid Page instructed an art club workshop, and she taught students how to make dot art and dot mandalas.

Spanish I

Spanish I students have created a review game for the content they have learned to this point. The class will be playing the game.

School musical

and more

“Into the Woods” was a great success. There were three shows on March 7-9. A video from the Friday performance can be viewed on the school website.

The Patriot Singers will perform next week at different schools. Their schedule is 9 a.m. Thursday, April 18 at UCHS. Later that day at 2 p.m., they will perform at CCUS. LES students will get a chance to see them at 9 a.m., Friday, April 19, at the high school auditorium. Later that day at UCMS, the singers will perform at 2 p.m.

Recycling

Blue recycling classroom bins are now in place thanks to Wayne Union Recycling. UCHS has a second green recyclable dumpster located in the back parking lot. The first whole-school collection was held April 5.

AP physics

Students built direct current circuits that match problems on exams. The amp and ohm measurements match the theoretical calculations. Voltage is measured in volts, current is measured in amps and resistance is measured in ohms.

UC band

Four students from the jazz band, Noah Pavey, Brady Hill, Travis Lang and Gideon Horning, traveled to Ft. Wayne on March 9 and performed in a jazz festival. They had just two weeks to practice before the festival. Jim Migoski volunteered his time to coach the foursome.

Orienteering

Last weekend the orienteering team won first place in both the Ohio Valley and Miami Valley championships. At the Ohio Valley Championships held at Otter Creek Park near Ft. Knox, Jordan Hertel, Mahlon Page, Noa Dannaker and Eric Porter swept the first four places on the high school varsity course. This allowed the team to win the traveling trophy The Stump, which UCHS has won for the past three years including this year.

At the Miami Valley Championship Hertel, Pricilla Kelley and Dannaker swept the top three places.

English department

Nora West and Russ Hensley created banners capturing postsecondary plans of the senior class.

Donations

The Union County Foundation's Wilbur Curry Fund donated $250 to the student activity fund. Midwest Insurance Professionals/Auto Owners donated boys golf pullovers.






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