Wednesday, March 29, 2017

UHS Varsity Academic Team in Championship!

Academic Team Picture

Academic Team Picture

The UHS Varsity Academic Team made it to the championship match for the Chester County Academic Team competition. They finished in second place, completing their season in second place out of the 24 teams from local high schools that participate in the program.  

Awesome Job!!

UHS Students Win Delaware Valley Science Council Awards

UHS Logo

Nick Yang, Brian Akins, Sagar Maheshwari and Harris Avgousti won awards with the Delaware Valley Science Council. These UHS students sat last October for two exams among Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics and finalists were then interviewed by scientists and professionals in January.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Congratulations to Two UHS Band Concert Students!

The Pennsylvania Music Educator's Association held the Region VI High School Band Concert at Council Rock South High School on March 25th. 

Michael Dirnberger (Clarinet) and Casey Jennings (French Horn) represented Unionville High School at the festival. 

Congratulations to both students!

Weekend of First Place Wins For UHS Indoor Percussion and Indoor Color Guard

Percussion and indoor Color Guard Picture

UHS Indoor Percussion and Indoor Color Guard had a winning weekend in both of their divisions! 
With their first place win, Indoor Percussion was crowned Winter Guard International's East Power Regional Champion. They performed their show "The Drought" to a sell out crowd in Tom's River, NJ. Their winning performance places them as one of the top 4 teams in the country heading into the WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio in April.

Indoor Color Guard came in first place at the Tournament Indoor Association Competition in Abington, PA, with an outstanding performance of their show "The Lair."  They are now ranked in first place overall in the Southeastern PA Region and are also heading to the WGI World Championships in April.

Congratulations to both Scholastic A division groups on their winning weekend and on their road to the World Championships!

Monday, March 20, 2017

UHS Speech and Debate Team States Results

This weekend, over 700 students from 100 schools across the state of Pennsylvania competed in the Pennsylvania High School Speech League State Championship at Bloomsburg University.

UHS had four students get 1st place in their event and take the title of reigning State Champions! Individual results were as followed:

Policy Debate: 
David DeMarco/Nick Yang- 1st place (State Champions- Undefeated)
Natalie Kelly/Jessica Liu- Quarterfinalists

Public Forum Debate: 
Noelle Lambert/Gaurav Sett- Quarterfinalists

Lincoln Douglas Debate: 
Damian Hunt- Quaterfinalist

Student Congress:
Andrew Binder- 1st place in Senate (State Champion)
David Kinane- 7th place in House
Dev Singh- Top Presiding Officer

Extemporaneous Speaking:
Jack Odom- 1st place (State Champion)
Ashwin Singh- Semifinalist

Extemp Commentary: 
Adarsh Gadagkar- Semifinalist

Prose Interpretation: 
Suchi Jain- 2nd place

Persuasive Speaking:
Anna Li- 4th place

Radio Announcing: 
Andrew Huang- Quarterfinalist

In addition, our team won 3rd place for Overall Tournament Sweepstakes. Please join me in congratulating them on a job extremely well done.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Three UCF Musicians Perform at the Regional Level

On Saturday, March 11, the Pennsylvania Music Educator's Association held its annual Eastern Region Orchestra Festival at West Chester East High School. Students in this ensemble previously made District Orchestra, and on the strength of their reaudition were invited to perform at the Regional level. Three Unionville-Chadds Ford musicians were members of this select group: Casey Jennings on french horn, Michael Dirnberger on clarinet, and Adam Kimmel on viola. The culminating concert featured music normally heard at the Academy of Music. Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 is a looming giant in the orchestral repertoire, known for its level of difficulty, not only in performance, but also in emotional complexity. This year's Regional Orchestra rose to the challenge and left the audience with an unforgettable experience.

The Unionville-Chadds Ford community is very proud to count these three fine artists as their own! Please join us in congratulating Casey, Michael and Adam on their tremendous accomplishment.

8th Annual Unionville Run for our Sons 5K Run or 1-mile walk

8th Annual Unionville Run for our Sons
5K Run or 1-mile walk
Saturday April 22, 2017
Race time: 9:00AM
Charles F. Patton Middle School
Register or donate at:
To Benefit Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy
In Honor of Elliott and Henry Johnson
For those who don’t know me, I am Joanna Johnson, a Spanish teacher at Unionville High School.  My two sons, Elliott (13) and Henry (10), were diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy in 2007. Duchenne is a catastrophic muscle wasting disease that affects all the muscles of the body, including the heart and lungs.  Most boys with Duchenne lose the ability to walk by their teens.  This is followed by severe lung and heart complications.  Survival beyond age thirty is rare.  There is no cure.  Despite this catastrophic diagnosis, there is something that Duchenne can never take away from us and that is hope.  With the help of this amazing community hope is alive and well and we know a future without Duchenne is possible. We are proud to say that over the last seven years of Unionville Run for our Sons, we have raised over $360,000 for Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy to support Duchenne research.  This is no small accomplishment and we are so very grateful.  

For years, I have longed to share good news about the progress being made with Duchenne research and finally I can.  On September 19, 2016, the Federal Drug Administration approved the first drug ever to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy, eteplirsen, now known as Exondys51.  This was a historic moment for the community and something we all worked hard for and wanted desperately.  This is something we can all celebrate because it is a concrete example of how a community coming together has the power to make a change.  Every dollar donated, every mile run, every person that became educated or educated someone else about this rare disease- MADE AN IMPACT AND MADE A DIFFERENCE!
Unfortunately, the drug will not be a viable option for Elliott and Henry based on their genetic mutation. But the hope is that the Exondys51 approval will move approvals for other Duchenne treatments in a positive direction.  In fact, Elliott and Henry have been involved in a clinical trial for a drug called Translarna to treat their particular genetic mutation.  It is currently in the review process with the FDA.   

We need to continue the momentum to ensure that treatments are made available to all those that have Duchenne.  Once that milestone is reached, we will continue our work until a cure is found and we can say we have ended Duchenne once and for all.

We hope that you will join us in our fight on April 22nd.  Come to run or walk or bring the kids to enjoy the various activities available.  My family and I and all those affected by Duchenne thank you for your support.

Warm regards,
Joanna Johnson