Friday, April 28, 2017

UHS Students Competed in Temple University's (Fox School of Business) 2nd Annual Statistics Data Challenge

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Eight students from Mr. Long's AP Statistics classes competed in Temple University's (Fox School of Business) 2nd Annual Statistics Data Challenge Competition on Thursday, April 27.   Students worked in teams of four to complete a two hour exam created by the Statistics Department at Temple.  

The team of Sachi Patel, Kristen Andes, Bridget Foote, and Julia Trigg finished in second place out of thirty-five teams from other area high schools.  Attached is a photo of the team receiving their second place certificates.

The team of Nick Yang, Jason Zhang, Amit Pampati, and Eli Weisman received an "Honorable Mention" Award, which means their score placed among the top five teams in the competition.  The second photo attached is of this team.

The third photo is of all the Unionville students.

After a walking tour of the campus, the students heard from faculty members, current undergraduate and graduate students about the growing demand for people in the fields of statistics and data analysis.
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Monday, April 24, 2017

Unionville High School Indoor Percussion Concludes Season As 7th Best In The World!

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Unionville High School’s Indoor Percussion Ensemble is returning from the Winter Guard International World Championships in Dayton, Ohio as the 7th best in the world in the Scholastic A Division. Unionville competed against 64 groups from around the country in the preliminary round to advance to the semi-final round against 32 groups, and then to the finals against the best 15 groups in the country. This was Unionville’s second trip to the World Championships and their first as a world finalist.

As a testament to their musicianship and performance ability, Unionville is also ending their season as the Mid Atlantic Percussion Society Scholastic A Champions and the WGI East Power Regional Scholastic A Champions. Their award-winning show “The Drought” was filled with excitement and artistry.

The 25 member ensemble showed great dedication to their craft with practice three times a week for three hours per night. Almost every Saturday was more than a twelve hour day with practice and a competition, which sometimes took place in a neighboring state. The students used a broad array of percussion instruments including drums, cymbals, marimbas and sophisticated electronic effects to present their dramatic show.  They were judged on marching and concert criteria with judges evaluating each their creativity, expression, performance quality and technical excellence.

Congratulations to these world class finalists on an amazing season! We can’t wait to see what you have in store next.

Monday, April 17, 2017

UHS’s Flaming Phoenix Robotics Team Advances to the FIRST Championship!

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UHS’s Flaming Phoenix Robotics Team Advances to the FIRST Championship!
Unionville High School’s Flaming Phoenix robotics team will be competing in the 2017 FIRST Championship to be held in St. Louis, Missouri on April 26-29, 2017. FIRST Championship is a dual international-level robotics competition to be held on sequential weekends in Houston, TX and St. Louis, MO in April 2017. To qualify for this level of competition, Flaming Phoenix has had an exciting and successful season, advancing to the Eastern Super-Regional Competition held in Scranton PA, through wins at the Delaware State Championship and the Pennsylvania State Championship. At the Super-Regional Competition, the top 72 teams advancing from states in the northeast from Virginia and Ohio to Maine competed for the privilege to move on to the FIRST Championship in Saint Louis. Continuing their strong performances, Flaming Phoenix placed 5th in their division of 36 teams after 9 qualifying matches, and won the 2nd place Design Award for their strengths in the design and construction of their robot, thus qualifying to advance to the FIRST Championship in Saint Louis.  The Flaming Phoenix team consists of UHS students Austin Hwa, Christy Ammon, Kaelyn Gaza, Matt Caputo, Justin Warner, Rachel Folmar, and Patton Middle School students Matt Farr, Ansh Abbaraju, and Brandon Tsai.  

About FIRST Tech Challenge
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Following a sports model, FIRST Tech Challenge teams build, program and operate robots of their own design to play a floor game in an alliance format. Guided by adult coaches and mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles, while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, sharing ideas, and gracious professionalism. Gracious Professionalism is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

UHS Students Win Awards at Chester County Science Research Competition

The following students won awards at the Chester County Science Research Competition which was held March 6.

Maxine Adams, 9th, Analysis of pH of Commercial Bottled Water, 1st place in Medicine and Health

Nicholas Hall, 9th, Effectiveness of Dog Saliva in Inhibiting Bacterial Growth, 2nd place, Microbiology

Will Knipe, 9th, Facial Recognition Home Security using Convolutional Neural Networks, 1st place, Computer Science, Won Best of Show

Carolyn Koberg, 9th, Waking up:  Light vs. Dark, 1st place, Behavioral and Social Sciences

Evan Wang, 9th, Thermal Diffusivity Measurement of Graphene-based Foils by the Flash Method, 1st place, Engineering, Won 3rd place Best of Show

Sam Fisher, 10th, Cape Cod Erosion: Man vs. Nature, 1st place, Engineering

Zahra Hussain, 11th, Desalination and Purification of Seawater, 2nd place, Environmental Science

Arushi Sahay, 11th, Effectiveness of Temperature on Antimony Concentration in PET Plastic Water Bottles, 1st place, Medicine and Health

Sagar Maheshwari, 12th, SiteKey: A Novel Binding Site Predictor for Ordered Proteins interacting with Intrinsically Disordered Proteins, 1st place, Computer Science, Won 2nd place Best of Show, and the Richard and Patty Smith Award.

All of these students will advance to the Delaware Valley Science Research Competition to be held on April 5.
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