Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Lea Tedesco earns recognition as the Longwood Rotary Club Student of the Quarter

Above Lea Tedesco is flanked by James Conley, Unionville High School Principal, to the left and Tim Rayne, President of Longwood Rotary Club, to the right. 

Laura Elfreth, Unionville High School guidance counselor, introduced our Student of the Quarter, Lea Tedesco, as an easy selection to make. Lea is focused on developing her language skills as the base for her career. She has been studying French and Spanish four and six years respectively, and started learning Italian a couple of year ago. Lea learned studying three languages simultaneously is a bit too many at once. As a result she has focused on French and Spanish, completing courses in both through the AP level. 

Lea is a member of four national honor societies, and a National Merit Scholarship finalist. Lea has also been recommended for the Widener Leadership Award scholarship. She is the stage manager for many of the school theatrical productions, including the musical they are rehearsing now. 

For the past three years, Lea has been volunteering twice a week at the Chester County Intermediate Unit to teach English, history and government to immigrants. "Teaching English to those who speak a language you are studying is a great way to learn", said Lea. Lea has also found these people are essentially always working to provide for themselves and their families.  

While Lea has not made her final choice of college, she is planning to work for the Peace Corp after graduation. 

Congratulations to four UHS Seniors for their recent Award winning #worldclass achievements in the Visual Arts!

Please #catchthespirit and congratulate the following four UHS Seniors for their recent Award winning #worldclass achievements in the Visual Arts 
• First , Regional Portfolio Contest ,2017 sponsored by:
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IRENE LIU won FIRST place,cash prize, for her 2-D creative problem solving within portraiture series
•DARA JIN won SECOND place ,cash prize,for her technical expertise in collected 2-D media investigations

Secondly, the Tri-County High School Art Show sponsored by;

• Jessica Homitz ; AWARD for outstanding,individual work,in 3-D Pottery form and technique,
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• Lyndsay Hastings; AWARD for outstanding individual work in 2-D Oil painting forms and     technique,Girl on a Tightrope
 Be sure to see our tweets for photos of the outstanding art works! Twitter: @FaithDilworth, @habheidi #artstudio282

Congratulations to the winners of this year's National German Exam!


Congratulations to the winners of this year's National German Exam!  Students winning gold and silver medals will receive awards and prizes at the AATG Spring Awards Ceremony on April 22nd at the Cannstatter Volksfest-Verein in Northeast Philadelphia. Several of the gold medalists are also eligible to apply for a study trip to Germany for this summer.

Please join me in congratulating the following students:

GOLD
Jack Odom
Emery Dana
Christopher Gehrke
Paul Knausst
Adrian Haase
CJ Diehl
Anna Iacocca
Hunter Courtney
Declan Fox

SILVER
Michael Iacocca
Michael Dirnberger
Allison Harten
Maggie Gearhardt
Amitha Halthore
Eric Renzetti
Reade Keefer
Julia Weber
Sören Scheckells
Abhinav Pandey

BRONZE
Matt Daniels
Matt Caputo
Sara Lezeu
Alex Patrone
Sarah Zrebiec
Owen Rogers
Lucas Barney
Sebastian Graper


HONORABLE MENTION
Harrison Bass
Meghan Berry
Alex Rajasekaran
Mary Cate Clark
Ian Quain
Sean Stewart
Andrew Goodridge
Peter Murphy
Francesca DiPlacido
Kendra LaFave
Garett Rogers
Jack Landolt
Jenna Gilpin
Lizzie Gaebel
Chris Nitz
Liam Sweeney
Marshall Teichman
Brad Williams
Kerry Blecher
Chris Shearer
Eric Weir
Sarah Dietz
Katharine Heldt
Evan Surian
Victoria Vaughn

Friday, February 24, 2017

Speech and Debate Results at District Championships

The speech half of our team competed at the District Championship tournament. The top two from each event in our district will represent Unionville at the State tournament at Bloomsburg University in March. This year, we had a record number of students qualify. I have included the results below:

Policy Debate-
  • David DeMarco/Nick Yang
  • Jessica Liu/ Natalie Kelly
 Lincoln Douglas Debate-
  • Damian Hunt- 1st place (District 15 Champion for the 3rd year in a row)
  • Richard Shin- 2nd place
  • Nick Taylor- 1st Alternate
 Public Forum Debate-
  • Amit Pampati/Alex Wang- District 15 Champion
  • Noelle Lambert/Gaurav Sett- 2nd place
  • David Kinane/Jake Ryan- 1st Alternate
 Parliamentary Debate-
  • Sweta Prasad/ Arushi Sahay/ Zahra Husain- 2nd place
 Student Congress-
  • Andrew Binder- 1st place 
  • Dev Singh- 2nd place
 Prose Interpretation- 
  • Suchi Jain- 1st place
 Poetry Interpretation-
  • Crystal Yao- 1st alternate
 Extemporaneous Speaking-
  • Jack Odom- 1st place (District 15 Champion for the 3rd year in a row)
  • Ashwin Singh- 2nd place
 Extemporaneous Commentary-
  • Adarsh Gadagkar- 2nd place
 Informative Speaking-
  • Sophia Qureshi- 2nd place
 Persuasive Speaking-
  • Anna Li- 2nd place
  • Parik Radhakrishnan- 1st alternate
 Dramatic Interpretation-
  • Andrew Huang- 1st alternate 
On March 4th, we will be competing in the qualifying tournament for the NCFL National Championship, which will be held in Louisville over Memorial Day Weekend.
In addition, the National Speech and Debate Association just updated their ranking system. This association, which is separate from our state league, is made up of several thousand schools from across the country. Below are the current rankings of several of our varsity members. 

David DeMarco- ranked #4 of all competitors in both Speech and Debate in the state of Pennsylvania; ranked #1 of all Policy debaters in the state of PA; ranked #1 of all competitors in both Speech and Debate in the Valley Forge/Philadelphia district; ranked #67 out of all of the Policy Debaters in the nation.
Damian Hunt- ranked #15 of all competitors in both Speech and Debate in the Valley Forge/Philadelphia district; #6 out of all of the Lincoln Douglas Debaters in PA
Jack Odom- ranked #19 of all competitors in both Speech and Debate in the Valley Forge/Philadelphia district; ranked #55 out of all of the competitors in Extemp in the nation; ranked #2 out of all of the competitors in Extemp in the state
Amit Pampati- ranked #16 of all competitors in both Speech and Debate in the Valley Forge/Philadelphia district; ranked #10 of all Public Forum debaters in PA
Richard Shin- ranked #13 of all competitors in both Speech and Debate in the Valley Forge/Philadelphia district; #2 out of all of the Lincoln Douglas Debaters in PA
Ashwin Singh- ranked #24 of all competitors in both Speech and Debate in the Valley Forge/Philadelphia district; ranked 65 out of all of the competitors in Extemp in the nation; ranked #3 out of all of the competitors in Extemp in the state
Alex Wang- ranked ranked #23 of all competitors in both Speech and Debate in the Valley Forge/Philadelphia district; ranked #11 of all Public Forum debaters in PA
Nick Yang- ranked #20 of all competitors in both Speech and Debate in the Valley Forge/Philadelphia district; ranked #2 of all Policy debaters in the state of PA
Team of Amit Pampati/Alex Wang- raked #89 of all Public Forum Debaters in the country

In addition, our school currently holds the #1 ranking out of all of the teams in Valley Forge/Philadelphia area, #3 in the state of Pennsylvania and are in the Top #200 in the nation according to the National Speech and Debate Association. 

Please join me in congratulating these students on their incredible achievements. Have a great weekend!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Speech and Debate Results at UPenn

This past weekend, our team competed at the 42nd University of Pennsylvania Liberty Bell Classic. This tournament had nearly 1000 students representing over 100 schools from across the country. Below are our team results: 

Policy Debate: 
David DeMarco/Nick Yang- 2nd place
Jessica Liu/ Natalie Kelly- Semifinalists

In addition to judging, Policy Debate recognized the top speakers in this event: 
Jessica Liu- 2nd place
David DeMarco- 3rd place
Nick Yang- 4th place
Natalie Kelly -9th place

Public Forum Debate-
Alex Wang/Amit Pampati- Top 16

Extemporaneous Speaking-
Jack Odom- 2nd place
Ashwin Singh- Quarterfinalist

Original Oratory:
Ethan Pan- Semifinalist
Katelyn Tsai- Quarterfinalist

Oral Interpretation:
Suchi Jain- 3rd place

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Speech and Debate Results at Pennsbury

The Unionville Speech and Debate team did an OUTSTANDING job at the Pennsbury Falcon Invitational Tournament this weekend. This tournament had over 600 students representing 65 schools from all over the east coast. Our results were as followed:

Team Awards:
Overall Speech Sweepstakes: 1st place
Overall Debate Sweepstakes: 2nd place
Ultimate Sweepstakes (cumulative from the last 3 years): 2nd place

Individual Awards:
Public Forum Debate:
Alex Wang/Amit Pampati- 1st place (UNDEFEATED Tournament Champions)
David Kinane/Jake Ryan- Quaterfinalist
Noelle Lambert/ Gaurav Sett- Top 32

David DeMarco presents at Ad Prima Charter School

David DeMarco (Class of 2017) was recently asked to present to a group of over one hundred middle school students at Ad Prima Charter School in Philadelphia about the benefits of public speaking. In addition, he presented about how students can use speech and debate to help start a dialogue about social justice issues. David is currently ranked #1 in the Philadelphia/Valley Forge Area through the National Speech and Debate Association.