Rising star

Rising star

May 11, 2017

More than just teachers

Elijah King, Reporter

May 9, 2017

Filed under Features & Student Life

It’s 2017, and productive leisure is the new free time as demonstrated by Technology Education Chair Brad Dearing and Physical Education Chair Maria Pessman. Dearing and his wife have owned and operated Dearing Country Farms ...

A close call becomes a call to action

Billy Mote, Reporter

April 19, 2017

Filed under Features & Student Life, Sports

Tragedy became a unifying force as the school came together to support one Pioneer during his recovery. The U-Crew and supporters gathered together on Friday, February 24th to celebrate the recovery of sophomore basketball standou...

Life after graduation

Janelle McDowell, Reporter

April 10, 2017

Filed under Features & Student Life

  “Any BACC class is super helpful,” senior Jessica Baker said. “Don’t be scared being on a different schedule.” Seniors Jessica Baker, Benjamin Guttschow, Jasmyne Lawrence, and Nathaniel McKinney take clas...

The power of family

Billy Mote, Reporter

March 29, 2017

Filed under Features & Student Life

It seems to be a proven fact that tragedy brings people and teammates together. The U-Crew and supporters gathered together on Friday, February 24th to celebrate the recovery of sophomore basketball standout Kai Bates Diop, who a ...

Minimum wage

Janelle McDowell, Reporter

March 28, 2017

Filed under Features & Student Life

  Whereas most students work in chain restaurants, movie theaters, or babysit, U-High students are unique in their ability to work in places like Edible Arrangements, Artful Designs, and OSF St. Joseph Medical Center. ...

Learning to speak without words

Gena Mendez, Reporter

March 22, 2017

Filed under Features & Student Life

At U-High students have the option to take an independent study. One of the available topics is sign language. For seniors Sydney Auth and Savannah Taylor, junior Ella Gordon, and sophomore Molly Adams, sign language was an in...

The road to IMEA state

Jasmyne Lawrence, Reporter

March 22, 2017

Filed under Features & Student Life

This year 11 Pioneers finaled in IMEA All-State, including seniors Rosa Rolon who played trumpet in the All-State Band, and Catie Mussey and Lianna Pfister who both competed in honors choir. Each individual went through the sam...

Fact or Fiction: Kelly Edition

Joke Adanri, Reporter

February 28, 2017

Filed under Features & Student Life

With a reputation for being one of the chillest teachers at U-High, there's no doubt a couple of rumors have surfaced about social science teacher Jim Kelly during his teaching career. To find the truth, we sat down with Mr. Kell...

McKinzie cast in All State Performance

Gena Mendez, Reporter

February 27, 2017

Filed under Features & Student Life

The 2017 All-State Musical Production of Sweeny Todd had only nine main roles to fill from a pool of students from all over the state. This year’s production included U-High’s very own, senior Caroline McKinzie. The auditions...

National Pioneer

Drew Johnson, Reporter

February 27, 2017

Filed under Features & Student Life

Following her success at All State Honors Orchestra, senior Jessica Huber went even further by playing for The National Association for Music Education Symphony Orchestra. Huber played violin as a young child until she decided...

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