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A day in the tobacco fields

One of our amazing sophomore writers, Felicia Zhornitsky, placed second in Fresno County Library's annual poetry contest! She won ($50 & bragging rights) with the poem she wrote as part of her Injustice Project, entitled "a day in the tobacco fields (through the eyes of a teenage tobacco laborer)". 
You can read her poem on the Fresno County Library website:

2016 Dear Hero Computer Science Challenge

Congratulations to Marin Bako, Emma Evans, and Kat Bako of the Destination Imagination California team! They are the winner of the 2016 Dear Hero computer science challenge! For this challenge, Destination Imagination asked students: Who has made a difference in your life? If you had an opportunity to say thank you, what would you say? Using Oracle Academy’s Alice 3 software, students created a 3D computer-animated Thank You message that they could share with their hero. Good work!

Congratulate our three Science Fair teams for their accomplishments!

Jack Inouye (9th) took 3rd place in the Physics category for a project on sound energy
Sameer and Nikhil Sundrani took 2nd place in the Computers and Math category for their project on heart monitoring for early detection of heart rate irregularities.
Beatrice Choi took 1st place in chemistry for a study on mesocarbon membranes for filtering out heavy metals.

Congratulations UHS Desntination Imagination Team!

UHS Destination Imagination (DI) team won first place in their division at the Regional DI tournament in Madera on Saturday! They will compete at the State tournament on April 2 in Riverside.

US Presidential Scholar Candidates

Congratulations to Fayyaz Ahamed, Philip Canoza, Cayley Kong, and David Wu who have been selected as candidates to become a US Presidential Scholar! Each year 4,000 candidates from across the United States are identified based on academic achievement and having scored exceptionally well on the SAT or ACT. Candidates will submit essays, a letter of recommendation and transcripts for the chance to be chosen as one of 161 students who will travel to Washington, D.C to be honored in a ceremony at the White House. Good Luck to our candidates!!

Congratulations to Maya Rugama!

Congratulations to Maya Rugama who won the Gold Medal Award at the State Solo competition! Maya won the top honors from CMEA (California Music Education Association) for her playing. She performed a piccolo solo at Sacramento State and the adjudicators scored her at the top of all piccolo players in the state of California.

2016 National Merit Scholarship Program

Congratulations to the following junior students who have qualified to participate in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program in the fall:  Fayyaz Ahamed, Gregory Angel, Philip Canoza, Andrei Caprau, Beatrice Choi, Sarah Chung, Eva Gleizer, Jacqueleine Ngo, Steven Pham, and David Wu.

Marin Bako

Congratulations to Marin Bako! Marin is on a Destination Imagination team with six students from Clark Intermediate School in Clovis. On March 28 her team won first place in the California State Tournament! As state champions, their team has been invited to compete at the Global Finals tournament in Tennessee May 19-23. Good Luck!

Congrats! Audrey Kachadourian

Congratulations to Audrey Kachadourian who was selected as Fresno’s Outstanding Teen 2015! Audrey will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Audrey is trained in classical ballet and contemporary dance and her platform is “celebrating cultural diversity".

Congratulations Academic Decathlon Team!

For the 9th straight year, University High School won the small school state championship and finished 11th overall out of 66 schools. Three UHS competitors won a total of 8 medals: Fayyaz Ahamed (two silver medals in Music and Science, and two bronze medals in Art and Social Science) Philip Canoza (bronze medal in Science) and Karthik Ramesh (two bronze medals in Social Science and Speech, and one gold medal in Interview with a perfect score of 1,000). The rest of the team consisting of Sean Chan, Andrew Pham, Ric Rodriguez, Mikey Perales, Michael Seley and Chris Wilson were instrumental in UHS's strong finish.

California All-State Honor

Congratulations to Dillion Xiong, Madelene Raneses, Sonali Chandra and Emily Estep in participating in the California All-State Honor.

National Merit Scholarship

Congratulations to Richard Boone who was selected as a National Merit Scholarship Corporation Finalist. Students earn this distinction through stellar scores on the PSAT/NMSQT in their junior year, and by completion of an in depth application. Great job Richard!

Congratulations Ric Rodriguez!

UHS Ric Rodriguez won the USHA (United States Handball Association) Junior National Championship in Handball, in the 17 yrs. and younger category, held in Tucson AZ on December 30th, 2014.

Congratulations Adam Clark

The Big Fresno Fair 4.0! He is the lucky recipient of a $3,000 scholarship from the Big Fresno Fair 4.0 Night for 2014.

The Junior Achievement/PG&E

The Junior Achievement/PG&E Social Innovation Camp is an annual event in which area high school students learn about social entrepreneurship - creating a business that solves a social need. Students collaborate and develop a business plan and present the concept to a panel of judges. This year, 11 University High School students participated on teams in competition and UHS students were on each of the teams that won 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes!

Baton Twirler

Emily Dooms, 17, of Visalia, knows where she'll be at halftime Saturday when the UCLA Bruins play the University of Utah Utes at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

2015 National Merit Scholarship Program

Six central San Joaquin Valley high school students are among the approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.