Every year, University Laboratory High School gives out several awards to its students during the Spring awards ceremony. These awards commend students on their accomplishments throughout their Uni career in either their academic or social life. The awards information is compiled into annual Award Booklets, listed below. 

Athletic Director's Award

The Athletic Director’s Award is awarded to the Uni High senior who, in the opinion of the Athletic Director, has made a spirited contribution to the Uni High Athletic Department as a model community member and participant.

  1. Frankie McFarland
  2. Adam Tiourrine
  3. Brittany Scheid
  4. Albert Anastasio
  5. Elena Bauer
  6. Wyatt Bensken
  7. Chas Newman
  8. Raebekkah Pratt Clarke
  9. Jacob Rajlich
  10. Lauren Monahan and Aja Trask
  11. Paul D'Angelo and Brian Zilles
  12. Abraham Han
  13. Othniel Carr
  14. Zachary Donnini
  15. Aakash Vasireddy
  16. Mikayla Blanke

Colin E. Thorn Award

The Colin Thorn award is presented to a non-student (parent, faculty member, staff or friend of Uni) whose unpaid, volunteer service demonstrates extraordinary dedication and service to the school over a substantial period of time. The Parent Faculty Organization (PFO) established this award several years ago in honor of Colin E. Thorn, who served for many years as an unpaid volunteer coach of the Uni High Boys soccer team. In addition to recognizing Colin Thorn's contribution to Uni, this award acknowledges the contributions of many volunteers to Uni's activities and programs.

  1. Colin Thorn
  2. Linda Brokish and Susan Marshall
  3. Chris Mair
  4. Richard Murphy
  5. Dan and Kim Kennedy
  6. Chris Merli and Donald Greeley
  7. Peter Folk, Paul Grayson, Sue and Mike Ciolli
  8. Chet Zych
  9. Susan Bruce and Bob Coverdill
  10. Richard and Susan Schnuer
  11. Janet LeRoy
  12. Kathy Marshak
  13. Del Suslick
  14. Pat Fernandez
  15. Irene Cooke
  16. Patricia Fernandez
  17. Irene Cooke
  18. Richard Murphy
  19. Tracey and Vic Malkovich
  20. Bob Coverdill and Karl Knox
  21. Dave Dickey
  22. Elizabeth and Barry Dickerson
  23. Melanie and Steven Michael
  24. Karl Radnitzer
  25. Ben Leff
  26. AJ Herzog
  27. Dave Bergandine
  28. Ioana Boca
  29. Mary Kate Arend and Annie McManus

Director's Award

The Director's Award is awarded to that Uni High student who, in the opinion of the Director, has made a spirited contribution to Uni High as a model student and citizen.

  1. Daniel Borup
  2. Isaure Hostetter
  3. Amanda Hwu
  4. Annie Rong/Marie Lilly
  5. Frederick Stavins
  6. Sam LeRoy/Gloria Ha
  7. Ema Ondrejckova
  8. Siena Roberts
  9. Callie Bruce
  10. Noah Blue
  11. Grace Sumitro
  12. Elizabeth Rienstra and Kristine Wang
  13. Joel Armas and Katie Powers
  14. Ariana Mizan and Elias Finkelman
  15. Aditi Adve and John Brownridge

Ella Leppert Award

Ella Leppert

This award is named in honor of Dr. Ella C. Leppert, a long-time social studies teacher at University High School, and recognizes outstanding teaching at Uni High.

  1. Mary Hoag
  2. Carol Bond
  3. Tony Lysy
  4. Vance Christiaansen, Alan Purves
  5. Dave Dannels, Mary Hoag
  6. Adele Suslick
  7. Ruth Poling-Kinder
  8. Chris Butler
  9. Bob Davis
  10. Pat McLoughlin
  11. David Stone
  12. David Stone
  13. Joanne Wheeler
  14. Rosemary Laughlin
  15. Rosemary Laughlin
  16. Susan Callahan
  17. Adele Mazurek-Suslick
  18. William Sutton
  19. Lisa Micele
  20. David Stone
  21. William Sutton
  22. David Stone
  23. Chris Butler
  24. William Sutton
  25. Rosemary Laughlin
  26. Elizabeth Jockusch, Francis Newman
  27. Rosemary Laughlin
  28. Catherine Dade
  29. Steve Rayburn
  30. Elizabeth Jockusch
  31. Ellen Lindsey
  32. Chris Butler
  33. Elizabeth Majerus
  34. William Sutton
  35. Hiroko Ito
  36. Lisa Micele
  37. Karl Radnitzer
  38. Barb Gerdes
  39. Chris Butler
  40. Matt Mitchell
  41. Bill Sutton
  42. Ioana Boca
  43. Ben Leff
  44. Dr. Elizabeth Majerus
  45. John Garvey
  46. Ben Leff
  47. Ben Leff

Emma Koenker Award

The Emma Koenker award honors an outstanding student who reflects Emma’s love of international culture and her profound respect for the unique qualities of all inhabitants of the global community.

  1. Samantha Sutton
  2. Amanda Smeltzer
  3. Eugenia Tumanova
  4. Katy Love
  5. Thomas Bailey
  6. Susan Sefranek
  7. Jie Wang
  8. EmilyBuss
  9. Valerie Ross
  10. Allison Darmody
  11. Tess Garvey
  12. Cordelia Loots-Gollin
  13. Tatyana Kostochka
  14. Vaishnavi Giridaran
  15. Katherine Allen, Isaure Hostetter, and Loic Hostetter
  16. Zach Korol-Gold, Sarah Yockey
  17. Elena Bauer
  18. Miriam Ferede
  19. Ema Ondrejckova, Gloria Ha
  20. Charles Randall Larenas-Leach
  21. Giulia Barbieri
  22. Matthew Reeder and Timmy Purnell
  23. Sophia Ebel
  24. Harmen Alleyne, Irina Cheng
  25. Christina Wu
  26. Ilana Cohen
  27. Maya Viswanathan
  28. Shawn Syed and Andrea Li

James Tobin Award

The James Tobin Award for Excellence in the Social Sciences was established in honor of Uni graduate James Tobin, an economist who won the Nobel Prize in 1981. The Tobin Award is given each year to a graduating senior who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the questions and principles of the social sciences.

  1. Martin Geiger
  2. Ruth Welch
  3. Andrew Lovdahl
  4. Rachel Harmon
  5. Katherine Floess
  6. Rosa Druker
  7. James Boyle
  8. Jonathan Yockey
  9. Alice Hu & Patrick Stein
  10. Patrick Stein
  11. Kavi Naidu & Ellen Rispoli
  12. Andrew Stelzer
  13. Vikram Perry
  14. Annemily Hoganson
  15. Sasha Rushing
  16. Roshan Perry & Zachary Donnini
  17. Maxine van der Donk
  18. Janaki Kapadia

June Mank Award

June Mank was the bookkeeper for University High School from 1972-1988. She has served on the Champaign City Council since 1979. In her spare time she drives cancer patients for treatment, delivers meals on wheels, and serves on various neighborhood committees, plus church activities. This award is given to a student who most shares June' s supportive role in the interest of Uni High. The student may have a long-term commitment to a single project, a short-term commitment to a variety of projects, or is engaged in service to the school without being asked.

  1. Ruth Levy
  2. Juliette Dade
  3. Zivar Baker
  4. Phillip Lin
  5. Carl Crawford
  6. Laurel Herendeen
  7. Peter Folk
  8. Joy Vokac
  9. Shawn DeLaMar
  10. Shwayta Kukreti
  11. Jason Bant
  12. Peter Brokish
  13. Andy Mitas
  14. Chas Conway
  15. Melissa Hines
  16. Bob Monahan
  17. Anita Chary 
  18. Anna File
  19. Angelina Liang
  20. Madeleine Hamlin
  21. Eunice How
  22. Natsuki Nakamura
  23. Vivian Robison
  24. Amrutha Kumaran
  25. Wyatt Bensken
  26. Lara Orlandic
  27. Bruce Li
  28. Beth Geistlinger
  29. Grace Taylor
  30. Anna Ding
  31. Abraham Han
  32. Anya Kaplan-Hartnett
  33. Allie Kim
  34. Rowan Trilling-Hansen
  35. Anuprova Bhowmik, Hozaifa Bhutta and Theodore Kemna

Matt Wilhelm Award

Matt Wilhelm, Class of 1999, was a dedicated member of the Uni student body who was constantly helping others. No matter what he was doing, from serving on Student Council to assisting fellow students with their homework, Matt always contributed with little fanfare and with an unforgettable smile. Each year, the Matt Wilhelm Memorial "Service with a Smile" award shall go to the member of the Uni student body who, like Matt, went above and beyond the call of duty to serve the Uni community.

  1. Micah Berman
  2. Micah Berman
  3. Adam Tiouririne
  4. Tianna Pittenger
  5. Will Fernandez
  6. Jamie Blue
  7. Andrew Richardson
  8. Sam LeRoy
  9. Raebekkah Pratt-Clarke
  10. Jacob Rajlich
  11. Madie Gardner
  12. Maggie Tewksbury
  13. Ethan Soloveychik
  14. Othniel Carr
  15. Raneem Saadah
  16. Ilana Cohen
  17. James Lippert


Philip Anderson Award

Philip Anderson was a member of the University High School Class of 1940. He won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1977 for “fundamental theoretic investigation of the electronic structure of magnetic and disordered systems.” This award is given to a student for exceptional performance through their science career at Uni, outstanding performance academically and participation in science-related extracurricular activities.

  1. Rahul Pandharipande
  2. Steve Findley & Shamit Kachru
  3. Chris D. Nicholas
  4. Joel Ullom
  5. Dolly Banerjee Roy
  6. Joshua B. Hopkins
  7. Andrea R. Peck Moeller
  8. Omar W. Jassim
  9. Casey Smith
  10. Emad W. Jassim
  11. Richard Lin
  12. Anand D. Sarwate
  13. Hsin Cynthia Chiang
  14. David I. Smyth
  15. Daniel H. Slichter
  16. James Prell
  17. Jocelyn S. Ross
  18. David A. Kaplan
  19. Catherine L. Wah & Elaine Y. Wah
  20. Dawn P. Spelke
  21. Colette Dejong
  22. Devika P. Bagchi
  23. Geoffrey Stephen Beck
  24. Richard Ning Wang
  25. Tej Chajed & Benjamin A. Suslick
  26. Zachary Korol-Gold & Christopher Mathy
  27. Aishwarya A. Gautam
  28. Chelsea Edwards
  29. Gloria Ha & Arch D. Robinson
  30. Nafisa Syed
  31. Ben Schiffer
  32. Lark Moreno
  33. Yichen Yao & Aditya Yedetore
  34. Samantha Churovich
  35. Sarah Hashash & Brandon Van Der Donk
  36. Danbi Choi & Keshav Ghandi
  37. Lawrence Zhao
  38. Navid Tajkhorshid

Student of the Year

The Student of the Year Award goes to a student who meets the following criteria: demonstratives respect for the dignity and worth of the individual; is sensitive to the needs of his/her school and community and initiates constructive action without seeking self- glorification; is willing and able to operate as a leader or follower as the situation demands; is not bound by tradition, and has a strong interest in and commitment to their academic program.

  1. James T Hendrick
  2. Patricia Swartz
  3. George Frampton
  4. Haskel Taub
  5. Prudence Richardson
  6. Carol Costello
  7. Jeffrey Kinkley
  8. James Payne
  9. Homer Williams
  10. Rich Goldhor
  11. L. Kurt Drickamer
  12. David Atkin, Marie Chow
  13. James Peter Burkholder
  14. Kim E. Mast
  15. Ruth Ann Beberman
  16. Lissa Lamkin
  17. Laurie Porter
  18. Beth Ansbury
  19. Chris Debrunner
  20. David Glockner
  21. Mark Williams, Jane Gladney
  22. Danny Schult
  23. Mike Dorning, Grace Williams
  24. Betsy Brotherson
  25. Stephanie Wengert
  26. Michelle Jolly
  27. Sarah Williams
  28. John Walker
  29. Cynthia Chou
  30. Mary K. Mullally
  31. Deborah Katzenellenbogen
  32. Jeff Hendrickson
  33. Joshua Folk
  34. Phillip Lin
  35. Lesley Londeen
  36. Melissa Schoeplein
  37. Jeff Thorn
  38. Samantha Sutton
  39. Anand Sarwate
  40. Megan Murphy
  41. Phillipa Soskin
  42. Betsy Braden
  43. Jimmy Prell, Nick Sansone
  44. John Zech
  45. Emily Bruce
  46. Kathleen Reutter
  47. Betsy Dorner
  48. Roveiza Irfan
  49. Emma Anselin
  50. Micah Berman
  51. Isaac Chambers
  52. Rachel Harmon
  53. Chris Mathy
  54. Sarah Yockey
  55. Sarah Vaughen
  56. Arch Robinson
  57. Grace Lilly
  58. Katie Tender
  59. Annemarie Michael
  60. Umar Hanif
  61. Xanthe Brown
  62. Sarah Hashash
  63. Roshan Perry
  64. Aakash Vasireddy
  65. Wes Lu


Sue Kovacs Award

Sue Kovacs

The University Laboratory High School Parent-Faculty Organization has established an award in honor of ex-Assistant principal Sue Kovacs. The award is given annually to a person who embodies the enthusiastic spirit of service which Ms. Kovacs displayed on a daily basis.

  1. Sally Walker
  2. Janet LeRoy, Jan Seeley
  3. Raebekkah Pratt-Clarke
  4. Barry and Elizabeth Dickerson
  5. Janet Morford
  6. Mallika Luthar
  7. Gwyn Ortiz and Steve Rayburn
  8. Dr. Elizabeth Majerus
  9. Lisa Micele
  10. Tim Bicknell
  11. Sheree Denham

Tom Jolly Award

Tom Jolly was a local hospital chaplain who was very active in community fine arts and athletic programs. He was the father of Uni alums Michelle Jolly, Class of 1984, and Doug Jolly, Class of 1990. This award is given to a graduating senior who, during his/her tenure at Uni, has exhibited outstanding moral, ethical, and spiritual qualities. The student should also have worked to strengthen the Uni community by bringing various groups, clubs or populations together in order to improve the community and understanding among the various elements of the Uni community and/or with groups outside of Uni. The recipient’s activities should have been as broad as possible during his/her time at Uni in order to reflect the full scope of the “Uni experience.”

  1. Mojgone Azemun
  2. Erin Grant, Marla Shoemaker
  3. Ellen Eischen
  4. Tim Ballard, Jeff Thorn
  5. Damian Marshall
  6. Amanda Smeltzer
  7. Matt Walczewski
  8. Hormodz Gahvari
  9. Tyson Masar
  10. Ben Leff, Jenny Bartlett
  11. Noah Zych
  12. Veronica Zych
  13. Teresa Sonka
  14. Ben LeRoy
  15. Josie Chambers
  16. Bianca Zaharezcu
  17. Zoe Schein, Ruthie Welch
  18. Daniel Borup
  19. Sian Best, Marista Mestre, Rachel Harmon
  20. Will Fernandez
  21. Sarah Yockey
  22. Wyatt Bensken, Kaila Simpson
  23. Sam LeRoy
  24. Claire Michael
  25. Beth Geistlinger
  26. Callie Bruce
  27. Kathryn Dullerud
  28. Anika Kimme
  29. Steven Blanke
  30. Danbi Choi
  31. Ella Greer
  32. Wes Lu

Wylde Q. Chicken Spontaneous Generation Award

The Wylde Q. Chicken spontaneous Generation Award is given annually to a Uni High student who "colors outside the lines". It is sponsored by the Uni graduating class of 1972.