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NGS IN THE NEWS: I-STEM Features NGS Science Students

I-STEM launched a new article featuring the 8th grade science class and their endeavor to build solar cars. Check out the article here.

Track team takes home 3rd place at State Meet

The boys NGS track team placed 3rd out of 257 teams in the IESA State Tournament. In addition, several individual athletes/relay teams made the podium for their events:

Miles Wood: State Champion for 7th Grade 110m Hurdles and 4th in the 200m Dash

Alex Comet: State Champion for 7th Grade Shotput

Brooks Hu, Jonah Singer, Miles Wood, Alex Comet, and Teo Chemla: 2nd place for the 4 x 200 Relay Race

Brooks Hu, Jonah Singer, Miles Wood, Teo Chemla, and Nadir Muzaffar: 6th place for the 4 x 400 Relay Race

NGS takes 13th place at NAQT

A small competition team comprised of NGS Scholastic Bowl students travelled to Dallas, TX, for the National Academic Quizbowl Tournament and finished in 13th place out of 160 teams. The team started out as the 24th seed based on their seasonal tournament record. The students will travel to second national quizbowl competition later this summer.

NGS Students take home top prize at Toshiba Exploravision Regional Championship

NGS 7th graders Lawrence Z. and Dina H. have been chosen as regional winners in the Toshiba Exploravision contest for their "BioKT" idea. Their win allows them to continue their project in the national level of this competition. This article briefly explains more about their vision and the national Toshiba contest. The students will be doing a short presentation for our 5th-8th graders who will also attend an award ceremony at NGS with a representative from Toshiba in April. We wish them the best of luck in the final national submission!

Elementary Archery Team wins first place at State Tournament

NGS archers traveled to Springfield for the Illinois State NASP Tournament and returned with impressive hardware. The elementary team comprised of 4th and 5th grade students capitalized on several of their archers scoring their personal best of the season, which resulted in the team taking first place among four teams. The Middle School team placed 8th out of 18 teams. Both teams, as well as individual alumni archers, will next compete at the National Tournament in Kentucky, May 11-13.

"Viewer's Choice" picks NGS at EOH

Three teams of middle school students competed at the Middle School Bridge Design Competition at the University of Illinois Engineering Open House on Saturday, March 11. The teams of students were challenged to design a lightweight bridge model that could withstand the most weight possible. Each team also needed to present their design process to judges and viewers throughout the day. The Next Generation teams impressed viewers with their presentations so much that they were awarded first and second place for the Viewer's Choice Award.

Pens to Lens honors NGS Student

Middle School B student Ariana M. was awarded the Writing Award during the 2016 Pens to Lens Film Festival for authoring the script “Art Meets Life.” The script was also produced by local filmmakers and shown during the festival at the Virginia Theatre. This was Ariana’s first submission to the festival.

STEAM Studio featured on I-STEM Website

STEAM Studio was featured in two articles on the I-STEM website this summer. The articles highlighted both the new summer programming and a new partnership with the MCBees. Betsy Innes shares these stories here:

  • STEAMcation Provides Summer STEAM ...With a Little Help from Illinois Friends
  • Illinois' MCBees Expose STEAM Studio's STEAMcation Students to Medieval Science
  • NGS takes Championship at ChessFest for fourth consecutive showing

    NGS students who competed in ChessFest, Saturday, April 2, helped NGS achieve 1st place for the fourth consecutive time. In addition, several NGS students placed individually in their age groups.

  • Primary A Students: Elizabeth Y., 6th place & Jameson L., 2nd place
  • Primary B Student: Kabir T., 6th place
  • Primary C Students: David Y., 1st place (perfect score) & Nico M., 2nd place
  • Primary D Student: Collins R., 5th place
  • Primary F Student: Ari L., 1st place (perfect score)
  • Middle School A Student: Lawrence Z., 2nd place
  • Middle School B Student: Abhinav S., 2nd place
  • Scholastic Bowl Team wins 1st place at Tourney

    The NGS Varsity A Team won the first place trophy with a record of 9-0 at the Litchfield Quiz Bowl tournament this Saturday. They faced Springfield Franklin in the championship match, a team who was undefeated so far this season and also defeated the Trailblazers at the Metcalf tournament earlier this year. The match was won by NGS with a final score of 450-285! The NGS Varsity B Team also had a solid performance with a 4th place finish with a record of 7-2. Two middle school students also finished in the top five individual scorers participating on all 14 teams: Lawrence Z. (MSA) and Daniel C. (MSB).

    NGS Soloist wins 1st Place

    Collin J. (MSB) represented NGS this Saturday at the Solo and Ensemble Competition in Bloomington. Collin performed a violin solo and won first place in the string room competition and was also selected as "Best Student of the Day." Check out the results here:

    MS Student to perform solo at IESA competition

    Middle School B student Collin J. will be representing Next Generation at the IESA Solo and Ensemble Competition at Bloomington’s Cornerstone Academy on Saturday, April 9. Collin will be playing a violin solo and will be competing against members from 17 other area schools. For more information on the Solo and Ensemble Competition, please click here.

    Science & Engineering Fair featured on I-STEM

    The annual all-school Science and Engineering Fair at Next Generation was featured on the I-STEM website for the third year in a row as an example of exemplary STEM education in the classroom. Writer Betsey Innes covered the event in February while students from Primary A to Middle School presented their projects to guest experts from the community. Projects could have a scientific focus, an engineering focus, or a blend of the two. Click here to check out the article.

    MS Archery Team qualifies for nationals

    The Next Generation School Archery team competed in the State Tournament in Springfield, Ill., on Saturday, April 2, and had an impressive showing. The Middle School Team achieved a high score of 3,042 points, which qualified the team to compete at Nationals in May. In addition, three individual students placed within their age group: Dina H. (MSA) who placed 3rd in Middle School Girls, Zoya A. (PF) who placed 4th in Elementary Girls, and Naajid S. (PF) who placed 7th in Elementary Boys. These students will compete both individually and on the team at Nationals. The National Tournament will be held in Louisville, KY, on May 12 - 14.

    Insect Fear Festival selects NGS student artwork as special catergory winners

    Each year, Mrs. Ella Brown Dunn, Fine Arts teacher, is invited to submit Next Generation students’ insect artwork to the Insect Fear Film Festival hosted by the Entomology Graduate Student Association at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The artwork is judged by members of the association and designated awards in various categories. This school year, two students were chosen as winners of special categories and one student received an honorable mention.

  • Zoya A. (PF) - Best Insect Art Parody
  • Noam K. (PF) - Best Use of Alternative Mediums
  • Krish S. (PB) - Honorable Mention
  • STEAM Studio featured in I-STEM annual magazine

    The partnership between I-STEM and Next Generation’s STEAM Studio continues to flourish with one of the studio’s special events featured in the I-STEM Magazine for 2015. The magazine features stories from last year about the impact of STEM education in our area. Check out page 53 in the magazine to see I-STEM’s involvement at our very own STEAM Studio!

    MathCounts team represents at state competition

    The NGS MathCounts team placed 15th out of 45 teams in the State competition, March 19. Middle School A student Lawrence Z. achieved an individual score which placed him at 53 out of 224 competitors. For more information about MathCounts, click here.

    Girls Volleyball Team is State Runner Up

    The 7th grade girls volleyball has concluded its historic season as State Runner Up for the 7-1A tournament this year. The second place win was also featured in the News Gazette on Wednesday, March 23. The team defeated Pontiac St. Mary’s School in two sets, 25 to 18 and 25 to 12, in the first round. They advanced to the state final match after defeating Ashland A-C Central School in three close sets, 25 to 22, 26 to 28, and 25 to 17, in the semifinals. The team lost to Hartsburg-Emden, an undefeated team, in the finals. The final record for the team was 14 wins and 5 losses. This is the first NGS volleyball team to make it to the post season State finals.

    6th Grade Student places 1st at You Be the Chemist Chapter Competition

    Middle School A student Andy T. placed first at the You Be the Chemist chapter competition on Monday, March 7. Andy will continue to represent NGS as he moves on to the final state competition in April. Congratulations to this fantastic Trailblazer!

    7th Grade Girls Volleyball takes home first Sectional Championship

    The 2016 7th grade girls volleyball team has made NGS history again as the first ever to win a Sectional Championship in the sport. The team travelled to Cissna Park to face them on Monday, March 7. The match was won in three sets, 26-24, 23-25, and 25-20. The win secured a place at the State Tournament, which takes place in Pawnee, Ill., on Saturday, March 12.

    7th Grade Girls Volleyball takes home first Regional Championship

    The 7th grade girls volleyball team has made NGS history as the first volleyball team to take home a regional championship from the IESA 7-1A Regional Tournament. The girls took on the number one seeded Mustangs from Prairieview-Ogden. NGS began the match strong winning the first set 25-16. The Mustangs came back to win the second set 21-25. The final set determined the Trailblazers to be the champions, winning 25-13.

    The girls will advance to play at the Sectional Tournament held at Cissna Park High School on Monday, March 7.

    NGS student wins first place at You Be the Chemist Challenge

    Middle School A student Lawrence Z. received first place at this year’s regional You Be the Chemist Challenge on Saturday, February 27. This was Lawrence’s first time at the competition and he was among the youngest of the participating contestants. Congratulations to this amazing Trailblazer!

    NGS Inaugural Chess Team makes mark at State Tourney

    Coach John Klein led Next Generation’s inaugural Chess Team to individual accomplishments at this year’s IESA 1-A State Chess Tournament. The team was comprised of two fifth grade students, two sixth grade students, and one seventh grade student. Sixth grade student Andy T. won the silver medal, a 6-1 record, and fifth grade student, Christopher C., won the bronze medal for a 5-2 record. Aryan L., seventh grade, and Lawrence Z., sixth grade, also had impressive records but had to withdraw from the competition on the second day due to prior obligations. Navid T., fifth grade, also made an impressive standing with team in his first ever IESA visit.

    Coach Klein will continue preparing the team and club members for the Champaign-Urbana Chess Fest later this year.

    Scholastic Bowl Team takes 2nd place in Metcalf Sweetheart Invitational

    Next Generation School’s Scholastic Bowl team continues to be a formidable force as shown by their 2nd place win at Metcalf Middle School’s Sweetheart Academic Invitational, Saturday, February 13. The NGS varsity team was invited among 16 class 1-A and 2-A schools to compete in two pools of competition. Nearly all competitors had placed in the top four during an IESA State Tournament within the last ten years. The NGS team, class 1-A, was divided to compete in the two pools, A and B. Both sections of the team bested their seven opponents to make it to the championship rounds, where they fell just shy of winning against 2-A division teams. Middle School B student Collin J. and Middle School A student Andy T. both won the MVP distinction for their pools.

    Girls Volleyball takes 2nd Place in Illini Conference Tourney

    The girls volleyball 7th grade team took 2nd place out of six teams on Saturday, Feb. 13, at the 7th Grade Illini Conference Tournament. The Trailblazers overcame Thomasboro and Judah Christian, winning both matches in two sets, 25-10 and 25-10 vs. Thomasboro, and 25-11 and 25-9 vs. Judah. The Trailblazers nearly defeated Holy Cross in the final match, but eventually lost in two sets 19-25 and 18-25.

    NGS MathCounts Team heads to State

    The NGS MathCounts team has won a bid to the state competition after an impressive showing at this year’s chapter competition. The team placed second among six competing schools. Middle School A students Andy T. and Lawrence Z. both stood out individually – with Andy collecting the second highest score as an individual, and Lawrence taking first place in the countdown round. The team will travel to the Sheraton in Lisle-Naperville on March 19, 2016, and will compete both as a team and individually.

    8th Grade Boys Basketball takes the Regional Championship

    The 8th grade boys basketball team will be headed to the IESA 81-A Sectional Championship after taking the Regional Championship on Thursday, February 4. The Trailblazers won 47-37 against Prairieview-Ogden. The tournament featured five regional teams. The team will head to the Sectional Championship where they face Cissna Park at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, February 10, at Next Generation School.

    Trailblazers win Boys Basketball IESA 71-A Regional Tourney

    The 7th grade Boys Basketball Team earned the title of 2016 Regional Champions after defeating Chrisman-Scottland in a 35-29 win in the final round on January 27. The boys bested two teams after receiving a number three seed and a BYE in the five team IESA 71-A Regional Tournament which began on January 23. The team will move on to play Cissna Park in the Sectional Tournament on Wednesday, February 3, hosted by Next Generation School.

    Math Counts Team prepares for competition

    NGS has selected its team to represent the school in the area's Regional Math Counts competition. The competition will take place on Saturday, February 6, at Loomis Lab on the University of Illinois campus. The team portion will be represented by two MSA students and two MSB students. NGS will also have three MSB students and two MSA students competing individually at the competition. For more information on Math Counts, click here.

    Six Musketeers receive Judge’s Award at 2016 FLL Competition

    At the First Lego League Central Championship Tournament this weekend, the Six Musketeers, a team comprised of six NGS MSA students, received high accolades in the form of the “Judges Award”. The team was recognized as a remarkable team among 64 participating teams. The Six Musketeers have been representing NGS at the FLL competitions since 2013.

    NGS makes School Merit Roll for AMC 8 Math Contest

    Three students awarded for individual achievement

    Thirty NGS Middle School students participated in the Mathematical Association of America’s AMC 8 math contest on November 17 and NGS was placed on the School Merit Roll. The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple-choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills. Lawrence Zhao (MSA) made the Achievement Roll and the Distinguished Honor Roll. Andy Tang (MSA), made the Achievement Roll and the Honor Roll. Nicholas Phillips (MSA) made the Honor Roll. For more information on the AMC 8 exam, please click here.

    8th Grade Boys Basketball places 2nd in Ilini Conference

    The 8th grade Boys Basketball team nabbed second place during the Illini Conference Tournament hosted by Thomasboro. The boys fought valiantly and came out on top in the semi-finals beating Holy Cross School in overtime 46-44. In the finals, the Trailblazers fell to Judah Christian Academy. The second place win has sent the boys into focused training for the Regional tournament, which will begin at home on January 30.

    Two NGS students headed to State Lego League competition

    with joint scholastic team

    Two NGS students in Primary F and Primary D have made it to the state competition for First Lego League. Together with three other students from different area schools, “The Blue Chameleons,” won the Project Award at the 2015 FLL Illinois Qualifying Tournament held at Decatur, December 12. Congratulations to all the students on the Blue Chameleons.

    The Illini Conference Championship belongs to

    the NGS 7th Grade Trailblazers

    The 7th Grade Boys Basketball Team took home the Illini Conference Tournament Championship with a thrilling 39-35 victory in OT. The boys won out over Judah Christian Academy in a truly nail-biting finish. The boys will move on to compete in the 7th and 8th grade Regional Tournaments hosted by Next Generation School in January of 2016.

    NGS participates in the Hour of Code

    On December 7, 2015, Primary D, E, F, and Middle School B students participated in the Hour of Code – a global event designed to promote coding in computer sciences. Math and science teachers Jennifer Knapp, Kathy Feser and Ashlee Kozak coordinated with classroom teachers to celebrate Computer Sciences Week with this event. Using both iPads and laptops, students took over the tech world diving head first into coding programming. To learn more about Hour of Code please visit their website here.

    NGS Lego League Team puts initiative before City Council

    On December 1, Middle School students who comprise the First Lego League team Six Musketeers implored members of the Champaign City Council to take up their initiative to ban plastic grocery bags in the city. The students were compelled to organize this initiative due to the waste impact non-recyclable plastic grocery bags have on the environment. The visit prompted WCIA 3 news to interview the students on their campaign. To see the news clipping visit here.

    Girls Basketball keeps the Illini Conference Championship at home

    The 7th Grade Girls Basketball Team kept Judah Christian at bay to win the 7th grade Illini Conference tournament championship at Next Generation. The exciting game ended in a 36-35 win at the buzzer. The girls will head to the IESA Regional tournament hosted by NGS on November 21.

    Students in STEAM use robots to mimic insect mobility

    There is never a dull day in NGS’s STEAM Studio program – and that was certainly the case when STEAM students were joined by Dr. Andy Suarez and his team from the University of Illinois to observe and investigate insects and their mobility. The students excitedly held different types of insects – from grasshoppers to beetles – as they crawled from palm to palm, paying close attention to all the different movements each creature used. After recording their observations and discussing their findings with Dr. Suarez and his team, the students recreated the different forms of movement with Vex robotics. They also learned how Dr. Suarez and his team apply the movement to engineering new drones and other robots that can possibly help us reach places we never thought possible. Their adventure was documented by the I-STEM team at University of Illinois (to read their article click here). STEAM Studio continues to have experts assist in their various units throughout the year. To read the article on I-STEM's website, click here. To become a guest expert for a STEAM field of study or to learn more about STEAM studio, please contact Angela Nelson at

    Additional articles from I-STEM about STEAM Studio: Click Here.

    STEAM Studio has exclusive visit with RailTEC

    STEAM Studio's Zoom! Zoom! Invent Camp joined RailTEC at the NURail Center on Friday, July 3. RailTEC and the NURail Center hosted eleven students from Next Generation. The camp's visit was featured on RailTEC's website, highlighting the camp's initiatives on learning about transportation and scientific inventions of transportation technology. Students spent the day at the university where they focused on railroad planning, construction and safety, as well as investigating the physics of rail transportation.

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