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  • UCEC students get their fashion fix at charitable fashion show

    On Nov. 28, nearly two dozen Union County Early College DECA students strutted down a runway wearing evening gowns, party dresses and tuxes. Some students danced down the runway -- to the delight of the audience -- while others struck their best dramatic poses.

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  • The Union County Early College High School Robotics Club completed in the Fall Union County Robotics Challenge

    The Union County Early College High School Robotics Club completed in the Fall Union County Robotics Challenge at the SPCC Tyson Family Center on Saturday, November 18. Thirty-seven teams from 10 area high schools participated.

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  • UCEC hosts the annual Angel Tree event

    On Friday, November 17th the salons at UCEC once again became the site of a favorite yearly tradition of early college - Angel Tree! Student Council hosted a holiday celebration for the Pre-K students from the nine Title I schools around the county. After being greeted by a variety of bears, elves, and Mrs. Claus, and singing a few holiday songs, the 165 four year-old children were treated to a puppet show that taught that even though we are all different, we can learn to get along and appreciate the diversity of others.

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  • DECA Charity Fashion Show 11/28!

    UCEC DECA is hosting a fashion show to support kids with cancer. The show features 22 DECA member models sponsored by Simpson's Bridal and the Art Institute fashion design students! Tickets go on sale 11/15!

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  • Mrs. Cook earned the LiftED Grant!

    Congratulations Mrs. Cook and thank you to Union County Education Foundation for the LIFTed Higher grant for her Robotics club!

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  • UCEC Robotics preparing for Competition

    This year UCEC’s three Robotics teams are hard at work building their VEX robots for competition. In addition, the UCEC teacher sponsor, Mrs. Cook, was awarded a grant from SeaPerch (which is funded by the Office of Naval Research) of kits and tools to build underwater remotely operated vehicles. Here are some pictures of the SeaPerch build.

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  • Deke Sharon meets with UCEC Glee Club

    UCEC Glee Club had the privilege to work with privately as a group Deke Sharon. Mr. Sharon is referred to as "the father of contemporary a cappella,” having arranged for The Social Network, served as music director and arranger for the Pitch Perfect films, helped with the careers of groups like the Pentatonix, and been the musical director and consultant for NBC’s The Sing-off, Lifetime’s Pitch, Slapped and recently the BBC’s Pitch Battle.

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  • Sara Sawyers is awarded North Carolina DECA Diamond Student of the Month!

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  • UCEC begins its FIRST STUDENT COUNCIL!

    UCEC is excited to announce the beginning of our Student Council. Please follow links for more information. If you have any questions, please email Karen Pharr at karen.pharr@ucps.k12.nc.us. Please click the read more button below for application and necessary documents.

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  • Sara Sawyers received the John H. Crowder Service Award

    Sara Sawyers received the John H. Crowder Service Award at the last Board of Education meeting!

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  • UCEC DECA is Winning!

    Congrats to UCEC DECA club on their accomplishments at the NC DECA State Career Conference. Over 3200 students from across the state participated in the competitive events. Our DECA club had 2 state winners who are now invited to the International Career Conference. They were Spencer Ellis , who placed 2nd in the state in his event of Principles of Finance and Sarah Wienecke, who placed 3rd in the state in her event of Principles of Business and Administration. 100% of all UCEC DECA members were honored and recognized for achieving proficient status. This means each member in their competitive event scored higher then a 70%. All their hard work and preparation for their events paid off. This is an amazing accomplishment since it was UCEC’s first year and the fact they we don’t offer business courses here on the high school side. In addition, DECA members who took the Hospitality and Tourism Cluster Exam at the state conference and scored at least 70% are eligible for American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute Certification in Guest Services Professionalism. The two UCEC DECA members who earned this are Ezequiel Rivera and Sara Sawyers Congrats to all. This was an amazing trip and a great way to show the state and the world we are serious about our careers! A special thank you to Mrs. Bell and Mrs. Coppedge for attending the conference with our DECA adviser Miss Schmitt.

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  • UCEC Participates in Books & Brackets

    On Friday, February 24th and Monday, February 27th, Mrs. Pharr’s Leadership Class had an amazing opportunity to go to two elementary schools and promote reading. Third grade classes throughout Union County Public Schools are excited to read during the Books and Brackets challenge. Leadership students were able to encourage third graders at Hemby Bridge and Stallings Elementary schools. Coinciding with college basketball’s “March Madness,” third grade classes are involved in a county-wide competition to see which class can read the most during the month of March. The classes are all entered in a bracket, thus the name “Books and Brackets,” and depending on their performance, different classes are eliminated until a winner is chosen. It was great for the Leadership class to set a positive example for the kids. They went to different third grade classes and read books that stressed the importance of being kind and considerate to others, so it was a good way to demonstrate to the elementary students that positive messages can coincide with fun pastimes. Even more than that, students were able to talk with each class about why it’s important to consider other people’s feelings and do nice things for each other.

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  • UCEC DECA partners with Brother Wolf Rescue

    UCEC’s DECA club held a pet food and supplies drive to support Brother Wolf Animal Rescue and Animal Sanctuary located throughout North Carolina and South Carolina. Brother Wolf provides the resources and life-saving programs to build a No-Kill communities. As a grassroots organization, Brother Wolf operates adoption centers that are open to the public 365 days a year making it easy to adopt, volunteer, and become involved with their No-Kill mission. Recently, Brother Wolf traveled throughout North and South Carolina helping our furry friends during the flooding of Hurricane Matthew. DECA held this drive for their community service competition project.

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  • UCEC focuses on Careers in November

    November was a busy month focusing on careers at Union County Early College. DECA week kicked off the month focusing on community involved, embracing diversity and career readiness.

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  • UCEC Glee Club expanded its outreach into the Community

    In its fourth year of existence, the UCEC Glee Club has expanded its outreach in to the community. On November 12th, they had the privilege of performing at the American Music Guild’s Heritage Awards. This year, one of the co-hosts was Freda Payne.

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  • UCEC Staff and Students Participate in Manufacturing Awareness Week

    UCEC Staff and Students participate in Manufacturing Awareness Week by touring Charlotte Pipe and Foundry and Scott Safety. This image is from the tour when Mrs. McFadden and Ms. Schmitt attended.

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  • UCEC Students attend Constitutional Academy

    This past summer, two UCEC students, Allison K. and Nicollette M., attended a week-long program in Washington D.C. called Constitutional Academy. This learning experience is sponsored by the Bill of Rights Institute. Constitutional Academy brought high school students from all over the country to Washington D.C. in order to teach them about the founding documents of the United States and other current events.

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  • Glee Tonality Competition

    On Friday, Tonality, the UCEC Glee Club, competed in the 2016 NC High School A Cappella presented by Liquid 5th. Tonality finished 2nd to Northwood High School's Pitch Please. Justine Gimenez, a UCEC Junior, received the Best Vocal Percussion Award. Also performing were the UCEC SuperSeniors, who performed an exhibition set, along with the University of Florida's No Southern Accent and the UNCC's Finer Forty-Niners.

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  • UCEC Senior Invited to The Nest!

    Fernando Bonilla, a senior here at UCEC, has the privilege of being accepted to John’s Hopkins University. Along with it comes a full-ride scholarship, giving him the opportunity to attend the University in Maryland, tuition-free, with his textbooks, room and board, and ancillary expenses also paid for. John’s Hopkins routinely receives over 24,000 applications for admittance, and out of those only 3,200 are admitted. So, this is a big honor for both Fernando and UCEC, they definitely see his potential.

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  • Sad to See You Go!

    UCEC is deeply saddened to hear that Mrs. Diana Gagne is no longer going to be the college liasion at our school. After four years, Mrs. Gagne was used to being badgered by students who are constantly wanting to change their schedules, and dealing with the many textbooks that come her way. Even though it looked stressful to be the college liaison, Mrs. Gagne always managed to finish every task with a smile. She did her job like nobody else could.

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  • Celebrating the Class of 2016

    In March, the entire school, parents, and invited guests attended a special assembly at UCEC. At this assembly, the Class of 2016 graduates were celebrated for their many accomplishments and achievements. Topping off last year’s record, the four-year total scholarship money earned by the Class of 2016 amounts to a whopping $4,123,215! Another record was made with the biggest graduating class in the school’s history, which consisted of seventy-nine students.

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  • Ms. Long Wins 'Wishful Thinking' Grant

    Ms. Wanda Allen, President of the Alpha Zeta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, awarded Mrs. Long the "Wishful Thinking" grant. The grant money will go toward an acid rain test lab, as well as lab supplies for Mrs. Long's science classroom. Hands-on activities are critical to engage our students and foster critical thinking and problem solving skills.

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  • Glee Sets the 'Tone'

    On February 20, 2016, the UCEC Glee Club, Tonality, competed in the International Championship of High School Acapella (ICHSA). This competition is the high school division of Varsity Vocals International Championship of Colligate Acapella. Between the two programs, over 450 schools, 341 collegiate and 140 high school made up of 5176 collegiate and 2226 high school singers, competed in the United States and Great Britain to make it to the finals in New York, with the goal of winning the Gooding Cup. Throughout the nation groups performed acapella arrangements of contemporary music from the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, and other parts of the world. The UCEC Glee Club finished fifth among ten schools in its first trip to the ICHSA. The group performed acapella arrangements of Circus, by Brittany Spears; La La Latch, a Pentatonix mash-up of songs by Sam Smith and Naughty Boy; and My Blood, by Ellie Goulding. The set including outstanding performances by soloists Brianna LeBron and Nakea Pittman and vocal percussionists Bradley Blumer and Blake Barnette. Overall, we were please with their performance against so many outstanding groups and look forward to working toward next year’s competition.

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  • 5th Annual UCEC Talent Show

    On February 18, Early College celebrated its fifth annual Talent Show. Multiple acts appeared, showcasing singing, dancing, comedy, and instrumentals, as well as a separate Art portion. UCEC has such a diverse group of students and the Talent Show gives them the opportunity to show off their gifts. UCEC uses this opportunity as a fundraiser for our annual Angel Tree event, and this year we raised over $900, the most yet. We are so happy that our students and school community come out to cheer on these courageous artists, and support a worthy cause. Congratulations to the following students for their awards: first place duet, Briana L., and Blake B.; Ricky S. rapped to a second place victory with “Lose Yourself” and Spencer E.; Vladyk B., and Devontay O. placed third for their monster mash-up. Additionally, the following students won the Art competition: first place went to Carolina Q.; second place to Evan S. and finally, third place was awarded to Sydney C. All pieces are art were fantastic; thank you for sharing. UCEC hopes to continue this traditional event every year, and invite you to join us. We would also like to thanks the Glee Club for their opening performance.

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  • Math's Journey Around the World

    Mrs. Roncone’s AFM class has ridden a sinusoidal wave around the world figuring out how temperature patterns around the globe follow the trigonometric sine graphs. We have written trigonometric sine and cosine functions about the circular patterns of Ferris wheels in London, Singapore, and right here in our own backyard with the Myrtle Beach Sky Wheel. We have also used right triangle trigonometry to figure out heights of famous monuments and buildings like the Eiffel Tower.

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