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Connection – March 2017

Volume 4  |  Issue 5 March 29, 2017

Top Stories


UCC students excel in Canadian Computing Competition

Half of the 22 Upper Canada College students who entered the recent Canadian Computing Competition (CCC) scored in the top 25 per cent of high school students from around the world.

UCC computer science teacher Mark Hoel said the CCC, run by the Centre for Education in Math and Computing, “is a fun challenge for secondary school students with an interest in programming. It is an opportunity for students to test their ability in designing, understanding and implementing algorithms.”


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Boys help indigenous community on March break trip to Ecuador

Nine Upper School boys, accompanied by faculty members Jon Choptiany and Kathryn Edmondson, travelled to Ecuador during the March Break with World Challenge to engage in a community service project, followed by an exciting trek through the rugged landscape of the central Andean mountain range.

Boys on the trip were Cameron Homer, Sebastian Tattersall, Adam Zufferli, Jay Wallace, Lee Wallace, Lachlan Rigby, William Lee, Geoff Jing and Jeff Ing.

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documentary film

UCC student to appear in Canada Day documentary

Upper Canada College Grade 11 student Adam Sayani honours his father’s legacy in a documentary titled Village of Dreams that will premiere on TVO on July 1 as part of Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations.

“Our film is exploring the entrepreneurial families in the Gerrard India Bazaar,” says director and producer Nina Beveridge of the Toronto neighbourhood known to many as the city’s “Little India.”

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Homeless Walk

Record-breaking amount raised in Walk for Homeless Youth

The 10th annual Walk for Homeless Youth started on the Upper Canada College campus on Tuesday morning and ended with a record-breaking amount of money being raised for Eva’s Initiatives for Homeless Youth.

CityNews and Radio-Canada Toronto covered the opening of the walk at UCC, which continued south through downtown. It involved 500 students in grades six through 10 from 13 schools, including Grade 8 boys from UCC who were taking part for the eighth time. They raised $20,000 through pledges for the walk, which far exceeds last year’s total of $12,000 and this year’s target of $14,000.

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Rowing barge

Rowing team acquires barge to help with training

Upper Canada College has had a powerhouse rowing program for years, sending boys on to competitive rowing universities and even Olympic medals.

Now UCC rowers have another weapon in their arsenal to help with their training: a still water teaching barge. It’s believed that UCC is the first high school in Canada to have this equipment, which was acquired through generous contributions from past and present members of the College’s rowing community.

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Did You Know?

Keep an eye on your mailbox next week.

The spring issue of Old Times will have a cover story on Principal Sam McKinney, our latest annual report and much more.

Mother-son dinner theatre delivers the laughs

More than 400 moms, “special moms” and sons got together to share an evening of fun and laughter at the Arts Booster Club’s third annual mother-son dinner theatre on March 8.

The evening was anchored by a hilarious performance by Greg Eckler ’87, a multiple winner of the Canadian Screen Award and writer for the Rick Mercer Report. He was joined by four comedians who’ve performed all over Canada. They are Tim Steeves, Fraser Young, Jeff Tseng and Rick Currie. They kept the audience laughing all night long.


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UCC captures three varsity swimming championships

swim team
Upper Canada College’s varsity swim team has dominated the Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario Athletic Association (CISAA) throughout this decade, and that continued with three more titles on Feb. 22 at the University of Toronto Athletic Centre.

It was “another absolutely brilliant and phenomenal day” in the pool for the UCC boys, according to coach Vlad Roytberg.

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