The Uni High Alumni Office currently honor recipients in two award categories:
Max Beberman Distinguished Alumni Award
The Beberman award was established in honor of the late Max Beberman, whose distinguished career as a math educator brought him international renown. During his tenure at University Laboratory High School from 1950 to 1971 he founded and developed the University of Illinois Committee on School Mathematics (UICSM) which significantly altered the teaching of mathematics around the world. Max is remembered as being a fantastic teacher whose forte was enabling students to discover for themselves the new math ideas for which he is famous.
A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE CLASS OF 1972, SCOTT WYATT (OR JOHN ZYCH) WILL COME FORWARD WITH THE AWARDS.
Each year, the alumni of the class of 1972 present an award that is unique to Uni: the Wylde Q. Chicken Spontaneous Generation Award for Coloring Outside the Lines. This award recognizes Uni students who have demonstrated spontaneous creativity, "thinking outside the box," doing something extraordinary when circumstances only call for the ordinary.
This year, a student was nominated for his SCAT standardized test, a parody test that he wrote for a Creative Writing Class. He is worthy of the Wylde Q Chicken award for any number of exceptionally creative and genre-bending assignments he's written in Creative Writing, but SCAT was the cleverest, funniest, and most surreal. He created a parody of standardized college entrance tests which pokes wide-ranging fun at a number of current cultural obessesions and recent trends, but also plays with the logic of math, reading comprehension, and other standard SAT favorites.