My first two years of high school have been a learning curve. Coming out of grade eight, I had made the decision to start my grade nine year off at a local high school. My original thoughts were to attend UMEI; unfortunately, our money situation was not ideal and tuition was costly. So, I scratched…

I just came from a student led chapel where they were talking about the importance of foundations. This led me to think about UMEI’s theme verse, “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 3:11). I thought I should begin my blogging journey at…

As an elementary school student, I was not very interested in science whatsoever. The extent of my science knowledge consisted of basic plant anatomy and that static electricity made your hair fly up when you touched a special ball. I remember seeing the “Mad Science” club at my school and thinking that it would be…

With the launching of our new website I was inspired to begin writing a regular blog, but I really had no idea what that meant for me, personally. I read blogs from time to time, following several people, reading about their ups and downs, aspirations and achievements. But what would I write about? After doing…

I will be very honest. I never had any interest in putting on a play. And I will continue to be honest by saying I never have any interest in putting on another one. However, what I did not think would happen is that I consider this play to be a good experience that I…

The end of the school year brings with it a certain amount of nostalgia as we say goodbye to our peers and teachers for the summer. However, this past June was particularly emotional for the UMEI community. Ruth Harnadek, our teacher of 16 years, head of the drama department, chapel coordinator, overall mother figure for…

The Fall is a very active time for the UMEI Agriculture Club as the group participated in the Woodstock Farm Show and Rural Expo 2016 in September. Rural Expo rotates to a different county in Ontario yearly. This year’s winner as host site was Minto, Ontario. Approximately 100,000 people attended Rural Expo over the five day event. “Our student club this…

“Ok class, let’s start today by reviewing Example 3 from the video in your pods. Take turns explaining each step and I’ll be coming around to observe.” It’s not a typical way to start a math class, but for Mrs. Chani Wiens and her Advanced Functions class, it’s the new norm. Mrs. Wiens, UMEI’s Academic…

Before I was a student at UMEI, I was under the impression that the UMEI athletics program was inferior to that of other schools. I thought that because of the small student body, the potential for good sports teams was less, and therefore the athletics department would be considered less important than other programs. Many…

As I flew over Kiwanis Camp on Friday, September 18th, I saw a series of strange and unusual events. Humans are always strange but this bunch was exceptionally odd. I watched as the group who called themselves UMEI, arrived at Kiwanis and immediately began running around making fools of themselves. I even saw some trying…

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