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By Mitch Smith
Casey Bunge won a Sycamore High School talent and spirit contest last year by rapping about mathematics and beating his calculus teacher in a one-on-one quiz.
“I busted some rhymes sort of parodying Eminem‘s ‘Rap God,’ then I called the head of my school’s math department onto the stage,” Bunge said.
The pair raced to answer four calculus questions written by a college instructor. Bunge won, 3-1.
Bunge, 17, is a senior at Sycamore who plans to major in math and physics this fall. He has been accepted to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign but hasn’t finalized his college choice.
“He’s not just a kid who goes home and studies,” Principal Tim Carlson said. “He has musical talents, he has a personality. Casey is so, so well-respected amongst his peers."
In addition to his math rapping skills, Bunge is an accomplished trombonist, athlete and scientist who ranks first in his DeKalb County high school’s class. He composes musical works. He skipped eighth grade.
“Kids can be good at something,” Carlson said, “but there’s not very many kids like him who are good at everything.”
When he’s not studying, you might find him offering a cookie and a few kind words to a fellow Sycamore student. Bunge, who lives near Clare, is one of four students who started a group dedicated to doing random acts of kindness at the school.
“We just go around doing silly things like decorating people’s lockers, leaving people notes, to try to make the high school like a more interesting and positive place to be,” he said.
IAVAT Excellence In Teaching
Kara Poynter was nominated for the IAVAT Teacher of Excellence award. She is the Section 6 winner.
The final selection process of the district winners in the IAVAT Teacher of Excellence Award will occur Thursday, June 19th, 2014, at the IAVAT Conference.
3M Ingenuity Grant
Sycamore High School was one of 19 schools nationwide to be awarded the 2014 3M Gives Ingenuity Grant. The 3M Grant, totaling almost $19,000 ($18,816), was developed in partnership with Northern Illinois University and Kishwaukee Watershed Program. Sycamore High School students will take part in data collection and research for the Watershed program. Sycamore High School science teacher Scott Horlock and math teacher Phoebe Balentyne will work with the students and NIU professors Jon Miller and Sheldon Turner in analyzing the information collected to make real world recommendation to improve the water shed.
Comments from the Principal: “We are very fortunate to have a community partners such as 3M and NIU who sees the value in getting our students involved in “real world” experiences in the areas of math and science while they are in high school. The relevance of this project makes learning fun, engaging and impactful. This grant will allow our teachers to present lessons with tools that are normally not affordable to a high school."
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