University of Illinois Lab

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University of Illnois Laboratory High School
Urbana, IL
Club President Tim Cho
Coaches Chris Butler
State Championships 2015 IHSA (A)
NAQT Illinois State 2018
National Championships None
National Appearances HSNCT: 2014, 2015, 2018
SSNCT: 2018
NSC: 2016 2017
Program Status Active
School Size 311 (2009)

University of Illinois Laboratory High School (Uni High) is a lab school on the University of Illinois campus in Urbana. It includes a composite year for 7th and 8th grades alongside the standard four years of high school. However, only high school students are allowed to participate in the Scholastic Bowl team due to age restrictions by the IHSA, with the middle school students in a separate middle school team. The Uni High Scholastic Bowl team was founded in 2013 and has since expanded to include a B team and a C team, with about 20 active members on all teams. The team is coached by John Butler and its president is Tim Cho. Although the school is called "Uni High" throughout the Champaign-Urbana area, teams from other parts of the state tend to refer to it as "Uni Lab", "U of I Lab", or "Urbana Lab School".

In 2015, Uni won the Class A IHSA State Championship. Because of the IHSA's success factor policies, Uni was moved up to class AA because it is a selective-admissions school, despite having only 320 students. The team placed second at the 2017 class AA tournament, losing to IMSA 500-320 in the championship round after beating Carbondale, Auburn, and OPRF.

In 2018, a team comprised of Tim Cho, Ethan Ashbrook, Dylan Bowman, and Jonathan Lau won the NAQT Illinois State Championship by defeating Auburn in an advantaged final 350-320, finishing out the tournament with a 12-1 record. Uni became the very first school south of Interstate 80 to win the event. With only about 320 students, it also became the smallest ever school to win a large school or open division tournament in Illinois. While defending champion, Stevenson, was not present because of poor weather, Lab also became the first team to win the championship with all four starters posting over 20 PP20TUH for the tournament.

The team plans to attend the 2018 SSNCT and HSNCT.

Team Members

Ethan Ashbrook (10)

Dylan Bowman (10)

Tim Cho (11)

Jonathan Lau (9)

Reed Phillips (12)

Daniel Cho (9)

Henry Kraatz (10)

Aryan Lalwani (9)

Robert Nagel (11)

Nicholas Phillips (9)

Sasha Rushing (10)

Srijan Shukla (9)

Matthew Tang (10)

Romaisa Aamer (9)

Maher Adoni (9)

Martin Dalling (11)

Lia Dankowicz (11)

Zachary Donnini (9)

Maddie Harden (10)

Arav Jagroop (9)

Caitlin Mamaril (9)

Sam Polonus (10)

Noah Rebei (9)

Lawrence Taritsa (11)

Lucas Wood (9)

Joanna Yoo (9)

Notable Tournament Performance

2015 IHSA State Champions, Class A
2017 IHSA State Runner-Up, Class AA (moved from Class A in 2016)
2017 Masonic State Runner-Up, Class AA
2018 NAQT Illinois State Champions

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