Unionville High School

's academic competition team bested 17 other schools in the county to advance to the state competition, which will be held next month in Harrisburg.

Unionville defeated perennial winners West Chester Henderson and Downingtown East in the college bowl-style championship, held March 8 at the Chester County Intermediate Unit's office in Downingtown.

Unionville notched 125 points, topping Downingtown East's 110 and Henderson's 95 to advance to the state competition on April 27, where it will go against 29 other schools in the State Capitol Building in Harrisburg.

The competition quizzes students with questions, worth five points each, on such topics as literature, history, science, fine arts and current events.

As in the college bowl, there were toss-up rounds, in which any team could buzz in and answer, and fanfare rounds, in which each team had one minute to answer six questions.

"We've never gone this far before, so we're very excited about it," said Bill Anderson, biology teacher and coach to Unionville's team. A win at the state level would earn Unionville a spot in the national competition, to be held in late June at Walt Disney World, in Orlando, Fla.

Lincoln University undergrads interested in pursuing a career in the museum field will be able to get some hands-on experience next fall, thanks to a new collaborative degree program with the Barnes Foundation.

The foundation, which houses an impressive catalog of art that includes works by Picasso, Cézanne and Renoir, will allow Lincoln students to take classes at its Merion location, and will send staff to Lincoln to teach classes, as well. The program, which will be offered as a concentration under the visual arts degree, will allow students to focus on museum and collections studies, museum education, museum communications, or professional studio.

"It's a wonderful lab opportunity for them," said Gladys J. Willis, dean of humanities and graduate studies at Lincoln, of the chance for students to take classes at the Barnes Foundation.

West Chester University's Hollinger Field House will be the site of the WCU Honors College's Aid to South Africa Benefit, a relay walk and fair to be held Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.

Live local bands, jugglers, magicians, and a moon bounce will be among the family-friendly sights and sounds of the fair. Relay teams can sign up to walk the indoor track for $10 a team, but entrance to the fair is free. Donations will be accepted throughout the event.

All proceeds will benefit HELP Ministries Soup Kitchen, which helps feed poor South Africans, and Sparrow Village, which cares for children infected with HIV. The Honors College sent a group of students to South Africa in 2006 to work with groups in need.

For more information, to register for the walk, or to donate online, go to www.wcupa.edu/aidtosouthafrica.

Will Hobson

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