Wylde Q. Chicken Award Winners

University Laboratory High School

2017 Wylde Q. Chicken Award Winner:
Steve Rayburn
"Fake News" Assignment

The Wylde Q. Chicken Award was presented for the first time in 1998. So 2017 marks 20 years of coloring outside the lines. To celebrate this milestone, the class of '72 has decided to color outside of their own lines for once. The award has always gone to students who exhibited spontaneous creativity. But a big part of what makes Uni so special is that the creative spirit is very much alive among the faculty, as well.

This year, in the aftermath of the recent presidential election, Steve Rayburn decided to work up a unit on "Fake News." They discussed Fake News as a genre of writing, and then each student sought out a story they could bastardize into a "good" Fake News article. They even added photos, links, and ads - all the accouterments of authentic Fake News - incorporating legitimate information in a truly illegitimate way. Student Phon Tran created a website where the students could publish their fake news stories. Their nefarious goal is to have enough folks click on their stories that they start trending on social media.

For outstanding and ongoing originality in assigning projects that inspire works of exceptional creativity and humor by his students, the 20th annual Wylde Q. Chicken Award, and a prize of $250, goes to Steve Rayburn.

2017 Wylde Q. Chicken Award Winner Steve Rayburn

2017 Wylde Q. Chicken Award Winner Steve Rayburn
with Class of '72 Representatives Jane Hays & Greg Walters