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Association Day pep rally

Upper Canada College’s annual Association Day is on Sept. 28, and the school’s students should be pumped up with spirit after a pep rally in Laidlaw Hall on Sept. 27.

The Blue Army generals and Cookie took the stage and then sat back with the rest of the Upper School boys to watch a series of motivational and promotional videos highlighting a number of A-Day events and sports teams that will be participating. The assembly ended with all of the varsity athletes coming on stage and linking arms while singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

Here are some photos from Friday’s pep rally:

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CAIS U13 soccer

Soccer Tournament AnnouncementUCC and Royal St. George’s College will host the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools’ U13 Boys’ National Soccer Tournament from Oct. 17 to 19.

All of the games will be played on UCC’s four fields, beginning at 9 a.m. on Oct. 17 and ending two days later with the final match at 12:30 p.m. Sixteen teams from across Canada will compete for the championship, which UCC has won in four of the past five years.

More information is available here.

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Old Boy Drew Taylor had film at TIFF

Drew Taylor

Drew Taylor, when he’s not throwing a ball or making a documentary.

Upper Canada College Old Boy Drew Taylor ‘01 is a man of many talents.

The son of former Major League Baseball pitcher and Toronto Blue Jays physician Dr. Ron Taylor followed in his father’s footsteps by playing pro ball in the Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies organizations and has gone on to become a PhD candidate in biomedical engineering at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital.

Taylor, who still pitches for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the Intercounty Baseball League, can also put film director on his resume. Taylor and Larry Weinstein directed Our Man in Tehran, which premiered at the recent Toronto International Film Festival. The documentary offers an in-depth look at former Canadian ambassador to Iran Ken Taylor, who facilitated the 1980 escape of six United States embassy workers during the Iran hostage crisis.

Taylor and his girlfriend, actress and former Miss Universe Canada Elena Semikina, have a film and television production company called Film House Inc. that made Our Man in Tehran.

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Brandon Ng on golf and Wake Forest

Brandon Ng

Brandon Ng tees off.

UCC Old Boy Brandon Ng ’11 has started his third year as a student at North Carolina’s Wake Forest University and a member of its golf team, and he talked to the school’s newspaper about the experience on Sept. 19.

You can read his thoughts here.

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Colin Greening contract extension

Ottawa Senators forward and Old Boy Colin Greening ’05 has signed a three-year contract extension with an average value of $2.65 million per season that locks him up until the end of 2016-17.

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“Friday Night Lights” football games

Upper Canada College’s junior varsity and varsity football teams will take on their-arch rivals from St. Andrew’s College starting at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4.

The inaugural “Friday Night Lights” games were such a big success last year that the College has decided to start a new tradition and erect temporary lighting around the field to do it again.

The Blues Booster Club will ensure that there will be a variety of food and drink choices available to keep fans satiated.

Here’s a photo gallery from last year’s event:

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UCC rowers compete in world championship

UCC world championship rowers

UCC’s Harris Sheldon, Daniel Hong and Charlie Walker were part of the Canadian team at the World Rowing Junior Championships.

Charlie Walker and Daniel Hong, who graduated from UCC in May, teamed up with IB2 student Harris Sheldon and Jacob Barker and Adam Donaldson from the Victoria Rowing Club in British Columbia to compete in the 2013 World Rowing Junior Championships.

The Canadian student athletes participated in the junior men’s coxed four category at the event in Trakai, Lithuania from Aug. 7 to 11. They finished third in the B final with a time 6:45.84 to finish ninth overall.

The World Rowing Junior Championships is designed for athletes 18 and younger to prepare for future international success at the under 23 or senior levels.

Hong, the coxswain, is attending Columbia University in New York City this fall. Walker is going to school at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif.

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