U-High Midway

Berk Oto
Berk Oto joined the U-High Midway staff as a freshman with the Beginning Journalism program in the 2018-19 school year. He has since been promoted to managing editor. He enjoys learning and collaborating with other Midway staff members, writing profiles and expressing his opinions through columns. In addition to working for the Midway, he is also a varsity member of the U-High debate team.



2019 Illinois Journalism Education Association: Second place, best single-story package.

2020 Illinois Journalism Education Association: Third place, best COVID-19 coverage.

2020 Illinois Journalism Education Association: First place, best single-page story package.

Berk Oto, Managing Editor

Jan 06, 2021
Class optional, school work suspended after chaos erupts in Capitol (Media)
Dec 17, 2020
Try these next gen video games over winter break (Story)
Dec 14, 2020
Hardware by hand: Teens build PCs for personalization, unique connection (Story)
Dec 09, 2020
The fight against affirmative action is rooted in white supremacy (Media)
Dec 04, 2020
No matter what, vaccines must not be mandatory (Media)
Nov 30, 2020
New restrictions and stay-at-home advisory takes effect in Illinois (Media)
Nov 17, 2020
“Among Us” connects U-High students while socially distant (Story)
Nov 17, 2020
Chemistry teacher receives honor for achievements in service and teaching (Media)
Nov 15, 2020
Drained to exhaustion by online learning, students should be given less school work (Media)
Nov 12, 2020
Borat strikes again in his new raunchy hit, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilms” (Story)
Nov 10, 2020
First-time voter understands the importance of this powerful tool (Media)
Nov 07, 2020
Following Biden-Harris win, students, faculty excited (Media)
Nov 04, 2020
Junior, senior classes to hold in-person events on campus (Media)
Nov 02, 2020
Guide to watching important states on election night (Media)
Nov 01, 2020
Día de los Muertos provides a timely, universal message (Media)
Oct 30, 2020
Midterm comments to be released Nov. 9 (Media)
Oct 29, 2020
Admission applications open for 2021-22 academic year (Media)
Oct 15, 2020
Lab must proactively counteract systemic racism (Media)
Oct 08, 2020
Shelter-in-place warning issued for historic campus (Media)
Oct 06, 2020
New Midway editors, positions selected (Story)
Oct 05, 2020
Ten nonteaching employees reassigned to lower school teaching assistant positions (Media)
Oct 03, 2020
Thanksgiving break extended to span entire week (Media)
Oct 03, 2020
Class of 2024 selects Student Council officers (Media)
Oct 01, 2020
Illinois students over age 16 eligible to become election judges for Nov. 3 election (Story)
Sep 23, 2020
New bias, discrimination, antagonistic behavior reporting system to launch this month (Media)
Sep 14, 2020
Adapting to circumstances, students find ways to connect through Zoom (Media)
Sep 09, 2020
Curbside pickup available for course materials, yearbooks (Media)
Jun 09, 2020
Virtual panel of experts to discuss police immunity June 11 (Media)
Jun 09, 2020
Computer whiz: Junior qualifies for prestigious computing summer camp (Media)
Jun 09, 2020
Lab administration, faculty draft plans for learning in 2020-21 school year (Media)
Jun 08, 2020
School uniforms should be a part of Lab’s dress code (Media)
Jun 05, 2020
We are all responsible for the death of George Floyd (Media)
Jun 04, 2020
Netflix comedy ‘Space Force’ a simple, silly, hilarious military satire (Story)
Jun 02, 2020
Midway illustrators driven by satisfaction, artistic practice (Media)
Jun 02, 2020
‘Friendly Confines,’ not confined to home: It’s time for fans to return to stands (Media)
Jun 01, 2020
Earth girl: Junior’s activism fueled by passion, kindness (Story)
May 29, 2020
At panel, alumni artists share power of their work (Media)
May 29, 2020
Students need role in directorial decision (Media)
May 27, 2020
America has a responsibility to give National Guard members the benefits they deserve (Story/Media)
May 26, 2020
Zzzz: Student sleep schedules change noticeably due to social distancing, remote learning (Media)
May 26, 2020
Students adapt summer plans, find new opportunities during social distancing (Media)
May 25, 2020
Retiring faculty, principal made mark on middle, lower, primary schools (Media)
May 20, 2020
Summer Introduction to Computer Science offered virtually (Story/Media)
May 18, 2020
Making connections: Parents’ Association introduces program to connect students in different grades (Media)
May 18, 2020
Back at it: Magill will draw on Lab experience during interim year (Story)
May 14, 2020
Pandemic roundup: Barack Obama to host commencement speech, door delivery industry changes (Story)
May 14, 2020
Midway named best overall publication in division (Story/Media)
May 13, 2020
End-of-year schedule revised, posted on Schoology (Media)
May 12, 2020
Beware of the new ankle shackle (Story/Media)
May 11, 2020
Additional costs, plummeting endowment will leave multi-year financial impact on Lab (Story)
May 11, 2020
Progressive education belongs at U-High (Media)
May 07, 2020
Choose courses based on interest, not rigor (Media)
May 05, 2020
Shop small, shop local (Media)
May 03, 2020
Due to pandemic, seniors revise May Project plans (Media)
May 03, 2020
Stuck at home, students experience increase in screen time (Media)
Apr 30, 2020
Pandemic roundup: Virtual study halls, governor’s mask mandate (Story)
Apr 29, 2020
Movies are in their prime (Media)
Apr 28, 2020
Parents should not be granted unrestricted Schoology access (Media)
Apr 23, 2020
Lab’s transition to pass/fail sets positive example for other schools (Story)
Apr 17, 2020
Pandemic Roundup: Virtual game, students use social media to promote causes (Story)
Apr 16, 2020
Despite hardships, student athletes continue their sport with passion (Story)
Apr 15, 2020
First-ever fully virtual Student Council election cycle underway (Media)
Apr 14, 2020
Make Zoom calls look, sound better with these easy tips (Story)
Apr 14, 2020
Pandemic roundup: Free news subscriptions and philosophy livestreams (Story)
Apr 14, 2020
Students use pandemic as opportunity to donate, help others (Story)
Apr 09, 2020
Pandemic roundup: Secure Zoom accounts, pay for cafeteria workers (Story)
Apr 06, 2020
Pandemic roundup: Tuition strike, How to enjoy warm weather and the arts (Story)
Apr 03, 2020
Pass/fail grading system details finalized (Story)
Apr 02, 2020
Pandemic roundup: Schoology problems, digital archive, small businesses and Twitter pages (Story)
Mar 30, 2020
Pandemic roundup: Schoology down, counselors and COVID-19 protocol (Story)
Mar 30, 2020
Beach family repatriated after being stranded in Peru (Story)
Mar 29, 2020
Pandemic roundup: Closures, initiatives, how other schools are doing (Story)
Mar 25, 2020
Pandemic roundup: What’s open, College Board tests, Census (Story)
Mar 21, 2020
Lab undergoes deep cleaning (Story)
Mar 05, 2020
Lab and the University of Chicago should commit to never using facial recognition (Story)
Mar 03, 2020
New artistic showcase to celebrate evolution of U-High senior artists (Media)
Mar 03, 2020
JSA considers not running next year due to low turnout (Media)
Feb 26, 2020
Why you should care that Gov. Blagojevich’s sentence got commuted (Story)
Feb 21, 2020
Racing for the nomination (Story)
Feb 20, 2020
Students, pay attention to this election cycle (Story)
Feb 19, 2020
Always a warm welcome: Community service officer Cynthia Boykin is a friendly face for everyone (Story)
Feb 07, 2020
Christopher Freeman, middle school math teacher, has died (Story)
Jan 28, 2020
New student member appointed to All-Schools Council (Media)
Jan 25, 2020
Here’s the scoop on dairy-free desserts (Story)
Jan 13, 2020
Faculty Association releases memo summarizing arbitration findings (Story)
Dec 13, 2019
2019, year in review (Story)
Dec 10, 2019
Model UN finds successes at multiple conferences (Story)
Nov 22, 2019
Zoos are fun, informative, often overlooked (Story/Media)
Nov 11, 2019
More than a meal: The diversity of Chicago eats (Story/Media)
Nov 10, 2019
U-High alumnus elected District Attorney of San Francisco (Story)
Nov 08, 2019
MUN team supports Woodlawn (Story)
Oct 25, 2019
Book Club (Media)
Oct 23, 2019
U-High publications receive national recognition (Media)
Oct 22, 2019
Finance club promotes active learning (Media)
Oct 09, 2019
A whole new headspace (Story)
Oct 09, 2019
Community members attend free expression conference (Story/Media)
Oct 09, 2019
Don’t alienate — learn to engage in open discourse (Story)
Sep 24, 2019
Renaissance magazine from 2018-19 mailed home (Story/Media)
May 31, 2019
U-High students talk with former Chicago alderman (Story/Media)
May 16, 2019
Artists-in-residence will focus on mixed media, alternative art (Story)
May 09, 2019
Lab to host campus redesign meetings (Story)
Apr 25, 2019
Coyote found on Jackman Field (Media)
Apr 24, 2019
Science Olympiad places fifth at state competition (Story)
Apr 03, 2019
Lightfoot wins historic Chicago mayoral election (Story)
Mar 11, 2019
Teacher tours Morocco, enriches curriculum (Story)
Feb 15, 2019
Chicago choices (Story)
Jan 26, 2019
Photo: Shabbat dinner (Story)
Jan 25, 2019
JSA to hold first-ever Shabbat potluck event (Story)
Dec 05, 2018
Weber moves forward with semester system; faculty votes for equal-length option (Story)
Nov 17, 2018
Homework over break, teacher feedback top student concerns at semester meetings (Story)
Nov 12, 2018
Faculty endorses switch to semesters (Story)
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