Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Vivian Wang Named U.S. Presidential Scholar
Vivian Wang is one of 141 high school seniors in the country selected to the 49th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced Monday. Wang is one of three students from Illinois to receive the honor. Presidential Scholars will be honored June 16 in Washington, D.C. Full list

Wang is the third Stevenson student to be named a Presidential Scholar since the program began in 1964, and the second in the past three years. She joins Michele Trickey (Class of 2006) and Zach Blumenfeld (2011). Wang listed Communication Arts teacher Melissa Mack as the teacher who most influenced her at Stevenson.

Presidential Scholars are chosen based on academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as community service, leadership and a demonstrated commitment to high ideals. About 3,300 seniors qualified for the 2013 awards based on their scores on the ACT and SAT exams, and through nominations made by state education officials or the National YoungArts Foundation.

10 Students Earn Awards at State Science Fair
Science Club members captured two Best in Category project awards, plus top honors for best high school division paper, at the Illinois Junior Academy of Science State Science Fair held Friday and Saturday at the University of Illinois.

The Best in Category winners were senior Shivani Thakker in Zoology and sophomore Kevin Cheng in Botany. More than 1,000 projects were entered in 14 categories. In the high school paper competition, sophomore Anvesh Jalasutram was selected as best from nearly 200 entries.

In total, 10 Science Club members qualified for the state fair based on their results in regional competition. On Saturday, eight students earned Gold awards at the project session: Thakker, Cheng and Jalasutram, plus junior Jack Hirsch, sophomores Han Song Huang, Larissa Kennerly and Monica Muthaiya, and freshman Ajay Varahdan. Junior Alex Knapton and senior Carolyn Fan earned Silver awards. At the paper session on Friday, Jalasutram, Cheng, Huang and Fan all presented at the paper session and earned Gold awards.

Wednesday Program Offers Relief for Stressed Parents
Parenting an adolescent is no easy task, with worries about behavior, grades, drugs and other influences. Dr. Joseph Lee, medical director of the Hazelden Foundation’s youth continuum, will help break down these complexities during a special presentation Wednesday night in the Performing Arts Center. “The Adolescent Mystery: Parenting Your Teenager” begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Performing Arts Center. The free program is aimed at parents with children in grades 5-12, but is open to all. The event is sponsored by Stevenson High School, Districts 128 and 214, and the Hazelden Foundation.

Well-Read Students Honored for “Abe Award” Work
Every year, 22 books are nominated by librarians, teachers and students from around the state of Illinois for the Abraham Lincoln High School Readers Award. If students read four or more titles on the annual list, they can vote for their favorite in March. This year, for the first time, Stevenson had six students — all from the Breakfast with Books Club —  read all 22 titles. Cameron Bernstein, Arun Pookote, Kristen Rehberger, A.J. Rivera, Sam Sussman and Anna Veselova were honored with a Lou Malnati’s lunch on Friday in the Information and Learning Center. Head Librarian Lisa Dettling is a member of the Abraham Lincoln Award steering committee.

Senior Receives Scholarship From Suburban Group
Melissa Engel was one of five college-bound seniors honored with $1,200 scholarships by the Chicago Northwest Suburban Alumnae Panhellenic women at its annual awards banquet April 24. She will be attending Emory University in Atlanta.

Getting Ready for Nationals
Stevenson’s Science Olympiad team, as well as Science Olympians from Daniel Wright Junior High School, will take part in the National Science Olympiad May 17-18. Stevenson won its first state Science Olympiad title April 20, and will be making its fifth straight trip to nationals.

Burger Challenge Idea Expands
The Lincolnshire Review sinks its teeth into last week’s SHS Burger Challenge. The event has proven so popular at the local Tom and Eddie’s restaurant that the chain has duplicated it at four other locations with 11 high schools.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Monday’s Varsity Results

Boys Tennis
Stevenson 7, Mundelein 0: The Patriots swept all seven matches in straight sets, losing only five games overall. Michael Sims posted a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles, followed by Dennis Kelman (6-0, 6-2) and Lukasz Jaworski (6-1, 6-0). In doubles, Pawel Jaworski and Josh Lieberman posted a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 1, followed by Colin Harvey/Andrew Komarov (6-0, 6-0), Rudy Viswanathan/Adam Maryniuk (6-0, 6-0) and Jerry Pan/Josh Cheng (6-0, 6-0). – Daily Herald

Boys Lacrosse
Stevenson 12, Lake Zurich 8: The Patriots (10-3, 4-2) went on the road and won their fourth straight game, and sixth in the last seven. – IHSLA.org

Softball
Libertyville 5, Stevenson 4: The Wildcats won on a two-run walk-off hit with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Libertyville led 3-0 after four innings, but SHS (11-11) scored four runs in the fifth to take the lead. – Daily Herald | linescore

Baseball
Libertyville 5, Stevenson 2: The visiting Patriots (13-8, 6-2) scored twice in the top of the first but were shut down the rest of the way. Jimmy Marchese and Zach Novoselsky had RBI singles in the first. Both had two hits in the game. – Daily Herald | linescore

Girls Soccer
Carmel 2, Stevenson 0: The Corsairs spoiled Senior Night in the Stadium. The Patriots fell to 7-5-4. – Daily Herald | SNN broadcast

Gymnasts Take Aim at State Tournament
The SHS boys gymnastics team is one of eight squads heading to this weekend’s IHSA state tournament at Lincoln-Way East High School in Frankfort. The team and all-around competitions are Friday night, with individual events on Saturday. Arie Feltman-Frank will compete in the all-around, and will be joined by Kyle Weichselbaum, Jacob Guth and Christian Courtney in the team competition. All four Patriots will take part in the individual events on Saturday. This will be the second state tournament for Guth, Feltman-Frank and Weichselbaum. Feltman-Frank was 10th in pommel horse in 2012.

Water Polo Teams Prepare for Sectionals
The girls and boys water polo teams will go on the road this week in the hopes of qualifying for the state finals, which will be held in their home water. Both teams are in the IHSA Mundelein Sectional; the girls play Lake Forest at 7 p.m. Wednesday, while the boys take on the winner of McHenry-Vernon Hills at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Stevenson is the top-seeded team in the boys’ bracket, and stand at No. 2 behind Mundelein in the girls’ field. In the latest Illpolo state rankings, the girls are sixth and the boys are No. 13.

Baseball Team Getting Into the Swing of Things
Stevenson’s baseball team is in the thick of the North Suburban Conference Lake Division race, despite having only one senior among its regulars. The Patriots are 6-2 in the division, and have won nine of their last 11 games.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

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All overdue library materials must be returned and fine paid by Friday. Materials will not be loaned until accounts are clear.

CLUBS & ACTIVITIES

The Interactive Gamers Club will meet today after school in Room 1616. If you have questions about the club, contact Mr. Fedewa.

Club Israel: Don’t forget to bring your signed permission form for Thursday’s field trip to Mizrahi Grill. Contact Mrs. Argentar if you have any questions.

Stevenson T-shirts written in Hebrew are still available for only $5. See Mrs. Argentar if you would like to purchase one.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Want to learn more about specific careers? Plan on attending the upcoming Career Days in May. There will be a Science Career Day on Tuesday, May 21, a Computer and Technology Career Day on Thursday, May 23, and an Engineering Career Day on Friday, May 24.  A variety of professionals will be presenting every class period in the Recital Hall. You must sign up in the College and Career Center if you plan on attending. Contact Mrs. Willock if you need more information at dwillock@d125.org.

Attention students interested in veterinary medicine: The Anti-Cruelty Society, along with the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine office, has a program aimed at high school students that will run from September 2013 through April 2014. Students must apply for this program by June 30. Please contact Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org for more information and an application. Serious inquiries only, please.

Attention students interested in government, community service and business: The office of State Representative Carol Sente is seeking students for summer help in many different areas. Please contact Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org for information regarding this program.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES
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Court backs Evanston’s rejection of Jewish school
Police increase presence after threat at Lemont school
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Lake Forest High begins search for new principal
Springfield residents speak against state’s proposed special ed change
Chancellor squashes proposal for limited return of Chief Illiniwek
Downstate high school teacher dies after falling off ladder

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES
ACT moving toward computer-based testing
Private colleges’ student financial aid packages higher than ever
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Public school teacher pay hurt by recession, report says
Gap year gains make college education worth the wait
Random sampling suggested as testing alternative in Minnesota
Teacher who stomped on U.S. flag during lesson gets $85,000 payout

The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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