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Friday, May 1, 2015

School’s 50th Birthday Bash Less Than a Month Away

The Stevenson Foundation is making plans for the school’s 50th Birthday Bash on Saturday, May 30. A number of activities will be taking place between 9 a.m. and noon, all open to the community:

  • Longtime Stevenson teacher and coach Paul Swan will receive the 2015 Heritage Award. There will be a special continental breakfast meet-and-greet opportunity at 9 a.m., followed by the award presentation at 9:30. Anyone interested in attending the continental breakfast is asked to RSVP by Friday, May 20 by calling Ellyn Ross at 847-415-4109 or emailing elross@d125.org.
  • A free pancake breakfast also will take place for anyone who doesn’t plan to attend the Heritage Award event. As a tie-in with the breakfast, the Foundation is selling “50 Flippin’ Years of Stevenson-50th Birthday Bash” T-shirts. The cost is $10 and the deadline to order is Tuesday. To order a shirt or for 50th Birthday Bash details, click here.
  • A special stained glass window on the north end of the West Building by the Sports Center entrance will be dedicated at 10:45 a.m. The four-panel window design is inspired by sophomore Sabrina Zhang, who won a school-wide logo design contest last fall. Visit www.d125.org/shs50 to see the stained glass window design.
  • The winner of the Foundation’s Vacation Getaway Raffle will be announced, and will have the option of choosing one of these trips: a golf vacation in Scottsdale, Arizona; a wine lover’s experience in Napa Valley, California; or a four-day stay at a resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The raffle is supporting the new Stevenson to College program, which seeks to help every SHS student earn a college degree. Tickets are $50 each or 3 for $125. Only 300 tickets will be sold. Click here to buy raffle tickets.
  • Future Patriots can play games with members of the state championship football and boys basketball teams. Kids also can try on uniforms worn by the players, as well as sample championship rings.

There also will be student art exhibits and music performances, student-guided tours of the school, a poms clinic for kids by Stevenson’s Patriettes, a visit by the school’s safety dog, Goldie, and more. Visit www.stevensonfoundation.org for all the details.

New Opportunity for Language Learners

Seniors who have proven proficient in English and another language can get a special seal from the state on their diploma and transcript. The school received approval to implement the state’s new Seal of Biliteracy program with the current graduating class. Seniors can qualify by having achieved minimum-level scores on an ACT or Prairie State Achievement Exam — or by meeting standards on a test that will be given at Stevenson on Saturday, May 9. Click here for details.

Spring One-Acts, Monologues This Weekend

The Fine Arts Division will present “Trapped,” a series of one-act plays and monologues written, directed and acted by students, at 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday in the West Auditorium. Admission is $5.

Students to be Honored by Special Olympics

Stevenson students who won the Polar Plunge Cool School Challenge in February will be honored at a Special Olympics event Sunday morning at Lake Zurich High School. The students raised more than $3,200 for Special Olympics as part of the ninth annual Fox Lake Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge.

Stevenson Center on Democracy to Host Talk on Water

Dr. Eugene Griffin, director of research at the ChildTrauma Academy, will discuss “Eye of the Beholder: Working With High-Risk Adolescents” at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy in Mettawa. Griffin, who is retired from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, has spent his career caring for young people and families involved in the public sector settings of mental health, child welfare, and juvenile justice. Admission is $15 for adults and free for students. To register or for more information, visit stevensoncenterondemocracy.org.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson at Lake County Invitational: Freshman Isabelle Sparreo broke a 32-year-old school record while finishing second in the 800-meter run, and also was runner-up in the 1,600 as the Patriots finished fifth at Lake Zurich. Sparreo covered the 800 in 2:20.27, eclipsing the previous mark of 2:20.5 set in 1983 by Natalie McCoy (Class of 1983). Sparreo posted a time of 5:08.48 in the mile. The 400-meter relay team of Juhi Jhaveri, Janine Fajardo, Borchueh Wu and Lily Marks finished second in 51.32. Charlotte Langbo was second in the triple jump (35-0.25) and finished fourth in the long jump (15-11). Also finishing fourth was the 3,200 relay team of Natalie Sparreo, Eliza Sullivan, Claire Sullivan and  Gabriella Jagielo. Three Patriots had fifth-place finishes: Marks in the 100, Fajardo in the 100 hurdles (16.29) and Jessica Philipp in the 3,200 (11:35.45). The 800 relay team of Wu, Marks, Bianca Ji and Ashley Chai was sixth (1:52.75). SHS improved upon its ninth-place overall finish last year. – Pioneer Press, Daily Herald ($)

Baseball

Stevenson 10, Fremd 9: Willie Bourbon drove in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning, capping a two-run rally as the host Patriots (15-6-1) spoiled the return of Fremd head coach and SHS alumnus Chris Piggott (Class of 1992). Brandon Grant went 3-for-3 and drove in three runs, while Jack Trotter doubled twice en route to a 2-for-4 day with three RBI. Bourbon had two hits in the game. Brandon Lichter was the winning pitcher, striking out two in an inning of relief. The Vikings fell to 10-10. – Daily Herald ($)

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson 12, New Trier 2: The top-ranked Patriots improved to 25-0 with another dominant performance in the Aquatic Center. SHS shut out the Trevians in three of the four quarters, and built an 11-0 halftime lead. Allison Travetto had four goals, two assists and seven steals. Melissa Gartenberg scored three times, had four assists and also made seven steals. Autumn Hoang contributed two goals and five steals, while Annika Hotchkiss, Alex Adams and Claire Haas each scored a goal. Goalkeeper Lauren Burns made nine saves and also had four assists before giving way to Brigitte Lefebvre in the fourth quarter. Lefebvre made four saves.

Boys Tennis

Stevenson 7, Zion-Benton 0: At the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex, the Patriots tuned up for today’s Pitchford 32 Invitational by losing only one game in seven matches. All four doubles teams posted 6-0, 6-0 victories: No. 1 Ben Bush/Josh Cheng, No. 2 Adam Maryniuk/Matt Harvey, No. 3 Sam Komis/Ryan Yoo and No. 4 Gary Braznichenko/John Kny. Colin Harvey and Brian Weisberg were 6-0, 6-0 winners at Nos. 1 and 2 singles, respectively, while Kyle Gordon recorded at 6-1, 6-0 decision at No. 3. – Daily Herald ($)

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 3, Mundelein 0: Savannah Kruse scored the first two goals and Rachel Takaroff added the third as the visiting Patriots (7-5-1, 2-2-1) won their fourth straight match. Jill Steinbrink, Courtney Bruckman and Caroline Dempsey each had an assist. Emma Marx made four saves and earned her first shutout of the season. The Mustangs dropped to 5-6-4, 1-2-2. – Pioneer Press

Softball

Antioch 9, Stevenson 8 (8 inn.): The host Sequoits (17-4) won on a walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth inning. Taylor Koenigs had a home run and a triple as part of the Patriots’ 10-hit attack. Vera Pflugradt added a double in the see-saw affair. – Daily Herald ($)

Girls Lacrosse

York 14, Stevenson 6: Courtney Patten led the host Patriots (6-9) with two goals. Eleanor Fisher, Lindsay Schwartz, Hillary Levey and Melisa Dove had one goal apiece. The Dukes, ranked fifth by Lax Power, improved to 9-2. – Stevenson Broadcast Network/Cube video, IHSWLA.org


Mork Named Libertyville Boys Basketball Coach

Brent Mork has been named the next varsity boys basketball coach at Libertyville High School, the Daily Herald reported today ($). Mork served as an assistant coach in  Stevenson’s boys basketball program from 2008-12, including three seasons as a varsity assistant. Prior to joining Stevenson, Mork was assistant men’s basketball coach at Lake Forest College for one season, and spent two years as a graduate assistant at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. He served as Stevenson’s varsity girls golf coach from 2012-13. Mork, who is a Driver Education teacher at SHS, will be joining Libertyville as a teacher in its Physical Welfare Department.

Success is Part of Oh’s Plan

Pioneer Press this week profiled senior runner Sammy Oh, who will be taking his considerable talents to Harvard University in the fall. In addition to being one of the best distance runners in school history — he finished sixth at last fall’s IHSA state cross country meet — Oh is an excellent student as well. He is a 4.0 student who scored a 35 on the ACT and is president of Student Council.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Prom, Post-Prom Ticket Sales End Monday

Tickets for the Prom are available at the Superstore in the Wood Commons, and through the Online Superstore. Tickets are $85 each. If you’re going to the Prom with a non-Stevenson student, you’ll need to fill out a special permission form. The form and other information are available at www.d125.org/prom. Ticket sales end Monday. You can also buy tickets to the post-Prom event at Great America, which runs until 3:30 a.m. the morning after Prom. Tickets are $50 for the post-Prom event. Click here for details and the permission form.

Spring Fling Packets Due Today

Remember to turn in your Spring Fling packets to Student Activities and submit the online form today. No exceptions will be made, and if you have any questions find the Spring Fling event on Facebook!

Don’t Miss Out on the Senior Class Party Cruise

Space is running out for seniors who want to attend the Senior Class Party aboard the Odyssey cruise ship on Lake Michigan June 3, the day before graduation. Click here to download the permission form. Turn in your form to the Patriot Superstore. Don’t wait too long! There are only 35 spots left. Once those spots are filled, students will be placed on a wait list.

Color Guard Clinics Tuesday-Thursday

Clinics and auditions for the Fall 2015 Color Guard season are quickly approaching! Be ready to: make new friends, be part of a team, learn to spin flag and rifle, dance, challenge yourself and have fun! All students of the 2016-19 graduating classes are welcome! Clinics will be held in the Wood Commons from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Please wear athletic clothing. Sign up or ask questions to Coach Reber at stevensonguarddirector@gmail.com.

Student Volunteers Needed for Focus Group

Stevenson’s Prevention Team is looking for students to participate in a focus group during their lunch period on May 18 to review ideas for next year’s drug prevention work and provide feedback. A diverse range of students is needed. If interested, please contact Mrs. Cortesi at ccortesi@d125.org.

AP Macroeconomics Review Sessions

The next review session for AP Macroeconomics will take place from 9-11 a.m. Saturday in Room 8036-8038.

AP Exam Policy on Cell Phones and Other Electronic Devices

Cell phones and other electronic devices — which allow students to transmit exam questions in seconds to others around the world — are prohibited from any room in which an Advanced Placement exam is taking place and may not be used during the break. Each year, hundreds of students worldwide have their exam scores cancelled because they used a cell phone during the exam or on the break.

If a student uses electronic equipment (cell phone, smart phone, laptop, tablet computer, etc.), portable listening or recording devices (MP3 player, iPod, etc.), cameras or other photographic equipment, devices that can access the Internet, and any other electronic or communication devices in the exam room or during breaks, the device will be confiscated and the student dismissed. Thank you for helping us create a fair exam environment for all students!

Visiting Artist of the Month Presentation May 7

Landscape painter Frances Cox, the Art Department’s current Visiting Artist of the Month, will give a presentation to students during periods 6 and 7 on Thursday at the Rotunda Gallery in the West Building.

Want to Learn Russian or Chinese for Free?

Students who will be returning to Stevenson for 2015-16, and who have had no prior exposure to the Russian or Chinese languages, are invited to apply for the STARTALK program at Lewis University. There are no tuition costs, and successful students will receive three university credits. The program runs from June 15 through July 10 at Lewis University’s campus in Romeoville. The application deadline is Monday. Click here for more information.

CLUB NEWS

Interactive Gamers Club meets today after school in Room 1500. If you’re a fan of trading card games or role-playing games, stop by. If you’re interested in more information, or if you’re a beginner that would like to try playing any of those games, come to the meeting or email RFedewa@d125.org.

The Black Association of Stevenson Students meets from 3:30-4:30 p.m. every Friday in Room 2620. Anyone is welcome, regardless of skin color.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

College of DuPage board places president on administrative leave

Chicago schools decline to offer extra year on teachers contract

Lawsuit: Malcolm X teacher told student to drop class because he is blind

Mundelein High names new assistant principal (DH – $)

Antioch High getting new football field, track for 2015-16 school year

Arlington Heights District 25 plans to borrow up to $18M for school additions (DH – $)

Transgender student wants more gender-neutral bathrooms at Round Lake (DH – $)

White House, Chicago libraries to give every CPS student a library card

Behavior of man behind controversial CPS contract called into question

Celebs at We Day urge students to reach for the stars

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Michigan governor suggests splitting Detroit into two school districts

Judge reduces sentences for three educators in Atlanta cheating scandal

U.S. won’t drop census question on college major

Once invisible, college boards of trustees suddenly in the spotlight

Assistant secretary of education leaving to take over ASCD

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

JV History Bowl Team Places in Top 10 in Nation

The History Bowl team competed at the National History Bee and Bowl Championship in Arlington, Virginia last weekend. The JV team of freshmen Chris Muth and Conrad Oberhaus, and sophomores Nathan Cha and Ali Saeed tied for ninth in the JV Bowl. They won their first nine matches before falling to a school from Oregon.

In individual events, Muth placed first in the JV Sports and Entertainment Bee, and Oberhaus placed third in the JV Geography Olympiad. Saeed was a semifinalist in the U.S. History Bee, and a quarterfinalist in the JV History Bee.

Junior Kazuma Shimanaka, competing alone for Stevenson in the Varsity Bowl, won six of 10 matches.

Model UN Students Win at Glenbrook South Conference

Stevenson’s Model United Nations club concluded its conference schedule last Saturday at Glenbrook South High School, competing in a General Assembly setting and in cabinet-size committees to solve current global issues.

SHS sent a delegation of 41 students, and seven came away with awards. Pawan Sajnani won Best Delegate honors for representing China in the Security Council. Natalie Wu (Spain – Security Council) and Max Weiss (Latvia – European Commission) gained Outstanding designations. Four others received Honorable Mention: Adam Katz (China – WHO), Jessica Shen (Sweden – WHO), Mariel Boden (Netherlands – NATO) and Samarth Madduru (Jordan – SOCHUM).

Seniors Honored by C-SPAN for Documentary

Seniors Saloni Nahar and Linsey Nowack were honored by C-SPAN on Wednesday for earning honorable mention in the network’s StudentCam video documentary competition. The pair received their awards during a brief ceremony in front of the C-SPAN bus, which stopped on campus and opened its doors to students for about an hour. The Daily Herald has an article about the C-SPAN bus appearance. ($)

More Than 100 Students Attending We Day Illinois

More than 100 students are attending the star-studded We Day Illinois event at the Allstate Arena today. They were selected for the honor based on their volunteer work and community service. The event lineup includes such names as Common, Jennifer Hudson, Selena Gomez, Tyrese Gibson and Magic Johnson. Fox News Chicago has a preview of the day.

Retired Teacher to Talk at Chicago Event

Retired Communication Arts teacher Mary Christel will be part of a roundtable discussion next week at a conference designed to expand the influence of documentaries that deal with social issues.

Christel will represent the National Council of Teachers of English at Good Pitch Chicago on Tuesday. The event brings together documentary filmmaking teams with non-governmental organizations, foundations, philanthropists, brands, technologists, social entrepreneurs and government. Good Pitch seeks to create coalitions and campaigns to bring selected documentaries to a wider audience.

Christel will participate in a roundtable discussion of “Romeo is Bleeding,” a documentary about San Francisco-area poet and activist Donté Clark as he fights to heal a community ravaged by gang violence by mounting an urban adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The roundtable will include Chaz Ebert, widow of the late film critic Roger Ebert.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Gymnastics

Stevenson at Independent Conference Meet: At Mundelein, the top-ranked Patriots won their second straight conference championship by posting their highest score of the season. SHS reached 155.05 points, well ahead of their previous best of 152.45, and comfortably ahead of runner-up Libertyville, which had 140.75. Elijah Klaber won the all-around with a career-high 52.4 points (8.73 average), and won the parallel bars (9.1), pommel horse (8.9) and still rings (8.8). He also finished second on vault (9.15), third on high bar and fifth in floor exercise. Arie Feltman-Frank was second in the all-around (52.1, 8.68 average), winning the high bar (8.7), placing second on floor exercise (8.9) and still rings (8.7), taking third on pommel horse, fourth on vault and fifth on parallel bars. Matt Krames won two events, floor exercise (9.3) and still rings (8.8), en route to a fourth-place showing in the all-around (50.55). He also placed second on parallel bars (8.45) and high bar (8.1), and was third on still rings. Next up for Stevenson is the IHSA Sectional, which will be held at SHS on Thursday, May 7. – Daily Herald ($)

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson 14, Palatine 11: At the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex, the Patriots defeated the 10th-ranked Pirates. Three goals from Eleanor Fisher, Melisa Dove and Lindsay Schwartz, along with outstanding defensive play by Anne Grujanac and goalie Katie Kritzmire, were key to the victory.

Boys Lacrosse

Stevenson 10, Grayslake North 9 (3 OT): Demetre Crews scored with 1:23 remaining in the third overtime as the host Patriots (4-7, 3-2) beat the 15th-ranked Knights (8-3, 3-2) and snapped a five-game losing streak. Crews had two goals in the game, as did Martin Mann and Alex Randall, whose score with 3:20 remaining in regulation tied the game at 9-9. Anthony Cucco, Colin Bowler and Lucas Wax also scored. – Stevenson Broadcast Network/The Cube video, IHSLA.org

Baseball

Stevenson 5, Lake Zurich 4: Evan Scaletta’s pinch-hit, two-run walk-off triple in the bottom of the seventh gave the host Patriots (14-6-1, 4-4) the series sweep over the Bears (3-5 NSC). Christian Dutler was 2-for-3 at the plate. Justin Stark earned the win in relief. – Daily Herald ($)

Boys Volleyball

Lake Forest d. Stevenson, 25-12, 25-22: Grant Maleski led the Patriots (13-10, 3-2) with eight kills. Jesse Kesner, Justin Leonard and Chris Song each had three. Eric Zalewski was credited with 17 assists. Luke Feder made nine digs and Jeremy Sandrof added seven. Kesner served both of Stevenson’s aces.

Boys Tennis Prepares for Pitchford 32 Invite

The varsity boys tennis team plays in the annual Pitchford 32 Invitational on Friday and Saturday, the most prestigious prep tournament in Illinois outside of the state tournament. Matches will take place at seven different Mid-Suburban League high schools. The Daily Herald has a tournament preview ($).

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Spring Fling Packets Due By Friday

Remember to turn in your Spring Fling packets to Student Activities and submit the online form by Friday. No exceptions will be made, and if you have any questions find the Spring Fling event on Facebook!

Don’t Miss Out on the Senior Class Party Cruise

Space is running out for seniors who want to attend the Senior Class Party aboard the Odyssey cruise ship on Lake Michigan June 3, the day before graduation. Click here to download the permission form. Turn in your form to the Patriot Superstore. Don’t wait too long! There are only 35 spots left. Once those spots are filled, students will be placed on a wait list.

Color Guard Clinics May 5-7

Clinics and auditions for the Fall 2015 Color Guard season are quickly approaching! Be ready to: make new friends, be part of a team, learn to spin flag and rifle, dance, challenge yourself and have fun! All students of the 2016-19 graduating classes are welcome! Clinics will be held in the Wood Commons from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, May 5-7. Please wear athletic clothing. Sign up or ask questions to Coach Reber at stevensonguarddirector@gmail.com.

Relay for Life Sign-Up Opportunity Today

Relay for Life will have a sign-up table today for its overnight fundraiser, which will be held Friday and Saturday, June 12-13. Students, family and community members are welcome to join. There will be another sign-up table on Tuesday, May 19.

Spring One Act Plays This Weekend

I Choose You, Superkid, because, Like Mother, Like Daughter, I’m OK, and you’re Bullet Proof, even on a Roller Coaster, and that’s Why I Stay. Curious? Then join the SHS Theatre Department on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the West Auditorium for the Spring One Acts: 7 plays and 3 monologues written by 8 SHS students, directed by 9 SHS students, designed by 3 SHS students, and acted by 31 SHS students. Tickets are on sale now at the Superstore before school and during lunch hours. Don’t miss these world premiers!

ABC Countdown Days for Class of 2015

Seniors: What are you wearing to school tomorrow? Student Council has an idea for you. Check your SHS email for ABC Countdown Days, or click here.

Student Volunteers Needed for Focus Group

Stevenson’s Prevention Team is looking for students to participate in a focus group during their lunch period on May 18 to review ideas for next year’s drug prevention work and provide feedback. A diverse range of students is needed. If interested, please contact Mrs. Cortesi at ccortesi@d125.org.

AP Exam Policy on Cell Phones and Other Electronic Devices

Cell phones and other electronic devices — which allow students to transmit exam questions in seconds to others around the world — are prohibited from any room in which an Advanced Placement exam is taking place and may not be used during the break. Each year, hundreds of students worldwide have their exam scores cancelled because they used a cell phone during the exam or on the break.

If a student uses electronic equipment (cell phone, smart phone, laptop, tablet computer, etc.), portable listening or recording devices (MP3 player, iPod, etc.), cameras or other photographic equipment, devices that can access the Internet, and any other electronic or communication devices in the exam room or during breaks, the device will be confiscated and the student dismissed. Thank you for helping us create a fair exam environment for all students!

Prom, Post-Prom Tickets On Sale at Superstore, Online

Tickets for the Prom are available at the Superstore in the Wood Commons, and through the Online Superstore. Tickets are $85 each. If you’re going to the Prom with a non-Stevenson student, you’ll need to fill out a special permission form. The form and other information are available at www.d125.org/prom. Ticket sales end Monday. You can also buy tickets to the post-Prom event at Great America, which runs until 3:30 a.m. the morning after Prom. Tickets are $50 for the post-Prom event. Click here for details and the permission form.

CLUB NEWS

Zumba Club is meeting after school today in Room 5044, the East multi-purpose room. Bring your workout shoes, ditch the workout and join the party!

The Philosophy Club will meet at 3:45 p.m. today in Room 7060. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Patton at mpatton@d125.org.

The Video Game Club is back! We meet on Thursdays after school in Room 6072 from 3:45-5:45. If you have questions, contact Mr. Schroeder at anschroeder@d125.org.

The Black Association of Stevenson Students meets from 3:30-4:30 p.m. every Friday in Room 2620. Anyone is welcome, regardless of skin color.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

U.S. says Illinois violated law by not administering statewide science tests

Legislature considering bill allowing students to opt out of state tests

College of DuPage board wants to place president on a second leave (DH – $)

Former Hinsdale Central teacher charged with sexual abuse

Bradley University names longtime administrator as interim president

Warren Township High school board: Students must leave for new school (DH – $)

Mothers renew call for Waukegan District 60 superintendent’s resignation

Group threatens University of Illinois with censure over Salaita controversy

Jobs tenuous for hundreds of Southern Illinois University instructors

University of Illinois to honor first Native American graduate

Bill allowing colleges to share mental health information with parents advances

District 214 says substitute teacher showed inappropriate video to class

New Palatine District 15 school board, same old discord (DH – $)

Parents criticize Homer Glen school for shutting down Easter-themed decorations

Unidentified corpses stored at City Colleges, lawsuit claims

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Survey: Less than half of U.S. parents saving money for their kids to attend college

Far fewer new teachers leaving profession that previously thought, study says

Virtual schools coming to every Alabama school district by 2016-17

Obama pushes reading through e-book, library initiatives

What cities need to close the skills gap for “smart jobs”

Texas A&M professor reaches “breaking point,” fails entire class

Underground tunnels a selling point for northern colleges

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Nordem Named State High School PE Teacher of the Year

Vicky Nordhem has been named 2015 High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the Illinois Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. She will be honored by the group at an awards banquet in November.

Nordhem has taught for 35 years, including the last 22 at Stevenson. She also taught at Hawthorn School in Vernon Hills from 1980-1993. Nordhem has been very active during her time at Stevenson. She has served on the boys and girls volleyball coaching staffs for her entire tenure, spent 18 years in the Freshman Mentor Program, and helped coordinate several physical education initiatives, including the Heart of a Patriot and Pat-Triathlon. Nordhem also was involved in the process that led to the receipt of a federal PEP grant for the Cardio-Fitness Center.

Nordhem became eligible for Illinois PE Teacher of the Year consideration after earning the same honor at the district level in March.

What’s Cooking With Retired Teacher? Daily Herald Found Out

Retired aquatics director and distance-running coach John Schauble was interviewed recently by the Daily Herald ($), but not about teaching or coaching. Instead, the newspaper talked with him about his love of cooking.

Spring Band Concert on SBN

Tuesday night’s Spring Band Concert was streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network. To see a replay of the concert, visit www.d125.org/sbn.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson 8, St. Ignatius 6: Allison Travetto scored seven goals, including the eventual game-winner, and the No. 1 Patriots (24-0) held off a fourth-quarter rally to down the No. 2 Wolfpack in a matchup of the state’s top ranked teams. SHS led 5-2 heading into the fourth quarter, but St. Ignatius pulled within one twice. Each time, Travetto responded with a goal, and had three in the quarter. Claire Haas also scored in the fourth. Melissa Gartenberg had eight steals, four assists and one ejection drawn, Autumn Hoang made five steals, and goalkeeper Lauren Burns turned away 12 shots on goal. – Illpolo.com

Baseball

Stevenson 3, Lake Zurich 2: Tyler Pauly and Justin Stark combined on a five-hitter and the visiting Patriots (13-6-1, 3-4) prevailed despite mustering only three hits. Pauly gave up one unearned run in 4⅓ innings, striking out three, and earned the win. Stark picked up the save, pitching the final 2⅔ innings, allowing no runs and striking out a pair. – Daily Herald ($)

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 8, Zion-Benton 0: Briana Van Zanten scored three goals and added an assist for the surging Patriots, who have scored 25 goals in the last three games. Emma Jaeger scored two goals and assisted on two others. Taylor Spula, Kya Suzuki and Rachel Aranyi also scored. Caroline Dempsey recorded three assists, Aranyi had two and Van Zanten added one. – Daily Herald ($)

Boys Tennis

Stevenson 6, Lake Zurich 1: The Patriots swept all three singles matches, and three of four doubles contests, in Lake Zurich. Brian Weisberg was a 6-3, 7-5 winner at No. 1 singles, followed by Adam Maryniuk at No. 2 (6-2, 6-3) and Adam Teng at No. 3 (6-7(6), 6-3, 6-1). Ben Bush and Josh Cheng combined for a 6-0, 6-4 win at No. 1 doubles, Ryan Yoo and John Kny were 6-3, 7-5 winners at No. 2, and David Luo and Kyle Gordon earned a 6-0, 6-3 decision at No. 4. – Daily Herald ($)

Badminton

Stevenson 15, Prospect 3: The Patriots rolled in the Field House. Winning at singles were No. 1 Margaret Chen (21-18, 21-11), No. 3: Michelle Hu (21-19, 21-19), No. 4 Ashley Richardson (21-13, 21-11), No. 5 Nicole Xia (21-14, 21-10), No. 6 Shu Zhang (17-21, 21-17, 21-17), No. 7 Michelle Ling (21-11, 21-16), No. 9 Naomi Ecanow (21-16, 21-17), No. 10 Linsey Nowack (21-10, 21-16), No. 11 Shirley Cao (21-11, 21-11) and No. 12 Sophia Liu (no score reported). In doubles, the triumphant tandems were No. 2 Hu/Cao (21-13, 21-5), No. 3 Ling/Chen (21-8, 21-10), No. 4 Ecanow/Nowack (23-21, 21-16), No. 5 Kelsey Huang/Zhang (21-17, 21-15) and No. 6: Ling/Liu (21-15, 21-10). – Daily Herald ($)

Softball

Libertyville 11, Stevenson 2: Hannah Epstein homered and Alyssa Pauly singled home Vera Pflugradt with the other run for the visiting Patriots (7-9). The Wildcats improved to 13-6. – Daily Herald ($)

Boys Water Polo

Fenwick 16, Stevenson 6: The third-ranked Patriots (18-3) fell to the top-ranked Friars in Chicago. – Illpolo.com

Boys Lacrosse

Naperville Central 13, Stevenson 4 – IHSLA.org

Alum Helps UI Track Team Win Third Straight Drake Relays Title

Brandon Stryganek, a 2011 Stevenson graduate, helped the University of Illinois men’s track and field team win its third consecutive Drake Relays title last weekend. Stryganek ran on the winning sprint medley team and was part of the 400 relay squad that finished second. Illinois’ success in Des Moines helped it earn a No. 17 ranking in the latest United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association national rankings. Stryganek is a senior.

Lacrosse Games on SBN/Cube

Today’s varsity boys lacrosse game against Grayslake North and Thursday’s varsity girls lacrosse game versus York will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network at http://www.d125.org/sbn. Both games begin at 6:15 p.m. in the Stadium.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Got the Munchies? PPA Bake Sale Today

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale this afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons!  Pies, donuts, Puppy Chow and more. All items are $1.

Relay for Life Sign-Up Opportunity on Thursday

Relay for Life will have a sign-up table on Thursday for its overnight fundraiser, which will be held Friday and Saturday, June 12-13. Students, family and community members are welcome to join. There will be another sign-up table on Tuesday, May 19.

Spring One Act Plays This Weekend

I Choose You, Superkid, because, Like Mother, Like Daughter, I’m OK, and you’re Bullet Proof, even on a Roller Coaster, and that’s Why I Stay.

Curious? Then join the SHS Theatre Department on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the West Auditorium for the Spring One Acts: 7 plays and 3 monologues written by 8 SHS students, directed by 9 SHS students, designed by 3 SHS students, and acted by 31 SHS students. Tickets are on sale now at the Superstore before school and during lunch hours. Don’t miss these world premiers!

Color Guard Clinics May 5-7

Clinics and auditions for the Fall 2015 Color Guard season are quickly approaching! Be ready to: make new friends, be part of a team, learn to spin flag and rifle, dance, challenge yourself and have fun! All students of the 2016-19 graduating classes are welcome! Clinics will be held in the Wood Commons from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, May 5-7. Please wear athletic clothing. Sign up or ask questions to Coach Reber at stevensonguarddirector@gmail.com.

ABC Countdown Days for Class of 2015

Seniors: What are you wearing to school tomorrow? Student Council has an idea for you. Check your SHS email for ABC Countdown Days, or click here.

Student Volunteers Needed for Focus Group

Stevenson’s Prevention Team is looking for students to participate in a focus group during their lunch period on May 18 to review ideas for next year’s drug prevention work and provide feedback. A diverse range of students is needed. If interested, please contact Mrs. Cortesi at ccortesi@d125.org.

AP Exam Policy on Cell Phones and Other Electronic Devices

Cell phones and other electronic devices — which allow students to transmit exam questions in seconds to others around the world — are prohibited from any room in which an Advanced Placement exam is taking place and may not be used during the break. Each year, hundreds of students worldwide have their exam scores cancelled because they used a cell phone during the exam or on the break.

If a student uses electronic equipment (cell phone, smart phone, laptop, tablet computer, etc.), portable listening or recording devices (MP3 player, iPod, etc.), cameras or other photographic equipment, devices that can access the Internet, and any other electronic or communication devices in the exam room or during breaks, the device will be confiscated and the student dismissed. Thank you for helping us create a fair exam environment for all students!

Prom, Post-Prom Tickets On Sale at Superstore, Online

Tickets for the Prom are available at the Superstore in the Wood Commons, and through the Online Superstore. Tickets are $85 each. If you’re going to the Prom with a non-Stevenson student, you’ll need to fill out a special permission form. The form and other information are available at www.d125.org/prom. Ticket sales end Monday. You can also buy tickets to the post-Prom event at Great America, which runs until 3:30 a.m. the morning after Prom. Tickets are $50 for the post-Prom event. Click here for details and the permission form.

Find Out About Science Opportunities Available for Students

For information on upcoming science events, contests, career exploration, awards and scholarships outside of SHS for students, visit the science web page and click on the “Student Opportunities” link.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

College of DuPage president taking medical leave (DH – $)

At least 10 players on Catholic high school baseball team suspended for bullying

Chicago, Northwestern, IIT earn high marks in Brookings Institution college rankings

Principals, teachers groups want educator to be Emanuel‘s fourth CPS CEO

Peoria teacher arrested on sex abuse charges involving two students

Northwestern Law School announced debt relief program for new grads

University of Illinois spent $30K to bring Biden to campus for speech

Illinois State University names finalists for VP of advancement

New York educator named new president of Lincoln College

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Report: Few students proficient in U.S. history

Americans bomb Pew test of basic political knowledge

Despite controversy, stakes for “high stakes” tests are actually pretty low

Ed tech funding soars — but is it working in the classroom?

Protecting student data: Even experts are just “figuring it out”

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Spring Band Concert Tonight

The Spring Band Concert is tonight at 7 o’clock in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free.

Six Students Win Medals at Chinese Speech Contest

Six students won medals at the Midwest Chinese Teachers Alliance’s Seventh Speech Contest on Saturday at Northside Prep High School in Chicago. Four students won gold medals, and two earned silver. Gold medalists were Kashley Dangli and Lydia Kim in Category 1A (Chinese 1), Annabelle Cheng in Category IH (Heritage students, all levels), and Joshi Shubhangi in Category III D (Chinese 3 Accelerated). The silver medalists were Youn Je Lee and Laura Harjanto in Category III B (Chinese 2 Accelerated).

Alumnus Earns Journalism Honor in Madison

Cristina Daglas, a 2002 Stevenson alumnus who is senior editor of ESPN Magazine, was honored Friday at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication with the Ralph O. Nafzizer Award. The award is given to SJMC alumni for distinguished achievement within 10 years of graduation.

Before joining ESPN, she served as editor of Milwaukee Magazine and Dallas’ “D” Magazine. Her resume also includes stops at The Capital Times, Isthmus and Washingtonian magazine in Washington, D.C., plus Vox in Columbia, Missouri. At Stevenson, Daglas was editor of the Statesman.

Pat-Triathlon Results

The brisk temperatures Sunday morning didn’t stop the 11th annual Pat-Triathlon, sponsored by the Physical Welfare Division. Results are available on the Pat-Triathlon page.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Monday’s Varsity Results

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson 8, St. Ignatius 7: Andrew Shashin scored to break a 6-6 tie early in the fourth quarter, and Kurt Holzer tallied the eventual game-winning goal as the host Patriots (16-2) prevailed in a contest between two of the state’s top-ranked teams. Shashin and Collin Kapecki each scored two goals, while Cris Tomasetti, Dan Maleski and Liam Holzer had one apiece. Goalkeeper Shaurya Gilani made 19 saves. – Illpolo.com

Softball

Stevenson 24, Lake Forest 2 (5 inn.): Taylor Koenigs hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and Trish Porzycki and Alana Labaschin also homered for the host Patriots (7-8). Seven players had multiple hits: Koenigs, Porzycki, Labaschin, Vera Pflugradt, Alyssa Pauly, Kayliegh McGovern and Emma Oriatti.

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson 98, Lake Forest 48: Tim Vestuto won three events for the Patriots in Lake Forest. Vestuto captured the 100 (10.9), the 200 (23.1) and the 400 (52.9). Other individual winners included Aaron Lund in the 110 high hurdles (15.11), Sammy Oh in the 800 (2:03.4), Jared Borowsky in the 1,600 (4:26.7), Jordan Eng in the long jump (18-3.5), David Goncharov in the triple jump (40-6), and Henry Sise in the shot put (50-5.5). SHS also claimed the four relays: 3,200 (8:30.4), 1,600 (3:34.8), 800 (1:34.8) and 400 (44.8). – Daily Herald ($)

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 9, Deerfield 1: Kyu Suzuki scored three goals and Rachel Aranyi added two and an assist for the Patriots (5-5-1), who have registered 17 goals in their last two games. The other goals came from Jill Steinbrink, Cassie Farber, Kyra Kirsch and Taylor Spula. Caroline Dempsey had two assists, and Rachel Takaroff and Briana Van Zanten each had one. – Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald

Badminton

Stevenson 11, New Trier 7: The Patriots won a tight contest in Winnetka. Margaret Chen posted a 21-18, 14-21, 21-18 win at No. 1 singles, while Michelle Ling was a 21-19, 21-17 victor at No. 2. Other singles decisions came from No. 6 May Ling (21-11, 15-21, 21-19), No. 8 Naomi Ecanow (21-18, 21-14), No. 10 Shirley Cao (21-13, 21-7), No. 11 Sarah Hou (21-9, 21-17) and No. 12 Sophia Liu (21-9, 21-14). The four doubles winners were No. 2 Ecanow/Linsey Nowack (21-15, 18-21, 21-12), No. 3 Chen/Ling (21-16, 21-6), No. 5 Ling/Cao (21-17, 21-15) and No. 6 Hou/Liu (21-18, 16-21, 21-17). – Daily Herald

Boys Volleyball

Hersey d. Stevenson, 25-17, 25-17: Grant Maleski led the visiting Patriots (13-9) with 10 kills and two blocks. Jesse Kesner and Chris Song each had three kills. Eric Zalewski had 17 assists. Jeremy Sandrof made seven digs, and Luke Feder had six.

Girls Track and Field

Lake Forest 79.5, Stevenson 66.5: Isabelle Sparreo won the 3,200 and 1,600 for the host Patriots. Other winners included Charlotte Langbo (long jump), Amy Atkinson (shot put), Janine Fajardo (100 hurdles), Lily Marks (100 dash), Megan Toni (300 hurdles) and Borchueh Wu (200 dash), plus the 400-meter relay team of Juhi Jhaveri, Fajardo, Wu and Marks.

Girls Lacrosse

Glenbrook South d. Stevenson

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Spring One Act Plays This Weekend

I Choose You, Superkid, because, Like Mother, Like Daughter, I’m OK, and you’re Bullet Proof, even on a Roller Coaster, and that’s Why I Stay.

Curious? Then join the SHS Theatre Department on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the West Auditorium for the Spring One Acts: 7 plays and 3 monologues written by 8 SHS students, directed by 9 SHS students, designed by 3 SHS students, and acted by 31 SHS students. Tickets are on sale now at the Superstore before school and during lunch hours. Don’t miss these world premiers!

ABC Countdown Days for Class of 2015

Seniors: What are you wearing to school tomorrow? Student Council has an idea for you. Check your SHS email for ABC Countdown Days, or click here.

Got the Munchies? PPA Bake Sale Wednesday

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale Wednesday afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons!  Pies, donuts, Puppy Chow and more. All items are $1.

Odyssey Logo Design Winner Announced

With Odyssey 2016 less than a year away, we wanted to thank all those who submitted designs for the new Odyssey logo. Congratulations to Benjamin Odisho for his creative design that won the contest!

AP Exam Policy on Cell Phones and Other Electronic Devices

Cell phones and other electronic devices — which allow students to transmit exam questions in seconds to others around the world — are prohibited from any room in which an Advanced Placement exam is taking place and may not be used during the break. Each year, hundreds of students worldwide have their exam scores cancelled because they used a cell phone during the exam or on the break.

If a student uses electronic equipment (cell phone, smart phone, laptop, tablet computer, etc.), portable listening or recording devices (MP3 player, iPod, etc.), cameras or other photographic equipment, devices that can access the Internet, and any other electronic or communication devices in the exam room or during breaks, the device will be confiscated and the student dismissed. Thank you for helping us create a fair exam environment for all students!

Prom, Post-Prom Tickets On Sale at Superstore, Online

Tickets for the Prom are available at the Superstore in the Wood Commons, and through the Online Superstore. Tickets are $85 each. If you’re going to the Prom with a non-Stevenson student, you’ll need to fill out a special permission form. The form and other information are available at www.d125.org/prom. Ticket sales end Monday. You can also buy tickets to the post-Prom event at Great America, which runs until 3:30 a.m. the morning after Prom. Tickets are $50 for the post-Prom event. Click here for details and the permission form.

Seniors: Let Statesman Know Your Plans for Next Year

Seniors! If you know what your plans are for next year, let Statesman know so we can add you to the senior insert list that will be published in the final issue of the newspaper! Go to http://goo.gl/hvARIW and sign in with your Stevenson Gmail account.

UPCOMING PREP CLASSES

It’s almost time for PREP’s Colors of Spring photography field trips! Capture the designs of spring, as we travel through a different Forest Preserve each week (TBA) using the tools of the digital camera. You will photograph with the instructor in order to develop your visual elements, light, artistic portraits and understand correct exposure. More information and registration details can be found here.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Three board members walk out of Hinsdale District 86 meeting

SIU professor arrested after alleged battery of student

Chicago school cleaning contract millions over budget

Families hope to honor late New Trier students with theater naming

Loyola University’s “Father Mike” aims for poor to get 2-year degrees debt-free

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Baltimore schools close amid Freddie Gray protests

Texas English teacher named National Teacher of the Year

Do the arts go hand-in-hand with Common Core?

School closings are politically difficult. Are they good for student achievement?

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Monday, April 27, 2015

FCCLA Wins One Title, Multiple Medals at State

Stevenson’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America club brought home a slew of awards from the 2015 Illinois State Leadership Conference held April 16-18 in Springfield.

Robin Cheifetz and Jordan Zatz earned the state championship in Advocacy for their project developing lesson plans to promote healthy eating with children. Fourteen other students earned medals at the conference. Click here for all the details.

In addition, the two state champions and five other medal winners — Larissa Laeder, Dara Dolinsky, Camryn Hirsch, Madison Randol and Melissa Mendoza — were invited by the state FCCLA to participate in the national conference in Washington, D.C.

C-SPAN Bus Coming to Campus Wednesday

The C-SPAN bus is scheduled to visit Stevenson from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday. While here, C-SPAN representatives will honor seniors Saloni Nahar and Linsey Nowack, who earned honorable mention in the network’s 2015 StudentCam video contest. The pair, who took Advanced Placement Government with Richard Pierce during first semester, created a video called “Small Beetle, Big Problem.” The video describes the effect that Emerald Ash Borer beetles have had on Buffalo Grove, and what the government has done to combat them. Nahar and Nowack are scheduled to be honored around 9 a.m., followed by tours of the bus that will be open to students.

Fine Arts Faculty Members Discuss Literacy

Director of Fine Arts Jon Grice and Fine Arts faculty members Maureen LeVanti (visual arts) and Angela Dauphin (dance) gave a presentation at the Chicago Area Literacy Leaders (CALL) spring meeting on Friday at the District 128 administrative building in Vernon Hills. They spoke about how the Fine Arts Division has worked with Stevenson’s literacy coaches to incorporate literacy skills and strategies into their courses, and shared samples of what literacy looks like in visual arts and dance classes. The trio emphasized that the literacy skills help students build reading, writing, and speaking within the arts, while also improving the quality of their analysis and art creation.

Junior’s Play Chosen for St. Louis Festival

Junior Megan Rivkin’s one-act play, “Zodiac,” has been chosen as one of the high school finalists for the 2015 Neil LaBute New Theater Festival, which will be held in July at the Gaslight Theatre in St. Louis. Her play will be presented as part of the festival. She was the only high school student selected outside of St. Louis.

Final Site Visit Day is Tuesday

The final Site Visit Day for Educators will take place Tuesday. More than 40 visitors from the following institutions will be represented: Cherry Creek School District in Centennial, Colorado, and the Noel Arts Community School in Denver, Colorado; McLean High School in McLean, Virginia; KIPP NYC College Prep from the Bronx, New York, the University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse, and from Illinois, Bradley Bourbonnais Community High School in Bradley.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson hosted SHS Varsity Classic: The Patriots went 4-0 in the two-day tournament and remained undefeated at 23-0. SHS beat all four Michigan teams that took part: Rockford (12-4) and Okemos (11-3) on Friday, and Ann Arbor Skyline (8-3) and East Grand Rapids (18-2) on Saturday. Allison Travetto scored 13 goals in the tournament, while Claire Haas had nine and Melissa Gartenberg added seven. Goalkeeper Lauren Burns added four victories to her win total, surrendering only 12 goals in four games. – Illpolo.com

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson at Palatine Invitational: The Patriots (13-8) finished second in the two-day tournament, winning four of their five matches. SHS opened play on Friday with wins over Fremd (25-21, 25-17) and Waubonsie Valley (25-20, 25-17), then returned Saturday and knocked off Lake Zurich (25-15, 25-20) and Libertyville (15-25, 25-23, 25-20) before falling to Joliet Catholic (25-19, 25-16). Grant Maleski recorded 50 kills in five matches, including 22 against Libertyville. Jesse Kesner had 36 kills in two days, including 10 versus Lake Zurich. Eric Zalewski dished out 105 assists. Justin Leonard added 18 kills. Luke Feder made 42 digs. – Daily Herald ($)

Baseball

Stevenson 11, Rolling Meadows 1 (5 inn.): Michael Kingery pitched a five-inning complete game, giving up five hits while striking out five without a walk. Jimmy Marchese doubled and drove in four runs for the host Patriots (12-6-1), while Robert McGaha tripled and had three RBI. – Daily Herald ($)

Boys Lacrosse

Carmel 9, Stevenson 7: In Mundelein, the Patriots dropped to 3-6. – IHSLA.org

Friday’s Varsity Results

Baseball

Stevenson 8, Wauconda 4: The visiting Patriots (11-6-1) scored all of their runs in the last three innings to rally past the Bulldogs (8-7) in a North Suburban Conference crossover game. SHS was held to two hits in the first four innings and trailed 3-0. Pat Loeffler had a two-run double and Dylan Molek also doubled home a run. Willie Bourbon notched an RBI single, while Charlie Ling and Robert McGaha each had sacrifice flies. Justin Stark ended the game with back-to-back strikeouts, with two runners on base. – Daily Herald ($)

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 8, Round Lake 0: Rachel Aranyi scored three goals for SHS (4-5-1, 1-1-1). The other goals came from Briana Van Zanten, Kya Suzuki, Emma Jaeger, Jill Steinbrink and Savannah Kruse. Rachel Takaroff had two assists, while Steinbrink, Courtney Bruckman and Cassie Farber each had one. Goalkeeper Hannah Petrich made three saves en route to the shutout. Stevenson scored five of its goals in the first half. – Daily Herald ($), Chicago Tribune

Badminton

Stevenson 15, Deerfield 3: In the Field House, the winning doubles teams were No. 1 Ashley Richardson/Nicole Xia (21-17, 21-10), No. 2 Michelle Hu/Shirley Cao (21-14, 22-20), No. 3 Margaret Chen/Michelle Ling (21-10, 21-13), No. 5 Naomi Ecanow/Linsey Nowack (21-16, 21-12) and No. 6 Sarah Hou/Sophia Liu (21-9, 21-18). The winning singles players were No. 1 Chen (21-16, 17-21, 21-14), No. 2 Ling (21-16, 21-12), No. 4 Richardson (17-21, 21-14, 21-9), No. 5 Shu Zhang (21-13, 21-15), No. 7 May Ling (21-10, 21-3), No. 8 Ecanow (21-15, 21-9), No. 9 Nowack (21-17, 21-10), No. 10 Cao (21-7, 21-8), No. 11 Hou (15-21, 21-10, 21-18) and No. 12 Liu (21-18, 21-12). – Daily Herald ($)

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson at Bob Cohoon Invitational: At Downers Grove South, Tim Vestuto and Jared Borowsky each posted a pair of third-place finishes. Vestuto was third in the 100 (10.98) and the 400 (50.62), while Borowsky took third in the 3,200 (9:22.35) and the 1,600 (4:22.08). – Daily Herald ($)

Softball

Stevenson 8, Lakes 5: The host Patriots scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth to overcome a 3-1 deficit. – Daily Herald ($)

Boys Gymnastics

Stevenson at John Cress Invitational: Elijah Klaber and Matt Krames finished second and fourth, respectively, in the individual competition at Niles North. Klaber won the high bar, was second on vault, third on pommel horse, fourth on parallel bars, sixth on still rings and seventh in floor exercise. Krames won the vault, was second on floor, third on high bar, fourth in still rings and ninth on parallel bars. SHS did not qualify for the team competition because it did not have three competitors for each apparatus.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Driver Education Permitting Tuesday-Thursday

The second phase of permitting for students taking Driver Education over the summer or in the fall is coming up! Remember to bring a signed application, money for the permit, and study for the test. Here are the dates, times and locations:

Tuesday, April 28 7-8:30 a.m. Room 6048-6050
Tuesday, April 28 3:30-5 p.m. Recital Hall (right of the PAC)
Wednesday, April 29 7-8 a.m. Room 6048-6050
Thursday, April 30 3:30-5 p.m. Recital Hall (right of the PAC)

Spring One Act Plays This Weekend

I Choose You, Superkid, because, Like Mother, Like Daughter, I’m OK, and you’re Bullet Proof, even on a Roller Coaster, and that’s Why I Stay.

Curious? Then join the SHS Theatre Department this Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the West Auditorium for the Spring One Acts: 7 plays and 3 monologues written by 8 SHS students, directed by 9 SHS students, designed by 3 SHS students, and acted by 31 SHS students. Tickets are on sale now at the Superstore before school and during lunch hours. Don’t miss these world premiers!

Got the Munchies? PPA Bake Sale Wednesday

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale Wednesday afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons!  Pies, donuts, Puppy Chow and more. All items are $1.

Odyssey Logo Design Winner Announced

With Odyssey 2016 less than a year away, we wanted to thank all those who submitted designs for the new Odyssey logo. Congratulations to Benjamin Odisho for his creative design that won the contest!

New College Essay Workshop Coming This Summer

Attention junior students: Do you want help with your college essays? Would you like to complete most of the work before senior year so you can enjoy the fall? Join the 100 students who have already signed up for our college essay workshop this summer! The first week of each semester, you can get help on your personal statement for the common application, supplemental essays for specific colleges, and even scholarship essays! Get suggestions and feedback! Finish this over the summer before senior year begins! Register for this new summer school workshop on the summer school web page.

Want to Learn Russian or Chinese for Free?

Students who will be returning to Stevenson for 2015-16, and who have had no prior exposure to the Russian or Chinese languages, are invited to apply for the STARTALK program at Lewis University. There are no tuition costs, and successful students will receive three university credits. The program runs from June 15 through July 10 at Lewis University’s campus in Romeoville. The application deadline is May 4. Click here for more information.

Seniors: Let Statesman Know Your Plans for Next Year

Seniors! If you know what your plans are for next year, let Statesman know so we can add you to the senior insert list that will be published in the final issue of the newspaper! Go to http://goo.gl/hvARIW and sign in with your Stevenson Gmail account.

CLUB NEWS

To make sure all seniors have a chance to attend, the last Breakfast with Books meeting has been moved to 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, May 19 in the upper ILC.

CAREER EXPLORATION

We have reached our capacity for summer career shadow applications, so we will no longer be accepting any new applications. For those students who have either turned in an application, or have spoken to Mrs. Willock in person or via email, you will be considered in the program and able to complete your shadow. Please contact Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org if you have any questions.

UPCOMING PREP CLASSES

It’s almost time for PREP’s Colors of Spring photography field trips! Capture the designs of spring, as we travel through a different Forest Preserve each week (TBA) using the tools of the digital camera. You will photograph with the instructor in order to develop your visual elements, light, artistic portraits and understand correct exposure. More information and registration details can be found here.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Madigan: Illinois colleges must respond better to “frighteningly high” rape numbers

Corinthian Colleges to close last campuses; Chicago sites under new operator

CTU president Lewis supports national teacher strike

How suburban schools get kids ready for kindergarten (DH – $)

Former Warren Township High band booster treasurer pleads guilty

New central Illinois elementary school has 10 “safe rooms”

Northern Illinois University professor in Nepal at time of earthquake

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Buffalo considering public boarding schools to solve educational ills

Miami, nation’s fourth-largest school district, drops 290 standardized tests

25 states now require computer science for high school graduation

University of Florida suspends fraternity over alleged insults to disabled veterans

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt acquires Scholastic’s ed-tech business

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Spring Dance Concert This Weekend

The Spring Dance Concert will be held tonight through Sunday in the Performing Arts Center. Performances begin at 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5. The concert will feature dancing and choreography by students from the Concert Dance class and the Mélange and Repertory dance companies. Click here to see the list of students scheduled to perform.

Baseball Program Has Service Double Play Planned

Stevenson’s baseball team will be extending its hands next week to help those in need, and to honor those who serve.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the team will be collecting food and other items for the Vernon Township Food Pantry during its 4:30 p.m. games against Lake Zurich on the sophomore and varsity fields. Click here to see which items are suggested for donation.

The varsity and Students Helping Soldiers will hold their annual Homers for Heroes game to honor the military and first responders at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 2. SHS will be playing Buffalo Grove. In addition to the game, apple pie and hot dogs will be served (free for all veterans who wear military apparel), there will be games provided by representatives of the Army and Marines, and a World War II veteran will be honored during a pre-game ceremony. Homers for Heroes T-shirts are available for $10 through the Online Superstore. The ordering deadline is today.

Art Students Win Awards at NSC Festival

Ten SHS students won awards at Thursday night’s North Suburban Conference Art Festival hosted by Stevenson. Overall, 60 students from the school shared their talents. The 10 who won medals at an award ceremony were: Jennifer Kong (painting), Sarah Ziselman (color pencil), Jessie Wang (digital drawing), Mia Zeller (ink), Jordan Eng (metals), Chloe Feast (oil paint), Joanie Newland (ceramic}, Cameron Green (ceramic), Taylor Spula (photography) and Saffron Williams (graphite).

2010 Alum Receives Prestigious Medical Fellowship

First-year medical student Vissagan Gopalakrishnan (Class of 2010), a first-year medical student at Rush Medical College, recently was awarded the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Summer Medical Fellowship. He is the first Rush student to receive the fellowship, which provides up to 20 medical students nationally an opportunity to perform research in the labs of current HHMI investigators. Gopalakrishnan will spend eight to 10 weeks at the Yale School of Medicine conducting research on a potential alternative to antibiotics.

1992 Alum Opens Online Jewelry Site

Debra Baum, a 1992 Stevenson alumnus whose maiden name is Natkin, has started an online site selling vintage jewelry. Urbane Flea only sells pieces that are at least 40 years old. The Bannockburn resident talked with Pioneer Press about her new business.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Tennis

Stevenson 7, Warren 0: Brian Weisberg was a winner at No. 1 singles (6-3, 6-1), while Adam Maryniuk and Ben Bush earned a 6-2, 6-2 decision at No. 1 doubles. Josh Cheng (6-1, 6-3) and Adam Teng (6-1, 6-0) had the other singles victories. The other doubles decisions came from Ryan Yoo/Sam Komis (6-3, 6-4), John Kny/David Luo (3-6, 6-1, 6-4) and Gary Braznichenko/Alex Smith (6-3, 6-0).

Boys Gymnastics

Stevenson 124.3, Libertyville 123.9: In an Independent Conference meet in which both teams were limited by illness and injury, the Patriots (3-0, 1-0) prevailed in the Sports Center. Matt Krames won four events: floor exercise (8.9), vault (8.6), still rings (8.5) and high bar (8.0). He also finished second on parallel bars (8.1). Elijah Klaber won parallel bars (8.2) and pommel horse (8.1), and placed second in vault (8.5) and floor exercise (8.5). Kent Lee and Adi Crook tied for third on horizontal bar (5.2). Dash Rosenberg, stepping up for the ailing Arie Feltman-Frank, had a 7.5 on floor, a 7.3 in vault and a 6.6 on still rings. – Daily Herald ($)

Girls Soccer

Lake Zurich 3, Stevenson 2: Emma Jaeger and Krya Kirsch scored first-half goals for the Patriots (3-5-1, 0-2-1). Caroline Dempsey assisted on Kirsch’s goal. Emma Marx made 13 saves for SHS. The game was tied 2-2 at halftime. The host Bears improved to 9-3-1, 3-1. – Daily Herald ($)

Boys Lacrosse

Cary-Grove 10, Stevenson 5: The visiting Patriots fell to 3-5. – IHSLA.org

Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Softball

Stevenson d. North Chicago: The Patriots improved to 5-8 overall.

 

For SHS Girls Water Polo, It’s All in the Family

How do you win 500 games in any sport? It helps to have good players. But for SHS girls water polo coach Jeff Wimer, it’s also important to create a positive culture for players. Wimer’s focus on developing a family feel to the program has paid off with several trips to the state tournament and, this year, a 19-0 start to the season. The Patriots play host to the SHS Varsity Classic this evening and Saturday.

Heart of the Order Helps Patriot Baseball Turnaround

The varsity baseball team is well on its way to eclipsing last season’s 14-win total. The Patriots are 10-6-1 heading into today’s game at Wauconda. Head coach Paul Mazzuca says one reason for the turnaround is stronger production from the 2-3-4-5 slots in the  batting order, thanks to Christian Dutler, Jimmy Marchese, Willie Bourbon and Pat Loeffler. Mazzuca says he counted on Bourbon, who quarterbacked the football team to the state title in November, to be the team leader this year, and the Northwestern-bound third baseman has not disappointed.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Order Your Free WIT By Monday

Complimentary copies of the WIT, Stevenson’s literary magazine run, written and produced by students, are available to anyone who is interested. Orders must be turned in by Monday. Click here to download an order form.

Driver Education Permitting Tuesday-Thursday

The second phase of permitting for students taking Driver Education over the summer or in the fall is coming up! Remember to bring a signed application, money for the permit, and study for the test. Here are the dates, times and locations:

Tuesday, April 28 7-8:30 a.m. Room 6048-6050
Tuesday, April 28 3:30-5 p.m. Recital Hall (right of the PAC)
Wednesday, April 29 7-8 a.m. Room 6048-6050
Thursday, April 30 3:30-5 p.m. Recital Hall (right of the PAC)

Seniors: Let Statesman Know Your Plans for Next Year

Seniors! If you know what your plans are for next year, let Statesman know so we can add you to the senior insert list that will be published in the final issue of the newspaper! Go to http://goo.gl/hvARIW and sign in with your Stevenson Gmail account.

Auditions for Advanced Chorus, Patriot Singers Next Week

Do you like to sing? Auditions for the 2015-16 Advanced Chorus and Patriot Singers classes will take place the week of April 27. Information and sign-up sheets are posted outside the Choir Room (2202). Please contact Mrs. Nuteson is you have any questions. Don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of these classes!

AP Macroeconomics Review Session Saturday

The next AP Macroeconomics exam review session will take place from 9-11 a.m. Saturday in Room 8036-8038.

Volunteers Needed for “Your Actions Matter” Campaign

The Stand Strong community coalition is looking for student and parent volunteers to help with the state’s fifth annual “Your Actions Matter” campaign to change adult attitudes about giving alcohol to minors. Volunteers will work with police officers to provide educational material to stores in Buffalo Grove and Lincolnshire that sell alcohol. Five student volunteers are needed to work from 3:30-6 p.m. Thursday, April 30 in Buffalo Grove, and 10 students are needed in Lincolnshire from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 12. Student and parent volunteers will receive training before going out into the community, and will have a pizza party at the end of each session. Students and parents who are interested can contact Stand Strong director Jamie Epstein at jamieeps@aol.com to sign up, or for more information.

Prom, Post-Prom Tickets On Sale at Superstore, Online

Tickets for the Prom are available at the Superstore in the Wood Commons, and through the Online Superstore. Tickets are $85 each. If you’re going to the Prom with a non-Stevenson student, you’ll need to fill out a special permission form. The form and other information are available at www.d125.org/prom. Ticket sales end May 4. You can also buy tickets to the post-Prom event at Great America, which runs until 5 a.m. the morning after Prom. Tickets are $50 for the post-Prom event. Click here for details and the permission form.

Drawstring Bags in West Lost and Found

The West Attendance Office lost and found, in Room 2416, has an assortment of drawstring bags left behind by students and others. If yours is missing, come look for it today.

New College Essay Workshop Coming This Summer

Attention junior students: Do you want help with your college essays? Would you like to complete most of the work before senior year so you can enjoy the fall? Join the 100 students who have already signed up for our college essay workshop this summer! The first week of each semester, you can get help on your personal statement for the common application, supplemental essays for specific colleges, and even scholarship essays! Get suggestions and feedback! Finish this over the summer before senior year begins! Register for this new summer school workshop on the summer school web page.

Want to Learn Russian or Chinese for Free?

Students who will be returning to Stevenson for 2015-16, and who have had no prior exposure to the Russian or Chinese languages, are invited to apply for the STARTALK program at Lewis University. There are no tuition costs, and successful students will receive three university credits. The program runs from June 15 through July 10 at Lewis University’s campus in Romeoville. The application deadline is May 4. Click here for more information.

CLUB NEWS

To make sure all seniors have a chance to attend, the last Breakfast with Books meeting has been moved to 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, May 19 in the upper ILC.

CAREER EXPLORATION

We have reached our capacity for summer career shadow applications, so we will no longer be accepting any new applications. For those students who have either turned in an application, or have spoken to Mrs. Willock in person or via email, you will be considered in the program and able to complete your shadow. Please contact Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org if you have any questions.

UPCOMING PREP CLASSES

Are you in need of a Baking Boot Camp? If your meringue is flat, this is the class for you! We will simplify the secrets to flaky doughs and perfect pizza crusts. Learn the difference between the creaming method and the separated egg foam method. We will prepare pizzas the first week, apple and custard tarts week two, and genoise cake with Italian buttercream for the finale. Sound good? Make sure to register today!

Your iPhone is always in your pocket and is a great camera. In the hands of everyday users and professional photographers, it has become one of the most popular cameras on the planet. Get going with iPhone photography, and learn how to get the most out of the iPhone as a photographic tool. Join PREP for Getting Started with iPhoneography and learn the details of camera settings and options, shooting tips and tricks, as well as covering some of the most popular photo shooting, editing, and sharing apps. For more information and to register, click here.

It’s almost time for PREP’s Colors of Spring photography field trips! Capture the designs of spring, as we travel through a different Forest Preserve each week (TBA) using the tools of the digital camera. You will photograph with the instructor in order to develop your visual elements, light, artistic portraits and understand correct exposure. More information and registration details can be found here.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

College of DuPage faculty want president placed on leave (DH – $)

Ex-North Chicago school board member gets 30 months in kickback scandal

Wheaton Warrenville District 200 explores new ways to educate teachers (DH – $)

Arlington Heights District 25 rejects peanut ban

Lemont still hopes to save historic school building

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Stage collapse during musical injures 17 at Indiana high school

Planned Common Application question called “unethical” by admissions group

The catch in Arizona State’s low-cost online freshman program: No aid

Students, faculty demand U. of North Carolina rename building honoring KKK member

Every high school in America is getting a free CD of Selma

Iowa legislator wants to hold professors accountable, Survivor-style

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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey. To subscribe or unsubscribe, contact him at jconrey@d125.org.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Advanced Placement Bill Born at Stevenson Passes Illinois House

The Illinois House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill crafted by Stevenson teachers and students that would make Illinois the 15th state to require public universities to grant college credit to any student who receives a score of 3 or higher on any Advanced Placement exam. The AP Credit Equity Bill, filed by State Rep. Carol Sente, was approved by a 90-22 vote and now moves on to the Illinois Senate. Sente worked with Stevenson’s Political Action Club, AP Government teachers Andy Conneen and Dan Larsen, and their colleagues, AP advocates Sandra Wright, Laura Brandt and Vanessa Lal to draft the bill. Coverage: Chicago Tribune | Daily Herald ($)

Six Seniors Receive Corporate-Sponsored Merit Scholarships

Six Stevenson students are among the more than 1,000 distinguished high school seniors selected for corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards. The award recipients announced Wednesday by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation include:

  • Nikhil Arora: Probable career field: Engineering. Scholarship provider: Aon Corp.
  • Arvind Kumar: Probable career field: Computer Science. Scholarship provider: Walgreen Co.
  • Monet Lee: Probable career field: Medicine. Scholarship provider: Omron Corp.
  • Michelle Ling: Probable career field: Finance. Scholarship provider: The Motorola Solutions Foundation.
  • Cindy Luan: Probable career field: Law. Scholarship provider: Astellas Pharma US, Inc.
  • Karen Whisler: Probable career field: International Law. Scholarship provider: ConAgra Foods Inc.

Corporate sponsors provide National Merit Scholarships for finalists who are children of their employees, who are residents of communities the company serves, or who plan to pursue college majors or careers the sponsor wishes to encourage.

Most of these awards are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study and provide annual stipends that range from $500 to $10,000 per year. Some provide a single payment between $2,500 and $5,000.

Sustainability Council Video Chosen for D.C. Festival

Five students from the Sustainability Council represented Stevenson at the annual annual If I Had A Trillion Dollars Film Festival in Washington, D.C. last weekend. The club’s video was one of 10 chosen to be shown at the festival. In the video, the club shows how it would use a trillion dollars to help the world become more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Students participated in a leadership conference, were able to meet with aides from the office of Congressman Robert Dold, and visited various D.C. sites, including the House of Representatives’ chamber. Students who made the trip were Riley Shore, Matthew Treiber, Annie Lu, Aileen Lee and Jessica Shen. Other students who worked on the video but were unable to travel to D.C. were Bhabna Pati, Saloni Nahar and Natalie Wu.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson d. Vernon Hills, 25-22, 16-25, 25-21: Grant Maleski had 11 kills, Justin Leonard recorded eight and Sudhish Gogula added five for the Patriots (9-7, 3-1) in the Sports Center. Eric Zalewski set up 24 assists and served three aces. Luke Feder made 12 digs. Chris Song had three kills and two solo blocks. Vernon Hills fell to 11-5, 2-1. – Pioneer Press

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson 17, Glenbrook South 1: The top-ranked Patriots improved to 19-0 with the nonconference win in Glenview. SHS jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the first quarter, and extended their advantage to 11-1 at halftime. Claire Haas led the Pats with five goals, Allison Travetto had four, and Joanie Newland added three. Melissa Gartenberg and Eileen Hoang had two goals each, and Fiona Gaffney added one. Goalkeeper Lauren Burns made 14 saves.

Boys Lacrosse

Warren 8, Stevenson 3: The host Patriots fell to 3-4 overall and 2-2 in the conference. – IHSLA.org

Baseball

Warren 8, Stevenson 7: The visiting Patriots (10-6-1) fell to the Blue Devils (13-6) for the second straight day. – Daily Herald

Corrections

Wednesday’s Digest had two mistakes in the Sports section. First, the varsity softball team’s overall record was 4-8 entering Tuesday, not 3-7. Second, the item about Stevenson alumni on the nationally ranked Illinois and Iowa baseball teams failed to mention Matt Allen, a 2013 graduate who pitches for Iowa.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Seniors: Let Statesman Know Your Plans for Next Year

Seniors! If you know what your plans are for next year, let Statesman know so we can add you to the senior insert list that will be published in the final issue of the newspaper! Go to http://goo.gl/hvARIW and sign in with your Stevenson Gmail account.

Auditions for Advanced Chorus, Patriot Singers Next Week

Do you like to sing? Auditions for the 2015-16 Advanced Chorus and Patriot Singers classes will take place the week of April 27. Information and sign-up sheets are posted outside the Choir Room (2202). Please contact Mrs. Nuteson is you have any questions. Don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of these classes!

Driver Education Permitting April 28-30

The second phase of permitting for students taking Driver Education over the summer or in the fall is coming up! Remember to bring a signed application, money for the permit, and study for the test. Here are the dates, times and locations:

Tuesday, April 28 7-8:30 a.m. Room 6048-6050
Tuesday, April 28 3:30-5 p.m. Recital Hall (right of the PAC)
Wednesday, April 29 7-8 a.m. Room 6048-6050
Thursday, April 30 3:30-5 p.m. Recital Hall (right of the PAC)

AP Macroeconomics Review Session Saturday

The next AP Macroeconomics exam review session will take place from 9-11 a.m. Saturday in Room 8036-8038.

Volunteers Needed for “Your Actions Matter” Campaign

The Stand Strong community coalition is looking for student and parent volunteers to help with the state’s fifth annual “Your Actions Matter” campaign to change adult attitudes about giving alcohol to minors. Volunteers will work with police officers to provide educational material to stores in Buffalo Grove and Lincolnshire that sell alcohol. Five student volunteers are needed to work from 3:30-6 p.m. Thursday, April 30 in Buffalo Grove, and 10 students are needed in Lincolnshire from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 12. Student and parent volunteers will receive training before going out into the community, and will have a pizza party at the end of each session. Students and parents who are interested can contact Stand Strong director Jamie Epstein at jamieeps@aol.com to sign up, or for more information.

Prom, Post-Prom Tickets On Sale at Superstore, Online

Tickets for the Prom are available at the Superstore in the Wood Commons, and through the Online Superstore. Tickets are $85 each. If you’re going to the Prom with a non-Stevenson student, you’ll need to fill out a special permission form. The form and other information are available at www.d125.org/prom. Ticket sales end May 4. You can also buy tickets to the post-Prom event at Great America, which runs until 5 a.m. the morning after Prom. Tickets are $50 for the post-Prom event. Click here for details and the permission form.

Order Your Free WIT By Monday

Complimentary copies of the WIT, Stevenson’s literary magazine run, written and produced by students, are available to anyone who is interested. Orders must be turned in by Monday. Click here to download an order form.

Drawstring Bags in West Lost and Found

The West Attendance Office lost and found, in Room 2416, has an assortment of drawstring bags left behind by students and others. If yours is missing, come look for it today.

New College Essay Workshop Coming This Summer

Attention junior students: Do you want help with your college essays? Would you like to complete most of the work before senior year so you can enjoy the fall? Join the 100 students who have already signed up for our college essay workshop this summer! The first week of each semester, you can get help on your personal statement for the common application, supplemental essays for specific colleges, and even scholarship essays! Get suggestions and feedback! Finish this over the summer before senior year begins! Register for this new summer school workshop on the summer school web page.

Want to Learn Russian or Chinese for Free?

Students who will be returning to Stevenson for 2015-16, and who have had no prior exposure to the Russian or Chinese languages, are invited to apply for the STARTALK program at Lewis University. There are no tuition costs, and successful students will receive three university credits. The program runs from June 15 through July 10 at Lewis University’s campus in Romeoville. The application deadline is May 4. Click here for more information.

ATHLETICS

All interested girls basketball players and their parents are invited to meet new head coach Ashley Graham, and to learn about summer opportunities, at 5:30 p.m. today in Room 1204 (West Faculty Dining Room), which is near the Sports Center entrance.

CLUB NEWS

To make sure all seniors have a chance to attend, the last Breakfast with Books meeting has been moved to 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, May 19 in the upper ILC.

CAREER EXPLORATION

We have reached our capacity for summer career shadow applications, so we will no longer be accepting any new applications. For those students who have either turned in an application, or have spoken to Mrs. Willock in person or via email, you will be considered in the program and able to complete your shadow. Please contact Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org if you have any questions.

UPCOMING PREP CLASSES

Are you in need of a Baking Boot Camp? If your meringue is flat, this is the class for you! We will simplify the secrets to flaky doughs and perfect pizza crusts. Learn the difference between the creaming method and the separated egg foam method. We will prepare pizzas the first week, apple and custard tarts week two, and genoise cake with Italian buttercream for the finale. Sound good? Make sure to register today!

Your iPhone is always in your pocket and is a great camera. In the hands of everyday users and professional photographers, it has become one of the most popular cameras on the planet. Get going with iPhone photography, and learn how to get the most out of the iPhone as a photographic tool. Join PREP for Getting Started with iPhoneography and learn the details of camera settings and options, shooting tips and tricks, as well as covering some of the most popular photo shooting, editing, and sharing apps. For more information and to register, click here.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

New state superintendent says equity in education funding is top priority

Rauner eyes end of “fair share” dues for teachers unions

Northwestern University professor among 32 chosen as new Carnegie Fellows

Watchdog groups: Northwestern must do more to combat anti-Semitic graffiti

Study: Top universities dropping Shakespeare requirement

Illinois Senate OKs plan to expand number of Illinois State U. trustees

Biden to speak at University of Illinois on sexual assault prevention

Oak Lawn District 218 board approves TIF district extension

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Promising full college credit, Arizona State to offer online freshman program

Anti-Common Core activists leak New York’s English exam online

Georgia governor signs school takeover bill

Thousands of Washington state teachers strike over pay

These student whistleblowers in Pennsylvania spoke up to prevent a shooting

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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey. To subscribe or unsubscribe, contact him at jconrey@d125.org.