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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Showcase Ticket Sales Start Monday

Ticket sales for Showcase 2015 run every day from Monday through March 6 during all lunch periods in the Wood Commons. The first seven rows will be for students only and are general admission. All remaining seats are reserved. All tickets are $10 each. Limited tickets will also be available at the door on show nights. Tickets may be paid for at the Patriot Superstore with cash, check or student ID. Showcase 2015 will be presented on Friday and Saturday, March 6-7, at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Each show has a different lineup of student performers. Showcase is sponsored by the Patriot Parent Association.

Madrigal Dinner Reservations Now Available

Reservations are being taken for the Choral Guild’s annual Madrigal Dinner, which will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 22 at The Arboretum Club in Buffalo Grove. The event features food and frivolity layered with a cappella singing and instrumental music. The centerpiece of the evening is an Elizabethan-era comedic theatrical experience written and performed by SHS students. Tickets are $25 for anyone high school age and older, and $15 for children. Sponsorship opportunities also are available. Reservations are due by Wednesday, March 4. Click here for the reservation and sponsorship form.

This year’s Madrigal Dinner cast will feature Marissa Abraham, Sarah Berkowitz, Talia Cheifetz, Maya Cohen, Abby Dutler, Samantha Fleishman, Mike Komarovsky, Anushka Nageswaran, Al-Sadiq Rahemtulla, Elisabeth Schmitt-Wagner, Noah Silver, Jake Singer and Claire Sullivan. The co-directors of the dinner are Ellen Singer and Kirstin Snelten.

Students Playing at House of Blues Sunday Night

Four students in a band called “If We Were” will be playing at Chicago’s House of Blues at 8 p.m. Sunday. The band features seniors Liam Conway (guitar), Sam Greenberg (bassist) and Matthew Solway (drummer), and junior Michael Schodin (guitar). They play a mixture of alternative and modern rock. This is the second time the band has played the House of Blues this school year. The band‘s debut album, “Groovy,” is scheduled for release in May. Their website is at www.ifwewereband.com.

 

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball

Stevenson at IHSA Class 4A Carmel Regional: The fourth-seeded Patriots (26-4) survived a major scare from No. 13 seed Mundelein, 51-49, and advanced to the regional championship game against fifth-seeded Buffalo Grove at 7 p.m. Friday. No details were available on Wednesday night’s game.

 

SHS-Lake Forest on The Cube Friday Night

In addition to being telecast on The U Too, Friday night’s varsity boys basketball game also will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network on The Cube. This provides a free option for people who cable or satellite provider does not offer The U Too. Watch the “Beyond the Arc” preview.

Patriot Wrestling Duo Begins State Quest Today

Senior Tyler Harrington and sophomore Eric Carter will take to the mats at the University of Illinois later today for the IHSA Class 3A individual state wrestling tournament. Carter (31-14) has drawn Andrew McFall of Oswego (38-4) in a first-round match at 120 pounds, while Harrington (35-3) will take on Jake Mayon (31-4) of Plainfield East at 182. Harrington, ranked fifth in the state by Illinois Matmen.com, is making his second state appearance, while this is the first for Carter. Click here to follow state tournament results. | Daily Herald preview ($)

Aoki Earns Daily Herald Player of the Week Honor

Junior Ryuji Aoki earned Daily Herald Lake County Boys Basketball Player of the Week honors after his career-high 30 point effort against Mundelein, which included tying a school record with seven 3-pointers.

Baseball Alum and Illini Teammates Start Season 4-0

Shortstop Adam Walton (Class of 2012) and the University of Illinois baseball team opened the season 4-0 for the first time since 2000 after sweeping two games each against New Mexico State and Lamar last weekend in Texas. After going 0-for-5 in the opener, Walton went 6-for-13 over the next three games with six runs scored. Walton led the Illini last year with a .329 batting average en route to earning second-team All-Big Ten and Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American honors.

 

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Fashion Show Meeting Today

Want to be involved in the Fashion Show on April 10 but couldn’t come to the meeting last week? It’s not too late! Stop by Room 1410 to pick up an information sheet and return the preference sheet to the same place. We will have another meeting today at 3:30 in Room 1612 for you to find out what role you will have and additional information! If you have any questions, contact Mrs. Erickson at cerickson@d125.org.

Project Dance Captains Meetings in Student Activities

Project Dance captains meetings will take place today and Friday during the lunch periods in the Student Activities Office. Captains will learn about the new Project Dance crowdfunding and registration platform that will allow students to register as teams and individuals online, and manage their own fundraising pages.

Get Your Hoops for Heroes T-Shirts During Lunch

Hoops for Heroes is at 7 p.m. Friday and it will be a “camo out.” If you ordered your camo T-shirt, they are available for pick up during all lunch periods. A limited number will be available for purchase for $15.

Lunar New Year Celebration Set for Friday

All students are invited to the first-ever Lunar New Year Celebration at Stevenson in the Recital Hall (Room 4100) on Friday. A short program will be performed by members of the Chinese Club, Korean Club, and Taiwan group at 4 p.m. A reception will follow the program. Admission is $3. Come and join us celebrating the Year of the Sheep!

Pass on the Beat Holding iPod Drive for Charity

Pass on the Beat will be holding an iPod drive to support Music and Memory, an organization that works to help Alzheimer’s patients and people with special needs. Collection will take place in the Wood Commons during all lunch periods next Tuesday through Thursday. All Apple music players in working condition will be accepted. Chargers are not required, but appreciated. Please contact Caitlin McGovern at cmcgovern@d125.org with questions.

Odyssey 2016 Logo Design Contest for Students

The 2016 Odyssey Committee is holding a logo design contest with a $250 prize for Stevenson High School students. The new Odyssey logo will be used school-wide for all publicity, T-shirts and mailings for our biennial two-day fine arts festival that takes place in February 2016. Deadline for submission of entries to the Fine Arts Division Office is March 6. Entries should be dropped off in person to Room 6076 in a sealed envelope between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Open this document for details. If anyone has questions, please contact Mr. Grice, Fine Arts Director, at jgrice@d125.org.

Feeling Stressed? Let Operation Snowball Recharge You

Sign up for Operation Snowball weekend registration is now open through March 4. The Snowball weekend will be March 13-15, and sign-up sheets can be picked up in Student Activities, 7080 or 2628. Please see Mr. Mazzuca in 2628 if you have any questions.

Help Outfit Underprivileged Girls for Their Prom

The Student Council will be collecting dresses, shoes, jewelry and accessories to donate to underprivileged girls in the Chicagoland area through the Glass Slipper Project. Items will be collected through March 6 in the Student Activities Office. For students who turn in dresses, please attach a note with your name and ID number. Student Council will give one Ugive hour per dress up to a maximum of three hours to those students who donate.

Sign Up for Next Month’s NHS Blood Drive

Will your heart still be pumping from Valentine’s Day? Don’t bypass a good opportunity, and participate in National Honor Society’s spring blood drive on Friday, March 6. Online registration is now available at www.stevensonblooddrive.wikispaces.com. The blood drive will take place in the Wrestling Room during all lunch, gym and free periods. You will be required to submit a health form available on the blood drive website, and a permission form in order miss any gym classes. Donate blood this spring — you’re somebody’s type! You must be 17 or older, and above 115 pounds to donate.

NHS Letters of Invitation in the Mail

Letters of invitation for the National Honor Society have been mailed. Any sophomore or junior with a 3.9000 weighted, cumulative grade point average who has not received a letter should email Mr. Erdmann at berdmann@d125.org or stop by the Student Activities Office.

Yearbook Seeks Senior Selfies

Are you a senior running out of time to leave your mark on this school, but you’re already too busy with homework, clubs, sports, family, free time, etc.? Then say no more! Ambassador Yearbook is looking for seniors to submit their selfies for the 50th anniversary edition of the yearbook. Submit your silliest, prettiest and most photogenic selfie, and leave your mark as a Stevenson student. Submit your selfie to www.replayit.com.

CLUB NEWS

Attention all members of Psychology and Law clubs, and all interested parties: There will be a joint meeting of the Law and Psychology Club today in Room 8048-8046 to discuss issues around confidentiality. If you tell a psychologist something in confidence, what are they obliged to tell others? What does it mean to warn or to protect? Join us to find out.

Zumba Club is starting at SHS! We will meet for the first Zumba session today at 3:45 p.m. in Room 5044 (behind the Glass Commons). Bring your workout shoes, invite a couple of friends and let’s start the Zumba party!

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

Freshman Class Board meets today after school in the College/Career Center. New members welcome!

INTRAMURALS

The Stevenson Intramural Dodgeball League informational meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 2113. For more information visit the IM Dodgeball page at http://www2.d125.org/im/dodgeball.html.

Reminder to all IM Ski Club members: Money for the Devil’s Head trip on February 28 is due by 8 a.m. Wednesday. This is the last ski trip of the season. Questions? Visit the Ski Club Website at http://www2.d125.org/im/ski.html or come to the PREP Office, Room 3040.

ATHLETICS

ACL prevention testing for girls soccer is scheduled for today in Room 2104. Freshmen and sophomores will meet at 5:30 p.m., followed by juniors and seniors at 6:30.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Now accepting 2014-15 career shadow applications: Applications are available on the Career Exploration web page or in the CCC. Please note all applications for summer shadows are due no later than May 2. Questions? Please contact Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org to set up an appointment.

Interested in being a lawyer? The Career Exploration Program will be hosting an informational session in the College/Career Center for all students interested in pursuing a career in law on Tuesday from 7:30-8:30 a.m. You will hear from an attorney who is vice president of an executive search firm in Chicago, and who has extensive knowledge on the profession and the various specialties within this profession. Find out what law school is like, where the jobs are, what type of lawyer best matches up with your particular interests and get a chance to ask questions. Snacks will be provided and space is limited so please sign up online at http://goo.gl/rWKiQr or in person in the College and Career Center.

COLLEGE NEWS

Attention seniors from District 96: Applications for the District 96 Foundation – Mr. Mark E. Spivak Service Scholarship and Dr. Thomas W. Many Educational Scholarship are available in the College/Career Center. These scholarships are in addition to the original Local Scholarship Packet currently in the CCC. The scholarships are available to District 96 alumni who have demonstrated high levels of academic dedication, leadership, and community or school service. Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded for each of the scholarships. The deadline to turn in the packets is Thursday, March 12.

 

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Lake County school leaders optimistic about Rauner’s budget plan

U46, District 300 officials say $300M boost still not enough for schools

Illinois university leaders decry Rauner’s state funding cut proposal

District 96 school board member Gauthier steps down

Daniel Wright Science Bowl team qualifies for national event in D.C.

Parents voice concerns about incoming District 113 superintendent

U46 fires substitute teacher who taunted student (DH – $)

College of DuPage ignored red flags as radio engineer billed $400K (Trib – $)

Five Illinois colleges on list of top Peace Corps schools

Decatur education stalwart Brooks dies at age 71

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Florida governor orders less testing in state’s schools

Los Angeles teachers take first official step toward strike

Students stage sit-in, demand Newark superintendent’s resignation

106K free teacher-created digital textbooks hit the web

All you can learn: D.C. public schools offer personalized PD buffet for teachers

New app scans student faces for class attendance

Carnegie-Mellon mistakenly tells 800 grad applicants they were accepted

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Oh Selected to IHSA All-State Academic Team

Senior Sammy Oh was selected to the Illinois High School Association All-State Academic Team on Tuesday. He was one of 26 students in the state chosen for the honor. In addition, Oh became the fourth Stevenson student in the past six years — and the fifth overall — chosen for the IHSA All-State Academic Team. He joins Ali Castriano (2011-12), Zach Blumenfeld (2010-11), Henry Wood (2008-09) and Jared Frost (2001-02) as Patriots earning the honor.

Every IHSA member school was invited to nominate one female student and one male student to be a part of the team. Nominees needed to possess a minimum 3.5 grade point average on 4.0 scale after their seventh semester, have participated in at least two IHSA-sponsored activities during each of the last two years of high school, and demonstrated outstanding citizenship.

Oh has an impressive resume. He is the student body president for 2014-15, and has been part of the SHS Student Council executive board for the past three years. He also leads the Student Congress and Student Senate, plus is the Student Council’s representative for the Student Leadership Advisory Council and the Council of 100.

Oh has an unweighted GPA of 4.0 and an unweighted GPA of 4.7922, and scored a 35 on the ACT.

He is a leader in the Freshman Mentor Program, and also participated in the SPARK (STEM Professionals As Resource Knowledge) summer program. He is an original member of the Spanish Honor Society, and also is a Gold Award winner for Science Club at the regional and state levels.

Oh is a four-year member of the varsity cross country and track and field teams, and has served as a team captain in both sports for two years. Last fall, he finished sixth at the IHSA boys cross country state meet, running the third-fastest race in school history. He also qualified for the state track meet in his sophomore and junior years.

Two Juniors Win Music Competition at Ravinia

Clarinetist Torin Bakke and pianist Daniel Rong were part of the Calliope Trio that won the strings and piano category in the Midwest Young Artists Division at the eighth annual Discover National Chamber Music Competition Sunday at Ravinia Festival’s Bennett Gordon Hall. Rong and Bakke are juniors.

Winter Guard Earns Pair of Top-6 Finishes at TDI Championships

The Stevenson Winter Guard wrapped up its competitive season last weekend at the Team Dance Illinois Category Championships, held at Northern Illinois University. SHS finished fourth in the Lyrical Flag Division and sixth in the Open Flag Division. The team closes out its performance season at 4:15 p.m. Sunday in the Field House with an exhibition performance for family and friends that is also open to the public. The event is free.

Junior Fourth at IHSA Speech Sectional

Junior Kayla Guo of the speech and drama team finished fourth in Special Occasion Speaking at the Illinois High School Association Freeport Sectional on Saturday. Only the top three finishers advanced to this weekend’s state tournament.

BG Park District Musical Has Strong Stevenson Flavor

Tuesday’s Digest included a link to a Pioneer Press article that mentioned two Stevenson students who are part of the Buffalo Grove Park District’s “Legally Blonde: The Musical” production. In fact, half the cast comes from SHS. These students are all appearing in the musical: seniors Abbie Brenner and Anna Stephens; juniors Miranda Brim, Josie Hannon-Geller, Megan Rivkin, Brandon Sak, Olivia Watkins and Barrett Winston; sophomores Quinn Cunningham, Hailey Kleinstein, Rebecca Koltun, Michael Komarovsky, Noah Silver and Dani Weiner; and freshmen Colette Cooper, Lydia Johnson, Hannah Lichtenstein, Jaclyn Rosenberg and Courtney Shub.

 

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 57, Warren 37: Connor Cashaw and Jalen Brunson each scored 16 points and the Patriots (21-2, 11-0) secured a share of the North Suburban Conference Lake Division title. The Pats can win the division outright Friday night when they play host to second-place Lake Forest, which is 10-1 in the Lake. Cashaw’s steal and 3-point play closed the first half as SHS took a 26-13 lead. In the third quarter, Stevenson took complete control, outscoring the host Blue Devils, 20-5. Ryuji Aoki nailed a trio of 3-pointers and finished with 11 points. Justin Smith had 8. Warren, which had won eight of its last 10 games, fell to 12-13 overall and 5-7 in the division. The win marked Stevenson’s 20th consecutive NSC Lake triumph. – Pioneer Press, Daily Herald ($)

 

No. 1 SHS Faces No. 2 Simeon, No. 3 Lake Forest This Weekend

Stevenson’s top-ranked boys basketball team will face the No. 2 and 3 teams in Illinois in back-to-back games this weekend. On Friday, the Patriots will play host to No. 3 Lake Forest in a game that will be televised by WCIU’s The U Too beginning at 7 p.m. (Click here for the WCIU channel finder.) If SHS wins, it will clinch the North Suburban Conference Lake Division championship and earn a spot in the NSC Championship Game on Wednesday, February 25.

On Saturday, SHS takes on No. 2 Simeon in the McDonald’s City-Suburban Showdown at Niles West High School in Skokie. The game tips off at 8 p.m., following a contest between Lake Forest and Highland Park. Tickets for the City-Suburban Showdown are $10, and can be purchased today through Friday at the SHS Athletic Office between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., or at the Patriot Superstore during the lunch periods and 30 minutes before the start of classes.

Friday’s game will not only feature two of the top hoops teams in Illinois, but also will have plenty of off-court hoopla. The game is part of the seventh annual Hoops for Heroes military appreciation night, sponsored Students Helping Soldiers and the boys basketball program. Gordan Stanley, a Korean War veteran, will serve as honorary team captain. In addition, the game is being sponsored by Bridgeview Bank. The first 200 Patriot fans will receive a Bridgeview Bank seat cushion. The bank also will have a photo booth in the Sports Center lobby.

Brunson Adds More Accolades to Lengthy List

Jalen Brunson added to an already impressive list of accolades on Monday when he was featured in USA Today for being on the American Family Insurance All-USA Team watch list. The senior guard was on American Family Insurance All-USA preseason boys basketball team. Also on Monday, Brunson went one-on-one — in an interview — with Ryan Baker of CBS 2 Chicago.

Rudy Raring to Go for State Bowling Tournament

Kaitlyn Rudy heads into this weekend’s IHSA girls bowling state tournament with confidence, and rightly so. The junior won the Rolling Meadows Sectional with a six-game pin total of 1,407, with every game above 200. Only one bowler in the six sectionals around the state had a higher score. Rudy told Pioneer Press that she’s only focusing on her game, and not on her competitors.

Shank Defies Gymnastics Conventional Wisdom

With more and more sports becoming year-round endeavors, SHS girls gymnast Elizabeth Shank is an anomaly, the Chicago Tribune reports. The senior, who will be competing at this weekend’s state tournament, doesn’t practice in the offseason. “Three months a year, she does gymnastics,” head coach Judy Harwood said. “She’s very talented and probably could do it in college.” Shank and teammate Mikaela Webb will represent Stevenson at state.

 

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Reminder: Late Arrival Thursday; Use the ZTA App

Don’t forget that Thursday is a late arrival day. Classes will start at 10:30. Buses will begin their routes around 9:20. It’s going to be cold in the morning, so minimize the time you spend outside waiting for a bus by using the ZTA bus tracker. ZTA shows you where your bus is at and how soon it will arrive at your stop. For details on ZTA, go to http://www.d125.org/quicklinks/transportation/zta.

Band Parents Fundraiser at Potbelly’s Today

The Stevenson Band Parents Organization is having a fundraiser at Potbelly’s in Lincolnshire and Deer Park today. The fundraiser runs from 4-8 p.m. Potbelly’s is giving 25% of all sales that night back to the BPO! No flyer is needed. Please spread the word to friends and family!

Help Outfit Underprivileged Girls for Their Prom

The Student Council will be collecting dresses, shoes, jewelry and accessories to donate to underprivileged girls in the Chicagoland area through the Glass Slipper Project. Items will be collected through March 6 in the Student Activities Office. For students who turn in dresses, please attach a note with your name and ID number. Student Council will give one Ugive hour per dress up to a maximum of three hours to those students who donate.

Sign Up for Next Month’s NHS Blood Drive

Will your heart still be pumping from Valentine’s Day? Don’t bypass a good opportunity, and participate in National Honor Society’s spring blood drive on Friday, March 6. Online registration is now available at www.stevensonblooddrive.wikispaces.com. The blood drive will take place in the Wrestling Room during all lunch, gym and free periods. You will be required to submit a health form available on the blood drive website, and a permission form in order miss any gym classes. Donate blood this spring — you’re somebody’s type! You must be 17 or older, and above 115 pounds to donate.

Fashion Show Meeting on Thursday

Want to be involved in the Fashion Show on April 10 but couldn’t come to the meeting last week? It’s not too late! Stop by Room 1410 to pick up an information sheet and return the preference sheet to the same place. We will have another meeting on Thursday at 3:30 in Room 1612 for you to find out what role you will have and additional information! If you have any questions, contact Mrs. Erickson at cerickson@d125.org.

Lunar New Year Celebration Set for Friday

All students are invited to the first-ever Lunar New Year Celebration at Stevenson in the Recital Hall (Room 4100) on Friday. A short program will be performed by members of the Chinese Club, Korean Club, and Taiwan group at 4 p.m. A reception will follow the program. Admission is $3. Come and join us celebrating the Year of the Sheep!

Relay for Life Starting Sign-Ups for June Event

Relay for Life will host its kickoff event today and Tuesday in the Wood Commons. You can join a team, create a team, or find out more information about the Relay for Life overnight event on Friday and Saturday, June 12-13. Students, family and community members are welcome to join.

Pass on the Beat Holding iPod Drive for Charity

Pass on the Beat will be holding an iPod drive to support Music and Memory, an organization that works to help Alzheimer’s patients and people with special needs. Collection will take place in the Wood Commons during all lunch periods next Tuesday through Thursday, February 24-26. All Apple music players in working condition will be accepted. Chargers are not required, but appreciated. Please contact Caitlin McGovern at cmcgovern@d125.org with questions.

NHS Letters of Invitation in the Mail

Letters of invitation for the National Honor Society have been mailed. Any sophomore or junior with a 3.9000 weighted, cumulative grade point average who has not received a letter should email Mr. Erdmann at berdmann@d125.org or stop by the Student Activities Office.

Odyssey 2016 Logo Design Contest for Students

The 2016 Odyssey Committee is holding a logo design contest with a $250 prize for Stevenson High School students. The new Odyssey logo will be used school-wide for all publicity, T-shirts and mailings for our biennial two-day fine arts festival that takes place in February 2016. Deadline for submission of entries to the Fine Arts Division Office is March 6. Entries should be dropped off in person to Room 6076 in a sealed envelope between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Open this document for details. If anyone has questions, please contact Mr. Grice, Fine Arts Director, at jgrice@d125.org.

Feeling Stressed? Let Operation Snowball Recharge You

Sign up for Operation Snowball weekend registration is now open through March 4. The Snowball weekend will be March 13-15, and sign-up sheets can be picked up in Student Activities, 7080 or 2628. Please see Mr. Mazzuca in 2628 if you have any questions.

CLUB NEWS

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

Write Club meets today after school in Room 7018. The club features creative writing contests, poetry, fiction, college application essay help, and snacks.

Zumba Club is starting at SHS! We will meet for the first zumba session on Thursday at 3:45 p.m. in Room 5044 (behind the Glass Commons). Bring your workout shoes, invite a couple of friends and let’s start the Zumba party!

ATHLETICS

ACL prevention testing for girls soccer is scheduled for Thursday in Room 2104. Freshmen and sophomores will meet at 5:30 p.m., followed by juniors and seniors at 6:30.

INTRAMURALS

The Stevenson Intramural Dodgeball League informational meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 25, in Room 2113. For more information visit the IM Dodgeball page at http://www2.d125.org/im/dodgeball.html.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Now accepting 2014-15 Career Shadow Applications: Applications are available on the Career Exploration web page or in the CCC. Please note all applications for summer shadows are due no later than May 2. Questions? Please contact Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org to set up an appointment.

Interested in being a Lawyer? The Career Exploration Program will be hosting an informational session in the College/Career Center for all students interested in pursuing a career in law on Tuesday, February 24 from 7:30-8:30 a.m. You will hear from an attorney who is vice president of an executive search firm in Chicago, and who has extensive knowledge on the profession and the various specialties within this profession. Find out what law school is like, where the jobs are, what type of lawyer best matches up with your particular interests and get a chance to ask questions. Snacks will be provided and space is limited so please sign up online at http://goo.gl/rWKiQr or in person in the College and Career Center.

 

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Rauner plans to propose raising school funding in first budget

Former head of Elgin Islamic school charged with abusing employees, students

Freed inmate sues Northwestern, others for $40M for coercing false confession

University of Illinois admissions move aimed at increasing in-state enrollees

Garcia suggests Chicago teachers will strike again if Emanuel re-elected

Oswego schools face choice on dual language program

Two from Illinois State University among four finalists for provost

Indian Prairie District 204 looks to put computers in hands of all sixth-graders

After policy revision, East Aurora school district hands out new credit cards

State certifies University of Illinois at Springfield faculty union

College of DuPage trustees say no-confidence vote soured them on president (DH – $)

McHenry County College student representatives voice support for tuition increase

Lyons Township senior wins car by making half-court shot

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Oklahoma legislative committee questions legality of AP classes in schools

Louisiana teachers believe students are tested too much: survey

Congressional report blasts “jungle of red tape” that ensnares colleges

Why more black parents are homeschooling their children

STEM bachelor’s degree coming to Washington state community college

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Chess Team Finishes Second in State

Stevenson’s chess team finished second at the Illinois High School Association state tournament on Saturday, its fourth runner-up showing in the past six years. SHS also finished second in 2013, 2012 and 2010.

Four players earned top 10 honors on their boards. Alex Bian was second on Board 1, James Wei placed fourth on Board 2, Phillip Engstrom took fourth on Board 5, and Rahul Dhiman finished fifth on Board 6.

Head coach Vincent Springer’s squad rolled through its first six matches, beating Charleston (68-0), Metea Valley (68-0), Wheaton Warrenville South (63-5), Fremd (68-0), Evanston (52.5-15.5) and New Trier (47-21). In its final match, SHS fell to state champion Naperville North, 37.5-30.5, which won the overall title, 401.5-397.0.

18 FCCLA Members Qualify for State Leadership Conference

Eighteen members of Stevenson’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America club qualified for the state leadership conference based on their performance at the FCCLA Section 5 regional competition at Harper College on Friday.

Eleven students earned regional first-place honors: Larissa Laeder, Dara Dolinsky and Lexi Sandroff (Food Innovations); Jordan Zatz and Robin Cheifetz (Advocacy); Madeleine Lesser and Jessica Rainey (Life Event Planning); Jamie Berman (Sports Nutrition); Camryn Hirsch and Madison Randol (Focus on Children); and Melissa Mendoza (Hospitality).

Seven students qualified for state based on superior scores and rankings: Tanya Shkiler, David Wexler and Michelle Katz (Food Innovations); Alyssa Niedzwiedz and Heather Staples (Preschool Lesson); Elizabeth Stillings (Interior Design); and Talia Abrams (Job Interview).

Four other students received high rankings: Carly Roseman (Casual Wear Apparel); Aaron Kaboff and Rohan Bhattaram (Entrepreneurship); and Theodore Tapas (Food Production Salad).

The FCCLA State Leadership Conference will be held April 16-18 in Springfield. FCCLA addresses important personal, family, work and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA has more than 220,000 members and nearly 7,000 chapters from 50 state associations and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than 10 million youth since its founding in 1945.

Freshman Archer Brings Home Awards

Freshman Sami Hartman-Stackhouse won the Ninth Grade Girls Division at the Cupid Classic archery tournament at Armstrong High School in Armstrong, Illinois over the weekend. Her score of 277 was best among all 32 archers in her division, and also ranked her fifth out of 99 in the High School Girls Division, and sixth out of 205 in the Overall Girls Division. Hartman-Stackhouse hit 13 bullseyes. She and the rest of the Archery Club will play host to Shurz High School at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Field House.

Two Students in Cast of “Legally Blonde: The Musical”

Junior Barrett Winston and sophomore Noah Silver are in the cast of “Legally Blonde: The Musical,” which finishes its two-week run at the Buffalo Grove Community Arts Center this weekend.

Retired Faculty Member’s Car Hits the Big Screen

Retired faculty member Jim Feurer and his “Brazen Orange” 2006 Pontiac GTO were featured in the auto section of Friday’s Daily Herald ($). His car caught the attention of some Hollywood producers, who used the car in scenes from the movie “Jupiter Ascending,” which opened earlier this month. The car also was scheduled for an appearance in the TV series “Sirens.”

 

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Bowling

Stevenson at IHSA Rolling Meadows Sectional: Kaitlyn Rudy became the first Patriot to win a sectional championship in eight years, earning a berth in the state tournament, which starts Friday at The Cherry Bowl in Rockford. The junior knocked down 1,407 pins, 87 ahead of the runner-up. She became the program’s first sectional champion since Jenn Lasky in 2007. Rudy rolled a personal-best 710 series in the three-game morning session, with games of 225, 226 and 259. She followed up in the afternoon with a 697 series that included games of 224, 219 and 254. Rudy will attempt to become the first girls bowler to earn a state medal. In the team standings, Stevenson finished sixth. – Official results | Daily Herald ($), News-Sun

Wrestling

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Barrington Sectional: Two Patriots punched their ticket to the state tournament: Tyler Harrington and Eric Carter. Harrington (35-3) finished second at 182 pounds and will head to Champaign for the second straight year. Carter (31-14) placed fourth at 120 to earn his first downstate appearance. Harrington, a senior, reached the finals with a 5-2 win over McHenry’s Cam Pait, who suffered his first loss of the season. In the final, the state’s fourth-ranked 182-pounder, undefeated Tyler Demoss (34-0) of Rockton Hononegah, prevailed by a 10-3 score. On his way to the third-place match, Carter upended an opponent from Mundelein who had beaten the sophomore twice this season, and also beat wrestlers from Lake Zurich and Deerfield. –

Official results | Daily Herald ($)

Boys Swimming and Diving

Stevenson at North Suburban Conference Meet: The Patriots won their sixth team title in the past seven years, beating host Lake Forest, 337-317. SHS had two individual champions: Nick Baginski won the 100 butterfly with a personal-best time of 53.42, while Alan Fang claimed the 100 breaststroke in 1:01.76. Baginski also finished second in the 50 freestyle (22.09). Nick Koto had season-best times while finishing second in the 200 free (1:43.88) and 500 free (4:45.65), and also had a season-best split time of 22.26 as anchor for the runner-up 200 free relay with Alex Kapecki, Viktor Makarskyy and Dimitriy Pelutis. – News-Sun, Daily Herald ($)

 

Friday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 102, Mundelein 47: Ryuki Aoki tied a school-record with seven 3-pointers and scored a career-high 30 points as the host Patriots (20-2, 10-0 NSC Lake) rolled on Senior Night, breaking the 100-point barrier for the first time this season. Jalen Brunson scored 13 of his 20 points in the first quarter as SHS built a 25-7 lead, moving into second place on the Lake County career scoring list. Connor Cashaw had seven of his 15 points in the first quarter. Aoki scored all of his points over the last three quarters. Mundelein fell to 2-25, 0-11. – Daily Herald ($) | SBN/The Cube Video

 

Girls Basketball Team to Face Mundelein in Regional

Stevenson will face Mundelein in the semifinals of the Illinois High School Association Class 4A Carmel Regional at 6 p.m. Wednesday. MHS (12-18) beat Carmel, 51-45, in a play-in game Monday night. This will be the third meeting between the Patriots (25-4) and the Mustangs this season. SHS won the first matchup, 74-30, on December 19, and prevailed in the second, 61-42, on January 30. The winner of Wednesday night’s semifinal will face Buffalo Grove or Lake Zurich for the regional championship at 7 p.m. Friday.

 

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Help Outfit Underprivileged Girls for Their Prom

The Student Council will be collecting dresses, shoes, jewelry and accessories to donate to underprivileged girls in the Chicagoland area through the Glass Slipper Project. Items will be collected through March 6 in the Student Activities Office. For students who turn in dresses, please attach a note with your name and ID number. Student Council will give one Ugive hour per dress up to a maximum of three hours to those students who donate.

Band Parents Fundraiser at Potbelly’s Wednesday

The Stevenson Band Parents Organization is having a fundraiser on Wednesday at Potbelly’s in Lincolnshire and Deer Park. The fundraiser runs from 4-8 p.m. Potbelly’s is giving 25% of all sales that night back to the BPO! No flyer is needed. Please spread the word to friends and family!

Sign Up for Next Month’s NHS Blood Drive

Will your heart still be pumping from Valentine’s Day? Don’t bypass a good opportunity, and participate in National Honor Society’s spring blood drive on Friday, March 6. Online registration is now available at www.stevensonblooddrive.wikispaces.com. The blood drive will take place in the Wrestling Room during all lunch, gym and free periods. You will be required to submit a health form available on the blood drive website, and a permission form in order miss any gym classes. Donate blood this spring — you’re somebody’s type! You must be 17 or older, and above 115 pounds to donate.

Lunar New Year Celebration Set for Friday

All students are invited to the first-ever Lunar New Year Celebration at Stevenson in the Recital Hall (Room 4100) on Friday. A short program will be performed by members of the Chinese Club, Korean Club, and Taiwan group at 4 p.m. A reception will follow the program. Admission is $3. Come and join us celebrating the Year of the Sheep!

Fashion Show Meeting on Thursday

Want to be involved in the Fashion Show on April 10 but couldn’t come to the meeting last week? It’s not too late! Stop by Room 1410 to pick up an information sheet and return the preference sheet to the same place. We will have another meeting on Thursday for you to find out what role you will have and additional information! If you have any questions, contact Mrs. Erickson at cerickson@d125.org.

NHS Letters of Invitation in the Mail

Letters of invitation for the National Honor Society have been mailed. Any sophomore or junior with a 3.9000 weighted, cumulative grade point average who has not received a letter should email Mr. Erdmann at berdmann@d125.org or stop by the Student Activities Office.

Odyssey 2016 Logo Design Contest for Students

The 2016 Odyssey Committee is holding a logo design contest with a $250 prize for Stevenson High School students. The new Odyssey logo will be used school-wide for all publicity, T-shirts and mailings for our biennial two-day fine arts festival that takes place in February 2016. Deadline for submission of entries to the Fine Arts Division Office is March 6.  Entries should be dropped off in person to Room 6076 in a sealed envelope between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Open this document for details. If anyone has questions, please contact Mr. Grice, Fine Arts Director, at jgrice@d125.org.

Feeling Stressed? Let Operation Snowball Recharge You

All students are invited to take part in Operation Snowball. In a school of nearly 4,000 it’s easy to get lost. Operation Snowball is a stress-free, weekend-long trip where students will have the opportunity to meet new people and it’s a great time for students to discover the community they go to school with. Operation Snowball is March 13-15. Students leave Friday after school and return on Sunday morning. Sign-up forms can be found in Rooms 7080 and 2628, Student Activities, and the Patriot Superstore. Forms are due by March 4.

CLUB NEWS

Gay Straight Alliance meets today after school in Room 6012. GSA is a club intended to provide a safe and supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning youth and their straight allies. The club provides a confidential place where you can be yourself.

The Ambassador yearbook club meets today after school in Room 2712.

Pass on the Beat provides service through music to the community. Membership is open to all interested students. The club meets every Tuesday after school in Room 2202.

Write Club meets Wednesdays after school in Room 7018. The club features creative writing contests, poetry, fiction, college application essay help, and snacks.

Zumba Club is starting at SHS! We will meet for the first zumba session on Thursday at 3:45 p.m. in Room 5044 (behind the Glass Commons). Bring your workout shoes, invite a couple of friends and let’s start the Zumba party!

ATHLETICS

Boys track and field will have its first practice and informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. today in the Field House. Athletes should make sure their physical exam is up-to-date, and that all of their paperwork has been filed with the Athletic Office. Contact Coach Farrissey at afarrissey@d125.org if you have questions.

Girls softball will have informational meetings Wednesday. Meetings will take place at 7:15 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. in Room 7032. Do not go to both meetings; you only need to attend one. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Vikartofsky at avikartofsky@d125.org.

INTRAMURALS

Reminder to all IM Ski Club members: Money for the February 21 Alpine Valley trip is due Wednesday by 8 a.m. Questions? Visit the Ski Club Website at http://www2.d125.org/im/ski.html or come to the PREP Office, Room 3040.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Now accepting 2014-15 Career Shadow Applications: Applications are available on the Career Exploration web page or in the CCC. Please note all applications for summer shadows are due no later than May 2. Questions? Please contact Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org to set up an appointment.

Interested in being a Lawyer? The Career Exploration Program will be hosting an informational session in the College/Career Center for all students interested in pursuing a career in law on Tuesday, February 24 from 7:30-8:30 a.m. You will hear from an attorney who is vice president of an executive search firm in Chicago, and who has extensive knowledge on the profession and the various specialties within this profession. Find out what law school is like, where the jobs are, what type of lawyer best matches up with your particular interests and get a chance to ask questions. Snacks will be provided and space is limited so please sign up online at http://goo.gl/rWKiQr or in person in the College and Career Center.

 

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Rauner tries end run on union fees

Chicago Public Schools reconsiders snub of standardized PARCC test

Streamwood High chess player saves girl’s life while in Peoria for state finals

Proviso East fires basketball coach who was involved in altercation as security guard

Substitute teacher suspended for taunting student about his weight (DH – $)

Riverside Brookfield High selling naming rights for stadium

Husband of District 113’s next superintendent accused of online bullying (Trib – $)

CEO of Schaumburg-based Career Education Corporation resigns

Maine Township students look back on Maine Flyer warplane (DH – $)

 

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Data indicates millennials’ weak skills threaten U.S. competitiveness

Testing based on Common Core standards begins this week

High school graduation rate hits all-time high

Innovation sweeping through U.S. medical schools

Study: U.S. teens getting less and less sleep

Research says mindfulness exercises improve kids’ math scores

Amid measles outbreak, few rules on teacher vaccinations

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Friday, February 13, 2015

49 Seniors Named National Merit Finalists

Forty-nine members of Stevenson High School’s Class of 2015 have been named finalists in the annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Stevenson’s National Merit finalists are: Nikhil Arora, Xuanhui Bao, David Cao, Ashley Chai, Theodore Chou, Yancheng Du, Kathryn Fatina, Mariana Feingold, Jacob Glaser, Shravya Gogula, Kevin Han, Alex Hong, Michelle Hu, Han Song Huang, Aidan Jabbarzadeh, Anvesh Jalasutram, He Bin Jeon, Renee Jhu, Jaymo Kang, Manaswi Kashyap, Diana Kowalski, Arvind Kumar, Christopher Ladan, Jeremy Lan, Monet Lee, Noelle Lee, Michelle Ling, Sophia Liu, Cindy Luan, Braden McDowell, Andrew Min, Jonathan Mishory, Carl Padgett, Sergey Papushin, Yongjae Park, Chirag Jay Patel, Ryan Rosenbaum, Marianna Shakhnazaryan, Christopher Song, Joshua Song, Adam Teng, Anna Veselova, Allen Wang, Jessie Wang, Karen Whisler, Borchueh Wu, Kevin Yang, David Zhang and Brian Zhou.

They are among more than 15,000 finalists nationwide. Of the finalists, about 8,000 will receive $2,500 Merit Scholarships.

10 Students Earn Regional Art, Writing Honors

Ten students earned recognition in the regional 2015 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition, with three earning the top honor, the Gold Key. Senior Jennifer Kong earned three Gold Keys in the Art category, two in painting and one in art portfolio, while sophomore Katherine Liu earned three Gold Keys in three Writing areas, “Flash Fiction,” personal essay/memoir, and poetry. Sophomore Amy Tian earned a Gold Key in drawing/illustration. Click here for the complete list of award recipients.

 

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

Glenbrook North 4, Stevenson 3: The second-seeded Spartans won the Scholastic Hockey League playoff series, 2-0. – Scholastic Hockey League.org

 

Four Girls Basketball Players Named All-Conference

Four members of Stevenson’s girls basketball squad have been named to the All-North Suburban Conference Team. Seniors Sophia Way and Taylor Buford, junior Janine Fajardo and sophomore Ashley Richardson were selected. Melanie Despinich received the NSC Sportsmanship Award for SHS. Way was honored by the Daily Herald ($) this week as a girls basketball MVP based on recent performances.

Singer Named Finalist for Tribune Athlete of the Month Honor

Sophomore boys bowler Zach Singer is one of two finalists for the Chicago Tribune’s Athlete of the Month contest for the Lake Forest-Libertyville area. Singer rolled the first 300 game in school history, and also set a (then) new standard for three-game series with a 757, as the Patriots clinched their second consecutive Northern Illinois Boys Bowling Conference championship. You can vote once every 12 hours at triblocal.com/vote-libertyville through noon on Tuesday, February 24.

Tennis Alum Competing in Chicago This Weekend

2009 state tennis champion Blake Bazarnik and his University of Illinois teammates are competing at the ITA national men’s tennis team indoor championships this weekend at the Midtown Athletic Club in Chicago. The Daily Herald ($) talked with Bazarnik about his homecoming.

Ambrose Discusses Coaching Mentors

Head basketball coach Pat Ambrose was among several area hoops coaches who were asked by the Daily Herald’s Patricia Babcock McGraw ($) to talk about those who influenced their styles and practices.

 

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Freshman-Sophomore Play Tonight and Saturday

Don’t miss the freshman-sophomore play, “Lend Me a Tenor,” at 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday in the Little Theatre of the Performing Arts Center. Admission is $5.

Relay for Life Purple T-Shirts for Sale

Relay for Life is selling purple T-shirts to raise money for the fight against cancer, and for the “purple out” for tonight’s varsity boys basketball game against Mundelein. Shirts will be available during lunch periods today. The cost is $8.

Visiting Artist to Speak With Students Today

The Art Department’s Visiting Artist of the Month, Long Grove photographer Tobin Fraley, will visit SHS during periods 6 and 7 today to talk about his work and his career. His presentation will take place at the Visiting Artist Gallery on the first floor of the West Building.

Help Outfit Underprivileged Girls for Their Prom

The Student Council will be collecting dresses, shoes, jewelry and accessories to donate to underprivileged girls in the Chicagoland area through the Glass Slipper Project. Items will be collected starting Tuesday and continuing through March 6 in the Student Activities Office. For students who turn in dresses, please attach a note with your name and ID number. Student Council will give one Ugive hour per dress up to a maximum of three hours to those students who donate.

Band Parents Fundraiser at Potbelly’s Wednesday

The Stevenson Band Parents Organization is having a fundraiser on Wednesday at Potbelly’s in Lincolnshire and Deer Park. The fundraiser runs from 4-8 p.m. Potbelly’s is giving 25% of all sales that night back to the BPO! No flyer is needed. Please spread the word to friends and family!

AP Exam Registration Underway

Registration for Advanced Placement exams has started. Registration is done online. You can find the registration link and other AP exam information on the AP web page. If you have questions, stop by Room 6000.

Sign Up for Next Month’s NHS Blood Drive

Will your heart still be pumping from Valentine’s Day? Don’t bypass a good opportunity, and participate in National Honor Society’s spring blood drive on Friday, March 6. Online registration is now available at www.stevensonblooddrive.wikispaces.com. The blood drive will take place in the Wrestling Room during all lunch, gym and free periods. You will be required to submit a health form available on the blood drive website, and a permission form in order miss any gym classes. Donate blood this spring — you’re somebody’s type! You must be 17 or older, and above 115 pounds to donate.

Feeling Stressed? Let Operation Snowball Recharge You

All students are invited to take part in Operation Snowball. In a school of nearly 4,000 it’s easy to get lost. Operation Snowball is a stress-free, weekend-long trip where students will have the opportunity to meet new people and it’s a great time for students to discover the community they go to school with. Operation Snowball is March 13-15. Students leave Friday after school and return on Sunday morning. Sign-up forms can be found in Rooms 7080 and 2628, Student Activities, and the Patriot Superstore. Forms are due by March 4.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Now accepting 2014-15 Career Shadow Applications: Applications are available on the Career Exploration web page or in the CCC. Please note all applications for summer shadows are due no later than May 2. Questions? Please contact Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org to set up an appointment.

Interested in being a Lawyer? The Career Exploration Program will be hosting an informational session in the College/Career Center for all students interested in pursuing a career in law on Tuesday, February 24 from 7:30-8:30 a.m. You will hear from an attorney who is vice president of an executive search firm in Chicago, and who has extensive knowledge on the profession and the various specialties within this profession. Find out what law school is like, where the jobs are, what type of lawyer best matches up with your particular interests and get a chance to ask questions. Snacks will be provided and space is limited so please sign up online at http://goo.gl/rWKiQr or in person in the College and Career Center.

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, come by to play games and learn about events here at SHS. 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.

Gay Straight Alliance meets Tuesdays after school in Room 6012. GSA is a club intended to provide a safe and supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning youth and their straight allies. The club provides a confidential place where you can be yourself.

Chess Club meets every Tuesday and Thursday in Room 7022. Meetings run from 3:30 to approximately 5 p.m.

The Ambassador yearbook club meets Tuesday after school in Room 2712.

ATHLETICS

Boys track and field will have its first practice and informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Field House. Athletes should make sure their physical exam is up-to-date, and that all of their paperwork has been filed with the Athletic Office. Contact Coach Farrissey at afarrissey@d125.org if you have questions.

Girls softball will have informational meetings Wednesday. Meetings will take place at 7:15 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. in Room 7032. Do not go to both meetings; you only need to attend one. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Vikartofsky at avikartofsky@d125.org.

INTRAMURALS

Reminder to all IM Ski Club members: Money for the February 21 Alpine Valley trip is due Wednesday by 8 a.m. Questions? Visit the Ski Club Website at http://www2.d125.org/im/ski.html or come to the PREP Office, Room 3040.

COLLEGE NEWS

Seniors: Looking for financial support for a two- or four-year college education? The Local Scholarships Packet is available for pick up in the College/Career Center, Room 1123. Pick up a packet today. Applications are due March 12. (Notice: The Cannon Design Scholarship, Appendix L, has been discontinued for this year. Please disregard any information in regards to this scholarship in the packet.)

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Prospective University of Illinois students find out today if they’re in

Bloomington state senator announces plan to introduce education funding bill

Oswego students suspended for tearing up artwork they claimed was racist

League of Women Voters, McHenry 156 teachers union in dispute over debate

Lake County students make hundreds of Valentine’s Day cards for veterans

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Texas, federal government on collision course over No Child Left Behind Act

Schools using “classroom coaches” to help teachers keep up with Common Core

Study: Professors know about high-tech teaching methods, but few use them

Lead writer responds to Common Core English gripes

Harvard Business School opens the floodgates with online courses

Meet the new self-appointed MOOC accreditors: Google and Instagram

Education Corporation acquires 38 Kaplan College campuses

Ed-tech giant Blackboard buys ed website company Schoolwires

Former university president turns to selling marijuana

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Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015

11 Model UN Members Win Awards at U. of Chicago Conference

Eleven students won awards at last weekend’s 27th annual Model United Nations of the University of Chicago.

The conference featured 26 committees in which students simulated decision-making bodies. Most SHS students represented the countries of Gabon or Laos, while others represented a specific individual in a crisis-oriented committee.

Patrick DeMichele and Teddy Coburn received an Outstanding Delegate award for their joint representation of Gabon in the African Union. Amanda Loutris and Annie Lu also received an Outstanding Delegation award for their joint representation of Laos in the UN Legal Committee. Seven other students received verbal commendations: Karen Whisler (Small Business Administrator Eugene Foley in the 1963 Cabinet of the President of the United States), Olivia Nye (James Tomkins in the International Olympic Committee), Alexandra Greulich (The Singapore Times in the Press Corps), Anita Fang and Jessica Shen (jointly as Laos in the UN Environment Programme), and Natalie Wu and Aileen Lee (jointly as Laos in the International Atomic Energy Agency).

About 3,000 high school students took part in the four-day event at the Palmer House in Chicago. Stevenson brought 36 students.

Senior Named Regional Finalist in Scholarship Program

Senior Allen Wang has been named one of 250 regional finalists in the Coca-Cola Scholars Program, and soon will learn if he is one of 150 students selected to receive a $20,000 scholarship to the college of their choice. More than 102,000 students applied for the program, with only 2,200 selected as semifinalists in December. At a minimum, Wang will receive a $1,000 educational stipend.

 

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Wednesday’s Varsity Results

 

Girls Basketball

Antioch 68, Stevenson 54: The visiting Sequoits (26-3) won their first North Suburban Conference championship and snapped the Patriots’ 7-game winning streak. Antioch fell behind 8-2 in the early moments of the game, then took control, building a 40-27 lead by halftime. Sophia Way led SHS (25-4) with 16 points and also grabbed 5 rebounds. Ashley Richardson and Skylar Blackstock each scored 14 points. The Prairie Division winner has now captured the last three NSC championship games, after the Lake leader claimed the first 12. – News-Sun, Daily Herald ($), Tribune ($)| SBN/Cube Video

 

Boys Ice Hockey Team Hosts SHL Playoff Game Tonight

The boys ice hockey team continues its Scholastic Hockey League playoff series against Glenbrook North tonight with an 8:30 showdown at Twin Rinks. SHS, the No. 7 seed, trails second-seeded GNB 1-0 in the best-of-three series. Jake Cimarusti tied for the fifth-leading scorer in the league this season, with 16 goals and 11 assists in 24 games.

Wrestlers Prepare for Sectional Tournament

Seven members of the varsity wrestling team will head to Barrington for the Illinois High School Association Class 3A Individual Sectional, which begins Friday and concludes Saturday. Sectional champions Tyler Harrington (182 pounds, 33-2 record) and Nick Grujanac (285, 26-7) are Stevenson’s seeded wrestlers, and have first-round byes. The other Patriot entries are Zach Horwitz (195, 26-6), Corey Weil (145, 18-14), Evan Rodriguez (138, 26-12), Nathan Reinsdorf (132, 22-16) and Eric Carter (120, 28-12). Cube coverage begins at 2:45 p.m. Saturday. | Official sectional brackets

Boys Basketball Game on SBN/The Cube Friday Night

Friday night’s varsity boys basketball game against Mundelein will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network on High School Cube beginning at 7 p.m. Click here to watch. Real Urban BBQ is the sponsor of Friday’s game.

Patriot Aquatic Club Tryouts February 17-18

The Patriot Aquatic Club will hold tryouts for the spring-summer season on Tuesday and Wednesday in the Patriot Natatorium. Tryouts will run from 6:30-7:30 p.m. each night. Swimmers will try out in the order in which they arrive. Swimmers will swim a minimum 25 yards of freestyle and backstroke. They will be expected to bring a suit and goggles, and for girls only, a swim cap. For more information, contact PAC head coach Karl Miklereit at patriotaquatic@gmail.com or team administrator Greg Hartman at pacadministration@gmail.com.

 

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Dance Placement Auditions Today

Current SHS students interested in taking a curricular dance class, and who have dance experience, should come to the placement auditions today to be placed in the correct class for the 2015-16 school year. Please come to Room 2010 during your PE class or any free period throughout the day.

Fashion Show Information Meeting This Afternoon

An informational meeting for those interested in volunteering or modeling for the Fashion Show will be held today in Room 1612 (the Clothing Lab) from 3:30-4:15 p.m. Anyone interested in modeling, working backstage, doing hair and makeup, hospitality and more should attend. The Fashion Show will take place Friday, April 10 at 7 p.m. in the PAC. Time responsibilities will vary based on roles.

Relay for Life Purple T-Shirts for Sale

Relay for Life is selling purple T-shirts to raise money for the fight against cancer, and for the “purple out” for Friday night’s varsity boys basketball game against Mundelein. Shirts will be available during lunch periods today and Friday. The cost is $8.

Visiting Artist to Speak With Students Friday

The Art Department’s Visiting Artist of the Month, Long Grove photographer Tobin Fraley, will visit SHS during periods 6 and 7 on Friday to talk about his work and his career. His presentation will take place at the Visiting Artist Gallery on the first floor of the West Building.

Buy a Candle for Your Valentine

The Bright Lights Candle Company, created by Stevenson students, will be selling candles in front of the Performing Arts Center during all lunch periods today. Candles are $8 for small and $4 for votives. All the candles are scented for Valentine’s Day: red hot cinnamon, lavender, vanilla bean, rose petal, sweet pea, and apple cinnamon.

AP Exam Registration Underway

Registration for Advanced Placement exams has started. Registration is done online. You can find the registration link and other AP exam information on the AP web page. If you have questions, stop by Room 6000.

Help Outfit Underprivileged Girls for Their Prom

The Student Council will be collecting dresses, shoes, jewelry and accessories to donate to underprivileged girls in the Chicagoland area through the Glass Slipper Project. Items will be collected starting Tuesday and continuing through March 6 in the Student Activities Office. For students who turn in dresses, please attach a note with your name and ID number. Student Council will give one Ugive hour per dress up to a maximum of three hours to those students who donate.

Sign Up for Next Month’s NHS Blood Drive

Will your heart still be pumping from Valentine’s Day? Don’t bypass a good opportunity, and participate in National Honor Society’s spring blood drive on Friday, March 6. Online registration is now available at www.stevensonblooddrive.wikispaces.com. The blood drive will take place in the Wrestling Room during all lunch, gym and free periods. You will be required to submit a health form available on the blood drive website, and a permission form in order miss any gym classes. Donate blood this spring — you’re somebody’s type! You must be 17 or older, and above 115 pounds to donate.

Feeling Stressed? Let Operation Snowball Recharge You

All students are invited to take part in Operation Snowball. In a school of nearly 4,000 it’s easy to get lost. Operation Snowball is a stress-free, weekend-long trip where students will have the opportunity to meet new people and it’s a great time for students to discover the community they go to school with. Operation Snowball is March 13-15. Students leave Friday after school and return on Sunday morning. Sign-up forms can be found in Rooms 7080 and 2628, Student Activities, and the Patriot Superstore. Forms are due by March 4.

 

COLLEGE NEWS

Seniors: Looking for financial support for a two- or four-year college education? The Local Scholarships Packet is available for pick up in the College/Career Center, Room 1123. Pick up a packet today. Applications are due March 12. (Notice: The Cannon Design Scholarship, Appendix L, has been discontinued for this year. Please disregard any information in regards to this scholarship in the packet.)

Seniors: Next fall, the College of Lake County is offering an opportunity to participate in a program called “Engineering Pathways.” More information can be obtained at www.clcillinois.edu/programs/egr/options/engineering-pathways or pathways@clcillinois.edu. The deadline to participate is Friday, February 27.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Now accepting 2014-15 Career Shadow Applications: Applications are available on the Career Exploration web page or in the CCC. Please note all applications for summer shadows are due no later than May 2. Questions? Please contact Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org to set up an appointment.

Interested in being a Lawyer? The Career Exploration Program will be hosting an informational session in the College/Career Center for all students interested in pursuing a career in law on Tuesday, February 24 from 7:30-8:30 a.m. You will hear from an attorney who is vice president of an executive search firm in Chicago, and who has extensive knowledge on the profession and the various specialties within this profession. Find out what law school is like, where the jobs are, what type of lawyer best matches up with your particular interests and get a chance to ask questions. Snacks will be provided and space is limited so please sign up online at http://goo.gl/rWKiQr or in person in the College and Career Center.

CLUB NEWS

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

ATHLETICS

There will be an informational meeting for girls badminton today at 3:30 p.m. in the West Faculty Dining Room (1204). If you cannot attend the meeting, please contact Coach Fitzgerald at mfitzgerald@d125.org or Coach Johnson at grjohnson@d125.org.

Boys track and field will have its first practice and informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Field House. Athletes should make sure their physical exam is up-to-date, and that all of their paperwork has been filed with the Athletic Office. Contact Coach Farrissey at afarrissey@d125.org if you have questions.

Girls softball will have informational meetings next Wednesday. Meetings will take place at 7:15 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. in Room 7032. Do not go to both meetings; you only need to attend one. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Vikartofsky at avikartofsky@d125.org.

 

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Rauner: Illinois has money to fully fund schools, programs

Science for “girly-girls” — new program hits Naperville (DH – $)

Chicago School Board appointee urges backlash against Sun-Times over reporting

Lemont officials oppose demolishing former Catholic school

Belvidere superintendent named finalist for Iowa job

Dunlap school board member chosen to be Peoria County recorder of deeds

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Fewer than half of teachers nationwide covered by unions

Report suggests U.S. teachers overestimate time spent in classroom

Schools chief fires top two executives at Arizona Board of Education

Are iPads the solution to snow days?

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

State Says 99.7% of SHS Students Vaccinated for Measles

Almost all of Stevenson High School’s student body has been immunized against measles, according to data compiled by the Illinois State Board of Education and published Monday by the Chicago Tribune. The state says 99.7% of students have received the measles vaccine. Of the 12 students who had not been vaccinated as of October 15, 9 refused on religious grounds, while 3 were scheduled to be vaccinated.

Four All-State Musicians Earn Additional Honors

Four of Stevenson’s all-state musicians earned special honors during last month’s Illinois Music Education Association Conference in Peoria.

Senior Monet Lee performed as assistant concertmaster for the Honors Orchestra, the second time she has received concertmaster honors at the ILMEA Conference. During her sophomore year, Lee was named concertmaster, ranking her the top violinist in the state. This year, she was ranked the No. 2 violinist.

Also honored were junior Torin Bakke, who earned second chair clarinet in the Honors Band; senior Jonathan Chang, a fourth chair selection in the All-State Orchestra; and Autumn Hoang, who was placed in sixth chair in the All-State Orchestra.

Next Healthy Patriot Session to Focus on Relationships

The next Healthy Patriot discussion session for parents continues with a look at how parents can help their child maintain healthy friendships. “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” will take place from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 18, in the District 125 Administration Center. The event is free, and breakfast items will be provided.

The discussion will be led by guidance counselors Tim Roznowski and Dawn Timm, and social worker Sarah LaFrancis. They will share tips for parents on starting a dialogue with their children and how parents can talk to their kids about healthy versus unhealthy relationships. Participants will engage in dialogue about the subject watch clips from pop culture, take a quiz to think about their own relationship experiences and receive literature on how to help their children.

For more information on the Healthy Patriot program, contact Parent Engagement Coordinator Mara Grujanac at 847-415-4128 or mgrujanac@d125.org.

Freshman-Sophomore Play This Weekend

The freshman-sophomore play, “Lend Me a Tenor,” will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Little Theatre. Admission is $5. The cast features Johnny Barboza, Dani Lopez, A.J. DePew, Jordan Radis, Angela Kotsonis, Sam Litwin, Mallory Weber and Emma Bloomfield. The director is Lauren Rawitz. The student directors are Sammie Landau and Becca Faber. The stage manager is Andrew Hirsch.

Speech-Language Pathologist to Give Presentation

Speech-Language Pathologist Nancy Eberhardt will be giving a presentation at the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention in Rosemont on Friday. She will be joined by Ellen Wiczer, speech-language pathologist for Aptakisic-Tripp District 102, and Sharon Foster, past president of the ISHA and retired speech-language pathologist at Andrew High School in Tinley Park. Their topic is “Developing Soft Skills Through Transition Planning.”

 

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Girls Basketball Team Plays for NSC Title Tonight

Stevenson plays host to Antioch in the North Suburban Conference Championship Game for girls basketball at 7 p.m. tonight. The Patriots, champions of the NSC Lake Division, bring a 25-3 record into the game. The Sequoits, winners of the NSC Prairie Division, also are 25-3 and have the most wins in school history. SHS on Tuesday cracked the Associated Press Class 4A rankings for the first time this season, and is tied for 10th with Rockton Hononegah. Antioch is No. 14 in Class 3A.

This will be the first meeting between the teams this year, although they have played and beaten four common opponents: Cary-Grove, Warren, Lake Forest and Round Lake.

Tonight’s game has been declared a “whiteout” by the Patriot Student Section; students are encouraged to wear white to the game. For those unable to attend, the game will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network through High School Cube.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Buy a Candle for Your Valentine

The Bright Lights Candle Company, created by Stevenson students, will be selling candles in front of the Performing Arts Center during all lunch periods today and Thursday. Candles are $8 for small and $4 for votives. All the candles are scented for Valentine’s Day: red hot cinnamon, lavender, vanilla bean, rose petal, sweet pea, and apple cinnamon.

PPA Bake Sale This Afternoon

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.

Dance Placement Auditions Thursday

Current SHS students interested in taking a curricular dance class, and who have dance experience, should come to the placement auditions on Thursday to be placed in the correct class for the 2015-16 school year. Please come to Room 2010 all day next Thursday during your PE class or any free period throughout the day.

AP Exam Registration Underway

Registration for Advanced Placement exams has started. Registration is done online. You can find the registration link and other AP exam information on the AP web page. If you have questions, stop by Room 6000.

Fashion Show Information Meeting Thursday

An informational meeting for those interested in volunteering or modeling for the Fashion Show will be held Thursday in Room 1612 (the Clothing Lab) from 3:30-4:15 p.m. Anyone interested in modeling, working backstage, doing hair and makeup, hospitality and more should attend. The Fashion Show will take place Friday, April 10 at 7 p.m. in the PAC. Time responsibilities will vary based on roles.

Visiting Artist to Speak With Students Friday

The Art Department’s Visiting Artist of the Month, Long Grove photographer Tobin Fraley, will visit SHS during periods 6 and 7 on Friday to talk about his work and his career. His presentation will take place at the Visiting Artist Gallery on the first floor of the West Building.

Last Chance to Buy State Football Championship Clothing

The final opportunity to buy 2014 state championship football clothing ends at 11:59 p.m. tonight. To view available items and place an order, go to www.spiritproducts.net. Click “Team Order Form” on the top right, find “Stevenson State Champ Apparel” and enter in access code 910055. Pick items and sizes, create an account and check out. Orders will be available for pick up in the Athletic Office from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 18.

Help Outfit Underprivileged Girls for Their Prom

The Student Council will be collecting dresses, shoes, jewelry and accessories to donate to underprivileged girls in the Chicagoland area through the Glass Slipper Project. Items will be collected starting Tuesday and continuing through March 6 in the Student Activities Office. For students who turn in dresses, please attach a note with your name and ID number. Student Council will give one Ugive hour per dress up to a maximum of three hours to those students who donate.

Sign Up for Next Month’s NHS Blood Drive

Will your heart still be pumping from Valentine’s Day? Don’t bypass a good opportunity, and participate in National Honor Society’s spring blood drive on Friday, March 6. Online registration is now available at www.stevensonblooddrive.wikispaces.com. The blood drive will take place in the Wrestling Room during all lunch, gym and free periods. You will be required to submit a health form available on the blood drive website, and a permission form in order miss any gym classes. Donate blood this spring — you’re somebody’s type! You must be 17 or older, and above 115 pounds to donate.

Feeling Stressed? Let Operation Snowball Recharge You

All students are invited to take part in Operation Snowball. In a school of nearly 4,000 it’s easy to get lost. Operation Snowball is a stress-free, weekend-long trip where students will have the opportunity to meet new people and it’s a great time for students to discover the community they go to school with. Operation Snowball is March 13-15. Students leave Friday after school and return on Sunday morning. Sign-up forms can be found in Rooms 7080 and 2628, Student Activities, and the Patriot Superstore. Forms are due by March 4.

COLLEGE NEWS

Seniors: Looking for financial support for a two- or four-year college education? The Local Scholarships Packet is available for pick up in the College/Career Center, Room 1123. Pick up a packet today. Applications are due March 12. (Notice: The Cannon Design Scholarship, Appendix L, has been discontinued for this year. Please disregard any information in regards to this scholarship in the packet.)

Seniors: Next fall, the College of Lake County is offering an opportunity to participate in a program called “Engineering Pathways.” More information can be obtained at www.clcillinois.edu/programs/egr/options/engineering-pathways or pathways@clcillinois.edu. The deadline to participate is Friday, February 26.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Now accepting 2014-15 Career Shadow Applications: Applications are available on the Career Exploration web page or in the CCC. Please note all applications for summer shadows are due no later than May 2. Questions? Please contact Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org to set up an appointment.

Interested in being a Lawyer? The Career Exploration Program will be hosting an informational session in the College/Career Center for all students interested in pursuing a career in law on Tuesday, February 24 from 7:30-8:30 a.m. You will hear from an attorney who is vice president of an executive search firm in Chicago, and who has extensive knowledge on the profession and the various specialties within this profession. Find out what law school is like, where the jobs are, what type of lawyer best matches up with your particular interests and get a chance to ask questions. Snacks will be provided and space is limited so please sign up online at http://goo.gl/rWKiQr or in person in the College and Career Center.

CLUB NEWS

The new Philosophy Club will its first meeting at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in Room 7060. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Patton at mpatton@d125.org.

ATHLETICS

Boys tennis will have its preseason meeting after school today in Room 1634. All players trying out are expected to attend.

Girls lacrosse is having an informational meeting at 3:30 today in Room 7096. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Walker at swalker@d125.org.

Any interested athletes who would like to go our for boys water polo this spring are invited to attend the informational meeting at 3:45 today in the pool balcony. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Wimer at swimer@d125.org.

There will be an informational meeting for girls badminton on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in the West Faculty Dining Room (1204). If you cannot attend the meeting, please contact Coach Fitzgerald at mfitzgerald@d125.org or Coach Johnson at grjohnson@d125.org.

Boys track and field will have its first practice and informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Field House. Athletes should make sure their physical exam is up-to-date, and that all of their paperwork has been filed with the Athletic Office. Contact Coach Farrissey at afarrissey@d125.org if you have questions.

Girls softball will have informational meetings on Wednesday, February 18. Meetings will take place at 7:15 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. in Room 7032. Do not go to both meetings; you only need to attend one. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Vikartofsky at avikartofsky@d125.org.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Rauner moves to exempt public workers from paying union fees

Radical experiment underway in Evanston to prove intelligence not fixed

Warren District 121 board member reiterates intent to stay on

Structural damage forces UIC college to move from West Loop building

New Champaign high school idea re-emerges from the dust bin

Decatur school board votes to move graduations back to weekend

Teacher’s aide charged with striking child at Belleville school

Crystal Lake District 155 proposal to nix class rank draws few critics

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Unemployment rate for bachelor’s degree holders reaches 6-year low

Federal government mulls mandatory seat belts on school buses

The GED is out and the Common Core is in

Opinions differ on whether future law students should avoid pre-law majors

Report: Pearson collecting taxpayer money in multiple states through special deals

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

College Counseling Program for Junior Parents Tonight

College counselors Dan Miller and Sue Biemeret will answer college-related questions for parents of juniors tonight at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. There is no formal presentation; parents will set the agenda. This is a parents-only evening.

Chess Team No. 1 Seed for IHSA State Tournament

Stevenson is the No. 1 seed for this weekend’s Illinois High School Association chess tournament in Peoria. There are 148 schools registered for the tournament, and five of the top 10 seeds come from the North Suburban Chess League: SHS, New Trier (2), Evanston (6), Niles North (8) and Glenbrook South (9). Stevenson recently beat New Trier, Evanston and Glenbrook South at the NSCL league championships. The state tournament begins Friday morning at the Peoria Civic Center, and concludes Saturday evening.

Science Olympiad Sweeps Loyola Invitational

The Science Olympiad team extended its winning streak by winning the varsity and junior varsity divisions at the 32-team Loyola Academy Invitational on Saturday. The competition featured suburban heavyweights such as New Trier, Niles North, Lyons Township, Hinsdale Central and Crystal Lake Central.

Once again, every member of the varsity and JV earned a medal in at least one event, and several brought back multiple medals. SHS was particularly strong in engineering events, according to team sponsor Amerigo Carnazzola. Leading the medal brigade was Jason Lu, who was part of five first-place teams. Alex Hong, Katherine Liu, Carolina Fatina, Eric Qian, Becca Nelson and Emma Buckardt all won three first-place medals. Click here to see the complete list of medal winners.

Science Bowl Third at Regional Competition

SHS placed third at Saturday’s Illinois State Regional Science Bowl at Fremd High School. The team featured Allen Guo, Andrew Jin, Jeremy Lan and Will Chang. The regional is part of the National Science Bowl competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

Lal Named AP Advocate for Government

The list of Stevenson faculty members who have been named Advanced Placement Advocates by the College Board continues to grow. Vanessa Lal has been selected as an AP Advocate for AP Government.

SHS Parent, Radio Personality Talks About Career, Stress

Kathy Hart, half of the “Eric and Kathy” morning show on The Mix 101.9 FM, talked about her career during an appearance at Stevenson on Sunday. Her appearance was sponsored by the Stevenson High School Foundation. She recounted several stories, including falling asleep behind the microphone early in her career, and dealing with stress and panic attacks brought on by success. Hart also talked about the relationship with her on-air partner, and having a student at Stevenson.

 

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Monday’s Varsity Results

Girls Gymnastics

Stevenson at IHSA Mundelein Sectional: Senior Elizabeth Shank and junior Mikaela Webb each qualified for the IHSA state tournament. Shank will compete in the all-around competition, and both will take part in the uneven parallel bars. Shank was fifth in the all-around (36.625) and tied for second on bars (9.35). Webb was fourth on bars (9.225). Shank will be making her third appearance at state. Last year, she qualified in the all-around competition, as well as in all four individual events. She also qualified as a freshman in floor and vault, and competed in the team competition. Webb is a first-time state qualifier. The state tournament is Friday and Saturday, February 20-21, at Palatine High School. – Official results | Pioneer Press, Daily Herald ($)

 

NSC Girls Basketball Championship Game on The Cube

Wednesday night’s North Suburban Conference girls basketball championship game between Stevenson and Antioch will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network through High School Cube. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Last Chance to Buy State Football Championship Clothing

The final opportunity to buy 2014 state championship football clothing ends at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. To view available items and place an order, go to www.spiritproducts.net. Click “Team Order Form” on the top right, find “Stevenson State Champ Apparel” and enter in access code 910055. Pick items and sizes, create an account and check out. Orders will be available for pick up in the Athletic Office from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 18.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Winter Sports Apparel Sale Today

The Athletic Department and Sports Boosters will be holding their winter apparel sale on Tuesday during lunch periods in the Wood Commons. Cash, check and Patriot Dollars will be accepted.

Buy a Candle for Your Valentine

The Bright Lights Candle Company, created by Stevenson students, will be selling candles in front of the Performing Arts Center during all lunch periods on Wednesday and Thursday. Candles are $8 for small and $4 for votives. All the candles are scented for Valentine’s Day: red hot cinnamon, lavender, vanilla bean, rose petal, sweet pea, and apple cinnamon.

PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon

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.

Dance Placement Auditions Thursday

Current SHS students interested in taking a curricular dance class, and who have dance experience, should come to the placement auditions on Thursday to be placed in the correct class for the 2015-16 school year. Please come to Room 2010 all day next Thursday during your PE class or any free period throughout the day.

AP Exam Registration Underway

Registration for Advanced Placement exams has started. Registration is done online. You can find the registration link and other AP exam information on the AP web page. If you have questions, stop by Room 6000.

Fashion Show Information Meeting Thursday

An informational meeting for those interested in volunteering or modeling for the Fashion Show will be held Thursday in Room 1612 (the Clothing Lab) from 3:30-4:15 p.m. Anyone interested in modeling, working backstage, doing hair and makeup, hospitality and more should attend. The Fashion Show will take place Friday, April 10 at 7 p.m. in the PAC. Time responsibilities will vary based on roles.

Visiting Artist to Speak With Students Friday

The Art Department’s Visiting Artist of the Month, Long Grove photographer Tobin Fraley, will visit SHS during periods 6 and 7 on Friday to talk about his work and his career. His presentation will take place at the Visiting Artist Gallery on the first floor of the West Building.

Sign Up for Next Month’s NHS Blood Drive

Will your heart still be pumping from Valentine’s Day? Don’t bypass a good opportunity, and participate in National Honor Society’s spring blood drive on Friday, March 6. Online registration is now available at www.stevensonblooddrive.wikispaces.com. The blood drive will take place in the Wrestling Room during all lunch, gym and free periods. You will be required to submit a health form available on the blood drive website, and a permission form in order miss any gym classes. Donate blood this spring — you’re somebody’s type! You must be 17 or older, and above 115 pounds to donate.

 

COLLEGE NEWS

Seniors: Looking for financial support for a two- or four-year college education?  The Local Scholarships Packet is available for pick up in the College/Career Center, Room 1123. Pick up a packet today. Applications are due March 12.

Seniors: Next fall, the College of Lake County is offering an opportunity to participate in a program called “Engineering Pathways.” More information can be obtained at www.clcillinois.edu/programs/egr/options/engineering-pathways or pathways@clcillinois.edu. The deadline to participate is Friday, February 26.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Now accepting 2014-15 Career Shadow Applications: Applications are available on the Career Exploration web page or in the CCC. Please note all applications for summer shadows are due no later than May 2. Questions? Please contact Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org to set up an appointment.

Interested in being a Lawyer? The Career Exploration Program will be hosting an informational session in the College/Career Center for all students interested in pursuing a career in law on Tuesday, February 24 from 7:30-8:30 a.m. You will hear from an attorney who is vice president of an executive search firm in Chicago, and who has extensive knowledge on the profession and the various specialties within this profession. Find out what law school is like, where the jobs are, what type of lawyer best matches up with your particular interests and get a chance to ask questions. Snacks will be provided and space is limited so please sign up online at http://goo.gl/rWKiQr or in person in the College and Career Center.

CLUB NEWS

The new Philosophy Club will its first meeting at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in Room 7060. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Patton at mpatton@d125.org.

INTRAMURALS

Reminder to all IM Ski Club members: Money for Saturday’s Cascade trip is due Wednesday by 8 a.m. Questions? Visit the Ski Club Website at http://www2.d125.org/im/ski.html or come to the PREP Office, Room 3040.

ATHLETICS

Boys tennis will have its preseason meeting after school Wednesday in Room 1634. All players trying out are expected to attend.

Baseball informational meetings will be held at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. Varsity will meet in Room 2628. (Contact Coach Mazzuca at pmazzuca@d125.org if you are unable to attend.) Sophomores will meet in the West Auditorium. (Contact Coach Hodge at mhodge@d125.org if you cannot attend.) Freshmen will meet in Room 2113. (Contact Coach Block at pblock@d125.org if you can’t make it.)

Girls lacrosse is having an informational meeting at 3:30 Wednesday in Room 7096. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Walker at swalker@d125.org.

Any interested athletes who would like to go our for boys water polo this spring are invited to attend the informational meeting at 3:45 Wednesday in the pool balcony. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Wimer at swimer@d125.org.

There will be an informational meeting for girls badminton on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in the West Faculty Dining Room (1204). If you cannot attend the meeting, please contact Coach Fitzgerald at mfitzgerald@d125.org or Coach Johnson at grjohnson@d125.org.

Boys track and field will have its first practice and informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 17 in the Field House. Athletes should make sure their physical exam is up-to-date, and that all of their paperwork has been filed with the Athletic Office. Contact Coach Farrissey at afarrissey@d125.org if you have questions.

Girls softball will have informational meetings on Wednesday, February 18. Meetings will take place at 7:15 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. in Room 7032. Do not go to both meetings; you only need to attend one. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Vikartofsky at avikartofsky@d125.org.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

New medical school at University of Illinois clears first hurdle

Some suburban districts lagging in full-day kindergarten (Trib – $)

More failing grades for some Chicago school cafeterias

Idea of elected Chicago school board debated — but no resolution at City Club event

Man accused of smashing car windows at LaGrange elementary school

Mundelein High substitute teacher featured in Jennifer Hudson Super Bowl ad

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

How the class divide is widened by gaps in counseling kids for college

Coding gains traction as replacement for foreign language requirements

Jet Blue, Virgin America offering in-flight college classes

Dorms help give two-year schools a four-year feel

Phones replace books at Kentucky high school’s all-tech chemistry class

New York principal recorded cursing at, threatening special needs students

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