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Monday, May 18, 2015

Boys Gymnastics Team Wins State Championship

The boys gymnastics team won the Illinois High School Association state championship on Friday, the fifth in program history. SHS also won the boys gymnastics title in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2010. The team will be honored at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in the Recital Hall. The gymnastics crown marks the fourth IHSA state title for Stevenson this school year, joining football, boys basketball and the girls tennis doubles team of Vinaya Rao and Katherine Harvey. Stevenson also won team state titles in mathematics and Science Olympiad. More details on the gymnastics championship in the Sports section.

State gymnastics championship apparel can be ordered online until 5 p.m. Wednesday. Apparel will be delivered and distributed at Stevenson. Here are ordering instructions:

1.     Go to www.spiritproducts.net

2.     Click Team Order Form tab on top right of page

3.     Find Stevenson 2015 Gymnastics State Champion Apparel and enter access code 910077

4.     Click the item, enter quantity then add to cart.

5.     Proceed to checkout (create account and checkout online)

Science Olympiad Finishes 10th in Nation; Captures Two Events

Stevenson finished 10th at the National Science Olympiad at the University of Nebraska on Saturday, despite having none of its senior members available due to Prom. This was the club’s second-best showing at nationals; SHS was ninth in 2013 and 11th last year. Stevenson also set a program record by earning medals in six events.

Two sets of students won national championships in categorical events. Sophomores Katherine Liu and Eric Qian took top honors in Bridge Building, while sophomores Caroline Fatina and Jason Lu, and freshman Elaine Xiao finished first in Experimental Design. Liu and Qian each won $1,000 scholarships to the college of their choice from the Army ROTC, which is sponsor of the Bridge Building event.

Three groups of students were runners-up in the nation in their event: Lu and Qian in Disease Detectives; Rebecca Nelson and Owen Simon in Fossils; and Teresa Mao and Shu Zhang in Scrambler.

Qian and Fatina finished fourth in Mission Possible, and Katia Villevald and Amber Hu were fifth in Air Trajectory.

The National Science Olympiad featured the top 60 high schools from 49 states. Many of the 23 categorical events are aligned with concepts of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education.

Head coach Amerigo Carnazzola pointed out that Stevenson was the only team at the event with more female than male members; SHS had eight females and seven males. The Stevenson contingent featured seven sophomores, five juniors and three freshmen.

Improv Performance, Consortium Art Show on Campus Tonight

The Fine Arts Division has two events on campus this evening. The Failed Presidential Candidates improv troupe will perform at 7 o’clock tonight in the West Auditorium. Meanwhile, the 35th annual Consortium 125 Art Show, featuring works by K-12 students, is in the Field House from 6-8 p.m.

At the art show, three SHS groups will be selling items: Sports Boosters, the Special Education Division’s Bright Lights Candle Company, and students from the Ceramics and Foods classes.

The Ceramics and Foods students will be selling handmade bowls and homemade soup as part of this year’s Empty Bowls Project to benefit the Libertyville Township food pantry. The cost is $5, which includes a ceramic bowl and bowl of soup.

The Bright Lights Candle Company will be selling votives and other candles. The cost is $4 for votives, $8 for small and $12 for large. Cash and check payments will be accepted. All proceeds go back into the company for students to reinvest in more stock, and to continue to learn independent job skills. Any remaining candles will be available for sale in Room 6036 on Tuesday on a first-come, first-served basis.

School Board Meeting Tonight

The District 125 Board of Education meets at 7:30 tonight in the District Administration Center, north of the Stadium. Click here to see the agenda.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Gymnastics

Stevenson at IHSA State Meet: One day after winning the team state championship, the three-man Patriots squad finished the season with four top-10 efforts in the individual events competition at Hinsdale Central. Arie Feltman-Frank finished second in the horizontal bar (8.55), and also took eighth on parallel bars (8.55). Elijah Klaber was sixth on parallel bars (8.60). Matt Krames tied for ninth on parallel bars (8.35), and tied for 10th on horizontal bar (7.60). – Official results | Daily Herald ($)

Badminton

Stevenson at IHSA State Meet: At Eastern Illinois University, the Patriots tied for seventh in the team standings with Lockport. Nicole Xia and Ashley Richardson reached the doubles quarterfinals in their first state appearance, falling to the eventual champions from Buffalo Grove. They won four of six matches in the two-day tournament, scoring 3.5 points. Margaret Chen contributed three points by four of her six singles matches. She reached the consolation quarterfinals in her third and final state tournament. May Ling split her four singles matches. – Official results

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Buffalo Grove Sectional: The top-seeded Patriots beat Wheeling for the sectional championship, 15-7, to earn a berth in the state tournament at Stevenson. SHS (26-6) takes on Lincoln-Way Central at 5:45 p.m. Friday. Against sixth-seeded Wheeling, Collin Kapecki scored five goals and Andrew Shashin had four. Dan Maleski and Kurt Holzer each added two scores. Goalie Shaurya Gilani made 18 saves. After Wheeling (16-14) tied the game at 1-1, Stevenson scored nine unanswered goals to take a 10-1 advantage into halftime. – Illpolo.com, Daily Herald ($)

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Buffalo Grove Sectional: The Patriots breezed to the sectional championship with a 14-1 victory over Palatine, improving to 33-0 on the year and qualifying for the state tournament at Stevenson. SHS will face St. Ignatius in the quarterfinals at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Against Palatine, Allison Travetto scored six goals, made three steals and had three assists. Melissa Gartenberg scored five times, had four assists and made seven steals. Claire Haas, Annika Hotchkiss and Alex Adams also scored. Hotchkiss also had two assists. Goalie Lauren Burns made 10 saves and had two assists. After a tight first quarter in which it led 2-1, SHS scored three more times in the second for breathing room, then put the game away with seven goals in the third. – Daily Herald ($)

Friday’s Varsity Results

Boys Gymnastics

Stevenson at IHSA State Meet: The Patriots, with only three gymnasts, won the fifth state championship in program history. SHS posted a score of 151.65 at Hinsdale Central, ahead of three-time defending champion Wheaton co-op (149.40) and Niles West (149.0). Seniors Arie Feltman-Frank and Elijah Klaber, and sophomore Matt Krames, had the top score in two of the six events, vault and horizontal bar, and were second on pommel horse and parallel bars. They also were third in still rings and fourth in floor exercise. In the all-around competition, Feltman-Frank finished fifth with a score of 51.3 (8.55 average), Krames had a career-best effort in finishing sixth (50.75/8.46) and Klaber was 12th (49.6/8.27). For head coach Eric Liva, the championship added to an already memorable year. His daughter Dana, a senior at Prospect, won the state diving championship in November. – Official results | Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald ($)

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Buffalo Grove Sectional: The top-seeded Patriots (32-0) pummeled No. 4 Lake Forest, 16-4, in the semifinals, setting a school record for most wins in a season. Allison Travetto and Melissa Gartenberg each scored five goals to lead SHS, which led 7-1 after the first quarter. Gartenberg also had five assists, three kickouts drawn, and six steals. Travetto made seven steals. Eileen Hoang had a goal and four assists, while Claire Haas recorded five steals and a goal. Also scoring were Autumn Hoang, Erin Kempers, Fiona Gaffney and Joanie Newland. Goalie Lauren Burns made 11 saves, and also had four steals.

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Buffalo Grove Sectional: Collin Kapecki scored four goals, and Nick Koto tallied three goals and added three assists, as the top-seeded Patriots upended No. 5 McHenry, 18-7 in the sectional semifinals. Dan Maleski added two goals for SHS (25-6). – Illpolo.com

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Fremd Sectional: Freshman Isabelle Sparreo qualified for the state meet in two events, while juniors Charlotte Langbo and Janine Fajardo also earned state berths. Sparreo finished third in the 800-meter run (2:18.04) and was fourth in the 1,600 (5:09.09). Fajardo took second in the 100 high hurdles (15.41) and Langbo was fourth in the long jump (17-6). Langbo also placed eighth in the triple jump (35-2.5), but did not qualify in that event. SHS had several other top-10 finishers: Natalie Sparreo was fourth in the 800 (2:21.07), Lily Marks took fifth in the 100 (12.68), and Megan Toni placed sixth in the 100 hurdles (16.83) and 10th in the 300 hurdles (50.16). Three Pats had seventh-place showings: Borchueh Wu in the 200 (26.71), Jessica Philipp in the 3,200 (11:29.50), and Amy Atkinson in the discus (105-1). Eliza Sullivan was 10th in the 400 (1:03.60). The 3,200 relay team of Claire Sullivan, Eliza Sullivan, Gabriela Jagielo and Abby Pucek finished fifth (10:01.18) and the 400 relay squad of Fajardo, Marks, Wu and Juhi Jhaveri was sixth (51.35). SHS finished eighth in the team standings. – Official results | Daily Herald ($), News-Sun

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson d. Antioch, 25-14, 25-16: Jesse Kesner had 10 kills, and Chris Song and Joe Palminteri each added seven on Senior Night in the Sports Center. Jeffrey Wang passed out 16 assists and Eric Zalewski contributed 11. Luke Feder made 10 digs. Grant Maleski had four kills and five digs. Peter Drozdzewicz also had five kills. SHS improved to 19-15 overall and 7-3 in the North Suburban Conference.

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson 11, Evanston 10: The Patriots (9-10) closed out their regular season with a win at home. – IHSWLA.org

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Graduation Cap and Gown Distribution Tuesday

Caps and gowns will be distributed between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. All seniors should go to the West Building Lower Lobby near the College/Career Center to pick up their cap, gown and tassel. Seniors must show their student ID or a valid driver’s license to receive their purchase. Click here for more information.

Pick Up Yearbooks Tuesday and Wednesday

Juniors and seniors can pick up their yearbooks on Tuesday. Freshmen and sophomores can pick up their yearbooks Wednesday. Yearbooks will be available outside the Performing Arts Center and in the Patriot Lobby during lunch periods. Student ID will be required.

Dance Company Auditions This Week

Two-day general auditions for Stevenson’s Repertory and Mélange co-curricular dance companies (2015-16 school year) will be held Wednesday and Thursday from 3:45-7:30 p.m. You must be present for both days to be considered. Auditions will take place in Dance Studio 2010. To register for the auditions and for more details, visit www.d125.org/dance.

Summer Travel Meetings on Wednesday

Students taking part in school-sponsored trips this summer are required to attend a meeting with their parents Wednesday. Students going on the AP European History trip will meet at 6 p.m. in Room 2104. Students traveling to Spain or Germany will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the West Auditorium.

Senior Class Party Bus Sign Up Tuesday and Wednesday

If you want to sit with your friends on the bus going to the Senior Class Party cruise, make sure you sign up in the Patriot Lobby on Tuesday or Wednesday. If you don’t sign up for a bus, you’ll be assigned to one at random.

Sodexo Holding “Fresh Market” During Lunch Tuesday

Sodexo will have a “Fresh Market” in the Wood Commons during the lunch hours on Tuesday. Stop by for fresh fruits and vegetables, and other healthy items.

Watch SHS Play in the State Water Polo Tournament for Free

The first 50 Stevenson students attending the girls and boys water polo state quarterfinal games this week will be admitted for free, thanks to the SHS Sports Boosters, who are paying their way. Make sure you have your school ID to take advantage of this great offer! The girls play St. Ignatius at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, and the boys face Lincoln-Way Central at 5:45 p.m. Friday.

Volunteers Need to Help Transfer Students

Student volunteers are needed to help transfer students this fall. There are a limited number of spaces available, so sign up as soon as possible in any Student Services office. Volunteers will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be a mandatory meeting for all volunteers from 8-8:25 a.m. Wednesday, May 27 (second day of the week) in Room 6048.

Return Overdue Books, Pay Fines to ILC ASAP

Please return all overdue library books and pay any overdue fines to the ILC as soon as possible. Beginning today, no library materials may be checked out until books are returned and fines are paid.

ATHLETICS

There will be a girls basketball meeting for all student-athletes interested in participating in summer opportunities at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday in Room 2002.

CLUB NEWS

It’s time for film and fondue with the French Club! Join French Club for chocolate fondue and a movie at 3:30 Tuesday in Room 2632.

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 in the upper ILC.

PREP

Can you believe that summer camps start next month? Camps are available in sports, music, engineering, arts and crafts and careers. Registration is now open so check out what’s available and register today!

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Illinois among states where high school graduation rates are dropping

Brainstorming in pension fix abounds after Illinois high school rejected law (Trib – $)

Four charged in alleged Chicago high school hazing incident

Lawsuit: Sheriff’s liaison officer stalked student at Kane County high school

Facebook threat at Sauk Village school investigated

New science center key to North Central College’s future (DH – $)

Thornton Fractional football standout killed in post-Prom car crash

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Common Application making changes for 2015-16 school year

Here’s why today’s teachers are so stressed

School districts cracking down on “education theft”

Virginia pilots statewide open textbook initiative for community colleges

Friday, May 15, 2015

AP Credit Equity Bill Clears Next Hurdle, But Fate Uncertain

The Illinois Senate’s Higher Education Committee on Tuesday gave its unanimous approval to a bill that would require all Illinois public colleges and universities to grant credit for Advanced Placement exam scores of 3 or higher. However, House Bill 3428, also known as the AP Credit Equity Bill, has not yet been scheduled for a vote by the full Senate, and is facing opposition from the higher education lobby.

At Tuesday’s hearing, senators from both political parties lamented that Illinois public universities are unwilling to support a change that would bring them in line with educational institutions in several other states, including Wisconsin, Indiana and Ohio. Committee chairman Pat McGuire, a Democrat from Joliet who is a former English high school teacher and school board member, said that Illinois universities seem content to “hold the door open” for students exiting to neighboring states.

AP Government teachers Dan Larsen and Andy Conneen testified before the committee on Tuesday. Larsen reflected on how AP credit acceptance policies have changed during his 25 years of teaching. Conneen read a statement prepared by senior Corey Weil, who was unable to attend the hearing because he was taking the AP Government exam at Stevenson.

Incoming Freshmen Can Receive iPads for Summer School

Incoming freshmen who are registered for summer school are eligible to sign up to receive their iPads now. All other incoming freshmen can receive iPads beginning June 16. Click here to review the letter sent home to the Class of 2019. Click here to schedule an iPad pick-up appointment.

2015-16 Student Government Leaders Announced

Rohan Bhattaram, a junior from Kildeer, will be the Student Council president for the 2015-16 school year. He was elected during student government elections last month. Erica Cole and Jessica Herst will be the Student Council vice presidents, while Karin Eng and Caleb Oh will serve as secretary and treasurer, respectively. Paula Perez was chosen as the Student Council representative to the District 125 Board of Education, and Maxwell Kahn was picked to be council historian. Other class officers elected were:

Class of 2016: Reema Amin, president; Holly Youngberg and Izabela Zaluska, vice presidents; Mandy Gollay, secretary; and David Bailey, treasurer.

Class of 2017: Matthew Cabrera, president; Robin Cheifetz and Sushmetha Venkata Submanian, vice presidents; Stephanie Diao, secretary; and Scotty Orlov, treasurer.

Class of 2018: Sasha Lenox, president; Nicholas Duffy and Nicki Nouri, vice presidents; Jessica Bae, secretary; and Sarah Jacob, treasurer.

Baroque Concert Video Available

Thursday night’s Baroque Concert, featuring Rachel Barton Pine, was streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network. Click here to watch the video.

 

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Buffalo Grove Sectional: Alex Kapecki and Colin Kapecki each scored four goals as the top-seeded Patriots (24-6) beat No. 8 Palatine, 19-5. Dan Maleski added three goals for SHS, which will face fifth-seeded McHenry in the sectional semifinal at 7 o’clock tonight. Luke Gable-Preze and Nick Koto each had two goals. Shaurya Gilani and Charlie Day combined to stop 13 shots. – Illpolo.com

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson at NSC Championships: Jared Borowsky won the 3,200 meter run and finished second in the mile for the Patriots, who placed fifth overall at Lakes Community High School in Antioch. Borowsky posted a time of 9:18.75 in the 3,200, and ran the 1,600 in 4:22.39. Tim Vestuto finished second in the 100 (10.99) and was fourth in the 400 (50.52). Henry Sise placed third in the shot put (54-3). Aaron Lund was fourth in the 110 high hurdles (15.08) and Matt Poetker was fourth in the discus (148-8). Sammy Oh was fifth in the 3,200 (9:33.61) and in the 1,600 (4:26.13). David Goncharov finished sixth in the triple jump (40-10). SHS took fifth in the 400 relay (43.72) and sixth in the 800 relay (1:34.43). – Daily Herald ($)

Baseball

Stevenson 2, Crystal Lake South 0: Michael Kingery threw a complete-game two-hitter for the host Patriots (19-10-1), striking out two and only walking one. The game was scoreless until the sixth inning, when Jimmy Marchese singled home Willie Bourbon, who had doubled. Carter Baretz drove in Robby McGaha with an RBI groundout. Baretz was 2-for-3, while McGaha went 2-for-2. – @SHS_Baseball1, Daily Herald ($)

Softball

Wauconda 3, Stevenson 0: The Patriots were no-hit on the road, as Kayla Wedl struck out 19 for the Bulldogs (21-10), who won their seventh straight game. SHS (11-14) had two runners reach base, both on dropped third strikes. – Daily Herald ($)

Boys Lacrosse

Glenbrook South 16, Stevenson 3

Lacrosse Alum Member of National Club Champion Team

Lily Walker (Class of 2013) was a member of the University of Michigan club team that won the U.S. Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates national championship on Sunday. The 19-1 Wolverines beat Virginia Tech, 11-8, in the Division I final in Virginia Beach. Walker is studying chemical engineering at Michigan.

Freshman Selected for USA Hockey Development Camp

Will Spitzer, a freshman, has been selected to participate in USA Hockey’s Boys Select 15 national development camp July 15-21 in Amherst, New York. He is one of 12 players from Illinois selected to the camp. Spitzer, a defenseman who does not play in Stevenson’s ice hockey program, survived three tryouts, two in Chicago and one last weekend in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. The final tryout featured 160 players from six states.

Softball Coach Adjusting in First Season

First-year head softball coach Alex Vikartofsky talked with Pioneer Press recently about the experience of coaching her alma mater, and of the learning curve she and her players faced with a new style of leadership.

 

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Food Revolution Day Today

The students in the Family and Consumer Science Department will be participating in Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day today! As a part of the day, 300 students from the Culinary Arts and Design courses will be making Jamie’s “Squash It” sandwich and watching a Jamie Oliver video! Food Revolution Day is a day to celebrate real food, inspire families to cook again and empower people everywhere to fight obesity. For more information about Food Revolution Day, visit www.foodrevolutionday.com. How are you going to celebrate Food Revolution Day? Show us on Instagram #FRD2015 #SHSFRD2015

Sodexo Holding “Fresh Market” During Lunch Tuesday

Sodexo will have a “Fresh Market” in the Wood Commons during the lunch hours on Tuesday. Stop by for fresh fruits and vegetables, and other healthy items.

Mandatory Meeting for All Juniors on Monday

All juniors will have a mandatory meeting with their counselor during the activity period on Monday. Juniors must attend the meeting even if their club is scheduled to meet. Click here to see room locations.

Graduation Cap and Gown Distribution Tuesday

Caps and gowns will be distributed between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. All seniors should go to the West Building Lower Lobby near the College/Career Center to pick up their cap, gown and tassel. Seniors must show their student ID or a valid driver’s license to receive their purchase. Click here for more information.

Dance Company Auditions Next Week

Two-day general auditions for Stevenson’s Repertory and Mélange co-curricular dance companies (2015-16 school year) will be held Wednesday and Thursday from 3:45-7:30 p.m. You must be present for both days to be considered. Auditions will take place in Dance Studio 2010. To register for the auditions and for more details, visit www.d125.org/dance.

Summer Travel Meetings on Wednesday

Students taking part in school-sponsored trips this summer are required to attend a meeting with their parents Wednesday. Students going on the AP European History trip will meet at 6 p.m. in Room 2104. Students traveling to Spain or Germany will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the West Auditorium.

Spring Fling Food Wristbands For Sale

Are you going to Spring Fling? This week during lunch periods, you can buy wristbands for food at Spring Fling. Wristbands are available for $3 each, and with each one you get a hot dog or hamburger, a bag of chips, and a bottle of water.

Pick Up Yearbooks Next Week

Juniors and seniors can pick up their yearbooks on Tuesday. Freshmen and sophomores can pick up their yearbooks Wednesday. Yearbooks will be available outside the Performing Arts Center and in the Patriot Lobby during lunch periods. Student ID will be required.

Senior Class Party Bus Sign Up Tuesday and Wednesday

If you want to sit with your friends on the bus going to the Senior Class Party cruise, make sure you sign up in the Patriot Lobby on Tuesday or Wednesday. If you don’t sign up for a bus, you’ll be assigned to one at random.

Freshmen Who Wear Red Monday Get a Free Donut

All members of the Class of 2018 who wear red on Monday will receive a free donut during their lunch period. May 18 is the official day of the Class of 2018. On every May 18 before it graduates, Class of 2018 members will get a free treat if they wear the designated color for that day. For those planning ahead, the colors are blue in 2016, yellow or gold in 2017, and green in 2018.

Return Overdue Books, Pay Fines to ILC ASAP

Please return all overdue library books and pay any overdue fines to the ILC as soon as possible. Beginning Monday, no library materials may be checked out until books are returned and fines are paid.

Traffic Alert on Prom Morning

If you’re heading out for hair styling or a haircut Saturday morning before Prom, be aware that Riverwoods Road will be closed from 8-8:45 a.m. from Route 22 north to Riverwoods/Everett Road due to the District 103 PTO’s fifth annual Run for D103. If you want to run in the race, visit www.RunforD103.org.

CLUB NEWS

It’s time for film and fondue with the French Club! Join French Club for chocolate fondue and a movie at 3:30 Tuesday in Room 2632.

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 in the upper ILC.

PREP

Can you believe that summer camps start next month? Camps are available in sports, music, engineering, arts and crafts and careers. Registration is now open so check out what’s available and register today!

 

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Sprague School Principal earns leadership award from Golden Apple Foundation

VIDEO: Watch Adler’s reaction as award assembly (DH – $)

College of DuPage president ordered positive mailers before election (DH – $)

CPS employee used principals’ passwords in $870K scam, officials say

Waukegan school evacuated, students injured in two smoke bomb incidents

Proviso West cafeteria worker accused of having sex with student

Waukegan District 60 buys new X-ray machines, metal detectors

CPS school budgets delayed by pension problems

Trinity professor receives kidney from Bannockburn School math teacher

Former Highland Park substitute teacher accused of cyberstalking violates bond

New UI president optimistic about building team to tackle challenges

Stained glass windows back at St. Rita High School after years in storage

Scientist-in-residence at School of the Art Institute uses food to make math fun

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

School bullying at lowest ebb in 10 years, survey says

U.S. asks to join blind student suit against Ohio school

MIT works to relieve student pressure after suicides

Consumer agency opens inquiry on student loan services

Newtown school principal awarded doctorate posthumously

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Sophomore Selected to U.S. Physics Team

Jason Lu, a sophomore from Lincolnshire, has been selected to the 2015 United States Physics Team. He is the only student from Illinois on the 20-member team, which was chosen through a rigorous exam process that began in January with approximately 4,300 students. Lu is the second Stevenson student in the last two years chosen for the team. Richard Zhu was selected in 2014.

The U.S. team will have a training camp at the University of Maryland next week, and five will be chosen to participate in the 46th International Physics Olympiad July 4-13 in Mumbai, India. The training camp is described as a “crash course” in the first two years of university physics.

The U.S. Physics Team announcement caps an extraordinary year for the sophomore. He was a member of the state champion Science Olympiad and mathematics teams, and recently learned that he was named a Gold Medal Semifinalist in the 2015 U.S. Physics Bowl. He earned the second-highest overall score among all students from this country and Canada in Division 2, which is for those who have already taken a physics course.

SHS Welcomes Rachel Barton Pine for Baroque Concert

Stevenson’s period-instrument ensembles, the Baroque Ensemble and Viol Consort, will perform tonight at 7 o’clock in the Recital Hall. They will be joined by internationally renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine. Admission is free. For those unable to attend, the concert will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network through High School Cube. Click here to watch.

Watch Wednesday Night’s Choral Concert

Wednesday’s Choral Concert was streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network. You can watch a replay here.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Buffalo Grove Sectional: The top-seeded Patriots (31-0) opened their quest for the state tournament with a 21-4 win over eighth-seeded Highland Park. The victory matches the school record for wins first set in 2006 and matched again last year. SHS quickly erased any doubt about the outcome, taking a 7-1 lead after the first quarter, expanding it to 12-2 at halftime and 19-2 after three quarters. Allison Travetto led the Pats with four goals, while Claire Haas and Autumn Hoang each scored three. Alex Adams and Jordyn Landau had two goals apiece, while Fiona Gaffney, Annika Hotchkiss, Eileen Hoang and Christina Spizzirri also scored. Goalkeeper Lauren Burns played the first three quarters, making nine saves. She was relieved by Brigitte Lefebvre, who had three saves in the fourth. SHS will face fourth-seeded Lake Forest in the sectional semifinals at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson d. Lakes, 29-27, 25-21: Grant Maleski had 13 kills and Jesse Kesner added nine for the host Patriots (18-15, 6-3) in the Sports Center. Eric Zalewski dished out 16 assists and Jeffrey Wang added 11. Luke Feder made nine digs and Peter Drozdzewicz contributed seven.

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson 14, Libertyville 8: The host Patriots improved to 8-9 overall and finished 3-2 in the conference. – IHSWLA.org

Baseball

Mundelein 6, Stevenson 3: The Mustangs (22-7, 8-2) scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning and held on to retain sole possession of first place in the North Suburban Conference Lake Division. The Patriots (18-9-1, 4-5) opened the scoring, with Robby McGaha drawing a bases-loaded walk to score Jack Cappalli in the first inning. After Mundelein took a 2-1 lead, SHS bounced back to tie the game in the fourth on a suicide squeeze. The Pats took a 3-2 lead in the fifth after Christian Dutler’s sacrifice fly scored Willie Bourbon, who led off the inning with a double. – Daily Herald ($), @SHS_Baseball1

Boys Lacrosse

Libertyville 15, Stevenson 2

Boys Gymnastics Aims for State Title No. 5

The boys gymnastics team will attempt to win its fifth state championship when the Illinois High School Association state meet begins Friday at Hinsdale Central High School. Stevenson’s three-man team of Elijah Klaber, Arie Feltman-Frank and Matt Krames enters the meet as one of the front-runners, along with a co-op team from the Wheaton schools. The team and all-around championships will be determined Friday night, with individual event championships taking place Saturday. Since its program began in 1997, Stevenson has won four state titles. SHS was second last year and also has three third-place finishes. Daily Herald preview ($)

Badminton Team Prepares for State Meet at EIU

Stevenson’s badminton team, state champions in 2012, has four players in this year’s state tournament, which starts Friday at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. In singles, Margaret Chen will face Ashley Clark of Glenbrook South in the first round, while May Ling takes on Sara Temelkova of Hinsdale South. The doubles team of Ashley Richardson and Nicole Xia will battle Aayushi Patel and Bhavana Bheem of Conant. Chen is the only Patriot with previous state tournament experience. She won three of her five singles matches in 2014 after splitting four doubles contests with Monica Chen in 2013.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mandatory Meeting for All Juniors on Monday

All juniors will have a mandatory meeting with their counselor during the activity period on Monday. Juniors must attend the meeting even if their club is scheduled to meet. Click here to see room locations.

Graduation Cap and Gown Distribution Tuesday

Caps and gowns will be distributed between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. All seniors should go to the West Building Lower Lobby near the College/Career Center to pick up their cap, gown and tassel. Seniors must show their student ID or a valid driver’s license to receive their purchase. Click here for more information.

Dance Company Auditions Next Week

Two-day general auditions for Stevenson’s Repertory and Mélange co-curricular dance companies (2015-16 school year) will be held Wednesday and Thursday, May 20-21, from 3:45-7:30 p.m. You must be present for both days to be considered. Auditions will take place in Dance Studio 2010. To register for the auditions and for more details, visit www.d125.org/dance.

Summer Travel Meetings on Wednesday

Students taking part in school-sponsored trips this summer are required to attend a meeting with their parents next Wednesday. Students going on the AP European History trip will meet at 6 p.m. in Room 2104. Students traveling to Spain or Germany will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the West Auditorium.

Spring Fling Food Wristbands For Sale

Are you going to Spring Fling? This week during lunch periods, you can buy wristbands for food at Spring Fling. Wristbands are available for $3 each, and with each one you get a hot dog or hamburger, a bag of chips, and a bottle of water.

Pick Up Yearbooks Next Week

Juniors and seniors can pick up their yearbooks on Tuesday. Freshmen and sophomores can pick up their yearbooks next Wednesday. Yearbooks will be available outside the Performing Arts Center and in the Patriot Lobby during lunch periods. Student ID will be required.

Senior Class Party Bus Sign Up May 19-20

If you want to sit with your friends on the bus going to the Senior Class Party cruise, make sure you sign up in the Patriot Lobby on Tuesday or Wednesday. If you don’t sign up for a bus, you’ll be assigned to one at random.

Freshmen Who Wear Red May 18 Get a Free Donut

All members of the Class of 2018 who wear red on Monday will receive a free donut during their lunch period. May 18 is the official day of the Class of 2018. On every May 18 before it graduates, Class of 2018 members will get a free treat if they wear the designated color for that day. For those planning ahead, the colors are blue in 2016, yellow or gold in 2017, and green in 2018.

Return Overdue Books, Pay Fines to ILC ASAP

Please return all overdue library books and pay any overdue fines to the ILC as soon as possible. Beginning Monday, no library materials may be checked out until books are returned and fines are paid.

Traffic Alert on Prom Morning

If you’re heading out for hair styling or a haircut Saturday morning before Prom, be aware that Riverwoods Road will be closed from 8-8:45 a.m. from Route 22 north to Riverwoods/Everett Road due to the District 103 PTO’s fifth annual Run for D103. If you want to run in the race, visit www.RunforD103.org.

Food Revolution Day on Friday

The students in the Family and Consumer Science Department will be participating in Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day on Friday! As a part of the day, 300 students from the Culinary Arts and Design courses will be making Jamie’s “Squash It” sandwich and watching a Jamie Oliver video! Food Revolution Day is a day to celebrate real food, inspire families to cook again and empower people everywhere to fight obesity. For more information about Food Revolution Day, visit www.foodrevolutionday.com. How are you going to celebrate Food Revolution Day? Show us on Instagram #FRD2015 #SHSFRD2015

Sodexo Holding “Fresh Market” During Lunch Tuesday

Sodexo will have a “Fresh Market” in the Wood Commons during the lunch hours on Tuesday. Stop by for fresh fruits and vegetables, and other healthy items.

CLUB NEWS

Freshman Class Board is meeting after school today in the College/Career Center.

It’s time for film and fondue with the French Club! Join French Club for chocolate fondue and a movie at 3:30 Tuesday in Room 2632.

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 in the upper ILC.

PREP

Can you believe that summer camps start next month? Camps are available in sports, music, engineering, arts and crafts and careers. Registration is now open so check out what’s available and register today!

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Four charged in theft of more than $876K from two Chicago public schools

UI to launch independent investigation of allegations against football coach

Democrats signal Rauner’s pension plan is toast

Rauner sticks to his pension approach despite questions about legality

Were Chicago’s public schools every good? “Golden age” might be now

Field Museum announces record-breaking donations

Chicago Public Schools bond rating downgraded to junk status

College of DuPage won’t release tapes on Breuder buyout (DH – $)

Warren Twp. High students rally around classmate forced to switch schools (DH – $)

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

U.S. college enrollment slide continues

Why more of America’s students are finishing high school

What pension rulings in Illinois, Oregon could mean for other states

Are there too few teachers, or too few good ones?

Texas governor signs bill exempting thousands of students from graduation exams

Should teachers be evaluated on how “gritty” their students are?

Purdue University hires actors to deliver online course content

Wisconsin school under fire for giving champagne flutes as Prom favors to students

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Introducing Stevenson’s First App: SHS Now

Stevenson’s first all-school app, SHS Now, is available through the AppStore and Google Play. The app provides a quick and convenient way to call the school, to check grades and deposit funds into a Patriot Dollars account, visit the Online Superstore, and more. Install SHS Now through these links: iTunes Store | Google Play

Choral Concert Tonight

Stevenson’s choirs will perform tonight at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free.

Heritage Award Breakfast RSVP Deadline May 20

Friday, May 20 is the last day to reserve a space at the special breakfast being served prior to the Heritage Award ceremony with Paul Swan. The breakfast begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 30, followed by the award ceremony at 9:30. If you would like to attend the breakfast, contact Ellyn Ross at 847-415-4109 or elross@d125.org.

How Will Medical Marijuana Law Affect Teens? Find Out Thursday

Parents interested to learn about how the state’s new medical marijuana law might impact their children are invited to a presentation led by the Lincolnshire Police Department at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Vernon Area Public Library, 300 Olde Half Day Road, in Lincolnshire. The free presentation will provide information on the new Illinois Compassionate Care Act, also known as the Illinois Medical Marijuana Law. The presentation also will cover the history of marijuana, important information pertaining to the law, and the effects of medical marijuana in other states. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Lincolnshire Police Officer Bethany Brown at 847-913-2354 or bbrown@lincolnshrieil.gov.

Student Skaters Finish Third at State Competition

Ten students representing Stevenson finished third at the Illinois High School Team Figure Skating Competition last month at Glacier Ice Arena in Vernon Hills. Students competed in three levels: high, intermediate and low. Stevenson’s skaters were Rudi Baruch, Angie Yao and Lauren Scott (high); Mollie Kiven, Lauren Malis, Jocelyn Kalkman and Lindsay Weinberg (intermediate); and Ashley Moran, Alice Fang and Annie Coghlan (low). A combined team from District 219 and Evanston Township High School took first place, and New Trier was second.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Tennis

Stevenson 7, Glenbrook South 1: At the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex, the Patriots improved to 9-3. Colin Harvey recorded a 6-1, 6-0 decision at No. 1 singles. The other singles winners were Brian Weisberg (6-4, 6-1), Adam Teng (6-0, 6-3) and Kyle Gordon (6-4, 6-2). In doubles, Stevenson won at Nos. 2-4. The winning tandems were No. 2 Adam Maryniuk/Matt Harvey (6-2, 6-1), No. 3 Sam Komis/Ryan Yoo (6-4, 6-3) and No. 4 John Kny/David Luo (6-1, 6-3). – Daily Herald ($)

Softball

Stevenson 6, Zion-Benton 2: After being shut out for the first four innings, the visiting Patriots (11-13) broke through in the final three innings. Kayliegh McGovern broke up Zion’s perfect game in the top of the fifth with a single, and came around to score on Emma Oriatti’s double to tie the score at 1-1. Taylor Koenigs’ two-out, two-strike single drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth, and McGovern followed up with a solo home run to make the score 3-1. SHS added two insurance runs in the top of the seventh. Myra Peterson was the winning pitcher, allowing one earned run on five hits and struck out two. – Daily Herald ($)

Baseball

Mundelein 10, Stevenson 0 (5 inn.): The visiting Patriots (18-8-1, 4-4) were held to four singles, coming off the bats of Jimmy Marchese, Robby McGaha, Dylan Molek and Connor Crawley. – Daily Herald ($)

Postseason Play Ramping Up for Patriots

As the school year winds down, postseason play is ramping up for Patriot sports teams. The top-ranked girls water polo team will face Highland Park at 4:30 today in the IHSA Buffalo Grove Sectional. The boys water polo team will take on Palatine in the Buffalo Grove Sectional at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Also on Thursday, the boys track and field team will take part in the North Suburban Conference championships at Lakes Community High School, while the boys tennis team will begin play in the NSC Championships, also at Lakes.

On Friday, Stevenson will participate in two state tournaments: Boys gymnastics heads to Hinsdale Central, while girls badminton travels to Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. Also on Friday, the girls track and field team competes in the IHSA Fremd Sectional.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

PPA Bake Sale This Afternoon

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale this afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons! Pies, donuts, Puppy Chow for $1 and Wendy’s Frosties for $2.

Spring Fling Food Wristbands For Sale

Are you going to Spring Fling? This week during lunch periods, you can buy wristbands for food at Spring Fling. Wristbands are available for $3 each, and with each one you get a hot dog or hamburger, a bag of chips, and a bottle of water.

Pick Up Yearbooks Next Week

Juniors and seniors can pick up their yearbooks on Tuesday. Freshmen and sophomores can pick up their yearbooks next Wednesday, May 20. Yearbooks will be available outside the Performing Arts Center and in the Patriot Lobby during lunch periods. Student ID will be required.

Senior Class Party Bus Sign Up May 19-20

If you want to sit with your friends on the bus going to the Senior Class Party cruise, make sure you sign up in the Patriot Lobby on Tuesday or Wednesday, May 19-20. If you don’t sign up for a bus, you’ll be assigned to one at random.

Return Overdue Books, Pay Fines to ILC ASAP

Please return all overdue library books and pay any overdue fines to the ILC as soon as possible. Beginning Monday, no library materials may be checked out until books are returned and fines are paid.

Summer Travel Meetings on May 20

Students taking part in school-sponsored trips this summer are required to attend a meeting with their parents on Wednesday, May 20. Students going on the AP European History trip will meet at 6 p.m. in Room 2104. Students traveling to Spain or Germany will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the West Auditorium.

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 Monday 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.

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.

ATHLETICS

There will be a girls basketball meeting for all student-athletes interested in participating in summer opportunities at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 20 in Room 2002.

COLLEGE NEWS

Attention juniors: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) has a Medal award/scholarship for which Stevenson may nominate one junior. Students must be extremely strong in the math and science areas, have a A+ average and be involved in co-curriculars. The deadline for SHS to nominate a junior is this Friday. If you are interested in RPI and this Medal award, please come to the College/Career Center and complete a brief nominating form by Thursday.

CLUB NEWS

SPINS Club members going to Whirlyball and Lasertag: Please return your permission forms to the Student Activities office by Thursday. This is our last event of the 2014-15 school year!

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 in the upper ILC.

PREP

Can you believe that summer camps start next month? Camps are available in sports, music, engineering, arts and crafts and careers. Registration is now open so check out what’s available and register today!

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

College of DuPage spent more than $200K on positive pre-election mailers (DH – $)

Illinois Senate president offers new pension plan

Barrington kindergarten teacher wins Golden Apple Award (DH – $)

New College of DuPage board chairwoman outlines changes to come (DH – $)

Proud Papa: UI campus icon on the move

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Wide disparities remain in access to state pre-kindergarten programs

New Hampshire governor first to veto Common Core repeal bill

ACT to expand computer-based testing

National teachers union wants federal government to study stresses of teaching

Latest college with financial problems: ITT Educational Services

New York schools rethink health class, incorporate mindfulness training

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Stevenson Maintains Status in U.S. News Rankings

For the second straight year, Stevenson is the state’s highest-ranked open-enrollment high school in the annual U.S. News and World Report rankings. The rankings, released today, place Stevenson at No. 191 in the country. SHS was No. 150 last year and No. 185 in 2013.

The top 10 Illinois public high schools, according to U.S. News, are led by four selective-enrollment schools in Chicago: Northside, Walter Payton, Jones and Whitney Young. Stevenson is next, followed by Lane Tech, Deerfield, Highland Park, Prospect and Lincoln Park. How the 2015 rankings were calculated.

Stevenson also is ranked No. 46 in U.S. News’ rankings of the best STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) schools in the country. U.S. News issues STEM rankings every two years. Stevenson was No. 46 in 2013 and No. 62 in 2011. STEM rankings are based on student participation and scores on Advanced Placement science and math tests. How STEM rankings are determined.

Sophomore Earns Second Perfect Score on National Latin Exam

Brandon Yang, a sophomore at Stevenson, achieved a perfect score on the annual National Latin Exam … for the second straight year. Only 1,004 students of the more than 140,000 worldwide who took the exam attained the distinction.

1996 Alum to be Honored by Brain Cancer Organization

Bob Lindell, a 1996 Stevenson graduate, is one of seven people who will receive Courage Awards on Sunday during Voices Against Brain Cancer’s third annual “Join the Voices! Chicago Run/Walk” at Diversey Harbor in Lincoln Park. Lindell, 37, has had three surgeries in the past nine years to remove brain tumors. He was first diagnosed with a brain tumor before his first wedding anniversary in June 2006, then had surgery again in January 2013 when the tumor returned. The third surgery occurred last month. His wife, Lisa, also graduated from Stevenson in 1996; her maiden name is Ballantini. They have two young children.

“My trials and tribulations with my multiple brain tumors, surgeries, and treatments have been very up and down, but I ultimately feel like one of the luckiest people in the world,” Lindell said. “This disease has definitely shaped and formed my life. It has given me some real perspective and an appreciation for everything life has to offer. I try to look back often to remind me of how fortunate I have been, but not to look too far into the future. My goal each day is to live life for that day and get the very most out of it.”

Lindell is less than $300 away from reaching his $5,000 fundraising goal with Voices Against Brain Cancer. If you’re interested in making a donation, visit http://www.voicesinmotion.org/goto/teambob.

Proud of Your Students? Put Their Name on a Brick

Time is running out for the Stevenson community to purchase a brick or superbrick for summer installation. Brick pavers are $150 for three lines of 12 characters, and superbricks are $275 for five lines of 12 characters. They can be ordered online through the Patriot Superstore at https://stevenson.revtrak.net/tek9.asp. The deadline for orders is May 31. Call the Stevenson Athletic Office at 847-415-4226 with questions. Bricks will be installed near the entrance to the Stadium.

Tennessee Teachers Benefit from Visiting Stevenson

Every year, dozens of schools from around the country send representatives to Stevenson for monthly Site Visit Days. The visitors have a chance to see SHS in action, and talk with some of the school’s leaders. The site visit program has been in existence for more than a decade. Among the schools that have benefitted is Brentwood High School in Brentwood, Tennessee, which has borrowed Stevenson’s second-day-of-the-week concept to improve teacher collaboration.

Students Helping With “Your Actions Matter” Campaign

Approximately 10 Stevenson students will be helping the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the Stand Strong community coalition with the seventh annual Your Actions Matter! campaign today. They will join adult chaperones in helping to distribute underage drinking prevention material to liquor stores and other businesses. The materials were developed by teens for the Illinois Liquor Control Commission. Also helping out today will be SHS Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator Dr. Cristina Cortesi and Lincolnshire Police Officer Tom Branick, who is stationed at Stevenson.

Q&A With Emery Liu

The Pioneer Press has a question-and-answer article with junior Emery Liu, who was one of nine students in the world to earn a perfect score on the Advanced Placement Calculus BC exam last year.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Monday’s Varsity Results

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 2, Carmel 1: Traci Morgan’s goal with 10 seconds remaining in regulation broke a 1-1 tie and lifted the host Patriots (9-6-1) in the Stadium. Kya Suzuki assisted on Morgan’s goal. Emma Jaeger scored Stevenson’s first goal, with an assist from Caroline Dempsey. Goalkeeper Emma Marx made 13 saves. – Daily Herald

Boys Volleyball

Libertyville d. Stevenson, 25-23, 25-19: Grant Maleski led all attackers with 16 kills, while Jesse Kesner added nine for the visiting Patriots (17-15 overall, 5-3 NSC). Luke Feder had a team-high 13 digs. Jeffrey Wang recorded 14 assists and Eric Zalewski had 10. – Daily Herald

Softball

Lake Zurich 13, Stevenson 3 (5 inn.): Trish Porzycki had two of the team’s five hits for the host Patriots (10-13) and scored a run. Kayliegh McGovern and Vera Pflugradt each hit a double. – Daily Herald ($)

Degen Named Girls Golf Coach

Emma Degen has been named Stevenson’s new girls golf coach. She is in her fourth year at the school, and also serves as head coach of the girls track and field team. Degen was an assistant on the SHS girls golf team in 2011 and 2014, and also played the sport for four years in high school and four years at the college level. Read more.

JV Girls Track Team Breaks Three Records

Three junior varsity girls track and field records fell as the Patriots finished third at Saturday’s Prairie-Lake Invitational at Wauconda High School. Shea Kirby won the 3,200-meter run and broke the JV school record with a time of 12:26.40. Meghan Liss broke the JV school record in the 400 meters with a second-place finish of 1:05. She also was part of another JV record, with Julia Osuch, Nikki Prokos and Casey Kirby in the 1,600 relay (4:35.50). They finished fifth.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Spring Fling Food Wristbands For Sale

Are you going to Spring Fling? This week during lunch periods, you can buy wristbands for food at Spring Fling. Wristbands are available for $3 each, and with each one you get a hot dog or hamburger, a bag of chips, and a bottle of water.

Pick Up Yearbooks Next Week

Juniors and seniors can pick up their yearbooks on Tuesday, May 19. Freshmen and sophomores can pick up their yearbooks Wednesday, May 20. Yearbooks will be available outside the Performing Arts Center and in the Patriot Lobby during lunch periods. Student ID will be required.

PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale Wednesday afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons! Pies, donuts, Puppy Chow for $1 and Wendy’s Frosties for $2.

Senior Class Party Bus Sign Up May 19-20

If you want to sit with your friends on the bus going to the Senior Class Party cruise, make sure you sign up in the Patriot Lobby on Tuesday or Wednesday, May 19-20. If you don’t sign up for a bus, you’ll be assigned to one at random.

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 Monday, 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.

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.

CLUB NEWS

FCCLA members: Mark your calendars for the end-of-the-year celebration on Wednesday, May 20 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Room 1406. We will make cookies, popcorn, watch a movie, and start making plans for next year!

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.

SPINS Club members going to Whirlyball and Lasertag: Please return your permission forms to the Student Activities office by Thursday. This is our last event of the 2014-15 school year!

ATHLETICS

There will be a girls basketball meeting for all student-athletes interested in participating in summer opportunities at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 20 in Room 2002.

COLLEGE NEWS

Attention juniors: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) has a Medal award/scholarship for which Stevenson may nominate one junior. Students must be extremely strong in the math and science areas, have a A+ average and be involved in co-curriculars. The deadline for SHS to nominate a junior is this Friday. If you are interested in RPI and this Medal award, please come to the College/Career Center and complete a brief nominating form by Thursday.

PREP

Can you believe that summer camps start next month? Camps are available in sports, music, engineering, arts and crafts and careers. Registration is now open so check out what’s available and register today!

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Obama presidential library, museum coming to Chicago

Chicago first-grade teacher wins Golden Apple Award

Former Walgreen’s executive to lead Round Lake schools’ technology (DH – $)

IHSA launches new initiative to address concussions

Northwestern University employee charged with assault after knife threat

Changes to GED test bring new challenges for adults in McHenry County

Champaign school board approves leasing land to United Way

Kanye West receives honorary doctorate from School of the Art Institute of Chicago

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

U.S. high school graduation rates reach all-time high

School districts embrace business model of data collection

Arizona Board of Education relocates amid dispute with state superintendent

How a cultural moment becomes a college course: The case of Deflategate

The best college commencement speeches, ever

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Two BPA Students Win National Championships

Two students won national championships and 10 others posted top-10 finishes at the Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California last weekend. Twenty-four members of Stevenson’s BPA club participated.

Jack Novak finished first in Personal Financial Management Concepts, while Rebecca Cacioppo won top honors in Management, Marketing and Human Resources Concepts. She also had two other top-10 finishes: in Personal Financial Management Concepts, and in partnership with Jennifer Zhang in Administrative Support Concepts.

Several other students had top-10 showings, led by Kevin You, who placed second in Fundamental Accounting. Other students in the top 10 were Matthew Cabrera (Fundamental Accounting), Sergey Papushin (Computer Programming Concepts), Lesya Protasova (Management, Marketing and Human Resources Concepts), the tandem of Erik Jersild and Annie Wu (Business Meetings Management Concepts), and the team of Papushin, Bryan Pinkley. Michael Horita and Kenton Steffens (Financial Analyst Team).

Protasova and Zhang also received recognition as National Merit Scholars.

Student’s Essay on Mother Becomes Front Page News

An essay originally written by junior Lainey Simanek for her English class ended up as front page news on Mother’s Day. Simanek wrote an essay about her mother, TIffany, and her battle with breast cancer which, thankfully, appears to be in remission. Her father, Scott, thought so highly of the essay that he sent a copy to the Daily Herald, which featured not only the essay on Sunday, but also talked with Lainey and her mother. Here are links to the pieces (we’re not certain of their accessibility at dailyherald.com, unfortunately): Lainey’s essay | Burt Constable column

Band Parents Fundraiser at Didier Farms This Weekend

The Stevenson Band Parents Organization will hold its annual spring fundraiser Friday through Sunday at Didier Farms, located at 16678 W. Aptakisic Road in Prairie View. Shop for all your spring flowers, vegetables and plants, and 10% of your total purchase (excluding tax) will be credited to the SHS Band Parents Organization. Use this flyer when ordering. Questions about the fundraiser can be directed to Ellen Singer at ellens@csiw.com.

New Musical Features Theatre Alumni

Four alumni are connected to “The Drowsy Chaperone,” which opens a month-long run at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights on Thursday. The cast includes Tommy Novak (Class of 2007), Colin Funk (2008) and Jake Stempel (2008), and the choreographer is Jennifer Cupani (1995). The musical comedy is being directed by Lauren Rawitz, a Stevenson parent who regularly directs plays at the school.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson hosted Co-Ed Classic: The top-ranked Patriots (30-0) remained undefeated in 2015, beating Naperville Central, 8-3, Lincoln-Way Central, 13-5, and Neuqua Valley, 12-5. SHS reached the 30-win mark for the second straight year, and the fourth time in school history. This is the first time the Patriots have won 30 games during the regular season. Lauren Burns was the winning goalkeeper in all three contests. Allison Travetto recorded 12 goals in the three games to lead Stevenson, including seven against Naperville Central. Melissa Gartenberg scored five goals, while Claire Haas and Erin Kempers each had two. – Illpolo.com

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson at Lake County Invitational: Jared Borowsky won the 3,200 with a personal-best time of 9:16.61, and Sammy Oh finished second in 9:20.63. Tim Vestuto was third in the 400 (49.73) and Henry Sise placed third in shot put (52-7). Stevenson finished seventh in the team standings among 16 schools. The meet was pushed from Friday to Saturday by weather delays, and the venue changed from Grayslake North to Grayslake Central. – Daily Herald ($)

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson hosted Co-Ed Classic: The Patriots won two of their three games and improved to 23-6 on the season. SHS beat Lincoln-Way Central, 12-1, and Neuqua Valley, 19-9, after falling to Naperville Central, 7-4. Collin Kapecki, Andrew Shashin and Dan Maleski each scored six goals over the three contests. Kapecki had a team-high three goals in the win over Lincoln-Way Central, while brother Alex led SHS with five against Neuqua Valley. – Illpolo.com

Boys Tennis

Stevenson at Deerfield Invitational: The Patriots finished second to Highland Park, 52-40, in the eight-team tournament. No individual results were available. – Chicago Tribune

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson at Glenbrook North Invitational: The Patriots (17-14) won one of their five matches in the two-day tournament. SHS beat Schurz (25-19, 25-14) and fell to Evanston (14-25, 25-22, 25-15), Barrington (25-17, 25-18), Buffalo Grove (25-19, 29-27) and Hersey (25-12, 25-17). Jeffrey Wang recorded 62 assists in the five matches, including 21 against Buffalo Grove. Jesse Kesner led the attackers with 30 kills in five matches, with 11 coming against Evanston. Hudson Havenhill had 19 kills. Grant Maleski recorded 18 kills in three matches, and had 12 versus Buffalo Grove.

Boys Lacrosse

Naperville North 11, Stevenson 4

Friday’s Varsity Results

Badminton

Stevenson at IHSA Lake Forest Sectional: The Patriots won their fifth consecutive sectional championship, and had four players qualify for this weekend’s state tournament. Margaret Chen won the singles championship, while Ashley Richardson and Nicole Xia captured the doubles title. May Ling finished third in singles, earning a state berth. Chen won all three of her matches in straight sets, including a 21-14, 21-12 decision in the title match against Jiayi Huang from Glenbrook North. Richardson and Xia breezed through their first two matches, then survived a three-setter against Hersey’s Becky Anderson and Delaney Steinweg, 21-15, 17-21, 21-13. Ling rebounded from a loss to the runner-up and won the third-place match over Danna Gallegos of Golder College Prep in Chicago, 21-12, 21-8. – Official results

State Gymnastics At-Large Bids Announced

The Illinois High School Association this morning released at-large bids for this weekend’s boys gymnastics state meet. Matt Krames received at-large bids in the all-around competition and parallel bars, while Arie Feltman-Frank and Elijah Klaber earned at-large berths in floor exercise. The trio already has qualified for the team competition and several other individual events.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Relay for Life Fundraiser With Lou Malnati’s Today

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life team comprising students from Stevenson and Buffalo Grove high schools will hold a fundraiser at Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, 85 S. Buffalo Grove Road, in Buffalo Grove today. The fundraiser will run from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Malnati’s will donate 20% of total sales (pre-tax purchase, excluding alcohol)  to the American Cancer Society from every dine-in, carryout or delivery order received using the flyer below. The fundraiser must be mentioned when placing an order, and the flyer must be shown (either printed version or on mobile device). Click here for the flyer.

Spring Fling Food Wristbands For Sale

Are you going to Spring Fling? This week during lunch periods, you can buy wristbands for food at Spring Fling. Wristbands are available for $3 each, and with each one you get a hot dog or hamburger, a bag of chips, and a bottle of water.

Pick Up Yearbooks Next Week

Juniors and seniors can pick up their yearbooks on Tuesday, May 19. Freshmen and sophomores can pick up their yearbooks Wednesday, May 20. Yearbooks will be available outside the Performing Arts Center and in the Patriot Lobby during lunch periods. Student ID will be required.

Senior Class Party Bus Sign Up May 19-20

If you want to sit with your friends on the bus going to the Senior Class Party cruise, make sure you sign up in the Patriot Lobby on Tuesday or Wednesday, May 19-20. If you don’t sign up for a bus, you’ll be assigned to one at random.

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 Monday, 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.

PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale Wednesday afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons! Pies, donuts, Puppy Chow for $1 and Wendy’s Frosties for $2.

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.

CLUB NEWS

FCCLA members: Mark your calendars for the end-of-the-year celebration on Wednesday, May 20 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Room 1406. We will make cookies, popcorn, watch a movie, and start making plans for next year!

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.

SPINS Club members going to Whirlyball and Lasertag: Please return your permission forms to the Student Activities office by Thursday. This is our last event of the 2014-15 school year!

ATHLETICS

There will be a girls basketball meeting for all student-athletes interested in participating in summer opportunities at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 20 in Room 2002.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Illinois Supreme Court rules landmark pension law unconstitutional

Will next pension fight be over making local schools pay more? (DH – $)

22 ex-NIU fraternity members avoid jail in hazing death of pledge

St. Charles North dean’s assistant charged with sex assault of student

Report: CPS not sure if basketball players were academically eligible this year

16-year-old earns master’s degree, plans to pursue doctorate (DH – $)

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Online Common Core testing lays bare tech divide in schools

This year’s college graduates have more debt than ever

Teacher attendance in New Mexico jumps after it’s added to evaluation system

“Animal House” fraternity at Dartmouth loses appeal, will be shut down

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Missing 2005 Alum Found Dead

Kelly Dwyer, a 2005 Stevenson graduate who had been missing since October 2013 was confirmed dead on Thursday, according to officials in Wisconsin. Her body was found in rural Jefferson County, about 40 miles from Milwaukee. The cause of her death is unclear, officials said. Dwyer, 27, was last seen on surveillance camera entering the apartment building of her boyfriend. She was never seen leaving the building. The boyfriend is currently in prison on drug and child porn convictions.

SHS to Host Illinois High School Dance Festival Saturday

Stevenson will serve as host for the 37th annual Illinois High School Dance Festival on Saturday. This is the second straight year the event has been held at SHS. Approximately 500 high school students from around the state will have the opportunity to learn from some of Chicago’s premiere teachers, choreographers and performers. The day will feature master classes and a professional company performance, and concludes with the Student Choreography Showcase at 2:50 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Stevenson is one of 12 schools selected to perform during the showcase.

Website Says Stevenson Best School District in Midwest

Stevenson was recently named the best school district in the Midwest by imove.com, a website that provides moving company information for relocating families and individuals. The other school districts listed as best in their geographic region included the Edgemont Union Free School District in Westchester County, New York (North); Arlington County Public School District in Virginia (Mid-Atlantic); Eanes Independent School District around Austin, Texas (South); and San Marino Unified School District in Los Angeles County, California (West).

Sophomore Named Ambassador for Area Lupus Walk

Mazzy Teich, a sophomore at Stevenson, has been selected as ambassador for one of this year’s four Illinois Lupus Walks. She will serve as ambassador for the Northern Suburbs Walk at Half Day Forest Preserve in Vernon Hills on Sunday, May 31. (Click here for details and to register or make a donation.)

Teich was diagnosed with lupus last May, although she had suffered symptoms of the disease for two to three years prior. Since then, she has been very active in trying to raise awareness about lupus, which is a chronic autoimmune disease that has no cure, and for which few treatments exist. The disease can be mild to life-threatening. Common symptoms include fatigue and body aches. Ninety percent of individuals who have lupus are women.

“It can get frustrating when someone asks me why I have a handicap placard because, they say, ‘You don’t look sick’,” Teich told the Chicago Tribune. “The lack of consideration and knowledge of invisible illnesses is frustrating.”

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Gymnastics

Stevenson hosted IHSA Sectional: The Patriots won their third consecutive sectional championship and earned an automatic berth in next weekend’s Elite Eight state meet at Hinsdale Central. SHS posted a team score of 152.30, ahead of Deerfield (145.1) and Mundelein (141.925). Elijah Klaber won the all-around competition (51.7 points/8.62 average), Arie Feltman-Frank won the parallel bars (8.95) and high bar (8.8) and finished second in the all-around (51.0), and Matt Krames captured the vault (9.3). Klaber was third in vault (9.05) and high bar (7.8), tied Feltman-Frank for third on still rings (8.65), and was fourth on pommel horse (8.6) and parallel bars (8.65). Krames was runner-up in floor exercise (9.1), fourth on high bar (7.55), fifth on rings (8.55) and sixth in the all-around (49.6). Feltman-Frank added a fifth-place finish on vault (8.9). The top five finishers in each individual event automatically qualified for state, and the top three in the all-around received automatic berths. At-large bids for other qualifiers will be announced Monday. – Official results | Pioneer Press, Daily Herald ($)

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson at North Suburban Conference Championships: Charlotte Langbo won two conference championships with record-setting efforts, and Isabelle Sparreo added a third individual title as the Patriots finished third behind host Warren and Grant. Langbo won the long jump with a school-record leap of 17 feet, 2 inches, and topped her own school record in the triple jump with an effort of 35 feet, 2 inches. Sparreo captured the 1,600-meter run in 5:10.46. Sparreo also finished third in the 800 (2:19). Janine Fajardo placed second in the 100 hurdles (15.86), while Jessica Philipp was third in the 3,200 (11:40.06). Other top-eight finishes came from Borchueh Wu, who was sixth in the 200 (27.40), Lily Marks, who placed seventh in the 100 (13.11), and Natalie Sparreo, who took eighth in the 800 (2:28.02). Three of Stevenson’s four relays finished in the top five. The 800 relay team of Wu, Bianca Ji, Ashley Chai and Juhi Jhaveri was third (1:49.90); the 400 relay unit finished fourth (51.44), thanks to Jhaveri, Fajardo, Wu and Marks; and the 3,200 relay team took fifth (10:03.94) behind Natalie Sparreo, Eliza Sullivan, Claire Sullivan and Abby Pucek. In the team standings, SHS had 67 points, behind Warren (104) and defending champion Grant (78). Last year, Stevenson finished sixth in the conference. – Daily Herald ($)

Softball

Stevenson 5, Grant 3: Trisha Porzycki hit a two-run, inside-the-park walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning for the host Patriots in the NSC crossover contest. Porzycki went 2-for-2 in the game with a walk. Emma Oriatti was 2-for-3 with a double, and Vera Pflugradt went 1-for-3 with a two-run single. Myra Peterson went the distance in the pitcher’s circle, striking out four and allowing only two earned runs. – Daily Herald ($)

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 9, Grant 1: Jill Steinbrink scored three goals, and Briana Van Zanten and Rachel Takaroff each added two in the Stadium. Savannah Kruse and Rachel Aranyi also scored for SHS, which improved to 8-6-1. Goalkeeper Hannah Petrich made four saves. – Daily Herald ($)

Boys Tennis

Lake Forest 5, Stevenson 2: In Lake Forest, the winners for SHS (8-3) were Colin Harvey at No. 1 singles (6-1, 2-6, 6-0) and the No. 2 doubles team of Ben Bush and Josh Cheng (6-4, 6-4). – Daily Herald ($)

Baseball

Crystal Lake Central 3, Stevenson 1: The visiting Tigers held the Patriots (18-8-1) to three hits. Christian Dutler drove in the lone SHS run. – Daily Herald

Boys Lacrosse

Evanston 13, Stevenson 1

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Relay for Life Fundraiser With Lou Malnati’s Monday

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life team comprising students from Stevenson and Buffalo Grove high schools will hold a fundraiser at Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, 85 S. Buffalo Grove Road, in Buffalo Grove on Monday. The fundraiser will run from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Malnati’s will donate 20% of total sales (pre-tax purchase, excluding alcohol)  to the American Cancer Society from every dine-in, carryout or delivery order received using the flyer below. The fundraiser must be mentioned when placing an order, and the flyer must be shown (either printed version or on mobile device). Click here for the flyer.

Yearbook Pick-Up Dates Announced

Juniors and seniors can pick up their yearbooks on Tuesday, May 19. Freshmen and sophomores can pick up their yearbooks Wednesday, May 20. Yearbooks will be available outside the Performing Arts Center and in the Patriot Lobby during lunch periods. Student ID will be required.

Interested in the Service Academies?

Students interested in the nation’s five service academies — Air Force Academy, Military Academy, Naval Academy, Coast Guard Academy, and Merchant Marines Academy — are invited to learn more at Academy Day on Saturday. The event will take place at St. Charles East High School’s Little Theatre from 9-11 a.m., and is being hosted by Congressmen Randy Hultgren and Peter Roskam. Presentations will be given by representatives from each academy, along with information on the congressional nomination process required for applicants.

CLUB NEWS

SPINS Club members going to Whirlyball and Lasertag: Please return your permission forms to the Student Activities office by next Thursday. This is our last event of the 2014-15 school year!

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Former NIU fraternity members expected to enter plea agreement over hazing death

Retiring University of Illinois president to receive $167K bonus

Indian Prairie District 204 technology lauded by U.S. Department of Education (DH – $)

Former CPS CEO: SUPES owner “instrumental” in bringing Byrd-Bennett to district

Lake Zurich District 95 hires search firm to help find next superintendent (DH – $)

Hispanic Caucus takes UNO’s side in feud with charter schools network

Chicago high school expands its hall of fame beyond alumni

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Report: Colleges expending more effort to recruit transfers, international students

Stephen Colbert giving $800K to South Carolina teachers

Indiana governor signs bill stripping state superintendent of powers

Who’s better suited to teach history: Cultural anthropologists or historians?

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