Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Psychology Teacher Earns National Award
Nancy Fenton is one of three teachers in the country selected as winners of the 2013 American Psychological Association Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) Excellence in Teaching Award, announced today. Teachers in New Jersey and Massachusetts also were honored. Each will receive $500 and a free TOPSS membership for the next year.

The APA TOPSS Excellence in Teaching Awards are given to outstanding high school psychology teachers recognized for exemplary teaching, for advancing the science of psychology, and for their commitment to academic and professional excellence.

Fenton was noted for her commitment to the success of her students. “Students are eager to have (her as their teacher) because of her ability to mix content expertise with a care for individual student growth and well-being into an array of interactive approaches using contemporary materials,” said Director of Social Studies Brad Smith.

Fenton has taught Advanced Placement Psychology and World History at Stevenson since August 2010. She taught at Antioch Community High School for six years prior to joining the SHS faculty.

Two Students Honored for Arts Excellence
Senior Nathan Carter and freshman Torin Bakke were among 685 students from around the country named winners in the 2013 National YoungArts Foundation contest. The annual event recognizes some of America’s most talented 15- to 18-year-olds in the visual, literary and performing arts. They were chosen from among more than 10,000 applicants.

Carter, who was honored in the dance category, was one of 152 finalists from 46 states, and one of six from Illinois. He also was one of the YoungArts nominees for the U.S. Presidential Scholar program. Bakke earned honorable mention in music.

This is the second straight year Stevenson has had a YoungArts contest finalist. Devon Naftzger, a member of the Class of 2012, was chosen in music during the 2011-12 school year.

Carter also earned another prestigious honor this year when he was one of only 11 men worldwide selected to attend The Juilliard School in New York.

Teachers to Appear on C-SPAN for Annual Exam Cram
Advanced Placement Government teachers Dan Larsen and Andy Conneen will appear on C-SPAN’s fifth annual “Cram for the Exam” at 8:15 a.m. Saturday. The program gives students around the country to call in and ask questions of the “2 Teachers” and CitizenU founders in advance of next week’s AP Government exams. Previous “Cram for the Exam” videos are available at

Larsen and Conneen also have worked with the University of Chicago Institute of Politics this semester on a video project to help prep AP American Government students.

They interviewed six IOP fellows about questions pertinent to the AP American Government curriculum. The six interviewed were former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, about federalism and political parties; President Obama’s pollster, Joel Benenson, about opinion polling; Mitt Romney campaign advisor Beth Meyers, about campaigns and elections; former Obama Cabinet Secretary Chris Lu, about the federal bureaucracy; National Journal columnist Ron , about political journalism; and former U.S. Rep. Steve LaTourette,  about Congress. The videos, polished by Stevenson Broadcast Network sponsor Joe Pine, can be seen here.

Stevenson Color Guard Ready to Go
The 2013-14 Color Guard team will have 26 members, following a week of clinic workshops and auditions. The Color Guard program is being revamped, with a new head sponsor, Julie Hill, being joined by returning choreographer Marne Gehring. Also helping behind the scenes were Assistant Band Director Dr. Sonny Petway and Dance instructor Angela Dauphin. The new-look Color Guard will make its debut with halftime shows during the upcoming football season.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Lacrosse
Stevenson 10, Lake Zurich 7: On Senior Night, senior Makala Udoni scored four goals to lead the host Patriots to their fifth consecutive victory. Seniors Jenni Schultz and Lily Walker each tallied two goals for SHS (10-4), as did sophomore Lindsay Schwartz. The Pats play conference leader Lake Forest (10-3) in their final regular season home game at 5:45 p.m. Thursday at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. The Pats are 4-1 in the league while the Scouts are 4-0. –

Boys Volleyball
Stevenson d. Vernon Hills, 27-25, 20-25, 25-17: The Patriots (27-4, 8-0) broke a 12-12 tie in the third game with an 8-0 run and took control of the North Suburban Conference race with three league matches remaining. Brad Tiller had a game-high 14 kills plus seven digs. Aaron Zalewski registered 10 kills. Jonah May passed out 28 assists. Brett Lerner had seven digs. The Cougars fell to 21-5 overall and 7-1 in the NSC. – Lincolnshire Review | Daily Herald | statistics

Stevenson 3, Lake Forest 1: Taylor Koenigs hit a two-run, inside-the-park home run in the bottom of the first inning, giving winning pitcher Sam Feder all the support she needed for the host Patriots (12-11, 3-7). Feder allowed just four hits and struck out eight in seven innings. Abby O’Connor had a pair of doubles, one of which drove in the Pats’ third run in the bottom of the sixth. Jordan Cortesi tripled and Lexi Yonkovic doubled for SHS. – Daily Herald | linescore

Stevenson 9, Lake Zurich 2: Matt Allen tossed a complete game for the host Patriots (14-8, 7-2), allowing six hits, striking out six and walking one. Both runs he allowed were unearned. SHS erupted for five runs in the second to take a commanding lead. Offensively, Willie Bourbon hit a solo home run, while Mitchell Goll and Tony Heiser each went 3-for-4. Heiser drove in two runs while Goll scored a pair. – Daily Herald | linescore

Girls Soccer
Stevenson 8, Antioch 4: Savannah Kruse scored three goals, and Emma Jaeger added two for the visiting Patriots (8-5-4), who scored four times in each half. Also scoring for SHS were Sara Putwen, Jenna Weiner and Ali Tarnoff. Weiner assisted on two of Kruse’s goals. Other assists were recorded by Rachel Blumenthal, Mackenzie Connington, Lily Zhang, Kya Suzuki and Blake Klinsky. Antioch dropped to 9-8-1. – Daily Herald | linescore

Boys Tennis
Stevenson 8, Glenbrook South 0: The Patriots posted straight-set wins in each slot for the second straight match to finish their regular season with an 11-2 dual-meet record. Colin Harvey and Andrew Komarov teamed for a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 1 doubles, followed by Pawel Jaworski and Josh Lieberman at No. 2 (6-0, 6-1), Adam Maryniuk and Rudy Viswanathan at No. 3 (6-0, 6-2), Josh Cheng and Jerry Pan at No. 4 (6-1, 6-2) and Andrew Arceo and Lukasz Jaworski at No. 5 (6-0, 6-4). In singles, Jeremy Bush won at No. 1 (6-0, 2-0 retired), followed by Michael Sims at No. 2 (6-0, 6-1) and Dennis Kelman at No. 3 (6-2, 7-5). Stevenson will seek to win its fourth consecutive North Suburban Conference title this weekend. – Daily Herald

Cai-Lee Earn 3-4 Seed for Girls Badminton State Tourney
The seedings and pairings for this weekend’s Illinois High School Association girls badminton state tournament were announced this morning. Emily Cai and Yein Lee earned a 3-4 seed in doubles. Also competing for SHS at Eastern Illinois University will be Lea Nowack in singles, and the doubles team of Monica Chen and Margaret Chen. Click here for opening-round pairings.

Boys Volleyball Trio All Business This Week
Three members of the boys volleyball team will miss three days of action this week, but Kevin Dubinsky, Scott Feldman and Jared Arbus have a good reason. They are part of a Stevenson contingent that will be participating in the Business Professionals of America national championships in Orlando.


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


Military History Club will meet today at 3:30 in Room 2904. If you would enjoy watching a military history film, good discussions and snacks, come join us this afternoon. New members are always welcome.

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

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


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

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

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

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