Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013

Senior Earns Perfect AP Exam Score
Richard Zhu, a senior from Vernon Hills, was one of only eight students in the world to earn a perfect score on the Advanced Placement Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism test administered last spring. A total of 19,371 students worldwide took the exam.

He scored 90 points, answering every multiple-choice question correctly and earning the maximum score on each of the essays in the free-response section of the exam. Sheila Edstrom was Zhu’s AP Physics C teacher last year.

This is the second time in two years a Stevenson student has earned a perfect AP exam score. In 2012, current senior Iryna Protasova was one of 18 students in the world with a perfect AP Computer Science A exam score.

Zhu’s perfection also meant that he received a score of 5 on the AP exam, which is the top mark; it is equated to an A or A+ in a corresponding college course. Only 14.3 percent of the 3,938,100 exams taken in 2013 earned a 5, according to the College Board.

Philippines Relief Collection Effort Today in B.G.
A special collection of supplies for the Philippines will be accepted until 3:30 today only at the Gorton Children’s Drop-In Center, 995 Parker Lane, in Buffalo Grove. The center will accept donations of bandages, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, acetyl alcohol, cotton swabs, hand sanitizer, or any other medical item that might be useful. Items collected will be sent by military plane on Friday for immediate distribution and use. For more information, contact Lisa Spewak at 847-234-2778.

Chicago Painter Visiting Artist of the Month
Chicago painter Mary Porterfield is the SHS Art Department’s Visiting Artist of the Month for November. Samples of her work are on display in the Rotunda Gallery of the West Building. She will give a presentation at the Rotunda Gallery during periods 7 and 8 on Tuesday, November 26.


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National Signing Day for Patriot Standouts
Eight members of Patriot sports teams signed national letters of intent with college programs on Wednesday: Austin Black (baseball, Harvard), Leah Bloodgood (girls swimming, Bucknell), Khaila Donaldson (girls volleyball, Howard), Rebecca Hannon (girls swimming, Michigan State), Riley Kirby (girls swimming, Holy Cross), Alexxis Kiven (girls tennis, Dartmouth), Kara Maleski (girls volleyball, Wichita State) and Nikki Marquardt (girls golf, Tulsa). In addition, Austin Hodges, who competes at the club gymnastics level but not with Stevenson’s boys gymnastics team, signed with Iowa.

Five Receive All-NSC Girls Volleyball Honors
Three members of the girls volleyball team have been selected to the All-North Suburban Conference first team. Alexa Bykowski, Khaila Donaldson and Kara Maleski, all seniors, were chosen. Two other seniors, Peyton Bykowski and Julia Osmond, earned honorable mention.

Pekovitch, DePaul Earn NCAA Soccer Tournament Bid
Erin Pekovitch (Class of 2010) and her DePaul University teammates have earned a berth in the NCAA Division I women’s soccer tournament for only the second time in school history. The Blue Demons will travel to Bloomington, Indiana Saturday night to play Indiana University in the first round. Pekovitch scored the only goal during a 1-0 win over Georgetown last Friday that lifted DePaul to its first-ever Big East Conference title game appearance. The Blue Demons lost to Marquette, 2-0, in the final.

Volleyball Alum Radtke Receives MAC Honor
Northern Illinois University women’s volleyball player Jenna Radtke (Class of 2013) was named the Mid-American Conference West Division Offensive Player of the Week on Monday. She recorded 25 kills in wins over Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan.

Miller Reflects on Start of UI Golf Career
Stephanie Miller (Class of 2013) was the first freshman to win a tournament for the University of Illinois women’s golf team since 1992. Miller talked with the Daily Illini about that accomplishment, and on her adjustment to college.


Starting Monday, there will be new procedures for Testing Center sign-up. You may now use iPads and smartphones to sign up for a test. Firefox, Safari and Chrome all may be used. If you are taking a test during a study hall period, you will now report directly to the Testing Center at the START of the period. After completing the test, you will be given a pass to return to the study hall. If the test requires the entire period to complete, you will be excused from your study hall by the Testing Center Supervisor. Any additional information is on the Testing Center website. If you have any questions, contact Mrs. Miller in the Testing Center (Room 1202).

Eat bread tonight to raise dough for Give-A-Thon! The Panera Bread restaurant in Vernon Hills will donate a percentage of its sales between 4-8 p.m. today to Stevenson’s Give-A-Thon. The fundraiser takes place at the Panera location at 700 N. Milwaukee Avenue. You must present this flyer for the donation to occur.

Don’t miss the Heart of a Marine benefit concert at 7 p.m. Friday in the West Auditorium, sponsored by the Tri-M Music Honor Society and Students Helping Soldiers. A $10 donation is requested for admission. Proceeds go to the Heart of a Marine Foundation. Collection bins also will be available to accept donations of items for care packages to send to troops overseas during the holidays. Travel Kleenex, baby wipes, hand warmers, toothbrushes, and packaged ankle socks and white T-shirts are requested.

A student pep bus for Saturday’s state quarterfinal football game at Barrington is available. The cost is $10, which includes a ticket for the game. A signed permission slip must be returned to the Patriot Superstore before purchase of a pep bus ticket. Click here for the pep bus permission form. Pep bus tickets will be on sale during the lunch periods today and Friday, and before school Friday. The game starts at 6 p.m. Saturday. If you’re not taking the bus, tickets are $6 and will be sold only at the gate, which opens at 4:30.

Hey Stevenson students, are you missing items from Intramural flag football? If so, the items can be picked up in Room 5024. See Carey or Shelley in the office by the Fieldhouse entrance to help assist you.

Do you like the Eagles? Heartache Tonight, one of the top Eagles tribute bands in the land, will be performing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the West Auditorium. Tickets are $15.

Travel opportunity to NYC: The Family and Consumer Science Department is sponsoring a fashion industry-focused trip to New York City from June 9-12. If you have taken any of the following courses, you are eligible to go: Intro to Clothing and Design, Clothing, Interior Design, or Fashion Merchandising and Design. There will be an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, November 21 in Room 1414. Flyers are available in Room 1410 for more information. If you have questions or cannot attend the meeting, see Mrs. Erickson in Room 1410.

Attention all students: Would you like to host an exchange student from Denmark or Colombia in your home next spring? Applications and information are available in Room 2400 or by opening this link.


Thinking about a career in healthcare? The Career Exploration Program will be sponsoring its second CareerExcursion! field trip on Wednesday, December 4 to Highland Park Hospital. We will be taking a tour as well as learning about careers in radiology, physician assisting, nursing, physical therapy, pharmacy and biomedical engineering. Spots are limited to 12 students, so you must email Mrs. Willock at if you are interested. Spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Students interested in general career information or interested in participating in a career shadow experience, please contact Mrs. Willock at to set up an appointment.


Juniors and seniors: Our college representative visits are coming to an end! The following are the remaining colleges visiting Stevenson: University of South Alabama, Winona State University, Solex College and the United States Naval Academy.

Remember: We no longer use the “Blue College Passes”! Juniors and seniors use Naviance to sign up for the college you are interested in visiting. View all upcoming college visits, sign up and print a confirmation page. Take this confirmation page to your teacher for his/her signature; and then bring this signed confirmation page to the visit. Instructions are on the CCC webpage. If the college visit occurs during your lunch or free hour, follow the same procedure, but no signature is necessary on the confirmation page.


Attention Psychology Club members: We will meet in Room 7044 at 3:45 today to watch A Beautiful Mind. All are welcome.

Interactive Gamers Club meets today after school in Room 2115. If you’re a fan of trading card games or roleplaying 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 e-mail

The Speech and Drama team meets today at 3:45 in the East ILC. New members are always welcome! Come be a part of a friendly team where you can star in your own performance — there are 14 events to choose from — and learn valuable life-long communication skills.

Come to the Indian Student Association’s Diwali festival on Friday at 4:30 p.m. Watch ethnic performances, eat good food, and wear Indian clothes to school!

Happy first snow of the 2013-14 winter Stevenson from SHS Meteorology Club! Expect the arctic blast of cold air to retreat and a gradual trend of an increase in high temperatures this week.


The Stevenson Intramural Volleyball League informational meeting will be held at 3:45 p.m. next Wednesday in Room 2206. For more information visit the IM Volleyball page at

NIU student arrested after guns found in dorm room
Leadership meets on pensions; lawmakers may convene December 3
Thornton school board member’s wife cuffed in chaotic meeting
47 iPads stolen from Oak Park school district
District 300 looking at how teachers should be evaluated
Crystal Lake battles over school bleachers
Former Bull among group planning basketball-centric high school
Trustees agree to scaled-back expansion at McHenry County College
Absences down at Wheaton school after big spike
New mentoring program for Joliet high school students
Union, contractor differ on Normal-area busing performance
UI professor takes his tenure battle to the board

Schools safe as ever despite spate of shootings, scares
Florida, California courts rule media can access teacher ratings
Education Department to scale back key waiver-renewal mandates
New teacher residency program puts Seattle on the map
College students forgoing advisors who can help them graduate

The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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