Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Eighteen FBLA Students Qualify for Nationals
Ten Stevenson students won first place and 36 placed in the top 10 in their event at the Illinois Future Business Leaders of America state competition in Springfield on Friday and Saturday. Eighteen students qualified for the national competition, which will be held June 29-July 2 in Nashville, Tennessee.

First-place honors went to Becky Cacioppo (Business Law) and Allen Wang (Personal Finance), and the teams of Michael Brown, Lee Cohen and Kevin Dong (Banking and Financial Systems), Daniel Kochman, Sonia Thosar and Rahul Kosgi (Management Decision Making), and Aman Grover and Ali Ladha (Marketing).

The Website Design team of Lianne Ramahi and Lexi Schmidt earned second place. Third place went to Wen Kang Wei (Accounting I), and the teams of Shahreen Chowdhury, Esther Kaydanovsky and Niki Patel (E-Business), and Stefanie Blake and Angelica “Rosie” Errigo (Public Service Announcement). All of Stevenson’s first-, second- and third-place winners qualified for the national competition. Click here to see the other top 10 finishers.

The competition was the largest in state FBLA history, with 1,426 students from 65 schools taking part.

Additional Details Emerge on Fatal Crash
Details emerged Monday that added another layer of sadness to the tragic deaths of sophomore Yuki Hirayama and his parents during Spring Break. The Arizona Department of Public Safety told multiple media outlets that the Hirayamas died Friday night after their car was hit head-on by a pickup truck attempting to elude police about 90 miles north of Flagstaff, near the Grand Canyon. The truck crossed the centerline of U.S. Route 160, hit the Hirayamas’ vehicle and burst into flames, police said. Both occupants of the truck died and were burned beyond recognition. Police suspect the driver was drunk. The only survivor of the crash, 9-year-old Rinka Hirayama, remains hospitalized. Daily Herald | Chicago Tribune | Pioneer Press | Arizona Daily Sun

WIU Wind Ensemble Performing at SHS Tonight
The Western Illinois University Wind Ensemble will give a concert at 7 p.m. tonight in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. The concert is expected to last about an hour. The wind ensemble’s director, Dr. Mike Fansler, is working with SHS students today and Wednesday.

Junior Named Semifinalist in Science Competition
Junior Kevin Cheng was named a semifinalist in the American Museum of Natural History’s Young Naturalist Awards competition. His project tested for allelopathic effects of invasive buckthorn berries and fruits on the germination of native Illinois species. Cheng completed the project as a member Stevenson’s Science Reach Club.

Alumni Honor Three Mathematics Teachers
Three SHS mathematics teachers have been honored by recent alumni for having had a significant impact in their lives. Neal Roys was nominated by Peter Karalis (Class of 2010) for Northwestern University’s Distinguished Secondary Teacher Award, while Deb Wiersema and Chris Thibaudeau were listed as major influences by Aaron Zalewski and Brandon Axe, a pair of 2013 graduates attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Monday’s Varsity Results

Baseball
Stevenson 5, Loyola 0: Mitchell Goll starred on the mound and at the plate as the host Patriots won their season opener. Goll threw six shutout innings, giving up only two hits while striking out five, and went 2-for-3 with a double and three runs batted in. The game was scoreless until Austin Black scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the fourth inning. Goll then singled home Will Bourbon to make it 2-0. In the fifth, Black knocked in Alex Hochman with a single and then scored along with Sam Harris on Goll’s two-run double. Bourbon also recorded a double. – Daily Herald (linescore), @SHS_Baseball1

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Seniors: Jostens will be at school Thursday to deliver graduation announcement orders during lunch hours in the Wood Commons. Please stop by the Jostens table during your lunch hour to pick up your graduation announcement order.

Attention sophomores and juniors: Are you a creative, open-minded person who is kind, thoughtful and a great leader? Do you want to help ensure that all kids at SHS feel safe and have positive experiences? Do you want to help staff the student lounge and have the opportunity to meet and work with other students? Then Peer Helpers may be the program for you. Applications are now available online or in the Student Activities Office. They are due no later than Tuesday, April 8. See Ms. Polisky or Ms. Perkins for questions.

Do you want to earn 10 community service hours in one day? How would you like to volunteer with Special Olympics? Mr. Salituro is taking students to volunteer for the Special Olympics bocce ball tournament on Sunday, April 13. No experience with bocce ball is necessary to volunteer. We will leave school at 7:30 a.m. and be back at 4 p.m. Volunteers will get a free T-shirt and a box lunch. Signup at tinyurl.com/SHSbocce or contact Mr. Salituro in either Social Studies office for details.

CLUBS & ACTIVITIES

Key Club meets today from 3:30-4:30 in Room 7036. Come sign up for community service trips. New members are always welcome.

Best Buddies is hosting a benefit night at Real Urban Barbecue in Vernon Hills next Monday from 4:30-8 p.m. The night will support the Friendship Walk on April 13 that Stevenson’s chapter of Best Buddies is hosting. 25% of the proceeds from the benefit night will go to Best Buddies Illinois.

Color Guard clinics and auditions are approaching!Do you like to dance? Perform? Interested in combining it with flags? Come to the Color Guard clinics next Monday and Wednesday and Thursday, April 9-10 (4-7 p.m. each day) to see if this is for you! Clinics are mandatory. The official audition will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, April 11. This is a great outlet for performing, making friends and gaining leadership opportunities! This past season, our team placed third at the Grand Championships! Color Guard is co-ed and auditions are open to all students grade 9-12. Next year, the guard will travel with the band to Walt Disney World in February! Click here to sign up for the clinics and for more information. Questions? Contact Ms. Hill in Room 6076 or email jhill@d125.org.

COLLEGE INFORMATION

Seniors: As you receive notices about scholarships from colleges and other agencies, please be sure to let the College/Career Center know (even if you are not accepting them!). You can send a copy of your award letter to Mrs. Biemeret via email or by bringing a copy of the scholarship award letter to the CCC. Accepted scholarships are placed in the graduation booklet as well as a tally for the Class of 2014’s award total will be announced at graduation!

Seniors planning to attend CLC this fall:  The College of Lake County Foundation is offering the CLC Superintendent’s Scholarship, which will cover tuition and fees for the 2014-15 school year. This scholarship is awarded to the SHS senior who has earned the most credits. (In the case of a tie, the scholarship will be awarded to the student with the highest unweighted GPA.). If you have already submitted your CLC application, you will automatically be considered for this award. If you haven’t yet applied to CLC, you have until Monday, April 21 to be considered for the scholarship.

Juniors and seniors: A College of Lake County representative will be in the College/Career Center (Room 1123) on Friday during 3rd period to answer all questions about admission to CLC and to help register seniors for the fall. Go to Naviance to sign up for this visit. Print the confirmation page. Take the confirmation page to the teacher for his/her signature, and then bring the signed confirmation page to the visit. If the college visit occurs during your lunch or free hour, follow the same procedure, but no signature is necessary on the confirmation page.

Vernon Hills High School will be hosting an information meeting for the five United States service academies and the ROTC on Thursday from 6-8:30 p.m. Each service academy will give a brief description of its program. In addition, Sen. Mark Kirk and Congressman Brad Schneider will talk about the nomination process. At the end of the program there will be a Q&A opportunity for you to speak to officers and cadets.

CAREER EXPLORATION PROGRAM

Does your future hold a career in health care? Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital will be accepting applications soon for the Future Healthcare Professionals Internship Program for high school juniors, which will take place in June. Applications are online at www.advocatehealth.com/goodshep/FHCP.

If you are interested in participating in a summer career shadow, please contact Mrs. Willock in the CCC for more information at dwillock@d125.org. Find out about more summer opportunities available in the area on the Career Exploration webpage.

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College of Lake County approves two-year increase in tuition, fees
Decatur native chosen to be superintendent of school district
SIU professor vindicated by Toyota outcome
Greenview school district celebrates 150 years with community help

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES
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Teacher tenure, dismissal on trial in California, other states
Community colleges go big with corporate consortium
Virginia names new education chief
He’s all-Ivy: Accepted into all eight Ivy League schools

The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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