Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Hirayama’s Sister Expected to Make Full Recovery
Rinka Hirayama, the 9-year-old sister of Yuki Hirayama, is expected to make a full recovery from injuries sustained in a car crash Friday night that claimed her brother and parents. The Chicago Tribune reported today that District 103 Superintendent Scott Warren sent parents an email saying that the girl is alert and will recover. Rinka’s condition has been upgraded from critical to fair at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. More coverage: Daily Herald | Lincolnshire Review

Alumni Participate in Clinton Global Initiative University
Two Stevenson alumni who are attending the University of Illinois were selected to participate in the seventh annual Clinton Global Initiative University 2014 student activist conference at Arizona State University March 21-23.

Hannah Schlacter and Elizabeth Shancer, both 2013 graduates, were among more than 1,000 student activists from around the world who attended the event to discuss potential solutions to global issues. The two Patriots were selected based on their roles as co-founders of ActGreen, a green business initiative within the University of Illinois College of Business. ActGreen’s goal is to educate undergraduate business students on the connection between environmentalism and the students’ area of study. Two other 2013 SHS alums, Danielle Rudy and Jayne Chorpash, are part of the ActGreen team. Click here to read more about Schlacter’s and Shancer’s plans for ActGreen.

Students Chosen to Study in China This Summer
Senior Jana Nudelman (Chinese 2X) and junior Carter Feldman (Chinese 3X) have received full scholarships to study Mandarin for six weeks this summer in China through the National Security Language Initiative Program for Youth. The program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department, provides merit-based scholarships for high school students to study less-commonly taught languages in overseas immersion programs. The program is part of a government initiative to prepare American citizens to be leaders in the world. Nudelman is enrolled in the Chinese 2X class, while Feldman is in Chinese 3X.

In other Chinese class news, Hyung Eun “Ginny” Lee, a senior in Chinese 2X, participated in the sixth Midwest Chinese Speech Contest held March 22 at Northside College Prep High School in Chicago. She won a bronze medal in High School Division III-B.

Teachers Presenting at AP Human Geography Conference
SHS teachers Greg Sherwin and James Dzialo are among the presenters at the second annual AP Human Geography Conference: Technology for Today (and Tomorrow) at Illinois State University on Saturday, April 12. Sherwin and Crystal Williams of ISU will be giving a presentation about using GPS in AP Human Geography classes, while Dzialo will join Matthew Wahl of Dundee-Crown High School for a presentation called “Apps, Maps and AP Human Geography.”

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Water Polo
Stevenson 17, Glenbrook South 1: Becky Callen and Allison Travetto scored four goals apiece to pace the Patriots (9-1). Melissa Gartenberg, Annika Hotchkiss and Autumn Hoang all had a pair of goals, while Alex Adams, Joanie Newland and Jordyn Landau each scored once. Callen also split time at goalkeeper with Lauren Burns. Callen made seven saves and Burns had five.

Badminton
Stevenson 16, Evanston 2: The Patriots (5-0) remained undefeated, sweeping all six doubles matches and claiming 10 of 12 singles contests. The No. 1 team of Vivian To and Margaret Chen earned a 21-8, 16-21, 21-11 decision, followed by No. 2 Katelyn Schroeder/Neva Lui (19-21, 21-19, 21-15), No. 3 Nicole Xia/Michelle Ling (21-8, 21-13), No. 4 Elizabeth Onishchenko/Yixuan Wang (10-21, 21-19, 21-14), No. 5 Julia Son/Michelle Hu (21-11, 21-15), and No. 6 Sophia Liu/Naomi Econow (21-8, 21-14). Chen was a 21-19, 21-12 winner at No. 2 singles. Other singles victories came from No. 3 Schroeder (21-16, 10-21, 21-10), No. 5 Onishchenko (21-14, 21-14), No. 6 Ling (17-21, 21-14, 21-11), No. 7 Xia (21-17, 21-17), No. 8 Son (21-16, 21-6), No. 9 Hu (21-12, 21-12), No. 10 Wang (21-19, 11-21, 21-14), No. 11 Liu (18-21, 21-10, 21-7), and No. 12 Econow (16-21, 21-17, 21-15). – Daily Herald

Baseball
Glenbrook South 10, Stevenson 0: Titans pitcher Conor McCarthy, who has signed to play for Villanova University, no-hit the host Patriots (1-1). – Daily Herald (linescore)

Boys Basketball State Gear On Sale
Stevenson boys basketball fans that would like to buy 2014 IHSA state tournament gear can place orders online through Friday, April 11. T-shirts, sweatshirts and sweatpants are available. Click here to view items and place an order. Items will be delivered to the school for pickup.

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.

Buy breakfast at SHS, and you might win a prize!Any student who buys a breakfast item in the East or West cafeteria between now and mid-May is eligible to enter a drawing for free prizes. The grand prize is a mountain bike. There also will be 10 iTunes cards ($10 value each) given away. The contest is sponsored by Sodexo.

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. See Ms. Polisky or Ms. Perkins for questions.

Don’t miss the “Night of Jazz” concertat 7 p.m. Friday in the West Auditorium. Students in Jazz Lab Band, Jazz Band I, Ladyjazz, Jazz Etc. and Just the Guys will be performing. Come out and show your support.

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.

COLLEGE INFORMATION

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.

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 third 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.

CLUBS & ACTIVITIES

Interactive Gamers Club meets Thursday 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 RFedewa@d125.org.

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.

CAREER EXPLORATION PROGRAM

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.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES
Volunteer Lincoln-Way gymnastics coach charged with abuse
Lyons Township High officials look for ways to reduce student stress
Google blocks UIC from emailing its own students
Popular Glenbrook South horticulture teacher dies
Guilty plea in 2011 murder of NIU student
Sex offender arrested near Mundelein elementary school
Barrington District 220 names administrators for laptop program
Naperville District 203 changing learning support for early grades

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES
States looking to expand preschool confront debate over results
Students look for scholarships in some unusual places
Georgia high school holds its first racially integrated prom
U. of Phoenix chooses Michigan’s CFO as its new president
How businesses use your SAT scores

The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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