Science Olympiad Finishes Second in State
Stevenson finished second to longtime rival New Trier at the Illinois Science Olympiad state finals at the University of Illinois on Saturday. Last year, SHS won its first time title by narrowly defeating New Trier. Both schools will meet again May 16-18 at the National Science Olympiad at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Only 60 high schools are invited to the national competition.
Stevenson won first place in 12 events, with 16 students earning the title of state champion. Emma Buckardt was part of three first-place entries, while six others were part of two winners: David Chen, Brian Zhou, Katherine Liu, Matthew Zhang, Alex Hong and Jessie Wang. Other students who were on first-place teams included Hannah Yan, Vivian Wan, Jason Lu, Becca Nelson, Kathryn Fatina, David Zhang, Borchueh Wu, Shravya Gogula and Kevin Li. Click here to see all of Stevenson’s results.
Two From SHS Selected for State Musical Theater Awards
Sophomores Kaitlin Feely and Jonah Rawitz are among 24 students in the state selected to participate in the third annual Illinois High School Musical Theater Awards on Saturday, April 25. The event honors outstanding achievement in musical theater performance by high school students. Feely and Rawitz were chosen based on their performances in last fall’s school musical, “In The Heights.”
Only 12 young women and 12 young men are selected for the awards. They will spend the day working with professionals, including team members from “Newsies,” and auditioning in front of a panel of professional judges. Two winners will be selected to be Illinois representatives for the National High School Musical Theater Awards, also known as the Jimmy Awards, on Broadway this summer.
Students Honored for Science Projects
Four SHS students were chosen to present their science projects at the Positive Impact Competition at Wheeling High School on Friday. All four students were named semifinalists in the competition: Freshman Shivani Debhar, sophomore Ajay Varadhan, and juniors Jeremy Lan and Diane Jiang. Their projects were among 25 selected as semifinalists from among more than 80 from around Illinois. Varadhan finished third and Jiang placed fifth.
“Healthy Patriot” Follow-Up Wednesday Morning
SHS athletic trainers Adam Kehoe and Tom Loew will give a follow-up presentation to Monday’s “Healthy Patriot” talk by Northwestern University head athletic trainer Tory Lindley. The presentation, a breakfast meeting for parents, will take place at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in Room 2104. Unable to attend the Lindley presentation? Click here to watch the video.
Inaugural Allied Soccer Game Set for Saturday at SHS
Stevenson will play host to Mundelein in the school’s first-ever competition for Allied Soccer, a sport for students with disabilities, at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Stadium. SHS plans to recognize during halftime many of the individuals who made the sport offering a reality, including Superintendent Dr. Eric Twadell. Co-coaches Mark Schartner and Shannon Kolze currently have 17 student-athletes and 13 student-partners (“buddies”) signed up for the program. Three schools will compete with SHS: Mundelein, Vernon Hills and Warren.
Wilner Earns All-America Honors for Illini Gymnastics
Mike Wilner (Class of 2011) earned All-America honors and helped the University of Illinois men’s gymnastics team finish fourth at the NCAA Championships last weekend. Wilner placed sixth on still rings in the individual competition, earning his second consecutive All-America honor in the event.
Stryganek Runs One of Fastest 100 Meters in UI History
University of Illinois sprinter Brandon Stryganek (Class of 2011) won the 100 meters with a time of 10.29 seconds at the Illinois Twilight meet Saturday, the fourth-fastest time in school history. He also was part of the Illini’s 400-meter relay team that won in 39.61, a new facility record.
Girls Lacrosse Fundraiser at Roti Thursday Night
The girls lacrosse team is having a fundraiser at Roti Mediterranean Grill from 6-9 p.m. Thursday. The team will get 20% of all food purchased during the three-hour event. Roti is located at 1240 E. Route 45 in Vernon Hills. Look for the fundraiser flyer in the girls lacrosse web page at www.d125.org/glacrosse.
The AP Art and Advanced Photography Show is today and Wednesday in the East Glass Commons and Room 7096. The show is open from 8 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. both days, and the public reception will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday.
The Mr. SHS contest is Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Pick up tickets for $5 at the Superstore.
Prom tickets are now on sale at the Superstore and online. The cost is $80 per ticket. SHS students bringing someone from another school must turn in a completed Dance Guest Approval Form, along with a photocopy ID of their guest. You can pick up the guest approval form at the Superstore.
Students and staff are invited to the Illinois Healthy and High Performing Schools Symposium at SHS on Friday. (There is no school on April 18.) Admission is free. Stop by between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to check out exhibits, attend workshops and receive hands-on training. The focus of the symposium is sustainability in the school environment. For more information, go to www.usgbc-illinois.org/events/schoolssymposium/.
CLUBS & ACTIVITIES
The 50th Anniversary Club will meet today at 3:30 in the Lower ILC.
Guitar Club meets today after school in the Orchestra Room until 5 p.m. All players and all styles are welcome, even absolute beginners or faculty and staff. In addition, vocalists and/or musicians who play other instruments are encouraged to join in and jam. Classical style guitars are provided, but you are allowed to bring your own instrument. If possible, please don’t forget to bring your guitar pic! For questions or more information, you can contact Jacob Kramer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New IM club starting soon!IM Skateboard Club is back and everyone is welcome to join. Come to the informational meeting Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in Room 2506. The club will start meeting April 24. Visit the website and register online at www2.d125.org/im/skate.html. You can also visit the PREP office, Room 3040, for more information.
Archery Club will practice Wednesday after school until 5 p.m. in the Field House.
Senior Athletes: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is offering the Pursuit of Excellence Scholarship from the Sigma Nu fraternity to incoming male freshmen. See Naviance Scholarships for more information. The deadline to submit applications is May 1.
If you are interested in marketing, promotions or media relations as a career, there is an available summer internship at a local non-profit. You must have strong writing skills, knowledge of social media platforms and proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, as well as reliable transportation. Please contact Mrs. Willock in the CCC for an application.
Interested in a culinary career? Want to know what it is like to be a pastry chef? There is a summer opportunity available to intern at a Chicago restaurant. Please contact Mrs. Willock in the CCC for more details.
If you are interested in participating in a summer career shadow, please contact Mrs. Willock in the CCC for more information at email@example.com. Find out about more summer opportunities available in the area on the Career Exploration webpage.
ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES
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NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES
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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.