Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Seven Seniors to Compete for Orchestra Solo Slots

Seven seniors will perform solos before a panel of faculty and outside judges at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Recital Hall, vying for four soloist opportunities with the Patriot Orchestra during the 2014-15 school year. The eight contestants are Joshua Cheng (violin), Matthew Cheng (violin), Chris Gao (cello), Autumn Hoang (cello), Phillip Kwon (piano), Monet Lee (violin) and Allen Wang (piano). The Senior Orchestra Solo Auditions are open to the public, and also are scheduled to be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network through High School Cube.

CLC Foundation Names SHS Alum New Development Director

Jamie Samsel, a 1987 graduate of Stevenson, is the new director of development for the College of Lake County Foundation. She has more than a dozen years of experience as a development professional, including working for Indiana University and the Sierra Club. Under her direction, the Sierra Club’s fundraising efforts in the Chicago area grew from $230,000 per year to more than $1.8 million.

Man Charged With Homicide in Death of SHS Alumnus

Lincolnshire Police have charged a Wood Dale man with drug-induced homicide in connection with the death of SHS alumnus Connor Moore, who died July 28. Police said Moore, 26, died of a overdose less than 24 hours after purchasing heroin from 26-year-old John Smolinski in Chicago.

Lincoln Museum to Add Stevenson Exhibit

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum reportedly will add a new exhibit highlighting Adlai E. Stevenson II, as well as his father, who was vice president of the United States, and his son, Adlai III, who represented Illinois in the U.S. Senate from 1970-1981. The exhibit’s opening date has not been announced.


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Monday’s Varsity Results

Boys Golf

Stevenson at Lake County Invitational: The Patriots tied for second with Deerfield with a score of 150, but won a tiebreaker by having a lower No. 2 score. Jason Gohde, Kamaren Sandhu and Kevin Chin each carded a 37 at Fox Lake Country Club, three strokes shy of the medalist. Luke Feder and Jake LaBow recorded 39s and Will Sebastian had a 40. The invitational was shortened to nine holes due to storm delays. Lake Forest won the team championship with a 148. – Daily Herald

Girls Golf

Stevenson at Lake County Invitational: At Bonnie Brook Golf Course in Waukegan, the Patriots placed fifth among 15 teams. SHS posted a team score of 371, one stroke out of third place. Libertyville won the team title with a 341 score. Alexia Fidman led the Pats with an 88, tying for 13th place. – Daily Herald


Special Schedule on Thursday

On Thursday, there will be a special schedule for all students. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors will be taking tests from 8 a.m. to 10:30. Seniors don’t have any tests, and can come to school at 10:30. Classes will start for all students at 10:30 on Thursday, and we will be on the late arrival schedule. The tests being taken by juniors, sophomores and freshmen are all connected to future performance on the ACT college entrance exam. Freshmen will take the EXPLORE test in the West Building, sophomores will take the PLAN test in the East Building, and juniors will take a practice ACT test in the Sports Center and Field House. Juniors with last names A-Lee will test in the Field House, and Lef-Z will test in the Sports Center. Room assignments for freshmen and sophomores will be posted around the school.

Special Bus Schedule for Seniors on Thursday

For seniors taking the bus to school Thursday morning, there will be a modified pick-up schedule in effect. Click here to see the stops scheduled by route (PDF).

Register for the Color Fun(d) Run at Lunch This Week

Stevenson wants you to get all messed up on Sunday, September 14. That’s when the second annual Color Fund Run will take place on campus. How does the Color Fund Run work? It’s simple: Run, walk, crawl or make some type of forward motion while people dump different colors on you. And it’s all for a good cause, the Stevenson Foundation’s Kids In Need fund. The cross country team and the Foundation will be signing up students for the Color Fun(d) Run during lunch periods Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in the Wood and Glass Commons. The last day to register is September 4. For more information, go to stevensonfoundation.org.

Now Hiring Student Aides for ILC, West Student Services

The ILC and West Student Services are looking to hire student aides for most periods of the school day. This is a paid position. You must have either a free period or study hall to be eligible. To apply for an ILC position, see Mrs. Gorman in the upper West ILC. To apply for a West Student Services position, see Mrs. Peterson in Room 2412 or Mrs. Moffat in Room 2414.

Earlier Start Time for Bus Route 118 Begins Wednesday

Are you a riding on bus 118 in the morning? Starting Wednesday, the route will begin its run 10 minutes earlier. Route 118 will begin at 6:48 a.m. instead of 6:58.


“Write Stuff” for Seniors: Would you like some assistance with your college essay writing or personal statement? The College Counselors are holding “Write Stuff” essay workshops on the following dates:

Thursday, August 28 9:30 (Late Arrival for Seniors)
Thursday, September 4 9:30 (Late Arrival)
Monday, September 8 2:35 (Eighth Period)
Tuesday, September 9 7:30 (Second Day of the Week)
Wednesday, September 10 2:45 (Eighth Period/Activity Day)
Friday, September 12 9:30 (Late Arrival)
Monday, September 15 2:35 (Eighth Period)

You only need to attend one workshop. This workshop will give direction and provide strategies for the use of the essay or personal statement in the admission process.  All workshops will be in the College/Career Center, Room 1123.

Interested in Indiana University? SHS is able to nominate two seniors for the Wells Scholars Program, which pays full tuition, academic fees and an annual living expenses stipend. In the past, winners have been in the top 5% of the class with an ACT composite score above 30. SHS cannot nominate students who have applied or who definitely intend to apply for admission by early binding decision at another university. Interested students should pick up an application packet from the College/Career Center (Room 1123). The deadline to return the completed internal application to the College/Career Center is September 10.

Considering the University of North Carolina? The Morehead-Cain Award, the oldest and one of the most prestigious scholarship programs in the country, recognizes well-rounded student leaders who demonstrate outstanding potential for leadership in high school, in college and beyond. The Morehead-Cain Scholar is expected to be, in conduct and achievement, a superior citizen. This merit-based award includes four years of tuition and expenses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as fully funded summer enrichment programs that supplement academic study with off-campus travel and experience. Stevenson is allowed to nominate one student from the Class of 2015. Interested seniors may pick up nomination materials in the College/Career Center. The deadline to return nomination forms is Wednesday, September 10. Please know if selected, the nominee will need to complete and submit the Morehead-Cain application by Wednesday, October 1.


Have you ever listened to the announcers during a football broadcast and thought, “I can do that”?  Do you want to be a part of this historic athletic year at Stevenson? The Stevenson Sports Broadcasting team will be meeting after school on Wednesday in Room 8000. New members are welcome! Questions? See Mr. Carlson in the East Science Office.

The Sophomore Class Board will meet at 3:35 Thursday in Room 1500. New members are always welcome.

Freshman Class Board: Our first meeting of the school year is Thursday after school in Room 2119. We will be working on Homecoming decorations and our first class unity project. Class board is a terrific way to make new friends, have fun, and earn community service hours. Refreshments will be served. See you there!

The Stevenson Styler, Stevenson’s very own fashion magazine, will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, September 3 from 3:30-4:30 in Room 1612. We are looking for students who are interested in photography, writing, editing, modeling and layout. If you have any questions, see Mrs. Erickson in Room 1410.


Intramural Golf is right around the corner. IM Golf meets on Tuesdays at the Vernon Hills Golf Course (transportation is provided). The informational meeting is at 3:30 today in Room 6014. We hope to see you there! For more information, visit the IM Golf website.

The Stevenson Flag Football League informational meeting will be held at 3:30  Wednesday in Room 2113. For more information, visit the SFFL page.

Intramural Archery begins September 5 and we hope you’ll be joining. We meet on Wednesdays at Stevenson on the Sports Courts. Attend the informational meeting at 3:30 Wednesday in Room 6012. More information can be found on the IM Archery website.

You should join Ultimate Frisbee! Come to the informational meeting for more details. The meeting is at 3:30 Thursday in Room 1420. We hope to see you there. For more information, visit the IM Ultimate Frisbee website.

IM Yoga is back and starting soon. Attend the informational meeting on Monday, September 8 at 3:30 in Room 5044. Visit the IM Yoga website for more information.


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