Thursday, September 4, 2014

2005 Alum Making Presence Felt in the Fashion World

SHS alum Amy Levin (Class of 2005) has turned a project born from boredom into a major player in the fashion world, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. Her CollegeFashionista website has more than 1,500 contributors each semester and is considered prime advertising territory by such companies as Amazon Fashion, American Eagle, Victoria’s Secret and Maybelline. The website’s annual revenue is in the mid-seven figures, Levin told Crain’s. In August, Levin was featured in New York magazine.

She started CollegeFashionista during her senior year at Indiana University, trying to fend off boredom following an internship in London the previous semester. The website quickly took off, and today has a full-time staff of eight split between Chicago and New York. Three of Levin’s employees are her siblings: Melissa (2004), who is editorial director; Daniel (2001), who handles information technology; and Brian (2008), the company’s business director. Amy serves as creative director.

Visiting Artist of the Month Program Returns

Erica Elan Ciganek is the Art Department’s Visiting Artist of the Month for September. Samples of her work are on display in the remodeled Rotunda Gallery of the West Building. She will come to SHS later this month to meet with students and talk about her work and career.



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Wednesday’s Varsity Results


Boys Cross Country

Stevenson at Art Campbell/Lake County Invitational: Sam Oh outran everyone on the 3-mile course at the Lakewood Forest Preserve, crossing the tape first in 15:29.2 and helping the Patriots to a fifth-place finish among 14 schools. Paul Udoni placed 15th and Jared Borowsky was 20th. –  Official results | Daily Herald

Girls Cross Country

Stevenson at Art Campbell/Lake County Invitational: Isabelle Sparreo took fourth place in the field of 148 runners with a time of 19:09, and Jessica Philipp placed 14th in 19:49. SHS finished seventh out of 18 teams at Lakewood Forest Preserve. Two other Pats placed in the top 50: Shea Kirby was 37th (20:41.6) and Gabriella Jagielo was 46th (21:10.8). – Official results | Daily Herald

Girls Golf

Stevenson 169, Antioch 254: Myra Peterson, Alexia Fidman and Surya Vijayasankar all tied for medalist honors by shooting 42s at Spring Valley Country Club. Stephanie Namkoong was right behind them with a 43. – Daily Herald


NCAA Eligibility Workshop September 10

SHS student-athletes and their parents hoping to continue their playing careers in college are encouraged to attend the North Suburban Conference’s annual NCAA Eligibility Workshop at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Warren Township High School’s O’Plaine campus. The workshop provides insights on NCAA academic requirements and recruiting information. Lake Forest College Director of Athletics Jackie Slaats will be the featured speaker.


Improv Audition Workshops Set For Next Two Mondays

Interested in auditioning for the Failed Presidential Candidates – SHS Improv Troupe? We will be having audition workshops next Monday and also on Monday, September 15 at 7 p.m. in the West Auditorium. Come warm up and learn the games we will be using at auditions. Attendance is highly encouraged if you plan on auditioning. Auditions will be Monday, September 22 at 7p.m. in the West Auditorium. Contact Ms. Nowak with any questions.

“Cat in the Hat” Auditions September 10-11

Auditions for the Stevenson Foundation’s fall children’s play, “The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss, will be held in the West Auditorium from 4:45-6:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, September 10-11. Have a children’s poem or nursery rhyme ready to perform for your monologue. Tell us how you would save the day and help the Cat clean the house. Be sure to wear working clothes and shoes. We will be working with stage antics and dramatic movements on the stage floor. Bring your enthusiasm and your energy!

Superstore Hiring Students

The Superstore is hiring students to work during their lunch period. This is a paid position and is open to sophomores, juniors or seniors. Interested students should contact Sally Miller at for an application or stop by the Superstore.

Student Musicians Needed for Pit Orchestra

If you play an instrument, consider signing up to be part of the pit orchestra for the fall musical, “Cabaret.” Mr. Beyer is looking for about 50 musicians. String players, brass players, piano players, even banjo players; lots of different talents are needed. If you’re interested in applying for pit orchestra, click here.

Color Fun(d) Run Registration Clock Winding Down

Stevenson wants you to get all messed up on Sunday, September 14. That’s when the second annual Color Fun(d) Run will take place on campus. How does the Color Fun(d) 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. Friday is the last day to sign up and be certain that you’ll get a free T-shirt. For more information, go to

West ILC Circulation Desk Closing at 3:30 Friday

The ILC circulation desk will close at 3:30 p.m. Friday. The ILC will remain open and monitored by SHS security, but circulation of books and laptops will not be available.

WAES Radio Holding Information Meeting September 10

Radio! Radio! Have you always wanted to be a radio superstar? Stevenson’s very own radio station, WAES 88.1 FM, will be holding an informational meeting for all new and existing members at 3:45 Wednesday in Room 8000. Questions? Contact Mr. Carlson in the East Science Office (8080).

Flute Choir Starts on Tuesday

Flute Choir is open to all SHS flutists. The first meeting is Tuesday at 7:40 a.m. in the Choir Room. If you have any questions, contact Ms. Karlin at


Rep-A-Rama college visits for juniors and seniors have begun! Many colleges and universities have already scheduled a date to visit with Stevenson students. The following colleges will be visiting Stevenson next week: Whittier College, Washington University, University of Illinois-Chicago, Rose-Hulman University, University of Alabama, St. Olaf College, University of Illinois-Urbana, University of Iowa, Baldwin Wallace University, American University, Marquette University, Michigan State University, Kalamazoo College, Carroll University, Case Western University, University of Washington, Gettysburg College, Purdue University, Western Illinois University, Eckerd College and Elon University.

The blue college passes are a thing of the past! Seniors and juniors will use Naviance to sign up for the college they are interested in visiting. View all upcoming college visits, sign up, and print the confirmation page. Take the confirmation page to your teacher for his or her signature, and then bring this signed confirmation page to the visit. Instructions are available at

If the college visit occurs during your lunch hour or free period, follow the same procedure, but no signature is necessary on the confirmation page.

Seniors: Next Tuesday, Mrs. Biemeret and Mr. Miller will be meeting with parents only from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. They will address such topics as timelines for seniors, how to send test scores/transcripts, letters of recommendation, the Common Application, and other services offered to seniors by the College/Career Center.


Planning for your future means planning for a career. Find out how you can make the most of your career planning by visiting the Career Exploration website at or contacting Mrs. Willock in the CCC at View upcoming events, jobs and opportunities, and find out more about participating in a career shadow.


Club Israel is ready! Are you? We’ll have food and drink, friends and fun! Need to be Jewish? Nope, everyone is welcome! Need to know Hebrew? Nope, every language is welcome!  Need to have fun? Yup! Join us for our first meeting today after school in Room 1414.  Any questions? Ask Mrs. Argentar.

Like art, community service and fun? Come to Art From the Heart today in Student Activities and get to know the club. We will have cupcakes and cookies!

Table Tennis meets today in the Lower East Commons from 3:30-6:30.

Chess Club meets today in Room 7022. Meetings run from 3:30 to approximately 5 o’clock.

The Speech and Drama Team meets at 3:45 today in the East ILC. Come and participate in one or more of 14 different events that span from humorous to dramatic acting, from prose and poetry to original speech writing, from impromptu and political speeches to radio broadcasts. New members, both experienced and inexperienced, are always welcome! Be a part of a friendly team where you’ll have fun and learn life-long, valuable communication skills!

Do you enjoy attending school events, have a passion for photography, writing or page layout/graphic design? Then the Ambassador Yearbook is the right club for you!  Join us for our next meeting, Friday from 3:30-5 p.m. in Room 2712. This meeting will cover tips/tricks on photography and Adobe Photoshop. We’re looking forward to a memorable 50th anniversary school year and to have you be a part of it!  

This Friday after school, from 3:30 to 6:30, the Interactive Gamers Club will hold their first event of the year in the Wood Commons. We will be running a Pack Wars tournament, and we’ll be giving away raffle prizes throughout. The cost is $5, and each student will receive at least four packs of Magic cards. Experienced and new players are all welcome!

Are you interested in weather and always wanted to learn and understand it more? Come to the Meteorology Club’s first meeting of the year after school Monday in Room 2118 from 3:30-5. We will be working with our brand new Weather Bug system this year. You can become a trained weather spotter, conduct weather experiments, and go on weather-related field trips. Contact the club sponsor, Mr. Eriksen, with any questions.

Choreography Club meets Monday from 3:30-4:30 in Room 2112 (by the Sports Center). Learn a hip hop routine and have free cookies! Open to all; no experience necessary.

Future Doctors of America meets Tuesday from 3:30-4:45 in Room 1508/1510. The club is open to students interested in medicine as a career. New members are welcome.


Open baseball is canceled for today.

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

Don’t forget that IM Football team packets are due next week! If your team has not picked up a packet, please do so ASAP in Room 3040.

It’s not too late to register for IM Golf! IM Golf meets Tuesdays and transportation is provided to Vernon Hills Golf Course. Registration packets can be picked up in the PREP Office, Room 3040. For more information please visit the IM Golf Website, the PREP office, or contact Mr. Wise ( or Mr. Argentar (


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