Thursday, September 11, 2014

Orchestra Audition Results Announced

Stevenson’s strings program on Wednesday announced the winners of its senior solo auditions competition, as well as students chosen to be part of two co-curricular groups,  Baroque Ensemble and the newly formed Viol Consort.

The four seniors selected as soloists for this school year are Autumn Hoang (Saint-Saëns cello concerto), Christopher Gao (Dvorak cello concerto), Phillip Kwon (Grieg piano concerto) and Monet Lee (Shostakovich violin concerto).

The Baroque Ensemble and Viol Consort roster will include: Shreya Sriram, Evanna Gu, Rahul Chatterjee, Kelly Zhang, Kevin Liao, Michael Garcia, Aryn Harmon, Kendra Lin, Seungmok Baek, Mollie Zweiban, Monique Hsu, Daniel Rong, Jonathan Chang, Megan Weaver, Varun Ganesh, Bhavana Muppavarapu, Will Langbo, Wilson Zhu, Liyang (Michael) Zhang, Lauren Cuasay, Matthew Cheng, HaoYang Yu, Annabelle Cheng, Daye (Diane) Um, Chris Ladan, Brendan Ladan and Srikar Rapaka.

Communication Arts Teacher Co-Authors Chapter in New Book

Communication Arts teacher Dr. Joseph Flanagan co-authored the opening chapter in a new book that looks at how schools can teach literacy in all curricular areas. In Teaching Dilemmas and Solutions in Content-Area Literacy, Grades 6-12, Flanagan and the book’s editor, Peter Smagorinsky, lay a foundation by examining the current state of literacy instruction in English/Literary Arts classrooms. They tackle the growing debate over what students should be reading, discuss the transformation of instructional strategies, and offer their take on forging a path for literacy instruction. The book was released Wednesday by Corwin.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Cross Country

Stevenson at St. Viator Artman Invitational: Jared Borowsky won top honors and Paul Udoni finished second at Meles Park in Arlington Heights, leading SHS to a runner-up finish behind St. Francis. – Daily Herald

Girls Cross Country

Stevenson at St. Viator Artman Invitational: The Patriots won the meet and captured two of the top three individual spots at Meles Park in Arlington Heights. Isabelle Sparreo claimed first place and Jessica Philipp took third. SHS also grabbed places 7-10 thanks to Sidney Kirby, Gabriela Jagielo, Julide Ozmeral and Amy Lin. – Daily Herald

Girls Tennis

Stevenson 8, Barrington 0: At the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex, the Patriots moved to 8-0 with an octave of straight-set victories. Kaylin Dong and Zoe Taylor led the way in doubles (6-2, 6-0), followed by Vinaya Rao/Katherine Harvey (6-2, 6-4), Michelle Tulchinskaya/Gwendolyn Heidkamp (6-2, 6-3), and Caroline Kelmis/Lindsey Waxman (6-2, 6-0). In singles, the winners were Kendall Kirsch (7-5, 6-2), Zoe Manion (6-1, 6-1), Bronwyn Heidkamp (6-1, 7-6 (1)) and Nikki Rezania (6-1, 6-1).

Girls Volleyball

Libertyville d. Stevenson, 25-18, 25-22: Isabella Milejczk led the host Patriots (6-8) on attack with 9 kills. Jori Radtke had 7 kills and 8 digs. Corissa Kurth dished out 15 assists and Morgan Berland made 13 digs. The Wildcats improved to 8-1. – Sun-Times Media,  Daily Herald

Girls Swimming and Diving

Stevenson vs. Warren: No score/results reported.

Brunson Taking His Game to Villanova

All-state basketball player Jalen Brunson, widely considered to be one of the nation’s top point guards, on Wednesday announced his plans to play for Villanova University. Reactions from around the Web

He joins classmates Willie Bourbon (baseball-Northwestern), Nick Dillon (football-Eastern Michigan), Cameron Green (football-Northwestern) and Colin Harvey (tennis-Michigan State) in making verbal commitments to college programs thus far in 2014 (and informing the SHS Athletics Division). Several other senior athletes are expected to make known their college choices in the weeks ahead.

Brunson’s much-anticipated announcement was carried live on High School Cube, and as of noon today had drawn more than 80,000 views. (Watch the video) A typical SHS boys basketball game shown on High School Cube last season drew 1,500-3,000 views.

O’Connell Earns Football Player of the Week Honors

Patrick O’Connell, a senior lineman for the SHS football team, today was named the Daily Herald’s Lake County Defensive Player of the Week for his role in last week’s win over Homewood-Flossmoor. O’Connell had 5 tackles for loss, including 2.5 sacks, against the Vikings. Overall, he recorded 8 solo tackles and 4 assisted tackles.

Sports Boosters Donations Broke $60K Mark in 2013-14

Sports Boosters donations surpassed the $60,000 mark in 2013-14. Donations included ImPact baseline concussion testing for all student-athletes, Hudl software for all sports, boys and girls track equipment, softball and baseball batting cage turf, a fencing scoring machine, windscreens for the Stadium, a trophy case backdrop for all sports, girls and boys tennis award boards, and tables for new shelters at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex (soccer, tennis, lacrosse, field hockey). Sports Boosters also has approved payment for a mini-bus to be used for all sports, pending Board of Education approval.

Sports Booster memberships are $75 for a family of four and guarantee free admission to all regular season home athletic events (excluding the December 14 cheer/pom invitational at SHS). Memberships can be purchased at the Sports Booster booth at tonight’s Open House, as well as Friday evening at the home football game versus Warren. Boosters will also be selling spirit wear items at their booth in the Wood Commons at Open House. All proceeds are donated back to Stevenson Athletics.


Reminder: Late Arrival Friday

Reminder: We will follow the late arrival schedule Friday. Classes will start at 10:30. Bus routes will begin their runs at 9:20.

Join in the Fun at Spirit Fest This Saturday

The school’s annual Spirit Fest is Saturday, coordinated by the National Honor Society. It’s a fun event open to the community that raises money for a local charity. This year, all the money raised will go to the Lexi Kazian Foundation, which helps families with children who have developmental disabilities. The money will donated in memory of Ty Jordan Calloway, the son of science teacher Deanna Warkins and Donn Calloway, both of whom graduated from SHS in 1998. Spirit Fest features music, games, a 5K walk, fireworks, and a chance to set a world record. Register for Spirit Fest through the school’s Web Store.

Color Fun(d) Run Update

It’s not too late to sign up for Sunday’s second annual Color Fun(d) Run at SHS. In fact, you can even sign up that morning! Click here to register. If you’ve already registered, pick up your packet during the lunch periods Friday in the Wood Commons, or from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Road Runner Sports in Kildeer, 20291 N. Rand Road. Road Runner will donate $1.50 to the Color Fun(d) Run for every packet picked up at the store. In addition, Run participants will receive 10% off any purchase they make in the store while stopping in to pick up their packet.

Freshman BBQ Bash Friday Night Before Football Game

All freshmen are invited to the Freshman Barbecue Bash from 6-7 p.m. Friday next to the Stadium, before the varsity football game against Warren. There will be food, face paint and music.

Next Improv Audition Workshop Monday

Interested in auditioning for the Failed Presidential Candidates – SHS Improv Troupe? We will be having an audition workshop at 7 p.m. Monday 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 7 p.m. in the West Auditorium. Contact Ms. Nowak with any questions.

Choir Group Auditions Next Week

Do you like to sing? Auditions for Just the Guys, Jazz Etc. and Ladyjazz are happening next Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. These select a cappella groups are open to all Stevenson students. Audition packets and information are posted on the choir website (, or see Mrs. Nuteson in the Choir Room if you have any questions.

Winter Guard Clinics/Auditions September 16, 18

Do you have dance experience? Looking for a competitive performance team? Did you miss auditions last spring for the fall season of Color Guard? Come to the Winter Guard Clinics/Auditions Tuesday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Wood Commons, and Thursday, September 18, from 6-8 p.m. in the Wood Commons. Email Coach Hill at with questions. More information on the website. Two days only!

ILC Hiring Student Aides For Periods 1, 4, 6 and 7

The ILC is looking to hire student aides for periods 1, 4, 6 and 7. 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. Cornille in the upper West ILC.


Interested in going to China for nine days next June? There will be an information meeting for interested freshmen, sophomores and juniors (and their parents) next Wednesday in Room 5044 at 6:30 p.m.

The AP Euro and Art History courses are combining for a summer 2015 trip to London, Paris, southern France and Florence, Italy. The trip is open to all current AP Euro and Art History students, or juniors who took the courses last year. Students earn summer school credit. Come to the informational meeting next Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Room 7096 for more information. Or, contact Ms. Gerber ( or Mr. Hannigan (

The Stevenson Science Division is sponsoring a summer geology tour of Yellowstone, one of the United States’ two super-volcanoes and the Grand Tetons next summer. For 10 days in July, you will discover the formation of the Snake River Canyon, explore cinder cones and geysers, swim in pristine waters, and hike to the top of a mountain. Students gain a geology science credit while learning about the stunning features of the Western United States. There will be an informational meeting Tuesday, September 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 7096 for all interested students and their parents.  Questions? Contact Mr. Carmichael in Room 1618 or Mrs. Knauf in Room 8080.

Have you ever hiked up a live volcano? Have you ever swum with sea turtles or been awakened by howler monkeys in the forest? Well, here’s your chance! The Stevenson Science Division is sponsoring another trip to beautiful Costa Rica next summer. For nine days in June, you will have the chance to conduct real scientific research while exploring the Costa Rican wilderness. There will be an informational meeting Tuesday, September 23 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 7096 for all interested students and their parents.  Questions? Contact Mr. Carlson in the East Science Office (Rm. 8080).


Seniors: Need assistance with your Common Application? The college counselors will be holding a workshop during eighth period today in the College/Career Center (Room 1123).

Juniors and seniors: The following colleges will be visiting Stevenson next week: University of Alabama-Birmingham, Northwestern University, School of the Art Institute, Indiana University, Ohio Northern University, Butler University, Hamilton College, University of Missouri, Colgate University, University of Rochester, University of Vermont, Dartmouth College, Dickinson College, Ball State University, St. Louis University, Kendall College, University of Puget Sound, Western Michigan University, College of William and Mary, Vanderbilt University, Calvin College, College of Charleston, Syracuse University and Tufts University.

A complete list of rep visits can be found on our Naviance site and is updated twice per wee. Students should get in the habit of checking Naviance and then arranging to secure a pass to visit with these reps. Procedures to sign-up: 1) Find the list of upcoming college visits on your Naviance page. 2) Sign-up for the specific college on Naviance. 3) Print the sign-up confirmation page. 4) Put your ID number on the page. 5) Have the page signed by your classroom teacher at least two days prior to the visit and bring it to the College/Career Center on the day of the visit. 6) Bring the signed page to the CCC on the day of the college visit. Instructions are on the CCC web page. If the college visit occurs during your lunch or free hour, follow the same procedure, but no signature is necessary on the confirmation page.

“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 at 9:30 a.m. Friday (late arrival) and during eighth period on Monday. 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 a career in aviation? Southern Illinois University and American Airlines will present the 2014 American Airlines Career Day on Saturday, October 25. Students will fly from O’Hare to Southern Illinois Airport, tour the aviation facilities, tour the main campus and see a presentation from AA employees and the university staff, and then return to Chicago. Applications are available at Event is space limited, so apply as early as possible.

Seniors: The University of Virginia’s Jefferson Scholars application is available in the College/Career Center. Stevenson can nominate one student. Previous winners ranked in the top 3-5%, had ACT scores of 31+, and had a strong leadership record. Completed forms are due back to the College/Career Center by November 7.

Applying to the University of Notre Dame? If so, the Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program applications are available in the College/Career Center. Applicants should demonstrate a high degree of leadership, academic accomplishment, exemplary moral character and sincere commitment to service. Stevenson can nominate one student.  New this year: A student applying Early Action to ND may not apply to any other college/university in their binding Early Decision process. Come to the College/Career Center to obtain an application. Our internal deadline is September 26.

The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship is now available. Stevenson can only nominate one senior. Stop by the College/Career Center (Room 1123) to pick up the nomination form. The form is due back to the CCC by November 22.

Seniors: All scholarships that come to our attention will be listed in Naviance under “Scholarship List.” Scholarships will be posted throughout the school year, so check the site often. If you have any questions, please stop by the College/Career Center in Room 1123.


Need some extra cash? There are lots of part-time jobs available for students. View them all on the Career Exploration webpage at

Start planning for your future early. Find out how you can make the most of your career planning by visiting the Career Exploration web page or contacting Mrs. Willock in the College/Career Center at View upcoming events and opportunities and find out more about participating in a career shadow.

Mark your calendars! The biennial Career Fair is coming to Stevenson on November 5 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Get a chance to talk to professionals representing a variety of different careers in healthcare, engineering, technology, law, business, the arts and more!


Freshman Class Board will meet today after school in Room 2119. Our focus will be on Homecoming preparations. Class Board is a terrific way to make new friends, have fun, and earn community service hours. New members are always welcome!

Life is tough. Law Club is the answer. Join us at 3:45 today in Room 7054. #LawClub

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!

Chess Club meets today in Room 7022. Meetings run from 3:30 to approximately 5 p.m.

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

The first International Thespian Society meeting will be Friday at 9:30 a.m. in the Black Box Theater, Room 2204. We would like to welcome inducted members and prospective members to this informational welcome breakfast! Our thespian troupe is part of an international honor society that honors excellence in both theater arts and service. Come join Troupe 1583! Contact Ms. Nowak with any questions.

Are you interested in exploring, discussing, and competing against others in the field of biology? Then join Biology Olympiad, a club dedicated to the most lively branch of science. Our first meeting is Monday in Room 1904 from 3:30 to 5.

The Student Ambassador general meeting will be held Tuesday at 7:45 a.m. in Room 2113. If you are interested in being an ambassador for Stevenson guests, please make sure you attend this required meeting. We will plan for the school year and discuss the first tour at the end of September!

The first meeting of the Breakfast with Books Club will be Tuesday in Room 1313. The meeting begins at 7:45 a.m. and will end at 8:25.

Stevenson High School Model United Nations (SHSMUN) will have an informational meeting after school Tuesday in Room 6050.

Attention all animal lovers: The Animal Welfare Club will be holding its first meeting Tuesday at 3:45 in Room 2700. We hope to see you there.

The Stevenson Styler will have a meeting next Wednesday in Room 1612 at 3:30.  Didn’t come to the first meeting? It’s not too late to get involved for the Fall/Winter edition. We are looking for students interested in photography, writing, editing, layout, modeling and more! See Mrs. Erickson in Room 1410 if you have any questions.

SPINS Club: Transfer students, our next outing is at Dave and Buster’s on Friday, September 26. If you want to attend, permission forms must be signed and returned to Student Activities along with $10 by Friday, September 19.


IM Football packets are due this week! Freshmen are due today. If you have any questions, stop by Room 3040.

IM Yoga begins Monday. Don’t forget to register! Visit the IM Yoga website at or the PREP Office (Room 3040) for more details.


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