Friday, September 12, 2014

Nearly 800 Earn Advanced Placement Scholar Honors

Seven hundred eighty-nine current and former Stevenson students earned Advanced Placement Scholar awards from the College Board for their performance on the 2014 AP exams last spring.

Stevenson had the top female AP scholar in the state. Vivian Wan (Class of 2014) took 17 AP exams, and earned a perfect score of 5 on all of them. The College Board honors one male and one female student in each U.S. state and the District of Columbia with the State AP Scholar award. The honor goes to those with grades of 3 or higher on the greatest number of AP exams, and then the highest average grade (at least 3.5) on all exams taken.

Also, Catherine Friedman (Class of 2014) received an AP International Diploma award for scoring 3 or higher on five or more exams in three or more subject areas.

Here is a breakdown of Stevenson’s AP Award recipients by category, followed by a link to the list of students who earned the honors:

  • 140 students earned National AP Scholar status for receiving an average score of at least 4 on all of their AP exams, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of the exams. Stevenson AP National Scholars had an average exam score of 4.59.
  • 430 students earned AP Scholar With Distinction status for earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of their exams. Stevenson’s AP Scholars with Distinction had an average exam score of 4.36. All National AP Scholars also earned this designation.
  • 145 students earned AP Scholar With Honor status for receiving an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of their exams. Stevenson’s AP Scholars with Honor had an average exam score of 3.85.
  • 214 students earned AP Scholar status for receiving scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams. Stevenson’s AP Scholars had an average exam score of 3.52.

Click here to see all of Stevenson’s 2014 AP Scholar recipients

Freshman Ice Skaters Stay Cool in European, U.S. Events

With the weather feeling more like November than September, it’s a perfect time to write about ice skating and two SHS freshmen who are very good at the sport: Lindsay Weinstein and Taylor Morris.

Weinstein and her pairs partner, Jacob Simon of Highland Park, made their international debut with Team USA at the International Skating Union’s Junior Grand Prix in the Czech Republic last week. They finished fifth in the novice category. (Click here to watch them in action.) Weinstein, who began skating when she was 3, first teamed up with Simon in 2013. Earlier this year, they won the Midwest Sectional novice championship and placed fourth in the U.S.

Morris is competing this week at the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic/Novice and Junior Challenge Skate in Salt Lake City. After the first day of competition on Thursday, she was second in the novice ladies (short program) division. She was scheduled to compete in the free skate program this morning.


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Football Team Takes on Warren Tonight

Stevenson’s varsity football team, which is ranked No. 1 or 2 in most media polls, plays host to Warren at 7:30 tonight in its North Suburban Conference Lake Division opener. The Patriots (2-0) are coming off a come-from-behind, 33-24 win at Homewood-Flossmoor, while the Blue Devils (1-1) are looking to bounce back after a 14-7 defeat to New Trier. Warren features Illinois-bound wide receiver Caleb Reams. Fans attending the game are requested to wear red, white and blue. For those can’t make it, the game will be shown online by the Stevenson Broadcast Network via High School Cube.

Fundraiser Sunday for Boys Basketball Program

The boys basketball program is having a fundraiser at Chico’s in Lincolnshire on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you mention SHS basketball while making a purchase, 10% of the sale will go to the program.

Kirsch Commits to Wisconsin Tennis Program

Add one more Patriot to the list of senior student-athletes who have made verbal commitments to college programs, which ran in Thursday’s Digest: Kendall Kirsch will continue her tennis career at the University of Wisconsin. Kirsch and Alexxis Kiven (Class of 2014) won the IHSA state doubles championship last October. They finished third in the state in 2011. This season, Kirsch is Stevenson’s No. 1 singles player.

Cross Country Completes Successful Run in Mt. Prospect

Thursday’s Digest carried partial results of the varsity girls and boys cross country teams’ efforts at the St. Viator Artman Invitational at Melas Park in Mt. Prospect. Complete results are now available.

On the girls’ side, the Patriots took top honors, with eight runners in the top 15. Isabelle Sparreo took first place with a time of 19:16 on the 5K course, and Jessica Philipp was third in 19:50. Shea Kirby placed seventh (21:03), Gabriela Jagielo took eighth (21:11), Julide Ozmeral finished ninth place (21:38), Amy Lin was 10th (21:46), Jessica Woodard ended in 11th (21:51) and Sydney Pacernick finished 15th (22:15).

On the boys’ side, the Patriots were second to Wheaton St. Francis, but had the top two overall runners. Jared Borowsky took top honors, crossing the tape in 16:47, with Paul Udoni finishing second in 17:01. Paul Halliday was 14th (18:03) and Malcolm Fitts placed 20th (18:44).

Stevenson also won the freshman-sophomore boys competition, with nine runners among the top 20. Adam Kody led the way with a second-place finish (18:56), Andrew Ossentjuk was third (19:01) and Jordan Eng fourth (19:02). Nikita Smyrnov placed eighth (19:35), Dmytro Roshchenko was 11th (19:46), Eric Lee finished 14th (20:03), Jake Lapeire was 16th (20:10), Ari Machtinger took 17th (20:29) and Tim Green placed 20th (20:40).

Watching the Patriots at State Just Got Easier

It’s great to watch Stevenson at the state finals, but for fans who can’t be there in person, it can be a real hassle to see the Patriots in action. The situation should improve with the announcement earlier this week that Comcast SportsNet has received exclusive broadcast rights to air 59 IHSA championship events beginning this school year. CSN will show all eight football championships and four playoff games, plus all girls and boys basketball championships, semifinals and consolation games. In addition, Comcast SportsNet will carry 15 other IHSA championship events, including boys and girls soccer, girls volleyball, individual wrestling, and competitive dance and cheerleading.


Freshman BBQ Bash Tonight Before Football Game

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

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 (online registration ends today). If you’ve already registered, pick up your packet during the lunch periods today 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.

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 7p.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 Coming Up

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 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) 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 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).


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 week. 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 their final “Write Stuff” essay workshop during eighth period on Monday in the College/Career Center, Room 1123. This workshop will give direction and provide strategies for the use of the essay or personal statement in the admission process.

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.


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!


Interactive Gamers Club meets today after school in Room 1500. If you’re a fan of trading card games or role-playing 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

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 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.

Do you love food, fashion or working with children? Have you or are you taking a course in Family and Consumer Sciences? Would you love to add the title of “FCCLA state champion” to your experience at Stevenson? Come learn about FCCLA at one of our informational meetings on Wednesday. Come before or after school … whatever time works best for you! 7:15 a.m. in Room 1406 or 3:30 p.m. in Room 1406! Can’t make it to the meeting? Contact Mrs. Backes or Mrs. Lohrmann.

Attention all students interested in joining Psychology Club: Our first meeting of the year will be held in Room 2612 on Thursday, September 18 at 3:45. All are welcome; we will be trying to plan our agenda for the year, hope to see you there!

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 next Friday.


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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