Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Eight From Congressional Debate Team Win Awards

Eight members of the Congressional Debate team won awards at Saturday’s Illinois Congressional Debate Association Region III conference at Naperville North High School. Senior Jenny Zhang won Best Quality Speaker honors out of the 500 students who competed. She also earned a First Place Speaker award, along with classmate Matthew Rice and junior Anvesh Jalasutram. Second Place Speaker honors were given to juniors Bill Wei, Alex Smith and Pratik Kamat. The Third Place Speaker award went to senior Barton Hwang. Junior Pouya Akbarzadeh was elected the best Presiding Officer in his chamber.

Freshman Speaks at TEDxYouth@LakeVilla

Freshman Tanvee Patankar was one of the speakers at the inaugural TEDxYouth@LakeVilla event held Saturday during the worldwide TEDYouthDay. She advocated the creation of personal finance classes in high school to help students better handle their money. Patankar was the final speaker of the day; you can watch it here, beginning at the 2:26:10 mark. TEDxYouth@LakeVilla took place at Lakes Community High School. One hundred and twenty-five middle school and high school students took part.

Communication Arts Faculty to Present at NCTE Conference

Twelve members of the Communication Arts faculty will be giving presentations at the National Council of Teachers of English annual conference in Washington, D.C. this weekend. Presenters and their topics include:

  •      “Making Meaning From the Outside In and the Inside Out” by Kirsten Voelker, Melissa Mack and Denise Foster;
  •      “Stories in New Forms: Teaching Digital Literacies” by Laura Brown;
  •      “Slaying the Dragons: How the Story of My Learning Empowers Students as Heroes” by Bill Fritz, Nicole Smith, Mark Patton and Liz Kenney;
  •      “Evaluating Student Writing Quickly and Effectively” by Steve Heller and Martha Keller, with Jocelyn Chadwick of the Harvard Graduate School of Education;
  •      “An Actor’s Toolbox: Using Theater Techniques to Unlock a Text” by Director of Communication Arts Doug Lillydahl, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Mark Onuscheck, and his wife, professional actor Julie Onuscheck;
  •      “Now Screening at NCTE 2014 (aka the Film Festival)” by Liz Kenney and retired Communication Arts teacher Mary Christel.

Chinese Teachers Giving Presentation in San Antonio

Stevenson’s Chinese teachers will be giving a presentation on “Collaborative Learning in the Chinese Classroom” on Saturday at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language’s annual conference in San Antonio.

Glowing Review for “Cabaret”

Alan Bresloff, who runs the Around the Town Chicago website, wrote a glowing review of last weekend’s production of “Cabaret.” If the production were ongoing, Bresloff said he would give it four stars. He lavished praise on a number of people involved with the musical, both on stage and off.


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Tickets on Sale for State Semifinal Football Game

Presale tickets for Saturday’s IHSA Class 8A state semifinal football game at Glenbard West are available for $6 through the Patriot Superstore. The store is open before school and during the lunch periods. Pep buses for students will be available. Students who want to ride the bus must turn in a completed permission form (click here to download) and $10 to cover the cost of a game ticket and transportation.

Football Broadcast Information

Plans for live broadcast coverage of Saturday’s semifinal are still coming together, but replay times are locked in place. The contest will be the CN100 Game of the Week, and will be shown on Comcast cable channel 100 at noon on Sunday, and again at 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 25.


FMP Mentor Informational Meetings on Friday

Sophomores and juniors interested in being student mentors in the FMP program during the 2015-16 school year are invited to attend an informational meeting during all lunch periods in the Recital Hall on Friday.

Give Your Feedback on Stained Glass Window Designs

All students are invited to provide feedback on the design proposals for the stained glass window that will be installed over the Sports Center entrance next semester as part of the school’s 50th anniversary. You can stop by the ILC and offer feedback on design proposals through Friday.

PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale Wednesday afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons!  Pies, donuts, Puppy Chow and more. All items are $1.

Find Out Science Opportunities Available for Students

For information on upcoming science events, contests, career exploration, awards and scholarships outside of SHS for students, please visit the science web page and click on the “Student Opportunities” link to the right. www.d125.org/academics/science.aspx


The Stevenson Center on Democracy is looking for a media specialist intern. This position will be responsible for editing HD digital content and creating short- and full- length programming for the web and for DVDs. The student must have access to good HD digital editing equipment. The pay is $10 per hour. Please contact Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org or in the College/Career Center if interested.

A busy chiropractic clinic is looking for a part-time front desk coordinator as soon as possible. Visit the Student Job Connection web page to find out more and check out all the part-time and seasonal jobs available for students.

Now accepting career shadow applications for 2014-15: Career shadows are available to students throughout the year. If you are interested in learning first hand about a specific career, please email Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org to set up an appointment.


The Ambassador yearbook club meets today after school in Room 2712.

Gay Straight Alliance meets today after school in Room 6012.

The Speech and Drama Team meets at 3:45 today, Wednesday and Thursday in the East ILC.

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

Write Club meets Wednesday after school in Room 7018.


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 Friday.


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