Friday, January 30, 2015

Senior 1 of 9 in World to Earn Perfect Score on AP Calculus Exam

Emery Liu, a junior from Buffalo Grove, was one of nine students in the world to earn a perfect score on the Advanced Placement Calculus BC exam last May, according to the College Board. He answered every multiple-choice question correctly, and earned all possible points on the free-response section of the exam.

Earning a perfect score on an AP exam is quite rare: Of the approximately 4 million AP exams covering 36 subjects that were taken in the U.S. in 2014, only 285 received perfect scores.

Liu is the third Stevenson student to earn a perfect AP exam score in the last three years. Richard Zhu (Class of 2014) was one of only eight students to earn a perfect score on the AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism test in 2013. Iryna Protasova (Class of 2014) was one of only 18 students to earn every possible point on the AP Computer Science A exam in 2012.

Healthy Patriot Date Moved Back One Week

Due to a scheduling conflict, the Healthy Patriot parent discussion program scheduled for February 11 has been moved to February 18. “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” will start at 7:30 a.m. in the District Administration Building, as originally planned.

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Patriettes Begin Quest for State Title Today

The varsity Patriettes will begin the quest for their first Illinois High School Association state competitive dance title this afternoon at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington. You can watch their performance live at 3:19 p.m. through XFINITY cable subscribers can watch for free, while all others will have to pay a minimum $9.99. If Stevenson places in the top 10 during today’s preliminaries (out of 30 teams), it will advance to the finals on Saturday. The IHSA added competitive dance to the list of state tournament sports in 2013. SHS finished second that year, and was third in 2014. SHS is the only dance program in the state with two IHSA state trophies.

The Patriettes will perform a unique routine inspired by an unlikely subject: Cancer. The dance is centered on a man and a little boy, both having dealt with cancer. The dance was created by seven members of the team: seniors Carly Happ, Nicole Chen, Marissa Happ, Brooke Gigot, Shauna Weiss and Anna Pucek, and junior Kirsten Bosman. | IHSA state finals preview

Boys Bowling Team Making First State Appearance

The boys bowling team will be making its first-ever IHSA state tournament appearance today when it hits the lanes at St. Clair Bowl in O’Fallon, southeast of St. Louis. Stevenson was one of 24 teams to qualify. Check the IHSA website for results this weekend. | IHSA state finals preview

Cheerleaders Seek Second Straight Sectional Crown

Stevenson’s cheerleaders will compete at the IHSA Rolling Meadows Sectional on Saturday. Their performance is scheduled for 3:08 p.m., and you can watch it on High School Cube. The Patriots will be looking to claim their second straight sectional championship and sixth in the last 10 years. In addition, SHS has qualified for the state tournament every year since the IHSA added cheerleading as a sport in 2005-06. Check here for results.

Wrestling Team Takes Aim at NSC Championship

The wrestling team is in the midst of its most successful season ever, and has a chance to build on its legacy at the North Suburban Conference championships beginning today. SHS and Grant, champions of the Lake and Prairie divisions, respectively, are expected to battle for the top spot. You can watch the championship matches starting at 2:30 p.m. Saturday on High School Cube.

Dineen: The Accidental Hall of Famer

When Tom Dineen started coaching high school girls basketball, Jimmy Carter was president of the United States and what we know as the Internet didn’t exist. Much has changed since then, but Dineen’s fundamental coaching philosophy has not: hard-nosed defense, good shooting, and smart, fundamental play. The philosophy has served him well: Only four coaches in the history of Illinois girls high school basketball have more wins than Dineen, who has 803 victories heading into tonight’s game against Mundelein in the Sports Center. Since he started in 1979, Dineen’s teams have won 20 or more games 27 times in 35 seasons, including all six at Stevenson. Not bad for someone who didn’t plan on coaching basketball. He talked with the Chicago Tribune about his accomplishments.



World’s Fair Celebrates Diversity This Weekend

World’s Fair, an annual two-day event hosted by Stevenson’s Diversity Council, is a celebration of the countries, cultures, and cuisines of the school’s diverse student body. This year’s World’s Fair takes place Saturday and Sunday in the West Building. Booths will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day, followed by a cultural performance at 2 in the Performing Arts Center. Click here for more information.

Senior Class Party Price Going Up This Weekend

Seniors: The cost of attending the Senior Class Party will be going up Sunday. Save money by signing up now! The permission form is available for download at Turn in your form to the Patriot Superstore. The Senior Class Party will be held June 3 aboard the Odyssey cruise ship on Lake Michigan. Don’t wait too long! Spots are going fast and the trip will sell out.

50th Anniversary Stained Glass Student Design Meeting

Students are invited to attend the 50th anniversary commemorative stained glass window design meeting at 3:45 p.m. Monday in Room 7096. During this time, Colorsmith Studio will present the revised design based on the previous feedback. SHS and Colorsmith Studio will host field trips, artist talks, and a gallery exhibit during the upcoming months to share this experience with the student body. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Grice at

Mandatory SPARK Meeting for Students

Students interested in being part of the SPARK (STEM Professionals As Resource Knowledge) program this summer must attend an informational meeting during their lunch period on Friday, February 6 in Room 2104. SPARK provides summer internships for exceptional students interested in pursuing careers related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) research. Click here for details.

Bring Your Coins for the “Misters vs. Sisters” Change Drive

Freshman Class Board is holding a “Misters vs. Sisters” change drive on the next three Fridays to collect money for three worthy organizations: the Northern Illinois Food Bank, Feed My Starving Children, and Kay’s Animal Shelter. Change will be collected during all lunch periods in the Wood Commons and Glass Commons today, plus February 6 and 13. All students are invited to participate.

Families Needed to Host Visiting German Students

If you’re interested in hosting a student visiting from Germany from April 12-24, applications are still being accepted. Applications are available by opening this link or stopping by Room 2414. For more information, contact Suzanne Paloian at 847-415-4500 or

ILC Hiring Student Aides; Paid Position

The ILC is hiring student aides for most periods throughout the school day. This is a paid position! You must have either a free period or a study hall to be eligible. Please see Mrs. Gorman in the upper West ILC to apply.

Yearbook Seeks Senior Selfies

Are you a senior running out of time to leave your mark on this school, but you’re already too busy with homework, clubs, sports, family, free time, etc.? Then say no more! Ambassador Yearbook is looking for seniors to submit their selfies for the 50th anniversary edition of the yearbook. Submit your silliest, prettiest and most photogenic selfie, and leave your mark as a Stevenson student. Submit your selfie to


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 to set up an appointment.


Today after school, the Interactive Gamers Club will be hosting a Magic League. Cost is $5, and the format will be announced at IGC.

Key Club’s next general meeting is Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 in Room 7032. Come hear about Key Club events and summer volunteering opportunities. New members are always welcome.


Reminder to all IM Ski Club members: Money for the Sunburst trip on February 7 is due by 8 a.m. Wednesday. Questions? Visit the Ski Club website at or come to the PREP Office, Room 3040.


The boys lacrosse information meeting (for all levels) will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Recital Hall (Room 4100). If you cannot attend, contact Coach Vignocchi at


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Long unused flag pole at University of Illinois being restored


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Dartmouth College to ban hard liquor at parties

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