Friday, February 6, 2015

Math Team Posts League-Best Winning Score

Stevenson’s math team won its final regular-season North Suburban Math League match at Highland Park High School on Wednesday. SHS scored 344 out of a possible 350 points, best not only among the five schools at Highland Park, but also the leader among all 57 schools in the league.

Stevenson won all five events: freshman, sophomore, junior, senior and oral presentation. Sixteen team members posted perfect scores: seniors Alex Hong, Jaymo Kang, Emery Liu and Sergey Papushin; juniors Junghyun Hwang and Emery Liu; sophomores Zhenhao Ll, David Liu, Kevin You and Jason Lu; and freshmen Hideki Maeda, Josh Yoon, Haoyang Yu, David Hou and Deepak Moparthi. Also, senior Tim Klem had a perfect score in the oral presentation, with preparation help from sophomore Chris Lee.

Next up for Stevenson is the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics Regional on February 28, followed by the NSML conference meet on March 6.

Freshman Receives Honor in DePaul Concerto Festival

Freshman Tyeese Braslavsky will be honored Sunday at the 12th annual DePaul Concerto Festival for Young Performers. She earned honorable mention in the piano division during festival auditions last month. She played the first movement of Mozart’s Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K.466. The festival takes place at DePaul’s University Concert Hall. The winners will be performing with the DePaul orchestra.

Senior’s Science Internship Helps Lead to Yale

During Winter Break, the Lincolnshire Review ran an article about senior Fyuan “Diane” Jiang and her internship last summer at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She worked with a team of doctors doing research with bacteria. Her work, along with her impressive academic credentials, helped gain her admission to Yale University. Jiang was inspired to apply for the internship by Diane Willock, the school’s business liaison, who runs the Career Exploration Opportunities (CEO) program, and science teacher Brett Erdmann, who oversees the SPARK (STEM Professionals As Resource Knowledge) program.

College Counselor Featured in Bloomberg News Article

College Counselor Sue Biemeret is quoted in a Bloomberg News article that takes a look at intensified marketing efforts by highly selective colleges and universities. Harvard reported a record number of applicants this year, thanks in part to greater focus on social media efforts.

Wright Joins List of AP Advocates From School

Earlier this week, the Digest included a short article about two members of the Communication Arts faculty who have been selected by the College Board for its Advanced Placement Advocates Program. A third AP Advocate emerged after publication: Sandra Wright from the Social Studies faculty has been named an AP Advocate for AP Economics.

2012 Alum Looking to Crowdsource Debut EP

Lauren Hall, a 2012 Stevenson alumnus, has created a campaign on Indiegogo to help fuel her singing career with funds for a debut EP. She’s about one-third of the way toward reaching her goal of $1,750. Click here for more information and to donate. Hall was a member of Patriot Singers and Advanced Chorus, and also performed in Showcase for three years.



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Wrestling Regional at Stevenson Saturday

Stevenson’s wrestling team, which won the North Suburban Conference championship for the first time in program history last weekend, looks to continue its momentum into the Illinois High School Association Class 3A wrestling dual team regional on Saturday. The regional takes place in the Sports Center. Matches begin at 9 a.m., with semifinals at 11, and championship and third-place bouts beginning at approximately 3 p.m. Nine teams will be involved, including Deerfield, Libertyville and Warren. The winning team on Saturday will advance to the sectional on February 24, while the top three wrestlers in each weight class move on to the Barrington individual sectional next weekend. Daily Herald preview ($)

The Eagles Have Landed a Good One

That glow you see in Ypsilanti, Michigan is the football coaching staff at Eastern Michigan University beaming over the signing of Stevenson defensive lineman Nick Dillon on Wednesday. “He’s first class,” defensive coordinator Brad McCaslin told MLive Ann Arbor News. “We are looking for winners in everything they do. You can’t show up at 2:30 in the afternoon, and start at that point of the day trying to be great, if you weren’t trying to be great all day. Nick epitomizes that. It comes out of his pores.”



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 today 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.

ACT Exam Room Assignments Posted

Are you taking the ACT exam at Stevenson on Saturday? Click here to see which room you should report to in the East Building. Testing begins at 8 a.m.

AP Exam Registration Begins Monday

Registration for Advanced Placement exams begins Monday. Registration is done online. You can find the registration link and other AP exam information on the AP web page. If you have questions, stop by Room 6000.

Hoops for Heroes Camo Shirt Orders Due By Monday

Hoops for Heroes is on Friday, February 20 at 7 p.m. Order your camo T-shirt online or at the school store by Monday. Shirts are $15 and will be available for pick up on Wednesday and Thursday, February 18-19.

Dance Placement Auditions Thursday

Current SHS students interested in taking a curricular dance class, and who have dance experience, should come to the placement auditions on Thursday to be placed in the correct class for the 2015-16 school year. Please come to Room 2010 all day next Thursday during your PE class or any free period throughout the day.

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

Freshman Class Board continues its “Misters vs. Sisters” change drive today 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 next Friday. All students are invited to participate.

Winter Sports Apparel Sale Tuesday

The Athletic Department and Sports Boosters will be holding their winter apparel sale on Tuesday during lunch periods in the Wood Commons. Cash, check and Patriot Dollars will be accepted.

Fashion Show Information Meeting Thursday

An informational meeting for those interested in volunteering or modeling for the Fashion Show will be held Thursday in Room 1612 (the Clothing Lab) from 3:30-4:15 p.m. Anyone interested in modeling, working backstage, doing hair and makeup, hospitality and more should attend. The Fashion Show will take place Friday, April 10 at 7 p.m. in the PAC. Time responsibilities will vary based on roles.


Attention junior parents: Do you have some questions about the college search process? College counselors Dan Miller and Sue Biemeret will be in the Performing Arts Center from 7-8 p.m. on Tuesday to address any concerns you may have. There is no formal presentation; you set the agenda by coming and asking any questions you may have. This is a parents-only evening. Got a question? See you Tuesday!


Boys tennis will have its preseason meeting after school Wednesday in Room 1634. All players trying out are expected to attend.

Baseball informational meetings will be held at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. Varsity will meet in Room 2628. (Contact Coach Mazzuca at if you are unable to attend.) Sophomores will meet in the West Auditorium. (Contact Coach Hodge at if you cannot attend.) Freshmen will meet in Room 2113. (Contact Coach Block at if you can’t make it.)

Girls lacrosse is having an informational meeting at 3:30 Wednesday in Room 7096. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Walker at

Any interested athletes who would like to go our for boys water polo this spring are invited to attend the informational meeting at 3:45 Wednesday in the pool balcony. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Wimer at

Boys track and field will have its first practice and informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 17 in the Field House. Athletes should make sure their physical exam is up-to-date, and that all of their paperwork has been filed with the Athletic Office. Contact Coach Farrissey at if you have questions.


The next Breakfast with Books meeting is at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday in Room 1313. Contact Mrs. Dettling in the ILC if you have questions.


Interested in a summer internship or career camp this summer? Visit the Summer Career Learning Opportunities page to see the long list of options.

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.


Reminder to all IM Ski Club members: Money for the Cascade trip on February 14 is due Wednesday by 8 a.m. Questions? Visit the Ski Club Website at or come to the PREP Office, Room 3040.



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