Tuesday, February 10, 2015

College Counseling Program for Junior Parents Tonight

College counselors Dan Miller and Sue Biemeret will answer college-related questions for parents of juniors tonight at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. There is no formal presentation; parents will set the agenda. This is a parents-only evening.

Chess Team No. 1 Seed for IHSA State Tournament

Stevenson is the No. 1 seed for this weekend’s Illinois High School Association chess tournament in Peoria. There are 148 schools registered for the tournament, and five of the top 10 seeds come from the North Suburban Chess League: SHS, New Trier (2), Evanston (6), Niles North (8) and Glenbrook South (9). Stevenson recently beat New Trier, Evanston and Glenbrook South at the NSCL league championships. The state tournament begins Friday morning at the Peoria Civic Center, and concludes Saturday evening.

Science Olympiad Sweeps Loyola Invitational

The Science Olympiad team extended its winning streak by winning the varsity and junior varsity divisions at the 32-team Loyola Academy Invitational on Saturday. The competition featured suburban heavyweights such as New Trier, Niles North, Lyons Township, Hinsdale Central and Crystal Lake Central.

Once again, every member of the varsity and JV earned a medal in at least one event, and several brought back multiple medals. SHS was particularly strong in engineering events, according to team sponsor Amerigo Carnazzola. Leading the medal brigade was Jason Lu, who was part of five first-place teams. Alex Hong, Katherine Liu, Carolina Fatina, Eric Qian, Becca Nelson and Emma Buckardt all won three first-place medals. Click here to see the complete list of medal winners.

Science Bowl Third at Regional Competition

SHS placed third at Saturday’s Illinois State Regional Science Bowl at Fremd High School. The team featured Allen Guo, Andrew Jin, Jeremy Lan and Will Chang. The regional is part of the National Science Bowl competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

Lal Named AP Advocate for Government

The list of Stevenson faculty members who have been named Advanced Placement Advocates by the College Board continues to grow. Vanessa Lal has been selected as an AP Advocate for AP Government.

SHS Parent, Radio Personality Talks About Career, Stress

Kathy Hart, half of the “Eric and Kathy” morning show on The Mix 101.9 FM, talked about her career during an appearance at Stevenson on Sunday. Her appearance was sponsored by the Stevenson High School Foundation. She recounted several stories, including falling asleep behind the microphone early in her career, and dealing with stress and panic attacks brought on by success. Hart also talked about the relationship with her on-air partner, and having a student at Stevenson.



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Monday’s Varsity Results

Girls Gymnastics

Stevenson at IHSA Mundelein Sectional: Senior Elizabeth Shank and junior Mikaela Webb each qualified for the IHSA state tournament. Shank will compete in the all-around competition, and both will take part in the uneven parallel bars. Shank was fifth in the all-around (36.625) and tied for second on bars (9.35). Webb was fourth on bars (9.225). Shank will be making her third appearance at state. Last year, she qualified in the all-around competition, as well as in all four individual events. She also qualified as a freshman in floor and vault, and competed in the team competition. Webb is a first-time state qualifier. The state tournament is Friday and Saturday, February 20-21, at Palatine High School. – Official results | Pioneer Press, Daily Herald ($)


NSC Girls Basketball Championship Game on The Cube

Wednesday night’s North Suburban Conference girls basketball championship game between Stevenson and Antioch will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network through High School Cube. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Last Chance to Buy State Football Championship Clothing

The final opportunity to buy 2014 state championship football clothing ends at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. To view available items and place an order, go to www.spiritproducts.net. Click “Team Order Form” on the top right, find “Stevenson State Champ Apparel” and enter in access code 910055. Pick items and sizes, create an account and check out. Orders will be available for pick up in the Athletic Office from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 18.


Winter Sports Apparel Sale Today

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.

Buy a Candle for Your Valentine

The Bright Lights Candle Company, created by Stevenson students, will be selling candles in front of the Performing Arts Center during all lunch periods on Wednesday and Thursday. Candles are $8 for small and $4 for votives. All the candles are scented for Valentine’s Day: red hot cinnamon, lavender, vanilla bean, rose petal, sweet pea, and apple cinnamon.

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.

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.

AP Exam Registration Underway

Registration for Advanced Placement exams has started. 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.

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.

Visiting Artist to Speak With Students Friday

The Art Department’s Visiting Artist of the Month, Long Grove photographer Tobin Fraley, will visit SHS during periods 6 and 7 on Friday to talk about his work and his career. His presentation will take place at the Visiting Artist Gallery on the first floor of the West Building.

Sign Up for Next Month’s NHS Blood Drive

Will your heart still be pumping from Valentine’s Day? Don’t bypass a good opportunity, and participate in National Honor Society’s spring blood drive on Friday, March 6. Online registration is now available at www.stevensonblooddrive.wikispaces.com. The blood drive will take place in the Wrestling Room during all lunch, gym and free periods. You will be required to submit a health form available on the blood drive website, and a permission form in order miss any gym classes. Donate blood this spring — you’re somebody’s type! You must be 17 or older, and above 115 pounds to donate.



Seniors: Looking for financial support for a two- or four-year college education?  The Local Scholarships Packet is available for pick up in the College/Career Center, Room 1123. Pick up a packet today. Applications are due March 12.

Seniors: Next fall, the College of Lake County is offering an opportunity to participate in a program called “Engineering Pathways.” More information can be obtained at www.clcillinois.edu/programs/egr/options/engineering-pathways or pathways@clcillinois.edu. The deadline to participate is Friday, February 26.


Now accepting 2014-15 Career Shadow Applications: Applications are available on the Career Exploration web page or in the CCC. Please note all applications for summer shadows are due no later than May 2. Questions? Please contact Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org to set up an appointment.

Interested in being a Lawyer? The Career Exploration Program will be hosting an informational session in the College/Career Center for all students interested in pursuing a career in law on Tuesday, February 24 from 7:30-8:30 a.m. You will hear from an attorney who is vice president of an executive search firm in Chicago, and who has extensive knowledge on the profession and the various specialties within this profession. Find out what law school is like, where the jobs are, what type of lawyer best matches up with your particular interests and get a chance to ask questions. Snacks will be provided and space is limited so please sign up online at http://goo.gl/rWKiQr or in person in the College and Career Center.


The new Philosophy Club will its first meeting at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in Room 7060. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Patton at mpatton@d125.org.


Reminder to all IM Ski Club members: Money for Saturday’s Cascade trip is due Wednesday by 8 a.m. Questions? Visit the Ski Club Website at http://www2.d125.org/im/ski.html or come to the PREP Office, Room 3040.


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 pmazzuca@d125.org if you are unable to attend.) Sophomores will meet in the West Auditorium. (Contact Coach Hodge at mhodge@d125.org if you cannot attend.) Freshmen will meet in Room 2113. (Contact Coach Block at pblock@d125.org 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 swalker@d125.org.

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 swimer@d125.org.

There will be an informational meeting for girls badminton on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in the West Faculty Dining Room (1204). If you cannot attend the meeting, please contact Coach Fitzgerald at mfitzgerald@d125.org or Coach Johnson at grjohnson@d125.org.

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 afarrissey@d125.org if you have questions.

Girls softball will have informational meetings on Wednesday, February 18. Meetings will take place at 7:15 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. in Room 7032. Do not go to both meetings; you only need to attend one. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Vikartofsky at avikartofsky@d125.org.


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