Thursday, March 5, 2015

Bakke, Gao Chosen for National Youth Orchestra

Junior Torin Bakke and senior Chris Gao have been selected for the third annual National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. This is the second straight year Bakke, a clarinetist, has been selected to the orchestra, while Gao, a cellist, will be making his first appearance. The selections were announced Tuesday.

Bakke and Gao are among 10 students from Illinois picked to play in the 114-member orchestra, which includes musicians from 37 states. The orchestra will perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City on July 11, then will travel to China for seven concerts between July 15-26. Charles Dutoit, conductor laureate of the Philadelphia Orchestra and artistic director of London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, will lead the group. Internationally renowned pianist YUNDI will perform with the orchestra as a guest soloist.

Three Students Qualify for WYSE Sectional

Three students have qualified for the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering Academic Challenge sectional competition at Vernon Hills High School on Friday, March 13. Rebecca Nelson, Emery Liu and Joshua Yoon earned berths in the WYSE sectional by finishing first or second in their division at the regional competition held at the College of Lake County on February 14.

Competing in the Unlimited division (1,500 or more students in their school), Nelson won the English category, while Liu captured the Math division. Yoon tied for second in Math.

Tiancheng Wu received a medal for posting the highest total standardized score for Stevenson. He finished third in Computer Science. Liyang Zhang tied for third in Math and Allen Cao was third in Physics.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson 76, Elgin Larkin 11: Aaron Lund won two races and the Patriots captured nine of 11 events in their season-opening meet in the Field House. Lund finished first in the 55-meter high hurdles (8.0) and 55-meter intermediate hurdles (7.9). He was one of six Pats to win events. Joining Lund were Tim Vestuto (55 dash, 6.6), David Engstrom (high jump, 5-0), Henry Sise (shot put, 47-9.5), David Goncharov (1-lap dash, 19.6) and Jared Borowsky (1,600, 4:37.6). SHS also won the 3,200 relay (8:43) and 1,600 relay (3:50.4).

SHS Will Face Niles North for Regional Title

The boys basketball team will face Niles North for the Illinois High School Association Class 4A Stevenson Regional championship at 7 p.m. Friday in the Sports Center. Niles North, the No. 8 seed in the Waukegan Sectional, defeated No. 9 Zion-Benton, 73-68, Wednesday night.

Koto Caps Swim Career With State Medal

The hard work paid off for Nick Koto. The senior swimmer intensified his out-of-water workouts to prepare for his final season, and the results were a sixth-place finish in the 200 freestyle and an 11th-place showing in the 500 free at last weekend’s state meet. Koto told Pioneer Press that he was pleased with the ending to his high school career.


AP Exam Registration Deadline Monday

The last day to register for Advanced Placement exams without paying a late fee is Monday. After Monday, you will have to pay an extra $25 per exam. You can find the registration link and other AP exam information on the AP web page. If you have questions, stop by Room 6000.

300 Club Applications Due by Friday

Seniors with 300 or more service hours accumulated during their high school years are invited to apply for recognition in the 300 Club at graduation. 300 Club members will receive a special tassel to be worn at their graduation ceremony. Applications are due in the Student Activities Office by 3:30 p.m. Friday. Click here for application information.

Showcase Tickets On Sale Until Friday

Ticket sales for Showcase 2015 run every school day through Friday during all lunch periods in the Wood Commons. The first seven rows will be for students only and are general admission. All remaining seats are reserved. All tickets are $10 each. Limited tickets will also be available at the door on show nights. Tickets may be paid for at the Patriot Superstore with cash, check or student ID. Showcase 2015 will be presented on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Each show is different and unique, so join us both nights for two outstanding evenings of entertainment!

Have You Registered to Vote? Tuesday is the Last Day

Have you registered to vote for the April 7 primary election? If you’re a U.S. citizen and going to be 18 by April 7, you’re eligible. Tuesday is the deadline, and there are people in the school who can take care of your registration. These seniors can register voters: Jalen Brunson, Victoria Cruz, Talia Grossman, Evan Helchen, Caitlin Keeley, Dan Mortge, Parker Nichols, Bryan Pinkley, Colin Silverman and Haji Seferian. In the West/East ILC, ask for Julie Wilson, David Hess or Sarah Walker. In Room 2434, Director of World Languages/ELL Justin Fisk can register voters. Also, these teachers can register you: Vanessa Lal, Dave Elbaum, Sandra Wright, Pat Block, Dan Larsen, Andy Conneen, Michelle Stone and Christina Anker.

Project Dance Registration Deadline Today

The deadline to register for Project Dance is today. Project Dance is a school-wide fundraiser that helps the Riverside Foundation and the Kids In Need Fund. This year’s goal is $40,000. You can sign up as an individual, create a team, or join a team that already exists. Click here to register.

Odyssey 2016 Logo Design Contest for Students

The 2016 Odyssey Committee is holding a logo design contest with a $250 prize for Stevenson High School students. The new Odyssey logo will be used school-wide for all publicity, T-shirts and mailings for our biennial two-day fine arts festival that takes place in February 2016. Deadline for submission of entries to the Fine Arts Division Office is Friday. Entries should be dropped off in person to Room 6076 in a sealed envelope between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Open this document for details. If anyone has questions, please contact Mr. Grice, Fine Arts Director, at

Interact Club Collecting Books for Low-Income Children

Did you know that 61% of children in low-income households do not have access to books? And that millions of these children show up to kindergarten already years behind in school, becoming statistically more likely to face, in their futures, academic failure, low-income work, even trouble with the law? Interact Club would like to invite you to become part of the solution! Through March 19, the club will be collecting children’s books for Bernie’s Book Bank, a non-profit organization that puts entire libraries in the homes of low-income children. Donate new or gently-used books (for babies through sixth-grade level) in the boxes located in English classrooms or the ILC. Email Ms. Smith at with questions, or to volunteer with us at the Book Bank on Saturday, March 21.

Feeling Stressed? Let Operation Snowball Recharge You

Sign up for Operation Snowball weekend registration has been extended to Tuesday. The Snowball weekend is March 13-15, and sign-up sheets can be picked up in Student Activities, 7080 or 2628. Please see Mr. Mazzuca in 2628 if you have any questions, or visit

Vote for Your Favorite Book in the Abe Lincoln Contest

Students who have read four or more titles on the 2015 Abe Lincoln Student Choice Award list are eligible to vote for their favorite online. The polls close at midnight, March 15; one vote per student. If you have read all 22 books on the list, see Mrs. Dettling in the ILC.


Attention sophomore families: Plan to attend our “Planning Your Future” program next Wednesday from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. College Counselors Dan Miller and Sue Biemeret will give a formal introduction to our online career and college program, Naviance, help you begin your college search, and give insight to college questions that need answering. This program should leave you much better prepared for your junior and senior years. Hope to see you there!

The College of Lake County is hosting the Illinois Regional College Fair on Thursday, March 12 from 6-8 p.m. at the Grayslake campus in the P.E. Building. Meet representatives from many in-state and out-of-state colleges and universities. For more information, please see their website:


All SHS female student-athletes are invited to attend a free screening of the documentary The Empowerment Project: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things, a documentary spotlighting 17 positive and powerful women leaders across a variety of lifestyles and industries. The documentary was made by five female filmmakers who drove more than 7,000 miles from Los Angeles to New York over the course of 30 days to interview the women. The documentary will be shown at 7 p.m. next Wednesday in the Wood Commons. Concessions will be available.

There will be an informational meeting for Allied Soccer at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday in Room 6058.


Sophomore Class Board will meet today in Room 2004 from 3:30-5 p.m.

Freshman Class Board meets today after school in the College/Career Center.

The Video Game Club is back! We meet today after school in Room 6072 from 3:45-5:45. If you have questions, contact Mr. Schroeder at

Table Tennis meets today in the Lower East Commons from 3:30-6:30.

The Philosophy Club will meet at 3:45 p.m. today in Room 7060. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Patton at

Life is tough. Law Club is the answer. Join us at 3:45 today in Room 7054. #LawClub


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 to set up an appointment.


Stress! We all have it, none of us wants it, but what can we do about it? Join Dr. Gregg Stern to discuss factors involved in your perception of stress, what stress can do to your body, and healthy natural methods you can use to best manage your stress. Dr. Stern’s class meets Monday at 7 p.m. Click here for more information and to register.

Did you know that your breath is an essential connection between your own mind and body? PREP instructor Vidya Nahar will discuss and demonstrate several breathing techniques during the Yogic Breathing Workshop from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 17. Click here to register.

PREP is excited to team up with The Olive Tap for Premium and Flavored Balsamic Vinegar of Modena from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17. Join us and learn how to add premium and flavored balsamic vinegar into your favorite recipes. Students will have the opportunity to sample taste several premium and flavored balsamic vinegar of Modena. Click here to register or for more information.

On Thursday, March 19, PREP will be holding its iPad Basics 101 class. If you’re not sure what to do with your iPad, then this class is for you! Participants will learn the basics of the iPad, from using its default applications to installing new ones, plus backing up your data, and general maintenance and troubleshooting. The class is $29 for adults and $19 for seniors. Reserve your space today at this link.


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