Monday, March 16, 2015

Science Olympiad Teams Win Regional Titles

Stevenson took first place in the varsity and junior varsity divisions at the 26-team Illinois Science Olympiad regional competition held Saturday at the College of Lake County. For the first time in program history, the varsity team earned a medal in every event, and registered a school-record 30 points in 23 events. The varsity and JV teams are both undefeated this season. A link to individual award winners will be included in Tuesday’s Digest.

Stevenson will compete in the Illinois Science Olympiad state competition at the University of Illinois April 17-19. Unfortunately, there is only one competition level at state, so Stevenson will be limited to a roster of 15 students (plus some alternates). The top two teams from the Illinois finals will earn bids to the National Science Olympiad in May. Daily Herald coverage of Saturday’s regional ($)

Buffalo Grove Candidates to Debate at SHS Thursday

Stevenson’s Political Action Club and the Buffalo Grove Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce are hosting public debates Thursday night featuring the two candidates for Buffalo Grove village president, and the six people running for three Buffalo Grove village board trustee positions. The debate starts at 7 p.m. in Room 2104 of the West Building. A debate between trustee candidates will take place first, followed by a debate between the village president candidates. Students will serve as moderators for both debates. Anyone attending should park in lot B for easiest access, and enter the Forum or “Point” entrance.

Teachers to Promote Bill on AP Exam Credit Equity

Advanced Placement Government teachers Dan Larsen and Andy Conneen will testify before a state committee in Springfield on Wednesday in support of legislation that would make Illinois the 15th state to require public universities to grant college credit to any student who receives a score of 3 or higher on any AP exam. Conneen and Larsen will testify before the Illinois House of Representatives’ Elementary and Secondary Education Committee’s School Curriculum and Policies subcommittee at 8 a.m. Wednesday. They will lend their support to the AP Credit Equity bill (HB 3428), filed by State Rep. Carol Sente. The bill seeks to address inconsistent practices on the part of Illinois universities and community colleges in granting credit for AP exam scores. Larsen and Conneen will push for passage based on four reasons:

  • Keeping the state’s best students in Illinois for college, and recruiting top students from other states. Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio and Minnesota are among the states that require public higher education institutions to grant college credit for AP exam scores of 3 or higher.
  • Making higher education more affordable by reducing the need to take a college course that already is covered by the AP program.
  • Providing an incentive for high schools to offer AP courses, which would lead to more students attending college. According to supporters, students who pass AP exams are more likely to graduate from college on time.
  • Improving equity for minority students. Fifty-six percent of African-American students earn a 3 on AP exams, and 45% of Hispanics. Almost half of low-income students taking AP exams (46%) earn a 3 or better.

The public is invited to register its opinions online at this link. When filling out the form, respondents are asked to select fill out all required fields, including school name/affiliation in the “Representation” area; select “Proponent” or “Opponent” in the “Position” section; and check the “Record of Appearance Only” box in the “Testimony” section to indicate a position without having to write any statement. If interested, participants can also file a written statement online.

Scholastic Bowl Team Concludes Season at Sectional

The Scholastic Bowl team competed in the Illinois High School Association Class AA Fremd Sectional on Saturday, winning one of three matches to conclude its season. SHS beat Carmel, 450-150, and fell to sectional champion Fremd, 440-380, and Barrington, 400-270.

Health Teachers Giving Presentation in Seattle

Health teachers Chad Dauphin and Tom Loew will be giving a presentation at the 2015 SHAPE America National Convention and Expo in Seattle on Tuesday. They will be sharing ideas and activities for teaching and assessing health education students with other educators from around the country.


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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson hosted SHS Quadrangular: Head coach Jeff Wimer earned his 500th career victory as the second-ranked Patriots beat No. 8 Lyons Township, 10-2, to complete a 3-0 day. SHS also beat No. 16 Wheeling (18-3) and No. 11 Palatine (14-2) in its season-opening tournament. Wimer is the winningest coach in Illinois girls water polo history, with a record of 500-162-1 in 22 seasons. Most of his wins (329) have come during his 15 seasons at Stevenson; he also led Mundelein for seven years. In the water Saturday, Allison Travetto and Melissa Gartenberg were the leading scorers for SHS with 14 and 13 goals, respectively. Travetto scored seven times in the win over Wheeling, had five against Palatine, and two versus Lyons. Gartenberg scored seven goals on Lyons, five against Wheeling, and added one more versus Palatine. Annika Hotchkiss had seven goals in three games, including four against Palatine. –

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson hosted SHS Quadrangular: The Patriots, No. 3 in the preseason rankings, moved to 4-0 on the season by outscoring its three opponents, 47-7. SHS defeated Wheeling (18-1), Fremd (16-4) and No. 13 Niles West (13-2), four days after a 20-2 season-opening victory over Evanston. Colin Kapecki was the leading scorer for the Patriots, notching 11 goals in three games, including five in the win over Wheeling. Dan Maleski had seven goals, including a team-leading three against Niles West. Kurt Holzer added six goals, with four coming versus Fremd. Rahul Arun had five steals against Fremd and Maleski added four. Andrew Shashin had three assists, three steals, two goals and drew a pair of ejections against Niles West. –

Friday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 57, Lake Forest 49: The Patriots beat the Scouts for the third time this season and captured the IHSA Class 4A Waukegan Sectional championship, their third consecutive sectional title and fifth in program history. SHS (27-3) advances to Tuesday’s supersectional against Riverside-Brookfield (28-3) at Chicago State University. (Ticket and pep bus information below.) Against Lake Forest, the Patriots controlled the game from start to finish, but had to hold off several second-half surges by the Scouts (28-3). SHS scored the game’s first nine points, led 14-6 after the first quarter and 27-15 at half. LFHS came as close as three points late in the fourth quarter, 52-49, but Connor Cashaw made a crucial steal and Jalen Brunson followed with a pair of free throws to secure victory in the waning seconds. Brunson led Stevenson with 25 points, and is four points away from becoming Lake County’s all-time leading scorer. He went 8-for-8 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter. Justin Smith scored 17 points, and Cashaw had 11. – News-Sun (main), News-Sun (sidebar), Chicago Tribune, Pioneer Press, Daily Herald ($)

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson 68, Carmel 38: Janine Fajardo won both hurdles events to lead the Patriots in the Field House. She finished first in the 55-meter high hurdles (9.1 seconds) and 55-meter low hurdles (8.9). Other winners included Isabelle Sparreo in the 3,200 (11:54), Lily Marks in the 55 dash (7.6), Claire Sullivan in the 800 (2:38), Amy Atkinson in the shot put (26-5.5), and Kasina Daley in the high jump (4-8).

Supersectional Ticket, Pep Bus Information

Stevenson will play Riverside-Brookfield in the Illinois High School Association Class 4A Boys Basketball Supersectional at Chicago State University at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Google Map for CSU

Tickets are $8, and will be available in the Patriot Superstore and Athletic Office until 1:45 p.m. Tuesday. The Superstore is open before school and during the lunch periods, while the Athletic Office is selling tickets from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and 8-1:30 on Tuesday. The Athletic Office can only accept cash and checks; the Superstore takes credit, debit and Patriot Dollars in addition to cash and check.

For $15, students can purchase a combo ticket which includes admission and transportation to and from the game on a pep bus. To ride the pep bus, students must turn in a signed permission form when purchasing tickets. Click HERE to download the permission form. Permission forms also will be available at the Superstore and Athletic Office.

The pep buses will load at the Sports Center, parking lot E, at 4 p.m. We strongly encourage students to take the pep bus. The venue is located south of the city and traffic will be heavy during rush hour.


Auditions for Spring One Acts Tuesday

Auditions for the student-written, student-directed, and student-acted Spring One Acts are Tuesday at 3:45 p.m. in the West Auditorium. All the information you need to know in order to audition is available in the 2015 One Acts audition packet, which can be downloaded from the Auditions and Rehearsals web page. Pull up the packet, read the packet, print the audition form/permission slip, have your parent or guardian sign the permission slip, sign up for auditions on the Theatre Information board outside of the Studio Theatre (Room 2204), then prepare for your audition, and bring your signed permission slip to the audition. If you have any questions contact Ms. Lynch in the Studio Theatre.

Want to Change the World? Apply to Attend We Day Illinois

Do you want to change the world? Would you like to spend a day with several thousand students who want to change the world? NHS Service Outreach invites you to apply for a ticket to We Day Illinois, which will be held April 30 at the Allstate Arena. Schools are invited to attend, but are only offered a limited number of tickets for students. We Day tickets cannot be bought, they can only be earned. If you think you deserve to go, tell us why at this link. Applications are due by 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 27. If you have questions, visit the Facebook group SHS We Day 2015 or email

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 Thursday, 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.

Don’t Miss Out on the Senior Class Party Cruise

Space is running out for seniors who want to attend the Senior Class Party aboard the Odyssey cruise ship on Lake Michigan June 3, the day before graduation. Click here to download the permission form. Turn in your form to the Patriot Superstore. Don’t wait too long! Less than 75 spaces are left.


Don’t forget that IM Dodgeball team packets are due this week! Seniors are due today, juniors are due tomorrow, sophomores are due on Wednesday and freshman are due on Thursday. If you have any questions, come see us in Room 3040.


Attention all animal lovers: The next meeting of Animal Welfare Club is Tuesday after school in Room 2500. Come meet and hang out with Monty, the therapy dog.  We will have petitions and information on many animal rights organizations. Also, bring in pet supplies (blankets, towels, pet food, pet toys) for donation to Orphans of the Storm and earn an hour of community service.


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.


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Michigan governor yanks school reform office from state’s education department

County school district suing state of Tennessee over funding

Disbanded University of Oklahoma fraternity considering legal action

College IT offices sever ties with terrorist acronym


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