Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Stevenson Moves Up in Washington Post Rankings

The Washington Post has released its annual ranking of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools,” and Stevenson again is the highest-ranking open enrollment high school from Illinois. SHS is listed at No. 183 in the country, up four spots from last year, and No. 2 in Illinois.

The only Illinois school ahead of Stevenson is the College Prep School of America in Lombard, which is a private Islamic school. The top-ranked Illinois high schools after Stevenson are Lincoln Park (187), the private Islamic Foundation School in Villa Park (240), Whitney Young (304), Glenbard West (314), Lindblom Math and Science Academy (384), Lane Tech (392), Prospect (393) and Riverside-Brookfield (451).

The Post’s rankings are based on a formula that takes the number of college-level tests given at a school in the previous calendar year divided by the number of graduates that year.

Blood Drives, Dance Money to Help Less Fortunate

Stevenson has donated $3,000 in money raised by students to Free the Children, to help with its mission of providing clean water and sanitation initiatives to rural villages overseas. The money was raised through two blood drives and the Give-A-Thon “Jingle Bash” dance. Free the Children is sponsoring the We Day Illinois event at the Allstate Arena on April 30. SHS will be sending up to 150 students.

New Visiting Artist of the Month Exhibit Opens

The West Building’s Rotunda Gallery has been outfitted with landscape paintings by the latest Visiting Artist of the Month, painter Frances A. Cox. Her works will be on display in the gallery until May 8.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Monday’s Varsity Results

Boys Gymnastics

Stevenson at Terry Dieckhoff Iron Man Invitational: At Barrington, the Patriots won their third invitational title in a four-day stretch. SHS posted a team score of 223, ahead of Hinsdale South (207.5) and Leyden (205). Elijah Klaber, Arie Feltman-Frank and Matt Krames finished 1-2-3 in the all-around. Klaber won the pommel horse, and Feltman-Frank captured the still rings and parallel bars. Krames finished second in floor exercise and still rings, and tied for second with Klaber on parallel bars, and also took third on high bar and vault, and fifth on pommel horse. Klaber added runner-up showings in vault and high bar, took third in still rings, and was fifth in floor exercise. Feltman-Frank added a second-place finish in pommel horse and was third in floor.

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson 81, Zion-Benton 55; Warren 96, Stevenson 55: At Zion-Benton, Charlotte Langbo won the long jump and triple jump, and Isabelle Sparreo finished first in the 1,600 and 3,200. Other winners included Janine Fajardo in the 100 hurdles, Nikol Safranova in the 400, and the 3,200 relay team of Claire Sullivan, Eliza Sullivan, Natalie Sparreo and Gabriela Jagielo.

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson 76, Warren 69; Zion-Benton 72, Stevenson 64: Aaron Lund won two events for the Patriots (9-1) in the Stadium. Lund captured the 110-meter high hurdles (15.1) and the 300 intermediate hurdles (42.8). Other winners for SHS included Jared Borowsky in the 1,600 (4:27.4), Henry Sise in the shot put (50-11), Jack Worwa in the high jump (5-0) and David Goncharov in the triple jump (39-11.5). – Daily Herald ($)

Boys Volleyball

Zion-Benton d. Stevenson, 25-23, 25-12: Grant Maleski led the visiting Patriots (8-7, 2-1) with nine kills. Jesse Kesner added four. Eric Zalewski recorded 14 assists.

Buford, Way Earn Honors at Lake County Senior Shootout

Taylor Buford scored 17 points, recorded four steals and earned most valuable player honors in the sixth annual Lake County Senior Shootout Friday night at the College of Lake County. She and classmate Sophia Way led the East team to a 47-45 win. Way scored 11 points in the game, and also won the pregame 3-point shooting contest, hitting 23 of 30 attempts. In the boys game, Matt Johnson scored 17 points as Stevenson’s lone representative.

Brunson Scores 11 in All-Star Game in Brooklyn

Jalen Brunson scored 11 points, and made three assists and three steals at the Jordan Brand Classic Friday night in Brooklyn, New York.

Oh Receives IHSA All-State Academic Team Award

Senior Sammy Oh and 25 other students from around the state received their 2015 Illinois High School Association All-State Academic Team awards at a ceremony Monday night in Bloomington. He is the fourth Stevenson students in the past six years, and the fifth overall, chosen for the honor.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Volunteers Needed for “Your Actions Matter” Campaign

The Stand Strong community coalition is looking for student and parent volunteers to help with the state’s fifth annual “Your Actions Matter” campaign to change adult attitudes about giving alcohol to minors. Volunteers will work with police officers to provide educational material to stores in Buffalo Grove and Lincolnshire that sell alcohol. Five student volunteers are needed to work from 3:30-6 p.m. Thursday, April 30 in Buffalo Grove, and 10 students are needed in Lincolnshire from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 12. Student and parent volunteers will receive training before going out into the community, and will have a pizza party at the end of each session. Students and parents who are interested can contact Stand Strong director Jamie Epstein at jamieeps@aol.com to sign up, or for more information.

Prom, Post-Prom Tickets On Sale at Superstore, Online

Tickets for the Prom are available at the Superstore in the Wood Commons, and through the Online Superstore. Tickets are $85 each. If you’re going to the Prom with a non-Stevenson student, you’ll need to fill out a special permission form. The form and other information are available at www.d125.org/prom. Ticket sales end May 4. You can also buy tickets to the post-Prom event at Great America, which runs until 5 a.m. the morning after Prom. Tickets are $50 for the post-Prom event. Click here for details and the permission form.

Auditions for Advanced Chorus, Patriot Singers Next Week

Do you like to sing? Auditions for the 2015-16 Advanced Chorus and Patriot Singers classes will take place the week of April 27. Information and sign-up sheets are posted outside the Choir Room (2202). Please contact Mrs. Nuteson is you have any questions. Don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of these classes!

Seniors: Let Statesman Know Your Plans for Next Year

Seniors! If you know what your plans are for next year, let Statesman know so we can add you to the senior insert list that will be published in the final issue of the newspaper! http://goo.gl/hvARIW

Order Your Free WIT By Monday

Complimentary copies of the WIT, Stevenson’s literary magazine run, written and produced by students, are available to anyone who is interested. Orders must be turned in by Monday. Click here to download an order form.

Drawstring Bags in West Lost and Found

The West Attendance Office lost and found, in Room 2416, has an assortment of drawstring bags left behind by students and others. If yours is missing, come look for it today.

CLUB NEWS

Students interested in creating artwork for the Fine Arts posters can attend the Poster Design Club meeting at 3:30 p.m. today in Room 6008. If you have any questions, please email Mr. Grice at jgrice@d125.org.

Korean Club will present “Liberty in North Korea after school today. Come to Room 1506 to get an inside look into the lives of the North Korean people, stories of North Korean refugees who have escaped, and a comprehensive look at North Korea.

Spanish Club will be having a movie night on Wednesday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Room 7096. All students are invited to watch the movie El Dorado, and eat free food such as chicharones, flan and jarritos.

To make sure all seniors have a chance to attend, the last Breakfast with Books meeting has been moved to 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, May 19 in the upper ILC.

ATHLETICS

All interested girls basketball players and their parents are invited to meet new head coach Ashley Graham, and to learn about summer opportunities, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 1204 (West Faculty Dining Room), which is near the Sports Center entrance.

CAREER EXPLORATION

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.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Rauner blasts CPS as a “political patronage operation”

Rauner tries to distance himself from CPS contract scandal

Emanuel says his administration had no role in CPS no-contract bid

Murky past of SUPES company boss in CPS probe

Michelle Obama to give commencement speech at Chicago high school

Waukegan preschool renamed in honor of longtime educator

Original “Breakfast Club” script found in Park Ridge school cabinet

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

College “bait and switch”? Financial aid often declines after freshman year

School districts, parents at odds over breakfast in class

Today’s teens: Digital natives, yet strangers to the Web

Connecticut picks former teacher for top education post

Texas Senate moves to decriminalize school truancy

ACT report says fewer high school graduates want to become educators

Nevada Common Core test crashes again on first full day back

This year, colleges shying away from controversial commencement speakers

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