Thursday, April 23, 2015

Advanced Placement Bill Born at Stevenson Passes Illinois House

The Illinois House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill crafted by Stevenson teachers and students 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 Advanced Placement exam. The AP Credit Equity Bill, filed by State Rep. Carol Sente, was approved by a 90-22 vote and now moves on to the Illinois Senate. Sente worked with Stevenson’s Political Action Club, AP Government teachers Andy Conneen and Dan Larsen, and their colleagues, AP advocates Sandra Wright, Laura Brandt and Vanessa Lal to draft the bill. Coverage: Chicago Tribune | Daily Herald ($)

Six Seniors Receive Corporate-Sponsored Merit Scholarships

Six Stevenson students are among the more than 1,000 distinguished high school seniors selected for corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards. The award recipients announced Wednesday by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation include:

  • Nikhil Arora: Probable career field: Engineering. Scholarship provider: Aon Corp.
  • Arvind Kumar: Probable career field: Computer Science. Scholarship provider: Walgreen Co.
  • Monet Lee: Probable career field: Medicine. Scholarship provider: Omron Corp.
  • Michelle Ling: Probable career field: Finance. Scholarship provider: The Motorola Solutions Foundation.
  • Cindy Luan: Probable career field: Law. Scholarship provider: Astellas Pharma US, Inc.
  • Karen Whisler: Probable career field: International Law. Scholarship provider: ConAgra Foods Inc.

Corporate sponsors provide National Merit Scholarships for finalists who are children of their employees, who are residents of communities the company serves, or who plan to pursue college majors or careers the sponsor wishes to encourage.

Most of these awards are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study and provide annual stipends that range from $500 to $10,000 per year. Some provide a single payment between $2,500 and $5,000.

Sustainability Council Video Chosen for D.C. Festival

Five students from the Sustainability Council represented Stevenson at the annual annual If I Had A Trillion Dollars Film Festival in Washington, D.C. last weekend. The club’s video was one of 10 chosen to be shown at the festival. In the video, the club shows how it would use a trillion dollars to help the world become more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Students participated in a leadership conference, were able to meet with aides from the office of Congressman Robert Dold, and visited various D.C. sites, including the House of Representatives’ chamber. Students who made the trip were Riley Shore, Matthew Treiber, Annie Lu, Aileen Lee and Jessica Shen. Other students who worked on the video but were unable to travel to D.C. were Bhabna Pati, Saloni Nahar and Natalie Wu.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson d. Vernon Hills, 25-22, 16-25, 25-21: Grant Maleski had 11 kills, Justin Leonard recorded eight and Sudhish Gogula added five for the Patriots (9-7, 3-1) in the Sports Center. Eric Zalewski set up 24 assists and served three aces. Luke Feder made 12 digs. Chris Song had three kills and two solo blocks. Vernon Hills fell to 11-5, 2-1. – Pioneer Press

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson 17, Glenbrook South 1: The top-ranked Patriots improved to 19-0 with the nonconference win in Glenview. SHS jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the first quarter, and extended their advantage to 11-1 at halftime. Claire Haas led the Pats with five goals, Allison Travetto had four, and Joanie Newland added three. Melissa Gartenberg and Eileen Hoang had two goals each, and Fiona Gaffney added one. Goalkeeper Lauren Burns made 14 saves.

Boys Lacrosse

Warren 8, Stevenson 3: The host Patriots fell to 3-4 overall and 2-2 in the conference. –


Warren 8, Stevenson 7: The visiting Patriots (10-6-1) fell to the Blue Devils (13-6) for the second straight day. – Daily Herald


Wednesday’s Digest had two mistakes in the Sports section. First, the varsity softball team’s overall record was 4-8 entering Tuesday, not 3-7. Second, the item about Stevenson alumni on the nationally ranked Illinois and Iowa baseball teams failed to mention Matt Allen, a 2013 graduate who pitches for Iowa.


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! Go to and sign in with your Stevenson Gmail account.

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!

Driver Education Permitting April 28-30

The second phase of permitting for students taking Driver Education over the summer or in the fall is coming up! Remember to bring a signed application, money for the permit, and study for the test. Here are the dates, times and locations:

Tuesday, April 28 7-8:30 a.m. Room 6048-6050
Tuesday, April 28 3:30-5 p.m. Recital Hall (right of the PAC)
Wednesday, April 29 7-8 a.m. Room 6048-6050
Thursday, April 30 3:30-5 p.m. Recital Hall (right of the PAC)

AP Macroeconomics Review Session Saturday

The next AP Macroeconomics exam review session will take place from 9-11 a.m. Saturday in Room 8036-8038.

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 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 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.

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.

New College Essay Workshop Coming This Summer

Attention junior students: Do you want help with your college essays? Would you like to complete most of the work before senior year so you can enjoy the fall? Join the 100 students who have already signed up for our college essay workshop this summer! The first week of each semester, you can get help on your personal statement for the common application, supplemental essays for specific colleges, and even scholarship essays! Get suggestions and feedback! Finish this over the summer before senior year begins! Register for this new summer school workshop on the summer school web page.

Want to Learn Russian or Chinese for Free?

Students who will be returning to Stevenson for 2015-16, and who have had no prior exposure to the Russian or Chinese languages, are invited to apply for the STARTALK program at Lewis University. There are no tuition costs, and successful students will receive three university credits. The program runs from June 15 through July 10 at Lewis University’s campus in Romeoville. The application deadline is May 4. Click here for more information.


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. today in Room 1204 (West Faculty Dining Room), which is near the Sports Center entrance.


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.


We have reached our capacity for summer career shadow applications, so we will no longer be accepting any new applications. For those students who have either turned in an application, or have spoken to Mrs. Willock in person or via email, you will be considered in the program and able to complete your shadow. Please contact Mrs. Willock at if you have any questions.


Are you in need of a Baking Boot Camp? If your meringue is flat, this is the class for you! We will simplify the secrets to flaky doughs and perfect pizza crusts. Learn the difference between the creaming method and the separated egg foam method. We will prepare pizzas the first week, apple and custard tarts week two, and genoise cake with Italian buttercream for the finale. Sound good? Make sure to register today!

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New state superintendent says equity in education funding is top priority

Rauner eyes end of “fair share” dues for teachers unions

Northwestern University professor among 32 chosen as new Carnegie Fellows

Watchdog groups: Northwestern must do more to combat anti-Semitic graffiti

Study: Top universities dropping Shakespeare requirement

Illinois Senate OKs plan to expand number of Illinois State U. trustees

Biden to speak at University of Illinois on sexual assault prevention

Oak Lawn District 218 board approves TIF district extension


Promising full college credit, Arizona State to offer online freshman program

Anti-Common Core activists leak New York’s English exam online

Georgia governor signs school takeover bill

Thousands of Washington state teachers strike over pay

These student whistleblowers in Pennsylvania spoke up to prevent a shooting


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