Thursday, January 21, 2016

Senior Earns Perfect Score on AP Exam

Perfect ACT scores are becoming a regular occurrence at Stevenson. Will perfect Advanced Placement scores be next? The school learned last week that for the third time in the last four years, a Stevenson student earned a perfect AP exam score.

Chloe Feast, a senior from Lincolnshire, was one of only 22 students in the world to earn every point possible on the AP Macroeconomics exam last spring. Feast answered every multiple-choice question correctly, and earned full points on each of the essays in the free-response section of the exam.

She joins two 2013 graduates, Richard Zhu and Irina Protasova, in the perfect AP circle. Zhu was one of eight students in the world to earn a perfect score on the AP Physics C (Electricity and Magnetism) exam in 2013. Protasova was one of only 18 students worldwide who were flawless on the AP Computer Science A exam in 2012.

How rare is a perfect score on an AP exam? According to the College Board, there were 322 students in the world who earned every possible point on one of the 36 AP exams last spring. All of those students were from the United States, which saw 2.5 million students complete 4.5 million AP exams.

Benchmark Exams for Incoming Freshmen Saturday

Benchmark exams for incoming freshmen who did not take them at their sender school will be given on Saturday. Benchmark exams help determine placement in freshman-level courses. Testing begins at 8 a.m. Click here for more information.

Community Orchestra Debuts Saturday Night

The Stevenson Community Orchestra will hold its inaugural concert at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Performing Arts Center. The group, led by SHS Director of Orchestras Enrique Vilaseco, will perform works by Schubert, Copland, Bizet and Puccini. The concert is free and open to the public.

Understanding the New Sculpture in the Forum

If you’re in the Forum over the next few weeks, take a look in the southwest corner. The current Visiting Artist of the Month, Terrence Karpowicz, has installed a 15-foot-tall sculpture called “How Soon We Forget” in the Forum, in addition to the works he has on display in the nearby Rotunda Gallery. The sculpture is made of cedar with splines of ash, and there are steel plates to connect the legs to the interlocking rings. (Here’s a photo of the sculpture we posted on our Instagram page.)

Here is what Karpowicz had to say about the inspiration behind his sculpture: “‘How Soon We Forget’ talks to me of the loved ones and the experiences that have helped shape our lives. However, as time goes on and we continue to add to those experiences we tend to loose those moments but hopefully not the message. The interlocking rings are metaphors for those people and experiences. There is one missing ring that would make the rings a ‘complete’ sphere. It’s the one missing ring that represents those moments we should hold dear.”

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 45, Lake Zurich 29: In what head coach Ashley Graham called the team’s best defensive effort of the season, the host Patriots (19-4, 8-0) ended the Bears’ five-game winning streak in emphatic fashion. After Lake Zurich (11-8, 4-3) scored the game’s first four points, Kiana Cencula and Ashley Richardson took over. The pair sparked a 12-0 run to close the first quarter, then scored all 11 of Stevenson’s points in the second as the Pats took a 23-10 halftime lead. SHS expanded its lead to 40-16 after the third quarter, then Graham cleared her bench for the final frame. Cencula led all scorers with 14 points, and Richardson added 10, all in the first half. Jessica Burke and Klaire Steffens each had six points. – Pioneer Press, Daily Herald (+)

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 3, Loyola Academy 2: Thomas Krebs’ power play goal at the 4:56 mark of the second period broke a 2-2 tie and proved to be the game-winner for the Patriots (19-18-1) at Twin Rinks Ice Arena. His goal was assisted by Michael Dowd and Daniel Wolfe. Jordan Marcelletti opened the scoring at 13:53 in the first period, assisted by Kyle Previn. After the Ramblers responded with two unanswered goals, Bahri Kurapey tied the game at 11:18 in the second period. Timothy Fogliatti and Jason Spector assisted on the Kurapey goal. Nick Cimarusti was stout between the pipes, stopping 24 of Loyola’s 26 shots. – StevensonHockey.org

Girls Bowling

Stevenson 2,589, Zion-Benton 2,460: After dropping the first game by four pins at Sunset Lanes, the Patriots roared back to win the last two games and secure the North Suburban Conference Lake Division title. Kaitlyn Rudy led a balanced attack with a 572 series that included a high game of 204. Samie Schmidt rolled the highest game of the day for SHS, a 216, and checked in behind Rudy with a 555 series. Xanthe Coulson added a 538 (200) and Nina Wright rolled a 468 (178). Neeraja Kadiyala and Amy Atkinson combined for a 456 series.

Freshman Gymnast’s Talent Overcoming Inexperience

Freshman girls gymnast Zoe Hinz didn’t have much experience coming into high school, but she has quickly shown great promise. Despite only one year of recreational competition, Hinz won the balance beam and finished second in the all-around in the Patriots’ opening meet in December. She followed with a 10th-place performance in the balance beam at last week’s Lake County Invitational. “She really hasn’t competed at a high level. She’s marvelously talented but inexperienced. One high school season will give you experience,” head coach Judy Harwood told Pioneer Press. “Fifteen meets in a row is like three years of club. (Hinz) is knocking on that door but hasn’t gone through it yet.”

Alum Named Captain for Iowa Baseball Team

Tyler Radtke (Class of 2012) has been named one of the team captains for the University of Iowa baseball team. The right-handed Radtke, entering his senior season, was a mainstay in the bullpen last year as the Hawkeyes finished 41-18 and reached the NCAA tournament for the first time in 25 years.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Free Breakfast for All Sophomores on Tuesday

The Sophomore Class Board is sponsoring a free breakfast for all sophomores from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Tuesday in Room 2104. A yogurt buffet and juice will be available. Make sure you bring your ID! Also, bring books to donate to Bernie’s Book Bank. For every book you donate, you’ll receive one raffle ticket.

$1 Books On Sale at Superstore to Benefit Give-A-Thon

There is a new selection of books for sale outside the Superstore during the lunch periods. All books are $1, and proceeds will benefit Give-A-Thon.

Bringing a Guest to Winterfest?

If you’re bringing a guest to next month’s Winterfest Dance who isn’t a Stevenson student, you’ll need to fill out a special form before buying their ticket. You can get the form from the Superstore in the Wood Commons, or download it here. Early bird ticket sales for the Winterfest Dance will start February 1, so fill out your form now so you’ll be ready on the first.

ILC Hiring Student Aides for Second Semester

The ILC is hiring student aides to work during most periods this semester. You must have a free period or a study hall that you would like to give up in exchange for a job in the ILC. This is a paid position! Please see Mrs. Gorman or any staff member in the Upper West ILC for an application.

Superstore Hiring for Sixth-Hour Position

The Superstore is looking for a sophomore or junior to work during sixth hour. This is a paid position. If you’re interested, see Mrs. Miller at the Superstore or email her at smiller@d125.org.

Parking for Students at Prairie View Metra Station

For Stevenson students unable to park at school, Vernon Township is selling parking spaces at the Prairie View Metra train station for second semester. The cost is $145 for the second semester. A $30 monthly option also is available. To download a permit application that includes rates and rules, click here. For more information, contact the Vernon Township Office at 847-634-4600. You can also purchase parking by phone. Call 877-727-5004 or download the mobile app at www.parkmobile.com, and enter parking zone number 831.

Director Application for One Acts Available Online

If you’re interested in being a director for The One Acts — the one-act plays written, directed and acted by students this spring — the application is available at www.d125.org/audition. Applications are due to Ms. Nowak or Ms. Rawitz no later than 8 a.m. Thursday, February 25. Auditions and casting for The One Acts will take place March 15 in the West Auditorium.

$1 Hot Chocolate Today at the New Jazzman’s

The new Jazzman’s in the East Building is open, and we’re celebrating with daily specials all week. Today, you can get a small hot chocolate for $1. Stop by and take a look at what Jazzman’s has to offer. Plus, enter for a chance to win a $100 Jazzman’s gift card!

ATHLETICS

The boys volleyball team will have an informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Monday in Room 1916. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Goolish at egoolish@d125.org.

The informational meeting for girls soccer is Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. in Room 2004. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Heffernan at kheffernan@d125.org.

The informational meeting for girls track and field is Thursday, January 28 at 3:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Degen at edegen@d125.org.

The softball team is holding its first-ever Bowling Night fundraiser on Saturday, January 30 at Fairhaven Lanes in Mundelein. This is a 21-and-older event that runs from 2-5 p.m. In addition to bowling, there will be appetizers, raffle prizes, a silent auction, and awards for best-dressed bowling team. For more details, click here.

CLUB NEWS

Sophomore Class Board is meeting today after school in Room 1506 to work on Winterfest projects. (Please note that this is a different room than where we usually meet). New members always welcome!

Tuesday is the next meeting of the Breakfast with Books Club. The club’s yearbook photo will be taken during this meeting. Join us in the Upper ILC from 7:45-8:25 a.m.

INTRAMURALS

Open Softball starts Monday from 6:15-7:15 a.m. in the Field House. Other upcoming dates are Tuesday, February 2 and Monday, February 8.

Open Soccer continues Sunday morning, but note the location change from the Field House to the Sports Center. Also, Open Soccer will run from 7-8:30 a.m.

COLLEGE NEWS

Attention seniors: Some of you may need to send seventh-semester transcripts (also called mid-year reports) to colleges. These transcripts will be ready for disbursement on February 1. If you applied to a college using the Common Application, your mid-year report will be sent automatically by Stevenson High School; there is nothing you have to do. If you applied to a college using Parchment, then you need to order an updated transcript. Log on to www.parchment.com and click on “Send Now” and your seventh-semester grades will be included. If you have any questions, please stop by the College Career Center.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Interested in participating in a Career Shadow? The Career Exploration Program can connect you with a professional that will host you for a day-long job shadow in a number of different areas, including healthcare, business, engineering and others.  Career shadows provide you the opportunity to experience what it is really like on the job, and can connect you to lifelong mentors that can help guide your career direction and future. Please visit the Career Exploration web page and fill out a Career Shadow application or email Mrs. Willock in the College and Career Center at dwillock@d125.org.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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CPS bankruptcy could void teachers contract, give power to judge

CPS calls GOP takeover proposal a “sideshow”

Education issues take center stage at Statehouse

University of Illinois to freeze tuition for incoming freshmen again

Select District 300 students to get free full year of college (+)

Truck driver charged after nine hurt in Beach Park school bus crash

Despite drama, nearly 300 apply to be president of College of DuPage (+)

Oswego administrator named chief academic officer of Wisconsin district

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Thousands apply to U.S. to forgive their student loans

Detroit Public Schools seeks injunction against teachers to stop “sickout”

Last run for current SAT this week; new one debuts in March

Flint schools prepare for wake of water crisis

Backlash has Wisconsin officials rethinking prep sportsmanship guidelines

Schools looking at how classroom interior design impacts student learning

Connecticut student says “ISIS” during pledge, gets pulled from school

Microsoft acquires “MinecraftEdu” with eye toward school-age audience

The Seattle preschool inside a nursing home

College instructors share the weirdest things they see on students’ screens

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