Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Chess Team Clinches League Championship

Stevenson won the North Suburban Chess League championship on Saturday, winning all four of its matches against New Trier, Glenbrook South, Evanston and Maine South.

Sophomore Alex Bian, who has emerged as one of the top high school chess players in the state, went 4-0 on the day. Freshman Kavin Lavari, who entered the tournament as an alternate, helped secure the championship by securing a draw at a higher board than his usual level in the last round. Other team members included Allen Guo, Miranda Liu, Conrad Oberhaus, Jack Xiao, Rahul Dhiman, Shashank Bala, Sritej Vontikommu and Adit Ghosh. Next up for SHS is the Illinois High School Association state chess tournament, which will be held February 12-13 in Peoria. Based on winning the league championship, Stevenson will be in the running for the No. 1 seed.

College Q&A Night for Junior Parents

Stevenson’s college counselors will answer college-related questions for parents and guardians of juniors at 7 p.m. tonight in the Performing Arts Center. There is no formal presentation; parents will set the agenda. This is a parents-only evening.

Archery Team Second at Schurz Competition

Stevenson’s archery team finished second at the Schurz High School Bulldog Shootout in Chicago last weekend. Max Papushin was the top male archer with a score of 269, including 11 bullseyes, and finished second overall. Sami Hartman-Stackhouse finished second among female archers with a score of 265, including 11 bullseyes, and was third overall. Go Ogata was third among male archers with a 252 and seven bulleyes, and placed seventh overall. Cloud Wang placed fourth in the male division with a 247, had nine bullseyes, and was eighth overall.

Alum’s Murder Revisited in “The People v. O.J. Simpson”

A sad chapter in the history of the Stevenson community is reopened tonight at 9 p.m. when FX debuts “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” The 10-part series centers around the 1994 murders of SHS graduate Ronald Goldman (Class of 1986) and Simpson’s wife, Nicole, and the subsequent trial that riveted a nation’s attention. Simpson was charged with their murders, but later found liable for Goldman’s death in a civil trial. The Daily Herald’s Burt Constable talked with Goldman’s younger sister, Kim, about the challenge of reliving her brother’s death and its aftermath. The Goldman family moved to southern California a year after Ron’s graduation from Stevenson, but Kim said they still have ties to Buffalo Grove, where they once lived.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Monday’s Varsity Results

Girls Gymnastics

Stevenson hosted IHSA Regional: Mikaela Webb won the all-around competition, propelling the Patriots to a second-place finish behind Carmel, which won its 14th consecutive regional title. Webb won the vault (9.325), finished second on uneven bars (9.30) and placed fourth on floor exercise (9.125). Webb automatically advances to next week’s sectional at Mundelein. SHS must wait until all other regionals are completed to see if it will receive an at-large berth as a team, or if any other Patriots receive at-large spots. – Official Results | Daily Herald (+)

Retired Athletic Director Martin to be Honored

Retired SHS Athletic Director John Martin has been chosen for induction into the Illinois Athletic Directors Association Hall of Fame this spring. He will be honored on Saturday, April 30 during the association’s annual conference in East Peoria.

During his 20 years at Stevenson, Martin guided the growth of the school’s athletic program into the largest in the state of Illinois. Under his guidance from 1990 until retiring in 2010, Stevenson’s athletic program grew from 23 sports with 71 levels and 1,013 athletes, to 35 sports with 110 levels and 2,388 athletes. In 20 years, Martin saw SHS win 15 team state championships and 43 individual state championships.

Prior to joining Stevenson, Martin served as athletic director at Hoffman Estates High School for three years. In 1996, he was named Illinois Outstanding Athletic Director of the Year, and in 2009 he was inducted into the Lake County High Schools Athletic Hall of Fame. Martin also was responsible for developing the North Suburban Conference Leadership Workshop, which every summer brings nearly 1,000 student-athletes from across the conference to Stevenson to learn about and develop leadership characteristics and skills.

Two Named to All-NSC Competitive Dance Team

Two members of the varsity Patriettes have been named to the 2016 North Suburban Conference Competitive Dance team. Seniors Kirsten Bosman and Elizabeth Spiegel were selected for the 30-member squad.

Boys Bowling Team Finds Its Lane

The SHS boys bowling team knew it had the talent to compete with the best schools in the state, but putting it all together had proven elusive until last weekend’s state finals. The Patriots performed like never before, shattering several records en route to their first state championship. Head coach Cody Mathias and state individual champion Zach Singer talked with Pioneer Press about the experience, and about the future: Three of the team’s top five bowlers return next season.

Junior Makes 46 Saves for Girls Hockey Team

Corynn Salazar, a junior goaltender for the Lake Forest co-op girls hockey team, made 46 saves during an 8-1 loss to Upper Fox Valley on Sunday. In the team’s last five outings, she has stopped 123 shots. Salazar had 20 saves, including 13 in the third period, during a 3-0 shutout of Fenwick on January 10. Katie Wynn, a junior forward, has scored at least one point in four of the team’s last five games. She is fourth on the team in scoring this season.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Interested in SPARK? Mandatory Meeting on Friday

Sophomores and juniors interested in being part of the SPARK (STEM Professionals As Resource Knowledge) program this summer must attend an informational meeting during their lunch period Friday in Room 2104. SPARK provides summer internships for exceptional students interested in pursuing careers related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) research. Click here for details.

Political Action Club to Host 10th District Debate

The Political Action Club will hold a student-moderated debate between 10th Congressional District Democratic candidates Nancy Rotering and Brad Schneider at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the West Auditorium. Doors will open at 7 p.m. The event is free. Voter registrars will be available at the event. Because of 2013 legislation spearheaded by Stevenson students and State Rep. Carol Sente, any student who is a U.S. citizen and will be 18 by November 8 is eligible to vote in the March 15 primary election.

PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale Wednesday afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons!  Pies, donuts, Puppy Chow and more. All items are $1.

Winterfest Dance Early Bird Ticket Sales

“Early bird” tickets for the Winterfest Dance are available at the Patriot Superstore for only $20. You must present a ticket coupon when ordering early bird tickets. Ask a member of Student Council for a coupon, or pick one up at the Student Activities Office. Early bird ticket sales end Friday. After Friday, Winterfest Dance tickets will be $25.

Freshman-Sophomore Play This Weekend

Don’t miss the freshman-sophomore play, “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde, this weekend. Shows will take place at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Little Theater portion of the Performing Arts Center. Admission is $5. Click here for the cast list.

Boys Bowling Celebration Thursday Morning

The state champion boys bowling team will be honored during a ceremony at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in Room 2104. All are welcome to attend.

Dance Class Placement for Those Not Currently in Dance

Students with dance experience who are not currently enrolled in a dance class, and would like to be placed in a level higher than Dance 1 for next school year, need to attend a dance placement on Thursday, February 11. Students may attend placements at one of the following times: 7-7:50 a.m., during lunch periods (there will be time to eat after the assessment), or 3:30-4:15 p.m. Placements will be in Room 2112. Click here for more details.

Last Chance to Order Your 2016 Yearbook

Friday, February 12 is the last day to order your 2016 Ambassador yearbook online. Don’t let your memories of this year fade away. Click here to order your yearbook today.

Auditions for “Charlotte’s Web” February 10-11

Come audition for the Stevenson Foundation’s spring children’s play, “Charlotte’s Web.” Auditions will be held in the Little Theatre Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 10-11, from 4:30-6:15 p.m. Have a children’s poem or nursery rhyme ready to perform for your monologue. Tell us how you would help save Wilbert the pig from being sold for bacon. Be sure to wear working clothes and shoes. We will be working with dramatic movements on the stage floor. Bring your enthusiasm and your energy!

Learn About the ACT’s Updated Writing Section

Did you know the writing section of the ACT exam has changed? Any students that would like to review the new format or practice the new writing section can visit the Communication Arts tutors: Ms. Rabe and Mr. Kramer in the ILC, and Ms. Olkanetskaya in the ELC. For more information on writing section changes, click here.

Turn In Senior Party Registration to School Store

Attention seniors: On March 1, the cost of attending the Senior Class Party will be going up to $45. The Senior Class Party will be held June 1 aboard the Odyssey cruise ship on Lake Michigan. Don’t wait too long! Senior Party spaces are filling up … turn in your registration forms today. Forms are being accepted at the school store during regular store hours. Please make sure the form is signed by both you and one parent or guardian. If you need a registration form, stop by Student Activities or click here to print one. Please note: Only cash or checks to Stevenson PPA will be accepted.

COLLEGE NEWS

Attention seniors: The Local Scholarship Packet is now available in the College Career Center (Room 1123). There are 23 separate local scholarships available this year.  Please stop in to pick your copy up today. The deadline to return the scholarship applications is Thursday, March 10. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn.

Please check Naviance each week for new scholarships. If you have any questions, please stop in the College Career Center for help.

CLUB NEWS

Students Helping Soldiers will hold its next meeting at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday in Room 5044.

The Stevenson Styler will meet Wednesday at 3:30 in Room 1612. New members are welcome! We will be planning the spring/summer edition!

The Interactive Gamers Club will host a three-person team sealed tournament after school Thursday in Room 1204. The cost is $2.50, students can pay with their ID, and each participant will receive four packs. You must be able to stay until 5:30 to participate. New players always welcome!

ATHLETICS

The boys gymnastics informational meeting is Wednesday at 3:30 in Room 2004. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Rogalski at jrogalski@d125.org.

Anyone who would like to go out for the girls water polo team this spring should attend the informational meeting after school on Wednesday at 3:45 in the pool balcony. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Wimer at jwimer@d125.org.

The nomination deadline is February 22 for the Winter ESPPA Awards, which will be given out at the Winter Sports Awards Night. ESPPA stands for Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Award, and honors athletes and teams in all sports and all levels, plus trainers, team managers and fans. Players, coaches, students and parents can submit nominations for Winter ESPPA Awards by clicking here.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Applications are now being accepted for the Fermilab TARGET science and engineering program. This is a highly competitive, paid, summer internship program for sophomores and juniors. The application deadline is February 26. For an application and more information, click here. Explore more summer career camps and options by visiting the Career Exploration Website summer opportunities page. Find us on Facebook. Stay informed on all the latest college and career information and be aware of upcoming events.

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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Chicago Teachers Union rejects proposed four-year contract

Student applications to University of Illinois up 11% for 2016

Senate Democrats will wait to send Rauner college funding bill

Libertyville-Vernon Hills District 128 again looking at athletic facilities (+)

Elgin U46 will expand dual-language program to middle schools (+)

Amid turmoil, Lincoln-Way District 210 school board president resigns (+)

Vallas opposes shifting suburban schools’ special ed funds (+)

Chicago teacher who loved his school leaves $500K to it in his will

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Per-pupil spending in nation’s schools falls for third straight year

Rising costs bring new focus on how colleges set their prices

GED, Common Core changes highlight that college isn’t for everyone

Education Department suspends student-aid programs for several for-profits

MIT dean leaves to start university without lectures, classrooms

San Francisco schools consider giving condoms to middle schoolers

The science of getting kids organized

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