Thursday, February 11, 2016

Chess Team No. 2 Seed for State Tournament

Stevenson is the No. 2 seed in this weekend’s Illinois High School Association state chess tournament in Peoria. Defending state champion Naperville North is the top seed in the 146-school field. SHS will open play Friday against Wheaton North. Two players who finished in the top 10 last year are on the roster again: sophomore Alex Bian and junior Rahul Dhiman. Also on the state roster are senior Allen Guo, juniors Adit Ghosh and Sritej Vontikommu, sophomore Conrad Oberhaus, and freshmen Shashank Bala, Kavin Lavari, Miranda Liu and Jack Xiao. The head coach is Vincent Springer. His assistants are SHS alum Rob Krause (Class of 1992) and Scott Oliver, who retired as head coach three years ago. SHS has finished second in the state four of the past six years, including in 2015. The Patriots won it all in 2008.

Seniors Can Be Honored for Language Proficiency

Seniors who have proven their proficiency in English and another language are eligible to receive the state of Illinois’ Seal of Biliteracy on their diploma and transcript.

To qualify for the seal, seniors must have achieved minimum-level scores on an ACT or Prairie State Achievement Exam, and by proving literacy in a language other than English, either through a qualifying Advanced Placement exam score or by meeting standards on the Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) exam on Monday, February 22. The exam will be given at 3:30 p.m. in the West Language Lab.

The cost for the AAPPL exam is $20. Students can pay by cash or check (made out to Stevenson High School) in Room 2434. The registration and fee deadline is Wednesday, February 17. For more information on the state’s Seal of Biliteracy program, click here.

 

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 49, Antioch 46: In Antioch, the Patriots (24-5) rallied from an early 10-point deficit to take the lead in the second half, then hung on to capture the final North Suburban Conference championship game. The win avenged a 68-54 home loss to the Sequoits (24-5) in last year’s title game. Jessica Burke led SHS with 13 points, while Madison Wicklund added 10 points, including a layup with 1:01 remaining to make the score 46-42. She also blocked two shots in the fourth quarter. Ashley Richardson grabbed a game-high nine rebounds to go along with nine points, three steals and a crucial block of Antioch’s top player in the final minute. Stevenson held the Sequoits to five points in the third quarter and 18 in the second half. Kiana Cencula scored eight points and Klaire Steffens chipped in with six. – Daily Herald (+)

Football Team Will Travel to Michigan This Fall

Stevenson’s football team will face a Michigan powerhouse in a non-conference matchup during the Labor Day weekend this fall. The Patriots will travel to Muskegon for a game on Saturday, September 3. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Lincolnshire time, following the sophomore game. The Big Reds were 9-3 last year and reached the Michigan equivalent of the state semifinals in their division. Muskegon won the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 2 state championship in 2008, and was runner-up in 2012 and 2013. Stevenson will play host to the Big Reds during the 2017 season.

Alum Named Big Ten’s Best Defensive Shortstop

University of Illinois baseball standout Adam Walton (Class of 2012) was named the Big Ten’s best defensive shortstop by Baseball America in its 2016 conference preview. Walton started every game last year for the Illini, who won a school-record 50 games, and captured the Big Ten and NCAA regional crowns. He had a .954 fielding percentage, with 14 errors in 61 games. Offensively, Walton hit .289, tied for the team lead in runs scored and was second in hits. He was a 20th-round pick of the Baltimore Orioles in last summer’s Major League Baseball amateur draft, but chose to return to Champaign.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

2016 Yearbook Orders Due By Friday

Friday 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.

Trivia Night on Friday to Benefit South Sudan

Stevenson’s Interact Club and Geography Club are partnering together to host their first-ever Trivia Night on Friday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Room 7096 of the East Building. The event will feature a Kahoot-style trivia game with teams of five. Admission is $5, and pizza, water and snacks will be available for purchase. All proceeds from the event will benefit CARE, an organization that provides clean drinking water and food for citizens in the South Sudan.

AP Art Portfolios Due By Friday

All students who registered for AP Drawing, AP 2D (non-photo option) and AP 3D for next school year, please remember that your artwork portfolio is due by Friday in the East Art Office (Room 6080). The portfolio review process is a required part of your registration in these courses. If you have any questions, please see your art art teacher or contact Mrs. Hyken at khyken@d125.org.

Voter Registration Deadline Next Tuesday

Tuesday is the voter registration deadline for students who want to cast a ballot in the general election this fall. Eligible voters are anyone who is a U.S. citizen and who will turn 18 by November 8. Voter registration is available at the School Store, in the ILC, or with the following teachers: Peter Anderson, Andrew Conneen, Justin Fisk, Dan Larsen, Michelle Stone, Sandra Wright, Dave Hess and Sara Gutierrez. Newly registered voters can check their status at the Lake County Clerk’s website.

Pick Up Your PSAT Results in Room 2416

Students who took the PSAT exam last fall can pick up their results in the West Attendance Office (Room 2416). Students will be required to show their current ID.

Watch the TED 2016 Conference Live at Vernon Area Library

The official TED 2016 Conference takes place in Vancouver on Tuesday, and you can watch it live at the Vernon Area Public Library. Stop by the library to watch the simulcast with other TED enthusiasts. They’ll be showing the most exciting talks from TED 2016: Dream, plus the library will provide food for thought and inspiration. Registration is required, but the program is free and open to all. To register, or find event details, visit: http://bit.ly/TEDxLive2016.

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.

Sign Up for the March 4 Blood Drive

Here’s your chance to be a hero. If you’re 17 or older and weigh at least 110 pounds, you could save three lives by giving blood on Friday, March 4. The school is having a blood drive with LifeSource in the Wrestling Room (Room 2111) during periods 3-8. Not only will you help save lives, but you’ll also help two worthy causes: the Stevenson to College program, and micro-loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries. Click here to register and download the required forms.

CLUB NEWS

Zumba Club meets at 3:45 today in the East Multi-Purpose Room (5044).

Juniors interested in decorating for Winterfest are invited to a Junior Class Board meeting today in Room 2004 from 3:40-5 p.m. New members are always welcome!

COLLEGE NEWS

“Think HBCU,” a college expo featuring historically black colleges and universities as well as many schools from Illinois, will be held at the College of Lake County’s Lakeshore campus in Waukegan from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, February 20. The expo will include campus tours as well as workshops with topics on scholarships and application assistance. The expo is hosted by CLC and TRIO Educational Talent Search. Click here for more information.

The College of Lake County Engineering Transfer Department will be holding several information sessions for prospective students and their parents interested in attending CLC for the first two years of a bachelor of science degree in engineering. Each session will last approximately 30 minutes, and will be followed by Q&A. The presentations will include information about the Engineering Transfer curriculum, the UIUC Engineering Pathways program (guaranteed admission to UIUC Engineering), the NSF Scholarship program, Engineering Club, and more. The dates and times are: Tuesday, February 23, 7 p.m. on the Grayslake campus, Thursday, March 3, 7 p.m. at the Waukegan campus, and Wednesday, March 9, 7 p.m. on the Southlake campus in Vernon Hills.

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 Friday, 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.

ATHLETICS

There will be an informational meeting for boys lacrosse today at 3:45 in Room 2104. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Fitzgibbons at pfitzgibbons@d125.org.

There will be an informational meeting for boys baseball on Tuesday at 7:20 a.m. in the following locations: Varsity, Room 6050 (if you cannot attend, contact Coach Block at pblock@d125.org); sophomores, Room 7050 (if you cannot attend, contact Coach Sorkin at bsorkin@d125.org); and freshmen, Room 7066 (if you cannot attend, contact Coach Smith at rysmith@d125.org).

The girls softball team will have an informational meeting on Tuesday in the Recital Hall. Meeting times are 7:30-8 a.m. and 3:30-4 p.m. You only need to attend one of the meetings. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Vikartofsky at avikartofsky@d125.org.

The informational meeting for boys track and field will be Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in the Field House. Practice will begin immediately after the meeting, so come prepared to practice. All paperwork must be turned in to the Athletic Office before the meeting.

The informational meeting for boys tennis is Wednesday, February 17 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 1628. If you cannot attend or have questions, please contact Coach Stanhope at tstanhope@d125.org.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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Department of Education investigates complaints against Waukegan District 60 (+)

29 school districts get help financing building projects

Warren Township High to explore later start times (+)

Chicago principals react to mid-year budget cuts

Cash-strapped Lincoln-Way lets business use facilities rent-free (+)

Burr Ridge officials respond to complaint about “Section 8 problem” in schools (+)

Next College of DuPage trustee: Fence-mender or reformer? (+)

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Today’s freshman class is most likely to protest in half a century

Assessing assessments: The new wave of testing

Why Detroit’s teachers are “sick” of inadequate schools

How working-class Long Beach, California saved its schools

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