Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Senior Earns Gold Medal at International Physics Olympiad

Senior Jason Lu earned a gold medal at the 47th International Physics Olympiad held last month in Zurich, Switzerland. He tied for 17th place overall among approximately 400 students from 86 countries. Lu was the second-highest scorer member of the five-member United States Physics Team, and one of only two to earn a gold medal. This is the second medal Lu has earned at the International Physics Olympiad. He garnered a silver medal at the 2015 Olympiad held in Mumbai, India. Lu is the second Stevenson student to be selected for the U.S. Physics Team. Richard Zhu was chosen in 2014.

Kennedy Center Picks Senior’s Play

Senior Andrew Projansky has been selected as one of the winners in the 2016 VSA Playwright Discovery Program Competition sponsored by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Projansky’s one-act play, Supernova, will be performed at the Kennedy Center during Labor Day weekend, and he has been invited to Washington to participate in two days of activities. Supernova is about a boy’s daily struggles with depression, and how it affects his relationships with others. Projansky is the first Stevenson student to earn honors in the contest, which began in 2003. He spoke with Pioneer Press about the honor.

SHS Featured on ABC 7 Chicago

Stevenson was featured in this back-to-school report on ABC 7 Chicago’s 5 p.m. newscast on Monday. The report includes interviews with juniors Zoey Friedman and Spencer Greenstein, and Applied Arts teacher Ryan May, who is in his first year at SHS.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Soccer Seniors Help Club Team Win State Title

Varsity boys soccer captains Ben Brandt and Jake Nunez and their club team, FC United U-17 Boys Select 1, won the 2016 Illinois State Cup championship in June. Brandt had a goal and an assist in the tournament semifinal, while Nunez added an assist. Both are seniors. Brandt plans to play soccer for the University of Chicago next year, while Nunez is uncommitted. In addition to playing for the Patriot soccer team, the pair have assisted with the school’s Allied Soccer team.

Volleyball Alum Picked as Preseason Player of the Year

Howard University junior Khaila Donaldson (Class of 2014), a former all-conference and all-area volleyball player for Stevenson, has been picked as the Preseason Player of the Year in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Donaldson was a key player for the Bison last season, earning all-conference honors as Howard won the MEAC championship and reached the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1994.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Freshman Mixer Friday Night

All freshmen are invited to the annual Freshman Mixer, featuring a DJ and refreshments, from 7-9 p.m. Friday in the Wood Commons in the West Building. The Freshman Mixer is a free, lock-in event, so students must stay for the entire two hours. Freshmen must have their student ID to be admitted. Parents and guardians should drop off their freshmen in parking lot E. The event is sponsored by the Patriot Parent Association and the SHS Student Activities Division.

Big Fish Pre-Audition Vocal Clinic Thursday

Students who want to audition for this year’s school musical, Big Fish, are encouraged to participate in the pre-audition vocal clinic from 3:40-6 p.m. Thursday in the Performing Arts Center. Auditions will be held after school Monday, August 22, also in the PAC. Students interested in auditioning can download the audition packet at www.d125.org/audition. The packet includes a form that must be signed by a parent and brought to the audition in order for the student to participate.

SNN Auditions Next Week

Auditions for the Stevenson Network News begin Monday and continue throughout the week of August 22. The sign-up sheet and information packet are available in the Student Activities Office. Any interested student must have 8th hour completely free to be an anchor. Auditions will take place in Room 1309 in the Lower ILC. Fill out this application if you plan to audition. Questions can be directed to the sponsors, Mr. Fairchild (pfairchild@d125.org) and Mr. Aronoff (raronoff@d125.org).

West ILC Hiring Student Aides

The West ILC is hiring library aides to work during all class periods. If you have a free period or a study hall and you would like to work in the ILC instead, please see Mrs. Gorman in the upper West ILC for an application. This is a paid position.

Time Running Out for Senior Yearbook Portraits

Time is running out for seniors to schedule a yearbook portrait appointment through Visual Image Photography. The remaining dates are Monday through Saturday, August 22-27. Click here for times and more information. In order to appear in the yearbook, all seniors must have their photo taken by VIP. Photographers submitted from other studios will not be accepted into the yearbook.

CLUB NEWS

All of Stevenson’s theatre clubs will have a Welcome Back Meeting from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Performing Arts Center. You’ll find out about the plays planned for this year, plus get information about the International Thespians Society, StageCrafters Technical Theatre Club and TBA Playwriting Club. You’ll also get a tour of the PAC, and watch the safety video that is required viewing for anyone who wants to be cast in a show or part of the crew. For more information, contact Mr. Carmody at scarmody@d125.org.

The Boys Badminton Club informational meeting will be held Thursday from 3:35-4 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room (5044). If you’re unable to attend and are interested in joining the club, email Coach Johnson at grjohnson@d125.org.

Interactive Gamers Club will have its first meeting Thursday after school. We’ll be handing out free Magic: the Gathering Intro Decks to all members, signing up for RPG adventures, and learning new board games. IGC meets every Thursday from 3:30-6 p.m. in Room 1204 (West Faculty Dining Room).

Are you interested in weather and always wanted to understand it better? The Meteorology Club will hold its first meeting of the year at 3:35 Monday in Room 6036. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at seriksen@d125.org.

Would you like to help create artwork for the Fine Arts posters and program covers? If so, please attend the Poster Design Club meeting in Room 6008 from 3:30-4 p.m. on Monday. The 2015-16 Poster Design Club Portfolio can be viewed here: https://goo.gl/iXKu1n. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Grice at jgrice@d125.org.

CAREER EXPLORATION

A big welcome to all incoming freshman and returning Stevenson students. The Career Exploration Program will accept Career Shadow Applications for the 2016-17 school year beginning the week of August 22. Please visit the Career Exploration web page to find out more about the program and to download an application, or stop by the College/Career Center to speak to Mrs. Willock (dwillock@d125.org).

INTRAMURALS

The Stevenson Flag Football League informational meeting will be held at 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, August 23 in Room 2104. For more information visit the Stevenson Flag Football Page.

The start of Intramural Golf is right around the corner. IM Golf meets on Tuesdays at the Vernon Hills Golf Course (transportation is provided). The informational meeting is at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 23 in Room 6014. We hope to see you there! For more information, visit the IM Golf web page.

IM Spikeball starts soon! The informational meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31 in Room 2104. Anyone interested is welcome. For more information visit the IM Spikeball web page.

ATHLETICS

The Athletics Division is looking for student managers to assist fall athletic programs with team video projects, including filming practices and games and uploading video to software. The time commitment is approximately three to five hours per week, but is flexible. If you are interested, please email Ms. Betthauser, the athletic director, at  tbetthauser@d125.org by August 31.

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