Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Eight More Students Earn Perfect ACT Score

The list of Stevenson students earning perfect ACT scores continues to grow, with eight juniors achieving a composite mark of 36 on the college-entrance exam given last month. The perfect scorers were Timothy Green, Andrew Hwang, Andrew Luo, Owen Simon, John Tan, Daniel Tao, Joy Wang and Joshua Yoon. Their accomplishment means that 116 Stevenson students have earned a perfect ACT score this decade.

Alum Honored for Seeking Peace During Protest

2015 alumnus Amina Amdeen is earning praise for acting as a peacemaker during an anti-Trump protest that turned violent in Austin, Texas on Sunday. Amdeen, a student at the University of Texas, shielded from harm a Trump supporter who waded into the protest. “I do not stand for what he stands for,” Amdeen told the Austin American-Statesman. “But I know his fears and concerns are valid. I love this country so much, and I don’t like what I see coming. We are not being civil to each other.” While at Stevenson, Amdeen started the Muslim Culture Club and also was a Peer Helper and a Peer Tutor. She emigrated to the United States from Iraq, and her family lived in Austin before they moved to the Stevenson community in 2013.

Alum Selected as a Hollywood “Up and Comer”

Jonathan Skogmo (Class of 2001) has been selected by the Hollywood Reporter as one of its rising stars under age 35 in the film, television and digital industry. The 33-year-old Skogmo is the founder and CEO of Jukin Media, which specializes in taking obscure video clips and helping them go viral. His company’s recent success include the “Pizza Rat” and “Chewbacca Mom.” His company has 150 employees and receives 1.5 billion views per month. Skogmo was featured in the Wall Street Journal in July, and also appeared on the WSJ Media Mix podcast. Despite his busy schedule, Skogmo took time to give a presentation earlier this year at Odyssey, Stevenson’s biannual fine arts festival.

Communication Arts Teachers Presenting in Atlanta

Several members of the Communication Arts Division will be giving presentations at the annual National Council of Teachers of English’s annual convention in Atlanta later this week. Christina Anker, Dan Argentar, Jim Barnabee, Nicole Fuller and Brian Wise will lead a session on Friday afternoon entitled “Mind the Gaps: Advocating Literacy Success for All Students.” On Saturday, SHS teachers will lead three sessions. Bill Fritz will discuss “When the Supreme Court is Not Enough: Advocating for Change in the Classroom” while Denise Foster will talk about “Crazy Wisdom: Promoting Well-Being vis-a-vis an English Mental Health Curriculum.” Throughout the day Saturday, five members of the Communication Arts faculty who are members of the NCTE’s Media and Digital Literacies Collaborative will be part of “Now Showing at NCTE.” The quintet of Anker, Foster, Laura Brown, Melissa Mack and Kirsten Voelker will help screen recent feature films and award-winning short films that can be used in the classroom. Brown is co-chair of the collaborative. The Stevenson contingent will be joined by former colleague Mary Christel, who has retired from SHS and is now working with the Indian Trails Public Library. On Sunday, Jen Arias will talk about “Global Collective Memory: Challenging Traditional Interpretive Paradigms.”

Veterans Give Thanks for Student Support

Friday’s inaugural Vet Fest sponsored by Students Helping Soldiers drew 10 current and former members of the military to the Wood Commons to meet with students during the lunch periods. Pioneer Press talked with some of the veterans for their reactions.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 48, St. Viator 32: Senior Ashley Richardson scored a game-high 23 points, including six three-pointers, as the Patriots opened their season with a win at the Schaumburg Thanksgiving Tournament. Junior Klaire Steffens had 11 points, while senior Madison Wicklund and junior Kiana Cencula each had six. After finishing the first quarter with a 13-10 lead, SHS took control in the second, holding the Lions to four points and taking a 26-14 halftime lead.

Boys Bowling

Stevenson 3,116, Warren 2,915: Senior Josh Singer, building on his victory at Saturday’s Lake Park Invitational, rolled a match-best 713 series for the defending state champions at Bertrand Lanes in Waukegan and also had the highest game, a 247. Singer captured the Lake Park title with a six-game score of 1,405 pins, the eighth-best in program history. His twin brother, Zach Singer, shot a 643 series against Warren, with a high game of 224, while senior William Jacob had a 629 series in his first varsity match, including a 235 game. The Patriots broke the 1,000-pin mark in winning all three games against the Blue Devils.

Girls Swimmers Taking Momentum to State

Stevenson posted some of the fastest times among all qualifiers for this weekend’s Illinois High School Association girls swimming and diving state meet at Evanston Township High School. Junior Iza Pelka had the fastest sectional time in the 200-yard freestyle (1:50.09) and the second-best time in the 500 freestyle (4:56.07). She also swam the final leg in the 400 free relay, which posted the top sectional time (3:28.96). Her relay mates were seniors Morgan Bosse and Rachel Song, and sophomore Ashley Carollo. Senior Jessica Lenhart had the third-best time in the 100 butterfly  (56.05), while Carollo posted the fourth-fastest effort in the 100 backstroke (56.48). Song had the sixth-best time in the 100 butterfly (56.51). SHS also had the 10th-fastest time in the 200 medley relay (1:46.17). The Patriots will be aiming for their first top-10 finish at state since 2013, when they were seventh.


PPA Bake Sale This Afternoon

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale this afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons. Pumpkin and apple pie, donuts, Puppy Chow and more. All items are $1.

Interested in Being an FMP Mentor?

Sophomores and juniors who are interested in becoming Freshman Mentor Program student mentors are invited to attend an informational meeting during the lunch periods on Friday. Meetings will be held every half lunch period (4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b) in the Recital Hall.

Fall Musical Tickets on Sale

Tickets for Big Fish, the 2016-17 school musical, are available online through the Patriot Superstore. The cost is $12. All seats are reserved. Performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., and 2 p.m. on Sunday, in the Performing Arts Center.

Mandatory Showcase Meetings This Week

Showcase 2017, the annual student variety/talent show sponsored by the PPA, will be presented on March 17-18. If you signed up to audition for Showcase, please remember that at least one member of each of your groups must attend a participation meeting to be eligible to audition. Each person auditioning as an emcee must also attend one of the meetings. Participation meetings will be held Wednesday and Thursday at 3:45 p.m. in the Studio Theater (Room 2204). You need to only attend one meeting. If you are still interested in auditioning for Showcase 2017, please email to check on audition availability and plan on attending one of the participation meetings. For updated information, please check out “Showcase-Stevenson High School” on Facebook.

Senior Shirts On Sale Now!

Students in the Class of 2017 must place their orders online by Thursday at this link.

Freshman/Sophomore Play Audition Packet Available

The audition packet for the Theatre Department’s freshman/sophomore production of Crimes of the Heart is now available for download. The packet includes a form that must be signed by a parent and brought to the audition in order for the student to participate. Auditions for Crimes of the Heart will be held in the Studio Theater (Room 2204) at 3:40 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Interested students should sign up for an audition slot.

Band Parents Benefit Night at Mug’s on Thursday

The Band Parents Organization is holding a benefit night at Mug’s Pizza and Ribs, 1695 Weiland Road in Buffalo Grove, from 3-10 p.m. Thursday. Mug’s will donate 20% of sales to the Band Parents Organization if you show this flyer or mention “Stevenson Band” when ordering. The offer is valid for carryout and delivery orders from the Buffalo Grove location only.

Host a German Exchange Student in March

Twenty high school students from Germany will be visiting Stevenson from March 5 – 17, and we need your help! Please consider hosting one or more students for an experience your family will talk about for years to come! Information is available by emailing Suzanne Paloian at or by calling 847-415-4500. This Student/Family Information Form should be completed and emailed to or returned to Room 2414. Forms will be accepted in the order received.


Trying to figure out which career is best for you? Plan on attending the Stevenson

High School Career Expo on Thursday from 6-8:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity to learn about different careers in one place on one night! Representatives from dozens of industries including healthcare, engineering, law, education, fine arts and more will be in attendance, and some will even be offering internships for students. New this year will be a presentation in the West Auditorium entitled “Connecting Careers to College” from 6-6:30 p.m., followed by the career exhibition in the Forum, West and Wood Commons from 6:30-8:30pm. Please contact Mrs. Willock in the College and Career Center at if you have any questions.


The Stevenson Styler Fashion Club is hosting some new events! Today, come and DIY your very own fashion-forward choker and learn more about the club! We will be in Room 1612 at 3:30. Hope to see you there!

The Spanish Club is holding a Guacamole-making contest after school Thursday in the Foods Lab. Bring friends and participate as a team. Don’t worry about bringing anything! Spanish Club will provide all the necessary ingredients.

The Indian Student Association will have its Diwali celebration from 3:30-7 p.m. Friday in the West Auditorium. Admission is $4.

Senior Class Board will be making cookie-ingredient mason jars for each Give-A-Thon family from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Friday, November 18 in the Foods Lab. Seniors, please sign up on UGIVE by Thursday!


The informational meeting for IM Basketball League and IM Coed Volleyball League will be held at 3:30 p.m. today in the Student Activities Office. This is a combined meeting for both leagues.


The following colleges are sending representatives to Stevenson to meet with interested juniors and seniors: Bennington College, Saint Joseph’s College, Central Michigan University, Johnson and Wales University, and the U.S. Navy. Please check Naviance for the dates and times, and also for instructions on how to sign up for a college visit. Remember to print your confirmation page, put your school ID on the page, and have it signed by your teacher for that class period two days prior to the visit. Bring the signed confirmation page on the day of the college visit.

The University of Dayton offers a Leadership Service Scholarship for students who have an innate desire for personal development and are committed to service within their school, church or community. Applications can be picked up in the College Career Center and must be returned by Thursday, December 8.

Applications are available for Stetson University’s J. Ollie Edmunds Distinguished Scholarship, a merit-based scholarship that pays expenses for four years for students who exhibit exemplary academic and personal leadership. Applicants must have at least a 3.5 weighted GPA, an ACT composite score of at least 30 or a minimum SAT score of 1350 (Critical Reading and Math), and demonstrated outstanding leadership in high school or the community. Applications can be picked up in the CCC and must be returned by Thursday, December 8.


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