Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Science Bowl Team Second at Regional

The Science Bowl A team earned second place at the Illinois Regional Science Bowl competition at Fremd High School on Saturday. The team dominated in the early rounds and lost a close contest to Naperville North in the finals. The A team consisted of junior Zach Chin, the team captain, along with sophomore Andrew Ding, freshman Christie Lee, junior David Liang and senior Jason Lu. The B team finished with a 2-2 record at the regional. Its roster comprised sophomore and captain Tejus Ambravan, sophomore Niharika Chintalapati, freshmen Grant Davis, Healey Kogan and Emily Lu, and senior Teja Vontikommu.

Science Olympiad Takes Second, Third at Huntley

Stevenson’s Green and Gold Science Olympiad teams finished second and third, respectively, at the 44-team Huntley Invitational on Saturday. New Trier, which regularly battles SHS for the state championship, took top honors. Stevenson has beaten the Trevians for the state title the past two years and three of the last four.

Stevenson won five of the 23 events, and junior Elaine Xiao played a role in two. Xiao and freshman Radha Patel captured the Disease Detectives competition, then teamed with freshmen Akash Kumar and Ketna Kolakaluri to claim the Experimental Design category. Also earning first-place honors were sophomore Rachel Zhang and freshman Irina Stamm (Electric Vehicle), senior Caroline Fatina and freshman Shannon Kang (Forensics), and junior Owen Simon and sophomore Shreya Karpoor (Hovercraft).

Second-place finishers were Fatina and Patel (Electric Vehicle), Fatina and sophomores Kitty Zeng and Josey Zhang (Experimental Design), Kolakaluri and freshman Anna Wang (Dynamic Planet), freshman Erin Yuan and sophomore Dhruva Shroff (Invasive Species), Patel and Shroff (Robot Arm), sophomore Tony Tan and junior Daniel Tao (Astronomy), Tan and senior Katherine Liu (Materials Science), and sophomore Maitreyee Malpekar and Josey Zhang (Rocks and Minerals).


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Monday’s Varsity Results

Girls Gymnastics

Stevenson hosted IHSA Sectional: None of the Patriots who qualified for the sectional finished in the top five. – Official Results

O’Connell to Play Football at Wheaton

Senior all-state quarterback Aidan O’Connell announced Friday his commitment to play football at Wheaton College, where his older brother, Patrick (Class of 2015), is a defensive lineman. Aidan threw for 2,741 yards and 26 touchdowns during his one season as the Patriots’ starting signal-caller. He completed 62% of his passes. O’Connell said he had preferred walk-on offers from some Big Ten schools, but had a “gut feeling” Wheaton was the right place for him.

Will Girls Basketball Face Libertyville a Third Time?

The girls basketball team has played two nail-biters with Libertyville this season, and a third one might be around the corner. The Patriots have edged the Wildcats by two points in each of their meetings, with the most recent a 59-57 double overtime contest on Friday that secured SHS the conference championship. Both schools are assigned to next week’s IHSA Class 4A Stevenson Regional, and are the top highest seeds. Stevenson is the No. 3 seed in the Libertyville Sectional while LHS is No. 6. The Pats and Cats will play in separate regional semifinal games on Wednesday, February 15 and if they win, would meet for the regional title on Friday, February 17.


Monday’s Digest incorrectly reported that the varsity cheerleaders, who finished fifth in the state on Saturday, were making their first IHSA state finals appearance since 2014. In fact, the Patriots qualified last year, finishing eighth.


Did You Miss the Fashion Show Volunteer Meeting?

Want to volunteer for the Fashion Show but couldn’t make the meeting on Thursday? Stop by Room 1410 (Applied Arts Office) to get the information packet or print one here.  The information sheet is due back by Wednesday to Room 1410. There will be a mandatory meeting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 1916 to receive additional information and meet the team! Questions? Contact Mrs. Erickson at cerickson@d125.org.

Visiting Artist Presentation on Wednesday

The current Visiting Artist of the Month, Charles Yost, will give a presentation during periods 5 and 6 Wednesday at the Visiting Artist Gallery. All students are invited.

Registration Meeting for Strings 2018 Trip to Italy

There will be a mandatory registration meeting for all strings students and their parents participating in the 2018 performance trip to Italy at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Orchestra Room (Room 2200). The trip itinerary includes stops in Rome, Palermo and Taormina between March 23-28, 2018. For questions, contact Mr. Vilaseco at evilaseco@d125.org.

Showcase Needs Student Help With Videos and More

Showcase has always included amazing videos created by SHS students, and more are needed in 2017. If you have ideas for videos, would like to perform in videos, or can help produce videos, Showcase can make it happen. Showcase also is also looking for backstage help such as props masters, stage running crew and photographers. Check out the Showcase Facebook page (Showcase-Stevenson High School) for more information. Please email edie0609@aol.com if you would like to help backstage during Showcase, or if you have ideas or would like to help with videos.

Improv Club to Perform Wednesday Night

The Failed Presidential Candidates, Stevenson’s improvisational troupe, will give a free performance at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Little Theater portion of the Performing Arts Center.

Come Pick the Next Mr. SHS Friday Night

Which senior boy should be Mr. SHS? You can help decide during the annual Mr. SHS contest at 7 p.m. Friday in the Performing Arts Center. Call it a “man-geant” (male pageant), call it a male talent show, call it a personality contest …. but whatever you call it, you have to call it fun! Contestants will be judged in talent, swim wear, formal wear, and their ability to speak publicly. The winner will be decided based on originality, personality, and presentation in each category. Tickets are $5, and can be purchased at the Patriot Superstore, online or at the door.

Taking an AP Art Class Next Year? Read This

All students who registered for AP Drawing, AP 2D (non-photo option), and AP 3D for next school year, please click here to download the AP Art Portfolio Review packet, or pick one up at the East Fine Arts Office (6080) or from your current art teacher. 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 (khyken@d125.org). Portfolios are due no later than Friday in the East Fine Arts Office (6080).

Host Families Needed for German Students

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 unforgettable family experience. Information is available by emailing Suzanne Paloian at spaloian@d125.org or by calling 847-415-4500. If you are interested, complete this Student/Family Information Form and email it to spaloian@d125.org or return it to Room 2414 at your earliest convenience. Forms will be accepted in the order received.

AP Exam Registration Has Begun

Registration for Advanced Placement exams started today. The cost is $93 per exam until March 6, when a $25 late fee per exam kicks in. AP exams will be given during the weeks of May 1-5 and May 8-12. To register and for more information, visit www.d125.org/ap.


The Muslim Culture Club will have a therapist from The Khali Center at its next meeting to inform members about mental health and to discuss the stigma of mental health within Islam and the Muslim community. The meeting is after school Monday in Room 7068.


Freshmen, sophomores and juniors looking for unique summer enrichment opportunities? Check Naviance “Enrichment Programs” for details on summer opportunities at college campuses across the globe. These vary from week-long sessions to full-summer sessions.


Students interested in science and technology can apply for the Digital Learning Internship at The Field Museum in Chicago. The six-week paid summer internship will give students hands-on scientific research experience. Applications are available until March 17. Find out more by visiting fieldmuseum.org and search Digital Learning Internship. For a list of more summer camps and internships, please see the Career Exploration webpage.

Career shadow applications are now being accepted for Spring Break. Please pick up an application in the College Career Center or go the Career Exploration web page to download one and turn in to the CCC. Please contact Mrs. Willock in the CCC at dwillock@d125.org for any questions regarding career exploration!


There will be a girls softball informational meeting at 3:30 today in Rooms 2004-2006. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Wilhelm at pwilhelm@d125.org.

The girls lacrosse team will hold an informational meeting for interested players and their parents at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Little Theater (Room 4200) of the Performing Arts Center. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Gutierrez at sgutierrez@d125.org.

Anyone interested in trying out for baseball this spring should come to an information meeting at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 15. The varsity will meet in Room 7046, sophomores in Room 1204 and freshmen in Room 2206. If you cannot attend the meeting, contact Coach Block at pblock@d125.org for varsity, Coach Sorkin at bsorkin@d125.org for sophomore, and Coach Smith at rysmith@d125.org for freshman.

An informational meeting for anyone interested in joining the boys tennis team will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 14 in Room 1634. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Stanhope at tstanhope@d125.org.


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Lincoln-Way student claims swimsuit discrimination

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Springfield school board approves one-year contract with teachers


More colleges using predictive analysis to help students succeed

Supreme Court scheduled to hear transgender bathroom case in March

Why so many Texas teachers accused of improprieties are never charged

Spokane schools eliminating valedictorian system, class ranking

Kentucky’s education secretary wants open enrollment for school districts

New Hampshire parents may get more control over assessment tests, sex ed

Saint Joseph’s College in Indiana shutting down temporarily

Study says New Orleans charters spend more on administration than instruction

Goodbye phys ed, hello boxing at two San Jose schools


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