Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Science Olympiad Second at Loyola Invitational

Stevenson’s Science Olympiad teams closed their regular season at the Loyola Invitational on Saturday, and the Green team finished second to New Trier. Stevenson earned 16 first-place finishes and was led by junior Elaine Xiao, who took first place in each of her five events to lead the Green squad.

Xiao paired with sophomore Josey Zhang to take first in two events, Anatomy and Ecology, joined freshman Radha Patel in Disease Detectives, and teamed with junior Daniel Tao in Microbe Mission. She also was part of the first-place Experimental Design trio with freshmen Shannon Kang and Ketna Kolakulari. Tao took first in three other events, teaming with freshman Anna Wang in two of them, Astronomy and Remote Sensing. He also paired with sophomore Lisa Han in Wind Power.

Patel and Zhang added two other first-place showings. Patel and sophomore Andrew Ding combined for a first place in Ecology, and she joined sophomore Dhruvaa Shroff in Robot Arm. Zhang paired with Ding in Anatomy, and with sophomore Maitreyee Malpekar in Rocks and Minerals. Click here to see all of Stevenson’s placewinners.

Next up for the two-time defending state champions is the regional competition in March, followed by the state competition in April at the University of Illinois. Stevenson has won three of the last four state titles.

Teacher Organizes National Health Education Twitter Chat

Health Education teacher Chad Dauphin is a leading force behind SHAPE America’s planned Twitter chats for health education. The chats are being put on by a task force Dauphin organized as the health education council member of SHAPE America. The first chat, which takes place at 8 p.m. Monday, will feature Health Education teacher Tom Loew (@TomLoew1) as one of the panelists. The chat, focusing on skills-based health education, will use the hashtag #SHAPEHealthEd. Dauphin says the chats will occur monthly and cover a variety of topics for teachers in health education.


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Basketball Team Will Play Lake Forest Tonight

Stevenson will face Lake Forest for the third time this season when the two schools square off in tonight’s Illinois High School Association Class 4A Maine West Regional semifinal at 6 o’clock. Lake Forest qualified for the semifinal by beating Chicago Mather, 59-52, Monday night. SHS has won both meetings with the Scouts this season: 50-30 on December 6 and 56-34 on February 4. In the other semifinal at 7:30 tonight, Waukegan will take on Maine West.

Steffens Qualifies for State 3-Point Shooting Contest

Junior Klaire Steffens will participate in the COUNTRY Financial Three-Point Showdown at this week’s girls basketball state tournament at Illinois State University. She will take aim at the Class 4A championship beginning with the preliminary round at 5 p.m. Thursday. The top four scorers from Thursday’s preliminaries will face off in the 4A finals at approximately 7 p.m. Friday, in between state semifinal games. The winner of all four classes will battle for the Queen of the Hill title Saturday afternoon. Steffens qualified for state by placing in the top four at last week’s Libertyville Sectional contest.

Improving Defense Has Hockey Team Optimistic

The varsity boys ice hockey team faces Evanston in the second round of the Blackhawk Cup Red Division state tournament at 6:40 p.m. Thursday at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville. (A pep bus is available; see details below in the Student Announcements section.) The 25th-seeded Wildkits upset No. 8 New Trier Blue in the first round, 3-2, while the No. 9 Patriots took care of No. 24 St. Viator, 7-1. Coach Tom Wood told Pioneer Press that his team has been getting better defensively as the season winds down. Junior Michael Dowd, the team’s leading scorer, agreed, saying “Our defense is the strongest it’s been all year.”


Project Dance Coupon Code Extended

The Project Dance coupon code HIGHFIVE has been extended to Friday, so you can still receive $5 off when registering. Help us support the great work of the Riverside Foundation (helping developmentally disabled adults achieve independence) and Stevenson 2 College (helping first generation college students with financial support and mentoring). Project Dance is a peer-to-peer fundraising campaign that requires no selling! All you have to do is join the platform and use the online tools to spread the message in your personal networks and family networks. Click here for all the registration information, forms and details.

One-Act Plays Audition Information Meeting Thursday

An informational meeting for students interested in auditioning for the Spring One-Acts will be held at 8 a.m. Thursday in the Studio Theatre. Auditions are open to everyone and will be held after school Tuesday, March 14 in the West Auditorium. The audition packet will be posted online this week, and there also will be an audition sign-up sheet outside the Studio Theatre.

Pep Bus Planned for Hockey Team’s Playoff Game

The Athletic Department is offering a student fan bus to the varsity boys ice hockey team’s Blackhawk Cup state playoff game against Evanston on Thursday at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville. The cost is $5. The bus will leave parking lot B at 5:30 p.m. and return after the game, which starts at 6:40. Students should bring at least $10 for admission and food. Students can sign up and pay online through the Superstore or pick up a Field Trip Permission Form at the Superstore and return it (with $5) before Thursday by 1:30 p.m. A minimum of 10 students must sign up for the bus to run.

Thinking About Joining the Military?

Are you unsure about what you would like to do after high school? Would you like to further explore your options? Do you have any interest in joining the military? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, consider taking the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test on Thursday, March 16. This is a multiple-choice test administered by the United States Military Entrance Processing Command and used to determine qualifications for enlistment in the United States Armed Forces. The test also may be used to provide students with more information regarding career options. If you’re interested in taking the test, you must sign up by Wednesday. Click here to sign up and for more details.

Band Parent Fundraiser at Potbelly’s Wednesday

The Stevenson Band Parents Organization will hold a fundraiser at Potbelly Sandwich Shop, 700 N. Milwaukee Avenue, in Vernon Hills from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday. Potbelly will donate 25% of sales to support the band program. Mention Stevenson when ordering.

NHS Blood Drive Sign-Up Ends Friday

If you’re at least 17 years old by March 10 and weigh at least 110 pounds, you can save three lives by donating blood at the National Honor Society Blood Drive on Friday, March 10 in the Wrestling Room. You must have a full free period between periods 3-8, in which you would be available to donate blood. This period can be an unscheduled period, a full lunch, or a PE/Health class (with teacher approval). By giving blood, you’ll also receive three community service hours. Plus, LifeSource will make a financial donation to the Stevenson Foundation’s Stevenson to College program, which improves access to college for SHS students who would be the first in their family to attend. Click here to sign up and to download forms you’ll need to bring to the Student Activities Office before the event, or bring them to the Wrestling Room on the day of the blood drive. The sign-up deadline is Friday.

Annual Summer Job Fair for Students March 9

Looking for summer work? Visit the annual Summer Job Fair on Thursday, March 9 during all lunch periods in Room 2104. Dozens of local companies will be on hand looking to hire, including: Home Depot, Six Flags, JCC Elaine Frank Apachi Day Camp, Tamarak Day Camp, Marriott Resort Lincolnshire, Vernon Hills Park District, Panera, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, Mariano’s, AKIRA and many more! Make sure to bring your student ID to be eligible for a $25 Jazzman’s gift card. Don’t miss this great chance to score a summer job!

Operation Snowball Registration Open

All students are invited to attend the three-day Operation Snowball retreat Thursday-Saturday, March 16-18, at Camp MacLean in Burlington, Wisconsin. Operation Snowball is a two-day event with tons of indoor and outdoor activities planned by upperclassmen for all Stevenson students. Registration is now open at the Online Superstore. Sign up by Wednesday to reserve your T-shirt. Registration closes Friday, March 10. Contact Mrs. Czaplewski or Mr. Mazzuca if you have any questions.

Want to Help Transfer Students New to SHS?

If you’re interested in becoming a buddy to a transfer student, there will be a Transfer Buddies informational meeting during each lunch period Friday, March 17 in the Recital Hall portion of the Performing Arts Center (Room 4100). Please bring your iPad to the meeting.


Applications are still being accepted for career shadows during Spring Break. Please pick up an application in the College Career Center or print one off from the Career Exploration web page and turn it in at the CCC.

Applications are now open for Camp Cardiac and Camp Neuro. These camps are for any high school student interested in a career in medicine and are run by local medical students. Please visit campcardiac.org and campneuro.org for more information.


The Animal Welfare Club’s March Dog of the Month, Pensacola, has a big heart and volunteers at local nursing homes on Saturdays. Its Cat of the Month is an attention lover named Brewer. If you or anyone you know may be interested in welcoming a new four-legged member to your family, please check them out on the Animal Welfare Club website at http://shsanimalwelfare.weebly.com/pets-of-the-month! These animals are available at Save-A-Pet, which can be contacted at 847-740-7788. Don’t forget to check out some of their friends at http://www.saveapetil.org/, all waiting for love!

The Bass Fishing Club will be having an informational meeting after school today in Room 2918. Contact Mr. Mural for more information at cmural@d125.org.


Attention seniors: The Local Scholarship Packet is now available in the College Career Center (Room 1123). There are 23 local scholarships available this year. Please stop in to pick your copy up today. The deadline to return the scholarship applications is Thursday, March 16. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn.

The College of Lake County is pleased to announce the new CLC Foundation Scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year. These scholarships are now available on the CLC Foundation page: https://clcillinois.academicworks.com. Students should apply by Friday, March 31.

The United Way of Metropolitan Chicago is once again offering the George Gattas Scholarship. This scholarship was established in memory of George Gattas, a longtime volunteer in the Mt. Prospect community. Three scholarships will be presented this year: one $5,000 and two $1,000 non-renewable scholarships. Applications are available online at: www.liveunitedchicago.org/NNW or in the College Career Center (Room 1123). The application deadline is Friday, April 14. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn in the College Career Center.


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