Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Four Students Earn National Writing Awards

Four students have earned National Medals in the 2017 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition. All four have been invited to attend an awards ceremony in June at New York City’s Carnegie Hall.

Junior Katherine Chiasson earned a National Gold Medal for Poetry for her poem, “Severed Roots.” Her writing coach was Jim Barnabee. Junior Elaine Xiao earned a National Gold Medal in the Personal Essay/Memoir category for her work, “Chiromancy.” Melissa Mack was her writing coach.

Senior Katherine Liu earned two National Silver Medals, the third consecutive year she has been honored. She earned a National Silver Medal and an American Voices Medal for her poem, “Three Myths.” Liu also received a National Silver Medal for her Writing Portfolio, “On Myth and Memory.” She was awarded an American Voices Medal last year in the Personal Essay/Memoir competition, and in 2015 received a Gold Medal in Poetry. Her writing coach is Denise Foster.

Junior David Hou was selected for a National Silver Medal in Personal Essay/Memoir for “Sonata No. 2.” His writing coach was Dawn Forde.

More than 330,000 works of writing and art were submitted by students in grades 7-12 this year. National Medalists comprise the top 1% of all submissions.

Junior Finishes Third at State Debate Tournament

Junior Ali Rahman finished third overall in the Congressional Debate competition at the Illinois High School Association state debate tournament. He was one of two Patriots to reach the final round, joined by senior Alexis Cacioppo. Three others qualified for the semifinal round: seniors Serena Goldberg and Aaron Merlin, and sophomore Josh Ezrol. Merlin earned all-state honors.

Joining them in Springfield were senior Eddie Kosinsky, junior Bhavana Muppavarapu, and sophomores Arthur Yolles and Joshua Zhu. The team’s coaches this year were Steve Heller, Bill Fritz and Marie Zlotnikov.

Junior Part of New Group Mixing Music, Philanthropy

Junior Derek Chung and a few of his friends have started 88Keys to Cure, a non-profit organization seeking to bring hope and inspiration to local communities through music. The group plans to perform free concerts to benefit charities of its choosing. The first 88Keys to Cure concert will aid the neonatal intensive care unit at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. The concert will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 1 at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., in Evanston. The group was inspired to choose its first benefactor by Dr. Nana Matoba, an accomplished pianist who now treats premature infants at Lurie Children’s Hospital.


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Monday’s Varsity Results

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson d. Lakes, 25-21, 25-12: After prevailing in a tight opening game, the Patriots rolled in the second to claim their season opener in the Sports Center. UCLA-bound senior Grant Maleski recorded nine kills, several tipping the balance after he tied the game at 17-17 in the first game. New setter Will Sorenson, a sophomore, dished out 18 assists and served two of the team’s three aces. Senior Hudson Havenhill had four kills and junior Leo Chen added three. Senior Austin Zhou made five digs, while Maleski and classmate Danny Orlov each had three. – Daily Herald


Fundraisers for Project Dance at Chipotle, Menchie’s Today

Chipotle and Menchie’s in Lincolnshire are hosting Project Dance benefit nights today from 4-8 p.m. Chipotle is donating 50% of proceeds to Project Dance, and Menchie’s is giving 20%. Make sure you show these fundraising flyers on your phone when ordering: Chipotle | Menchie’s

Project Dance Registration, Fundraising Minimum Due Wednesday

Project Dance registration and minimum fundraising of $25 is due on Wednesday for all students wishing to attend the Saturday, April 8 dance in the Sports Center. Students may still register at projectdance2017.wikispaces.com.

Pick Up Graduation Announcements on Thursday

Seniors can pick up their graduation announcements ordered through Jostens during seventh and eighth periods Thursday in the Wood Commons.

Fashion Show T-Shirts for Sale Online

The fourth annual Fashion Show is around the corner and you can buy a T-shirt to support its charity, Dress for Success. Men’s and women’s fits are available, and the shirts are less than $12. Click here to order a shirt. Please place your order by April 3. We look forward to seeing you at the Fashion Show at 7 p.m. Friday, April 21 in the PAC!

In a World Languages Class? Speak a Language Other than English?

Students in World Languages classes and students who already speak a language other than English have the option to take an exam that can help them be recognized by the State of Illinois in its Seal of Biliteracy program. The Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) exam will be offered in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Korean (new!), Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Students interested in Latin can take the Latin Interpretive Reading Assessment (ALIRA) test. The cost is $20 for the AAPPL and $10 for the ALIRA. Students need to sign up by Tuesday, April 4. The tests will be administered after school on Thursday, April 6. For more information about any of these exams and to register, please stop by Room 2434 and ask for Mrs. Buccieri.

Testing Center Closes Early on Friday

The Testing Center will be closing at 4 p.m. Friday.

Catalyst Sponsoring Logo Design Contest

Catalyst, a student leadership group dedicated to producing community-wide change by supporting and encouraging a drug- and alcohol-free lifestyle, is sponsoring a logo design contest for SHS students. The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate. Here are contest details:

° Primary Text to Include: “Catalyst”

° Secondary Text (optional): “Courage” and/or “Be The Change”    

° Colors: Try to use a maximum of two colors. Blue, black and white should be the primary color selections.

° Additional Design Components: Visually interesting designs/imagery to capture the themes of change, majority, strength, etc. Do not use images of drugs or alcohol.

° Art/File Size: Should be able to be printed on something as large as a banner and as small as a postcard. Digital submissions should be high resolution at 300 dpi.

Submissions are due by Friday, April 21. Drop off or email designs to Dr. Cristina Cortesi in Room 2400 or at ccortesi@d125.org.


Rotary International District 6440 is awarding 11 scholarships in the amount of $1,500 each. These scholarships are for students who are preparing for careers that require less than a four-year degree (associates degree, diploma or certificate). Applications must be submitted to the Rotary District 6440 Vocational Scholarship committee by April 7. Please stop in the College Career Center (Room 1123) to pick up your application. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn.

The Waukegan alumni chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. is awarding two scholarships to African-American males who have been accepted into a two- or four-year college or university. Please stop in the College Career Center (Room 1123) to pick up your application for this scholarship. The application must be submitted by May 15. If you have any questions, see Mrs. McGurn in the College Career Center.

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 March 31.


The Stevenson Green Team is holding a clothing drive through Thursday. Collection bins are placed at the Point, Field House and Sports Center. All donations will be sent to Goodwill.

The Interactive Gamers Club will be hosting a Modern Masters Draft after school Thursday in Room 1204 (the Faculty Dining Room). The cost is $10 to attend, and all players are welcome! Players must be able to stay until 6 p.m. to participate. Please contact Mr. Fedewa with any questions.

Stevenson students are invited to meet Vernon Township candidates from both slates at the Political Action Club’s “Meet-n-Greet” event from 6-7 p.m. tonight in the ILC.


The girls lacrosse team is selling gift certificates to Leider’s Greenhouses in Buffalo Grove to raise money for its annual trips and other activities. Certificates are available in denominations of $25, $50 and $100, and they do not expire. Click here to download an order form. Order forms must be turned in by April 30. For more information, contact Caren Keane at carenkeane11@icloud.com.

If you played on a winter sports team, don’t forget to fill out the student participation survey at www.d125.org/athletics before you leave for Spring Break.

The Chicago Sky is holding its annual High School Team of the Year contest, and Stevenson’s varsity girls basketball squad is in the running. Online voting runs through Saturday, April 22 at http://sky.wnba.com/high-school-team-of-the-week/. The High School Team of the Year will receive a complimentary basketball clinic led by Sky coaches and players, and the opportunity to host the Sky’s 50/50 charity raffle to raise funds for its team and athletic department. The winner will be announced at halftime of Opening Night on Friday, May 19.


Today is the last day to register for Coed Kickball and turn in your team packets. If you have any questions, see Mr. Wellington in the Student Activities Office.


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Georgia’s largest school district named AP District of the Year

Wikipedia looks to students to combat misinformation

The source for thousands of new border agents: College campuses

Pioneer of controversial value-added model for judging teachers dies


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