Tuesday, April 4, 2017

12 From FBLA Earns State Titles

Stevenson’s Future Business Leaders of America chapter saw 12 students crowned as state champions at the State Leadership Conference March 24-25 in Springfield. In addition, 70 students finished in the top five within their events, and 60 qualified for the FBLA National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California at the end of June.

The school’s latest FBLA state champions are junior Daniel Tao in Accounting II; sophomore Soumya Chennupati in Advertising; sophomores Ayush Bodige, Mrigank Dayal and Rajarshi Mullick in Business Financial Plan A; junior Ivan Franco and sophomore Kai Mayahara in Entrepreneurship B; sophomore Rohit Mandava in Introduction to Business Communication; sophomore Andrew Yoon in Introduction to Financial Math; and sophomores Arnav Chauba, Jay Hatkar and Tim Yoon in Management Information Systems B.

Click here to see the rest of Stevenson’s top finishers.

Team of Juniors Reaches National Math Contest Finals

Five juniors are heading to New York City later this month to compete in the finals of the Moody’s Mega Math Challenge, one of the nation’s most prestigious math competitions. Albert Cao, Andrew Hwang, Deepak Moparthi, Joshua Yoon and Haoyang Yu will compete against five other teams on April 24. The six teams were chosen from among more than 1,100 around the country that submitted papers using math modeling to propose solutions to a practical issue. The teams will compete for monetary awards ranging from $5,000 to $20,000. The winning team also will ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange.

This is the first time Stevenson has reached the finals. “There are so many reasons to be excited,” math teacher and Moody’s Mega math Challenge coach Paul Kim told WBBM Radio. “It validates a lot of their efforts. It shows that what we learn in school is actually useful.”

This year’s challenge was to help the National Park Service strategize for its second century of maintaining the country’s national parks, monuments, seashores, and other historical sites in the face of climate change. Specifically, teams had to use math modeling to determine sea level-change risk ratings for five national parks; to assess climate risk for all national parks along coasts; and to use visitor statistics and climate vulnerability scores to predict long-term park attendance and recommend where future financial resources should go. All of the work had to be completed within a 14-hour period in late February.

“These opportunities to take one’s education outside the classroom don’t come by too often, so it’s only natural that my teammates and I leapt at the chance,” Hwang said in a news release. “Those 14 hours filled with stress, math and laughter are an unforgettable experience that I only wish I could do again.”

Archers Finish Seventh in State

Stevenson finished seventh at the 29-team state archery tournament March 24-25 in Springfield, posting the highest score among teams from the Chicagoland area and earning a spot at the national archery tournament May 11-13 in Louisville, Kentucky.

SHS entered three teams in the tournament. Team No. 1, which placed seventh with 3,269 points, was led by freshman Caitlin Goldberg. She shot a perfect round during the practice round at 10 meters, and recorded 14 bullseyes. Goldberg amassed a score of 280, as did sophomore Rebecca Azevedo, who had 13 bullseyes. Junior Desmond Ding shot a perfect round at 10 meters, while senior Jeehyun Sung (268, eight bullseyes) and freshman Josh Nimmo (258, nine bullseyes) recorded personal bests.

Stevenson’s Team No. 2 and Team No. 3 each achieved their highest scores ever, with several archers posting personal bests. Click here to see the list.


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Softball Standout Faunce Receives Tennessee Honor

Senior Michaela Faunce, who plays shortstop and catcher for the varsity softball team, was chosen recently as a Haslam Scholar at the University of Tennessee, which she plans to attend this fall. She is one of 15 people chosen from among more than 300 applicants based on academic promise, community oriented outlook, and strong character. In addition to her athletic prowess, Faunce excels in the classroom. She is an Illinois State Scholar and also earned Advanced Placement Scholar with Honors last spring. Faunce also is co-founder of Hats of Hope, a non-profit organization that encourages cancer patients to undergo chemotherapy by supplying them with hats.

Water Polo Alum Earns Conference Award

Brown University women’s water polo goalkeeper Lauren Burns (Class of 2016) was named the Collegiate Water Polo Association Defensive Player of the Week on Friday. She helped the Bears win four of five games during the week of March 20-26, making 39 saves and allowing 13 goals. Brown currently sports a 15-3 record.


Juniors, Don’t Put Your Senior Year in Jeopardy

Most of Stevenson’s Class of 2018 has failed to comply with the state’s meningitis immunization mandate, jeopardizing completion of their senior year. The state requires that before October 15, all students in 12th grade will provide evidence of having a meningitis vaccination on or after their 16th birthday, or of receiving two meningitis vaccinations, with the first dose given on or after their 10th birthday and the second dose at least eight weeks after the first dose. Students failing to comply with the state mandate by October 15 will be excluded from classes until the requirement is met. Questions about the requirement can be directed to the West Nurse’s Office at  847-415-4025 or 4028.

AP Pre-Administration Sessions This Week

Students taking Advanced Placement exams are required to attend one pre-administration session this week to complete demographic information. Dates and times for these sessions are listed here. Please allow approximately 15 minutes for each exam you are taking to complete this information.

Peer Helpers Application Deadline is Monday

Are you a creative, open-minded person who is kind, thoughtful and a great leader? Do you want to help ensure that all kids at SHS feel safe and have positive experiences?  Do you want to help staff the Student Lounge and have the opportunity to meet and work with other students? If you said yes to those questions, and you’re currently a freshman, sophomore or junior, then Peer Helpers may be the program for you. Applications for the 2017-18 school year are now available at this link and in the Student Activities Office. Applications are due no later than Monday. For more information, visit the Peer Helpers in the Student Lounge, or see Ms. Polisky or Ms DeHoyos.


Juniors and their families are invited to meet with one of the postsecondary counselors for a 30-minute Post-High School Family Planning Meeting. The appointments are available through Thursday, June 15. This is a great opportunity to discuss your journey after Stevenson High School. Please complete the College/Post Secondary Planning Worksheet to begin the process. (You can also get a copy of the worksheet in the College Career Center in Room 1123.) Once you have turned in a completed worksheet to Mrs. McGurn in the College Career Center, you will receive an email with a link to sign up for the appointment. Worksheets are due in the CCC by Monday, April 24. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. McGurn.

The 2017 Options Fair for high school students with disabilities and their families will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 11 at the College of Lake County. Fifty agencies and organizations will provide vital information for individuals with disabilities, community and education professionals and families/caregivers. The Options Fair will be held in the Physical Education Center (Building 7) on the CLC Grayslake Campus, 19351 W. Washington St. Parking is available in lots 2 and 3 on the north side of campus. Find out more at http://tinyurl.com/zsas4ym.

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 Friday. Please stop in the College Career Center (Room 1123) to pick up your application. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn.


All football players and their parents and guardians are invited to the Parent/Player Football Night from 5:45-7:15 p.m. Thursday in the Performing Arts Center. Come meet Coach Hjorth and the 2017 staff as they discuss the following: core values of the program, player expectations, summer camp, player safety and college recruitment.


Rosa Parks. Marie Curie. Your pediatrician. Your grandmother. What woman has inspired you? In honor of Women’s History Month, the Lean In Feminism club invites you to share in the celebration of influential women. Check out the banner posted outside of the Student Activities Office, grab a marker, and write the names of women who have inspired you!


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