Thursday, April 6, 2017

Three Qualify for USA Mathematical Olympiad

Three students have qualified for the 46th annual USA Mathematical Olympiad, the nation’s top secondary school math contest. Senior Jason Lu and juniors Joshua Yoon and Haoyang Yu qualified for the event based on their scores on two qualifying tests earlier this semester. This will be the second Olympiad for Lu and Yoon, who qualified last year.

The trio will be among 500 of the country’s top students invited to participate in the Olympiad, which consists of completing essay and proof examinations connected to six math problems. They will spend nine hours over two days, April 19-20, completing their work. The top 12 scorers nationwide will be honored at the Mathematical Association of America headquarters in Washington, D.C. in June. Approximately 30 of the highest scorers will be invited to the Mathematical Olympiad Program June 6-July 1 at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, to seek placement on the six-member U.S. team for the International Mathematical Olympiad, which will be held July 12-23 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Stevenson also had a student qualify for the eighth annual USA Junior Mathematical Olympiad. Sophomore Joseph Rivkin is among 500 teens invited to take part in this event, which also will be held April 19-20. Lu qualified for the Junior Olympiad in 2014.

Evening of Jazz Concert Friday Night

Stevenson’s jazz bands and jazz choirs will perform during “An Evening of Jazz” at 7 p.m. Friday in the West Auditorium. Admission is free. The concert will be live streamed by the Stevenson Broadcast Network at

10 Students Taking Part in VIP Photography Show

Ten students will have their work on display during Visual Image Photography’s seventh annual Student Photography Art Show from 2-5 p.m. Saturday. The show will take place in VIP’s Wheeling studio at 600 Northgate Parkway, Suite K. The SHS contingent will include seniors Melanie Blake, Yara Cruz, Judy Kupchan and Tasia Wormser; juniors Nick Duffy and Sasha Pinchuk; sophomores Paige Melcher and Zoe Warren; and freshmen Tess Clorfene and Lia Sarmiento. Seven area high schools will participate in the professionally juried exhibition, with awards announced at 4 p.m.

Another Junior Scores 36 on the ACT

Junior Jeremy Yu is the latest member of the Class of 2018 to earn a perfect score on the ACT college entrance exam. Yu achieved a 36 on February 28, becoming the 17th member of the junior class to reach ACT perfection.

Communication Arts Teacher Wins Weightlifting Title

Communication Arts teacher and SHS alum Danielle Colan (Class of 1994) won the 90-kilogram championship at the National Masters Weightlifting Championships in Savannah, Georgia in March. Her accomplishment follows the 75-kilogram Masters title she won at the Mid-American Championships in October. She also captured the 75kg Masters Illinois State Championship last March. Colan’s athletic achievement is no surprise. She was a starter for Stevenson’s girls basketball team, which during her senior year went 30-1 and won regional and conference championships. She also won the state discus championship in 1994.

Nurses’ Nook Offers Ideas to Improve Your Health

Want tips on how to improve your health? Check out the latest installment of the SHS Nurses’ Nook for ideas and links.


Click here for today’s athletic schedule

Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson d. Lake Forest, 25-20, 25-16: The Patriots (6-2) won their North Suburban Conference opener in the Sports Center behind 10 kills and five service aces from senior Grant Maleski. Seniors Hudson Haverhill and Sudhish Gogula, and junior Matt Cliffer each recorded four kills. Sophomore Will Sorenson had 12 assists and junior Haddon Kay contributed nine. Senior Austin Zhou made a team-high 10 digs. – Daily Herald

Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson 88, Waukegan 58; Stevenson 88, Libertyville 54: At Waukegan, the Patriots won nine events en route to the dual meet victory. Sophomore Kendall Roberts won the 1,600-meter run (5:54.39) and also ran a leg on the victorious 3,200 relay with seniors Claire Sullivan and Abby Pucek, and junior Gabriela Jagielo (10:37.50). Sullivan was part of a second winning relay, the 1,600, with triplet sister Eliza Sullivan, Pucek and junior Haley Tokars (4:30.78). The third Sullivan triplet, Sabrina Sullivan, won the 300-meter hurdles (51.90). Other winners for SHS included junior Isabelle Sparreo in the 800 (2:21.73), sophomore Miffy Tani in the 100 hurdles (17.89), junior Marie Pascual in the triple jump (30-4), senior Mel Keith in the shot put (30-5) and senior Abbie Sise in the discus (88-1). Sophomore Johnna Geick broke her own school record in the pole vault, clearing 9 feet.

Boys Lacrosse

Grayslake North 16, Stevenson 7: Caleb Benoit-DiMaria led the host Patriots with four goals in the Stadium. Colin Bowler scored two goals and Austin Masters had one. All are juniors. Ryan Walsh and Alex Dove, also juniors, recorded one assist apiece. – @patslax

Three Vying for Athlete of the Year Honor

Three seniors are in the running for Chicago Tribune Lake Shore Athlete of the Year. Jori Radtke, Matthew Krames and Topher Stensby are among the six winners of the Tribune’s previous monthly contests. Online voting begins at noon today and ends at noon Thursday, April 13. You can vote at The winner will be recognized at a ceremony during June’s Chicago Tribune Lit Fest.


Graduation Announcement Final Pick-Up Friday

Seniors who ordered graduation announcements from Jostens can pick them up in the Wood Commons between 7:30-8:30 a.m. Friday. This will be the last opportunity to pick up orders.

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.

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.

Permit Testing Next Week for Fall Driver Ed Students

If you’re taking Driver Education at Stevenson this fall, remember to go to the Driver Education Office (Room 6086), or the Applied Arts Office (Room 1410), for permitting test information and to pick up a Rules of the Road booklet. Click here for next week’s permit testing schedule.

Special Opportunity for Polish-Speaking Students

Stevenson will be offering the opportunity for students to earn the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy for Polish for the first time this year. The exam will have two parts: a written portion and a speaking portion. In addition to this, students must work on a portfolio for additional evidence to provide support for the seal. The exam will take place at 4 p.m. Friday. For more information, contact Mrs. Tuman (Glowacka) at

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.

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


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 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

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.


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 and for more information.


All football players and their parents and guardians are invited to the Parent/Player Football Night from 5:45-7:15 p.m. tonight 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.


The Animal Welfare Club’s April Dog of the Month is an energetic, playful 10-month-old girl named Nikki, and its Cat of the Month is an attention lover named Cattitude. If you or anyone you know may be interested in welcoming a four-legged member to your family, please check them out on the Animal Welfare Club website at 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, all waiting for love!

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!


17 downstate school districts sue Rauner over funding

Northeastern Illinois canceling three days of classes due to budget impasse

Emanuel wants to add CPS graduation requirement: Acceptance letter

Voters approve borrowing $37.5M to renovate West Chicago High

School sales tax fails in Effingham County

Benjamin District 25 voters approve borrowing $4.9M for projects

Incumbents sweep Glenbard District 87 race

Two challengers, one incumbent win seats in District 300

Four incumbents re-elected in Des Plaines District 62

Two new members for Schaumburg District 54 board

Four incumbents win re-election in Elk Grove District 59

Incumbents, newcomers chosen for Maine Township 207 board

50-50 mix of new, returning members for Mt. Prospect 57 board

Naperville District 203 chooses three returning, two new faces

Two business-minded newcomers elected to Indian Prairie board

Pair of newcomers join incumbents in winning St. Charles seats

Three pull away in U46 board race

Three current board members retain seats in Lisle District 202

Longtime incumbent ousted in Geneva District 304

New faces on Kankakee school board

After neighbor complaints, Prospect High will screen rooftop units

Parkland College professor becomes school’s first black trustee

Founder of CPS advocacy group quits, so her son can attend Evanston

Woman who died in March elected to Joliet Junior College board


Connecticut eliminates test scores from teacher evaluations

SEL gaining momentum around the country

Wisconsin governor: Let’s abolish minimum school hours requirement

Two Education Department picks raise fears on civil rights enforcement

Accreditor proposes ban on paying recruiters of international students


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