Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Senior Named U.S. Presidential Scholar

Senior Kathy Xiang is one of 161 American high school students who have been selected as a 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholar. She is the fourth Stevenson student to be named a Presidential Scholar since the program was created in 1964, joining Vivian Wang (2013), Zach Blumenfeld (2011) and Michele Trickey (2006).

The Vernon Hills resident is one of eight students from Illinois to earn the honor this year, and the only one from Lake County. She and classmate Katherine Liu were among 723 semifinalists nationwide.

The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects honored scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals. Of the 3.5 million students expected to graduate from high school this year, more than 5,100 candidates qualified for the 2017 awards determined by outstanding performance on the SAT and ACT exams, and through nominations made by chief state school officers, other partner recognition organizations or the National YoungArts Foundation’s nationwide YoungArts competition.

The 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars are comprised of one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and from U.S. families living abroad, as well as 15 chosen at-large, 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, and 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education.

Since 1983, each U.S. Presidential Scholar has been offered the opportunity to name his or her most influential teacher. Each distinguished teacher is honored with a personal letter from the Secretary of Education. The teacher chosen for recognition by Xiang was SHS journalism teacher Dean Bradshaw.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars will be honored for their accomplishments in Washington D.C., from June 18-20.

Students Win Honors at State Science Fair

Several members of the Science REACH Club earned awards at the Illinois Junior Academy of Science State Fair last weekend at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.

At the paper session on Friday, junior Justin Lee, sophomore Alisa Wang, and freshmen Swarna Jammalamadaka and Celeste Xu were among the top 10 in the Senior Division (grades 9-12). Lee wrote in the Astronomy category on ‘Asteroid Ring Formation Through Inelastic Collisions,” while Wang tackled the topic of “The Effect of Aperture Size of Steel Mesh as Barrier on Wi-Fi Strength” in Material Science. Xu and Jammalamadaka submitted a Consumer Science paper on the “Effect of Brand of Contact Lens Solution on the Removal of S. epidermidis.” Each received $50 and a Gold Award.

Also earning Gold Awards were sophomores Anubhav Agarwal, Riya Gyanmote, Carina Su, Shreya Viswanathan, Abhilash Raghuram and Abishek Kannan. Junior Sanketh Bhaskar received a Silver Award, and junior Jonathan Xue won a Bronze Award. Raghuram and Kannan won the Jay Hoffmann Memorial Award and $100 for their Behavioral Science topic, “The Effect of Different Teaching Methods on Test Results.”

At the poster session on Saturday, freshman Shreya Kurup and junior Sannidhi Sarvadhavabhatla won “Best in Category” honors in the Senior Division. Kurup was honored for her Electronics poster, “Does Water Affect the Efficience of Photovoltaic Panels?” Sarvadhavabhatla was cited for her Zoology effort on the “Effect of Herbal Teas on the Heart Rate of Daphnia magna.” They were Gold Award winners, as were Viswanathan, Raghuram, Kannan, Agarwal, Wang, senior Revanth Bellam, junior Ryan Abbott, sophomores Zuhair Ali-Khan, Tajes Khanna, Varun Malladi, Pujan Rawal, Devanshi Gupta and Aishu Sanchula, and freshmen Caimin Xi, Megan Wei and Maitri Shah.

Silver Awards went to senior Sritej Vontikommu, junior Allen Kuncheria, and sophomores Ivana Hinova and Julia Reiter.

Wang won two special awards in the poster contest. She received the American Society for Gypsum Award, and shared the Apple Dental/Veritas Award with Viswanathan.

Orchestra Awards Concert Tonight

The annual Orchestra Awards Concert will take place at 7 o’clock tonight in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. The concert will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network via The Cube.


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Monday’s Varsity Results

Boys Lacrosse

Stevenson 12, Grayslake Central 10: Caleb DiMaria scored six goals and also assisted on another score for the host Patriots (7-7, 4-3), who also received four goals from Demetre Crews. Marty Mann and Bryan Spruce also scored for SHS, which has won seven of its last nine games. Aaron Kaufmann, Cole Okmin and Ryan Walsh each registered an assist. Grayslake Central dropped to 2-9, 1-5. – @PatsLax, IHSLA.org

Girls Soccer

Warren 3, Stevenson 1: In Gurnee, Brianna Van Zanten scored off a corner kick from Jill Steinbrink for the Patriots (4-8-2, 2-5). The conference champion Blue Devils finished their league slate 6-0-1 and are 17-1-1 overall. – Daily Herald


Libertyville 12, Stevenson 7: Mic Faunce continued her hot hitting for the visiting Patriots (12-14, 3-8), collecting three hits including a two-run home run that tied the game at 3-3 in the third inning. She has hit five homers in the team’s last five games.  Alyssa Pauly, Anna Fossier and Vera Pflugradt each had two hits. Libertyville improved to 23-4 overall and 10-1 in the NSC. – Daily Herald

Water Polo Teams Ready for Sectionals

The undefeated boys water polo team is the top seed in the Illinois High School Association sectional tournament at Deerfield High School, which begins today. The Patriots, who are 30-0, open play Thursday with a 5 p.m. contest against the winner of today’s play-in game between eighth-seeded Highland Park and ninth-seeded Wheeling. If SHS wins, it will play in the semifinals at 7 p.m. Friday. The sectional championship takes place at noon Saturday. The Patriot girls also have their sectional at Deerfield and, like the boys, are the No. 1 seed. Stevenson (28-2) plays at 5 p.m. Wednesday against eighth-seeded Wheeling, which beat No. 9 seed Vernon Hills on Monday. If the Patriots win, they would play in the semifinals at 5 p.m. Friday. The championship game is at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Krames Receives Two At-Large Bids to State

Matt Krames will be able to defend his state floor exercise title after all. The senior on Monday received an at-large bid to participate in the event at this weekend’s state meet. He also earned an at-large bid for the all-around competition. He already had qualified automatically in vault, parallel bars and high bar based on his performances at Saturday’s Palatine Sectional.


Last PPA Bake Sale of the Year on Wednesday

Don’t miss the last PPA Bake Sale of the year on Wednesday in the Wood and Glass Commons! Cheesecake, apple pie, donuts, Puppy Chow and more will be available. All items are $1.

Come to the SHS Math Carnival Wednesday Night

The Stevenson Math Department and Freshmen Math Team invite all third- to fifth-grade students in the community, along with their parents, teachers and SHS faculty, to a Math Carnival on Wednesday. Students are invited to play math-themed carnival games and win prizes from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Forum (“Point”) entrance of the West Building. Come play all 40 games, or stop by to play just for a little while! For more information, contact bhabel@d125.org or pkim@d125.org.

Mandatory Meeting for 2017-18 AP Art Students

There will be a mandatory meeting for all AP 2D Design (Media) and AP Drawing students on Monday, May 15 from 3:30-4:15 p.m. in Room 1426. All AP 3D Design students will have a mandatory meeting on Tuesday, May 16 from 3:30-4:15 p.m. in Room 1422. The purposes of the meetings are to explain the three summer assignments, distribute supplies, view examples, and review AP portfolio requirements. Work from the summer assignments will be a significant factor in the first six-week grading period. Attendance at this meeting is expected. If you have a conflict, please contact Mrs. Hyken (khyken@d125.org) and arrange a time to pick up your materials before the end of the day on Friday, May 19 in Room 1426.

Choral Guild Fundraiser at Lou Malnati’s Wednesday

The Choral Guild is having a fundraiser at Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria in Buffalo Grove from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday. Mention the fundraiser when ordering (dine-in, delivery or carryout), and show this flyer when paying. (The flyer also appears at www.d125.org/choir.) The Choral Guild will receive 20% of total sales during the fundraiser.

Clean Out Your PE Locker by May 22

All Physical Education lockers must be cleaned out by the end of the last regular school day on Monday, May 22. Locks will then be cut off and any belongings left behind will be donated to local charities.


The official Stevenson High School Patriot eSports team will have its first informational meeting in preparation for its 2017-18 season at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, May 18 in the Link Lab. CSgo, League of Legends, Hearthstone, Overwatch, VainGlory and WarThunder are among the games that will be played. If you are interested in playing eSports either casually or for serious competition, then stop by the information meeting.


The Horatio Alger Association is offering a $2,500 scholarship to a high school senior who intends to pursue post-secondary education at a community college or technical school this fall. Eligibility criteria include: Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program at an accredited non-profit, post-secondary institution, show financial need, demonstrate perseverance in overcoming adversity, involvement in community service activities, and is a United States citizen. Applications can be found at application.horatioalger.org. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn in the College Career Center (Room 1123).


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