Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Four Qualify for USA Physics Olympiad Exam

Four SHS students are in the running to represent the United States at the International Physics Olympiad this summer in Lisbon, Portugal. Sophomore Dylan Hu and juniors Rohit Mandava, Joey Rivkin and Angela Zhang are among 400 students from around the country invited to take the USA Physics Olympiad Exam, which is used to determine the 20-member U.S. Physics Team.

The four were invited to take the USA Physics Olympiad Exam based on their scores on the F=ma exam last month. Forty-six SHS students took the exam. Angela is the first female student from the school to advance to the USA Physics Olympiad Exam.

Two students have made the U.S. Physics Team in the past five years. Jason Lu (Class of 2017) was a member of the team in 2015 and 2016, and Richard Zhu (Class of 2014) was chosen in 2014.

Senior to Perform With South Carolina Orchestra

Senior David Hou will perform Chopin’s “Concerto No. 1” with the South Carolina Philharmonic Saturday night in Columbia, S.C. This will be the pianist’s second performance trip to the Southeast this year. In January, he participated in the National YoungArts Foundation classical music competition in Miami. David won first prize in the 2016 Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition. In addition to his musical prowess, an award-winning essay David wrote was published in The Best Teen Writing of 2017. He also was a member of the state champion math team as a freshman, won a state championship as part of the Business Professionals of America club last year, and is one of 16 seniors who are candidates in the United States Presidential Scholars Program.

Band Parents Meeting Tonight

The Band Parents Organization is scheduled to meet tonight at 7 o’clock in the Band Room.


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Tuesday, March 6 Varsity Results

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson 85, Jacobs 14, Wauconda 6: The Patriots (4-0) won 11 of 12 events in the Field House. SHS won all three relays: the 3,200 (8:50.4), the 640 (1:16.9) and the 1,600 (3:43.3). Individual race winners included freshman David Smolensky in the 55-meter dash (6.7), junior Sam Farber in the 55 intermediate hurdles (8.4), sophomore Jahleel Perrin in the 160 (19.5), senior Ahmad Dinkins in the 300 (39.0), junior Alex Beckerman in the 800 (2:14.9), and senior Nikita Smyrnov in the 1,600 (4:39.8). Stevenson claimed both field events, with junior Anand Batbaatar winning the shot put (52 feet, 8.5 inches) and senior Marcus Engstrom reigning in the high jump (6 feet).

Brunson Earns National Player of the Year Honors

The end-of-season accolades are starting to pour in for Villanova University point guard Jalen Brunson (Class of 2015). On Monday, Brunson was named college basketball’s player of the year by USA Today and NBC Sports, one day after being named one of 15 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award as the best in his sport. (Fans can vote for the Wooden Award from March 12-19 at He also was a unanimous selection to the all-Big East first team announced Sunday, and is one of the favorites to be named the league’s player of the year today. He’s also one of five finalists for the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award. And as this New York Post Q&A shows, Brunson would trade it all for another national championship. First, however, is the Big East Tournament. Villanova will play its first game at 6 p.m. Central Time on Thursday, against the winner of tonight’s game between Marquette and DePaul. The game will be broadcast on FS1.

Stensby, Pelka Win Age-Group State Crowns

State champion swimmer Topher Stensby added to his collection of awards by winning two events at the Illinois Swimming Senior Championships at the University of Illinois-Chicago last weekend. The junior, a member of the Patriot Aquatic Club, set a new meet record in the 50-yard freestyle preliminaries with a time of 20.03 seconds on Saturday, and went on to capture the title on Sunday. He also won the 100-yard freestyle in 44.40 seconds. Also winning a state championship for the Patriot Aquatic Club was senior Iza Pelka, who captured the 200-yard butterfly (2:02.34). Iza also finished second in the 500 free and was sixth in the 200 free, and was part of two third-place relays: the 800 free and the 400 medley, which included junior Ashley Carollo. One other member of the SHS boys team also came away with multiple medals. Senior Daniel Ng was sixth in the 200 free and seventh in the 200 individual medley. He is a member of the Cats Aquatic Team in Libertyville.

Elder Bourbon Off to Hot Start for NU Baseball

Northwestern University’s baseball team is off to a slow start this season, but that’s not the case with junior third baseman Willie Bourbon (Class of 2015). After a season in which he hit .164 with two home runs, Bourbon has erupted in 2018. He hit his fourth homer of the season during last weekend’s series at Texas, and has a .784 slugging percentage in the team’s first 10 games. Bourbon, who quarterbacked Stevenson to the state football championship in 2014, welcomed younger brother Charlie (Class of 2018) to the Wildcat roster this year.


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Peer Helpers Applications Due By March 16

Freshmen, sophomores and juniors: 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? Then Peer Helpers may be the program for you. Applications are available online or in the Student Activities Office.  Applications are due no later than 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 16. Visit the Peer Helpers in the student lounge during lunch, or see Ms. LaFrancis for questions or more information.


Do you like trivia games? If so, join Club Israel Thursday for a “Jeopardy”-style game (real working buzzers and all). The club will meet Room 1414 right after school.


State champion swimmer Topher Stensby will be honored during a recognition ceremony at 8 a.m. Thursday in the Patriot Aquatic Center. All students are welcome.


Plainfield students threatened with detention over walkout plan

Striking UI graduate employees occupy president’s office

13-year-old charged with making threat to Genoa-Kingston school

McHenry teen charged in connection with school shooting comment

Shredding of arrested substitute teacher’s class project causes stir

Ex-substitute teacher from Springfield faces more sex charges

Lawmakers seek ways to find more teachers

U46 board OKs member guidelines, including social media use

Coursera adds another online degree program through UI

Springfield school board, county partnering on employee health care

Chicago principal who helped orchestrate school merger dies

McKendree University won’t rehire coach after 52 seasons


West Virginia teachers win 5 percent pay raise as massive strike ends

ISIS-inspired teen tries to detonate bomb at Utah high school

What if America didn’t have public schools?

Purdue’s controversial deal to buy for-profit Kaplan gets final OK

New study warns of mental health “crisis” in graduate education

Survey: Teachers want more time for collaboration

Harvard professor to retire following harassment allegations

Getting a GED while still enrolled in high school


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