Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018

Math Students Solving Fall Competitions

Several SHS mathematics students are excelling in national and state competitions this fall.

Stevenson is ranked No. 1 among 187 teams In the AreteLabs/AMC Fall Math Madness national championship tournament. The Patriots are among 16 teams that have advanced to the third round of the Division I tournament, which is conducted online. Senior Joey Rivkin and junior Eric Gan are among the top 10 students after the first two rounds. The tournament concludes in December.

In the 26th annual national Mandelbrot competition, Stevenson is ranked in the top 25 after the first two rounds. The online competition has five rounds, spread throughout the school year. Each round features seven questions that cover a variety of non-calculus topics. Final results will be announced in March.

Closer to home, Stevenson stands atop the North Suburban Math League after the second round of competition Wednesday. Competing at the University of Chicago Lab School, the Patriots compiled 320 out of 350 possible points to win its site meet over four other schools. SHS has 654 points in two meets, 10 ahead of Naperville North. Two meets remain, in December and January, before the conference meet in March.

On Wednesday, Stevenson won the freshman, junior and senior levels, along with the oral presentation, at the Lab School. Joey Rivkin took first place in the oral presentation on inequalities. Freshmen who wrote perfect papers included Spandan Goel, Andrew Liu, Greycen Ren, Lillian You and Fred Yuan. Perfect papers in the junior competition came from Eric Gan, Dylan Hu, Philena Liu, Ram Potham, Josh Tsai and Andrew Zhuang. Dylan and Philena also had perfect papers in the senior division, as did Anubhav Agarwal, Andrew Gan, Matthew Jalnos, Haechan (James) Lim, Tony Tan and Angela Zhang.

Communication Arts Trio Leading NCTE Presentation

Three members of the Communication Arts faculty will be giving a presentation at this weekend’s National Council of Teachers of English annual convention in Houston. Elizabeth Kenney, Marie Bednarz and Director of Communication Arts Doug Lillydahl will lead “Raising Voices, Raising Citizens,” a look at discussion skills to promote civic engagement and clearer thinking. Their colleague, James Barnabee (Class of 1987), also will be in attendance, working with a committee focusing on literary magazines.

Peer Helpers Fundraiser at Culver’s Friday

The SHS Peer Helpers are holding a fundraiser at the Culver’s in Lincolnshire from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. Mention Peer Helpers when ordering and 25 percent of the cost of the order will be donated to the program. Money raised will help fund various awareness weeks the Peer Helpers hold throughout the school year.


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Senior Patriots Sign NCAA Letters of Intent

Eleven student-athletes announced their college plans during the NCAA signing day ceremony on Wednesday. Patriots who signed letters of intent were: Maggie O’Brien (women’s softball, University of Wisconsin-Stout), Jackson Bussell (men’s golf, Bucknell University), Elizabeth Ferdman (women’s tennis, Marquette University), Ashley Carollo (women’s swimming, Tulane University), Ziv Marco (women’s swimming, Eastern Illinois University), Sophie Sorenson (women’s lacrosse, University of Connecticut), Anna Mossakowski (women’s swimming and water polo, Siena College),Topher Stensby (men’s swimming, University of Notre Dame), Hannah Lapeire (women’s soccer, Purdue University), Jennifer Staten (women’s soccer, Florida Southern College) and Kalyssa Van Zanten (women’s soccer, University of Notre Dame).

Volleyball Alum Earns First Team All-MAC Honor

Northern Illinois University sophomore outside hitter Jori Radtke (Class of 2017) was named to the Mid-American Conference Women’s Volleyball First Team on Wednesday. She posted career highs in kills (383) and digs (334) and finished sixth in the MAC in kills per set. Sixth-seeded NIU will face No. 7 Ohio at 6 p.m. tonight in the first round of the MAC Volleyball Championship. The match will be broadcast on ESPN+. Jori led Stevenson to a third-place finish in the state during her senior year.

Baseball Pasta Dinner to Coincide With Swan Celebration

The Patriot baseball program is holding a pasta dinner fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 15, prior to the start of the varsity boys basketball game at which Paul Swan will be honored for 50 years of coaching. The dinner will run from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Wood Commons and West Commons. The cost is $10, but only $8 for adults 60 and over or children 10 and under. Tickets can be purchased online today through the Online Superstore, or at the door with cash, check or credit card on Dec. 15. The deadline for online ordering is noon Friday, Dec. 14. Anyone who attends the pasta dinner will receive a free ticket to the basketball game.

Boys Ice Hockey Fundraiser Sunday

The boys ice hockey team is holding a fundraiser at the Culver’s in Lincolnshire and Buffalo Grove from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. The Lincolnshire location is at 405 Milwaukee Ave., and the Buffalo Grove site is at 450 McHenry Rd.


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Testing Center Closing Early Wednesday

The Testing Center will close when school is dismissed early on Wednesday for Thanksgiving Break.

Freshmen, Sophomores Can Submit to the Half-Wit

The deadline is just a few steps away, but the Half-Wit is still open for submissions! Poetry, prose, art and photography will be accepted. If you haven’t taken the time to do so yet, feel free to submit anything you have. Please submit your piece(s) to Mr. Barnabee at Include your name, ID number, and the genre of the work.


Seniors interested in Villanova University are invited to apply for the Presidential Scholars Program. PSP is a renewable, merit-based award covering full tuition, room, board, general fees, and the cost of textbooks for eight semesters. Representing diverse intellectual, social, ethnic, and economic backgrounds, Presidential Scholars are transformational leaders both on and off campus who have demonstrated a love of learning and a commitment to enhancing both their local and broader civic communities.  Seniors should pick up applications in the CCC; they are due no later than Wednesday.

Seniors who relocated more than 50 miles, and are currently in good standing, may be eligible to apply for a scholarship through the Corporate Relocation Council of Chicago. Students will be evaluated on academic performance, extra-curricular activities, and on their response to an essay addressing the way they handled the challenges associated with relocating to a new area and a new high school. The application deadline is Jan. 1.


Students interested in learning more about a career in the trades industry are invited to an apprenticeship open house taking place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers District Council Training Center, 2140 Corporate Dr., in Addison. There will be presentations about apprenticeship programs in several areas, including bricklaying, tile laying, tuckpointing, plastering and working with terrazzo. Several hands-on activities also will be available. Click this link for more details.


Palatine district mulls hiring armed retired police officers

Geneva teachers won’t strike before Thanksgiving, union says

Chicago charter school teachers plan to go on strike Dec. 4

Indian Prairie, support staff agree on 4-year contract

Park Ridge-Niles district scrapping police in middle schools

Recent attacks prompt more patrols around Northwestern

Swastika discovered in Trinity High bathroom

Dean at CPS school accused of attacking student

Mother of Waukegan student who died defends district

Missing retired Andrew High teacher found dead

Johnsburg district approves sale of defunct school

$7K in SIUC parking tickets paid with peanut butter


Education reformers shift rhetoric, turn against testing

DeVos set to rewrite guidance on college sexual assault cases

1 in 5 private colleges discounted first-year tuition by 60 percent

University of Michigan bans ex-coach after sex with student-athlete

Mobile preschools rolling into Denver metro area

Vermont town may close school to avoid forced merger

Michelle Obama’s college experience familiar to minority students


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