Tuesday, April 16, 2019

SHS Student Earns Rare Perfect Score on AP Exam

Stevenson junior Paul Shin was one of only 193 students in the world to earn every possible point on the Advanced Placement Computer Science A exam last spring, according to the College Board. A total of 65,133 students took the exam.

“This outstanding accomplishment is likely a direct reflection of the top-quality education being offered at Adlai E. Stevenson High School,” said College Board Senior Vice President Trevor Packer. “We applaud Paul’s hard work and also the AP teacher responsible for engaging students and enabling them to excel in a college-level course.”

Paul’s AP Computer Science teacher last year was Jodi Scott. Worldwide last spring, only 675 students earned every point possible on an AP exam.

Freshmen Participate in A World of Difference Program

All freshmen participated in the A World of Difference program last Tuesday while sophomores and juniors were involved in testing. The award-winning program, developed by the Anti-Defamation League in 1985, provides students with the knowledge, skills and resources needed to successfully navigate an increasingly diverse and global society.

Staff from the ADL, along with faculty and staff from Stevenson, led the day of learning. Goals for the day included increasing students’ ability to empathize with and respect experiences and perspectives different from their own; listen to others and communicate in ways that build trust and respect; and work collaboratively with others to accomplish common goals.

Stevenson Styler Fashion Show Thursday Night

The Stevenson Styler fashion club’s sixth annual Fashion Show will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Performing Arts Center. Student-designed collections will be modeled, along with looks from local boutiques. Admission is $5, with proceeds going to Dress for Success.

Baroque Ensemble Concert Wednesday

The Baroque Ensemble Concert takes place at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Recital Hall portion of the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. For those unable to attend, a live stream will be available on the Fine Arts Division’s Vimeo page.

Answering Your Teen’s Tough Questions

Stevenson‘s Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator, Dr. Cristina Cortesi, will share regular reflections during the school year in the Daily Digest. For more information on Dr. Cortesi and the substance abuse prevention program, visit her web page.

“Did you use drugs when you were a teenager?” This is definitely one of the many questions that make parents uncomfortable. There is no “one size fits all” answer, and there is research on both sides. Ultimately, parents know their teens and need to assess what would be best for them given their age, situation, family history, etc. Some parents will chose not to share, or provide veiled answers about decision making, so as not to set a negative example, and others will choose to disclose in the spirit of modeling honesty. Neither is right or wrong for all situations. Parents should go into this decision with gratitude for their teen’s willingness to ask the question and begin a conversation about substance use. This is a golden opportunity for discussion. If you choose to disclose your history, consider the following:

  1. Do not glamorize/glorify use: They do not need details and stories that make use seem like a desirable behavior. If you share anecdotes, be sure they represent the real risks of use. Only share what is necessary for learning; being honest does not mean sharing every detail.
  2. Share the facts: Provide them with facts about the negative impact of use on the teen brain, the risks and unintended consequences of use, what you wish you knew then, why you made the decision at the time, and what would have been a healthier response.
  3. Share your insights: Let them know that you wish you had made a different choice and how it would make you feel if they made that same choice now. Also share why you feel their situation is or should be different.
  4. Provide clear messages: Tell them that you expect them to choose not to use. Remind them how much you love them and how important they are to you.

For more tips on how to make this and other conversations meaningful, click here.


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Monday’s Varsity Results

Boys Lacrosse

Stevenson 11, Barrington 7: Cole Okmin and Ryan Hynes scored three goals apiece as the Patriots won on the road. Montgomery Hashemi broke a 2-2 early in the second quarter and SHS pushed ahead to take a 6-2 halftime lead. The margin reached 10-4 before the Broncos began a fourth-quarter rally. Tommy Yore scored two goals, and Duncan Paul and Bryce Wujcik also reached the back of the net. – @PatsLax

Girls Soccer

Stevenson at Lou Malnati’s Deep Dish Classic: Kalyssa VanZanten and Madison Kim scored, and Jenny Staten made seven saves as the Patriots (9-1-2) defeated host New Trier, 2-0, to capture the tournament title for the first time. Kalyssa, who will play for Notre Dame next year, scored Stevenson’s opening goal in the 13th minute of the first half off an assist from Abby Kalou. Kalyssa almost had another goal in the 54th minute, but her shot was blocked by the Trevians’ keeper, and Madison knocked it in for the insurance goal. The Patriot defense did the rest, helping Jenny, who will play at Florida Southern, earn her sixth shutout of the season. SHS and the Trevians (8-1-5) were appearing in the Malnati finals for the first time. – Daily Herald

Girls Badminton

Stevenson 18, Glenbrook South 0: The Patriots’ domination of opponents continued in Glenview. SHS (17-0) won its 40th consecutive match, and has captured its last four matches by 18-0 scores. The Patriots won all but one match in straight sets Monday. Shibani Ram posted a 21-9, 21-5 decision at No. 1 singles, while Jenny Yang and Emily Hu rolled at No. 1 doubles, 21-6, 21-8. Emily and Jenny also won their matches at Nos. 4 and 5 singles, respectively, by 21-3, 21-3, and 21-2, 21-7 scores. The other singles victories came from Kaitlyn Lu at No. 2 (21-6, 22-20), Jyotsna Harikrishna at No. 3 (21-10, 21-5), Benna Li at No. 6 (21-6, 21-4), Megan Wei at No. 7 (21-9, 21-20), Giuli Nagai at No. 8 (21-11, 21-17), Thivya Sivarajah at No. 9 (21-7, 21-16), Julie Zhu at No. 10 (21-9, 21-7), Riya Gyanmote at No. 11 (21-15, 16-21, 21-12) and Roshini Merneedi at No. 12 (21-12, 21-13). The other doubles wins came from Benna and Jyotsna at No. 2 (21-3, 21-4), Kaitlyn and Shibani at No. 3 (21-6, 21-4), Julie and Thivya at No. 4 (21-8, 21-16), Giuli and Megan at No. 5 (21-9, 21-8) and Riya and Roshini at No. 6 (21-11, 21-19). In its 17 dual matches this season, Stevenson has an overall record of 202-8.

Boys Volleyball

Hersey d. Stevenson, 22-25, 26-24, 26-24: The Patriots (14-5) fell in Arlington Heights despite a big night from Gavin Meng. The junior recorded 10 kills, seven aces and five block assists. Thomas Finn had seven kills and seven digs, while Justin Ross contributed six kills. Daniel Prindiville had five block assists and Samuel Epstein made 12 digs. Will Sorenson was 84-of-88 setting with 35 assists. The Huskies improved to 9-3. – Daily Herald

Today on NFHS Network

Today’s varsity girls soccer game at Libertyville can be seen on that school’s NFHS Network page. The contest begins at 6:15. Click here to watch.


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The Rho Tau chapter of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity in Gurnee is offering a pair of $500 scholarships, the Brother Ernest E. Just Scholarship and the Brother Kenneth L. Stewart Scholarship. The application deadline is May 1. Click here for details and to apply.


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