Friday, Dec. 6, 2019

365 Seniors Named Illinois State Scholars

365 members of Stevenson’s Class of 2020 have been named Illinois State Scholars by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. Students were chosen based on state test scores and academic achievement at their school. Statewide, 17,577 high school students from 726 schools were recognized for outstanding academic achievement.

Illinois State Scholars, who rank in approximately the top 10% of graduates from Illinois high schools, are selected annually based on their ACT and SAT exams and sixth-semester class rank. This is the 61st year of the Illinois State Scholar program. See the list of Stevenson’s latest Illinois State Scholars.

16 Students Selected to All-State Music Ensembles
Sixteen students have been selected to 2019-20 Illinois Music Education Association all-state music ensembles. They will travel to Peoria Jan. 29-Feb. 1 to represent Stevenson at the annual Illinois Music Education Conference, where top musicians from the state gather to perform in ensembles led by nationally renowned composers. Stevenson’s all-state musicians are:

Band: Seniors Allen Beckwith (Bb clarinet), Jonathan Raymond (jazz trumpet) and Andrew Zhuang (bassoon); and sophomores Brandon Li (Bb clarinet) and Rosie Wang (flute).

Choir: Seniors Vincent DeGuzman (baritone), Nitya Kavuluri (alto), Samhita Madduru (alto) and Brett Richardson (bass); and sophomore Stella Tapia Lopez (alto).

Orchestra: Senior Erin Yuan (viola); juniors Bella Kim (viola), Haoming Song (cello) and Maristella Yim (cello); and sophomore Andrew Liu (violin).

Composition: Senior Jake Bauman (jazz instrumental composition).

Samhita and Erin will be making their third straight all-state appearance, while Allen, Haoming, Bella and Andrew Zhuang earned their second consecutive trip to Peoria.

Band Concert on Monday, Tuesday Nights
All five of Stevenson’s curricular bands will be in concert next week. The Freshman Band and Honor Band will perform at 7 p.m. Monday, and the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Advanced Symphonic Band will play at the same time on Tuesday. The concert will take place in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. For those unable to attend, both nights will be streamed live on the Fine Arts Division’s Vimeo page.

SHS Teachers Lead Presentations Around the Nation
Numerous members of Stevenson’s faculty have been giving presentations at conferences around the country over the past month, helping SHS in its commitment to serve as a lighthouse school for others. Here is a summary of recent activity:

  • The Family and Consumer Science team of Michelle Backes, Courtney Croak, Christina Erickson, Sara Lohrmann, Kristen Metzler and Jamie Rieman gave a presentation on incorporating social emotional learning (SEL) in their classrooms at the CareerTech Vision 2019 National Conference, sponsored by the Association of Career and Technical Education, in Anaheim, Calif.
  • Spanish teachers Jennifer Zizzo, Jori Greenhill and Elfie Repel discussed their use of dialogic, student-driven feedback process at the American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages’ annual convention in Washington, D.C. Spanish teacher Patrick Grady and Director of World Languages Justin Fisk gave a pair of presentations: one on how the school’s integrated approach to literacy has fostered a culture of multilingual learning; the other focused on Stevenson’s evidence-based approach to grading and reporting, and its impact on participation in the state’s Seal of Biliteracy program. Fisk also was part of a panel discussion about seal of biliteracy programs, and participated in a workshop with other members of the National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages. He represents the association’s Central States region.
  • 10 science teachers were part of presentations at the National Association of Biology Teachers’ annual conference in Chicago. The trio of Karen O’ConnorChristina Palffy and Brett Erdmann led two talks connected to Advanced Placement Biology. They discussed using modeling and feedback, and using free response questions from past AP exams to improve student writing and AP test scores. The team of Thomas Wolfe, Paige Lehman, Jenna Aronson, Kellie Dean, Kimberly Lubecke, Abbie Lueken and Molly Sponseller gave presentations on scenario-based learning, and proficiency-based biology. Wolfe also led a session on strategies to deepen students’ learning through video and other avenues.

Odyssey Apparel Now Available
Shirts and hoodies for Odyssey 2020, Stevenson’s biannual fine arts festival, can be ordered online until 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 9. Hoodies are $20, long-sleeve T-shirts are $15, and short-sleeve T-shirts are $10. Order through this link. Orders will be available for pickup Jan. 27 in the Wood Commons.


Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Bowling
Libertyville 3,117, Stevenson 3,082: Junior Joey Gluck led the host Patriots (6-1, 5-1) with a 687 series and a high game of 252 at Fairhaven Lanes in Mundelein. Nicholas Sternes, also a junior, rolled a 632 series, which included a top game of 218. Juniors Josh Lerner (587, 211) and Ryan Grabiner (576, 201) also contributed in all three games. Freshman Ender Starr bowled two games (209 and 179) and junior Ryan Lerman shot a 212 in his only appearance.

Girls Basketball
Lake Forest 50, Stevenson 42: Senior Avery King led all scorers with 24 points, sinking a trio of 3-pointers for the visiting Patriots (6-2, 1-1). Junior Nikki Ware scored six points and sophomore Simone Sawyer added five. – Daily Herald

Stokes the “Heart and Soul” of SHS Hockey
The varsity boys ice hockey team has won nine of its last 11 games after sweeping all five of its contests in the SHS Thanksgiving Tournament. Stevenson is 17-11-1 heading into Saturday’s game against Barrington in Crystal Lake. One of the key players this season has been senior defenseman Brett Stokes, a four-year varsity member whom head coach Tom Wood calls “the heart and soul of our club.” Brett is tied with classmate and fellow defenseman Josh Wright for the team lead with 26 points, and is also one of the top shot-blockers in the Scholastic Hockey League. Brett talked with Daily Herald correspondent Ross Forman about the young and talented Patriots, how the season has gone thus far, and more.

Quick Hits
Junior Alem Duratovic was a first-team selection on the Pioneer Press Boys Soccer All-Area Team. Alem, Stevenson’s captain this season scored 19 goals and had three assists, and also earned all-conference and all-sectional accolades. Senior Camron Mahdavian was an honorable mention choice. … Sophomore Amanda Holsen was named to the Pioneer Press Girls Volleyball All-Area Team second team, with senior Grace Tully earning honorable mention. … Two SHS football alumni will play in conference championship games on Saturday. Mike Maskalunas and No. 10 Wisconsin will take on No. 2 Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game at 7 p.m. Saturday. The game will be televised on Fox. Earlier in the day, Jack Sorenson and the Miami Redhawks will take on Central Michigan for the Mid-American Conference title at 11 a.m. The game will be televised on ESPN2. … Emory University sophomore Brett Lucas (Class of 2018) qualified for the NCAA Division III men’s cross country national championships in November. His team finished 17th in the country. Lucas has reached the national meet in each of his first two seasons with the Atlanta school. … University of Chicago sophomore Klaire Steffens (Class of 2018) scored nine points, grabbed nine rebounds and had three steals as the 24th-ranked Maroons women’s basketball team crushed Mount Mary University, 74-23, for its fifth straight victory on Wednesday. Steffens has started all eight UC games this season, averaging 11 points and eight rebounds per contest. … After scoring 14 points in the fourth quarter to help the Dallas Mavericks beat the Minnesota Timberwolves, 121-114, on Wednesday, Jalen Brunson paid tribute to his classmate, Nathan Halterman, who died last week. Watch Brunson salute his friend.


Parking Reminders for Finals, Start of Next Semester
Parking for the third marking period ends Friday, Dec. 20. Final exams are part of the marking period, so Semester 1 and Third Marking Period parking stickers are current. Juniors and seniors who do not have parking can purchase one-day parking passes for the Port Clinton Road lot at least a day in advance in Room 2400 for one final exam day. The fourth marking period begins Tuesday, Jan. 7. Students who haven’t picked up their sticker should do so that morning before school from the security pickup truck in lot D. Seniors should park in the student parking spaces only in lots D, E, “the Strip” and overflow to Port Clinton.


Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s efforts to stem two decades of enrollment decline may be paying off. Interim Provost Meera Komarraju told the university’s board of trustees on Wednesday that freshman applications for SIUC are up 27.3% compared to this time last year. Admissions also are up 21.3% from the same point in 2018.

Gov. JB Pritzker signed legislation Thursday reinstating the opportunity for individuals who hold a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent to become licensed after passing a paraprofessional competency test. The legislation also makes various changes to address teacher licensure.

Illinois has 852 school districts — the third highest number of any state in the nation. Some are just single schools, with fewer than 100 students. But getting districts to merge, or consolidate, has proven difficult. What are the sticking points?

The Illinois State Board of Education this week filed an amendment to its emergency rules that banned seclusion in Illinois schools and placed restrictions on the use of physical restraint. The amendment temporarily allows prone and supine physical restraints in narrow circumstances, and only for severe crisis situations to protect the safety of students and staff.

Western Illinois University and Monmouth College are among the schools no longer requiring applicants to submit ACT or SAT scores. Those colleges announced their policies this fall. Knox College, meanwhile, adopted a test-option policy in 2005.

Two Metea Valley students were arrested on charges they posted threats against the Aurora high school this week, a situation that prompted many parents to keep their children out of school Thursday as a precaution. The threats — three in total — and subsequent rumors posted on social media were investigated and deemed not to be credible, Aurora police said.


GreatSchools is one of the most influential resources for helping relocating families make informed decisions about which schools to have their children attend. But is the service, whose ratings appear on national real estate websites Zillow, and Redfin, penalizing schools that serve largely low-income students or largely black and Hispanic students?

Dramatic changes have been proposed for Detroit’s public schools in an effort to move students to buildings in good physical condition, increase the rigor at some high schools and boost enrollment in the state’s largest district. The proposals affect about a dozen of the district’s 100 schools.

The Kansas City school district owes the state of Missouri $192,730 for falsifying its attendance data for three years in a bid to regain full accreditation. The district said last month that seven officials were involved in falsifying the data from 2013 to 2016. The manipulation led the state to overpay the district because it funds schools in part based on student attendance.

Many colleges have converted to universities in recent years, seemingly in the hopes of raising their profiles. But whether there’s a material distinction between a college and a university depends on whom you ask—and many people don’t know the difference, or care.

A 5-year-old Michigan boy invited his entire kindergarten class to attend his adoption hearing. The class joined Michael Orlando Clark Jr. in a Grand Rapids courtroom Thursday morning as he celebrated joining his new family.

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