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Monday, May 23, 2016

Science Olympiad Team Finishes Sixth in Nation

Stevenson finished sixth at the 32nd National Science Olympiad at the University of Wisconsin-Stout on Saturday, the highest finish in program history. SHS was ninth in 2013, 10th last year, and 11th in 2014 and 2012. The national competition drew 60 teams from state champions and runners-up from across the nation. Daniel Wright Junior High School in Lincolnshire won the Middle School division title.

Seven student teams earned medals, led by junior Katherine Liu and freshman Tony Tan, who won the Bridge Building competition. Two duos finished second: senior Rebecca Nelson and junior Amber Hu in Hydrogeology, and senior Julia Kim and freshman Dhruvaa Shroff in Mystery Design, which was a trial event. Nelson earned a second medal by placing third in Invasive Species with freshman Maitreyee Malpekar. Also earning third-place honors were senior Shu Zhang and junior Caroline Fatina in Forensics. Fatina added a second medal by taking sixth in Experimental Design with junior Eric Qian and sophomore Elaine Xiao. Qian and Xiao also placed sixth in Disease Detectives.

Stevenson had the second-highest percentage of females of any team at the competition, with 17 on its 23-student roster. Only St. Mary’s Academy, an all-girls school in Portland, Oregon, had a higher percentage of female students on its roster.

SHS Takes First, Third at UW-Parkside Geography Bowl

Stevenson captured the first- and third-place awards at the 28th annual Geography Bowl at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside on Friday. The sophomore team comprising Conrad Oberhaus, Andrew Ossentjuk, Matt Adams and Sarav Sundaram won first place with a 19-0 record on the day. The junior team finished third at 13-4-1, and featured Angie Thomas, Caroline Hartwell, Laura Malis and Jocelyn Kalkman. THe teams were coached by Jim Dzialo and Greg Sherwin.

Archer Named to National All-Academic Team

Sophomore Sami Hartman-Stackhouse has been named to the 2016 All-Academic High School Team for the National Archery in the Schools Program. She and the other 23 students on the roster were honored for their excellence on the range and in the classroom. Hartman-Stackhouse won the Female Division at the Illinois Archery State Tournament in April, and finished 18th at the NASP national tournament on May 14. SHe was one of two Illinois archers selected to the NASP All-Academic Team.

Freshman Wins Baton Twirling Competition

Freshman Caroline French won the Junior Intermediate division at the Miss Majorette of Illinois competition Sunday, May 15 in Wood Dale. She placed first in two of three events, outscoring her competitors. With the win, French qualified for the National America’s Youth on Parade competition, which will be held July 25-29 at the University of Notre Dame’s Joyce Center. French was Stevenson’s featured baton twirler this year, performing with the Color Guard and the Marching Patriots.

Improv Club Performing Tonight

The school’s improvisation club, the Failed Presidential Candidates, will perform at 7 o’clock tonight in the West Auditorium. Admission is $5.

Spring Art Fest Tuesday and Wednesday

Students enrolled in various art courses will have their work on display during the Spring Art Fest on Tuesday and Wednesday. There will be a public reception for the artists at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Room 2104 and the Upper Forum, by the “Point” entrance in parking lot B. Admission is free.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson hosted IHSA State Tournament: The Patriots (28-7) were state runners-up for the third time in the past four seasons, falling to undefeated Naperville Central, 8-5, in the title game after escaping the semifinals with a 13-12 overtime win against New Trier. In the win over New Trier, Andrew Shashin scored three of his four goals in the two overtime periods, including the eventual game-winner with less than two minutes remaining in the second OT. Shashin’s final score came off an assist from Cris Tomassetti, who poured in four goals during regulation. Kurt Holzer had the other overtime goal and finished the game with two, as did Collin Kapecki. Against Naperville Central (35-0), Holzer and Dan Maleski each scored twice, and Kapecki had the other goal. Goalie Charlie Day had 11 saves against New Trier and 10 versus Naperville.  – Naperville Central boxscore | New Trier boxscore | @IllPoloLive | Daily Herald (+) | Chicago Tribune

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson hosted IHSA State Tournament: The Patriots finished third, concluding a remarkable two-year run that saw them compile a record of 70-2 and win their first-ever state championship in 2015. SHS (34-2) beat Mother McAuley, 9-4, in the third-place game after falling to eventual champion Fenwick, 9-7, in the semifinals. Fenwick was the only team to defeat Stevenson this season. Allison Travetto, who ends her career as the state’s all-time leading scorer, scored four times against Fenwick and twice versus McAuley. She scored 226 goals during the season. Goalie Lauren Burns made 21 saves versus Fenwick and had 19 saves against McAuley to finish the season with 408 saves. Eileen Hoang, Lauren Maloney and Tanya Shkiler all scored twice in the third-place game, while Maloney, Amelia Eastman and Fiona Gaffney each tallied a goal against Fenwick. – McAuley boxscore | Fenwick boxscore | Daily Herald (+)

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A State Meet: Sophomore Isabelle Sparreo finished 23rd in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 11:16.52. – Official Results

Boys Tennis

Stevenson hosted IHSA Sectional: The Patriots won their 10th consecutive sectional championship, and will send five players to this week’s state tournament. Stevenson posted a final score of 32 points, ahead of runner-up Libertyville, which had 23. SHS finished 1-2 in doubles, with senior Matt Harvey and junior Brian Weisberg (25-4) defeating senior Ben Bush and sophomore Sam Komis (22-7) in the title match, 6-4, 6-1. The University of Wisconsin-bound Bush will be making his fourth consecutive appearance at state. He reached in doubles the past two seasons after qualifying in singles as a freshman and sophomore. Harvey will be making his third straight state doubles appearance. Weisberg heads to state for the second straight year; he played singles last season. Komis will be making his first trek to state. Also reaching state for the first time was freshman Zach Kim (22-7), who captured the singles championship with a 6-1, 6-1 decision over Brian Hackman of Wauconda. Stevenson’s other singles entry, freshman Aswath Viswanathan, fell in the quarterfinals to Hackman, 6-4, 6-2. – Official Results | Daily Herald (+)

Baseball

Stevenson 6, Cary-Grove 4: Charlie Ling went 2-for-4, scored two runs and stole a base as the Patriots (23-8-1) built a 6-0 lead and held on for the non-conference victory on the road. Ling scored the game’s first run, coming home on a Dylan Molek double in the first inning, then scored on a Patrick Loeffler sacrifice fly during Stevenson’s three-run third. Molek finished 2-for-4 and scored a run in the third on a single by Robert McGaha. The winning pitcher was starter Mike Kingery, who gave up two earned runs in four innings. Logan Lavelle followed with two scoreless innings of one-hit ball, and Tyler Pauly went one inning to earn the save. The Trojans, who outhit SHS 9-8 but made five errors, fell to 22-11. – GameChanger.com, Northwest Herald

Friday’s Varsity Results

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson hosted IHSA State Quarterfinals: Lauren Burns made 18 saves and Claire Haas scored five goals, all in the first half, to lead the Patriots (33-1) past St. Ignatius, 10-7, for their 23rd consecutive victory. The Brown-bound Burns also had three assists and two steals for SHS, which led 8-2 at halftime then held off a third-quarter rally by the Wolfpack (25-4) to reach the state semifinals for the third straight year. Allison Travetto scored three goals, while Lauren Maloney and Tanya Shkiler each had one. Travetto and Haas also had five steals apiece. – Illpolo.com, Daily Herald (+)

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Testing Center Final Exam Guidelines

The Testing Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. during finals. Students must sign up for tests during final times. A test can only be taken during a free period, study hall or P.E. Before and after final times don’t require signing up. If a student is signed up during a re-scheduled final, the Testing Center needs a note or an email from the teacher or counselor stating that is has been rescheduled. Seniors who are exempt from a final may take a test in the Testing Center during that class time with written notification from their teacher or counselor.

Final Bus Sign-Up for Senior Party is Wednesday

Seniors: Final bus sign-up for the Senior Party is Wednesday during all lunch hours at the Field House. Everyone who has registered must by to check in and sign up for a bus.

Meetings for AP Drawing, 2D and 3D Art Students

There will be informational meetings for all students enrolled in AP 3D Design Art, AP Drawing and AP 2D Media for the 2016-17 school year. Students enrolled in AP 3D Design Art will meet from 3:30-4:15 p.m. Wednesday in Room 1422. Students enrolled in AP Drawing and AP 2D Media will meet from 3:30-4:15 p.m. Thursday in Room 1426. The purpose of the meetings will be to explain the three summer assignments, distribute supplies, view examples, and review AP portfolio requirements. Attendance at the 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 in Room 1426.

Clean Out Your P.E. Locker By Friday

All P.E. lockers must be cleaned out by the end of the last regular school day on Friday. Locks will then be cut off and any belongings left behind will be donated to local charities.

Would You Like to Help a Transfer Student?

Would you like to volunteer to be a buddy for a transfer student? Anyone interested in being a transfer student buddy should attend a mandatory meeting at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday in Room 4200, the Little Theatre.

SNN Film Festival Friday Night

The 14th annual SNN Film Festival, featuring student-made movies, takes place at 7 p.m. Friday in the West Auditorium. Admission is $2. You can pay at the door, or buy tickets in advance from Mr. Fairchild or Mr. Aronoff.

Rare Summer Opportunity: Host an Exchange Student in July

Looking for some summer excitement without leaving home? Hosting an international student for the month of July might be the answer! A student from Denmark will be attending the second semester of summer school at SHS. Please call 847-415-4500 if you would like more information about welcoming her into your home from July 1-30.

Pick Up Yearbooks at the Patriot Superstore

If you forgot to pick up your yearbook earlier this week, or if you want to buy a yearbook, stop by the Patriot Superstore. Yearbooks are available there starting today.

ATHLETICS

The girls lacrosse team will be selling Jamba Juice smoothies during the lunch periods on Tuesday in the Wood Commons. For $4, you can get a 16-ounce smoothie in one of these flavors: Caribbean Passion, Strawberry Wild, Razzmatazz and Mango-A-Go-Go. Funds raised will benefit the varsity’s spring break trip.

The girls cross country team will have an informational meeting for the 2016-17 season at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the West Faculty Dining Room (1204). If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Levanti at mlevanti@d125.org.

There will be a girls golf informational meeting for the 2016-17 season at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Recital Hall (Room 4100). If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Degen at edegen@d125.org.

CLUB NEWS

Junior Class Board will meet Thursday in Room 2004 to celebrate LIUB! Bring a friend — new members always welcome!

Thank you to everyone who came to Light It Up Blue, especially the football and softball teams, parents and friends of the Allied Soccer players. The event was a huge success and a wonderful way to end the season!

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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School funding is big question in Springfield

Budget stalemate erodes interest in some Illinois colleges

District 211 agreements: Ensuring professionalism or stifling debate? (+)

Gurnee elementary school names new principal (+)

Chicago-area students win national handwriting competition

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

The challenge of educational inequality

Asian-American groups accuse three Ivy schools of admission bias

Among Greek groups, efforts to curb college drinking have little effect

Minnesota city seeking to attract satellite campus for college or university

Girl dies while doing tug-of-war event at Alabama school

Why thousands of NYC students are seeing the Broadway smash “Hamilton”

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Junior Selected to U.S. Physics Team Again

Junior Jason Lu has been selected to the U.S. Physics Team for the second straight year. He is the only student from Illinois on the 23-student roster, and one of only two from the Midwest. Lu will travel to the University of Maryland for the U.S. Physics Team training camp from May 26-June 6. The camp will determine which five students will represent the United States at the International Physics Olympiad in Switzerland and Liechtenstein July 10-18.

Last summer, Lu was part of the five-student U.S. team that won a silver medal at the International Physics Olympiad in India. He was the second Stevenson student to be selected for the U.S. team. Richard Zhu earned the honor in 2014.

Lu qualified for the team by earning a gold medal in the U.S. Physics Olympiad. Another Stevenson student, sophomore Kevin Li, was a silver medalist. Lu was the only gold medalist from Illinois, while Li was one of two silver medalists from the state. Lu and Li were among six semifinalists from the school, joining seniors Patrick DeMichele and Junghyun Hwang, and sophomores Albert Cao and Haoyang Yu. There were 14 semifinalists from Illinois.

Statesman Garners More Awards

The Statesman student newspaper and its staff picked up more awards with the announcement of results in the recent Youth Journalism International’s seventh annual Excellence in Journalism contest. Sophomore Bella Greenspan won first place in News Photography for her coverage of the Color Fun(d) Run. Senior Brenda Reyn won a second-place award in Editorial Cartoon for her work on transgender bathrooms, while senior Kayla Guo received a second-place award in News Writing for her coverage of District 211’s transgender bathroom situation. The staff editorial on the same subject received a second-place award as well.

Senior Sarah Verschoor was named a finalist for the Frank Keegan “Take No Prisoners” Award for News. She was honored for her work in covering the December incident in which a student brought an unloaded gun into the school. She also received an honorable mention for Column Writing. Senior Sabrina Szos was named a finalist for the Jacinta Marie Bunnell Award for Commentary, for her column reflecting on her educational journey in a high-achieving and competitive culture. Sophomore Max Cohn garnered an honorable mention for Sports News for his coverage of the IHSA’s “Play Smart, Play Hard” football helmet decal program.

Chinese Honor Society Inducts First Class

Stevenson’s National Chinese Honor Society chapter inducted its first class on April 21. Students inducted were seniors Kazemi Adachi, Xanthe Coulson, Nina Jaeger, Alice Jin, Anna Sofronas and Iris Tong, and juniors Mariel Boden, Ayla Kim, Kijung Kwak, Alex Lee, Hendy Lee, Corey Shang, Isabel Wang and Jessie Zang. Co-Presidents Jennifer Zhang and Laura Harjanto, both seniors, led the ceremony and also inducted the executive board for the 2016-17 school year, which will include juniors Julie Xu, Andrew Chen and Vivien Liu. The purpose of the National Chinese Honor Society is to champion community service and excellence in the study of Chinese language.

Painting a Picture of a Focused Student

Sophomore Veda Teich was one of many Stevenson students whose artwork was on display during the Consortium Art Festival Monday night. Pioneer Press was on hand, and interviewed her for this “Shout Out” piece. Teich talked about the oil painting she showed at the festival, and about her career goal that involves a different kind of painting. She wants to be a makeup artist in the movie business. Teich had a taste of the life last fall when she served as a makeup artist for the school musical, “Miss Saigon.”

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson hosted IHSA State Quarterfinal: Andrew Shashin scored four goals, including the go-ahead goal late in the first half, as the Patriots downed defending state champion Lyons Township, 13-7, in a rematch of last year’s state championship game. SHS (27-6) will face New Trier in the state semifinals at 9 a.m. Saturday. The winner of that game will play for the state title at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Alex Kapecki, Collin Kapecki, Cris Tomassetti and Kurt Holzer all scored two goals, and Dan Maleski had one. Goalie Charlie Day made 14 saves. Lyons finished its season with a 30-3 record. – Illpolo.com, Daily Herald (+)

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Lake Zurich Sectional: Jared Borowsky won the 1,600-meter run and finished second in the 3,200, qualifying for next week’s state meet at Eastern Illinois University. Borowsky posted a winning time of 4:18.39 in the mile, holding off the same Grayslake Central runner who edged him in the 3,200 earlier in the meet. The Colorado-bound Borowsky’s time in the 3,200 was 9:19.36. Joining Borowsky will be David Goncharov, who finished second in the triple jump with a leap of 44 feet, 2 inches. Other top-10, non-qualifying individual performances came from Noah Lukz in the 200 (fourth, 22.75), Goncharov in the long jump (fifth, 21-4.5), Paul Udoni in the 1,600 (fifth, 4:22.20), Jonathon Powell in the triple jump (fifth, 43-9.5), Caleb Oh in the 800 (seventh, 1:58.86) and Brett Lucas in the 3,200 (eighth, 9:40.55). SHS was fourth in two relays, the 800 (1:30.27) and 1,600 (3:28.96), finished ninth in the 400 relay  (45.19) and was 10th in the 3,200 relay (8:44.19). SHS placed ninth in the team standings. – Official Results | Daily Herald (+)

Baseball

Stevenson at North Suburban Conference Championship Game: Wauconda defeated the Patriots, 2-1, marking only the second time since 2001 the Prairie Division champion has beaten a Lake Division team for the title. The Bulldogs (24-4) led 2-0 entering the seventh inning when Henry Marchese tripled to open the top of the frame. Jack Cappalli singled him home two outs later. SHS (22-8-1) had the go-ahead run on base when Wauconda executed a double play to end the game. Cappalli was 2-for-4 with a stolen base. Starting pitcher Michael Marchese went 4-⅓ innings, giving up six hits and two earned runs while striking out five. Justin Stark followed with 1-⅔ perfect innings, striking out a pair. – Pioneer Press, Daily Herald (+), GameChanger.com

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson d. Grant, 25-13, 17-25, 25-17: Jeffrey Wang dished out 27 assists and served six aces on Senior Night as the Patriots evened their season record at 17-17. Justin Leonard had 11 kills and 14 digs, while Alex Pieprzycki added nine kills and two solo blocks for SHS, which has won eight of its last 12 matches. Jeremy Sandrof recorded 14 digs and Peter Drozdzewicz had nine. Sudhish Gogula contributed five kills. Stevenson will face Mundelein in the IHSA Antioch Regional at 6:30 p.m. Monday. The winner of Monday’s match will take on Libertyville at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Girls Water Polo Takes Aim at Second State Title

The girls water polo team is three wins away from winning its second straight state title. The Patriots will play St. Ignatius in the IHSA state quarterfinals at 8:15 tonight in the Patriot Aquatic Center. SHS carries a 32-1 record into tonight’s contest, and has won 22 straight. This is Stevenson’s 11th appearance in the past 13 seasons. If SHS wins tonight, it will play in the state semifinals at 12:45 p.m. Saturday. State water polo results can be tracked here.

Sparreo Running in Girls State Track Meet

Isabelle Sparreo will compete in the 3,200-meter run at the IHSA Class 3A state meet at Eastern Illinois University today. This is the second state meet for the sophomore, who qualified in the 800 and 1,600 last season. Follow her results here.

Boys Tennis Team Hosts Sectional

Stevenson is one of 32 hosts for an IHSA Sectional starting today at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. The Patriots have the top seeds in singles and doubles. Zach Kim is the No. 1 seed in singles. He received a first-round bye, as did 3-4 seed Aswath Viswanathan. In doubles, Brian Weisberg and Matt Harvey are the top seed, while Sam Komis and Ben Bush are No. 2. Both duos received first-round byes. You can follow the sectional results today and Saturday here.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Return Library Books, Pay Overdue Fines to ILC Today

Please return all library books and pay any overdue fines to the ILC by Friday. Starting Monday, no library materials may be checked out until books have been returned and fines have been paid.

Mandatory 2016-17 American Studies Meeting Today

If you are enrolled in Honors American Studies for next year, there is a mandatory informational meeting in the Recital Hall (4100) during all lunch periods today. There are two meetings per period (4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b), and you need to attend one of them. Please contact Mr. Anderson (panders@d125.org) or Mr. Heller (sheller@d125.org) if you have any questions.

Did You Take Government During First Semester?

Attention seniors! If you took Government during first semester, please join your peers in the West Auditorium during your free period or lunch today to hear from recent SHS alumni who will be speaking about their college experiences. There will be a Q&A panel and an opportunity for you to ask a question. We hope you will join us!

Junior Class Board Holding Autism Awareness Fundraiser

The Junior Class Board will hold its “Light It Up Blue!” fundraiser for autism awareness during the Allied Soccer game at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Stadium. There will be a party after the game in the Wood Commons featuring food and fun. Students who buy a special “Autism Speaks” T-shirt for $10 during their lunch period can wear it to the game and get free admission to the game and the post-game party.

Would You Like to Help a Transfer Student?

Would you like to volunteer to be a buddy for a transfer student? Anyone interested in being a transfer student buddy should attend a mandatory meeting at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday in Room 4200, the Little Theatre.

Meetings for AP Drawing, 2D and 3D Art Students

There will be informational meetings for all students enrolled in AP 3D Design Art, AP Drawing and AP 2D Media for the 2016-17 school year. Students enrolled in AP 3D Design Art will meet from 3:30-4:15 p.m. Wednesday in Room 1422. Students enrolled in AP Drawing and AP 2D Media will meet from 3:30-4:15 p.m. Thursday, May 26 in Room 1426. The purpose of the meetings will be to explain the three summer assignments, distribute supplies, view examples, and review AP portfolio requirements. Attendance at the 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 27, in Room 1426.

First 50 Students at State Water Polo Get in Free

Sports Boosters has committed to purchasing admission tickets for the first 50 Stevenson students who attend the IHSA girls water polo state quarterfinal at 8:15 p.m. tonight. Students need to show their ID at the admission gate and if they are part of the first 50, they will get in free.

Rare Summer Opportunity: Host an Exchange Student in July

Looking for some summer excitement without leaving home? Hosting an international student for the month of July might be the answer! A student from Denmark will be attending the second semester of summer school at SHS. Please call 847-415-4500 if you would like more information about welcoming her into your home from July 1-30.

Read This If You Need to De-Stress

Stressed? If so, come visit the student lounge this week during lunch periods. You can make your own stress balls, pop some bubble wrap, get free hot chocolate today, and enjoy the time to relax and de-stress. Look for de-stress tips around the school and learn to reduce your stress so you can feel better and do great on your finals.

Clean Out Your P.E. Locker By Friday, May 27

All P.E. lockers must be cleaned out by the end of the last regular school day on Friday, May 27. Locks will then be cut off and any belongings left behind will be donated to local charities.

Pick Up Yearbooks at the Patriot Superstore

If you forgot to pick up your yearbook earlier this week, or if you want to buy a yearbook, stop by the Patriot Superstore. Yearbooks are available there starting today.

ATHLETICS

The girls lacrosse team will be selling Jamba Juice smoothies during the lunch periods on Tuesday in the Wood Commons. For $4, you can get a 16-ounce smoothie in one of these flavors: Caribbean Passion, Strawberry Wild, Razzmatazz and Mango-A-Go-Go. Funds raised will benefit the varsity’s spring break trip.

The girls cross country team will have an informational meeting for the 2016-17 season at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the West Faculty Dining Room (1204). If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Levanti at mlevanti@d125.org.

There will be a girls golf informational meeting for the 2016-17 season at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Recital Hall (Room 4100). If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Degen at edegen@d125.org.

CLUB NEWS

The Video Game Club is holding a Smash Brothers tournament today in Room 1204 at 3:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome, whether you are in Video Game Club or not.

PREP ANNOUNCEMENTS

Registration is open for the Patriot Recreation Education Program (PREP) youth and high school summer camps! We have an expanded selection camps in engineering, sports, music and much more. There is something for everyone to enjoy. For more information, visit www.d125.org/prep or call 847-415-4145. Camps fill quickly so register today!

PREP is excited about its new Intro to Fitness and Nutrition camp for students in grades 7-8. This new program is designed to provide young students entering adolescence the importance of lifelong fitness and nutrition. It will focus on three key areas; proper form, basic everyday nutrition, and basic athletic movements. This class is not meant to put kids through a rigorous 90-minute workout, but instead allow them to learn some basic things that they can do on their own when at home. It will also promote better techniques for exercise and some background knowledge in nutrition, as high school athletics nears. The same class will be offered two times a day to help with conflicts during other camps. Click on one of these links to register: 8:30-10 a.m. | 10-11:30 a.m.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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Senate approves more MAP grant money, Rauner veto expected

Bloomington legislator floats school funding compromise

Claypool going to Springfield to press for school funding changes

Budget impasse could force College of Lake County to dip into reserves

Controversy flares over McHenry West Marine graduate’s attire

Aurora teacher apologizes for claim he designed POW/MIA flag

Lansing school board member arrested after altercation with motorcyclist

At Chicago conference, scholars consider how to save the liberal arts

UI will give public free access to its research

Daniel Wright Science Olympiad team takes aim at national title (+)

NIU trustees vote to rescind Hastert’s honorary law degree

Emanuel quietly informs Southwest Side of new school, addition

LaRiviere, facing firing, wins principals’ group election in Chicago

Retiring teachers pass wisdom on to aspiring educators

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Battle raging over implementation of Every Student Succeeds Act

Do college admissions policies worsen racial inequality?

Fewer kids could receive free school meals under House bill

California revising textbooks to better reflect state’s diversity

Harvard gets $35M to study early childhood education

Denver Public Schools backs off plan to eliminate high school P.E. requirement

Judge upholds controversial Nevada school choice bill

Colorado education commissioner resigns after four months on the job

Publisher’s ultimatum in test leak riles educators

Paying students may raise test scores, but the lesson is not over

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Two Seniors Named to Daily Herald Academic Team

Seniors Rebecca Nelson and Bill Wei have been selected to the 2016 Daily Herald Lake County Academic Team, announced today. Brief capsules about each students are available here.

The newspaper invites each high school in its circulation area to nominate two seniors for the Academic Team, and requires nominees to submit grades, test scores, a list of awards and honors, co-curricular activities and scholarships. Students also must write personal essays, and must submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor. “The point of the Academic Team is not mastery of subjects alone but to celebrate teens who also show themselves to be whole people, involved in their school and community, and who have a purpose behind their hard work,” the newspaper said.

In his endorsement of Nelson, SHS science teacher Jason Carlson wrote this: “Her primary desire is to become a research biologist, but she is also currently editing her first mystery novel. Becca is a student who is driven with the heart of a scientist but maintains the soul of an artist.”

Wei was endorsed by his debate coach, Bill Fritz, who had this to say: “The true mark of an excellent competitor is not only the trophies the student has won, but by the team that is left behind when the student graduates. Based on this criteria, Bill is not only a powerhouse debater, but he is a valuable asset to the school’s debate program.”

Science Olympiad Heading North to Nationals

Stevenson’s state champion Science Olympiad team will face an unusual situation heading into this weekend’s National Science Olympiad at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Usually, the national event conflicts with the school Prom, meaning many upperclassmen are left out. The team has done well despite the obstacle, however. Last year, Stevenson finished 10th in the nation even though none of its seniors participated. In 2014, facing the same situation, the team placed 11th. This year, the Prom has already taken place.

Bass Fishing Ready for State Tournament

The bass fishing team won its final regular-season competition in preparation for the Illinois High School Association state tournament beginning Friday on Carlyle Lake near St. Louis. Last Friday, Will Reichert and Andrew Austin took top honors at the Prospect Fishing Tournament by catching a total weight of 6.67 pounds. Jon Mitchell and Myles Slavicek finished third with 1.6 pounds. Reichert and Austin will represent Stevenson at the IHSA state tournament. You can follow their results here.

Stevenson Community Orchestra Concert Sunday

The Stevenson Community Orchestra, under the direction of Director of Orchestras Enrique Vilaseco, will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. Click here to see the orchestra roster. The orchestra is part of the Patriot Recreation Education Program (PREP) and is affiliated with the Stevenson strings program.

Rare Summer Opportunity: Host an Exchange Student in July

The school is looking for a family willing to host a student from Denmark who will be attending the second semester of summer school. The student would stay from July 1-30. If you are interested, call the Student Services Division at 847-415-4500.

Correction

Freshman Alisa Wang earned a Gold Award in the Poster session at last weekend’s Illinois Junior Academy of Science state competition, in addition to a Gold Award in the Paper session. Her name was omitted from the list of poster Gold Award winners in Wednesday’s Digest.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson hosted IHSWLA Sectional Semifinal: The Patriots lost to No. 11 Glenbrook North, 14-11, despite five goals from Eleanor Fisher and three by Courtney Patten. Colie Keane had two takeaways. SHS, which won the North Suburban Conference championship, finished its season with an 8-11 record.

Girls Soccer

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Barrington Regional: The eighth-seeded Patriots fell to No. 9 Palatine, 2-0, ending their season with a 9-7-1 record after starting the season 1-4. The Pirates (10-7-4) advance to Friday’s regional championship against Barrington. – Daily Herald (+)

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson d. Antioch, 25-19, 23-25, 25-19: Grant Maleski smashed 19 kills, and Justin Leonard had 17 kills and served three aces as the Patriots (16-17) closed their North Suburban Conference schedule with a victory. Maleski and Leonard each made two solo blocks. Jeffrey Wang recorded 32 assists, while Peter Drozdzewicz had six to go along with 21 digs. Austin Zhou made 10 digs. Leonard and Maleski had nine and eight digs, respectively. Sudhish Gogula chipped in with five kills.

Boys Lacrosse

Evanston 11, Stevenson 3: The Patriots finished the regular season with a 4-11 record, and will await their pairing in the Illinois High School Lacrosse Association state playoffs, schedule to be announced Saturday. – IHSLA.org

Boys Water Polo Team in State Quarterfinals Tonight

The Patriot boys water polo team takes on Lyons Township at 5:45 today in the Illinois High School Association state quarterfinals, which will be played in the Patriot Aquatic Center. The game marks a rematch of last year’s state final, in which the Lions prevailed. The first 50 Stevenson students who come for the match will get in free, courtesy of the Sports Boosters (student ID required). This will be the boys’ fifth consecutive appearance in the state quarterfinals, and their eighth in the past 10 years.

Baseball Playing for NSC Title, Boys Track at Sectional

In addition to the boys water polo state tournament getting underway, two other Patriots teams have important postseason contests today. The baseball team will travel to Wauconda for the North Suburban Conference championship game at 4:30, while the boys track and field team will compete in the IHSA Class 3A Sectional at Lake Zurich, beginning at 4 o’clock.

Freshman Baseball Player Throws No-Hitter

Freshman Nick Wang threw a no-hitter, and almost had a perfect game, during the Freshman B baseball team’s 4-0 win over Lake Zurich on Tuesday. Wang “had electric stuff with pinpoint control,” Coach Gregg Winter said. The freshman struck out three and only allowed one batter to reach base (on a walk) in seven innings, while his teammates played sterling defense behind him. The team improved to 18-2 after Wang’s feat.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Pick Up Yearbooks at the Patriot Superstore

If you forgot to pick up your yearbook earlier this week, or if you want to buy a yearbook, stop by the Patriot Superstore. Yearbooks are available there starting today.

Return Library Books, Pay Overdue Fines to ILC by Friday

Please return all library books and pay any overdue fines to the ILC by Friday. Starting Monday, no library materials may be checked out until books have been returned and fines have been paid.

Mandatory 2016-17 American Studies Meeting on Friday

If you are enrolled in Honors American Studies for next year, there is a mandatory informational meeting in the Recital Hall (4100) during all lunch periods on Friday. There are two meetings per period (4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b), and you need to attend one of them. Please contact Mr. Anderson (panders@d125.org) or Mr. Heller (sheller@d125.org) if you have any questions.

Did You Take Government During First Semester?

Attention seniors! If you took Government during first semester, please join your peers in the West Auditorium during your free period or lunch on Friday to hear from recent SHS alumni who will be speaking about their college experiences. There will be a Q&A panel and an opportunity for you to ask a question. We hope you will join us!

Junior Class Board Holding Autism Awareness Fundraiser

The Junior Class Board will hold its “Light It Up Blue!” fundraiser for autism awareness during the Allied Soccer game at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Stadium. There will be a party after the game in the Wood Commons featuring food and fun. Students who buy a special “Autism Speaks” T-shirt for $10 during their lunch period can wear it to the game and get free admission to the game and the post-game party.

Meetings for AP Drawing, 2D and 3D Art Students

There will be informational meetings for all students enrolled in AP 3D Design Art, AP Drawing and AP 2D Media for the 2016-17 school year. Students enrolled in AP 3D Design Art will meet from 3:30-4:15 p.m. Wednesday in Room 1422. Students enrolled in AP Drawing and AP 2D Media will meet from 3:30-4:15 p.m. Thursday, May 26 in Room 1426. The purpose of the meetings will be to explain the three summer assignments, distribute supplies, view examples, and review AP portfolio requirements. Attendance at the 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 27, in Room 1426.

First 50 Students at State Water Polo Get in Free

Sports Boosters has committed to purchasing admission tickets for the first 50 Stevenson students who want to attend the IHSA state water polo matches on Thursday and Friday (50 each day). The Patriot boys will play at 5:45 p.m. Thursday and the girls play at 8:15 p.m. Friday. Students need to show their ID at the admission gate and if they are part of the first 50, they will get in free.

Read This If You Need to De-Stress

Stressed? If so, come visit the student lounge this week during lunch periods. You can make your own stress balls, pop some bubble wrap, get free hot chocolate today, and enjoy the time to relax and de-stress. Look for de-stress tips around the school and learn to reduce your stress so you can feel better and do great on your finals.

Bright Lights Candle Sale Ends Today

The Bright Lights Candle Company’s end-of-the-year sale ends today. You can buy a candle from Bright Lights students from 11:20 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the Performing Arts Center. All proceeds will go toward purchasing additional supplies to continue student vocational training. Candle prices are $4 for votives, $8 for a small, and $10 for a three-wick.

CLUB NEWS

Sophomore Class Board is meeting today after school in the College/Career Center.

Junior Class Board will meet after school today in Room 2004 to finish the details for Light It Up Blue! New members are always welcome.

The Video Game Club is holding a Smash Brothers tournament Friday in Room 1204 at 3:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome, whether you are in Video Game Club or not.

ATHLETICS

There will be a girls basketball summer informational meeting at 7:30 a.m. Friday in Room 2002. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Graham at agraham@d125.org.

The girls lacrosse team will be selling Jamba Juice smoothies during the lunch periods on Tuesday in the Wood Commons. For $4, you can get a 16-ounce smoothie in one of these flavors: Caribbean Passion, Strawberry Wild, Razzmatazz and Mango-A-Go-Go. Funds raised will benefit the varsity’s spring break trip.

The girls cross country team will have an informational meeting for the 2016-17 season at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the West Faculty Dining Room (1204). If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Levanti at mlevanti@d125.org.

There will be a girls golf informational meeting for the 2016-17 season at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26 in the Recital Hall (Room 4100). If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Degen at edegen@d125.org.

PREP ANNOUNCEMENTS

Registration is open for the the Patriot Recreation Education Program (PREP) youth and high school summer camps! We have an expanded selection camps in engineering, sports, music and much more. There is something for everyone to enjoy. For more information, visit www.d125.org/prep or call 847-415-4145. Camps fill quickly so register today!

PREP is excited about its new Intro to Fitness and Nutrition camp for students in grades 7-8. This new program is designed to provide young students entering adolescence the importance of lifelong fitness and nutrition. It will focus on three key areas; proper form, basic everyday nutrition, and basic athletic movements. This class is not meant to put kids through a rigorous 90-minute workout, but instead allow them to learn some basic things that they can do on their own when at home. It will also promote better techniques for exercise and some background knowledge in nutrition, as high school athletics nears. The same class will be offered two times a day to help with conflicts during other camps. Click on one of these links to register: 8:30-10 a.m. | 10-11:30 a.m.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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Western Illinois superintendents: Without state budget, schools can’t stay open

EIU president says stopgap funding won’t get it through summer

Disappointing turnout at CPS rally for more state funding

District 103 to prohibit students from downloading games on iPads (+)

CPS brass backed principals’ group candidate with troubled past

Freeport High students speak out against uniform policy

Libertyville High student hit by car in front of school, suffers minor injuries

Crystal Lake-based District 155 extends superintendent’s contract

Rauner administration, teachers at Illinois School for the Deaf reach deal

Police seek man who tried to cash fake Macomb School District check

Homer Glen band performs concert written by eighth-grade prodigy

Northbrook Junior High students surprise sick classmate with band concert

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Report: States have cut higher education spending 17% since 2008

Influx of foreign students, workers boosts STEM college numbers

Overtime change could cost colleges millions

Students suing Google for allegedly harvesting data without consent

The “intolerable” fight over federal school money

Boston students walk out of class to protest proposed cuts

Kentucky governor can unilaterally cut university budgets, judge rules

Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds education superintendent’s independence

Law professors challenge Education Department on assault procedures

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

10 Juniors Earn Perfect ACT Scores

Ten students, all juniors, earned perfect scores on the ACT college-entrance exam given at Stevenson in March. Students who scored a 36 were Kevin Acuna, Nathan Cha, Aryn Harmon, Amber Hu, Michael Komarovsky, Jason Lu, Alexander Shi, Manikandan Swaminathan, Alice Zhang and Zimo Zhu. This brings to 17 the number of students in the Class of 2017 who have recorded a perfect ACT score.

Best Buddies Chapter Raises $20K for Parent Organization

Stevenson’s Best Buddies chapter raised more than $20,000 for the Best Buddies Illinois Friendship Walk held May 7 at Brookfield Zoo. The walk raised money to help Best Buddies International create new chapters in underfunded schools to expand its mission of creating opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Stevenson’s chapter took home the award for Top Team Fundraising, and junior Carly Fishbein won the award for Top Individual Fundraiser. She raised $2,425.

More Than 30 Earn Awards at State Science Fair

More than 30 students earned Gold Awards at the Illinois Junior Academy of Science state competition last weekend at Millikin University in Decatur. More than 1,000 projects from around the state were presented.  

On Friday, nine of 13 students who presented projects at the Paper session earned Gold awards: juniors Rahul Arun, Revanth Bellam, Shivani Dhebar, Aman Grover and Christie Kang, sophomores Saketh Prazad, Carina Su and Jonathan Xue, and freshman Alisa Wang. Grover earned a special distinction by receiving an Apple Dental PC Award for having one of the top three papers in the competition. He received $150 for placing second with his paper on “The Effect of Ethanol on the Efficacy of SAHA in Treating Breast Cancer.” In addition, Arun, Dhebar and Kang finished in the top 10 in the Senior Division (grades 9-12), while Bellam, Su, Xue and Wang were in the top 10 for the Paper Session Excellence Award. Sophomore Rebecca Lin earned a Silver Award, while junior Sneha Poondru and sophomores Srikar Rapaka and Sannidhi Sarvadhavabhatla received Bronze Awards. Paper Session Awards | Overall Results

On Saturday, 24 students presented projects at the Poster session, with 21 earning Gold Awards: juniors Revanth Bellam, Aman Grover, Christie Kang, Hiranmayee Kundeti, Ndallah Njongmeta and Sneha Poondru, sophomores Sanketh Bhaskar, Noah Hirsch, Justin Lee, Srikar Rapaka, Sannidhi Sarvadhavabhatla, Carina Su, Jonathan Xue and Cindy Yao, and freshmen Anubhav Agarwal, Vaibhav Gupta, Riya Gyanmote, Maema Njongmeta, Aniket Nuthalapati, Pujan Rawal and Shreya Viswanathan. Silver Awards were earned by freshman Annie Xu and sophomore Shreya Sriram.

Several posters earned Best in Category honors: Viswanathan for Biochemistry (“Effect of Various Anticoagulants on Clot Mass in a Blood Model”), Yao for Botany (“Effect of Location and Season on the Colonization of Fungi in Trees”), Bhaskar for Earth Science (“The Effect of Brand of Soil on Soil Texture pH”) and and Su for Mathematics (“Development of a Novel Algorithm for the Traveling Salesmen Problem”). Also, Gyanmote, Kang, Hirsch, Grover and Xu earned special awards for excellence from the Health Science Learning Exchange for projects dealing with various areas of health science. Poster Session Best in Category | Overall Results

College Counselor Featured in Gap-Year Article

College Counselor Dan Miller is featured in a front-page Daily Herald article today about the advantages and disadvantages of graduating seniors taking a “gap year” before entering college. Miller, a Stevenson alumnus who worked in the admissions office at George Washington University before returning to his high school alma mater, praised the idea. “As school counselors, we talk about the importance of self-care, and the pursuit of a gap year allows kids to recharge for an entire school year by traveling or participating in community service or other activities that interest them before diving into the rigors of higher education,” he told the paper. “This process of self-discovery and gaining independence by exploring endless opportunities are huge benefits of a gap year.”

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Baseball

Stevenson 10, Lake Zurich 0 (5 inn.): Justin Kopech and Logan Lavelle combined on a three-hit shutout as the host Patriots clinched the North Suburban Conference Lake Division championship on Senior Night. SHS (22-7-1, 9-3) will travel to Prairie Division champion Wauconda (23-4,12-0) on Thursday to play in the last NSC Championship Game. Kopech threw four innings of one-hit ball, striking out three, while Lavelle tossed the final frame against the Bears (11-17, 3-9). Offensively, Stevenson rapped out nine hits and stole six bases while winning their fifth straight game. Patrick Loeffler was 1-for-1 with a two-run triple during a four-run second inning. Henry Marchese was 2-for-2, scoring two runs and driving in two, while Charlie Ling (two runs, two stolen bases, RBI) and Brandon Grant (one run, RBI) both went 2-for-3. Jack Trotter was 1-for-2 with two runs scored. – Daily Herald (+), GameChanger.com

Boys Lacrosse

Stevenson 8, Huntley 7: The win snapped a five-game losing streak for the host Patriots (4-10), who close out the regular season against Evanston at 7 o’clock tonight in the Stadium. – IHSLA.org

Softball

Libertyville 22, Stevenson 10: Emma Oriatti was 3-for-3 with a home run, double and five RBI for the host Patriots on Senior Night. – Daily Herald (+)

Monday’s Varsity Results

Softball

Zion-Benton 10, Stevenson 1

Girls Soccer, Lacrosse in Regionals Tonight

The Patriot girls soccer team will face Palatine at the Illinois High School Association Class 3A Barrington Regional at 6 o’clock tonight. SHS is the No. 8 seed in the Palatine Sectional, while the Pirates are the No. 9 seed. The winner will face top-seeded Barrington for the regional championship at 6 p.m. Friday. The girls lacrosse team will play host to Glenbrook North in the Illinois High School Women’s Lacrosse Association sectional semifinals at 5:30 today in the Stadium.

Autism Fundraiser at Saturday’s Allied Soccer Game

The final Allied Soccer game of the year on Saturday also will feature the Junior Class Board’s “Light It Up Blue!” fundraiser for autism awareness. The game will start at 1 p.m. in the Stadium, followed by a post-game party in the Wood Commons. Students who buy a special T-shirt for $10 during their lunch period can wear it to the game and get free admission to the game and the party.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Yearbook Distribution for Freshmen, Sophomores Today

Yearbooks will be distributed to freshmen and sophomores today during the lunch periods in the Patriot Lobby and Glass Commons. After today, yearbooks can be picked up or purchased in the Patriot Superstore.

Senior Party Bus Sign-Up Ends Today

Senior Party bus sign-ups will take place today in the Patriot Lobby by Room 2104 during the lunch periods. Please note: You must stop by in person to confirm your bus assignment. Friends may pencil in your name, but you are responsible for stopping by the table to confirm your bus number.

Candle Sale Outside the PAC Today and Thursday

The Bright Lights Candle Company is having its end-of-the-year sale in front of the Performing Arts Center today and Thursday from 11:20 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds will go toward purchasing additional supplies to continue student vocational training. Candle prices are $4 for votives, $8 for a small, and $10 for a three-wick.

Band Parents Fundraiser at Chipotle, Menchie’s Today

The Band Parent Organization is holding its final fundraiser of the school year from 5-9 p.m. today at Chipotle and Menchie’s in the Lincolnshire Commons shopping center. Fifty percent of proceeds from Chipotle sales will go to the Band Parent Organization, while 20% of sales from Menchie’s will be donated. Stop by Chipotle for dinner and follow it up with dessert at Menchie’s. Mention the Stevenson Band Parents Organization when ordering, or show one of these flyers: Chipotle | Menchie’s

Did You Take Government During First Semester?

Attention seniors! If you took Government during first semester, please join your peers in the West Auditorium during your free period or lunch on Friday to hear from recent SHS alumni who will be speaking about their college experiences. There will be a Q&A panel and an opportunity for you to ask a question. We hope you will join us!

Mandatory 2016-17 American Studies Meeting on Friday

If you are enrolled in Honors American Studies for next year, there is a mandatory informational meeting in the Recital Hall (4100) during all lunch periods on Friday. There are two meetings per period (4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b), and you need to attend one of them. Please contact Mr. Anderson (panders@d125.org) or Mr. Heller (sheller@d125.org) if you have any questions.

Meetings for AP Drawing, 2D and 3D Art Students

There will be informational meetings for all students enrolled in AP 3D Design Art, AP Drawing and AP 2D Media for the 2016-17 school year. Students enrolled in AP 3D Design Art will meet from 3:30-4:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 25 in Room 1422. Students enrolled in AP Drawing and AP 2D Media will meet from 3:30-4:15 p.m. Thursday, May 26 in Room 1426. The purpose of the meetings will be to explain the three summer assignments, distribute supplies, view examples, and review AP portfolio requirements. Attendance at the 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 27, in Room 1426.

First 50 Students at State Water Polo Get in Free

Sports Boosters has committed to purchasing admission tickets for the first 50 Stevenson students who want to attend the IHSA state water polo matches on Thursday and Friday (50 each day). The Patriot boys will play at 5:45 p.m. Thursday and the girls play at 8:15 p.m. Friday. Students need to show their ID at the admission gate and if they are part of the first 50, they will get in free.

Clean Out Your P.E. Locker By Friday, May 27

All P.E. lockers must be cleaned out by the end of the last regular school day on Friday, May 27. Locks will then be cut off and any belongings left behind will be donated to local charities.

Read This If You Need to De-Stress

Stressed? If so, come visit the student lounge this week during lunch periods. You can make your own stress balls, pop some bubble wrap, get free hot chocolate on Thursday, and enjoy the time to relax and de-stress. Look for de-stress tips around the school and learn to reduce your stress so you can feel better and do great on your finals.

CLUB NEWS

Junior Class Board will meet Thursday after school in Room 2004 to finish the details for Light It Up Blue! New members are always welcome.

The Video Game Club is holding a Smash Brothers tournament Friday in Room 1204 at 3:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome, whether you are in Video Game Club or not.

ATHLETICS

There will be a girls basketball summer informational meeting at 7:30 a.m. Friday in Room 2002. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Graham at agraham@d125.org.

The girls lacrosse team will be selling Jamba Juice smoothies during the lunch periods on Tuesday in the Wood Commons. For $4, you can get a 16-ounce smoothie in one of these flavors: Caribbean Passion, Strawberry Wild, Razzmatazz and Mango-A-Go-Go. Funds raised will benefit the varsity’s spring break trip.

The girls cross country team will have an informational meeting for the 2016-17 season at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 25 in the West Faculty Dining Room (1204). If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Levanti at mlevanti@d125.org.

PREP ANNOUNCEMENTS

Registration is open for the the Patriot Recreation Education Program (PREP) youth and high school summer camps! We have an expanded selection camps in engineering, sports, music and much more. There is something for everyone to enjoy. For more information, visit www.d125.org/prep or call 847-415-4145. Camps fill quickly so register today!

PREP is excited about its new Intro to Fitness and Nutrition camp for students in grades 7-8. This new program is designed to provide young students entering adolescence the importance of lifelong fitness and nutrition. It will focus on three key areas; proper form, basic everyday nutrition, and basic athletic movements. This class is not meant to put kids through a rigorous 90-minute workout, but instead allow them to learn some basic things that they can do on their own when at home. It will also promote better techniques for exercise and some background knowledge in nutrition, as high school athletics nears. The same class will be offered two times a day to help with conflicts during other camps. Click on one of these links to register: 8:30-10 a.m. | 10-11:30 a.m.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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Chicago Public Schools’ per-pupil funding could be cut by almost 40%

University of Iowa student from Naperville lied about being hate crime victim

U-46 students address board member’s freedom of speech

Grant will create mobile health clinic for rural schools near Quincy

Exelon, Northwestern join forces for clean energy research

Peoria Public Schools struggles to get buy-in for name change

School nurse boosts fundraiser by donating Indy pace car (+)

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Girls outscore boys on inaugural national test of technology, engineering skills

62 years after Brown v. Board of Education, school segregation persists

Desegregation order: Mississippi district must merge schools

Private colleges’ tuition-discount rate hits all-time high

Low-income high schoolers to get Pell grants for college courses

31 states introduce student data privacy bills

Baltimore-area schools battling lack of student respect with etiquette

Experts say teachers aren’t being taught the science of learning

Sexual assault survivors find themselves under suspicion at BYU

NYC teacher in hot water after buying, selling books to his students

Unrest at Dartmouth after popular professor denied tenure

Oregon tackles challenge of Somali students who speak multiple languages

High school junior completes 7,000 pull-ups to shatter world records

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Political Action Club Invites Support for Senate Bill

Stevenson’s Political Action Club is inviting the public to show its support online for proposed legislation in the Illinois Senate that expands political participation rights for eligible 17-year-olds throughout the state.

HB6167 (Suffrage@17 — Part 2) is scheduled to be discussed in two Senate committee hearings this week, and online feedback is open through Wednesday. If the bill becomes law, 17-year-olds who will turn 18 by the time of the November general election would be eligible to sign and distribute candidate petitions, as well as serve as deputy voter registrars. The legislation, which would take effect in 2018 if enacted, adds to the “Suffrage@17” law that took effect in 2013.

HB6167 was introduced into the Illinois House by State Rep. Carol Sente and was passed overwhelmingly last month, including by all state representatives from the Stevenson community. The bill was first sponsored in the Senate by State Sen. Terry Link, and has since been co-sponsored by Sen. Dan McConchie from the western portion of District 125.  

Students and community members who want to show support for the bill can complete two online witness slips, one for the Senate’s Election Law Subcommittee (click here) and the other for the Senate Executive Committee (click here). Witness slips need to be completed by Wednesday. When completing the slips, you can use the school name as the “Firm/Business,” and then list “Student,” “Citizen,” “Parent” or “Teacher” as the title and “Persons represented in this appearance.” Select “Proponent” and “Record of Appearance Only” to indicate support without having to write a statement.

Senior’s Artwork to be Featured in Exhibit on Sunday

Senior Deborah Meirelles will be the featured artist in the “CONTRAST” exhibit at Lincolnshire’s ARTENIKA Gallery from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The gallery is located at 175 Olde Half Day Road, Suite 300. Meirelles, whose main medium is ink on paper, has been accepted into some of the art schools in the world, including the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Royal Academy of Arts in London. She was featured last year in Elite Living and Travel magazine, and is currently working on several high-profile projects, including book illustrations commissioned by best-selling author Erwin McManus. Sunday’s exhibit also will serve as a fundraiser for The Justice Conference, which seeks to raise awareness of social injustice.

Orchestra Awards Concert on SBN Tonight

Tonight’s Orchestra Awards Concert will be streamed live from the Performing Arts Center starting at 7 o’clock and can be seen online through the Stevenson Broadcast Network page at www.d125.org/sbn.

Band Parents Fundraiser at Chipotle, Menchie’s Wednesday

The Band Parent Organization is holding its final fundraiser of the school year from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday at Chipotle and Menchie’s in the Lincolnshire Commons shopping center. Fifty percent of proceeds from Chipotle sales will go to the Band Parent Organization, while 20% of sales from Menchie’s will be donated. Stop by Chipotle for dinner and follow it up with dessert at Menchie’s. Mention the Stevenson Band Parents Organization when ordering, or show one of these flyers: Chipotle | Menchie’s

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Monday’s Varsity Results

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson hosted IHSWLA Playoffs: The Patriots beat Hoffman Estates, 20-10, in their sectional quarterfinal in the Stadium. SHS (8-10) will host Glenbrook North (15-4) in the sectional semifinals at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. – IHSWLA.org

Baseball

Stevenson 7, Lake Zurich 3: Jack Cappalli’s two-run double capped a five-run fourth inning as the Patriots (21-7-1) rallied for the road victory. SHS battled back from an early 3-1 deficit, tying the game on Jack Trotter’s single that plated Robert McGaha. Two batters later, Henry Marchese drove in Brandon Grant with a line drive single to left that gave Stevenson a 4-3 lead and Cappalli then followed with his double. Marchese was 2-for-2 with two runs scored. Christian Dutler and Patrick Loeffler also had two hits. Justin Stark started on the mound and earned the victory, going five innings and giving up five hits and three earned runs while striking out seven. Logan Lavelle and Bronson Litcher each pitched a scoreless inning in relief. – GameChanger.com

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Patriot Connections: Life Balance Tips from Your Social Workers

Are you incredibly busy preparing for finals already?Get organized by making a “to-do” list or simply make a plan to organize your time … (being sure to include some down time for relaxation or self care!).

Read This If You Need to De-Stress

Stressed? If so, come visit the student lounge this week during lunch periods. You can make your own stress balls, pop some bubble wrap, get free hot chocolate today and Thursday, and enjoy the time to relax and de-stress. Look for de-stress tips around the school and learn to reduce your stress so you can feel better and do great on your finals.

Graduation Cap and Gown Pick Up Today

Graduation caps and gowns will be distributed between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. today in the West Building Lower Lobby near the College/Career Center. Seniors must show their student ID or a valid driver’s license to receive their cap and gown.

Yearbook Distribution Today and Wednesday

Yearbooks will be distributed to seniors and juniors today during the lunch periods in the Patriot Lobby and Glass Commons. Sophomores and freshmen can pick up their yearbooks during lunch on Wednesday in the Patriot Lobby and Glass Commons. After Wednesday, yearbooks can be picked up or purchased in the Patriot Superstore.

Senior Party Bus Sign-Up is Today and Wednesday

Senior Party bus sign-ups will take place today and Wednesday in the Patriot Lobby by Room 2104. Senior class representatives from the PPA will be on hand to help seniors sign up from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, and during the lunch periods on Wednesday. Please note: You must stop by in person to confirm your bus assignment. Friends may pencil in your name, but you are responsible for stopping by the table to confirm your bus number. The Senior Party is Wednesday, June 1 on board the Odyssey cruise ship departing from Navy Pier.

Sophomores: Wear Blue Wednesday for a Free Donut

Sophomores who wears a blue shirt on Wednesday will receive a free donut during their lunch period, courtesy of the Sophomore Class Board. Donut tables will be set up in the East and West cafeterias.

Did You Take Government During First Semester?

Attention seniors! If you took Government during first semester, please join your peers in the West Auditorium during your free period or lunch on Friday to hear from recent SHS alumni who will be speaking about their college experiences. There will be a Q&A panel and an opportunity for you to ask a question. We hope you will join us!

Mandatory 2016-17 American Studies Meeting on Friday

If you are enrolled in Honors American Studies for next year, there is a mandatory informational meeting in the Recital Hall (4100) during all lunch periods on Friday. There are two meetings per period (4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b), and you need to attend one of them. Please contact Mr. Anderson (panders@d125.org) or Mr. Heller (sheller@d125.org) if you have any questions.

First 50 Students at State Water Polo Get in Free

Sports Boosters has committed to purchasing admission tickets for the first 50 Stevenson students who want to attend the IHSA state water polo matches on Thursday and Friday (50 each day). The Patriot boys will play at 5:45 p.m. Thursday and the girls play at 8:15 p.m. Friday. Students need to show their ID at the admission gate and if they are part of the first 50, they will get in free.

CLUB NEWS

Junior Class Board will meet Thursday after school in Room 2004 to finish the details for Light It Up Blue! New members are always welcome.

The Video Game Club is holding a Smash Brothers tournament Friday in Room 1204 at 3:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome, whether you are in Video Game Club or not.

ATHLETICS

There will be a girls basketball summer informational meeting at 7:30 a.m. Friday in Room 2002. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Graham at agraham@d125.org.

PREP ANNOUNCEMENTS

Registration is open for the the Patriot Recreation Education Program (PREP) youth and high school summer camps! We have an expanded selection camps in engineering, sports, music and much more. There is something for everyone to enjoy. For more information, visit www.d125.org/prep or call 847-415-4145. Camps fill quickly so register today!

PREP is excited about its new Intro to Fitness and Nutrition camp for students in grades 7-8. This new program is designed to provide young students entering adolescence the importance of lifelong fitness and nutrition. It will focus on three key areas; proper form, basic everyday nutrition, and basic athletic movements. This class is not meant to put kids through a rigorous 90-minute workout, but instead allow them to learn some basic things that they can do on their own when at home. It will also promote better techniques for exercise and some background knowledge in nutrition, as high school athletics nears. The same class will be offered two times a day to help with conflicts during other camps. Click on one of these links to register: 8:30-10 a.m. | 10-11:30 a.m.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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Debate intensifies over 10-year teacher contract in Palatine

SIU’s graduating class of student-teachers smallest in years

Night school option coming for St. Charles students (+)

Judge issues restraining order to keep U46 records from being destroyed

Three Illinois colleges to take part in nationwide dual-enrollment experiment

Marmion student dies after falling off vehicle in school parking lot

New petition supports U46 board member who opposed textbooks (+)

Candidate for CPS principals’ group faces harassment charge

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

ACT, College Board offer conflicting views on how to compare test scores

Los Angeles school district to pay $88M to settle sex abuse cases

Survey: Teaching demands taking toll on educators

Maryland’s nine-university collaborative could be wave of the future

National report says Arkansas leading the way in AP policy

$500 tuition? Big shift sought for North Carolina higher education

Rich New York parents paying adults to do their kids’ homework

Amazon makes formal jump into the school procurement market

Harvard paid former endowment chief $13.8M in her final 18 months

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Senior Wins Award at Intel Science Fair

Senior Rebecca Nelson won the Monsanto Award for Innovation in Plant Sciences at the Intel International Science and Engineering Festival in Phoenix last week. Nelson won a $2,000 first-place award for her paper on a rare species of flowering plant found in British Columbia and Washington. The paper’s title was “The Effect of Site and Flower Color on the Genetic History of Castilleja levisecta (Golden Paintbrush), Castilleja hispida (Harsh Paintbrush), and C. levisecta x C hispida.” Her award was one of dozens of special awards given by corporations, government agencies, universities, or nonprofits who sponsor awards for finalists at Intel ISEF.

Five members of Stevenson’s faculty also were on hand at the fair, serving as judges: Christina Palffy, Laura Brandt, Nancy Fenton, Brett Erdmann and Director of Science Dr. Steve Wood.

Archers Hit Personal Bests at National Tournament

Several Patriot archers posted personal-best scores at the National Archery in the Schools Program national tournament in Louisville, Kentucky last weekend. Leading the way was sophomore Sami Hartman-Stackhouse, who had a personal-best score of 292 and finished 18th out of 2,004 entries in the High School Girls Division. Hartman-Stackhouse’s score qualified her for the NASP World Tournament June 24-26 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She shot three perfect rounds at 10 meters, and had all bullseyes and 9’s at 15 meters. In addition, Hartman-Stackhouse was named to the All-Academic National Archery Team Top 10.

Junior Go Ogata shot a personal-best 285 to finish 190th out of 2,277 in the High School Boys Division. Other team members who recorded personal-best scores included senior Sam Argubright (273), junior David Xu (255), freshman Andrew Miller (249) and junior Vishva Tummalapally (247). Freshman Mae Pazzol shot a perfect third round at 10 meters. Overall, Stevenson missed advancing to the world tournament by 28 points.

Prom Royalty Announced

Seniors Max Moser and Allison Travetto were named king and queen, respectively, at the annual Prom Saturday night. The rest of the Prom court included seniors Jennifer Brown, Patrick DeMichele, Zoe Graflund, Monique Hsu, Alice Jin, Peter Kulagin, Trevor Meinholz and David Yan.

Official Notice of Weed Control Application

The school will be spraying herbicide broadleaf weed control on its land at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex on Wednesday and Thursday.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Gymnastics

Stevenson at IHSA State Finals: Matt Krames won the state championship in floor exercise, becoming the first male gymnast from SHS to capture the event. The junior posted a 9.50 score on floor, beating out his nearest competitor from Fremd, who had a 9.45 average. Krames is the first Stevenson state champion in an individual event since Alex Hoersten won parallel bars and vault in 2010. Krames also earned another state medal by tying for third on parallel bars with an average score of 8.80. He also placed ninth in the vault (9.05). His third-place finish on parallel bars is the best by a Patriot since Hoersten’s state championship six years ago. In Friday night’s all-around competition, Krames finished 11th. – Official Individual Results | Official All-Around Results | Pioneer Press, Daily Herald

Badminton

Stevenson at IHSA State Tournament: The Patriots tied for 13th place with three other teams at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. Ashley Richardson had the longest run of any Patriot in the two-day tournament, winning five of seven singles matches and reaching the consolation bracket semifinals. Her only losses came to the eventual champion from Hinsdale South, and a quarterfinalist from Waubonsie Valley. The doubles team of May Ling and Sarah Hou reached the fourth round of the consolation bracket, finishing the tournament with a 3-2 record. The other doubles team from SHS, Kelsey Huang and Shirley Cao, lost both of its matches as did the second singles entry, DaMin Paik. – Official Results

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Buffalo Grove Sectional: The defending state champion Patriots breezed to their third consecutive sectional championship and 11th in the past 13 years. Stevenson, the top seed in the sectional, defeated second-seeded Highland Park, 15-2, in the title match after beating Palatine, 14-2, in the semifinal Friday night. SHS (32-1), which has won 22 consecutive matches, will face St. Ignatius in the last state quarterfinal matchup this Friday at 8:15 p.m. in the Patriot Aquatic Center. Against Highland Park (26-3), Allison Travetto scored eight goals and Claire Haas had three. Goalie Lauren Burns made 10 saves in three quarters of action, and Anna Mossakowski had four in the fourth period. Tanya Shkiler, Amelia Eastman, Fiona Gaffney and Lauren Maloney also scored against the Lady Giants. In the win over Palatine, Travetto scored four goals while Haas and Eileen Hoang each tallied three. Shkiler scored twice, and Gaffney and Julia Nicholson also had a goal. Burns made 13 saves.

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Buffalo Grove Sectional: The Patriots (26-6) reached the state tournament for the fifth straight year by winning their fifth consecutive sectional title and eight in the last 10 seasons. SHS, seeded No. 1 in the sectional, beat No. 2 Mundelein in the championship contest, 20-12, after knocking off No. 4 McHenry, 25-13, in the semifinals on Friday. Stevenson will face Lyons Township in the state quarterfinals at 5:45 p.m. Thursday in the Patriot Aquatic Center. Against Mundelein (24-9), Andrew Shashin, Cris Tomassetti and Dan Maleski each scored five goals, while Collin Kapecki had a team-high five goals versus McHenry. Shashin and Kurt Holzer scored four times against McHenry. – Illpolo.com

Boys Tennis

Stevenson at North Suburban Conference Tournament: Zach Kim won the No. 1 singles championship, and Ben Bush and Sam Komis captured the No. 2 doubles title as the Patriots finished second to Lake Forest in the team standings, 36-34, at Grant High School. Kim, a freshman seeded second, upset the top seed from Lake Forest, 6-4, 6-4, in the No. 1 singles match. Komis and Bush, the top seeds at No. 2 doubles, beat Lake Forest’s duo, 6-1, 6-4, to claim the crown. Stevenson had three second-place finishes: Brian Weisberg and Matt Harvey at No. 1 doubles, Aswath Viswanathan at No. 2 singles, and Dhruva Kumar and Arjun Sheelvanth at No. 3 doubles. – Daily Herald

Friday’s Varsity Results

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Buffalo Grove Sectional: Isabelle Sparreo was the Patriots’ lone state qualifier, finishing third in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 10:53.21. This will be the second state meet for the sophomore, who reached the state meet in the 800 and 1,600 in 2015. In Friday night’s sectional, Sparreo also finished  seventh in the 1,600 (5:12.39) but did not qualify for state. Her twin sister, Natalie, was ninth in the mile (5:16.49). Other top-10 finishers included Janine Fajardo, who was sixth in the 100 high hurdles (16.75); Amy Atkinson, seventh in discus (103-0); Jhuvi Jhaveri, who tied for 10th in the 100 (13.23) and 200 (27.35); Claire Sullivan, 10th in the 400 (1:03.20); and Kesina Daley, who tied for 10th in high jump (4-9). SHS third in the 3,200 relay (9:44.96) and seventh in the 800 relay (1:52.51). – Official Results

Softball

Stevenson 15, Evanston 4 (5 inn.): The visiting Patriots (10-12) scored 10 runs in the second inning to blow open the non-conference contest. All nine players in the lineup collected at least one hit, with Alyssa Pauly, Mic Faunce and Vera Pflugradt all recording three hits. Pflugradt was 3-for-5 with two doubles, a triple, and four runs batted in. Her triple cleared the bases during the 10-run second inning. Pauly was 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, while Faunce was 3-for-4 with a triple, two RBI and two runs scored. Trish Porzycki was 2-for-4 with a two-run home run. Emma Oriatti (triple, two runs scored), Hannah Epstein (two runs, RBI) and Alana Labaschin (three RBI) also had two hits. Myra Peterson earned the victory in the pitcher’s circle, giving up only four hits and two earned runs in five innings while striking out six. – GameChanger.com

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sign Up for Class of 2017 Senior Yearbook Portraits

Students in the Class of 2017 can schedule their senior yearbook portrait today or Tuesday in the Patriot Lobby of the West Building from 10:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Seniors-to-be can also sign up online at studio.il.vipis.com or by phone at 847-499-9300.

All Juniors Meet With Counselors Today

All juniors have a mandatory meeting with their counselor during the activity period today. Here are the meeting room locations by counselor:

Grove Studio Theater (2204)
Jones 2104
Kellogg 7044-7046
Kelly West Auditorium (2206)
Kulla West Auditorium (2206)
Martin 7014
Moran Chorus Room (2202)
Perkins 2500-2504
Roznowski Recital Hall (4100)
Scanio 8046-8048
Seeger 6048-6050
Sullivan 7096
Timm Little Theater (4200)
Vazquez 2104

Graduation Cap and Gown Pick Up Tuesday

Graduation caps and gowns will be distributed between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the West Building Lower Lobby near the College/Career Center. Seniors must show their student ID or a valid driver’s license to receive their cap and gown.

Senior Party Bus Sign-Up is Tuesday and Wednesday

Senior Party bus sign-ups will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday in the Patriot Lobby by Room 2104. Senior class representatives from the PPA will be on hand to help seniors sign up from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, and during the lunch periods on Wednesday. Please note: You must stop by in person to confirm your bus assignment. Friends may pencil in your name, but you are responsible for stopping by the table to confirm your bus number. The Senior Party is Wednesday, June 1 on board the Odyssey cruise ship departing from Navy Pier.

Come to the Consortium Art Festival Tonight

All students are invited to come to the Consortium Art Festival and Empty Bowls fundraiser tonight. The festival, an exhibit of K-12 student artwork, will take place in the Field House from 6-8 p.m. The Ceramics and Foods students also will be selling ceramic bowls and soup, for the Empty Bowls Project. The cost of a bowl and soup is $5, with all proceeds going to the Libertyville Township Pantry.

Read This If You Need to De-Stress

Stressed? If so, come visit the student lounge this week during lunch periods. You can make your own stress balls, pop some bubble wrap, get free hot chocolate on Tuesday and Thursday, and enjoy the time to relax and de-stress. Look for de-stress tips around the school and learn to reduce your stress so you can feel better and do great on your finals.

Sophomores: Wear Blue Wednesday for a Free Donut

Sophomores who wears a blue shirt on Wednesday will receive a free donut during their lunch period, courtesy of the Sophomore Class Board. Donut tables will be set up in the East and West cafeterias.

Did You Take Government During First Semester?

Attention seniors! If you took Government during first semester, please join your peers in the West Auditorium during your free period or lunch on Friday to hear from recent SHS alumni who will be speaking about their college experiences. There will be a Q&A panel and an opportunity for you to ask a question. We hope you will join us!

Dance Company Auditions Wednesday and Thursday

Do you like to dance? Choreograph? Perform? An audition for the Mélange Dance Company and the Repertory Dance Company will be held from 3:45-7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday in the Dance Studio Room 2010. Students should come dressed to dance and learn movement. Be prepared to perform a 1-minute solo of your own unique choreography. Students must be able to commit to all rehearsals Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3:45-6:30 p.m. during the school year. They must also be free every day after school during the weeks of the Winter Dance Concert (November 28-December 6) and the Spring Dance Concert (May 1-6, 2017). Any questions, email Mrs. Rothwell at jrothwell@d125.org.

Band Parents Fundraiser at Chipotle, Menchie’s Wednesday

The Band Parent Organization is holding its final fundraiser of the school year from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday at Chipotle and Menchie’s in the Lincolnshire Commons shopping center. Fifty percent of proceeds from Chipotle sales will go to the Band Parent Organization, while 20% of sales from Menchie’s will be donated. Stop by Chipotle for dinner and follow it up with dessert at Menchie’s. Mention the Stevenson Band Parents Organization when ordering, or show one of these flyers: Chipotle | Menchie’s

First 50 Students at State Water Polo Get in Free

Sports Boosters has committed to purchasing admission tickets for the first 50 Stevenson students who want to attend the IHSA state water polo matches on Thursday and Friday (50 each day). The Patriot boys will play at 5:45 p.m. Thursday and the girls play at 8:15 p.m. Friday. Students need to show their ID at the admission gate and if they are part of the first 50, they will get in free.

Clean Out Your P.E. Locker By Friday, May 27

All P.E. lockers must be cleaned out by the end of the last regular school day on Friday, May 27. Locks will then be cut off and any belongings left behind will be donated to local charities.

CLUB NEWS

The last Breakfast With Books meeting for the school year is Tuesday. The meeting will take place at 7:45 a.m. in the ILC.

The Video Game Club is holding a Smash Brothers tournament Friday in Room 1204 at 3:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome, whether you are in Video Game Club or not.

ATHLETICS

If you’re thinking of playing college sports, there is a special opportunity for you after school today. Several Stevenson alumni who have continued their playing careers in college will be part of a panel discussion on the recruiting process, and managing academic and athletic expectations at the collegiate level. The discussion will take place from 4:45-6 p.m. in the West Auditorium. The free event is intended for Stevenson student-athletes and their parents. Click here for details.

There will be a girls basketball summer informational meeting at 7:30 a.m. Friday in Room 2002. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Graham at agraham@d125.org.

Today is your last chance to buy Leider Greenhouse gift certificates to help benefit the girls lacrosse program. Certificates are available in amounts of $25, $50 or $100, and do not have an expiration date. You can order gift certificates by contacting any Patriot girls lacrosse player, or contact Michele Murphy at emmjmurphy@att.com or 847-726-2254.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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CPS warns of dramatic cutbacks to summer school program

Former Illinois Teacher of the Year charged with sexual assault

Some Illinois schools cash in with stadium naming rights

New special education leader selected at Lake Zurich High (+)

Chicago Bear visits Daniel Wright to promote fundraiser for exercise room

College of DuPage fights unemployment benefits for ex-president (+)

Local community colleges embrace costumed mascots (+)

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

States dig in against federal directives on transgender policies

Detroit schools’ decline reflects bad economy, demographic shifts

What teachers lose to pension debt

How Denver will decide to close low-performing schools

Dallas school district poaching teachers from Oklahoma

Minnesota’s state education chief hopes to lead Minneapolis schools

How children of farm workers became tech professionals

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Friday, May 13, 2016

“Miss Saigon” Nominated for Three State Awards

Stevenson’s fall musical, “Miss Saigon” is one of three nominees for Best Production in the 2016 Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards, and the two leads have been nominated for Best Actress and Best Actor. Senior Kaitlin Feely is one of 12 nominees for the Best Actress award, while junior Jordan Radis is one of 12 in the running for Best Actor. The award winners will be announced June 6 at the Broadway Playhouse. The nominations were announced Thursday at the IHSMTA Facebook page.

New Apartment Complex Expected to Add Students

School officials are bracing for the long-term impact that will be caused by the Village of Lincolnshire’s approval of a 302-unit apartment complex next to the Regal Cinemas movie theaters. The village board approved the plan on Monday. When the apartment complex opens, it likely will contribute to expected student enrollment growth. The school’s enrollment has increased in each of the last two years after eight consecutive years of decline. After reaching a peak of 4,573 students in 2006, enrollment fell to 3,786 three years ago. This year, enrollment rose to 3,942, and is expected to exceed 4,000 in the fall.

U.S. House Approves Alum-Inspired “Lali’s Law”

The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday voted 414-4 to approve “Lali’s Law, legislation named for Stevenson alumnus Alex Laliberte, that would increase state access to naloxone, an opioid overdose antidote. Laliberte died of a heroin overdose in 2008. His sister Chelsea (Class of 2003) was in Washington, D.C. on Thursday with the bill’s lead sponsor, Rep. Robert Dold.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Buffalo Grove Sectional: Allison Travetto scored eight goals as the Patriots rolled over the host Bison, 20-5, in the quarterfinals for their 20th consecutive victory. SHS (30-1) scored 11 goals in the opening quarter and took a 15-0 lead into halftime. Claire Haas scored three goals, while Fiona Gaffney and Ashley Carollo each had two. Also scoring goals were Vicky Kolotov, Kalista Tapas, Amelia Eastman, Eileen Hoang and Julia Nicholson. Goalies Lauren Burns and Anna Mossakowski each recorded five saves, while Brigitte Lefebvre had one. The top-seeded Patriots will face No. 4 Palatine (14-14) in the sectional semifinals at 7 p.m. tonight. The winner will advance to the sectional championship game at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson hosted North Suburban Conference Championships: Running in the final home meet of his career, Jared Borowsky won the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. Borowsky ran the 3,200 in a season-best time of 9:27.96, then followed up with a winning effort of 4:26:73 in the mile. Paul Udoni finished fourth in 1,600 (4:30.27), while Jonathon Powell was fourth in the triple jump (42-0). Noah Lukz placed fifth in the 100 (11.25) and ninth in the 200 (23.55), and David Goncharov took fifth in triple jump (41-9.5) and 10th in the long jump (19-3.75). Other individual top-10 efforts came from Caleb Oh in the 800 (seventh, 2:02.61), Brett Lucas in the 3,200 (seventh, 10:03.09), Jake Calamari in the 110 hurdles (ninth, 16.50) and Stephen Rice in the 110 hurdles (10th, 16.65). SHS was third in the 800 relay (1:31.11), fifth in the 1,600 relay (3:28.67), sixth in the 3,200 relay (8:25.44) and eighth in the 400 relay (43.97). In the final team standings, Stevenson finished eighth. – Official Results | Daily Herald (+)

Baseball

Stevenson 10, York 0 (6 inn.): Dylan Molek’s first-inning RBI triple proved to be the game-winner for the host Patriots (20-7-1), who reached the 20-victory mark for the 29th time in the last 31 seasons. Molek scored two runs in the game and also drew a walk. Jack Trotter went 2-for-3 with a two-run triple in the fifth inning. Patrick Loeffler was 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Jack Cappalli went 1-for-2 with a run scored and two stolen bases. Michael Marchese walked twice and scored twice. Four pitchers combined on the shutout, giving up only three hits: Logan Lavelle, Justin Stark, Bronson Litcher and Daniel Lubelfeld. Litcher struck out two in his inning of work. – GameChanger.com

Softball

Wauconda 8, Stevenson 1: Vera Pflugradt, Mic Faunce and Myra Peterson all singled for the host Patriots, with Faunce scoring the lone run. Peterson and Faunce each stole a base. – GameChanger.com

Girls Soccer

Evanston 2, Stevenson 0: In a nonconference game that was scoreless for the first 62 minutes, the host Wildkits prevailed over the Patriots (9-7-1). – Daily Herald

State Badminton, Boys Gymnastics Tournaments Today

The badminton team travels to Charleston today for the Illinois High School Association state meet at Eastern Illinois University. SHS qualified the maximum four entries, two in singles and two in doubles. The Stevenson contingent will features singles players Ashley Richardson and DaMin Paik, and the doubles teams of May Ling/Sarah Hou and Kelsey Huang/Shirley Cao. You can follow results from the state tournament here. In boys gymnastics, Matt Krames will represent Stevenson at the IHSA state meet beginning tonight at Hinsdale Central High School. He will compete in the all-around competition tonight, and on individual events Saturday night. Krames qualified in four events: floor exercise, parallel bars, vault and still rings. You can follow his results here.

Boys Tennis Starts NSC Tournament Today

The North Suburban Conference boys tennis tournament began Thursday at Grant High School, but Stevenson had no matches because all of its entries received byes by earning No. 1 or No. 2 seeds. All of the Patriots will play today. SHS has two top-seeded doubles teams: No. 1 Matt Harvey/Brian Weisberg and No. 2 Ben Bush/Sam Komis. Everyone else is a No. 2 seed: Zach Kim and Aswath Viswanathan at Nos. 1 and 2 singles, respectively, and Dhruva Kumar/Arjun Sheelvanth in No. 3 doubles.

Fencing Sisters Qualify for National Tournament

Two sisters on the varsity girls fencing team, Nikita and Geeta Jhangiani, have qualified for the United States Fencing Association Summer Nationals and July Challenge in Dallas. Nikita, a junior and team captain, and Geeta, a freshman, will both compete in women’s epee competitions. Both will take part in the Junior and Division 2 divisions. Nikita also will compete in Division 1A, while Geeta will be in Cadet and Y14. They qualified for nationals based on their performances at USFA events during the winter and fall.

Spring ESPPA Awards Nomination Deadline Today

Today is the nomination deadline for the Spring ESPPA Awards, which will be given out at the Spring Sports Awards Night. ESPPA stands for Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Award, and honors athletes and teams in all sports and all levels, plus trainers, team managers and fans. Players, coaches, students and parents can submit nominations for Spring ESPPA Awards by clicking here.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Graduation Cap and Gown Pick Up Tuesday

Graduation caps and gowns will be distributed between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the West Building Lower Lobby near the College/Career Center. Seniors must show their student ID or a valid driver’s license to receive their cap and gown.

All Juniors Meet With Counselors on Monday

All juniors have a mandatory meeting with their counselor during the activity period on Monday. Here are the meeting room locations by counselor:

Grove Studio Theater (2204)
Jones 2104
Kellogg 7044-7046
Kelly West Auditorium (2206)
Kulla West Auditorium (2206)
Martin 7014
Moran Chorus Room (2202)
Perkins 2500-2504
Roznowski Recital Hall (4100)
Scanio 8046-8048
Seeger 6048-6050
Sullivan 7096
Timm Little Theater (4200)
Vazquez 2104

Senior Party Bus Sign-Up is Tuesday and Wednesday

Senior Party bus sign-ups will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday in the Patriot Lobby by Room 2104. Senior class representatives from the PPA will be on hand to help seniors sign up from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, and during the lunch periods on Wednesday. Please note: You must stop by in person to confirm your bus assignment. Friends may pencil in your name, but you are responsible for stopping by the table to confirm your bus number. The Senior Party is Wednesday, June 1 on board the Odyssey cruise ship departing from Navy Pier.

Sign Up for Class of 2017 Senior Yearbook Portraits

Students in the Class of 2017 can schedule their senior yearbook portrait on Monday and Tuesday from 10:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Seniors-to-be can also sign up online at studio.il.vipis.com or by phone at 847-499-9300.

Come to the Consortium Art Festival Monday Night

All students are invited to come to the Consortium Art Festival and Empty Bowls fundraiser on Monday. The festival, an exhibit of K-12 student artwork, will take place in the Field House from 6-8 p.m. The Ceramics and Foods students also will be selling ceramic bowls and soup, for the Empty Bowls Project. The cost of a bowl and soup is $5, with all proceeds going to the Libertyville Township Pantry.

Dance Company Auditions for 2016-17

Do you like to dance? Choreograph? Perform? An audition for the Mélange Dance Company and the Repertory Dance Company will be held from 3:45-7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, May 18-19, in the Dance Studio Room 2010. Students should come dressed to dance and learn movement. Be prepared to perform a 1-minute solo of your own unique choreography. Students must be able to commit to all rehearsals Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3:45-6:30 p.m. during the school year. They must also be free every day after school during the weeks of the Winter Dance Concert (November 28-December 6) and the Spring Dance Concert (May 1-6, 2017). Any questions, email Mrs. Rothwell at jrothwell@d125.org.

Dance Fundraiser at Athleta Today

You’re invited to a private shopping event from 4-9 p.m. today at Athleta, 20530 N. Rand Road in Deer Park. Exciting prizes will be available during the event, and 10% of all sales will be donated to the Stevenson dance companies.

Sophomores: Wear Blue Wednesday for a Free Donut

Sophomores who wears a blue shirt on Wednesday will receive a free donut during their lunch period, courtesy of the Sophomore Class Board. Donut tables will be set up in the East and West cafeterias.

$1 Books for Sale at the Superstore

The Patriot Superstore has a large assortment of new and used books on sale for $1. Stop by and check out the selection before school and during the lunch periods. All proceeds benefit Give-A-Thon.

Band Parents Fundraiser at Chipotle, Menchie’s Wednesday

The Band Parent Organization is holding its final fundraiser of the school year from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday at Chipotle and Menchie’s in the Lincolnshire Commons shopping center. Fifty percent of proceeds from Chipotle sales will go to the Band Parent Organization, while 20% of sales from Menchie’s will be donated. Stop by Chipotle for dinner and follow it up with dessert at Menchie’s. Mention the Stevenson Band Parents Organization when ordering, or show one of these flyers: Chipotle | Menchie’s

CLUB NEWS

The last Breakfast With Books meeting for the school year is Tuesday. The meeting will take place at 7:45 a.m. in the ILC.

The Cultural Cuisine Club is having a cook off from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Foods Lab (Room 1406). If you would like to join, email Miss Scharfe at jscharfe@d125.org.

The Video Game Club is holding a Smash Brothers tournament Friday, May 20 in Room 1204 at 3:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome, whether you are in Video Game Club or not.

ATHLETICS

If you’re thinking of playing college sports, there is a special opportunity for you after school on Monday. Several Stevenson alumni who have continued their playing careers in college will be part of a panel discussion on the recruiting process, and managing academic and athletic expectations at the collegiate level. The discussion will take place from 4:45-6 p.m. Monday in the West Auditorium. The free event is intended for Stevenson student-athletes and their parents. Click here for details.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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Chicago principals bracing for 20% budget cuts

Illinois fiscal crisis threatens minority college-going

District 211 to create in-house program to handle worst conduct (+)

Embattled CPS principal defies charges against him

Former professor sues College of Lake County over firing (+)

Supreme Court nominee to speak at Niles West commencement

Lake Zurich High students, staff arrive to find union protest on campus (+)

St. Ignatius High leaders vow to address racism after student protest

Geneva High alum recounts how drunken driving changed many lives (+)

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Schools must allow transgender bathrooms, Department of Education says

California schools to be accountable for attendance, suspensions, grad rates

Federal student loan interest rate at lowest level in a decade

Bringing college to students who can’t leave home

High schools trying to make better use of oft-wasted senior year

Some states lag behind in ADHD therapy

NAACP calls on St. Petersburg superintendent to resign over failing schools

Rutgers graduate school faculty take stand against academic analytics

Parents turn to doctors, lawmakers to save school recess

Syracuse to offer first undergraduate degree in sports analytics

That’s right, $63M for a football stadium … for high schoolers

Professor stuns students by revealing secret identity of teaching assistant

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