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Volume 2 • No. 1 

'.4 Pioneering Educational Community ' 

Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy 

1500 West Sullivan Road 
Aurora. Illinois 60506-1039 


Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall 

Board of Trustees 

Dr. Larry Freeman 

Dean of College of Education 

Governor's State University 

Ms. Sheila Griffin 
Marketing Executive 
Motorola Incoporated 

Mr. Gary D. Jewel 
Superintendent of Schools 
Aurora West School Dist. 129 

Dr. Leon Lederman 


Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory 

Dr. Walter Massey 

Vice President for Research and for Argonne 

National Laboratory. University of Chicago 

Mr. John McEachem. Jr. 


Wayne Circuits Incorporated 

Dr. David Mintzer 

Special Assistant to the President 

Northwestern University 

Mr. James D. Pearson 


Aurora Industries 

Dr. David R. Pierce 
Executive Director 
Illinois Community College Board 

Dr. Ted Sanders 

State Superintendent of Education 

Ms. Barbara Schmulbach 
Teacher of Mathematics 
Carbondale Community High School 

Mrs. Elise Scott 
Teacher of Chemistry 
Mattoon High School 

Mr. Jesus Manual Sosa 


Clemente High School. Chicago 

Dr. Charles Thomas 


North Chicago School *64 

Dr. Richard D. Wagner 

Executive Director 

State Board of Higher Education 


Naomi Geltner 

NOVA is published five times a year by the 
IMSA Communications Office. 

The Second Year: 

A Time of New Beginnings 

The "Great Balloon" release. IMSA students celebrate the passage of the supplemental 
appropriation with the release of hundreds of colorful balloons. (Picture by John Dziekian, 
courtesy of the Chicago Tribune) 

Dear Members of the IMSA Community, 

It is with renewed confidence, balanced with realism, that we embark on the second 
half of our second year. This past fall the Illinois legislature approved a supplemental 
appropriation of $3.2 million to enable the Academy to continue beyond January 1. 
1988. The visit in December by Governor James Thompson for the signing of the sup- 
plemental legislation, was truly a milestone in the Academy's history. 

With the demonstration of financial support from the Illinois legislature, the corpo- 
rate sector is now taking steps to promote excellence in Illinois education. The 
AMOCO Foundation is the first major contributor to the Academy, since the fall veto 
session. The Foundation approved the contribution of $225,000 over a three-year 
period to establish a state-of-the-art organic chemistry laboratory. The first payment of 
$75,000 was presented to the Academy Board of Trustees at its regular meeting in Janu- 
ary. AMOCO's donation is the second largest contribution to date, bringing the total in- 
kind contributions and cash donations into the IMSA Fund to more than $1 million. It 
is our hope that AMOCO's commitment will provide the catalyst to secure additional 
corporate gifts. 

In planning for the 1988-89 school year and our third class of sophomores, we are 
acutely sensitive to the fiscal condition of the state. We are. therefore, limiting the 

continued on page 2 


John Laubenstein, AMOCO Foundation (left) 
hears laboratory plans from student Mehmet 
Guler. Physics instructor Joe Meyer and 
Foundation Executive Director Bob 
Arganbright look over construction. 

THE SECOND YEAR: {continued from page 1) 

enrollment of our new class to about 130 to 140 students which will bring the total 
student population to approximately 500 students, reflecting the capacity of the four 
existing dormitories and the fifth dormitory scheduled for completion this year. How- 
ever, the admission of the third class will be contingent on an increase in the general 
revenue funding received this year. 

The State Board of Education and Superintendent Ted Sanders have approved our 
request for $8.7 million in general revenue funds for the 1988-89 school year. The State 
Board budget, however, is also contingent on an increase in the appropriation allocated 
to education by the General Assembly and the Governor. 


Internally, we are in the process of solidify- 
ing the Academy's mission. The Board of 
Trustees, Administrative staff and faculty are 
defining goals for each department and are 
developing student learner outcomes. We are 
also establishing new courses for the third 
year program. We view the establishment of 
the long-term goals as a necessary step 
towards the development of an exemplary 
University Affiliates 

Last year, a unique program was initiated 
called the University Affiliates program. Its 
purpose is to secure a representative from 
each of the universities and colleges to work 
with the administration and faculty in cur- 
riculum development, research, and to pro- 
vide opportunities for faculty and staff exchanges. We are working to develop incen- 
tives, such as scholarships to encourage IMSA graduates to attend Illinois colleges or 
universities. To date Illinois State University, Eastern Illinois University. Western Illi- 
nois University and Southern Illinois University have met at the Academy to discuss the 
development of collaborative programs and potential incentives for our students. 
National Perspective 

We continue to draw attention from other states as they look to develop residential 
schools for gifted and talented students in mathematics and science education. The 
Washington Post recently featured the Academy in light of Maryland's plans for a three- 
year residential school. Earlier in the year, we were featured in the October issue of 
Education Week. We anticipate that this is only the beginning of more interest at the 
national level, and more importantly, that it will bring attention to Illinois as we strive 
to stimulate excellence in mathematics and science education statewide. 

Our IMSA community is growing. Last month we welcomed the West Suburban 
Regional Academic Consortium (WSRAC) now headquartered in our building. WSRAC 
represents a consortium of approximately a dozen institutions of higher learning in the 
West Suburban Chicago area. Through the Corridor Partnership for Excellence in Edu- 
cation (CPEE), WSRAC and IMSA will be working toward goals of mutual interest to 
benefit education statewide. 

Part of the Academy's fundraising efforts include the First Annual Gala scheduled for 
March 19 at the Academy. Parents are working with Chairman Richard Horwitz in 
planning the event sponsored by the IMSA Fund for Advancement of Education. 

Finally, our deepest appreciation to all of you who assisted the Academy in our 
efforts to secure a supplemental appropriation. Your help, and the vision and leadership 
of the Governor and legislature, will enable us to move forward to become the best 
school of its kind in the nation. 



Stephanie Pace Marshall, 



Federal Official 
Visits IMSA 

The Chief Advisor to the U.S. Secretary 
of Education and author of a new best 
seller visited IMSA in January'- Dr. Ches- 
ter Finn, Assistant Secretary of Educa- 
tion, Office of Educational Research and 
Improvement, met with faculty teams and 
members of the Student Council and Ver- 
batim newspaper. His primary purpose was 
to gather information on the academic 
program and on how the humanities inte- 
grate with mathematics and science 

Dr. Finn, author of What Do Our 
Seventeen Year Olds Know?, had the 
opportunity to visit a social science class 
as it discussed cultural perspectives of 
"equality" in the context of an individu- 
al's responsibility to his society. The dis- 
cussion developed from readings that 
included Socrates. Plato and other classi- 
cal works. Finn's interest in IMSA stems 
from his role as a federal education official 
and as an author. 

In speaking to students during a mut- 
ual exchange of questions, Finn explained 

Maryland Prepares for Three-Year 
Math and Science School 

the interest at the federal level. "We are 
considering whether or not there should 
be involvement by the Federal Govern- 
ment in assisting in the development of 
residential schools or programs in 
mathematics and science for each state," 
he said. 

IMSA's Director, Dr. Stephanie Mar- 
shall, is hoping Finn's visit and subse- 
quent report might bring U.S. Secretary of 
Education William Bennett to Illinois. 
"We hope his (Finn's) visit is a precursor 
to a similar visit by Bennett," she says. "I 
also hope he came away with the impres- 
sion that we have developed unique inter- 
disciplinary and integrative programs that 
prompt students to make connections 
between science, mathematics and the 
humanities. We have offered to work with 
the U.S. department on program develop- 
ment and assessment." 

Finn will be taking his findings back to 
the Capitol and to Secretary Bennett. 

Illinois, North Carolina and Louisiana 
will soon be joined by other states work- 
ing to develop public residential high 
schools. Oklahoma, South Carolina, 
Texas, Mississippi and Maryland all passed 
legislation last year to establish similar 
schools within those states. The state of 
Maryland is currently in the process of site 
selection and searching for a Director to 
head their three-year school. 

A delegation of school officials and leg- 
islators from Maryland visited IMSA in the 
fall, gathering information from adminis- 
trators, faculty and students in prepara- 
tion for a planned opening in September 

According to David Falk, Executive Pol- 
icy Advisor with the Office of the Gover- 
nor, the Maryland proposal will be going 
through a series of hearings in January 
and February. "We will know by April 
whether or not our school will be an actu- 
ality," he says. 

The idea for the Maryland School 
began with Governor William Donald 
Schaefer after he visited the North Carol- 
ina facility during his 1986 campaign. 
Schaefer told the legislators the school 
would provide a crucible for imaginative 
courses and teaching methods that could 
be shared with local systems and to 

develop high-tech industry for his state. 

Other states are either in the process of 
proposing schools or establishing them. 

Like Illinois and Maryland, Texas is also 
planning a three-year program to be 
located at North Texas State University in 
Denton. No date has been set for opening. 
South Carolina is planning to open next 
September as a two-year school on the 
campus of Coker College with a small 
class of about 60 students. And, Okla- 
homa has legislation, but currently does 
not have funding or a date for opening. 
Several other states have inquired into the 
IMSA model, including Florida which sent 
a delegation last year on a fact-finding 
tour of the Academy. 

"There are pendulums that swing 
national educational priorities," says Dr. 
Stephanie Marshall, IMSA's Director. 
"Within the last few years we've seen 
another movement for education in math, 
science and technology because of the 
increasing competition from other indus- 
trialized countries." 

Dr. Marshall has been actively commun- 
icating with the various states. She plans 
to co-host a meeting of the schools in the 
near future to share ideas and issues of 
common concern. 

Members of the Maryland delegation hear IMSA instructor Bill Stepien explain the resources 
available through the Furnas Information Resource Center. 


Statewide Outreach 
Plan Drafted 

The IMSA Outreach Program, under the 
coordination of the Corridor Partnership 
for Excellence in Education (CPEE), is 
well underway with initial publication of a 
Five-Year Plan. IMSA Director, Dr. Ste- 
phanie Marshall, supervises the function 
and development of the overall Outreach 

The Five-Year plan includes goals out- 
lined in the Academy's enabling legisla- 
tion. The eight goals include: 

1. Stimulating curriculum development 

and revisions through collaborative 
efforts of the interacting institutions 
involved with the Academy, including 
universities, seconday schools, the 
industrial sector and national 

2. Providing inservice training sites for 
persons in preparation for the teaching 
of science and mathematics; 

3. Hosting summer institute opportuni- 
ties for Illinois teachers, modeled after 
the successful National Science Foun- 
dation programs prevalent in the 

4. Providing opportunities for exchanging 
teachers or faculty at the Academy for 
science and mathematics educators in 
the elementary and secondary schools 
of Illinois; 

5. Creating the opportunity and potential 
to link vocational programs and educa- 
tion for technology and employment 
programs, to the work of the Academy; 

6. Offering speakers and programs for 
teacher institutes and inservice train- 
ing around the state; 

7. Providing videotapes of lectures and 
experiments for use in the schools of 
this state; and 

8. Providing assistance in identifying 
necessary competencies to be incorpo- 
rated in public school district gradua- 
tion requirements. 

"The IMSA Plan is based on a collabor- 
ative model", says CPEE Director Gail 
Digate, "which requires joint planning, 
joint implementation and joint 

Dr. Marshall and Ms. Digate have out- 

lined three levels to the plan. In the first 
phase, IMSA will act as the principal 
initiator of specific activities as described 
in the eight original goals of Outreach. 

Secondly, IMSA will act as a partner 
with joint responsibility for the activities. 
Planning, implementation and evaluation 
will be shared with other organizations 
such as CPEE, the West Suburban 
Regional Academic Consortium (WSRAC), 
the Illinois Association of School Admin- 
istrators and Illinois Association of School 
Boards (IASA, IASB). 

At the third level, IMSA will act as a 
collaborator, with other organizations 
serving as principal implementors. 

According to Marshall, the plan is con- 
ceptually designed to create an Outreach 
plan that is implemented in conjunction 
with other organizations that foster an 
exchange of ideas and strategies. She says 
the design permits the Academy and 
CPEE to serve as clearinghouses for pro- 
grams and curriculum development. 

"The IMSA plan will work, " 
says Digate, "with the 
cooperation of shared owner- 
ship by other organizations, 
and educational systems. 

The first step involves prioritizing activ- 
ities that can be implemented and funded 
during this next year. The largest project 
underway is the "Summer Ventures Pro- 
gram," a direct service program to gifted 
and talented youngsters in the state of 
Illinois. It will also serve as a curriculum 
field test for similar mathematics and 
science programs provided to students 
other than those in residence at the 
Academy, before it is recommended or 
implemented in other areas. 

Another major step will be the devel- 
opment of a common calendar. "It sounds 
simple," says Digate, "but it will have the 
various activities of organizations such as 
the Illinois Council of Teachers of 

Mathematics, Illinois Association of 
School Boards, Illinois Principals Associa- 
tion and other education-related groups." 
The goal is to provide districts with 
information about professional and educa- 
tional organizations in the state as well as 
information regarding programs and activ- 
ities underway. This will be the initial 
step in developing a more comprehensive 
information clearinghouse at IMSA. 

"The IMSA plan will work," says Digate 
"with the cooperation of shared ownership 
by other organizations, and educational 
systems. It will be something that many 
groups of people own. That's why CPEE 
and WSRAC are so vital, because they are 
the links towards a common mission and 

The fact that all three organizations are 
located within the same building only 
facilitates the purpose and goals of each. 
"There are seven task forces organized 
around the major Outreach goals. 
Members of the different consortia will 
focus their energies on a task force." She 
says the combination of IMSA faculty and 
the task force members will provide the 
impetus for joint planning and implemen- 
tation of educational programs. 

The development of the IMSA Outreach ; 
Program is viewed as being closely linked 
and highly compatible with the growth of 
WSRAC, CPEE and a statewide alliance of 
business and education partnerships. 
"CPEE is primarily interested in elemen- 
tary and secondary education linked to 
mathematics and science technology and 
business," says Digate. "The consortium 
is interested in the same agenda but for 
higher education, and the Academy is 
seen as the bridge between the two." 

According to Marshall, the end goal of 
each is to involve as many people and 
organizations as possible in addressing 
what is widely recognized as a need for 
restructuring public education. It has 
been a goal discussed and pursued by 
many in the past with little success. 
"What is making the difference now, is 
that business and education have the 
same agenda," she says. 

To date, no other state has initiated a 
residential school in conjunction with a 
comprehensive Outreach Program. And, 
according to Marshall, no other state has 
developed a similar plan of action. If suc- 
cessful, the program would not only offer 
the possibility to change Illinois educa- 
tion, but could in fact, offer a program of 
Outreach that other states would emulate. 


Admissions: The Second Year 

A new class of students was added this 
year to IMSA's student body, bringing the 
total enrollment to 380 students. The 
enrollment of the sophomore class adds to 
the diversity and representation of Illinois 
communities, according to Dean of 
Admissions and Research, Dr. LuAnn 
Smith. A total of 197 new students 

enrolled out of an applicant pool of more 
than 870 students across the state. 
Returning juniors totaled 183. 

The statistical demographics show a 
slight increase in the number of females, 
blacks and Asian students. The statistics 
also show that the average SAT scores for 
incoming students, who took the exam as 

8th or 9th graders, remain 100 points or 
more above the average of college-bound 
seniors. Grade-point averages are also 
exceptionally high with a mean of 3.9 
and 3.86 for each class on a scale of 4.0. 
The demographics and statistics are as 

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While the diversity of student represen- 
tation is greater this year. Smith says 
there is concern over the small number of 
applicants from Chicago, the state's larg- 
est student population. Approximately 41 
Chicago students filed applications, with 
only 20 submitting the required letters 

and SAT scores to complete the applica- 
tion process. Only three students enrolled 
as sophomores, with a total of 12 Chicago 
students in both classes. 

"Several factors may play a part in the 
smaller number of applicants from Chi- 
cago," says Smith. "The city offers a 

number of options to its residents. They 
have magnet programs for public schools. 
There are also a number of private and 
parochial schools within the city provid- 
ing other alternatives." She says most 
students make a decision about attend- 

continued on page 6 



More than 60 IMSA students submitted 
project proposals for INTECH '88, the 
Illinois Young Engineers and Scientists 
competition. INTECH, sponsored by the 
Corridor Partnership for Excellence in 
Education and the Friends of Fermilab, 
provides high school students with an 
opportunity to interact with scientists and 
researchers at institutions along the High- 
Tech Corridor. Students are matched with 
professional advisors from the corridor 
who guide them in acquiring engineering 
or scientific skills through their project. 

INTECH. now in its fifth year, is 
expected to attract more than 150 stu- 
dents from schools in the Research and 
Development area. "The response to the 
program has been greater than ever," says 

Joy Talsma, Associate Director and Co- 
chair for the competition. "It is a terrific 
opportunity for students to draw on the 
resources of the INTECH area and allows 
them to come back year after year to build 
on their projects and ideas." 

Students can earn awards of $500, $300 
and $200 given to the top three finalists. 
Ten semi-finalists can earn $100 each, 
with other awards and scholarships also 

This year's competition is scheduled 
for Sunday, May 1st, at the AT&T Bell 
Laboratory, Indian Hill Facility. The 
exhibit area will be open to the public 
from 2:30 to 6:00 p.m. The chart on 
page 7 is a list of accepted entries 
for INTECH 88: ► 

ADMISSIONS (continued from page 5) 

ance at the end of the eighth grade. By 
then, they are committed to their high 
school, making it harder for them to 
reverse that decision. And, more recently, 
news reports from Chicago media point to 
a heavy recruitment of students, particu- 
larly minority students, by eastern private 
boarding schools. "We also don't know 
how many of our applications are being 
filtered down to the students," she adds. 
"It's a high school system, unlike any 
other in the state, and the number of peo- 
ple through which materials need to pass 
is greater." 
Chicago Advisory Committee 

In an attempt to improve the applica- 
tion ratio from Chicago, an Advisory 
Committee was established. The commit- 
tee, composed of prominent Chicago citi- 
zens, met on January 26th to offer advice 
and support in reaching qualified appli- 
cants. The first meeting of the committee 
was held at IMSA to give members a better 
understanding of the program. A second 
meeting is scheduled at the Urban League 
office within the city of Chicago. 

This year more than 14,000 applica- 
tions were mailed to school superintend- 
ents, guidance counselors, media and leg- 
islators in search of eligible candidates for 
the Class of 1991. Additionally, some 
educational support organizations across 
the state (such as Educational Service 
Centers) receive application information. 
According to Smith, admissions this year 
will be more competitive with the incom- 
ing number limited to about 130 to 140 
students. The smaller class is dictated by 

Members of the IMSA selection Committee screen applications for the Class of '8 

the dormitory space available with the 
completion of a fifth residential building 
this year. 

The first part of the admissions process 
takes place in January and February with 
Open House events providing interested 
students and their families an opportunity 
to visit the IMSA facilities and to talk to 
students, parents and faculty. 

Open House events are scheduled for 
February 26th, and March 4th from 1:00 

p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Two sessions were held 
January 29th and February 6th. For more 
information or applications, students may 
write to: 

Admissions Office 

Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy 

1500 West Sullivan Road 

Aurora, IL 60506-1039 

Application deadline is April 1, 1988. 








Stanley Kim 


Scanning Lasers for Image Formation 


Mehmet Guler 


The K+ 'Na+ pump & Ion Distinction 


Lishanga Aikerson 

Computer Science 

Music with Computers 


David Joerg 


Higher Dimensionality 


Sue Wu 


Computers (Untitled) 


Suja Chacko 


Human Genetics (Untitled) 


Adam Tavlor 


Development of Computer Algorithm for Polynomials 


Sanza Kazadi 


Increasing Lift 


Steve Kukulka 


Demolitions and Reactant Energies 

Bourbon nais 

Eugene Huang 

Chemistry 'Physics 

Recreating the Stradivarius 

Bourbon nais 

Keton Patel 



Buffalo Grove 

Jin Han 


Human Genetics (Untitled) 

Carol Stream 

David Gabrius 


Model Rocketry (Untitled) 


Steven Blessing 




Saunders Hsu 

Psychology Physiology 

Motor Performance in Varied Environments 


Jeffrey Young 


Beyond TCAS: Automated Air Traffic Control 

Chicago Ridge 

Gina Martvn 



Crescent City 

John Dexter 


Applications of Finite Fields in Simple Mathematics 


Jill Mitchell 


Memory Organization Patterns 


Allison Atkinson 


Novas & Supernovas (Untitled) 


William Gramblev 


Quasars. Black Holes & White Holes 


Erin Roche 

Behavioral Science 

Psychological Hologram 

Elk Grove Village 

Frank Lai 


Scanning Lasers for Image Formation 


Kevin Schraith 




Carole Ho 


Chromatography (Untitled) 

Forest Park 

Rajan Lukose 


Construction of Lasers for Measuring Distance 

Hanover Park 

Chris Butrvm 


Demolitions and Reactant Energies 

Hanover Park 

Eric Wang 


Demolitions and Reactant Energies 

Hazel Crest 

Nikki Hughes 


Animal Behavior 


Scott Pfister 


Fiber Optic Transmission 

Hoffman Estates 

Stephanie Racette 


Cause and Prevention of Aging 


Mohammad Malik 


Subsonic & Supersonic Laws of Physics 


Brian Butler 


Encoding and Decoding a Fiber Optic Signal 


Malcolm Alexander 


Aerodynamic Principles 


Young Lee 


Patterns in Numbers (Untitled) 


Andre Victorian 


Producing Electricity without Fuel 


Lucinda Roberts 

Electronics/ Robotics 



Thomas Harrington 


Organic Synthesis 

Mt. Prospect 

Bonnie Min 


Acupuncture: Its Foundation in Science 


Peter Gast 


Three-Dimensional Resistor Networks 


Mbuyi Kazadi 


Analysis & Comparison of Generator Efficiency 


Scott Swanson 


Photographic Emulsions for Detection of Cosmic Rays 


Apama Parthasarathy 


Genetic Engineering & Applications 

Oak Brook 

Ada Jain 


Hemodynamic Response to Inderal & Isoproterenal in Rats 

Oak Forest 

James Petrie 


Scanning Lasers For Image Formation 


Ronjon Paul 


Biological Solution to Environmental Contamination 


Michelle Schneiderheinze 


Mutagenesis of Insecticides in Insects 


Eleanore Kim 


Effects of Colored Light on Perception 


Maggie Taylor 


Scanning Lasers for Image Formation 


Paul Lee 


Motor Performance in Varied Environments 


Johann Peterson 


Construction of Lasers to Measure Distance 


Rowan Lockwood 


Study of the Pterosaurus (Early Flight) 


Kimberley Dilley 


Effects of Antibiotics on Bacteria 


Frank Borras 


Particle Accelerators 


Andrew Oh 


Sleep Research 

St. Anne 

Paul Capriotti 


Remote Sensory Applications of Fiber Optics 


Joe Oettel 


Superconductors: A Physical/Chemical Perspective 


Doug Tumbull 

Biochem./ Neurology 

Biochemistry of the Brain During Activity 


Robert Chang 


Particle Accelerators 


Dolores Ratajczyk 


Effects of Ozone on Photosynthesis 


IMSA Organizes A.I.D.S. Seminar & 
Commemoration for Victims of a Chicago Tragedy 

At the core of the IMSA philosophy is 
the training of students as "apprentice 
investigators", so they will obtain infor- 
mation from first-hand sources or experi- 
ments and learn to research from docu- 
ments rather than just textbooks. To that 
end, the Social Science Department has 
involved students in researching current 
issues for analysis, as well as researching 
articles and documents of past events. 

One example of applying the research 
philosophy is the recent A.I.D.S. seminar. 
In keeping with a legislative mandate, all 
schools must provide information on 
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome 
(A.I.D.S.) to its students. But the IMSA 
Social Science Department did more than 
that. The department, in conjunction with 
IMSA Health Care services, opted to bring 
many of the issues to the students in the 
form of a two-day seminar. 

"What we proposed to do with the 
seminar was to look at the disease from a 
biomedical point of view, as a legal issue 
and as a social or ethical issue," says 
instructor and coordinator Bill Stepien. 
"Our invited speakers are experts in each 
area of controversy." 

The approach is in keeping with all the 
concerns surfacing around the country as 
different governmental bodies, stricken 
individuals, and the general public grap- 
ple with this highly emotional and sensi- 
tive problem. Among the legal issues are 
the constitutional rights of persons with 
the disease to continue their work or 
study. In some areas the issue of forcible 
quarantine has become a legal or court 
issue. Another social or ethical issue is 
the protection of the general public from 
unnecessary exposure to the communica- 
ble disease. What rights do individuals 
have within our society, and what rights 
does the society have to monitor its own 

The issues, according to Stepien, 
extend beyond the disease itself and have 
continually surfaced throughout history 
in connection with other societal prob- 
lems. With that in mind, Stepien wanted 
students to take a very active role in the 
seminar. "We wanted to provide a forum 
for different points of view and to have a 
lot of discussion with advocates of these 
different viewpoints and with the stu- 
dents. We wanted them to see if they 
could come up with a policy or position 
on a number of the ethical issues after 

studying them." He adds, "Since most of 
the issues related to the disease have 
never been solved, IMSA students are on 
the cutting edge of the debate. It's an 
exciting position for our kids to be in." 

The program, while immediate and 
relevant in nature, offers timeless perspec- 
tives to allow for dissemination or distri- 
bution to other schools or interested 
groups. Stepien believes that the rele- 
vancy of the material will depend on the 
involvement of the different populations 
or audiences. But he re-emphasized, "the 
disease is of such epidemic proportions, it 
is of major concern to the majority of the 
general population. As long as there is 
one AIDS victim, the policy issues, the 
legal and ethical issues will be with us." 

Eastland Disaster 
Commemoration Plans 

Learning history through more than 
textbooks has become a standard for the 
social science department at IMSA. As 

part of their studies, students have been 
researching the events surrounding the 
Chicago Eastland Steamer disaster of 1915 
in which more than 1000 people lost their 
lives. The victims, most of them from the 
suburb of Cicero and employees of the 
Western Electric plant, were on their way 
to a picnic when tragedy struck. 
According to Bill Stepien, social science 

instructor, the tragedy was among the 
greatest disasters in history (the Titanic 
claimed 1400 lives). He also says that it 
was the only one that claimed the most 
victims from one community — in this 
case, Cicero. According to Stepien, histor- : 
ians have noted that there was not a block 
in Cicero that didn't have a casualty, and 
in some cases every house on a block 
experienced a casualty. 

As students researched articles, insu- 
rance documents, court testimony and 
burial sites, they have been able to recon- 
struct the event and subsequent court 
trials. In their research, they also became 
interested in finding survivors or des- 
cendants of some of the victims. Out of 
that interest, students developed the idea 
of commemorating the victims of the dis- 
aster with a historical site marker and 
plaque. "The state of Illinois has invited 
us to submit a proposal for a grant to 
create and then erect a landmark at the 
site on the Chicago River where the inci- 
dent occurred," says Stepien. They've 
been in contact with Philip Elmes, Presi- 
dent of the Chicago Maritime Society, and 
Stepien says the Society is also interested 
in becoming involved in the research and 
the development of the landmark. A prop- 
osal by IMSA students will be sent to the 
state of Illinois for a grant and to the Mar- 
itime Society for a matching grant. 

IMSA Presents First Student Play 

The first play written and produced 
by students at the Illinois Mathematics 
and Science Academy had a successful 
two-day presentation in January. 

"Omelet", a three-act adventure- 
comedy, was written by students David 
Joerg (Batavia) and Mitchell Gordon 
(Peoria), with music by Resident Coun- 
selor Steve Blunt. Joerg also directed 
and took on a cameo role in the 

The play focuses on the adventures 
of Mortimer Jones and his friend, Beth, 
who travel to Tibet to rescue the most 
famous archeological artifact, the 
Golden Omelet, and, in the process, 
find Mortimer's long-lost father - Cali- 
fornia Jones. The hero leads a battle 
against the evil Ribald Danes who have 
stolen the Omelet. The All-Star cast 

included Lisa Green (Bolingbrook), 
and Mark Arman trout (Mattoon) in the 
lead roles as Beth and Mortimer. Other 
members of the cast were: Andy Alt 
(Aurora), Alyssa Bennett (Willow- 
brook), Brian Butler (Ingleside), Dave 
Case (Lawrenceville), Robert Chang 
(Wadsworth), Chris Dargis (Schaum- 
burg), Kim Dilley (Roscoe), Bridget 
Engman (Elgin), Kris Gerhard (Free- 
burg, Bill Grambley (Elburn), Dave 
Joerg (Batavia), Heather Johnson 
(Bolingbrook), Laura Kozlevcar (Peo- 
ria), Jacob Marszalek (South Chicago 
Heights), Jennifer Mawdsley (Carter- 
ville), Erin Roche (Elgin), Kevin 
Schraith (Eureka), Sal Schulze 
(Chrisman), Chris Smith (Elgin), Scott 
Swanson (Naperville), Pninit Varol 



IMSA Students Tops in National Academic Contest 

An IMSA team placed first in the 
National Knowledge Master Open, an 
academic competition, held in December. 

The team, consisting of about 19 stu- 
dents, competed against 35,000 students 
in over 1100 schools across the nation. 
IMSA's team scored 1,543 of 2,000 possi- 
ble points. The average score was 1,098. 
They placed FIRST in the state of Illinois 
against a field of 54 schools, and placed 
sixteenth in the nation, competing 
against 1,180 schools. They ranked fourth 
in the nation against schools in their 
same enrollment category. 

The contest was run on computers at 
secondary schools in all 50 states and 
Canada, with computers tallying the stu- 
dents' scores based on speed and 

This is the first time that IMSA has 
entered the Knowledge Master Competi- 
tion. Academic coach, Ellen Bumba, des- 
cribed the event as ". . .an exhilarating 
and exhausting three hours. The amazing 
thing is that the neophyte students could 
actually do such a credible job in their 
first attempt against experienced teams. 
They have practiced very long, hard hours 

and obviously accomplished a great deal. I 
am very proud of their efforts." 

The Knowledge Master Open was deve- 
loped to provide all schools the opportun- 
ity to compete in a national academic 
contest without the expense of travelling 
to a central site, and to stimulate interest 
and recognition for academic accomp- 

Results of the contest are tabulated into 
national, state, and enrollment-size rank- 
ings by Academic Hallmarks, the software 
publisher which produces the event. 


Mark Arman trout (Mattoon) 
Steve Blessing (Carterville) 
Portia Blume (Utica) 
Lori Buetow (Crete) 
Dave Case (Lawrenceville) 
David Franklin (Moline) 
David Gabrius (Carol Stream) 
Anil Curnaney (Bloomingdale) 
Jong Ho Kim (Hoffman Estates) 
David Lockhart (Quincy) 
Jill Mitchell (DeKalb) 
Debbie O'Fallon (Naperville) 
Krista Rakers (Aledo) 
Jennifer Rawlings (Bridgeview) 
Sendhil Revuluri (Palatine) 
Lucinda Roberts (Liberty) 
Steve Scott (East Peoria) 
Anant Setlur (Naperville) 
Tony Stuckey (Montrose) 






American History 




World History 








Current Events 




Economics & Law 




















Physical Science 








Earth Science 




Health i Psychology 




Arts & Music 








Youth & Government Prepares for Session 

Lobbyists are busy planning their 
strategies and their position papers on 
issues they will champion during the 
upcoming legislative session. Legislators 
have prepared their packets, and pages are 
getting ready for their duties. The Illinois 
legislative session? Not quite. IMSA stu- 
dents are once again preparing for their 
various roles, as are their counterparts 
throughout the state, through Youth 
Government events and activities. 

"We went to Galesburg to meet with 
their delegation for the first round of 
legislative meetings," says Bill Stepien, 
sponsor of the IMSA team. "All of our leg- 
islation did very well. We came out with 
very high priorities on each of our bills." 
The trip to Galesburg is largely due to the 
placement of IMSA with the Southern sec- 

tion of the state, rather than with the 
Chicago area schools. 

This year's team is also larger by ten 
percent with the addition of a second 
class. "Judging by the amount of interest, 
we could have grown by 200 percent," 
says Stepien. He says the program in Illi- 
nois is so large that coordinators have to 
run two Senates and two Houses and 
share facility time with each other. 
Because the program is very popular, the 
YMCA, the sponsoring body for the IMSA 
team, made a decision to limit the number 
of participants. According to Stepien, the 
IMSA team was given a quota of ten per- 
cent growth. "That's unfortunate," says 
Stepien, "because so many of our 
members this year are returning students 
who participated last year." According to 

Stepien, he and the sponsors felt an obli- 
gation to those returning students, leav- 
ing little room for new student 

For this year, much of the simulation 
and roles will be the same, with students 
opting for different roles to play. With the 
addition of students, some new roles 
include pages and bailiffs. However, 
unlike last year, there will be no IMSA 
journalists sent to the Springfield session, 
since many of the same students chose 
different roles this year. 

The team went to Springfield in 
December for their second pre-Iegislative 
meeting. The students paid their own way 
to stay in Springfield. 





The Information Resource Center (IRC) 
received a new name and is expanding its 
computer resources during its second year 
of operation. Having opened with only a 
few shelves and no books last year, it has 
expanded to a collection of more than 
1 1,000 volumes in the library and 75 
periodical subscriptions. Additionally, the 
center is now closer to becoming a com- 
pletely electronic information center with 
the recent contribution of computers for 
its network. 

The IRC was dedicated last fall in 
memory of Leto M. Furnas, the wife of 
William Carlyle Furnas, founder of the 
Furnas Electric Company in Batavia, Illi- 
nois. The Furnas Foundation has been the 
biggest IMSA contributor to date with the 
donation of $300,000 over a three year 
period. The grant is earmarked for the 
development of the IRC. The first 
$100,000 installment in 1986 initiated the 
purchase of IMSA's first books, basic 
materials and the hiring of staff for the 
center. Director of Information Systems, 
Dr. David Barr, says the IRC now has sev- 
eral laser disks, CD-ROMS (data disks) 
computers and an Omnifax machine, all 
made possible by the grant. 

Also this year, Apple Corporation 
became the first major company to estab- 
lish a founding partnership with the 
Academy with the contribution of nearly 
$100,000 in new equipment. This year's 
donation by Apple brings the total equip- 
ment contribution by the computer com- 

Students Jin Han, Kris Gerhard, JeffTruitt and Andy Chen work in one of two Apple Computer 
labs at IMSA. 

pany to $168,000. "We, at Apple, feel tha 
this project is of great importance and 
magnitude," says Judy Gilley, Area Sales 
Manager for Apple, "as a response to a 
national need for better trained citizens 
in the fields of mathematics and science.' 

The center offers students access to a 
variety of resources through print and 
electronic means. "We also have access to 
the libraries in the area," says Barr, 
"through both personal borrowing agree 
ments and through electronic capabilitite: 
— with Aurora University, Waubonsee 
Community College and the Aurora Publi 

An on-line catalog is available from 
Waubonsee via computer, providing stu 
dents with information about the library's 
collection directly from IMSA. Each of the 
institutions also has an interlibrary 
agreement with IMSA permitting students 
to borrow books. 

"The Academy bought FAX (facsimile) 
machines and placed them in five area 
libraries in exchange for making copies of 
periodical articles," says Barr. "It signifi- 
cantly expands both our own holdings 
and theirs." 

IMSA now also has access to DIALOG, 
the on-line commercial database with 290 
different sources of references, providing 
millions of data entries. DIALOG is cur- 
rently employed in the required physics 
course "Research and the Computer." The 
course instructs students on the use of 
CD-ROM and books in print, and other 
computer-base resources as part of their 
research assignments in physics. Barr says 
the students are learning about the latest 
research tools available while working on 
class projects. "Students learn about 
methodology in one of the sciences, and 
they also have the freedom to pursue 
research methodologies in any other dis- 
cipline with the approval of the 

Apple's contribution last year of several 
Macintosh's and Apple II GS's led to the 
first computer lab at IMSA and the con- 
nection of the Academy onto the PLATO 
system at the University of Illinois. "It was 
our first step outside these walls," says 
Barr. This year's additional contribution of 
Macintosh SE's and printers facilitated 
the development of a lab for the mathe- 
matics department, a physics lab, and a 
second student computer lab. 

The next step, according to Barr, is the 
placing of computers within the dormitory 
facilities. Initially, plans are to install one 
computer and printer within each of the 
four dormitory wings. Within a year, that 



could grow into a small network of two or 
three computers within each wing. "Addi- 
tionally, we will create a new computer 
lab within the physics area with the help 
of Zenith Corporation. That lab will be 
designated for courses during the day and 
opened for student access the rest of the 

Among the long term goals, according 
to Barr, is the development of a data net- 
work for every part of the main building 
and eventually to connect the building to 
the dormitories. One of the first hook-ups, 
he says, will probably be from the library 
catalog database to the dormitories. 
Within a few years, he also envisions 
computer and satellite link-ups through 
the development of an electronic video 
facility that is currently being studied at 
IMSA. "As we go through each stage, we 

"We're looking towards 
the future. . . towards 
being a computer-based 
information system. " 

have to rethink the design and planning 
process to find the most economical and 
flexible systems possible. What's impor- 
tant is that once we have information 
(resources) in place, then we have the 
potential to make that available to other 
people as well." 

Initially, Barr says some of the dissemi- 
nation of information may be in the form 
of videotapes, disks and CD-ROMs. Even- 
tually, information may be made available 
more directly. He says there is currently 
discussion of a grant proposal to make 
IMSA a clearinghouse of information (see 
CPEE article). Of equal significance is the 
documentation of the development of the 
information system. "We are trying to 
find ways of developing in ways we think 
most ordinary schools could emulate. 
We're taking a more modular approach 
that can be replicated in other districts or 

From a building that had nothing in it. 
the center has developed a print library 
and resource center, supplemented with 
computers. "We're growing about as 
rapidly as we can," states Barr. "We're 
looking towards the future. . .towards 
being a computer-based information 

College Counseling and Career Development: 

Recruiters Scout IMSA 

The College Counseling and Career 
Development department (CC/CD). one 
of the new additions to the IMSA com- 
munity during the 1987 school year, 
began an aggressive program that has 
drawn an impressive number of colleges 
to the Academy. Under the direction of 
Rick Bryant. Career Development Consul- 
tant, and Joyce Suber, College Consul- 
tant, the Academy is beginning to attract 
much more than just a passing interest 
from institutions of higher learning. Wof- 
ford College, of Spartanburg, South Carol- 
ina, a highly-regarded southern school, 
recently approved the first scholarship 
ever offered an IMSA student, as a recruit- 
ing incentive. Wofford is extending a full 
tuition scholarship, renewable each year 
for a period of four years, to an IMSA 
graduate of the class of '89. 

Bryant and Suber see the Wofford scho- 
larship as only the beginning of many 
similar accomplishments of the depart- 
ment. The CC/CD program is primarily 
designed to assist students with their 
immediate college plans as well as to pro- 
vide guidance towards professional 
careers. The two counselors, however, are 
taking a proactive role in developing col- 
lege resources and career possibilities. 
Bryant and Suber share equal responsibil- 
ity in working with all 380 students, but 
are currently focusing their efforts on the 

junior class as they prepare for testing and 
college applications. Some of CC/CD's 
efforts have already been rewarded with 
recruiting visitations by officials from 
prestigious colleges and universities. 

Colleges and universities making visits 
to date include Johns Hopkins University, 
Princeton, Yale, Vassar, MIT, University 
of Chicago, Northwestern University, 
Brown, Rensselaer, Duke University, 
Emory University, and the University of 
Illinois, which is scheduled to bring three 
Associate Deans and two admissions 
representatives in January. A total of 19 
colleges and universities visited the 
Academy during the month of November 
alone, with still more visits scheduled in 
the coming months. As important as the 
visits, however, is the impression made on 
the recruiters and in some cases on the 
admissions directors. 

"We've had several letters stating that 
this was absolutely the best visit they've 
had all fall," Bryant said. "They leave 
very impressed with IMSA students and 
the quality of their questions. Joyce and I 
have ourselves been very impressed with 
the students and the numbers in attend- 
ance. We've had as many as 60 students at 
a time to see one representative." 

Bryant says the visits will continue to 
be scheduled, including a College Fair 
that could bring as many as 100 to 150 

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Students visit with professionals during recent Career Exploration Week organized by the 
College Counseling and Career Development office. 



RECRUITERS (continued from page 11) 

college representatives to IMSA in one 
day. Current plans are to hold the College 
Fair in May. 

One of the first major events for 
CC/CD during the year occurred in early 
December as the department hosted 
Career Exploration week. Each day stu- 
dents had an opportunity to meet with 
professionals and college students from 
the various disciplines. On Science Day, 
for example, students could meet with 
physicists, researchers, environmentalists 
and engineers representing industry along 
the High-Tech Corridor and Chicago. Of 
special interest was the Career Fair in 
December, which featured about 50 pro- 
fessionals from many walks of life. Jour- 
nalists, writers, lawyers and social scient- 
ists came together to provide students 
with personal experience and insights on 
their own career development. The week 
culminated with a seminar by Dr. Robert 
Berdahl, Vice-Chancellor of Academic 
Affairs at the University of Illinois. Ber- 
dahl's keynote address focused on "Liberal 
Learning for Change." 

There is no doubt in either of the coun- 
selors minds that their work at IMSA may 
be more challenging than similar work at 
more traditional schools. According to 
Bryant, IMSA students have higher expec- 
tations of themselves and of the program. 
While Bryant concedes that much of the 
initial college inclination of students is 
accomplished during the admissions pro- 

cess, the counseling role is still critical. 

"The importance of. . .personal quali- 
ties (occurs) during the admissions pro- 
cess, since that is when the importance of 
knowing oneself becomes critical. These 
students knew why IMSA was the best 
place for them. Most of these students 
have a better understanding of who they 
really are and what an institution repres- 
ents. What we're trying to do in the coun- 
seling process is assist them in again mak- 
ing that good match, as they prepare for 

Both Bryant and Suber have put 
together a comprehensive plan that 
includes personal assessment through var- 
ious testing tools, inviting college admis- 
sions officials to IMSA, and several career 
and college activities during the year. Part 
of their responsibility has also included 
briefing staff, parents and students about 
the services and resources they can 

In addition to their current counseling 
activities, the CC/CD department is 
initiating a plan for the mentorship pro- 
gram for students. Bryant and Suber have 
already met with some faculty and the 
Mentorship Committee of the Parents 
Council. They also plan to meet with 
representatives from the private sector to 
draw on resources within the different 
industries. Bryant says he hopes to estab- 
lish a Corporate Council to recommend a 
program and then assist in the evaluation 
of the program. 

The year has so far proven to be an 

Student Badri Rengarajan looks over 
information from Rick Bryant. IMSA Career 
Development Consultant. 

ambitious undertaking for Bryant, a 
former College Planning coordinator with 
the North Carolina School of Science and 
Mathematics, and for Suber, previously 
the Associate Director of Admissions at 
Drew Univeristy. Bryant believes that 
through their continuing efforts and those 
of the academic program, IMSA will gain 
even more recognition. "In the next year 
and a half, the IMSA name will become 
very well known nationally." 

IMSA Sports 

Varsity Team 








Cross Country 





Girls Swim 



Girls Tennis 






The Fall sports season marked the first 
effort by IMSA to compete as a fully- 
recognized Illinois High School Associa- 
tion School at the Varsity level. The 
Academy fielded teams in seven sports 
with each participating in the IHSA Tour- 
nament series for the individual sport. 

"While the teams participated with 
limited numbers and experience and 
without the leadership of a senior class, 
the teams represented the Academy well," 
says Carl Dillow, IMSA's Athletic Direc- 
tor. "They achieved many of the goals 
that they had set for themselves." 

The athletic program has not gone 
unnoticed as writers with the Beacon 
News in Aurora and the Chicago Tribune 
published articles on the newest addition 
to area competition. 

In addition to team successes, there 

were also some outstanding individual 
efforts. Of particular notice was Stephanie 
Jayne (Waukegan) who earned a varsity 
letter in soccer as one of the few females 
in state participation at this level. She was 
also featured in an article in the Beacon 
News. Rowan Lockwood (Rockford) quali- 
fied in the State Swim finals and finished 
18th at the state meet in Evanston. 

Winter sports are now underway at the 
varsity level. The Girls' basketball team is 
undefeated in pre-holiday participation. 
Competition during the Winter season in 
basketball is almost equally divided 
between Varsity and Jr. Varsity teams. 

The Boys' basketball team finished 
fourth at the Sandwich Thanksgiving 
Tournament while the Sophomore Boys 
won the Championship at the Valley 
Lutheran Holiday Tournament. 



Equinox" Program 
Links Science and Humanities 

Audience walks spiral pattern 
at dusk as part of the 
"Equinox to Solstice" 

The fine arts do have a place in high- 
tech education, and this year, a special 
program at IMSA was established to 
initiate links between the humanities, 
science and the arts. A $5,800 grant from 
the Illinois Arts Council initiated an 
artist-in-residence program, aimed at 
developing integrative ideas between the 
various disciplines at IMSA. 

The proposal for the grant, initially 
submitted by English instructor, Dr. Neill 
Clark, employed the theme of the autum- 
nal equinox and the winter solstice as its 
base. Clark proposed a dance program at 
the Academy, whereby students and 
teachers could study the physical move- 
ments of the planets scientifically and as 
metaphors in literature and the arts. 

The approval of the grant let to the hir- 

ing of Chicago choreographer Julie Salk 
as artist-in-residence for the fall semester. 
Salk directed several dance projects at 
IMSA, including a presentation for Par- 
ent's Day entitled "Space Chase" in which 
students incorporated the building's 
architecture as their stage. 

One of the highlights of the 'Equinox 
to Solstice" unfolded in the fall as the 
IMSA community participated in a special 
presentation designed to incorporate the 
metaphors of "light", "dark" and 
"change" through music, dance, litera- 
ture and science. 

The audience first gathered in the 
school auditorium for presentations of 
musical selections. 

The evening's program developed into 
an "experiential" presentation as the 
audience progressed from the auditorium 
to the outdoors, where other IMSA stu- 
dents performed movements depicting the 
molecular movement of photosynthesis. 
The outdoor performance at sunset 
involved members of the audience who 
followed dance leaders around a spiral 
pattern (the spiral having been the inspi- 
ration of students with a stronger interest 
in math). The spiral walk at sunset 
represented the pattern for the movement 
of the planets around the sun, as well as 
the symbolic replication of the very struc- 
ture of genes since DNA molecules are 
spirally connected. 

The evening culminated with a dance 
presentation, choreographed by Julie Salk. 
In a darkened gym, student dancers 
incorporated the use of phosphorescent 
"glow lights" as symbolic reminders of the 
metaphor of darkness to light. 

"The festival served as a way to put 
together the larger concern of the rela- 
tionship of the arts, humanities and 
science into a common program, that was 
based on metaphor and analogy," says Dr. 
Clark. "Both are essential to literature and 
the arts." 

According to Clark, the English classes 
are being presented in a way that shows 
how the various disciplines are inte- 
grated; that the level of metaphor and 
model are an extension of the idea of 
comparison or analogy. "If you can see 
those things and what they share in 
common, then trace them as they grow 
out from a compact state into a differen- 
tiated state, you can understand the rela- 
tions one to the other from a historical 
perspective. They (disciplines) all emerged 
from the same kinds of things." 

In addition to the festival program, stu- 
dents participated in the making of masks 
with artist Keith Richmond from Chicago. 
The masks served as another art form, 
incorporating the metaphor, the model 
and the imagination. 

"A mask is a metaphor," says Clark. "I 
was working out of a book by Edward Har- 
ris entitled 'Masks of the Universe'. " 

Traditional English is basically writing 
and thinking — the essence of language. 
According to Clark, fundamental to lan- 

continued on page 15 



and MUSIC! 

IMSA 5 string Orchestra and choir were joined by members of the faculty during the Holiday 

Music Program 
IMSA Talent 

This year, the IMSA music program 
became an integral part of the Academic 
curriculum, and for the first time, stu- 
dents garnered statewide recognition for 
their talents. 

Students worked for three to four 
weeks, mostly in tutorials, preparing for 
the auditions with nine students making 
the district music list and three who suc- 
ceeded in being named to All State 
Orchestra. Viola - Paul Lee (Peoria), 
Second Violin - Eugene Huang (Bourbon- 
nais) and First Violin - Sue Kim (Liberty- 
ville) were accepted into the Illinois 
Music Educators Association All State 
Orchestra. They were selected from more 
than 400 other students auditioning for 
the various orchestra positions. All three 
were also named to the District Orchestra 
list. It was Lee's second time to All-State, 
last year having made it to the Honors 

Three students named to the District 
level Chorus were: Soprano - Laura 
Kozlevcar (Peoria), Alto - Andrea Stone- 
cipher (Texico), and Baritone - Greg Jun 
(Aurora). Kozlevcar may go to All State. 

Named to District Band were: Clarinet - 
Dori Ratajczyk (Waukegan), Baritone - 

Brian Patterson (Danville), and Tuba - 
Rob Larson (South Holland). 

With the exception of orchestra, stu- 
dents must be a junior or senior to be 
accepted to All-State. The sophomores 
were accepted for the District 7 orchestra, 
consisting of 42 schools from the Chicago 
Metropolitan area. Guest conductor was 
Michael Morgan, director for youth con- 
certs with the Chicago Symphony 

The accomplishments of the program 
and students are even more significant 
when one considers the fact that budge- 
tary constraints last year prohibited the 
scheduling of any fine arts programming. 
Before the end of the second semester, 
however, IMSA had hired Mark Running 
as a full-time instructor to develop the 
program's courses and activities for the 
second year. Running says students were 
interested in competing early on in the 
program. "We began last spring by mail- 
ing out a questionnaire inquiring whether 
students would be interested in audition- 
ing for the Illinois Music Educators Asso- 
ciation's All-District and All-State Band, 
Choir, Orchestra, Jazz Band and Jazz 
Choir." Twenty students went through 
the audition process. 

For the first time, students have a var- 
iety of musical groups in which to develop 
their musical talents and receive academic 
credit. Students may audition and register 
for Band, Chorus and/or Orchestra. Addi- 
tionally, students registered in the music 

program may enroll in Jazz Band, Pep 
Band or Swing Choir. The Chorus and 
Philharmonic Orchestra (string and wind 
players) have put on two major perfor- 
mances this year. The Orchestra played a 
selection from Vivaldi's "The Four Sea- 
sons" for the "Equinox to Solstice" musi- 
cal program. Their second major presenta- 
tion came in the form of a premier concert 
on Parent's Day. No small feat for a music 
program that's only existed for 14 weeks! 

"The concert on Parent's Day was sig- 
nificant, because it was the first time we 
brought them (string ensemble, orchestra, 
band and choir) all together to play in 
public, only twelve weeks into the semes- 
ter." A total of 23 string players in string 
orchestra, 67 members in band and 45 
members of the choir played and sang an 
hour of classical selections. 

The reward for all of their hard work 
came as a standing ovation during the 
Parent's Day concert from appreciative 
parents, friends and staff impressed with 
the quality of the performance of classical 
pieces. "I was pleased with the perfor- 
mance and the attendance," says 

Working with bright students in a resi- 
dential setting has proven to be very 
rewarding for Running, allowing him to 
assist students during after-school hours 
and to draw on faculty expertise. "Next 
semester, the physics department will use 
the orchestra and band as living laborato- 
ries for the study of sound waves. So, they 



students) will look at the technical part 
>f making music, and I, in turn, have 
experts I can call in for scientific ques- 
tions that relate to music." 

Through the music program, students 
are required to think in cognitive and psy- 
chomotor levels, within the affective 
domain, and in terms of aesthetics. In 
(summarizing the value of the program to 
jthe curriculum and to the students he 
simply states, "we don't live in a vacuum, 
people need aesthetics and creativity." 

Currently the only music faculty 
member. Running has a rare opportunity 
to work with more students, at different 
musical talent levels and within the dif- 
ferent musical groups. In reflecting on 
their attitudes in relation to the more typ- 
ical high school student, he says he has 
noticed they are more likely to work 
together or to help each other. "It's a 
iclose-knit community. I don't see much of 
:the competitiveness one might normally 
find in other school settings." 
L The young musicians were kept very 
'busy the first semester, some voluntarily 
igiving up part of their lunch period to 
(participate in a second musical group. The 
String Orchestra performed for visitors to 
the Illinois Council for the Gifted at the 
Westin O'Hare in December. In December, 
the entire music department came 
together for a special "Winter Holiday 
Concert." The program sent students and 
parents home for the holidays with works 
from Giovanni Gabrielli, Ron Nelson, 
Robert Convery, David Eddleman, Wolf- 
gang Mozart. Alfred Reed, LeRoy Ander- 
son and Franz Schubert. 

Future plans for the musical talent 
include a recital for soloists and for 
Chamber music. February means prepara- 
tion for the Illinois High School Associa- 
tion Solo and Ensemble contests in 
March. There are also plans to stage an 
all-school musical in the Spring. 

The program is growing, and will soon 
become an even more significant element 
of the academic experience. "Our next big 
project is of an interdisciplinary nature," 
says Running. Working in conjunction 
with the English department, students 
will begin to explore parallels between 
musical periods and literature periods. 

The faculty hopes to develop studies to 
allow students to understand Romanti- 
cism, Classicism, Expressionism, and 
other historical periods to find the points 
of connection between the arts, culture 
and history. 

EQUINOX (continued from page 13) 

guage is the metaphor, which in turn is 
essential to poetry. But broader and 
deeper than that, he says, is the practice 
of imagination. Creativity and the use of 
imagination are among the many desired 
outcomes of all courses at IMSA. 

"There is a level of abstraction that is 
common and underlies all the disciplines. 
If you can make that point apparent, then 
you can begin to see how the things 
separate and this also occurred 

Clark says he found it a challenge to 
find a point of commonality that would be 
old enough, common enough, deep 
enough and broad enough to underlie all 
of the disciplines, and also a fact that 
would be graspable in history. 

"The one most apparent to me was the 
fact of change. All things change. It's easy 
to see the change of seasons, summer to 
fall and the change of cycles." 

The observations of planets, their 
movements and the seasonal cycles 
became a common point that could serve 
as a bridge for the various disciplines, 
since most of the sciences and studies 
originated from those early observances. 
History and culture are also closely 

linked, according to Clark, since these 
evolved from the earliest agricultural prac- 
tices of all peoples. 

"In social sciences, for example, they 
study artifacts of the ancient civilizations, 
and they learn how to study artifacts'" 
says Clark. "Mathematics also evolved 
from the study of the movement of heav- 
enly bodies as man tried to calculate the 
patterns and movements, and cycles." He 
adds that the studies of ancient man and 
his cosmological stories of the creation of 
the universe are closely linked to today's 
science, as physicists and scientists 
attempt to find answers to the age-old 
question of creation through the study of 
atoms and sub-atomic particles. Clark 
explains that, for most people, extensive 
knowledge means the erosion of values, a 
misconception that is opposite to the 
learning experience and at the center of 
the "equinox" theme. 

"The implicit message of values in the 
'Equinox to Solstice' program, is that 
knowledge ultimately does not threaten 
our values. What we're trying to do from a 
literary point of view, is to provide a con- 
text in which the scientific investigations 
make sense, so we can see how the sciences 
came about and where they came from." 

Artist-in-Residence Julie Salk (right I and student Jody Yates work on masks as part of the 
"Equinox to Solstice" program. 



Mathematics: Adding New Achievements 

The IMSA math team is once again on 
the road to a year of high marks in several 
competitions, now with a year of expe- 
rience under its calculator belt and with 
new competitors from the sophomore 
class. IMSA is in second place out of 40 
schools in the North Suburban Math 
league, one of the strongest math leagues 
in the state, and possibly, the country. 

The first test for 54 participating stu- 
dents came in the fall with the Atlantic 
Pacific Contest. The contest consists of 
six questions, with IMSA sending the top 
ten scorers and tabulating the scores as a 
team score. Several IMSA students had 
perfect scores, giving the team a perfect 
score of 60, tying the Academy with six 
other schools in the country for first place 
after the first round of six tests. An esti- 
mated 200 schools participate in the 

In the North Suburban Math League, 
many of IMSA's sophomores scored per- 
fect papers with many more achieving 
high marks in two contests. The first 
event at Downers Grove North placed 
IMSA in third. IMSA placed first in each of 
the individual meets against the five local 
schools competing. 

After two rounds, with cumulative 
scores at the senior level, Peter Gast 
(Naperville) tied for first place. One of the 
top scorers included a student from 
another school who represented the U.S. 
at the Math Olympiads. Paul Ivsin scored 
in the top 20, only five points behind. 

At the junior level, two students - Sam 
Choi (Lisle) and Laura Kozlevcar (Peoria) 
- tied for first place. Mehmet Guler (Anna) 
placed 1 7th out of all students competing. 

Among sophomore level participants, 
Steve Collins (Waukegan) is tied for first 
place, with Matt Hausken (Lombard) tied 
for 20th. 

Two IMSA students participate in what 
Hamberg believes may be the most diffi- 
cult area of mathematics — Oral competi- 
tion. David Joerg (Batavia) and Jordan 
Koss (Northbrook), placed first and 
second, respectively, in the first contest. 

A new area of competition was piloted 
this year offering students even more pos- 
sibilities to test their talents. Results for 
this new experimental program are not 
available yet, but Hamberg is optimistic 
that IMSA will do well. Peter Gast 
(Naperville), was the only student partici- 
pating in the new event. 

In the first event of the Illinois Math 
League, 65 students participated with 
seven students receiving perfect scores, 
including: Andrew Chen (Charleston, 
Steve Collins (Waukegan), Peter Gast 
(Naperville), Todd Groner (Marion), 
David Joerg (Batavia), Lillian Kao (Elm- 
hurst) and Laura Kozlevcar (Peoria). 

According to sponsor Charles Ham- 
berg, there will not be an IMSA team in 
the Illinois Math League. "We are not 
officially participating as a team, but we 
are competing as individual competitors." 

For the second Math League event, 58 
students participated with one perfect 

paper and several top finishers. A total of 
six events will take place during the 
school year with about 150 to 200 high 
schools participating. 

According to Hamberg, participation in 
the math activities is competitive starting! 
at the Academy level where students 
attend review sessions prior to each meet. 
He says placement on the teams is by 
examinations to determine who will 
represent the Academy for each 

Some individual events and top scorers 
in each competition were: 


*Marc Booth (Alhambra) 
*Sam Choi (Lisle) 
*Steve Collins (Waukegan) 
"Amy Courtin (West Chicago) 
*Mehmet Giiler (Anna) 

•Paul Ivsin (Elk Grove Village) 
Steve Collins (Waukegan) 
Amy Courtin (West Chicago) 
Gabriel Demombynes (Hinsdale) 
Peter Gast (Naperville) 
Saunders Hsu (Charleston) 
Ray Jan (Chicago) 
David Joerg (Batavia) 
Stanley Kim (Addison) 
Jong Ho Kim (Hoffman Estates) 

'Saunders Hsu (Charleston) 
*Paul Ivsin (Elk Grove Village) 
'Lillian Kao (Elmhurst) 
♦Jong Ho Kim (Hoffman Estates) 


Jordan Koss (Northbrook) 
Laura Kozlevcar (Peoria) 
David Lockhart (Rockford) 
James Murdoch (Brookfield) 
Joseph Oh (Hoopeston) 
Sendhil Revuluri (Palatine) 
Gail Tulchinsky (Chicago) 
Wayming Wu (Downers Grove) 
David Yung (Arlington Heights) 


Members of the 1986-87 Math Team hold up trophies after winning honors in the ICTM Exam. 




Dr. Stephanie Marshall, IMSA Director, 
las been appointed to serve on the Execu- 
tive Board of the Commissioning Commit- 
tee for the USS Abraham Lincoln. Gover- 
nor James Thompson asked Dr. Marshall 
to serve on the committee which will plan 
:he event scheduled for late 1989. The 
USS Lincoln is currently under construc- 
tion at Newport News Shipbuilding and 
Drydock Company, Virginia. 
* * * 

Dr. Marshall was also listed among the 
38 people to watch in '88 by the Chicago 

Tribune. The paper published short biog- 
■aphies of 88 people who are expected to 
make news this year in the Style section 
jf its January 6th issue. Other illustrious 
people include the Rev. Jesse Jackson, 
gymnast Diane Simpson, DuPage County 
Board Chairman Jack Kneupfer, and Chi- 
cago Mayor Eugene Sawyer. 


In April, the IMSA physics department 
will be hosting a meeting on holography 
for Physics West. Physics West is an 
arganization of physics teachers from the 
Chicago west suburban region. 

Three IMSA students placed in the top 
four in two categories as part of the JETS 
Engineering Design competition this fall. 
The students competed against more than 
200 other students from the South Chi- 
ago area for the honors. 

Sue Wu (Batavia), placed the highest, 
taking second place in the "Braided 
Strength" category. Students competing 
had to design the strongest possible 
braided rope structure using only 24 
strands of human hair. The many entries 
were "daisy-chained" end to end and 
removed as each failed with an increase of 
applied force. Wu's entry was one of the 
final two braids — losing only to last 
year's repeat winner. Dave Yung (Arling- 
ton Heights), placed third in the same 

Fourth Place in the "Four-Meter Mouse 
Trap Car" went to Wayming Wu (Downers 
Grove). Students were required to design 
a car using only a mouse trap for power. 
Entries are judged on their ability to 
travel exactly four meters (about 13 feet) 
to a goal line. The first six places were all 
within an inch of the goal. 

This was the first year of competition 

for the Academy. IMSA students, unlike 
many of the other competitors, had only a 
few days of preparation time. Other IMSA 
participants included: Frank Borras 
(Rosemont), Robert Chang (Wadsworth), 
Bill Grambley (Elburn), Doug Turnbull 
(Urbana) and Terri Willard (Lake 

Physics instructor Pat LaMaster works with 
sophomores in his class as they learn to use 
air tracks linked to computers to gather data 
on velocity. 

Physics instructor Pat LaMaster is one 
of five people writing resource materials 
through a National Science Foundation 
(NSF) grant for Friends of Fermilab. Top- 
ics in Modern Physics: Teacher Resource 
Materials includes writings on accelera- 
tors, cosmology, detectors, elementary 
particles, general relativity and symmetry- 
The NSF grant also includes a three-week 
workshop for 20 area teachers to use the 
materials. According to LaMaster the pro- 
gram is aimed at introducing modern 
physics topics into the traditional physics 

LaMaster, and physics instructor, Joe 
Meyer, made presentations to members of 
the American Association of Physics 
Teachers during their annual meeting in 
Washington at the end of January. 


The Physics Department and Fermilab 
are sponsoring a series of public lectures 
for IMSA students. A series of 10 lectures 
on current topics in physics are given on 
Fridays from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. The speak- 
ers include theorists and experimentalists 
from Fermilab who are experts in their 
fields. Students who attend 7 of the 10 

lectures receive a certificate from Fermilab 
and are eligible for a behind-the-scenes 
tour of the accelerator and some research 
areas. A special "graduation" ceremony is 
planned for these students at the end of 
the series. 


Ernie Malamud, Physicist 

Dan Green, Chairman Physics Dept. 

Gordon Kerns, 

Engineer of Accelerator Physics 
Tom Nash, 

Head of Advanced Computers Croup 
Halsey Reno, Theoretical Physics 
Stephen Prodes, Physicist 
Drasko Jovanovic, Physicist 
Petros Rapidis, Physicist 
Mike Turner, Astrophysicist 
Rocky Kolb, Astrophysicist 
Rodger Dixon, Physicist 

All of the IMSA Mathematics faculty 
attended the 39th Annual Meeting of the 
Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathemat- 
ics in the fall, with some of them partici- 
pating as presenters. Charles Hamberg 
presented a session on "Preparing Alge- 
bra Students for Mathematics Competi- 
tions." Ron Vavrinek offered tips to math 
team sponsors in his workshop on 
"Coaching Clinic: ICTM Math Contest." 
Sue Eddins and Hamberg gave a compre- 
hensive overview of the mathematics pro- 
gram at IMSA for the "What's Happening 
in Mathematics at IMSA." Jean Kaminski 
offered recommendations for a high 
school to college transitional math course 
to high school and college teachers in 
"Implementing a Transition to College 
Mathematics Curriculum". 

Gail Digate, Executive Director for the 
Corridor Partnership for Excellence in 
Education (CPEE), also participated in 
the conference with a workshop entitled 
"School/Business Partnerships: Creating 
A New Social Architecture for Mathemat- 
ics Education." Digate highlighted major 
reasons for renewed interest in public 
education by the business sector and 
offered recommendations for initiating 
partnerships with schools. Dr. Stephanie 
Marshall was the conference keynote 

Michael Sloan, teacher of physics and 
computer science at the Illinois Mathe- 

continued on page 18 




matics and Science Academy, recently fin- 
ished writing and editing a 400-page 
manual which was published in late 
November by Progressive Computing, Inc. 
(PCI), Glen Ellyn. The LM1 Protocol Ana- 
lyzer User's Guide is a comprehensive ref- 
erence for use with PCI's highly success- 
ful product, the Line Monitor 1 (LM1). 
Sloan's previous version of the manual 
was judged by an independent consulting 
firm to be by far the best on the market 
for a product of its type. The new version 
is expected to be translated into French, 
German, and Japanese next year. 

An excerpt of Sloan's book Working 
With Works: A Guide to Microsoft Works, 
appeared in the December issue of Nibble 
Mac magazine, a leading publication for 
users of the Apple Macintosh computer. 

Word Power, Sloan's comprehensive 
guide to another popular software package 
(Microsoft Word) will be published by 
Scott, Foresman in 1988. His next book 
for the same publisher is entitled Working 
with PC Works. It will be a users' guide to 
PC Works, Microsoft's version of Works 
for IBM personal computers and 


First-year IMSA students found them- 
selves learning to go-go dance as part of 
their chemistry class. Additionally, many 
found themselves explaining to their par- 
ents that they needed to borrow the family 
car over Thanksgiving week. "It was all 
part of an optional investigation into the 
properties of gases," says instructor Chris 

In Molecule A-Go-Go, students learned 
dance-like movements to simulate the 
motions of some common gas molecules. 
"In particular, the stretching mode is 
significant," says Kawa, "since it is used 
as the basis for identification of molecules 
by spectroscopy." Students performed in 
the academic pit to music popularized by 
the go-go dance craze of the 60's. "The 
idea came from an early 60's chemistry 
project, during the post-sputnik era," 
added Kawa. 

Another optional project challenged 
students to weigh the family car using 
only a tire gauge and a ruler. The assign- 
ment was made over the Thanksgiving 
break to give students an opportunity to 
use the family car for observation. Stu- 
dent's first gathered data on the car's tire 


Students put laboratory skills to work to develop concepts in Mary Vanverst's chemistry class. 

prints and tire pressure. By using geome- 
try and the data, students then attempted 
to determine the weight of the car. 
According to Kawa, students used many 
unique and ingenious methods to com- 
pute the area of contact between tire and 
pavement. He says that in one case a stu- 
dent made use of his father's computer- 
ized drafting program for his calculations. 
Some were finally able to verify their cal- 
culated value by actually weighing the car 
at a local grain elevator. All benefitted 
from an enjoyable and educational 


In Mary VanVerst's chemistry classes, 
students synthesized aspirin in the labora- 
tory. As part of their studies, Duane Ven- 
ton of the University of Illinois - Chicago, 

visited with the students in the fall on the 
chemistry of aspirin in the body and some 
of the biological effects as a result of that 
chemistry. He also assisted the depart- 
ment in coordinating a visit by IMSA stu- 
dents to the University in January. Stu- 
dents will be able to observe some of the 
chemical research being conducted at the 
University and to learn about the instru- 
mentation currently available to chemists. 
Students will also have an opportunity to 
observe a graduate chemistry class. 


IMSA is truly becoming a "school 
without walls" as the different depart- 
ments and students make contact with 
foreign countries and visitors. Students ir 
German III and IV classes, for example, 
prepared a cassette and slide show that 
was sent to IMSA's partner school, The 
Rontgen Gymnasium in Wirzburg, Ger- 
many. The slides introduced IMSA stu- 
dents to the German students. The 
department is awaiting a similar tape from 


The foreign language department 
hosted almost 300 foreign language 
teachers on February 6th. The teachers 
met at IMSA as part of the winter confer- 
ence of the Illinois Council of Teachers of 
Foreign Languages (ICTFL). IMSA stu- 
dents led tours and conducted them in a 
foreign language for visitors. 

Keynote speaker for the conference was 
Woody Woodford, a member of the Educa- 
tional Testing Service in Princeton, New 
Jersey. Woodford is working with three 
states (Illinois, Indiana and Virginia) in 
preparation for the development of new 
national language tests. 
• * * 

The department is also reaching out to 
Illinois students through the German 
Immersion Day held on February 20th as 


IMSA served as a co-sponsor with the 
American Association of Teachers of Ger- 
man. Immersion days, usually weekends, 
provide opportunities and activities for 
students to practice the language of 
study. A significant part of the program is 
the taking of a pledge to speak no Eng- 
lish, and to communicate only in the for- 
eign language, in this case German. IMSA 
students will host approximately 60 other 

* * * 

John Stark, IMSA's German instructor, 
conducted a mini-presentation teaching 
about the German Democratic Republic at 
the German Studies Conference in St. 
Louis, The main focus of the workshop 
was the integration of social studies and 
foreign languages. 

* * * 

The Foreign Language department is 
active in the Illinois Foreign Language 
Teacher's Association. During their fall 
meeting in Peoria, the IMSA staff was 
invited to present a workshop on the use 
of foreign language and American adver- 
tising as instructional tools. Lena Lucietto 
(Spanish), Elia Lopez (Spanish & French) 
and John Stark (German) participated in 
the workshop. The teachers brought sam- 
ples of IMSA students' work for the pres- 
entation entitled "Advertising: A Key to 
Oral Proficiency." 

German II, III, IV students took the 
National German exam in January. The 
exam is sponsored by the American Asso- 
ciation of Teachers of German. Other for- 
eign language exams are scheduled for the 

Club Pseudo, a monthly gathering of 
student performers (poets, artists, musi- 
cians, readers, dancers, etc.) was organ- 
ized this year, and has met a few times on 
. Friday evenings. It provides students an 
outlet for their creativity while also enter- 
taining peers. The idea for Club Pseudo is 
based loosely on the coffeehouse idea. 
According to its organizer, Steve Blunt, 
IMSA Resident Counselor, attendance and 
talent have been high and some major 
events are being planned for later in the 

Five students explored a flooded mine 
in Bridgeton, Missouri ( 1 hr. west of St. 
Louis) during a weekend in December as 
part of Scuba Club. The students had 
been certified in a scuba class at IMSA last 

year. The organization, under the spon- 
sorship of Resident Counselor Steve 
Blunt, will once again offer lessons this 
year starting in January. 

Jeff Truitt (Marion) took first and third 
place, respectively, in the American 
Legion Oratorial Contest in Aurora. Both 
will go on to the county competition. 

IMSA sophomore Michael Peil was 

awarded the Eagle Scout rank and one of 
scouting's highest honors last fall. Peil. 
from Naperville. was presented with the 
Ad Altare Dei Award, the highest scout- 
ing award presented by the Catholic 
Church. For his Eagle scout project, Peil 
undertook the resurfacing and reseeding 
of the playground area at St. Michael's 
Park in Naperville by organizing scouts 
from Troop 89. Michael spent more than 
150 hours on the project. 

IMSA's Four Future Problem-Solving 
Bowl Teams placed among the top ten 
statewide in the second competition prob- 
lem. Sponsor Bernie Hollister (Downers 
Grove) led the four teams to fourth, fifth, 
seventh and tenth place against 120 other 
schools competing across the state. The 
teams face one more practice problem 
before actual competition in the Regionals 
in March and possible entry into the state 
finals in May. 

Dr. Ronald Pine, Macrobiology instruc- 
tor, conducted a seminar on "The Classic 
Evidences for Evolution" at Argonne 
National Laboratory. The presentation was 
one of a series often seminars in Biology 
entitled "Topics in Evolution". The series 
was sponsored by the Associate Colleges 
of the Chicago Area. Pine also presented a 
talk on "Mesozoic Mammals" for the Chi- 
cago Area Paleontological Society at the 
Jurica Museum of Natural Historv in Lisle. 

American Studies students (juniors) 
created newspapers as part of an assign- 
ment for class. The students were required 
to develop any part of the newspaper, but 
the items had to reflect modern day scho- 
larship on the issue of slavery. Social 
science teacher Bernie Hollister said some 
of the materials were of high quality, and 
contained much in-depth research. 

IMSA Orators 
Juniors Jeffrey Young (Chicago) and 

The 1986-87 State Champion IMSA 
Chess Team was 8- 1 for the season in 
class "A" competition, remaining first in 
that category and third place overall in 
the state. The team took second place at 
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Dr. Stephanie Marshall accepts a $2000 check from Aurora Dial Corporation 's Plant Manager 
Peter Sobel. Sobel presented the contribution. Dial's second donation to the Fund, in the 
presence of Larry and Sharon Bodley. IMSA parents. The Bodleg's were instrumental in obtaining 
the contribution. 



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Soft Arganbright, Amoco Foundation Directo 
(left) and John R. Laubenstein receive a plaq 
of appreciation from I MSA Board of Trustees 
President James Pearson and Director Dr. 
Stephanie Pace Marshall. AMOCO FoundatU 
presented the first installment of the $225.00 • 
grant for the organic chemistry laboratory. 

the prestigious Rockford-Boylan competi- 
tion in January, losing only on a techni- 
cality. Team sponsor, Resident Counselor 
Krist Enstrom, is optimistic about the 
team's chances to "go all the way again" 
this year. Team member Jason Ribando 
(Peoria), earned a medal and remains 
undefeated at 4th board. Approximately 
40 students take part in IMSA practices 
and competitions, with the top players 
entering the contests against other 
schools. Other members of the team 
include Ray Dames (Wilmington), John 
Hoesley (Chicago), Jim Petrie (Oak 
Forest) and Doug Turnbull (Urbana). 

Social Science instructor Bill Stepien 
developed a computer simulation program 
for Illinois Bell. The Executive Challenge 

is a microcomputer simulation designed 
to introduce high school students to eco- 
nomic concepts by participating in deci- 
sions which are made in a telecommuni- 
cations company. The program is 
distributed through the Educational 
resources department of Illinois Bell. 

English instructor Dr. Riva Kuhl just 
finished a book of poetry that will soon 
released. "A Far Country", published by 
Colonial Press, is described by Kuhl as a 
book of exile poetry. The book is due out 
in February. Kuhl also has some musical 
writing to her credit. Last fall, a pre- 
viously unpublished play "Old Fortuna- 
tus" by Thomas Decker was edited and 
published. The play, edited by Suzanne 
Blow, is set to music written by Dr. Kuhl 
who also wrote in choreography. 


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Volume 2 • No. 2 

Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy 
1500 West Sullivan Road 
Aurora. Illinois 60506-1039 


Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall 

Board of Trustees 

Dr. Larry Freeman 

Dean of College of Education 

Covemor's State University 

Ms. Sheila Griffin 
Marketing Executive 
Motorola Incoporated 

Mr. Gary D. Jewel 
Superintendent of Schools 
Aurora West School Dist. 129 

! Dr. Leon Lederman 

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory 

Dr. Walter Massey 

Vice President for Research and for Argonne 

National Laboratory. University of Chicago 

Mr. John McEachern. Jr. 


Wayne Circuits Incorporated 

Dr. David Mintzer 

Special Assistant to the President 

Northwestern University 

Mr. James D. Pearson 


Aurora Industries 

Dr. David R. Pierce 
Executive Director 
Illinois Community College Board 

Dr. Ted Sanders 

State Superintendent of Education 

Ms. Barbara Schmulbach 
Teacher of Mathematics 
Carbondale Community High School 

Mrs. Elise Scott 
/ Teacher of Chemistry 
Mattoon High School 

Mr. Jesus Manual Sosa 


Clemente High School. Chicago 

Dr. Charles Thomas 


North Chicago School *64 

Dr. Richard D. Wagner 

Executive Director 

State Board of Higher Education 


Naomi Geltner 

NOVA is published five times a year by the 
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Sophomore student h'ikki Hughes (Hazel Crest) hugs her fifth grade teacher James Jacobs 
(Nielsen Middle School) as he receives the IMSA Award of Excellence. 


I ore than 200 Illinois teachers were honored by the Academy as ex- 
emplary educators. The teachers were recipients of the first "IMSA 
J Award of Excellence" presented during a special program in April. 
The award was created to recognize those individuals who are committed to 
standards of academic excellence that foster student achievement and suc- 
cess. Each teacher was nominated by a former student now at IMSA, for 
having had the greatest impact on his or her academic career prior to com- 
ing to the Academy. 

The theme for the Recognition Ceremony - "Thank you for Contributing to 
the Magic" - came from a letter sent by one of the honored teachers. In the 
letter to Dr. Marshall the writer stated that the honor came at a time she felt 
she needed it most: 

"After 16 years in primary classrooms, I still have many days when I doubt my 
abilities as a teacher and when I wonder if all the hard work and effort is worth 
it. Last week 1 had a couple of 'black days ' like that and then, today I received 
your letter. Several of my students suddenly understood about borrowing in two- 
digit subtraction and were happy and standing tall when they left school today! 
So today was one of those 'magic' days that keeps those of us in education com- 
mitted to our profession. Thank you for contributing to the 'magic'. " 

The letter, in its entirety, was read by IMSA Director Dr. Stephanie Marshall 

continued on page 3 


(Editor's Note: In lieu of the letter we normally run in this column, we thought 
we would share excerpts from Dr. Marshall s speech delivered at the Teacher 
Recognition Program on April 22, 1988. While it was dedicated to special teach- 
ers honored at the program, we believe all teachers in Illinois are deserving of 
recognition and gratitude.) 

everal months ago, members of the Academy staff began talking 
about how we could say "Thank you" to the teachers in Illinois, 
who have contributed so dramatically to the intellectual growth, 
and emotional nurturing of our students. While we take pride in knowing that 
the empowering environment created at the Academy has contributed to our 
students' intellectual and emotional growth, we are also aware that we have 
only extended our students' development, and the teachers who have gone 
before us have shaped our students' lives. 

...Education and educators have come under much criticism in recent his- 
tory. As educators, we often feel we have to apologize for being in 
education-somehow our IQ is diminished, or at least our judgment impair- 
ed because we chose education over law, medicine, or business. We 
constantly have to remind ourselves that we are educators because we 
choose to be-not because we have to be. We are engaged in one of the no- 
blest of professions, and are at an incredible time in education. We have an 
opportunity to engage in the most dynamic and intellectually provocative and 
stimulating dialogue we have ever had, as we bring our resources to bear on 
the issues of what's worth knowing, and what's the best way to learn it. I 
don't think anyone would disagree with the fact that we have changed from 
an industrial society, marked by an assembly line perspective, when the 
product was power, to an information society, where process and knowledge 
are power. Because of this, human capital has replaced equipment and mone- 
tary capital as the strategic resource to be developed and nurtured. This is 
having a profound impact on education. Our society now needs skilled, well- 
educated people, who can reason, reflect, analyze, evaluate, and question, as 
well as read, write, and compute. 

This is not only sparking an unprecedented alliance between business and 
schools, but is causing those of us in education to redesign, and restructure 
education and schooling in this nation. 

With an emphasis on recall and on the accumulation, not processing, of 
information, we are preparing children for an industrial society that simply 
no longer exists. Our information base is doubling every 20 months. There 
is absolutely no way we can teach students all there is to know. Our job, 
therefore, is to provide students with the tools for retrieval, analysis, and 
evaluation. When we move into an age of information, we are preparing 
children for their tomorrow and not ours-and that tomorrow demands 
sophisticated reasoning and analytic skills. 

We must continue to work toward becoming a profession of congruence, 
by building the necessary intellectual connections for students between 
learning and thinking. Unfortunately, those of us who try to bring change to 
the educational system, are often told that is not practical. However, accord- 
ing to Ted Sizer, 'practical' is really an euphemism for 'safe.' Practical 
reforms are safe reforms, they challenge no basic assumptions, and they 
question no significant parts of the schools traditional structure. Practical, in 
educational circles, has come to mean something that "doesn't rock the 
boat." This is enormously dangerous! We must persuade ourselves that the 
most practical and realistic thing we can do is to challenge the basic meta- 
phors and structure of the school as we know it, and as we went through it 
ourselves. We must engage in active experimentation, and we must encour- 
age diversity and playfulness. 

For us to accomplish the changes that must be made in education will 
take a brand of leadership that is focused on vision, commitment, trust, en- 
thusiasm, passion, and even love. 

There was quite a stir created in the American corporate sector from two 

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DIRECTOR (continued from page2) 

books, one of which is entitled, In 
Search of Excellence, Lessons from 
America s Best Run Companies, and 
its sequel, published last year, called 
A Passion for Excellence, The Leader- 
ship Difference. I believe the message 
of the books is critical for us. All 
schools teach math, language, sci- 
ence, social studies and spelling. The 
generic product or content is the 
same, but the offered product is de- 
cidedly different from district to 
district, from building to building, 
and from classroom to classroom. 
Maybe any teacher can instill the 
love of learning, but you have. 

I would like to thank you for 
your time; for your energy; for the 
thousands of papers you've graded, 
the math problems you've cor- 
rected, the punctuation marks 
you've circled, the children you've 
hugged, the tears you've wiped, and 
the parents you've consoled; but 
most importantly.. 

We thank you for the minds you 
have opened, the intellect you have 
nurtured, and the creativity you 
have stimulated." 

On behalf of the students and staff 
at the Academy, we thank the teach- 
ers of Illinois for their support and 
continued commitment to excellence 
in education. 

More than 250 teachers attended the 
special recognition program honoring 
exemplary educators from across the 


The IMSA Science Invitational Contest Physics Team placed third in a 
national test. The team of 17 students coached by Dr. Charles Cannon 
earned a Third Place plaque after taking the 1988 Foundation For Scho- 
lastic Advancement Test. 

Team members included: 

Stephen Blessing 
Daniel Frakes 
Peter Gast 
Bill Grambley 
Todd Groner 
Anil Guraney 
Dave Joerg 
Lillian Kao 
Laura Kozlevcar 










David Lockhart 
Sean Pritchard 

Sendhil Revuluri 
Mark Spencer 
Vijay Sukumaran 
Erika Tracy 

North Aurora 
South Barrington 


Steve Wilensky Tinley Park 

MAGIC (continued from page I) 

during the special program. "Our students have unique talents and gifts," 
says Dr. Marshall. "However, we do recognize that our special students 
would not be where they are today without the caring, assistance and the 
dedication of teachers in their home districts who nurtured and developed 
those talents." 

It was to recognize the contributions of outstanding teachers, that IMSA 
students were asked to select the one teacher who inspired, challenged or 
channeled their interests into new paths of growth. 

"We are fortunate in Illinois to have so many unsung heroes in education." 
said Dr. Marshall. "This is our way of thanking them for nurturing these gift- 
ed students. I believe ours is the noblest of professions, because we touch 
the future." 

The teachers attended an Open House and an informal reception. The hon- 
orees received their "Award of Excellence" certificate from their former 
students and were asked to sign a large poster commemorating the occasion. 
Among the comments were the following: 

- 'A truly unique experience after 27 years of teaching ..." 

- "This is a tremendous honor and makes the tough days worth it!" 

- "Thank you for a most inspiring and unforgettable experience. The energy 

aura that exists at this school is awesome and most positive. " 

- "This is the first time that I'm sure I made the right decision in joining the ed- 

ucational field. It's nice to know someone has benefitted from my efforts. " 

- "Thanks for making this the most memorable day of my educational career. " 

- "Thank you for adding so much magic' to my life too! You'll never know 
how proud you have made me. " 

- "After 17 years of teaching, this award gives me the magic to begin the next 

17. Thank you. " 

- "The magic you generated today will last me for a lifetime! Thank you for 

touching me so deeply. " 

- "It is so very rewarding to see our students succeed in such wonderful sur- 

roundings. ..What a renewing experience this has been!" 


IMSA Director, Dr. Stephanie Mar- 
shall, will lead a newly established 
organization of specialized schools 
around the country as its founding 
president. Dr. Marshall was elected 
at a conference of the schools held 
in Alexandria, Virginia in April. 

Participants from ten states, Wash- 
ington, D.C. and the U.S. Office of 
Education, voted to establish the 
National Consortium of Specialized 
Schools in Mathematics, Science 
and Technology. According to its 
mission statement, the National Con- 
sortium was formed to stimulate 
excellence in mathematics, science, 
and technology education. Its goal is 
to foster, support, and advance ef- 
forts of those specialized schools 
whose purpose it is to attract and 
prepare students for leadership in 
science, mathematics, and 

"I believe the establishment of 
the consortium is a vital step in de- 
veloping a formalized network for 
specialized schools" stated Dr. Mar- 
shall. "There has been growing 
interest and concern in many states 
over the need to develop our bright- 
est minds to meet the demands of 
science and technology in the 21st 

Approximately 100 administrators 
and faculty members representing 27 
specialized residential and commut- 
ing schools, met at the Jefferson 
High School for Science and Technol- 
ogy to discuss areas of common 
interest and concern. Numerous 
schools were represented, including 
the Bronx High School of Science, 
Stuyvesant High School, and 
Brooklyn Tech in New York. States 
sending representatives from their 
respective residential schools includ- 
ed Illinois, North Carolina, Texas, 
Mississippi and South Carolina. 

Consortium Objectives 

"The purpose of the specialized 
schools," stated Dr. Marshall, "is to 
provide programs for our most gifted 
and talented students who will be 
the leadership of the next genera- 
tion. This consortium will enable us 
to share ideas, exchange programs, 
develop electronic communication 
systems, and refocus the national 
agenda in mathematics, science and 

According to Dr. Marshall the ob- 
jectives of the consortium are three- 

1) to provide a forum for the ex- 
change, development, and 
evaluation of programs and 

2) to promote and represent the 
common interests of the indi- 
vidual member institutions; 

3) to serve in an advisory capacity 
to its member schools and 
other groups, seeking to stimu- 
late excellence in mathematics, 
science, and technology 

Dr. Marshall and the newly elected 
Steering Committee will meet in the 
next few months to draft bylaws, anq 
to design the program for the seconc 
annual conference. In addition, a 
conference of students is planned foi 
the fall. 

"The formation of the National 
Consortium of Specialized Schools 
in Mathematics, Science and Tech- 
nology is a critical step if our nation 
is to regain its leadership role in 
science education," said Dr. Mar- 
shall. "We must be proactive in our 
efforts to provide adequate pro- 
gramming and resources to our 
most talented youngsters." 

Fund Board 





Board members and officers for 
the IMSA Fund For Advancement of 
Education are working on a long- 
range development plan to ensure 
philanthropic support from corpora- 
tions throughout the state. The 
Illinois Mathematics and Science 
Academy Board of Trustees hired the 
firm of Sheldon Garber & Associates, 
Inc. to guide them in their planning. 
The first year's objective is to recruit 
a group of corporate leaders to enlist 
support of other firms who are inter- 
ested in and supportive of the 
Academy's mission. The efforts of 
this group will ultimately strengthen 

the public/private partnership and 
enhance the goals of the Academy 
through ongoing corporate 

Joanne Lowery, the new Develop 
ment Officer hired in May, will staff 
the Fund office at the Academy. 
Lowery, who has been in education 
as a teacher, looks forward to the 
challenge of a career change. "I think 
IMSA is an exciting place!" she says. 
"It is truly a pioneering community 
and I look forward to being a part of 
the efforts that will support its 


Admissions Office 
Expands to 

he Admissions Office is in- 
creasing recruitment efforts 
in the city of Chicago with 
the hiring of a new admissions coun- 
selor and the opening of a new office 
in the city. Carol Jamieson Brown is 
the new Admissions Counselor as- 
signed to Chicago area recruitment. 
Mrs. Brown will be working out of 
the new office at 322 S. Green Street 
where IMSA shares space with the 
University of Illinois' Principal Schol- 
ars Program. 

"IMSA and the Principal's Scholar 
Program share similar goals," says 
Dean of Admissions and Research, 
Dr. LuAnn Smith. "The location is 
also one of the best for our pur- 
poses since it will give us more 
flexibility in reaching students in all 
parts of the city and give them easy 
access to us." An Open House to 
celebrate the opening of the IMSA 
Admissions office branch was held 
on June 13, 1988. 

The strategies and plans for the 
Chicago recruitment efforts have re- 
ceived endorsement from the IMSA 
Chicago Area Advisory Council 
(CAAC), a group of Chicago civic and 
educational leaders and IMSA staff. 
Among its recommendations, the 
CAAC also suggested distribution of 
application materials through the 
Chicago PTA. To date, the Chicago 
PTA, with the assistance of past-pres- 
ident Mrs. Florence Cox, distributed 
more than 300 applications to stu- 
dents citywide. 

A recommendation to host infor- 
mational meetings around the city 
was implemented during the month 
of March. Meetings were held at the 
Chicago Urban League office, El Val- 
or (a Pilsen community social 
service agency) and Lane Technical 
High School. In addition to open 
public meetings, IMSA staff met with 
representatives of various groups 
and organizations including: ASPIRA 
(a Puerto Rican community service 
organization) and representatives of 

New Chicago Admissions Recruiter 
No Stranger to City 

Carol Jamieson Brown, the new 
IMSA Admissions Counselor is 
quite at home, literally, in her po- 
sition. Brown, a Chicago resident 
and an Urban Education graduate 
from Barat College, served as an 
Education Specialist with the Chi- 
cago Urban League from 1986 
until this year. Much of her train- 
ing and experience has been 
working with youth and educa- 
tional programs in Chicago and 
the Midwest. 

"I am excited to be part of 
what I think will be one of the 
most outstanding opportunities 
available to young people 
throughout the state of Illinois," 
says Brown. "The education cen- 
ters in Chicago will be working 
with us as well as community 
leaders in the Chicagoland area. 
After 16 years in admissions and 
financial aid at the college level, 
it will be interesting to now work 
with these students and prepare 
them for college entrance." 

Prior to accepting the position 
at IMSA, Brown administered 
scholarship programs and work- 
ed with placement of Chicago 
students at the secondary and 
post-secondary levels at the Ur- 
ban League. Much of her work 
also required the planning and 
execution of advocacy programs 
in support of quality education. 

the Mexican-American community 
and the Cuban American 

More than 40 participants of the 
Math Counts program and 20 of their 
teachers visited the Academy, initiat- 
ing a series of similar Open House 
sessions for students from the Chi- 
cago area. Scheduled for June are 
visits by approximately 900 sixth, 
seventh, and eighth grade students 
from nine elementary schools in the 

"Chicago's talented students have 
many local options to meet their aca- 
demic needs," says Dr. Smith. "There 

Brown also worked with stu- 
dents and families as the 
Assistant Director of Financial 
Aid at Northwestern University 
and as the Director of Project Up- 
ward Bound at Lewis University 
in Romeoville. The latter position 
required the development of ad- 
missions criteria for the school. 

She has served as a member of 
the Association of Chicago Area 
Catholic Colleges and Univer- 
sities and the Illinois Association 
of College Admissions Counsel- 
ors, in addition to several other 
professional organizations. 

Carol Jamieson Brown 

are a number of magnet schools and 
private schools. Having an office and 
an admissions counselor in the city 
to support our recruitment efforts 
should increase the applications 
from qualified students in the city, 
while also adding to our own visi- 
bility in the educational community. 
It will be the first step towards deve- 
loping mutually beneficial programs." 


Hcademy officials are support- 
ing newly introduced 
legislation seeking the trans- 
fer of IMSA from the auspices of the 
State Board of Education to the 
Board of Higher Education. The pro- 
posed change is considered a 
positive move by Academy leaders 
who view the mission and goals of 
the Academy as being closely 
aligned with that of a university 

The legislation is jointly sponsored 
by Senator Forest Etheredge (R-Au- 
rora) and Representative Woods 
Bowman (D-Evanston). "When the 
Academy was first formed, we had 
considered placing it under the 
Board of Higher Education, but the 
idea somehow got lost in the shuf- 
fle," says Etheredge. He added the 
change would not affect future bud- 
geting for the Academy. 

In a letter published by the Chi- 
cago Tribune, Rep. Bowman states 
that the Academy would gain by hav- 
ing a long-term assurance of funding. 
"This move will achieve both funding 
stability for the Academy and orderly 
oversight of its budget," he states. 

According to Dr. Stephanie Mar- 
shall, IMSA Director, the change is 
also programmatically and pro- 
cedurally congruent with the goals 

"This move will achieve both 
funding stability for the 
Academy and orderly over- 
sight of its budget. . . " 

and objectives of the Academy. "The 
Academy is presently teaching uni- 
versity-level courses, and our staff is 
under the State University Retire- 
ment System," she explained. "We 
have also forged partnerships with 
the state colleges and universities 
through our University Affiliates 

Board of Trustees President James 
Pearson says that while the move to 

the Board of Higher Education is 
more congruent, the Academy has 
enjoyed a positive relationship with 
the State Board of Education. "Our 
Board has worked diligently to 
achieve its mission under the guid- 
ance of the State Board. It was Dr. 
Ted Sanders who set in motion the 
early charge which gave direction 
and guidance to the then newly cre- 
ated organization. Therefore, we 

(Editor's note: As this issue went 
to press, the legislation was sign* 
into law by Governor Thompson 
and presented to the IMSA Board 
of Trustees) 

want to thank Dr. Sanders and his 
staff for their keen interest in the 
Academy and for the supporting rol 
the Academy plays within the state 
quality educational system." 

A designee from the State Board < 
Education will continue to serve on 
the Academy's Board of Trustees. 
The bill proposing the change will t 
considered during the upcoming leg 
islative session. 

Over 600 Students Apply 
for Place at IMSA 

More than 600 students from 
across the state of Illinois submit- 
ted applications for enrollment in 
the fall. According to Dr. LuAnn 
Smith, Dean of Admissions and Re- 
search, the 636 applications reflect 
a higher application pool ratio 
than in previous years, while the 
actual number is lower. Previous 
application pools totaled 765 in 
1986 and 865 in 1987. 

"We were very emphatic about 
the number of students who would 
be invited for fall enrollment," she 

said. "We were also very clear in 
stating that the invitations would 
be contingent on additional 

Approximately 140 to 150 stu- 
dents will receive an initial notice 
of their acceptance to the Acade- 
my in June, however, Dr. Smith 
says official invitations will not be 
made until July when the Acade- 
my's appropriation is known. The 
following is the geographic, ethnic 
and grade distribution of the 


(By Region) 



North Suburban 


South Suburban 






Rock Island 


La Salle 









6th 1 

7th 7 

8th 132 

9th 470 

Incomplete 26 



East St. Louis 




























IMSA Students Take Top Prizes in Science Competition 

Two Academy juniors took first 
and second place in the INTECH '88 
competition, with a total of five stu- 
dents making the semi-finals. Rowan 
Lockwood (Rockford) placed first 
with her entry on "Evidences of Bi- 
pedalism in Pterosaurs. Second place 
went to Mehmet Guler (Anna) for 
his study of "Ionic Interactions in the 
Mechanism of the Na+/K+ Pump." 

In addition to the $500 awarded 
to the first place winner, Rowan 
also received the American Nuclear 
Society Award of $100, and 8100 as 
a semi-finalist. By using applied 
physical and engineering principles, 
she calculated the energy required 
for this reptile to take flight, and the 
results strengthened the argument 
for bipedalism. 

Mehmet received $300 as the sec- 
ond place winner and $100 as a 
semi-finalist for his project on the 
ionic interactions in the mechanism 
of the sodium/potassium pump in 
cells. His research lends a better un- 
derstanding to how disorders in the 
pump could cause irregular nerve im- 
pulses, commonly known as epilepsy. 
His research has also been submit- 
ted for the Super Quest project, 
where students will be allowed ac- 
cess to the ETA Company's super 
computer in Minneapolis, Minnesota 
to continue their research. 

Stephen Blessing (Carterville) and 
Kevin Schraith (Eureka) were among 
the semi-finalists with their research 
into methods of fabricating high- 
temperature superconductors. 

Gina Martyn (Chicago Ridge) also 
placed as a semi-finalist by building 
a wind tunnel for her experiments 
on the most efficient shapes for air- 
plane wings. 

INTECH is a science competition 
aimed at high school students living 
near the Illinois Research and Devel- 
opment Corridor. It is co-sponsored 
by the Corridor Partnership for Ex- 
cellence in Education and Friends of 
Fermilab. The INTECH '88 competi- 
tion was held at AT&T Bell 
Laboratories in Naperville. 

Junior Rowan Lockwood (Rockford) with her award-winning project on Bipedalism in the 

Mehmet Guler demonstrates his sodium pump project that earned him the Second Place 
award in the prestigious INTECH W Science competition. 


summer of activities and programs is planned by the IMSA Out- 

I reach Office. One of the major undertakings is the Summer 
Ventures Program, a direct service program to gifted and talented 

youth across the state of Illinois. The aim of the program is to serve as 
an educational opportunity for talented non-IMSA students through a 
three-week residential experience. 

The first Summer Ventures in Mathematics, Science and Technology is 
scheduled for July 10-29, 1988. The primary purpose of the program ac- 
cording to Outreach Coordinator Gail Digate is to provide an accelerated 
enriched course of study for students identified by each of the 18 Educa- 
tional Service Centers and the 6 Chicago centers. The courses of study 
for the incoming ninth and tenth graders will be in mathematics, science 
and computer science. 

The secondary goal of the program is to field test some of the curricu- 
lum developed at IMSA before its packaged for dissemination to schools 
across the state of Illinois. "It's an opportunity to test on the non-residen- 
tial population what has been developed for the IMSA residential 

Faculty and Residential staff for the program include some IMSA faculty 
or staff members, but there are also non-IMSA faculty identified through 
the Presidential Award recipients, who will be working with approximately 
200 students invited to participate. 

In addition to the coursework, the students will have field experiences 
that will take them into the laboratories and facilities in the High-Tech 
Corridor. "They will have an opportunity to see the application of what 
they're learning in the courses in the world of scientific research and de- 
velopment," says Digate. There will also be field trips to many of the 
museums and facilities in Chicago. 

Funding for the program is from three sources - Title II money from the 
Board of Higher Education, IMSA and a $75 registration fee paid by each 
student. There are also in-kind contributions through the Corridor Partner- 
ship for Excellence in Education and several corporations and laboratories 
in the Corridor participation in Summer Ventures. 

At the end of the session the faculty and residential counselors will be 
involved in two intensive days of debriefing and evaluation. Coordinators 
will be looking for ways to extend and improve the program to develop 
two sessions for the summer of 1989. The '89 program would provide one 
three week session for entering freshmen and sophomores and one five- 
week program for entering juniors and seniors. 

State Leadership Conference 

Some of the other summer activities by the IMSA Outreach Program in- 
clude a leadership conference for leaders of professional organizations 
across the state. The Outreach Office is in the process of identifying par- 
ticipants and developing the agenda and sponsors. Some of the 
organizations targeted for participation include the Illinois Association for 
Supervision and Curriculum Development, The Illinois Council of Teachers 
of Mathematics, the Illinois Science Teacher Association, the Illinois Asso- 
ciation of School Boards, Illinois Association of School Administrators, and 
other educational or professional groups. 

The purpose of the first program is to get the leadership involved in 
the implementation and evaluation of Outreach Programs with particular 
emphasis on minorities recruitment and retention of minorities in math, 
science and technology. The program is scheduled for a weekend in early 

Problem-Solving and Critical Thinking in Mathematics 

The Outreach Office will be working with over 350 teachers in grades 
K-8 and their building principals starting this summer and for the entire 
1988-89 school year. A group is being identified for the initial leadership 
activities during the summer. The program is through the collaboration of 



IMSA, the National Science Foundation and National College of Education. 
Initial training is scheduled for June through August. Follow-up for the 
program will be September, 1988 through March, 1989. 

Summer Institute in Basic Economics for Elementary 
and Secondary Teachers 

The first of the summer institute programs starts this year with a focus 
on economic literacy and advances in science and technology. To date 45 
teachers and administrators have been targeted for the institute pro- 
gram. They will be working in teams while in residence at the Academy, 
August 1-12. A follow-up of the program will be carried out over the next 

Presidential Awards Program 

IMSA is a major collaborator in the Presidential Awards for Excellence 
in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Plans are underway for a banquet 
and seminar for October 21-22, 1988. The annual program recognizes 
twelve outstanding teachers and honorable mention recipients. Started in 
1983 by the National Science Foundation, it is a way to identify the out- 
standing educators and network the teachers together. In Illinois, the 
Outreach Office works through the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathe- 
matics and the Illinois Science Teachers Association in bringing the current and past award winners to develop mono- 
graphs, and brought to IMSA for professional development activities throughout the year. There is currently interest 
by several commercial publishers in the work of the Presidential Scholars. 

Professional Development Calendar 

The process of assembling dates of meetings and seminars across the state for professional organizations is under- 
way this summer. The calendar is scheduled for publication during the summer for fall distribution. The calendar 
includes all the major and regional mathematics, science and technology seminars, workshops and institutes given by 
organizations, universities, Educational Service Centers or the State Board. Schools will be able to refer to one main 
calendar for these professional activities. 

Saturday Scholars 

The Outstanding Lecture Series is one of the many educational opportunities provided by the Corridor Partnership 
for Excellence in Education organization and the collaboration of IMSA and Illinois Bell. Talented high school students 
in the Corridor area are invited to the series of lectures by professionals from the Corridor community. The program 
was piloted at IMSA this past winter and will be extended to a northern and a central site for the 1988 school year. 

Afternoon Scholars 

Afternoon Scholars is a training project developed by 
Aurora University, Corridor Partnership for Excellence in 
Education and Waubonsee Community College to provide 
hands-on science learning for elementary and high school 
students. The two-part program calls for the training of 
teachers and piloting of enrichment activities for the 
classroom. Once the pilot is completed in December it 
will be replicated through the IMSA Outreach Program 
across the state of Illinois providing services directly to 
school districts. 


The Outreach Office is also developing several major 
proposals. A new proposal submitted to the National Sci- 
ence Foundation this year is the "Program Solicitation: 
TION." The preliminary proposal seeks $3.5 million in 
support from NSF to improve the content of science in- 
struction in middle school science by developing, testing, 
refining and disseminating a model which views the stu- 
dent as an apprentice investigator. The proposal would 
engender over 540 middle schools over a four year peri- 
od. It represents the inter-institutional collaboration of 
elementary and secondary schools, colleges and univer- 
sities, business, industry, research, major educational 
publishers and several professional organizations. 


Perfect Scores 
For Music 

Several IMSA musicians have been 
making their mark in competitions 
during the year. Most recently, seven 
IMSA talented students achieved 
perfect scores at the Class B compe- 
tition at Coal City High School 
against 15 other schools in the area. 
Another 28 students achieved a Su- 
perior rating for their individual or 
ensemble efforts. 

A perfect score of 40 was awarded 
to the following students: 


Greg Jun 

Christa Puckett 

Andrea Stonecipher 

Rebecca Arnal and Young Lee - Duet 

Jennifer Schwartz and Nancy Young - 

Becky Hansen, Sharon Baker and 

Greg Jun - Trio 


Brian Patterson - Euphonium 

Several students scored between 
35-40 points for a Superior rating, 


Steve Blessing - Alto Saxophone 

Carolyn Choi - Piano 

Melissa Clever - Trumpet 

Becky Hansen - Vocal 

Katie Hashimoto - Flute 

Cheryl Heinz - Clarinet 

Eleanore Kim - String 

Sue Kim - String 

James Kingery - Alto Saxophone 

Joanna Lin - Timpani 

G. Allen Mayer - French Horn 

Sona Nadenichek - Flute 

Dori Ratajczyk - Clarinet 

Alvia Romious - Alto Saxophone 


Eleanore Kim, Eugene Huang, 

Paul Lee - String 
Diana Rios, Andrea Stonecipher, 

Kelly Wojcik - Vocal 
Greg Jun, Andrea Stonecipher - Vocal 
Carrie Jordan, Kelly Wojcik - Vocal 
Sona Nadenichek, Katie Hashimoto - 



"Potential for Greatness 
The IMSA Art Collection 

he Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy is the new home for 
approximately $100,000 worth of artwork from artists across the 
state of Illinois. Through the Illinois Art in Architecture program, 
the Academy is eligible to serve as a repository for the artwork. According 
to Michael Dunbar, Coordinator of the "Illinois % For Art" program, the 
state sets aside a percentage of the construction budget to acquire art- 
work for new developments. "The program is in its tenth year," says 
Dunbar. "It's designed to support the artists in Illinois and provide an in- 
centive for them to continue staying in Illinois and adding to the culture of 
the state." 

The IMSA Collection is considered a major project among more than 
120 projects the program has around Illinois, from cities like Chicago to 
new construction in Carbondale. The "Illinois % For Art" program con- 
sists of the purchase of existing work, rather than the commissioning of 
new work. Legislation requires that the artworks be designated for new 
buildings and that they come from Illinois artists. 

A fine arts committee appointed by the Illinois Capital Development 
Board, went through a specific selection process in acquiring the artwork. 
The committee included IMSA Director Dr. Stephanie Marshall who sug- 
gested "Potential For Greatness" as the title for the Academy collection. 
The committee asked six recognized leaders in the visual arts field to 
nominate 18 artists each. The artists were invited to submit slides and 
prices of their work for consideration. The committee reviewed each of 
the entries and purchased the final selections within the $100,000 budget. 

"The interesting thing about the IMSA project," says Dunbar, " is that 
when the committee requested the nominations, they stated that the 
thrust of the selection would be 'potential for greatness'. He adds that the 
nominators were looking for art depicting the theme and for emerging ar- 
tists who, in 20 years may be very important in their particular field. 

"We are in a starmaker situtation," says Dunbar. "The committee had 
an opportunity to provide works by emerging artists that may one day 
be invaluable. Some may one day be worth what we paid for the entire 
collection. It's an exciting situation to be in." 

continued next page 

Student visitors view "Art as a Three Ring Circus " by Terrence Karpowicz on display 
at IMSA. 



26 Artworks Selected 

Many of the artists submitting samples of their work were intrigued 
by the concept of "Potential For Greatness" and by the Academy. Artist 
Terrence Karpowicz first visited the Academy when he placed his oak 
sculpture in the main hallway of the academic area. "I was impressed with 
the process of selecting emerging artists from Chicago and across Illinois. 
It is interesting to me that the value of the collection will grow as IMSA 
also matures and grows." 

Commenting on his own accepted work, "Art As A Three Ring Circus", 
Karpowicz says, "it was designed with the idea of a nucleus and elec- 
trons. There's a statement here about how the nucleus and the electrons 
are interdependent and interconnected - it's the same with the school 
and the community." 

A total of 26 were selected for the "Potential For Greatness" Collection. 
In addition to Karpowicz' entry some of the other artpieces and their cre- 
ators include: 

Mike Bauer, West Chicago "Camel's Gate" (Concrete 


Larry Bernstein, Carbondale "Broderick's Garden" (Oil) 

David Bower, Chicago "Habitat for Satin Bowerbird" 

(Acrylic on Wood) 

Bill Boysen. School of Art "Shard Series: Vessel" (Glass 

Southern Illinois University Sculpture) 

James Butler, Chicago "Looking West from Albrecht" 

(Pastel Drawing) 
David Driesbach. DeKalb "A Message For the King" (Four 

Panel- Etchings) 

Frank Gunter, Champaign "Distraction" (Acrylic) 

Martyl, Schaumburg "Islands" (Acrylic) 

"Near Abiqui" (Acrylic) 

Sandra McMorris Johnson, "Lapsus" (Fiber Sculpture) 

Terrence Karpowicz, Chicago "Art as a Three Ring Circus" (White 

Oak Sculpture) 

Richard Loving, Chicago "Richochet" (Oil) 

Edward McCullough, Cissna Park "Crossing #1" (Steel Sculpture) 

Didier Nolet, Chicago "Les Grandes Arbres" (Oil) 

Will Petersen, Evanston "Cloud Flute Moment" (Lithograph) 

Frank Piatek, Chicago "Of Events in the Light Garden: 

Eros and Psche - The Golden 

Light" (Oil) 

Robert L. Paulson, School of Art "El Sol y La Luna" (Oil) 

Southern Illinois University 
Hollis Sigler, Prairie View "She Still Dreams of Flying" 

"There is Healing to Be Done" 


Jeanette Pasin Sloan, River Forest "Bassano Stripes" (Lithograph) 

Charles Swedlund, Carbondale "Blue Pool" (Dye Print) 

Bob Thall, Chicago "Chicago" (Photography) 

Steven Waldeck, Spring Grove "Beach House" (Kinetic 


Building Bridges 
to New 

An IMSA student finished in the 
top 15 of the Regional Bridge Build- 
ing competition. Dan DeUgarte 
(Arlington Heights) placed 15th in 
the contest that drew more than 120 
students from the Chicago Metro- 
politan area, including three other 
IMSA students. 

The four, which also included Jim 
Day, Sue Wu and Brian Patterson, 
represented the Academy after suc- 
cessfully challenging other students 
at the Academy in an in-house com- 
petition coordinated by sponsor Pat 
LaMaster. "We had a good showing," 
says LaMaster, "considering that this 
is the first year our students com- 
peted, while the other schools have 
been to the contest several times." 
Three students from the regional 
contest in Chicago qualified for the 

Sophomore Jim Day (Carrollton) prepares 
his bridge for additional weights in the 
Regional Bridge Building contest. 

The bridgebuilding competition re- 
quires students to design a bridge 
made of balsa wood. The object is to 
design the bridge to span a specified 
gap (30 cm) and for the total mass of 
the bridge to be less than 15-25 
grams. Participants were rated on 
efficiency - how much weight the 
bridge holds, divided by its weight. 
The resulting quotient is then used 
to rank the entries and their 

"The rules change from place to 
place and from year to year," says 
LaMaster, who expects to have an 
even better showing next year. But 
adds that he is pleased with the ac- 
complishments this year competing 
with mostly sophomore students. 
"We did very well." 




Math Students 
Take A.I.M.E 

More than 40 Illinois Mathematics 
and Science Academy students quali- 
fied to take the American Invitational 
Mathematics Exam (AIME). In order 
to qualify for an invitation, students 
must score over 100 points out of a 
possible 150 on the American High 
School Mathematics Exam. Approx- 
imately one-half of 196 of all students 
taking the AHSME each year qualify 
for the special recognition. 

Additionally, another 23 students 
qualified for the Merit Roll by scor- 
ing over 90 points. Students on the 
Merit Roll are either ninth or tenth 
graders who took the AHSME test. 

A team score is determined by ad- 
ding the top three scorers. For IMSA, 
the top three and their scores for 
the AHSME are: Steve Collins (Wau- 
kegan) 130, Jordan Koss 
(Northbrook) 130, and Peter Gast 
(Naperville) 123. 

The list of Honor Roll and Merit 
Roll Students and their hometowns 
is as follows: 

Math instructor Sue Eddins supervises stu- 
dents as they take the American High 
School Mathematics Exam at IMSA. 



Home School 


Stanley Kim 

Addison Trail HS 


Mark Smith 

Addison Trail HS 


Marc Booth 

Gillespie Cmty HS 


Mehmet Guler 

Anna-Jonesboro Cmty HS 


Phillip Dunham 

Aurora West HS 


Derek Wolfgram 

Aurora West HS 


David Joerg 

Batavia Jr. HS 


Sue Wu 

Batavia Jr. HS 


Anil Gurnaney 

Lake Park HS 


Adam Taylor 

University HS 


James Murdoch 

Lyons Township HS 


Saunders Hsu 

Charleston HS 


Jennifer Krasovec 

Bogan HS 

Elk Grove Village 

Paul Ivsin 

James B. Conant HS 

Elk Grove Village 

Frank Lai 

F.Ik Grove US 


Lillian Kao 

York Cmty HS 


Ramez Naam 

Flora HS 


Jody Yates 

Quincy Sr. HS 


Vijay Sukumaran 

Woodland School Dist #50 


Young Lee 

Joliet Township West HS 

Lake Villa 

Dean Bazata 

Antioch Cmty HS 


Samuel Choi 

Naperville Central HS 


Todd Groner 

Marion HS 


Andrew Huizenga 

Morrison HS 


Katharine Rink 

Carbondale Cmty HS 


Peter Gast 

Naperville North HS 


Michael Peil 

Thayer J. Hill Jr. HS 


Jordan Koss 

Maple Jr. HS 

Oak Forest 

James Petrie 

Oak Forest HS 


Karen Kiener 

William Fremd HS 


Laura Kozlevcar 

Richwoods HS 


Paul Lee 

Washington School 

Rock Island 

David Reed 

Rock Island HS 


Brian Maier 

Thomas Jefferson HS 


Eric Martell 

Jane Addams Jr. HS 


Jay McDannell 

Williamsville HS 

South Holland 

Michael Rodriguez 

Mt. Carmel HS 


Rick Gimbel 

Sparland HS 


Andrew Oh 

Springfield HS 

St. Anne 

Paul Capriotti 

Kankakee Jr. HS 


Douglas Turnbull 

Urbana Jr. HS 

Wads worth 

Robert Chang 

Warren Township HS 


Steven Collins 

Daniel Webster Jr. HS 


Raymond Dames 

Wilmington HS 






Home School 


David Kung 

Carbondale Cmty HS 


Stephen Blessing 

Carterville HS 


Nancy Young 

Cary-Grove HS 


Andrew Chen 

Charleston HS 


Marie Reinke 

Immaculate Heart of Mary HS 


Efstathia Saranteas 

George Washington HS 

Crescent City 

John Dexter 

Crescent-lroquois HS 


Lori Buetow 

Hubbard Trail Jr. HS 


Jeffrey Dodge 

MacArthur HS 


Korin Yang 

DeKalb HS 


William Grambley 

Kaneland Jr./Sr. HS 


Bowen Chung 

York Cmty HS 


Kevin Schraith 

University HS 


Kevin Narimatsu 

Geneva Cmty HS 

Hanover Park 

Carol Willhelm 

Streamwood HS 


Robert Kuhl 

Harvard Cmty HS 


Gabriel Demombynes 

Hinsdale Township Central HS 


Scott Pfister 

Hinsdale Township Central HS 


Arthur Huang 

Joliet Township West HS 


John Kwon 

Joliet Catholic HS 


Sharon Sundy 

Mahomet-Seymour HS 


Jeffrey Truitt 

Marion HS 


Mark Armantrout 

Mattoon HS 


William Grebner 

Acad of our Lady/Spalding Inst 


Chris Dunlap 

Rockridge HS 


David Franklin 

Bettendorf HS 


Andrew Harrison 

Naperville Central HS 


Theodore Lizak 

Palatine HS 


Erik Rothbaum 

Richwoods HS 

Poplar Grove 

John Ellingson 

North Boone HS 

Rock Falls 

Matthew Maddox 

Rock Falls HS 


David Colclasure 

Aurora West HS 


Rowan Lockwood 

Rockford East HS 


Christopher Dargis 

St. Viator HS 

West Chicago 

Amy Courtin 

West Chicago Cmty HS 

West Dundee 

Denise Chatfield 

Dundee-Crown HS 


Ann Ashenfelder 

Wheaton Nurth HS 

Math All-Stars 
Make Chicago 

Three Illinois Mathematics 
and Science Academy students 
will be able to represent the 
area as members of a Chicago 
All-Star team. The students, 
however, will not be bouncing a 
basketball or tossing a football. 
Instead, they will be matching 
their intellect against other re- 
gional teams as members of the 
1988 Chicago All-Star Math 
Team. The students competed 
against 200 other students from 
the greater Chicago Metro- 
politan area for a place on the 
30-member team. 

IMSA students making the 
team include: Steve Collins 
(Waukegan), Jong Ho Kim 
(Hoffman Estates), Paul Ivsin 
(Elk Grove Village) and Laura 
Kozlevcar (Peoria). 

More than 30 IMSA students 
competed for the All-Star team, 
with five other students qualify- 
ing as alternates. They are: 
Samuel Choi (Lisle), Peter Gast 
(Naperville), Ray Jan (Chi- 
cago), Jordan Koss 
(Northbrook) and Wayming 
Wu (Downers Grove). 

The Chicago All-Star team 
competed against other regional 
teams at the American Regions 
Math League (ARML) meet at 
Duke University on June 4, 1988. 



IMSA Math Team Top Finisher 
in Three Leagues 

Two Illinois Mathematics and Sci- 
ence Academy students are in first 
place in the North Suburban Math 
league, while the IMSA team finished 
in second place. The Academy also 
currently ranks ninth nationally in 
the Atlantic-Pacific Math League and 
second in the Illinois Math League, 
in only its second year of competi- 
tion in both leagues. 

"Illinois has some of the top 
mathematics schools in the coun- 
try," says one IMSA team coach, 
Chuck Hamberg. "So, to do as well 
as we have, in just a short period of 
time is truly amazing." 

After five meets during the course 
of the year and with 40 schools 
vying in what is considered one of 
the toughest leagues in the state and 
possibly the country, Steve Collins 
(Waukegan) is in first place in the 
sophomore category, while Michael 
Peil (Naperville) finished first in the 
Freshman category. The IMSA team 
finished second overall in the North 
Suburban Math League which is com- 
prised of about 40 schools in the 
Chicago Metropolitan area. 

In the national Atlantic-Pacific 
Math League, IMSA went into the 
fifth contest in ninth place, a ranking 
that is expected to improve with the 
outstanding showing of several stu- 
dents, including five who scored 
perfect papers. Students turning in 
perfect scores included: Steve Col- 
lins, Peter Gast (Naperville), Jong 
Ho Kim (Hoffman Estates), Jordan 
Koss (Northbrook) and Paul Ivsin 
(Elk Grove Village). The top five 
IMSA students in the Atlantic Pacific 
League after five contests are: Peter 
Gast, Jordan Koss (Northbrook), 
Saunders Hsu (Charleston), Laura 
Kozlevcar (Peoria) and Jong Ho 

IMSA is in second place statewide 
with 112 team points after five 
rounds of the Illinois Math League 
competition. The Academy missed a 
three-way tie for first by only one 
point behind Evanston and Naper- 
ville North each with 113 points. In 
addition to Collins, Kim and Gast, 
other top scorers in the Illinois Math 
League include: Lillian Kao 
(Elmhurst), Paul Ivsin, and Way- 
ming Wu (Downers Grove). 

The IMSA math team and their sponsors surround the many trophies earned in the North 
Suburban Math League and the Illinois Math League. 

IMSA Chess Team 
Wins Second 
State Title! 

The Illinois Mathematics and Sci- 
ence Academy Chess team is once 
again the state Class A Champion, 
for the second year in a row. Four 
of the team's members also quali- 
fied for the individual State Chess 

The team defended its state title at 
the state tournament at Evergreen 
Park High School (Chicago). The 
team went 6-0 overall defeating Wa- 
verly in the first round, then winning 
over Georgetown Rich Farms, Quig- 
ley North, Stillan Valley, Hales 
Franciscan and Rockford Christian 

The tournament caps a winning 
season for the team that finished 
with a 21-2 record. IMSA lost only 
two meets during the season. One 
loss went to the team that took sec- 
ond place in the state in the Class 
AA. The second loss came when 
IMSA entered only its junior varsity 

John Hoesley and Jason Ribando 
dominated their respective boards, 
going undefeated in the six round 
tournament. Ray Dames and Doug 
Turnbull each went 5-1. 

The players and their positions at 
the tournament were: 
1st Board John Hoesley 
(Chicago), 6-0 
2nd Board Jim Petrie 

(Oak Forest), 2-2-2 
3rd Board Doug Turnbull 

(Urbana), 5-1 
4th Board Jason Ribando 

(Peoria), 6-0 
5th Board Ray Dames 

(Wilmington), 5-1 

According to coach Krist Enstrom 
(Delavan, Wise), the team domi- 
nated the tournament, although at 
the second board position, Petrie 
faced stiff competition. "I think many 
of the schools sacrificed the first 
board to try to win at the second 
board position, so Petrie probably 
had the toughest position to play." 
Anil Gurnaney (Bloomingdale), Jos- 
eph Oh (Hoopeston) and Karl 
Koschnitzke (Aurora) were 



'Industrial Archaeology' - 
Theme for New History Group 

A new organization emerged this 
year from the social science depart- 
ment. Under the direction of 
instructor Jerry Balin, the Living 
History Interest Group focused on 
"industrial archaeology" as a theme 
to study the tangible evidence of our 
technological and industrial past. 
Some of the activities included an 
on-site investigation, by bicycle, of 
the Fox River industrial and trans- 
portation corridor from Aurora to 
Elgin. The trip concluded with a visit 
to the Relic Trolley Museum. 

On another trip to a winter festi- 
val, students gained first-hand 
experience with early refrigeration 
techniques by scoring ice behind a 
horsepowered ice cutter and cutting 
ice with ice saws at Lake Blackwell. 

In March, the group conducted 
oral history interviews for their roles 
as six railroad workers, circa. 1920 in 
their unique presentation of the 
"IMSA Time Machine". The presenta- 
tion was part of the Grand Opening 
of the new Aurora Transportation 
Center, formerly the 1855 Burlington 
railroad Roundhouse. 

The group ended the year with an 
on-site visit to existing canal build- 
ings and locks, which included an 
inspection by canoe of one the can- 
als still holding water. 

"It's been an exciting year," says 
Balin, "in which students have been 
able to see connections between 
concepts and ideas of history, and 
the physical remnants of our techno- 
logical past." 

An IMSA student cuts the ice, the old- 
fashioned way. during a recent trip to Lake 
Blackwell as they learned about early re- 
frigeration methods. 

IMSA students and members of the 
Social Science Department are mak- 
ing plans for the placement of a 
historical marker they developed to 
commemorate victims of a major 
Chicago disaster. The Illinois Histori- 
cal Society unanimously approved 
the proposal for a Historical marker 
to commemorate the Eastland ferry 
disaster of 1915. Society officials say 
the unanimous vote is extraordinary 
since it has been years that commit- 
tee voted completely in favor of any 

The Social Science Department, un- 
der the leadership of Bernard 
Hollister and Bill Stepien, began the 
academic year studying the disaster 
by having students research news ar- 
ticles, court testimony, insurance 
documents and gravesites. Several 
students developed a deeper interest 
in the tragedy when they realized 
that few people were aware of the 

event that cost the lives of 812 peo- 
ple. The students and teachers were 
then inspired to propose a commem- 
orative plaque to be placed at the 
site where the Eastland ferry sud- 
denly overturned, taking the lives of 
most of its passengers, including wo- 
men and children. 

"The significance is that many 
can't believe the greatest tragedy in 
the history of Illinois has gone with- 
out some commemoration to the 
victims," says Hollister. "The unani- 
mous vote is exceptional and brings 
a good closure to this year of inten- 
sive study. We are delighted that 
after 73 years, the victims of such an 
enormous tragedy may finally be 

IMSA and the Historical Society 
will each cover half of the cost for 
manufacture of the marker. The IMSA 
students and staff members will now 
be working with Chicago city officials 

for placement of the marker and to 
plan a date for presentation. 

Several students researched the 
event in more depth through history 
projects for the Chicago Metro Histo- 
ry Fair. Banita Butcher (Clinton) and 
Pninit Varol (Carbondale) developed 
a display project based on the trag- 
edy. Four other students developed a 
video presentation, taking on roles of 
survivors of the disaster. Mbuyi Ka- 
zadi and Sanza Kazadi (Boling- 
brook), Nikki Hughes (Hazel Crest) 
and Melissa Clever (Coal Valley) 
presented their video at the Chicago 
History finals. 

Additionally, the faculty and stu- 
dents are attempting to contact 
survivors or relatives of the Eastland 
disaster. Anyone with information 
may call (312) 801-6000 and ask for 
the Social Science department or the 
Communications Office. 



Eighteen Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy students advanced 
to the finals of the Chicago Metro History Fair. The students and their pro- 
jects competed at the Morton West Regional competition in March. 

The projects include three written essays, four display projects and two 
performance presentations. "I'm really proud of the advance by the stu- 
dents," says coach and instructor Bernard Hollister. "We've had an 
increase in the number and types of projects advancing into the finals. 
The students and their projects are: 


David Franklin (Moline) "The Woodlawn Health Center: A Micro- 
cosm of Public Health Care Policy 

Portia Blume (Utica) "Bryan and the Campaign of 1896" 

Paul Capriotti (St. Anne) "The Growth of Chicago Through Its 

Maritime Trade" 


Robert Larson "The Carson Pirie Scott Building" 

(South Holland) 

Andrea Christman "The Day It Rained Hell In Chicago: The 

(Crystal Lake) Crash of the Wingfoot Air Express 

(July 7, 1919)" 

Joanna Lin "Carson Pirie Scott: Evolution of a Chain 

(Glendale Heights) Store 1854-1980" 

Cheryl Heinz (Westchester) "Circus Wreck Ends at Showman's Rest" 

Steve Blessing (Carterville) "The Chicago Connection: The Illinois 

Central Railroad and Its Effect on 

Phil Kim (Hoffman Estates) & "Labor Movement at Waldheim 

Rajan Lukose (Forest Park) Cemetery" 


Sanza Kazadi (Naperville) "The Eastland Disaster" (Videotape) 

Mbuyi Kazadi (Naperville) 
Missy Clever (Coal Valley) 
Nikki Hughes (Hazel Crest) 

Tom McHugh (Oak Lawn) "Ghosts in Graceland: Boxer, 

Chad Wohlrab (Kevvanee) Industrialist, Entrepreneur" 

Harlan Stallings 
(East St. Louis) 
Pat Forman (MerrionettePark) 

Rajan Lukose (Forest Park) explored the history of labor leaders and radicals buried at 
Waldheim Cemetery in his award-winning history project. 



IMSA Future Problem Solvers Go To State 

Three IMSA teams went to the 
>tate finals for the Future Problem 
solving Bowl. The teams consisting 
af a total of 14 students, led by social 
science instructor Bernard Hollister, 
oarticipated in either written or the 
Dral presentations at local and re- 
gional levels on their way to the 

The Future Problem Solving Bowl 
presents students with issues of con- 
cern or potential concern to the 
future of mankind. Students use the 
written or oral format to present 
possible solutions. A total time of 
one hour is given to students to 
make oral presentations and two 
hours are allotted for written essays. 

Participants are given a general re- 
search topic prior to competition 
with the issue or problem presented 
at the time of the Bowl. The topic for 
the regional competition was "chang- 
ing family relations." The stated 
problem for the written essay was - 
"The changing family structure with- 
in the community in the year 2020." 

The first place team decided that 
at the heart of the problem was a 
loss of identity within a community. 
To increase self-awareness they pro- 
posed the erection of an art mural 
wherein individuals of a given com- 
munity could express themselves. 
Placing first in the written essay 
were: Kris Gerhard (Freeburg), Kelly 
Cahill (Aurora), Erin Roche (Elgin), 
Chris Bullinger and Nick Bullinger 
(Sleepy Hollow). 

The same team placed third in the 
Oral competition with their portrayal 
of Cinderella to show how harmony 
can come to a family with different 
backgrounds. The students brought 
the characters together in an art mu- 
ral and ended up going to the ball 

Members of the IMSA team placing 
second were: David Kung (Carbon- 
dale), Phillip Dunham and Richard 
Dunham (Aurora), Steve Moore 
(Bloomington) and Doug Tumbull 

Members of the fourth place team 
at the regionals were: Mitch Gordon 
(Peoria), Karen Kiener (Palatine), 
Lisa Green (Bolingbrook) and David 
Franklin (Moline). 
The students researched and pre- 

pared the topic of the ozone layer 
for the state finals. May 13th and 
14th at Illinois State University in 

Other teams in the orals competi- 
tion and their placings were: 

Portia Blume, Utica 
Sophia Davenport, Macomb 
Andy Chen, Charleston 
Amy Downey, Ohio 
Sarah Yates, Dekalb 

Robert Chang, Wadsworth 
Johnee Kwon, Joliet 
Stanley Kim, Addison 
Maggie Taylor, Peoria 

Chris Caruso, E. Peoria 
Paul Capriotti, St. Anne 
Shirley Ho, Peoria 
T.J. Harrington, Monee 
Dawn VanDekreke, Joliet 

Scholastic Team First 
in State and Nation! 

The Scholastic Bowl Team finished 
first in the state in the Knowledge 
Master Open in April competing 
against 78 Illinois teams. The IMSA 
team of 20 students also placed first 
in the nation for schools of its size. 
The students scored 1668 points out 
of a possible 2000. 

The team topped 278 schools in 
the same size category for first place 
and earned a fifth place finish overall 
against 1350 teams participating. The 
impressive finish qualifies the team 
for entry into other national invita- 
tionals including one at Lake Forest 
at the end of May and one in Orlan- 
do June 10-14. 

The national victories cap an im- 
pressive year for the team which 
earlier earned three first-place Bowl 
trophies. A team of sophomore stu- 
dents competed against 34 high 
school teams from across the state 
meeting at St. Bede Academy earlier 
in the year. Team coach, Ellen Bum- 
ba (Amboy) expected her team to do 
well, but was pleasantly surprised at 
the results. "This was our first year 
in competitions," she said. "Because 
of the youth of the team and not 
having any experienced seniors, the 
students had to put in extra time re- 
searching and doing a lot of good 
hard work on most nights and week- 
ends to succeed." 

The team proved its solidity and 
commitment at an earlier meet in 
Bradley-Bourbonnais, as most of the 
juniors were unable to compete. "All 

of our junior team members had 
stayed to take their SAT exams," stat- 
ed Bumba, "so, we really didn't 
expect as good a showing as we had 
in past competitions. We were up 
against some tough competition." 
The team took the first place trophy 
against 31 schools competing. 

Earlier this year, the team 
brought home the first place trophy 
from a competition at Maine East 
High School and also placed first in 
the state in the National Knowledge 
Bowl competition against 54 Illinois 

Junior members of the team in- 
clude: Team Captain - Portia Blume 
(Utica), Alternate Captain - Steve 
Scott (East Peoria), Mark Annan- 
trout (Mattoon), Steve Blessing 
(Carterville), Brian Butler (Ingle- 
side), Lori Buetow (Crete), Dave 
Franklin (Moline), Jill Mitchell 
(DeKalb), Krista Rakers (Aledo), 
Badri Rengarajan (South Bar- 
rington) and Anthony Stuckey 

The sophomore team members 
are: Team Captain - David Lockhart 
(Quincy), Jay Brieler (Lane), Anil 
Gumaney (Bloomingdale), Jong Ho 
Kim (Hoffman Estates), Michelle 
Markey (Dallas City), Jennifer 
Rawlings (Bridgeview), Sendhil Re- 
vuluri (Palatine), Lucinda Roberts 
(Liberty), and Anant Setlur 



In-Step With 
the IMSA 
Dance Corps 

group of IMSA dancers and 
dance "devotees" has co- 
alesced as the IMSA Dance 
Corps. The energetic tappers have 
popped up on campus with im- 
promptu performances as well as in 
formal presentations. 

The Corps is a spin-off of the 
dance group that met under the di- 
rection of artist-in-residence Julie 
Salk last fall, which was sponsored 
by an Illinois Arts Council grant. 
Salk introduced the idea that dance 
can be a part of the interdisciplin- 
ary effort. The grant for the theme 
"Equinox to Solstice was only for 
the fall, but the initial surge of in- 
terest gained momentum to form 
the present organization. Salk was 
assisted by Resident Counselor Ter- 
ry Slaney, who is now the group's 

"I've really enjoyed working with 
the students," says Slaney. "They 
have a lot of technical talent and a 
lot of motivation and willingness to 

Most recently, they participated 
in a special workshop by the Jos- 
eph Holmes Dance Company in 
April. Under a special grant by CBS, 
the Chicago-based company ex- 
panded its role to develop an 
outreach dance program. The spe- 
cial funds coupled with the 
company's desire to work with 
youth brought the illustrious troupe 
and their artistic director Randy 
Duncan, to IMSA prior to a perfor- 
mance at the Paramount Arts 
Theatre in Aurora. 

"It was really a unique experi- 
ence for our students to talk to 
and learn from this nationally rek- 
nowned company," says Slaney. 
"We were very fortunate to bring 
the dancers here and we expect to 
develop more of this kind of expe- 
rience for next year." 

IMSA Dance Corps tapped their way into the heart of Aurorans on hand for the "Arms 
Across Aurora " charih' fundraiser. 

The IMSA students consider 
themselves devotees of all dance 
and are interested in developing a 
broader understanding of styles 
and dancers. Their interest has led 
them to performances by the Na- 
tional Ballet of Canada at Fermilab 
and to Dekalb's Egyptian Theater 
for a performance by the Margaret 
Jenkins Modern Dance Company. 

In addition to their activities and 
performances, the group's future 
goals include the challenge of learn- 
ing more about the body's make-up 
and how it moves. They will also be 
studying more about kinesiology 
and working to broaden their range 
of movement and movement 

Student Makes All USA Team 

An IMSA junior is a member of one 
of the top three teams of aca- 
demically talented students chosen 
from across the nation as members 
of the 1988 All USA Academic Team. 
David Joerg (Batavia) was selected 
for the Second Team honor in the 
contest sponsored by USA Today 
newspaper. The three teams repre- 
sent the top 60 students in the 
country nominated for the honor, 
with another 88 students named in 
the Honorable Mention category. 

Joerg was selected for his 3.9 
grade point average and for having 
co-authored, produced and directed 
the musical comedy "Omelet" pre- 
sented at IMSA in February. 

According to an article naming the 

winners, students are selected pri- 
marily on achievements beyond the 
classroom. Grades count for about Id 
percent of the score with another 10 
percent based on the rigor of the 
curriculum. Extracurricular activities 
count for 20 percent, but the type 
makes a difference with points given | 
for leadership. 

Nomination forms are sent every 
January to the principal of every USA 
High School. The nominations are 
then screened by a panel of 10 
judges. After the selection of the top 
20 finalists, judges use the same cri- 
teria to determine the top three 
teams and the students for Honor- 
able Mention recognition. 



Student Attends Presidential Classroom Conference 

IMSA student Badri Rengarajan 
(Barrington) was one of more than 
400 students from across the country 
attending the Presidential Classroom, 

conference for students to learn 
tabout the U.S. Government and the 
roles of political leaders. 

Students may attend any of about 
ja dozen seminars during their stay in 
the nation's capitol. The seminars 
are presented by government offi- 
cials and leaders such as the Chief 
,Staff Officer of the Army or various 
departmental leaders and legislators, 
as well as an opportunity to hear 
from newspaper editors or journal- 
ists. During this particular week in 
March, some students even had con- 
tact with demonstrators protesting 
aid to the Contra rebels in 
i Nicaragua. "We did get to see more 
than just the public relations side of 
Washington," says Badri. "I got to 
talk to people who took a strong 
stand on one particular issue." 

Scheduled seminars included 
such topics as - The Reagan Presi- 
dency," "U.S. Foreign Policy 
Initiatives," and "National Defense 
Strategies." Some of the most inter- 
esting sessions, according to Badri, 
were the "Cross-fire" sessions in 
which groups of about 20 students 
discuss issues of international or na- 
tional importance. "One of the issues 
disussed on a domestic level was 
'Should the press be able to publi- 
cize everything?'. Those debates can 
get very interesting because we hear 
1 from both sides," says Badri. "Gov- 
ernment officials argued that certain 
items should be sensitive." Accord- 
ing to Badri, students also have a lot 
of contact with the professional ad- 
visors who lead the discussions 
allowing them to further explore 
some of the issues. Another session 
involved the issue of relations with 
the Soviet Union and the Intermedi- 
ate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty. 

An experience that is new for most 
of the students at the conference is 
that of living with peers and talking 
to them at breakfast, lunch, dinner, 
and bedtime. For Badri sharing a 
room with classmates is familiar ter- 

ritory except that this time he was 
sharing with three other students, 
one from Virginia, one from a military 
school in New York and one student 
from Puerto Rico. "We talked from 
six in the morning to midnight. We 
learned a lot from each other." 

Badri believes his academic experi- 
ence at IMSA helped him to get the 
most of of the Presidential Class- 
room program. "I was worried that I 
might not be able to do as well as 
other students who I thought would 
have a strong humanities back- 
ground," says Badri. "But I found 

that even though I am a math and 
science student, I took a lot of what 
I learned at IMSA in the social sci- 
ence classes, with me - the way to 
speak, the way to debate, the way 
to read something and interpret the 
different perspectives." 

In summing up the value of the 
Presidential Classroom experience, 
Badri says his own awareness and 
understanding of the different politi- 
cal attitudes and issues increased. "I 
learned more there in that one 
week than I would have in a course 
on government." 

Junior Badri Rengarajan and students from other states learned as much from each other 
as they did from speakers at the Presidential Classroom Conference. Students visited with 
their respective legislative leaders while in the nation 's capital. 



Debate Team - 
A Stated Success! 

A group of 12 students formed 
a new school organization this 
year as members of the IMSA De- 
bate team. The season record of 
10 wins and only 5 losses is a 
tribute to the students efforts, in- 
terest and hard work, says team 
coach Angela Chiles. 

The students participated in 
five tournaments, with three of 
the teams going on to sectionals. 
Sophomore Rajan Lukose (For- 
est Park) took the Best Speaker 
award at the Illinois State Uni- 
versity Tournament, as well as 
Second Place at the Augustana 
Tournament. Two other students 
also took individual honors at 
the Augustana Tournament. 
Keith Burgard (Bradley) placed 

third and Gina Martyn (Chicago 
Ridge) placed ninth. 

Five students went on to sec- 
tionals, including: Chris Caruso 
(East Peoria), Todd Groner 
(Marion), Chris Hage (Dixon), 
Rajan Lukose and Maggie Taylor 
(Peoria). The students debated 
on whether the U.S. should 
adopt a policy to increase stabil- 
ity in Latin America. 

Other members of the debate 
team include: 

Portia Blume (Utica) 
Robert Chang (Wadsworth) 
Geeta Gumaney 

Aerin Hyun (Orland Park) 
Adam Taylor (Bloomington) 

First Gala 
A Success 

The First Annual IMSA Fund Gala 
attracted over 400 guests and raised 
over $23,000. The Gala is the first 
dinner dance fundraising event 
aimed at supporting the Academy's 
program through the IMSA Fund For 
Advancement of Education. 

The evening of fun, dancing, 
candlelight and prizes included en- 
tertainment by the Brian Patti 
Orchestra, dinner, and a silent auc- 
tion. Dinner music was provided by 
members of the IMSA String Ense- 
mble who strolled around tables for 
some of the musical selections. Gov- 
ernor James Thompson served as 
Honorary Chairman for the Gala. 

All proceeds from the $60 per 
plate dinner went to the IMSA Fund 
for Advancement of Education which 
supports the Academy's program 
and statewide programs for Illinois' 
brightest minds through the IMSA 
Outreach program. 

Silver and blue balloons lend to the festive 
mood during the first annual IMSA Fund 

IMSA Director, Dr. Stephanie 
Pace Marshall, published an article >' 
in "The Gifted Child Today" maga- 

zine. The article entitled "Investment^ 
in the Future: The Illinois Mathema 
tics and Science Academy" ran in thel* 
March/April 1988 issue of the 

Eight IMSA junior students pre- II 
sented mathematical discussions to ji 
participants of the Illinois Section 
Mathematical Association of Ameri- j 
ca, 1988 Meeting. The session by the] 
students - "Are these the Polyas of 
the Future?" - was one of several 
during the three-day meeting at 
Bradley University in Peoria. Under 
the guidance of math instructor 
Chuck Hamberg, the presenters and 
their topics were: 

Solving The 
Problem" (from 
the AIME Exam) 
Generating Pat- 
terns Using The 
3-4-5 Pythag- 
orean Triple 
Two Proofs of 
Stewart's Theo- 

Finding Integer 
Solutions for a 
Rational Func- 

Using Trigo- 
Relationships To 
Derive The Area 
Formula of Heron 
Mathematics of 
the Lazy Man: 
Using Ideas of 

Small Problem + 
Extension = Con- 

Using Number 
Theory Ideas in 

Peter Gast 

Amy Courtin 
(West Chicago) 

Sam Choi 

Laura Kozlevcar 

Jordan Koss 

Paul Ivsin 
(Elk Grove 

Lillian Kao 

Steven Collins 




Jean Kaminski, mathematics in- 
structor, challenged her geometry 
Classes to design bridges using 
itraws, pins and a specified size of 
josterboard. The winning bridge 
vould be decided by the amount of 
veight it would hold. While many of 
he bridges were able to hold as 
nuch as 2 grams of weight, two stu- 
lents outdistanced everyone with a 
)ridge that withstood 4.6 grams, 
iophomores Chad Wohlrab and Har- 
an Stallings designed the winning 

Two IMSA students received the 
"American Legion School Award". 
Amy Courtin (West Chicago) and 
Steve Moore (Bloomington) were se- 
lected from among several students 
vying for the honor. The award is giv- 
en to high school students who live 
up to and possess high ideals of 
courage, honor, leadership, patrio- 
tism, scholarship and service to the 
community, state and nation. The cri- 
teria for the award is seen as 
necessary for the preservation and 
protection of the fundamental institu- 
tions of our society. 

Gina Martyn (Chicago Ridge) and Katy Hashimoto (Peoria) place weights on their straw 
bridge for their geometry class project. 

An Illinois Mathematics and Sci- 
ence Academy student will be one of 
two students to represent Illinois at 
the Colonial Dames Constitutional 
Essay finals in Washington, D.C. Eric 
Wang, a sophomore IMSA student 
from Hanover Park made the final 
cut from among 4,000 students com- 
peting for the all-expenses paid trip 
to the nation's capital. 

Wang is one of more than 30 stu- 
dents selected nationally for the 
finals competition that includes a 
one-week extensive seminar on 
Congress. "This is a most unusual 
accomplishment," says Wang's IMSA 
coach Bernard Hollister. "I think it 
reflects on the strength of the hu- 
manities program at the Academy as 
a complement to the strong math 
and science curriculum." 

Wang will be making the trip to 
Washington in June. 

Dr. Neil Clark, English instructor, 
has been awarded a National Endow- 
ment of Humanities Fellowship to 
study in Florence, Italy. The NEH 
Summer Seminar for Secondary 
School Teachers will focus on "Gal- 
ileo: Religion and Science" led by 
Professor William Carroll, Cornell 
College. Dr. Clark will leave for Flo- 
rence on July 5 and return August 
9th. He will prepare for a course to 
be offered at IMSA next year. 

In the meantime, Dr. Clark is finish- 
ing work with his students as they 
study dramatic forms. He obtained a 
copy of an episode script for the TV 
program "Frank's Place" before it ac- 
tually aired on CBS. Students have 
been studying the Elizabethan form 
of drama and Greek tragedy in prepa- 
ration for study of modern forms. By 
reading a script prior to airing, stu- 
dents are able to discuss formal 
differences and later test the thesis 
that the particular show is a form of 
a short story rather than a situation 

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Dr. Ron Pine, Biology instructor, 
had an article published on the 
Black- Shouldered Opossum, Cal- 
uromysiops irrupta, in the 
Fieldiana: Zoology, new series, num- 
ber 39. It appeared in the festshrift 
"Studies in Neotropical Mammology: 
Essays in Honor of Philip Her- 
schkovitz." He co-authored the 
article with Dr. Robert J. Izor. The re- 
search was aimed at making some 
physical distinctions between this 
particular species and three other 
species of Caluromys. The article 
concludes that the species has often 
been erroneously or incompletely 
characterized in scientific literature. 
Dr. Pine is a Research Associate in 
the division of mammals at the Chi- 
cago Field Museum. He is also a 
Field Collaborator and Former Asso- 
ciate Curator of Mammals at the 
Smithsonian Institute. 

Two IMSA teachers and five stu- 
dents participated in Globalfest '88, 
a festival for students and teacher of 
foreign languages and social studies. 
Jerry Balin, social science instructor, 
and Sandra Bodini, Spanish instruc- 
tor accompanied Anne Allen 
(Minooka), Debbie Finfrock (Alta- 
mont), Nikki Hughes (Hazel Crest), 
Supranee Nopachai (Centralia) and 
Harlan Stallings (East St. Louis) to 
the festival. Over 1500 students at- 
tended the festival held at University 
High School at Normal, Illinois. The 
students participated in activities 
that included language immersion 
rooms, an international academic 
bowl, and skits and dances with an 
international flavor. 

Scott Pfister (Hinsdale), an IMSA 
junior, will be attending a special 
summer program at Oxford Univer- 
sity, England. Scott will be taking a 
concentrated course on Shakespeare. 

It was "un bon jour" recently at 
IMSA, as some 21 students from 
Beauvais, France visited with their 
American peers. The students vis- 
ited classes, dined on hot dogs and 
hamburgers and ended the day with 
an Ice Cream and Cookie Party. They 
were sent on their way with a sing- 
a-long by IMSA's students of French 
who entertained the visitors with 
several popular American songs. 

Several IMSA students served in 
principal music positions for the Fox 
Valley Festival in April. Over 600 stu- 
dents from Chicago area high 
schools participated in the festival. 
Approximately 300 boys formed the 
choir, with another 200 students 
playing in the band. About 150 stu- 
dents played in the orchestra. IMSA 
students serving in principal posi- 
tions in the string section were: 

Sue Kim (Lindenhurst) - Concert 

Eugene Huang (Bourbonnais) - Prin- 
cipal 2nd Violin 
Paul Lee (Peoria) - Principal 

Steve Scott (East Peoria) - Choral 

Chemistry instructor, Mary Van- 
Verst was one of three speakers for a 
meeting of chemistry teachers spon- 
sored by the American Chemical 
Society. The meeting at Buffalo 
Grove High School focused on the 
state of laboratory experiments in 
the chemistry curriculum. Vanverst 
gave a presentation of experimental 
procedures and policies at IMSA. 

Michael Sloan, physics instructor 
and author of several computer 
user's guides, has now set-up a Bul- 
letin Board System (BBS) for on-line 
assistance. Now readers of his user's 
guide to Microsoft Works can upload 
and download messages and files, 
following exercises in his book. One 
of the features of the Illinois-based 
BBS is the public message section 
where users can leave questions and 
get answers on Works. Working With 
Works operates 24 hours a day, 
seven days a week and is free. The 
number is (312) 260-9660. 

Physics and computer instructor Michael Sloan has set up his own bulletin board system 
For computer assistance. 





Sue Eddins, mathematics instruc- 
tor, is President-Elect of the Metro 
Math Club, the first charter affiliate 
of the National Council of Teachers 
of Mathematics (NCTM). Sue will 
oversee the program developments 
for the 1988-89 activity year. The 
Metro Math Club observes its 75th 
anniversary this year! 

She is also among other educators 
who will form an Illinois delegation 
to Japan in the fall. The delegation 
will be sharing information about 
teaching techniques in the U.S., while 
gathering information about Japa- 
nese math teaching techniques. 
Eddins and the other teachers will 
spend two weeks visiting Japan. 

An Academy sophomore is a na- 
tional winner in the 1988 National 
French contest. Kim Dilley (Roscoe) 
placed fifth nationally in the 53rd 

Annual National French Contest. 

Kim placed in the top one percent 
nationally against more than 80,000 
students nationwide and abroad who 
competed in the exam. Regionally 
she placed 5th, and in fourth place in 
the Chicago Region Chapter. Kim and 
the other winning students were hon- 
ored at an awards ceremony at 
Maine East Township High School on 
May 21st. 

Bernard Hollister, social science 
instructor, has been accepted to the 
Harvard University-NEH Summer In- 
stitute on Russian/Soviet History 
and Culture. Teachers for the pro- 
gram are selected by 
recommendation and on the basis of 
submitted essays. Participants in the 
Institute are encouraged to give pre- 
sentations at any of the meetings 
scheduled during the session. 


Alan Schriesheim (right), director of 
Argonne National Laboratory, congratulates 
students from the Illinois Math and Science 
Academy, who finished fourth in the sec- 
ond annual Argonne Science Bowl Team 
members are (standing) faculty advisor 
Chris Kawa, Stephen Blessing, Bill Gram- 
bley, Tony Stuckey, (seated) Badrinath 
Rengarajan and Mehmet L. Giiler. Teams 
from 30 Chicago-area high schools com- 
peted in the April 23 event. Argonne 
National Laboratory photo. 

Chemistry instructor Chris Kawa 
was one of nine Outstanding High 
School Science Teachers honored by 
Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois. 

Kawa, an alumni of Knox, and the 
other honorees were nominated by 
students and teachers for excellence 
in teaching and commitment to 
learning. The convocation held ear- 
lier this year was in conjunction with 
the college's 150th anniversary. 

IMSA physics instructor Pat 
LaMaster and physicists from Fermi 
National Accelerator Laboratory 
served as presenters for a seminar 
on "Contemporary Physics at Fer- 
milab" at the Florida Institute of 
Technology. The seminars for high 
school physics and chemistry teach- 
ers was sponsored by the American 
Association of Physics Teachers 
(AAPT), Physics Department of Flori- 
da Institute of Technology, Fermi 
National Accelerator Laboratory, 
Friends of Fermilab and the Space 
Coast Science Center. 

LaMaster presented labs and dem- 
onstrations based on his training at 
Fermilab under an AAPT grant from 
the National Science Foundation. He 
was one of two teachers to receive 
the special training and selected for 
the conference held in May. 

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Jerome Balin, social science in- 
structor, has been awarded two 
summer fellowships. Balin will be 
touring Indonesia and Singapore in 
June-July as a Fulbright Fellow. The 
seminar will include on-site explora- 
tions of museums, factories, and 
schools, with an emphasis on the 
history, language and ethnic diversity 
of each country. 

In August, Balin will be working 
with Jessie Ball duPont Religious, 
Charitable and Educational Founda- 
tion as a Stratford Fellow. Mr. Balin 
will use Stratford Hall Plantation and 
the surrounding areas of Virginia as a 
resource to develop educational ma- 
terials for teachers. 

IMSA junior student, Kevin Munoz 
(Moline) is one of 22 Illinois stu- 
dents selected as young 
Ambassadors to the Soviet Union. 

More than 900 American students 
were selected as part of the "Initia- 
tive for Understanding: American 
Soviet Ambassador Exchange." The 

"People to People" organization so- 
licited recommendations from 
government employees. Recom- 


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IMSA junior Jeff Truitt (Carbondale) takes 
the podium at the Youth in Government 
meeting in Springfield. Jeff also took the 
top position as President of Senate. 

mended students were invited to 
apply for a place in the exchange, by 
submitting essays. The candidates 
were then interviewed by a panel of 
three judges to form the final nation- 
al group. The students will be 
meeting with Governor Jim 
Thompson and later the national 
group will meet with President 
Ronald Reagan at the White House. 

The students will meet with their 
Soviet counterparts July 3 through 
July 30. They will discuss issues of 
mutual concern and each will submit 
the result of their "summit" meeting 
to American and Soviet leadership. 

Chicago Students Visit IMSA 

More than 900 elementary school 
students from the city of Chicago got 
a first-hand look at the state's only 
residential high school for the gifted 
when students from 9 Chicago public 
schools visited the Illinois Mathema- 
tics and Science Academy on 
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 
June 1-3. 

According to Carol Jamieson 
Brown, IMSA Admissions Counselor 
for Chicago, the visit was one of the 
largest from one region in the two- 
year history of the school. "Our ef- 
forts in Chicago are geared toward 
increasing awareness of IMSA as an 
option or alternative for gifted stu- 
dents," says Brown. "Chicago offers 
a variety of educational oppor- 
tunities for these talented students, 
and we want them to know what 
IMSA can offer. 

"Project School Visit", as the pro- 
gram is called, is part of IMSA's 
efforts to expand its recruitment in 
Chicago. During the 1988-89 aca- 
demic year, other schools within 
Chicago and collar suburbs will be 
invited to participate in "Project 
School Visit." The efforts will be co- 
ordinated from the new Chicago 
Admissions Office located at 322 
S. Green St. 

The student toured the IMSA facili- 
ty and heard from faculty and 
students about the Academy. 


More than 30 IMSA students in 
Springfield, Illinois got down to the 
"nuts and bolts" of state governmei 
in March. Students who had pre- 
pared all year as lobbyists were 
buttonholing student legislators to 
convince them of the merits of up- 
coming legislation. Student attorney 
put the final touches on their Su 
preme Court presentations or refine 
their opinions for cases they had 
tried as judges. And IMSA legislator 
raced from committee meetings to 
the House or Senate floor to join de 
bate and cast their votes on 
upcoming legislation. 

The 39th Youth Legislature and 
14th Model Court, sponsored by the 
YMCA in Illinois and the Aurora 
YMCA for IMSA students saw legisla 
tion from the Academy passed by 
the student legislature and spirited 
courtroom presentations by IMSA at, 
torney teams. Special recognition 
must be given to Jeff Truitt and the 
IMSA delegation who worked so han 
for his candidacy as President of the 
Youth and Government Senate. Jeff 
won a close election for the position 
and served admirably as the chief of 
ficer of the Senate during the entire 
week-end. A complete list of IMSA 
students participating in this year's 
Youth and Government program is 

Visiting Chicago students pictured through 
concrete sculpture at entrance to IMSA; 
IMSA dormitories in the background. 

The schools visiting in June were: 

Alexander Graham Bell Annie Keller 

Luther Burbank A. N. Pritzker 

Thomas Edison Inter-American Magnet 

Ted Lenert Regional William H. Ray 

Gifted Center Albert Sabin