Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Stevenson Moves Up in U.S. News Rankings
U.S. News & World Report named Stevenson as the fifth-best high school in Illinois and 150th overall in the country in its annual rankings released today. The Lincolnshire Review has more. SHS is the highest-rated open-enrollment high school in Illinois, behind four Chicago selective-enrollment schools: Northside, Walter Payton, Jones and Whitney Young. Last year, the magazine listed SHS as No. 185 in the country and sixth in the state.

Special Schedule on Wednesday and Thursday
The school will have a special schedule for all students on Wednesday and Thursday. Details are available on the Stevenson website, but here is a summary by grade:

Seniors: No morning classes. Attend classes each afternoon beginning at 12:30: Periods 1-4 on Wednesday and periods 5-8 on Thursday.

Juniors: Prairie State Achievement Exam testing each morning from 8:05-12:05. Dismissed from school after testing.

Sophomores: Practice ACT or SEL programming each morning from 8:05-11:25. Lunch from 11:35-12:20. Attend classes each afternoon: Periods 1-4 on Wednesday and periods 5-8 on Thursday.

Freshmen: PLAN testing or A World of Difference each morning from 8:05-11:25. Lunch from 11:35-12:20. Attend classes each afternoon: Periods 1-4 on Wednesday and periods 5-8 on Thursday.

Student Council Election Results Announced
Sammy Oh was elected Student Council president for 2014-15 during voting among the student body held last week. Rachel Cole and Mitchell Appell were elected vice presidents, Kylie Kirsch was picked to be treasurer and Kim Xu was chosen as secretary.

Voting also took place for class boards. Abby Kay was elected president of the Senior Class Board, with Madeline Pike and Amy Lin as vice presidents, Erin Knapton as treasurer and Kevin Cheng as secretary. The Junior Class Board president will be Reema Amin. Ishita Aggarwal and Cerie Ock were elected as vice presidents, David Bailey was selected for treasurer and Tiffany Sheu was named secretary. Matthew Cabrera was elected president of the Sophomore Class Board. Scotty Orlov and Sushmetha Venkata Subramanian were named vice presidents, Rish Vaughn received the most votes for treasurer and Bailey Mattson was chosen as secretary.

Five Students Compete at Congressional Art Contest
Five Stevenson art students competed Monday night in the 2014 Congressional Art Competition sponsored by Representative Brad Schneider. Representing Stevenson were senior Monica Wilner (photography), juniors Margot Embree (watercolor) and Cara Singson (oil painting), sophomore Bryanna Bennett (photography), and freshman Amy Tian (pencil drawing). The competition featured 42 students from 10 area high schools within the 10th Congressional District. The Stevenson students’ works will be exhibited until May 21 at the Vernon Area Public Library.

Alum Involved With “Motown the Musical”
Allison Tiagonce (Class of 2009) is the production assistant for the stage managers on “Motown the Musical,” which opens tonight at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago. She also was involved with the show in New York. “The best way to describe being a stage manager is that we know everything that happens onstage and backstage in order to make the show run smoothly,” said Tiagonce, whose mother Shar is a member of Stevenson’s security team. The stage managers handle everything from changing lights to coordinating backstage traffic to coordinating fittings. “Motown the Musical” runs through August 9.


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Monday’s Varsity Results

Boys Volleyball
Stevenson d. Zion-Benton, 25-21, 21-25, 25-19: Grant Maleski pounded nine kills, had two solo blocks and assisted on two others for the Patriots (6-9, 2-1), who have won three of their last four matches. Keenan Herman added seven kills, a solo block and three block assists. Eric Chang and Josh Cliffer each had four kills. Lucas Creevy and Jeffrey Wang distributed 17 and 13 assists, respectively. Timothy Park made 21 digs. – Daily Herald

Girls Track and Field
Stevenson 73, Zion-Benton 60; Warren 88, Stevenson 58: In the Stadium, Charlotte Langbo was a double-winner for the Patriots, capturing the long jump (15-0) and triple jump (33-11). Other winners included Rachel Cole in the 3,200 (12:46), Janine Fajardo in the 100 hurdles (16.7), Jessica Karluk in the 300 hurdles (49.4), Lindsay Pontello in the 1,600 (5:40), Paige Peterson in the high jump (5-0), Borchueh Wu in the 100 (12.5), Riley Kirby in the 800 (2:39), and the 3,200 relay team of Pontello, Eliza Sullivan, Lauren Williams and Sydney Pacernick (10:40).

Boys Gymnastics
Stevenson at Barrington Invitational: The Patriots won their third invitational in the last four days, this time topping a five-team field. Arie Feltman-Frank won the high bar and finished second on still rings. Zack Gilbert captured the parallel bars, was second in the all-around, pommel horse and high bar, took third in floor exercise and rings, and was fourth in vault. Elijah Klaber was second on vault, third on pommel horse, fourth on floor and parallel bars, and fifth in rings and all-around. Other top-five finishes came from Jacob Guth, who was third on parallel bars, and Matt Krames, who was fifth on floor.

Girls Badminton
Stevenson 10, Fremd 5: The Patriots prevailed by winning six of 10 singles and four of five doubles matches. Winners in singles were No. 2 Margaret Chen (21-14, 21-18), No. 3 Katelyn Schroeder (15-21, 21-17, 21-8), No. 5 Elizabeth Onishchenko (21-18, 21-14), No. 8 Sakthi Shanmugasundaram (22-12, 21-16), No. 9 Michelle Hu (21-18, 21-11) and No. 10 Jay Wang (23-21, 21-15, 21-11). In doubles, the winners were No. 2: Chen/ Shanmugasandaram (24-22, 21-16), No. 3 Michelle Ling/Nicole Xia (22-10, 21-14, 21-18), No. 4 Adrian To/Hu (13-21, 21-18, 21-15) and No. 5: Wang/Onishchenko (21-9, 21-13). – Daily Herald

Zion-Benton 16, Stevenson 6: The host Patriots (3-10) fought back from a 5-1 deficit to tie the game at 6-6 in the fifth, but the Zee-Bees pushed across 10 runs in the sixth. Jordan Cortesi had two hits of the team’s five hits, including a double. Lexi Yonkovic also doubled. – Daily Herald (linescore)

Girls Lacrosse
Stevenson at Oak Park River Forest 25, Stevenson 12: The Patriots’ record fell to 3-8 with the loss. – IHSWLA.org

Eight Fencers Qualify for Summer Nationals
Eight SHS fencers, a record number, have qualified for the United States Fencing Association Summer Nationals, which will be held in June in Columbus, Ohio. Leading the way are three fencers who won Illinois division championships during recent qualifying competitions: Daniel Kofman (Division 2 men’s saber), Kristen Rehberger (Division 3 women’s foil), and Nikita Jhangiani (Y14 women’s epee, which also earned third place in Division 3). Other qualifiers include Lisa Rosov (second place, Division 2 women’s saber), Michael Pozin (second place, Division 2 men’s foil), Nicole Strezewski (third place, Division 3 women’s foil), Grant Connor (fourth place, Division 3 men’s foil) and Sophia Siegel (fourth place, Division 3 women’s saber).


Juniors, sophomores and freshmen: Remember to bring your pencils, calculator and ID to testing on Wednesday and Thursday. Please report to your testing room by 8 a.m.

The Testing Center will open at 11:30 during PSAE testing days. Students can sign up for tests during periods 1, 2, 3 or 4 on Wednesday or periods 5, 6, 7 or 8 on Thursday. A test can only be taken during a free period or a study hall. After the school day, the Testing Center is open until 5:30 and signing up is not required.

The Spring Dance Concert will be held Friday through Sunday in the Performing Arts Center. Starting times are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5, and can be purchased at the Patriot Superstore.

Prom tickets are on sale at the Superstore and online. The cost is $80 per ticket. SHS students bringing someone from another school must turn in a completed Dance Guest Approval Form, along with a photocopy ID of their guest. You can pick up the guest approval form at the Superstore. Click here to order tickets online. Ticket sales end Monday.

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale Wednesday afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons. Pies, donuts, Puppy Chow and more will be on sale for $1. Wendy’s Frosties will also be available for $2.

The 10th annual Pat-Triathlon is Sunday. The event consists of a 3-mile bike ride around campus, a 1-mile run on the Stadium track, and a 200-yard swim in the Patriot Aquatic Center. The Pat-Triathlon is free for all SHS students, faculty and staff! You can participate individually or as part of a relay team. For more information and to download a registration form, visit the Pat-Triathlon web page at www.d125.org/pe/pattriathlon.aspx.


Guitar Club meets every Tuesday after school in the Orchestra Room until 5 p.m. All players and all styles are welcome, even absolute beginners or faculty and staff. In addition, vocalists and/or musicians who play other instruments are encouraged to join in and jam. Classical style guitars are provided, but you are allowed to bring your own instrument. If possible, please don’t forget to bring your guitar pic! For questions or more information, you can contact Jacob Kramer at jkramer@d125.org.

Club Israel will welcome guest speaker Marty Brounstein, author of the book, Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust, at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in Room 2104. The book is about a Catholic couple that saved the lives of at least two dozen Jews during World War II.


If you are interested in marketing, promotions or media relations as a career, there is an available summer internship at a local non-profit. You must have strong writing skills, knowledge of social media platforms and proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, as well as reliable transportation. Please contact Mrs. Willock in the CCC for an application.

Interested in a culinary career? Want to know what it is like to be a pastry chef?  There is a summer opportunity available to intern at a Chicago restaurant. Please contact Mrs. Willock in the CCC for more details.

If you are interested in participating in a summer career shadow, please contact Mrs. Willock in the CCC for more information at dwillock@d125.org. Find out about more summer opportunities available in the area on the Career Exploration webpage.

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