Monday, March 2, 2015

Stevenson BPA Captures Multiple State Championships

Seven members of Stevenson’s Business Professionals of America club won state championships at the BPA State Leadership Conference last weekend.

Bryan Pinkley won two state titles. He captured the Advanced Spreadsheet Applications division, and also joined with Sergey Papushin, Lee Cohen and Kenton Steffens to win the Financial Analyst Team category. Joining them as state champions were Rebecca Cacioppo in Payroll Accounting; Nikita Patel in Basic Office Systems and Procedures; and Andrew Doherty in Database Applications. Patel also received the Debbie Paul Memorial Scholarship for winning Basic Office Systems and Procedures.

Pinkley, Papushin and Patel already had state championship medals on their mantles. Pinkley won Business Meeting Management in 2013. Papushin captured Advanced Accounting last year, and C++ Programming in 2013. Patel won Basic Office Systems and Procedures in 2014.

Stevenson’s state champions earned automatic qualification for the BPA National Competition in Anaheim, California May 6-9. Seventeen other club members also qualified for nationals: Matthew Cabrera, Kevin You, Wen Kang Wei, William Chang, Jack Novak, Ali Ladha, Erik Jersild, Michael Horita, Annie Wu, Zuzanna Barczyk, Esther Kaydanovsky, Lesya Protasova, Adi Alkalay, Jennifer Zhang, Taylor Nelson, Shahreen Chowdhury and Alice Liu.

Overall, 67 Stevenson students competed in more than 60 business-related events at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel in Oak Brook on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The competition included 1,009 students from 40 high schools from around the state.

Table Tennis Team Finishes Third at State Meet

Stevenson finished third at the Illinois State Table Tennis Meet at Maine East High School on Saturday. SHS finished behind Loyola Academy and Naperville North in the eight-team field. The No. 1 doubles team of junior Al-Zahir Rahemtulla and younger brother Al-Sadiq, a sophomore, reached the championship match before falling in five games to a tandem from Naperville North. The Rahemtullas were seeded third heading into the tournament. Also on the team were Akshay Chaubal, Michael Dickens, Jack Greeley, William Grover, Daniel New and Prithvi Velpuri.

Stevenson’s Special Education Services Spotlighted

Stevenson was featured in a Daily Herald article on Sunday ($) about the increasing number of Illinois students qualifying for special education services. SHS was highlighted for having one of the lowest percentages of students receiving special education services in the suburban area — 8.9% compared to the state average of 13.7%. Director of Special Education Jay Miller spoke with the newspaper about how his division works with students and their families to determine how best to meet their needs. He said they try to have the least restrictive approach. Also appearing in the article are junior Rachel Katz and her mother, Dr. Belinda Radis.

Another Junior Joins Ranks of Perfect ACT Scorers

Junior Emery Liu joined the perfect ACT club last month when he recorded a 36 on the college entrance exam. He is the fifth member of the Class of 2016 to record a perfect score on the ACT. He and classmate Jeffry Zheng both had a 36 on the ACT administered on February 7.



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Friday’s Varsity Results

Boys Swimming and Diving

Stevenson at IHSA State Meet: Nick Koto concluded his high school career by earning two medals, finishing sixth in the 200 freestyle and 11th in the 500 freestyle. Koto posted a finals time of 1:41.85 in the 200 free, an event in which he finished 12th last year and also qualified for state in two years ago. He reached the finals with a time of 1:41.25 in the preliminaries, the sixth-fastest among entrants. In the 500 free, Koto registered a time of 4:39.07 to earn his second medal in the event. He also finished 11th in 2013. Koto reached the finals with the ninth-fastest time in the preliminaries (4:38.17) on Friday. Koto also competed in the 400 free relay preliminaries with Dimitriy Pelutis, Alex Kapecki and Nick Baginski. Pelutis swam in the 200 free and Matthew Krames participated in diving. None of them advanced to the finals. – Official results | Daily Herald ($)


Basketball Team Prepares for SHS Regional Opener Tuesday

The boys basketball team begins its quest for the state championship Tuesday night in the Sports Center, when it faces Maine East or Niles West in the first round of the IHSA Class 4A Stevenson Regional. Maine East and Niles West square off in a play-in game tonight at 7 o’clock. SHS is the No. 1 seed in the Waukegan Sectional, while Niles West and Maine East are Nos. 16 and 17, respectively. The regional championship game is at 7 p.m. Friday. The other teams in the regional are No. 8 Niles North and No. 9 Zion-Benton. Tuesday night’s game will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network through The Cube.



All Juniors Will Take ACT Exam on Tuesday

All juniors will take the ACT exam (with Writing) on Tuesday. The school will follow the second-day-of-the-week schedule for the day; juniors will not attend classes. Juniors with last names A – Leo will be in the Field House; those with last names Les – Z will be in the Sports Center. Students testing in an alternate setting (based on 504 and/or IEP accommodations) will be notified of their room assignment by their case manager. Juniors must report to their testing locations by 8:15 a.m. Testing begins promptly at 8:35 a.m. and should conclude by 1 p.m. Juniors will not attend any classes. Buses will be available when testing concludes. Test takers should bring: Wooden No. 2 pencils, student ID card and calculator. (Questions about your calculator? Check here.)

Don’t Forget: SDOW on Tuesday

The school is following the second-day-of-the-week schedule on Tuesday. Classes will begin at 8:35 a.m. for freshmen, sophomores and seniors. Juniors will have ACT testing starting at 8:35.

Showcase Tickets On Sale Until Friday

Ticket sales for Showcase 2015 run every school day through Friday during all lunch periods in the Wood Commons. The first seven rows will be for students only and are general admission. All remaining seats are reserved. All tickets are $10 each. Limited tickets will also be available at the door on show nights. Tickets may be paid for at the Patriot Superstore with cash, check or student ID. Showcase 2015 will be presented on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Each show is different and unique, so join us both nights for two outstanding evenings of entertainment!

Project Dance Registration Deadline Extended

The deadline to register for Project Dance has been extended to Thursday. Project Dance is a school-wide fundraiser that helps the Riverside Foundation and the Kids In Need Fund. This year’s goal is $40,000. You can sign up as an individual, create a team, or join a team that already exists. Click here to register.

National Honor Society Applications Due Wednesday

Applications for the National Honor Society are due by midnight Wednesday. Eligible students received a letter earlier this month with an invitation to apply online. Click here for more information and for the application link.

Feeling Stressed? Let Operation Snowball Recharge You

Sign up for Operation Snowball weekend registration ends Wednesday. The Snowball weekend is March 13-15, and sign-up sheets can be picked up in Student Activities, 7080 or 2628. Please see Mr. Mazzuca in 2628 if you have any questions, or visit

300 Club Applications Due by Friday

Seniors with 300 or more service hours accumulated during their high school years are invited to apply for recognition in the 300 Club at graduation. 300 Club members will receive a special tassel to be worn at their graduation ceremony. Applications are due in the Student Activities Office by 3:30 p.m. Friday. Click here for application information.

Odyssey 2016 Logo Design Contest for Students

The 2016 Odyssey Committee is holding a logo design contest with a $250 prize for Stevenson High School students. The new Odyssey logo will be used school-wide for all publicity, T-shirts and mailings for our biennial two-day fine arts festival that takes place in February 2016. Deadline for submission of entries to the Fine Arts Division Office is Friday. Entries should be dropped off in person to Room 6076 in a sealed envelope between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Open this document for details. If anyone has questions, please contact Mr. Grice, Fine Arts Director, at

Graduation Speaker Application Window Now Open

Two seniors will be selected to speak at the commencement ceremony in June. If you would like to be one of those seniors, complete this application and return it to the Student Activities Office by Tuesday, April 7.

2015-16 Student Council Applications Being Taken

Anyone interested in serving on the Student Council for the 2015-16 school year is invited to apply online by Friday, April 24. Existing members must re-apply.

New College Essay Workshop Coming This Summer

Do you want help with your college essays? Would you like to complete most of the work before senior year so you can enjoy the fall? Register for the new college essay workshop offered this summer! The first week of each semester, you can come and get help on your personal statement and the various writing prompts for your college applications. Get suggestions and feedback. Finish this over the summer before senior year begins! Register for this new summer school workshop.

Don’t Miss Out on the Senior Class Party Cruise

Space is running out for seniors who want to attend the Senior Class Party aboard the Odyssey cruise ship on Lake Michigan June 3, the day before graduation. Click here to download the permission form. Turn in your form to the Patriot Superstore. Don’t wait too long! Spots are going fast and the trip will sell out.

Vote for Your Favorite Book in the Abe Lincoln Contest

Students who have read four or more titles on the 2015 Abe Lincoln Student Choice Award list are eligible to vote for their favorite online. The polls close at midnight, March 15; one vote per student. If you have read all 22 books on the list, see Mrs. Dettling in the ILC.



Are you interested in weather and always wanted to learn and understand it more? Come to the Meteorology Club’s next meeting at 3:45 today in Room 2500. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at

Do you like geography and learning about different countries? Do you want to learn about countries you may have never heard of before? Have you taken or are you currently taking AP Human Geography? Then get Djibouti over to Geography Club! We meet today after school in Room 7004. Kenya make it?

Anime Club meets today in Room 1414 at 3:30.

Are you passionate about environmental, social, and economic sustainability? Sustainability Council meets today from 3:40-4:40 p.m. in Room 2430. For more information, contact Ms. LaFrancis in Gold Student Services or at

The Ambassador yearbook club meets Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays after school in Room 2712.


Now accepting 2014-15 career shadow applications: Applications are available on the Career Exploration web page or in the CCC. Please note all applications for summer shadows are due no later than May 2. Questions? Please contact Mrs. Willock at to set up an appointment.


Attention seniors from District 96: Applications for the District 96 Foundation – Mr. Mark E. Spivak Service Scholarship and Dr. Thomas W. Many Educational Scholarship are available in the College/Career Center. These scholarships are in addition to the original Local Scholarship Packet currently in the CCC. The scholarships are available to District 96 alumni who have demonstrated high levels of academic dedication, leadership, and community or school service. Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded for each of the scholarships. The deadline to turn in the packets is Thursday, March 12.


All SHS female student-athletes are invited to attend a free screening of the documentary The Empowerment Project: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things, a documentary spotlighting 17 positive and powerful women leaders across a variety of lifestyles and industries. The documentary was made by five female filmmakers who drove more than 7,000 miles from Los Angeles to New York over the course of 30 days to interview the women. The documentary will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 11 in the Wood Commons. Concessions will be available.



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