Monday, April 6, 2015

Seven Students Win Top Honors at State FBLA Conference  

Seven students won first place honors at the Illinois Future Business Leaders of America State Leadership Conference held March 27-28 in Springfield. Overall, 30 SHS students placed in the top 10 in their event, with 12 qualifying for the National FBLA Leadership Conference this summer in Chicago.

Stevenson’s first-place recipients included Pati Anaya, Shirley Cao and Jessica Wang in E-Business; Andrew Doherty in Database Design and Applications; Aditya Mansharamani in Computer Problem Solving; Allen Wang in Securities and Investments; and Kevin You in Accounting 1. They qualified for the national conference, as did second-place finishers Ali Ladha and Varun Malhotra (Global Business) and Jeremy Yu (Digital Video Production), and Becky Cacioppo, who was fourth in Personal Finance.

Other fourth-place showings came from: Yash Hatkar, Jack Novak and Satvik Yagnamurthy (Entrepreneurship); and Anita Fang and Jessica Shen (Management Decision Making).

Five students earned fifth-place honors: Rohan Balel, Parth Patel and Prithvi Velpuri (Banking and Financial Systems), and Deb Blount and Kathleen McConnaghy (Social Media Campaign). Four students finished sixth: Melanie Blake (Public Speaking I), Carina Su (Introduction to Business), Matt Treiber (AgriBusiness) and Howard Wu (Economics). Adam Kody and Jordan Rabin were ninth (Desktop Publishing), while Matt Krames and Zach Mottlowitz were 10th (Marketing).

Sophomore, Freshman Win State JV History Bowl Title

Stevenson competed in the Illinois State History Bee and Bowl on March 28 at Fenwick High School, and two students walked away as state champions. The junior varsity History Bowl team of freshman Conrad Oberhaus and sophomore Ali Saeed went undefeated in seven games, winning the JV state championship and qualifying for the National History Bee and Bowl April 23-26 in Washington, D.C. and Arlington, Virginia. Oberhaus also qualified for the national competition by tying for first place in the United States Geography Olympiad JV Division.

The varsity History Bowl team of sophomore Nathan Cha and juniors Marco Laudati and Kazuma Shimananka also qualified for nationals.

In the Varsity History Bee, Shimananka placed second, while in the JV History Bee, Oberhaus and Saeed qualified for the finals.

The History Bee and Bowl Club, coached by Peter Anderson, formed this year to compete in the National History Bee and Bowl, which has a quiz bowl format competition focusing on United States and world history. The National History Bowl began five years ago, and last year added the National History Bee.

Parents Invited to Talk About Social Media

Parents seeking tips on managing their online presence and teaching their children smart and safe social media practices are invited to attend the next Healthy Patriot discussion at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday in the District 125 Administration Center. Jennifer DiBella, Stevenson’s electronic communications specialist, will lead the session entitled “What’s a Social Profile?” For more information on the Healthy Patriot parent series,  visit

Three Students Earn Honors in National Science Contest

Three members of the Science REACH Club earned honors in the American Museum of Natural History’s Young Naturalists Award contest. The contest, open to students in grades 7-12, promotes participation and communication in science.

Junior Becca Nelson was named a Finalist with her project entitled, “Regenerating Oak Trees: The Effect of Percent Canopy Thinning on the Percent Canopy Openness and Primary and Secondary Growth of Quercus alba and Quercus rubra Seedlings.”

Two other students were named semifinalists: Junior Blandon Su (“Assessing The Influence of Swamp Areas on Rangeland Stream Flow Rate at Blair Wallis, Wyoming”) and senior Kevin Cheng (“A Comparison of Genetic Diversity Within Ex Situ Collections of Brighamia insignis To Aid Restoration Efforts”).

Colorado Schools Visiting SHS on Tuesday

More than 30 educators from seven schools — six in Denver, Colorado — will be visiting Stevenson on Tuesday as part of the Site Visits for Educators program. The Colorado schools sending representatives are: Denver Summit School Network, Denver Center for International Studies, Noel Community Arts School, Bruce Randolph School,

High Tech Early College and Collegiate Prep Academy. Also visiting on Tuesday will be educators from JFK-PACT in Cleveland, Ohio.


Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Brunson Adds Another Player of the Year Honor

Jalen Brunson added two more awards to his basketball resume during Spring Break. The Villanova-bound senior was named Boys Basketball Player of the Year in Illinois by the Champaign News-Gazette, and also picked up Player of the Year honors for the third straight year from Pioneer Press. Also during the break, Brunson played in the McDonald’s All-American Game in Chicago, scoring six points, grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out four assists — including a nifty behind-the-back pass leading to a dunk in this highlight video. (Brunson wore No. 12 in the game.) In the Powerade Jam Fest that served as a prelude to the McDonald’s game, Brunson won the skills contest and finished second in the 3-point shooting competition. He also received a glowing write-up from ESPN’s Scoop Jackson.

Girls Water Polo Team Sweeps Michigan Tournament

The varsity girls water polo team traveled to Saline, Michigan and won all four of its games in a two-day tournament at the start of Spring Break. The Patriots (10-0) beat Michigan’s top-ranked team, Ann Arbor Skyline, 11-5, in their final game, after defeating

Saline (11-4), Okemos (15-4) and Huron (10-3). Allison Travetto scored 16 goals in four games, including five versus Skyline. Melissa Gartenberg had 15 goals. Lauren Burns was the winning goalkeeper in all four games, surrendering only 16 goals.

Baseball Squad Wins Four of Five in Florida

The baseball team made its first-ever sojourn outside of Illinois during Spring Break, winning four of its five games at the Dodgertown complex in Vero Beach, Florida. The Patriots beat three teams from Kentucky, Russell (7-3), Henry Clay from Lexington (7-5) and West Jassamine (8-3), and also knocked off Westerville North from Westerville, Ohio (12-8). In the latter game, Dylan Molek had an inside-the-park home run, drove in four runs, and made a diving catch to end the game. (DH – $)

New Softball Coach Collects First Victory

Alex Vikartofsky won 41 games during her three-year career as a pitcher on the SHS softball team from 2004-06. Last week, she earned her first victory as head coach of her alma mater. SHS beat Glenbrook South, 11-1, on Thursday at The Dome in Rosemont. (DH – $) The game featured an inside-the-park home run by Hannah Epstein.


AP Exam Pre-Administration Sessions

All students registered for Advanced Placement exams are required to attend one pre-administration session this week to complete demographic information. Click here for times and locations. Students should allow approximately 15 minutes for each exam they are taking to complete the information.

Graduation Announcement Orders Available Tuesday

Jostens will be on campus Tuesday to distribute graduation announcement orders during eighth period outside the Student Activities Office.

Want to Look Good? Come to the Fashion Show Friday

Coming this Friday to the PAC will be the second annual Fashion Show! The pre-party will start at 6:30 p.m., with refreshments and red carpet photo ops! The Fashion Show will begin at 7 p.m. and admission will be $5. All proceeds will benefit Dress for Success. Dress your best and come check out the latest looks from Bevello, Enaz, Banana Republic and Alice B., not to mention the amazing looks made by Stevenson students from the Clothing and Design classes! See you in the PAC on Friday at 7 p.m.!

50th Anniversary Stained Glass Window Information Meeting

Would you like to take a field trip to experience the 50th Anniversary Stained Glass Window being created and visit a Frank Lloyd Wright Home in person? Please attend the informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 6008. If you have questions, please contact Mr. Grice at

Spring Fling Captains Meetings Thursday and Friday

Spring Fling is coming soon! The final captains meetings are Thursday and Friday. Meetings will take place during all half lunch periods in the Student Activities Office.

Sophomore Class Board Leading Autism Awareness Fundraiser

The Sophomore Class Board is selling T-shirts for a special autism awareness event at the school in April. Autism Speaks/Light It Up Blue shirts are available through the Online Superstore for $10. Anyone purchasing a shirt is asked to wear it and help create a “blue out” at Stevenson’s Allied Soccer League game against Lakes Community High School in the Stadium at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 18. Wearing the shirt will gain free admission to a post-game party in the Wood Commons. Click here for details.

Juniors and Sophomores Invited to Apply for Peer Helpers

Attention sophomores and juniors: Do you want to help make SHS a safer place? Are you a good leader, compassionate, open-minded and creative? If so, Peer Helpers may be the program for you. Applications are now available on the Peer Helpers website or in the Student Activities Office. Apps are due by 3:30 Tuesday. For questions or more information, talk to a Peer Helper in the student lounge during lunch or contact Ms. Polisky or Ms. Schiavone.

Visiting Artist of the Month Presentation on Thursday

Visiting Artist of the Month Martin Sitta will come to SHS and give a presentation to students on Thursday during third and fourth periods. His presentation will take place at the Lower Rotunda Gallery, where samples of his paintings are currently on display.

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.


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.


Key Club’s next general meeting will be held Tuesday from 3:30-4 p.m. in Room 7032.  Come meet the new officers and sign up for the SRACLC spring dance. New members are always welcome!

The Chinese Club is recruiting e-board members for the 2015-16 school year. The positions are open to all students enrolled for next year, regardless of cultural heritage. If you are interested, please read and fill out the following form:


Spring IM Archery starts Wednesday, April 15. New and old members are always welcome. For more information, attend the informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 6012. You can also visit the IM Archery website at


Illinois State Board of Education planning to part ways with state superintendent?

State says reimbursement payments to schools far behind schedule

Little scrutiny in legal work done for suburban schools (Trib – $)

College of Lake County breaks ground on $28M Grayslake campus expansion

CPS students won’t come by free City Colleges scholarships so easily

$762K buyout: How the College of DuPage board race exploded (DH – $)

Man charged with trying to set fire at Roosevelt University

South Elgin High teacher, boys tennis coach dies of heart attack (DH – $)

Longtime Fenger High School teacher, coach dies

Daniel Wright PE teacher hangs business idea on bridal keepsake


Experts say Atlanta test cheating scandal “tip of the iceberg”

Rolling Stone retracts University of Virginia gang rape story

Private college sticker-price shock: Tuition past $60K per year

All over the country, kids getting tased, sprayed with chemicals in schools

U.S. names remaining colleges under audit scrutiny


The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey. To subscribe or unsubscribe, contact him at

Comments are closed.