Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Nordem Named State High School PE Teacher of the Year

Vicky Nordhem has been named 2015 High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the Illinois Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. She will be honored by the group at an awards banquet in November.

Nordhem has taught for 35 years, including the last 22 at Stevenson. She also taught at Hawthorn School in Vernon Hills from 1980-1993. Nordhem has been very active during her time at Stevenson. She has served on the boys and girls volleyball coaching staffs for her entire tenure, spent 18 years in the Freshman Mentor Program, and helped coordinate several physical education initiatives, including the Heart of a Patriot and Pat-Triathlon. Nordhem also was involved in the process that led to the receipt of a federal PEP grant for the Cardio-Fitness Center.

Nordhem became eligible for Illinois PE Teacher of the Year consideration after earning the same honor at the district level in March.

What’s Cooking With Retired Teacher? Daily Herald Found Out

Retired aquatics director and distance-running coach John Schauble was interviewed recently by the Daily Herald ($), but not about teaching or coaching. Instead, the newspaper talked with him about his love of cooking.

Spring Band Concert on SBN

Tuesday night’s Spring Band Concert was streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network. To see a replay of the concert, visit


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson 8, St. Ignatius 6: Allison Travetto scored seven goals, including the eventual game-winner, and the No. 1 Patriots (24-0) held off a fourth-quarter rally to down the No. 2 Wolfpack in a matchup of the state’s top ranked teams. SHS led 5-2 heading into the fourth quarter, but St. Ignatius pulled within one twice. Each time, Travetto responded with a goal, and had three in the quarter. Claire Haas also scored in the fourth. Melissa Gartenberg had eight steals, four assists and one ejection drawn, Autumn Hoang made five steals, and goalkeeper Lauren Burns turned away 12 shots on goal. –


Stevenson 3, Lake Zurich 2: Tyler Pauly and Justin Stark combined on a five-hitter and the visiting Patriots (13-6-1, 3-4) prevailed despite mustering only three hits. Pauly gave up one unearned run in 4⅓ innings, striking out three, and earned the win. Stark picked up the save, pitching the final 2⅔ innings, allowing no runs and striking out a pair. – Daily Herald ($)

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 8, Zion-Benton 0: Briana Van Zanten scored three goals and added an assist for the surging Patriots, who have scored 25 goals in the last three games. Emma Jaeger scored two goals and assisted on two others. Taylor Spula, Kya Suzuki and Rachel Aranyi also scored. Caroline Dempsey recorded three assists, Aranyi had two and Van Zanten added one. – Daily Herald ($)

Boys Tennis

Stevenson 6, Lake Zurich 1: The Patriots swept all three singles matches, and three of four doubles contests, in Lake Zurich. Brian Weisberg was a 6-3, 7-5 winner at No. 1 singles, followed by Adam Maryniuk at No. 2 (6-2, 6-3) and Adam Teng at No. 3 (6-7(6), 6-3, 6-1). Ben Bush and Josh Cheng combined for a 6-0, 6-4 win at No. 1 doubles, Ryan Yoo and John Kny were 6-3, 7-5 winners at No. 2, and David Luo and Kyle Gordon earned a 6-0, 6-3 decision at No. 4. – Daily Herald ($)


Stevenson 15, Prospect 3: The Patriots rolled in the Field House. Winning at singles were No. 1 Margaret Chen (21-18, 21-11), No. 3: Michelle Hu (21-19, 21-19), No. 4 Ashley Richardson (21-13, 21-11), No. 5 Nicole Xia (21-14, 21-10), No. 6 Shu Zhang (17-21, 21-17, 21-17), No. 7 Michelle Ling (21-11, 21-16), No. 9 Naomi Ecanow (21-16, 21-17), No. 10 Linsey Nowack (21-10, 21-16), No. 11 Shirley Cao (21-11, 21-11) and No. 12 Sophia Liu (no score reported). In doubles, the triumphant tandems were No. 2 Hu/Cao (21-13, 21-5), No. 3 Ling/Chen (21-8, 21-10), No. 4 Ecanow/Nowack (23-21, 21-16), No. 5 Kelsey Huang/Zhang (21-17, 21-15) and No. 6: Ling/Liu (21-15, 21-10). – Daily Herald ($)


Libertyville 11, Stevenson 2: Hannah Epstein homered and Alyssa Pauly singled home Vera Pflugradt with the other run for the visiting Patriots (7-9). The Wildcats improved to 13-6. – Daily Herald ($)

Boys Water Polo

Fenwick 16, Stevenson 6: The third-ranked Patriots (18-3) fell to the top-ranked Friars in Chicago. –

Boys Lacrosse

Naperville Central 13, Stevenson 4 –

Alum Helps UI Track Team Win Third Straight Drake Relays Title

Brandon Stryganek, a 2011 Stevenson graduate, helped the University of Illinois men’s track and field team win its third consecutive Drake Relays title last weekend. Stryganek ran on the winning sprint medley team and was part of the 400 relay squad that finished second. Illinois’ success in Des Moines helped it earn a No. 17 ranking in the latest United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association national rankings. Stryganek is a senior.

Lacrosse Games on SBN/Cube

Today’s varsity boys lacrosse game against Grayslake North and Thursday’s varsity girls lacrosse game versus York will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network at Both games begin at 6:15 p.m. in the Stadium.


Got the Munchies? PPA Bake Sale Today

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale this afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons!  Pies, donuts, Puppy Chow and more. All items are $1.

Relay for Life Sign-Up Opportunity on Thursday

Relay for Life will have a sign-up table on Thursday for its overnight fundraiser, which will be held Friday and Saturday, June 12-13. Students, family and community members are welcome to join. There will be another sign-up table on Tuesday, May 19.

Spring One Act Plays This Weekend

I Choose You, Superkid, because, Like Mother, Like Daughter, I’m OK, and you’re Bullet Proof, even on a Roller Coaster, and that’s Why I Stay.

Curious? Then join the SHS Theatre Department on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the West Auditorium for the Spring One Acts: 7 plays and 3 monologues written by 8 SHS students, directed by 9 SHS students, designed by 3 SHS students, and acted by 31 SHS students. Tickets are on sale now at the Superstore before school and during lunch hours. Don’t miss these world premiers!

Color Guard Clinics May 5-7

Clinics and auditions for the Fall 2015 Color Guard season are quickly approaching! Be ready to: make new friends, be part of a team, learn to spin flag and rifle, dance, challenge yourself and have fun! All students of the 2016-19 graduating classes are welcome! Clinics will be held in the Wood Commons from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, May 5-7. Please wear athletic clothing. Sign up or ask questions to Coach Reber at

ABC Countdown Days for Class of 2015

Seniors: What are you wearing to school tomorrow? Student Council has an idea for you. Check your SHS email for ABC Countdown Days, or click here.

Student Volunteers Needed for Focus Group

Stevenson’s Prevention Team is looking for students to participate in a focus group during their lunch period on May 18 to review ideas for next year’s drug prevention work and provide feedback. A diverse range of students is needed. If interested, please contact Mrs. Cortesi at

AP Exam Policy on Cell Phones and Other Electronic Devices

Cell phones and other electronic devices — which allow students to transmit exam questions in seconds to others around the world — are prohibited from any room in which an Advanced Placement exam is taking place and may not be used during the break. Each year, hundreds of students worldwide have their exam scores cancelled because they used a cell phone during the exam or on the break.

If a student uses electronic equipment (cell phone, smart phone, laptop, tablet computer, etc.), portable listening or recording devices (MP3 player, iPod, etc.), cameras or other photographic equipment, devices that can access the Internet, and any other electronic or communication devices in the exam room or during breaks, the device will be confiscated and the student dismissed. Thank you for helping us create a fair exam environment for all students!

Prom, Post-Prom Tickets On Sale at Superstore, Online

Tickets for the Prom are available at the Superstore in the Wood Commons, and through the Online Superstore. Tickets are $85 each. If you’re going to the Prom with a non-Stevenson student, you’ll need to fill out a special permission form. The form and other information are available at Ticket sales end Monday. You can also buy tickets to the post-Prom event at Great America, which runs until 3:30 a.m. the morning after Prom. Tickets are $50 for the post-Prom event. Click here for details and the permission form.

Find Out About Science Opportunities Available for Students

For information on upcoming science events, contests, career exploration, awards and scholarships outside of SHS for students, visit the science web page and click on the “Student Opportunities” link.


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