Monday, May 4, 2015

Stevenson Wins State Math Championship

Stevenson won the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics Class 4AA state championship on Saturday at the University of Illinois. This is the school’s second state math title; the first came in 1991.

SHS posted a team total of 1,073 points, matching the highest score in ICTM state contest history. Defending champion Whitney Young was second at 1,056, followed by Naperville North (1,017), and the Illinois Math and Science Academy (958) and Glenbrook North (958).

Three grade-level teams won their divisions, led by the Algebra 1 (freshman) squad, which completed a perfect year with a perfect score of 160. Haoyang Yu, Josh Yoon, Andrew Hwang, Justin Lee, and Terry Maeda all wrote perfect papers of 40 points each, tying for first place. Albert Cao had a 38. The team also had perfect scores in all five of its North Suburban Math League contests.

The Algebra 2 team, comprising juniors, was nearly perfect in winning its division, registering a score of 158. Allen Cao, Junghyun Hwang and Emery Liu tied for first place individually with perfect scores of 40, while Pat DeMichele was sixth at 38. Katia Villevald and Liyang (Michael) Zhang also were on the team. This group of students won their third consecutive grade-level state title, having captured Algebra 1 in 2013 and Geometry last year.

The sophomore-level Geometry team also finished first in its division with a score of 152. David Liu tied for first with a perfect score of 40, Chris Lee was third and Jason Lu placed sixth. Zhenhao (Kevin) Li, Kevin You and Austin Zhou also were part of the team.

Stevenson had two runner-up division finishes: the Freshman-Sophomore Eight-Person team of David Hou, Andrew Hwang, Terry Maeda, Haoyang Yu, Amber Hu, Jason Lu, Kevin Li and Kathy Xiang; and the Junior-Senior Two-Person team of Junghyun Hwang and Jaymo Kang.

The Pre-Calculus team finished third with a score of 140, despite having no individuals in the top 10. Team members were seniors Alex Hong, Barton Huang, Jaymo Kang, Tim Klem, Sergey Papushin and Zachary Pease.

Also finishing third was the Junior-Senior Eight-Person team of Sarah Hou, Junghyun Hwang, Emery Liu, Shu Zhang, Jaymo Kang, Tim Klem, Cindy Luan and Brian Zhou.

Two teams placed fourth: the Freshman-Sophomore Two-Person unit with Josh Yoon and Chris Lee, and the Junior-Senior Relay team of Michael Zhang, Teresa Mao, Sergey Papushin and Barton Huang.

The Freshman-Sophomore Relay team of Albert Cao, Justin Lee, Reuben Gutmann and Jason Lu finished fifth. Stevenson’s second Junior-Senior Relay entry, comprising Allen Cao, Pat DeMichele, Alex Hong and Brian Zhou, was seventh.

Tim Klem and preparation assistant Emery Liu finished 14th in Oral Presentation. The Calculator team of Alex Hong, Sergey Papushin, Allen Cao, Reuben Gutmann and Deepak Moparthi was 17th.

The state championship was a fitting conclusion for two coaches who will be retiring in June: Kathie Rauch-Morse and Chris Kelly. Kelly also was an assistant coach on the 1991 state championship team, in her first year at Stevenson.

The head coach for the math team was Chris Thibaudeau. The other state contest coaches were LouAnn Tollefson, Joe Bettina and Paul Kim. Also part of the math team success were TYMP (Talented Youth Mathematicians Program) coaches Kevin Gimre, Michelle Gammelgaard, Linda Reusch and Grant Johnson, and freshman head coach Brad Hebel.

12 Students Earn Writing Awards

The Junior Advanced Placement Language and Composition team — Jen Arias, Denise Foster, Steve Heller, Noel Johnston and Melissa Mack — on Friday announced the names of students who earned writing awards for 2015.

Two students, Anastasiya Loos and Rebecca Nelson, received Certificates for Superior Writing in the National Council of Teachers of English’s annual Achievement Awards in Writing program. This year, 650 juniors were nominated around the country, with 141 selected for Certificates for Superior Writing. Nineteen came from Illinois.

Each student submitted two pieces of writing, which were read by national judges. Papers were judged on content, purpose, audience, tone, word choice, organization, development and style.

Loos and Nelson were among 12 SHS students, all juniors except for one, who earned awards in the 2015 Illinois Association of Teachers of English Prose and Poetry Contest.

First-place honors in the Prose category went to: Loos (“Breakfast and Bombs”), Nelson (“Perfection”), Mary Kluever (“I’m Back”), Lesya Protosova (“There’s Nothing to be Afraid Of”) and Jonah Rawitz (“Enlightened”). Their works will be published in IATE’s English Bulletin this fall.

Four students earned runner-up honors in Prose: Megan Rivkin (“Why I’m Not a Feminist”), Karen Whisler (“Pancakes”), Ann Kochevar (“After Prom”) and Karen Guo (“The Effects of Living”).

Gina Martini (“October 22”) and Andrew Lefebvre (“You Have an Addiction”) received honorable mention in Prose. Senior Sydney Spokane received honorable mention in Poetry (“Clean”).

Nordhem Featured in Daily Herald

The Daily Herald on Saturday published an article ($) about retiring Physical Welfare teacher Vicky Nordhem, who last week was named the state’s high school physical education teacher of the year. She will conclude 35 years as an educator in June, the last 22 at Stevenson. Nordhem plans to continue coaching volleyball for SHS.

President Obama, Governor Rauner Send Birthday Greetings

As Stevenson moves closer to its 50th birthday, the school has received congratulatory letters from President Barack Obama, Governor Bruce Rauner and former Governor Pat Quinn. You can see those letters, and more, at


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Saturday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson 14, Buffalo Grove 4 (6 inn.): Robby McGaha homered and drove in three runs as the host Patriots (16-6-1) won their annual Homers for Heroes game honoring military veterans and first responders. Carter Baretz led Stevenson’s 13-hit attack with three hits and drove in four runs, while Willie Bourbon, Jack Cappalli and Christian Dutler each had two hits. One of Bourbon’s hits was a triple. Winning pitcher Michael Kingery held the Bison (9-14) in check over four innings, scattering seven hits and allowing no walks. SHS won its second straight game against a Mid-Suburban League opponent. – Daily Herald ($)

Boys Tennis

Stevenson at Pitchford 32 Invitational: The Patriots placed sixth with 44 points, behind Hinsdale Central (62), Glenbrook North (61), Lyons (51), and Lake Forest and Highland Park (46). Josh Cheng and Benjamin Bush finished third at No. 2 doubles, rallying past Highland Park in the third-place match, 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2. Matt Harvey and Adam Maryniuk were fifth at No. 1 doubles. Brian Weisberg finished sixth at No. 2 singles, and Colin Harvey was eighth at No. 1 singles. – Official results | Daily Herald ($)

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson hosted SHS Invitational: The Patriots went 2-2 in the two-day tournament, beating defending state champion Loyola (4-2) and Palatine (13-3) on Friday, and falling to Fenwick (7-6) and Naperville Central (5-3) on Saturday. Dan Maleski and Kurt Holzer each scored three goals in the win over Palatine, while Cris Tomassetti led SHS (20-5) with two against Loyola. Goalkeeper Shaurya Gilani made 19 saves against Loyola. –


Stevenson 9-14, Prospect 5-29: The host Patriots scored seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to win the first game of the doubleheader. Vera Pflugradt hit a grand slam in the second inning of the nightcap, and went 3-for-4 in addition to driving in four runs. – Daily Herald ($)

Friday’s Varsity Results

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson d. Mundelein, 25-21, 23-25, 25-16: Grant Maleski slammed 17 kills and Jesse Kesner added 14 as the host Patriots improved to 14-10 overall and 4-2 in the North Suburban Conference. Jeffrey Wang and Eric Zalewski each recorded 16 assists. Jeremy Sandrof and Maleski tied for the team lead in digs with five. Wang served a team-high three aces, while Luke Feder added a pair. – Daily Herald ($)

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson at 53rd Spartan Relays: At Glenbrook South, the Patriots were second with 75 points, behind Deerfield, which had 96. SHS won four events in the all-relay invitational: the 400 (43.30), 1,600 (3:27), 800 sprint medley (1:36) and shot put (168-4.5). Stevenson was second in the 800 relay (1:33.40), and third in three others: the 3,200 (8:05.80), the distance relay (10:49.70) and the low hurdle relay (59.90).

Boys Lacrosse

Stevenson 5, St. Rita 4: The Patriots won their second straight, improving to 5-7. –

Weisman Signs With Cincinnati Bengals

Mark Weisman (Class of 2010), who finished his football career at the University of Iowa with the third-most touchdowns in school history, signed a free agent contract with the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday. If he makes the team, Weisman will be the first Stevenson graduate in the NFL since Brad Cieslak played with the Cleveland Browns in 2008. Last week, Weisman was named to the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society for carrying a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) throughout his college career.


Today is the Last Day to Order Prom, Post-Prom Tickets

Today is the last day to order tickets for the Prom or Post-Prom. You can buy tickets at the Patriot Superstore until the end of sixth period, and until 11:59 p.m. online. Prom tickets are $85; Post-Prom tickets are $50. Click here for information and to order tickets online.

Want to Help Design Fine Arts Posters? Meeting on Tuesday

Students interested in creating artwork for the Fine Arts posters can attend the Poster Design Club Meeting at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 6008. If you have any questions, please email Mr. Grice at

Color Guard Clinics Tuesday-Thursday

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. Please wear athletic clothing. Sign up or ask questions to Coach Reber at

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

Visiting Artist of the Month Presentation Thursday

Landscape painter Frances Cox, the Art Department’s current Visiting Artist of the Month, will give a presentation to students during periods 6 and 7 on Thursday at the Rotunda Gallery in the West Building.

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! There are only 35 spots left. Once those spots are filled, students will be placed on a wait list.


Attention animal lovers: Animal Welfare Club is having its last meeting of the year on Tuesday, May 12 in Room 2500. We will have pizza, but you have to RSVP by this Thursday if you want to eat … so we know how much to order. Email Ms. Polisky at or Ms. Kellogg at If you bring supplies for animal shelters (pet food, blankets, newspapers, toys, etc.), we will give you one hour of community service.


There will be a girls basketball meeting for all student-athletes interested in participating in summer opportunities at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 20 in Room 2002.


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