Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Acclaimed Violinist to Perform With SHS Ensembles

Internationally renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine will join Stevenson’s premiere period-instrument ensembles, Baroque Ensemble and Viol Consort, during their concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 14 in the Recital Hall. Admission is free. This will be the second time this school year that Pine has performed with SHS students. She worked with string students last fall.

AP Government Teachers Offer “Cram for the Exam” on C-SPAN

Advanced Placement Government teachers Dan Larsen and Andy Conneen will appear on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” program at 8:15 a.m. Saturday for their annual “Cram for the Exam” special. The program will help students around the country prepare for the AP Government exam, which takes place Tuesday, May 12. The two teachers have loads of review materials available at their website, CitizenU.org.

Journalism Program Captures Sectional, NISPA Awards

Two students won first-place honors at the Illinois High School Association journalism sectional contest held at Hersey High School on April 25. Alice Vagun won for features writing, while Easton Self claimed the newspaper design category. Nitya Gupta was third in advertising. All three students competed in the IHSA state tournament Friday at Eastern Illinois University, but did not place.

Other students who earned top six honors at the sectional included Gupta (fifth in yearbook copy writing), Sarah Verschoor (sixth in editorial writing) and Fathma Rahman (sixth in headlines).

Joining them at sectional were Sabrina Szos (photography), Katy Roach (sports writing), Stephanie Namkoong (review writing) and Brenda Reyn (infographic and editorial cartoon). In addition to the events in which they won awards, Rahman and Vagun also competed in news writing and copy editing, respectively.

On April 24, Stevenson’s newspaper, the Statesman, earned recognition in 10 of 11 categories at the Northern Illinois Scholastic Press Association conference. The paper also received bronze certificates for overall newspaper and website (Statesmanhs.org).

Seven students won Blue Ribbon awards. Sami Sparber was chosen for her feature on how students’ political viewpoints are influenced. Hannah Jeon won in advertising for the ad she created for the Statesman website. Brenda Reyn was honored in editorial cartoons for her artwork on the California consent bill. Statesman also came away with a Blue Ribbon in team in-depth reporting for its breaking stereotypes stories from the September 2014 issue. Reporters recognized were Namkoong, Rahman, Reyn, Szos and Alex Shafran.

Jeon received honorable mention in two categories: individual in-depth reporting, for her article on the perception of beauty; and in photography, for her pictures of Spring Fest. Other honorable mention winners were Rahman for her editorial on the school’s new Advanced Placement Government online course in 2015-16; Roach for her sports story about concussions; Self for the infographic he created for an article on sexting dangers; and Izabela Zaluska for her reviews of local pumpkin pies.

More Writing Winners Revealed

The names of more winners have emerged in the 2015 Illinois Association of Teachers of English Poetry and Prose Contest. Hannah Jeon (“Curled Up”) and Howard Hu (“Old Men in Wigs + Green = Value”) won first-place honors in the Prose category. Their works will be published in IATE’s English Bulletin this fall.

Runner-up awards in Prose went to Monet Lee (“Technical Truth”) and Amy Lin (“A Ticket to my Mother’s Story”). Maddie Pike (“I am What I Read”) received honorable mention in Prose.


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Monday’s Varsity Results

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson 16, Conant 1: Melissa Gartenberg had five goals, three assists and nine steals to lead the top-ranked Patriots (26-0) in the Aquatic Center. Claire Haas had four goals and six assists, while Annika Hotchkiss and Autumn Hoang each scored twice. Alex Adams, Joanie Newland and Delaney Weiland also scored. Goalkeeper Lauren Burns made eight saves in three quarters of action, and Brigitte Lefebvre had three saves in the fourth quarter. SHS jumped out to a 6-0 lead after the first quarter and led 9-0 at halftime.

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson 109, Mundelein 28: The 1,600 relay team of Jordan Eng, Aaron Portman, Caleb Oh and Borler Wu set a new freshman-sophomore record with a time of 3:36.5, and SHS went on to capture the other three relays plus eight individual events in Mundelein. Wu ran in three of the four relays. He joined Portman, David Goncharov and Noah Lukz in the 400 relay, and was part of the 800 relay with Goncharov, Lukz and Seth Johnson. The other winning relay was the 3,200, which featured Oh and older brother Sammy, Jared Borowsky and Brett Lucas. Tim Vestuto won three events, the 100, 200 and 400, while Henry Sise claimed the shot put and discus. Goncharov captured the triple jump, Eng won the 300 intermediate hurdles, and Aaron Lund prevailed in the 110 high hurdles.

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson 102, Mundelein 44: Kesina Daley won the high jump and 300 meter hurdles, and Isabelle Sparreo captured the 400 and 800 in the Stadium. Other individual winners included Juhi Jhaveri in the long jump, Janine Fajardo in the 100 hurdles, Lily Marks in the 100, and Jessica Philipp in the 1,600. Jhaveri, Marks, Sydney Evans and Borchueh Wu combined to win the 400 relay. SHS also claimed the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 relays.

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson d. Fremd, 21-25, 27-25, 25-21: The host Patriots (15-10) rallied to capture the nonconference match in the Sports Center. Grant Maleski led the attack with 20 kills. Jesse Kesner added nine. Jeffrey Wang dished out 31 assists. Luke Feder made nine digs, while Wang and Maleski each had four.


Glenbrook South 2, Stevenson 1: In Glenview, the Patriots dropped to 16-7-1. The Titans improved to 14-7. – Chicago Tribune

Boys Lacrosse

Barrington 12, Stevenson 5

Stevenson Stands Out at State Basketball Hall Ceremony

Stevenson basketball standouts from the present and past were honored at the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame ceremony on Saturday at the Bone Center at Illinois State University in Normal. Jalen Brunson, the first boys basketball player from SHS to be named Mr. Basketball in Illinois, received his award, and Pat Ambrose was recognized as Class 3A-4A Co-Coach of the Year. Two women who earned Ms. Basketball honors at Stevenson — sisters Tamika and Tauja Catchings — were inducted into the IBCA Hall of Fame as players, along with teammate Katie Coleman. All three were members of Stevenson’s 1994 state championship team, and Tauja Catchings and Coleman also played on the 1995 title winner. Coleman was present to accept the honor, as was former Patriot head coach Frank Mattucci. Also at the banquet, new girls basketball coach Ashley Graham was honored as District 4 Coach of the Year for guiding Prospect to its best record in school history.

Golf Alum Appears on “Teeing Off” Podcast

University of Illinois golfer Stephanie Miller, who won two state championships during her days at Stevenson, was interviewed in the Chicago Tribune’s latest “Teeing Off” podcast. The nearly 20-minute interview starts at the 22:30 mark.

Betthauser Talks About Allied Soccer Program in Peoria

Athletic Director Trish Betthauser talked about Stevenson’s Allied Soccer program during the Illinois Athletic Directors Association conference on Sunday. Her presentation, “Allied Sports: A New Beginning,” took place at the Peoria Convention Center.


Want to Help Design Fine Arts Posters? Meeting Today

Students interested in creating artwork for the Fine Arts posters can attend the Poster Design Club Meeting at 3:30 p.m. today in Room 6008. If you have any questions, please email Mr. Grice at jgrice@d125.org.

Color Guard Clinics Today-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. today, Wednesday and Thursday. Please wear athletic clothing. Sign up or ask questions to Coach Reber at stevensonguarddirector@gmail.com.

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.

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 ccortesi@d125.org.


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 jpolisky@d125.org or Ms. Kellogg at skellogg@d125.org. 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.


DuPage judge refuses to block Hinsdale District 86 investigation

District 300 officials blame previous contract for high pension penalties (DH – $)

Round Lake High creates more unisex bathrooms (DH – $)

Glen Ellyn District 41 superintendent’s pay boost raises some eyebrows (DH – $)

New elementary school principal appointed in Lake Zurich District 95 (DH – $)

Alderman wonders, where is elite $60M Chicago high school?

Deadline extended for state’s prepaid college tuition plan

New leader chosen for University of Illinois Foundation

Fremd High Class of 1975 nearing goal for anti-bullying scholarships (DH – $)

Robert Morris University runner-up at North American video game championships


Most Americans think public school teachers are underpaid, underappreciated

The changing role of Advanced Placement classes

Indiana State Board of Education in limbo after legislature’s move

Seattle teachers call for one-day walkout over state budget

New York City has longest charter school wait list in the country

Woman uses GoFundMe site to pay for Harvard education

Inside the school Silicon Valley thinks will save education


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