Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Students Earn More Than 30 Awards at State Science Fair

More than 20 members of the Science Reach Club earned awards at the Illinois Junior Academy of Science State Science Fair last weekend at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. About 1,500 students from around the state shared results of science research projects through papers or posters.

Eleven students earned gold awards for their papers: seniors Anvesh Jalasutram, HanSong Huang and Larissa Kennerley; juniors Blandon Su, Becca Nelson, Ajay Varadhan and Kevin Cao; sophomore Revanth Bellam; and freshmen Sanketh Bhaskar, Shreya Sriram and Jonathan Xue. Jalasutram, Bellam, Nelson and Varadhan were among the top 10 best papers of the fair. Su, Cao and Bhaskar won special paper session awards. Freshman Tanvee Patankar earned a silver award.

Seventeen students earned honors in the poster competition. Receiving gold awards were Bellam, Bhaskar, Kennerley, Jalasutram, Su, Varadhan and Xue, plus sophomores Hope Schneider, Cindy Yao, Ndallah Njongmeta and Saneil Harchekar, and freshmen Saketh Prazad, Rebecca Lin and Allen Kuncheria. Silver awards went to sophomore Shivani Dhebar, and freshmen Sannidhi Sarvadhavabhatla and Bhavana Muppavarapu.

Several students also were singled out for honors based on their projects.

Xue’s work involving wind turbines won best project honors in engineering. He and Prazad won awards from the Chicago section of the American Nuclear Society. Prazad’’s project involved Faraday cages and communication devices.

Njongmeta and Harchekar won both the Boy Scout Award and an award from the SIU School of Medicine with their project involving the probiotic bacteria Lactobacillus.

Varadhan’s project testing the effect of various cardiac pharmaceuticals on calcium ion channels won a first-place award for outstanding project in the area of exercise and injury from the Health Science Learning Exchange.

Senior Kevin Cheng won the Ethel M. and Lyell J. Thomas State Exposition Scholarship. Although he was not able to attend the state fair this year due to conflicts, Cheng had completed four outstanding research projects during his years at Stevenson.

Faculty, Students Involved in BG Park District Play

Fine Arts faculty member Paula Nowak will direct David Saar’s “The Yellow Boat,” which opens tonight in the Community Arts Center, 225 McHenry Road, in Buffalo Grove. The cast includes seniors Noah Chisman, Abbie Brenner, Christopher Moseley, Emma Harmon and Melanie Kray; junior Megan Rivkin; sophomores Jordan Radis, Jessica Balter, Quinn Cunningham and Sonya Balzak; and 2015-16 incoming freshman Phoebe Nevel. Performances are scheduled tonight through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Seating is limited. Click here to order tickets. For more information, contact Jessi Hersman at 847-850-2152.

Alum Earns Award for Drone Research

Carrie Andersen, a 2004 graduate of Stevenson, is one of 85 doctoral students nationwide selected to receive a $15,000 Scholar Award from the P.E.O. Sisterhood. Andersen is a Ph.D. student in American Studies at the University of Texas. She earned her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Harvard University. Andersen’s post-graduate work is focused on the implications of unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones, on society.

Trip to Israel Proves Life Changing for 2011 Alum

Becky Savitt, a 2011 Stevenson graduate, was honored recently by the Taglit-Birthright organization, which offers free 10-day trips to Israel for young Jewish adults. Savitt was named the group’s April ambassador, and is one of 15 people who will be honored this year as part of the organization’s 15th anniversary. Savitt will be graduating from the University of Illinois this month, and she hopes to find a job with a non-profit organization in the Jewish community.

Relay for Life Fundraiser With Lou Malnati’s Monday

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life team comprising students from Stevenson and Buffalo Grove high schools will hold a fundraiser at Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, 85 S. Buffalo Grove Road, in Buffalo Grove on Monday. The fundraiser will run from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Malnati’s will donate 20% of total sales (pre-tax purchase, excluding alcohol)  to the American Cancer Society from every dine-in, carryout or delivery order received using the flyer below. The fundraiser must be mentioned when placing an order, and the flyer must be shown (either printed version or on mobile device). Click here for the flyer.

Mac ’n Cheese Rules SHS Burger Night

Last week’s SHS Burger Night at Tom and Eddie’s restaurant in Vernon Hills raised $225 for the March of Dimes Foundation. The winning burger was the Mac ’n Cheese Melt, which received 99 votes. The Loco Burger got 70 votes, and the Bento Box Chicken Burger had 45.

Business students developed the burger concepts in class. The Mac ’n Cheese Melt featured a beef patty, fried macaroni and cheese, bacon, lettuce and tomato on a sesame seed bun. The Loco Burger had a beef patty, bacon, swiss cheese, lettuce and tomato on a ciabatta roll with chipotle mayonnaise. The Bento Box Burger included a beef patty, grilled chicken teriyaki, stir fry vegetables and pineapple on a sesame seed bun.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Tennis

Stevenson 7, Mundelein 0: In Mundelein, the Patriots (8-2) breezed with straight-set wins in every match. In singles, the winners were Colin Harvey (6-0, 6-0), Brian Weisberg (6-0, 6-0) and Adam Teng (6-0, 6-1). The doubles winners were Adam Maryniuk/Matt Harvey (6-0, 6-0), Sam Komis/Ryan Yoo (6-0, 6-2), David Luo/John Kny (6-1, 6-0) and Alex Smith/Gary Braznichenko (6-0, 6-0). – Daily Herald ($)


Stevenson 19, Zion-Benton 3 (5 inn.): Robby McGaha’s grand slam highlighted a 12-run first inning for the host Patriots (17-7-1), who hit for the cycle in the opening frame. Jake Nusinow held the Zee-Bees to four hits in five innings, allowed two earned runs, struck out five and walked none. Jimmy Marchese, Carter Baretz and Patrick Loeffler all had two hits, and Loeffler also drove in a pair of runs. Willie Bourbon, Tyler Vincent and Dylan Molek all tripled, while Marchese and McGaha had doubles. – Daily Herald ($)

Girls Soccer

Lake Forest 1, Stevenson 0: Emma Marx made 10 saves for the visiting (7-6-1, 2-3-1) Patriots, who had a four-match winning streak snapped. The Scouts (10-4-2, 4-1-1) claimed the North Suburban Conference Lake Division title and will face Lakes in the NSC Championship Game on Thursday. – Daily Herald ($)

SHS Hosts IHSA Gymnastics Sectional Thursday

Stevenson will host an Illinois High School Association boys gymnastics sectional at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Sports Center. The top-ranked Patriots will compete, along with Buffalo Grove, Deerfield, Glenbrook South, Highland Park, Libertyville, Mundelein and Glenbrook North. Schools will be vying to qualify in the IHSA state finals, which will be held May 15-16 at Hinsdale Central.


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.

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.

Patriot Nation, Got News?

We want to hear from you! Share your stories, photos, videos, and more with us. Tag us using #shareSHS across all social channels, or email us at and get social at Stevenson. Big or small, we want it all. You just might see your news in the spotlight.

Board Games in ILC Before, After School

The ILC is lending board games to students before and after school. At the moment, students can play chess, Apples to Apples, dominoes and Scrabble. Board games stay in the ILC.


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.


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Higher ed lobby quietly joins for-profit schools to roll back tighter rules

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White House initiative “My Brother’s Keeper” to become independent non-profit

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