Monday, May 11, 2015

Two BPA Students Win National Championships

Two students won national championships and 10 others posted top-10 finishes at the Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California last weekend. Twenty-four members of Stevenson’s BPA club participated.

Jack Novak finished first in Personal Financial Management Concepts, while Rebecca Cacioppo won top honors in Management, Marketing and Human Resources Concepts. She also had two other top-10 finishes: in Personal Financial Management Concepts, and in partnership with Jennifer Zhang in Administrative Support Concepts.

Several other students had top-10 showings, led by Kevin You, who placed second in Fundamental Accounting. Other students in the top 10 were Matthew Cabrera (Fundamental Accounting), Sergey Papushin (Computer Programming Concepts), Lesya Protasova (Management, Marketing and Human Resources Concepts), the tandem of Erik Jersild and Annie Wu (Business Meetings Management Concepts), and the team of Papushin, Bryan Pinkley. Michael Horita and Kenton Steffens (Financial Analyst Team).

Protasova and Zhang also received recognition as National Merit Scholars.

Student’s Essay on Mother Becomes Front Page News

An essay originally written by junior Lainey Simanek for her English class ended up as front page news on Mother’s Day. Simanek wrote an essay about her mother, TIffany, and her battle with breast cancer which, thankfully, appears to be in remission. Her father, Scott, thought so highly of the essay that he sent a copy to the Daily Herald, which featured not only the essay on Sunday, but also talked with Lainey and her mother. Here are links to the pieces (we’re not certain of their accessibility at, unfortunately): Lainey’s essay | Burt Constable column

Band Parents Fundraiser at Didier Farms This Weekend

The Stevenson Band Parents Organization will hold its annual spring fundraiser Friday through Sunday at Didier Farms, located at 16678 W. Aptakisic Road in Prairie View. Shop for all your spring flowers, vegetables and plants, and 10% of your total purchase (excluding tax) will be credited to the SHS Band Parents Organization. Use this flyer when ordering. Questions about the fundraiser can be directed to Ellen Singer at

New Musical Features Theatre Alumni

Four alumni are connected to “The Drowsy Chaperone,” which opens a month-long run at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights on Thursday. The cast includes Tommy Novak (Class of 2007), Colin Funk (2008) and Jake Stempel (2008), and the choreographer is Jennifer Cupani (1995). The musical comedy is being directed by Lauren Rawitz, a Stevenson parent who regularly directs plays at the school.


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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson hosted Co-Ed Classic: The top-ranked Patriots (30-0) remained undefeated in 2015, beating Naperville Central, 8-3, Lincoln-Way Central, 13-5, and Neuqua Valley, 12-5. SHS reached the 30-win mark for the second straight year, and the fourth time in school history. This is the first time the Patriots have won 30 games during the regular season. Lauren Burns was the winning goalkeeper in all three contests. Allison Travetto recorded 12 goals in the three games to lead Stevenson, including seven against Naperville Central. Melissa Gartenberg scored five goals, while Claire Haas and Erin Kempers each had two. –

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson at Lake County Invitational: Jared Borowsky won the 3,200 with a personal-best time of 9:16.61, and Sammy Oh finished second in 9:20.63. Tim Vestuto was third in the 400 (49.73) and Henry Sise placed third in shot put (52-7). Stevenson finished seventh in the team standings among 16 schools. The meet was pushed from Friday to Saturday by weather delays, and the venue changed from Grayslake North to Grayslake Central. – Daily Herald ($)

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson hosted Co-Ed Classic: The Patriots won two of their three games and improved to 23-6 on the season. SHS beat Lincoln-Way Central, 12-1, and Neuqua Valley, 19-9, after falling to Naperville Central, 7-4. Collin Kapecki, Andrew Shashin and Dan Maleski each scored six goals over the three contests. Kapecki had a team-high three goals in the win over Lincoln-Way Central, while brother Alex led SHS with five against Neuqua Valley. –

Boys Tennis

Stevenson at Deerfield Invitational: The Patriots finished second to Highland Park, 52-40, in the eight-team tournament. No individual results were available. – Chicago Tribune

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson at Glenbrook North Invitational: The Patriots (17-14) won one of their five matches in the two-day tournament. SHS beat Schurz (25-19, 25-14) and fell to Evanston (14-25, 25-22, 25-15), Barrington (25-17, 25-18), Buffalo Grove (25-19, 29-27) and Hersey (25-12, 25-17). Jeffrey Wang recorded 62 assists in the five matches, including 21 against Buffalo Grove. Jesse Kesner led the attackers with 30 kills in five matches, with 11 coming against Evanston. Hudson Havenhill had 19 kills. Grant Maleski recorded 18 kills in three matches, and had 12 versus Buffalo Grove.

Boys Lacrosse

Naperville North 11, Stevenson 4

Friday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson at IHSA Lake Forest Sectional: The Patriots won their fifth consecutive sectional championship, and had four players qualify for this weekend’s state tournament. Margaret Chen won the singles championship, while Ashley Richardson and Nicole Xia captured the doubles title. May Ling finished third in singles, earning a state berth. Chen won all three of her matches in straight sets, including a 21-14, 21-12 decision in the title match against Jiayi Huang from Glenbrook North. Richardson and Xia breezed through their first two matches, then survived a three-setter against Hersey’s Becky Anderson and Delaney Steinweg, 21-15, 17-21, 21-13. Ling rebounded from a loss to the runner-up and won the third-place match over Danna Gallegos of Golder College Prep in Chicago, 21-12, 21-8. – Official results

State Gymnastics At-Large Bids Announced

The Illinois High School Association this morning released at-large bids for this weekend’s boys gymnastics state meet. Matt Krames received at-large bids in the all-around competition and parallel bars, while Arie Feltman-Frank and Elijah Klaber earned at-large berths in floor exercise. The trio already has qualified for the team competition and several other individual events.


Relay for Life Fundraiser With Lou Malnati’s Today

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 today. 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.

Spring Fling Food Wristbands For Sale

Are you going to Spring Fling? This week during lunch periods, you can buy wristbands for food at Spring Fling. Wristbands are available for $3 each, and with each one you get a hot dog or hamburger, a bag of chips, and a bottle of water.

Pick Up Yearbooks Next Week

Juniors and seniors can pick up their yearbooks on Tuesday, May 19. Freshmen and sophomores can pick up their yearbooks Wednesday, May 20. Yearbooks will be available outside the Performing Arts Center and in the Patriot Lobby during lunch periods. Student ID will be required.

Senior Class Party Bus Sign Up May 19-20

If you want to sit with your friends on the bus going to the Senior Class Party cruise, make sure you sign up in the Patriot Lobby on Tuesday or Wednesday, May 19-20. If you don’t sign up for a bus, you’ll be assigned to one at random.

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 Monday, 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

PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale Wednesday afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons! Pies, donuts, Puppy Chow for $1 and Wendy’s Frosties for $2.

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.


FCCLA members: Mark your calendars for the end-of-the-year celebration on Wednesday, May 20 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Room 1406. We will make cookies, popcorn, watch a movie, and start making plans for next year!

To make sure all seniors have a chance to attend, the last Breakfast with Books meeting has been moved to 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, May 19 in the upper ILC.

SPINS Club members going to Whirlyball and Lasertag: Please return your permission forms to the Student Activities office by Thursday. This is our last event of the 2014-15 school year!


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.


Illinois Supreme Court rules landmark pension law unconstitutional

Will next pension fight be over making local schools pay more? (DH – $)

22 ex-NIU fraternity members avoid jail in hazing death of pledge

St. Charles North dean’s assistant charged with sex assault of student

Report: CPS not sure if basketball players were academically eligible this year

16-year-old earns master’s degree, plans to pursue doctorate (DH – $)


Online Common Core testing lays bare tech divide in schools

This year’s college graduates have more debt than ever

Teacher attendance in New Mexico jumps after it’s added to evaluation system

“Animal House” fraternity at Dartmouth loses appeal, will be shut down


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