Thursday, May 28, 2015

Incoming Freshman in National Spelling Bee Semifinals

Incoming freshman Aniket Nuthalapati, an eighth-grader at Aptakisic Junior High School, is the only Illinois student among the 49 semifinalists in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

He survived Wednesday’s preliminary round, which consisted of two off-stage multiple-choice tests covering 12 spelling words and 12 vocabulary questions, followed by two on-stage spelling opportunities. He spelled “camouflage” correctly in the first round, then nailed “auriphrygiate,” which means embroidered or decorated with gold.

Nuthalapati will have to take another off-stage test in preparation for today’s semifinal on-stage spelling round, which is being carried on ESPN2 until noon. The finals start at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

State Champions Honored in Springfield

Thirty-one students representing Stevenson’s six state championship teams were honored in Springfield on Wednesday. Students from the mathematics, Science Olympiad, boys gymnastics, girls water polo, boys basketball and football teams visited the state capitol, as did coaches Chris Thibaudeau (math), Eric Liva (gymnastics), Josh Hjorth (football) and Paul Swan (basketball).

Rep. Carol Sente honored the championship teams with a resolution in the House and Sen. Terry Link honored the students with a resolution in the Senate. Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger, a former Stevenson parent and football/basketball mom, also presented  a proclamation honoring the championship teams. The students and coaches also met with Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Michael Madigan — but not at the same time.

Modified Version of AP Credit Equity Bill Passes House

While in Springfield, students from the state championship teams and the SHS Political Action Club watched as a modified version of the Advanced Placement Credit Equity bill, HB 3428, passed the House of Representatives by a 113-0 vote. The bill was created by club members and their teachers, and sponsored by Rep. Sente. Political Action Club members met with Gov. Rauner to advocate for his approval of the legislation.

Less Than 70 Vacation Getaway Raffle Tickets Remain

Less than 70 tickets remain in the Stevenson Foundation’s Vacation Getaway Raffle, which offers the winner a choice of three destinations, with airfare for two included. The trip choices are a golfing excursion to Scottsdale, Arizona’s TPC Stadium Course; a wine lover’s vacation to the Meritage Resort in California’s Napa Valley; and a beach getaway to the Cabo San Lucas Hilton Resort. Tickets are $50 each or three for $125. The winner will be announced at the SHS 50th Birthday Bash on Saturday. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the new Stevenson to College program. To purchase raffle tickets, click here.

Alumnus to Become Principal of Diamond Lake School

Wednesday’s Digest item about Diamond Lake District 76 changes missed a Stevenson alumnus. Kurt Preble, who graduated from SHS in 1993, is going to become the principal at Diamond Lake School. He currently is principal of Hollywood School in Riverside District 96.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Softball

Stevenson at IHSA Class 4A Libertyville Regional: The 10th-seeded Patriots scored all their runs late to rally past No. 7 Deerfield, 7-6, in the regional semifinal. SHS (13-15) will play in the regional championship game at 11 a.m. Saturday versus Libertyville or Hersey, which square off today. Trisha Porzycki had a two-run double, and also made a game-saving play from right field, throwing out the tying run at home from about 200 feet away. Taylor Koenigs went 2-for-4. On the mound, Myra Peterson pitched a complete game, allowing nine hits and striking out four in seven innings. After Deerfield hit a two-run home run to take the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, Stevenson responded with three runs in the top of the fifth and added four more in the sixth, through a combination of small ball and aggressive baserunning. The Pats played error-free defensively.

State Boys Tennis Tournament Starts Today

Six members of the SHS boys tennis team will play in the IHSA state tournament beginning today at several Mid-Suburban League courts. The highest-seeded Patriots are senior Adam Maryniuk and sophomore Matt Harvey, who are a 5-8 seed. Their first match will take place at Fremd against Trevor Johnston and Brian Chard of Benton. The other SHS duo to make state, senior Josh Cheng and junior Ben Bush, is a 9-16 seed. They will take on Stephen Kovach and Pete Mannebach of Benet Academy at Conant. Senior Colin Harvey, a 9-16 seed in singles, faces Jay Niebrugge of St. Anthony in Effingham at Hoffman Estates. Sophomore Brian Weisberg battles Noah Rosenblat of Deerfield at Schaumburg. State tournament seeds

Five Patriots Prepare for State Track Meet

The boys track and field team is sending five Patriots to Charleston for the IHSA Class 3A state meet at Eastern Illinois University, which begins with the preliminaries on Friday. The SHS contingent will include seniors Henry Sise (shot put), Sammy Oh (3,200 and 1,600), Aaron Lund (110 high hurdles) and Tim Vestuto (400), and junior Jared Borowsky (3,200). Most of Stevenson’s qualifiers had sectional efforts that put them in the top 20 of qualifiers for their events.

Baseball Alumni Trio on Teams in NCAA Tournament

The University of Illinois baseball team, whose starting shortstop is Stevenson alumnus Adam Walton, earned the No. 6 overall seed in the NCAA baseball tournament. The Fighting Illini will host an NCAA Regional this weekend with Ohio, Notre Dame and Wright State. UI plays Ohio at 7 p.m. Friday. The game will be carried live on ESPN3 and Watch ESPN. Walton started all 56 games for Illinois, which has a 47-8-1 record. He tied for the team lead in runs scored (48), and was second in hits (71) while hitting .293. Two other Patriot baseball alumni made the tournament. Matt Allen and Tyler Radtke play for the University of Iowa, which made the tournament for the first time since 1990. The Hawkeyes will play in the Springfield (Missouri) Regional with Missouri State, Oregon and Canisius.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Last-Chance Senior Party Bus Sign-Up on Friday

Last-minute Senior Class Party bus sign-ups for the Senior Class Party will take place Friday during lunch and eight period in the Patriot Lobby. This late sign-up is for the 65 seniors who paid for the party, but did not sign up for a bus last week. Those 65 will receive an email asking them to confirm by midnight Friday that they are attending the Senior Class Party. If they do not respond by then, their seat will be filled with a senior on the waitlist. Students on the waitlist will be contacted this weekend.

Clean Out PE Lockers By Monday

All PE lockers must be cleaned out by the end of the last regular school day on Monday. Locks will then be cut off and any belongings left behind will be donated to local charities.

Looking for a Yearbook? Go to the Superstore

Pre-ordered yearbooks can be picked up at the Superstore until June 5. Make sure you have your school ID. If you would like to buy a yearbook, a limited number are available for $50 at the Superstore. Cash, check, Patriot Dollars (student ID), Visa or MasterCard will be accepted.

Textbook Return Information

Here is textbook return information for all students:

Seniors: Monday – Recital Hall – 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

All grades: Tuesday-Thursday, June 2-4 – Wood Commons – 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Testing Center Hours During Final Exams

During finals, the Testing Center will be open as follows: Tuesday, June 2, 7 a.m.-1 p.m.; Wednesday, June 3, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; Thursday, June 4, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. The TC will be open for regular hours on Monday, but seniors must follow their final schedule on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Other important reminders:

  • Students must sign up for tests during finals times. A test can only be taken during a free period. Before and after final times don’t require signing up.
  • If a student is signed up during a rescheduled final, the TC needs a note or email from the teacher or counselor that the final has been rescheduled.
  • Seniors who are exempt from finals may take tests in the TC during that class time, but must have written notification from their teachers or counselors.

If you have any questions see Mrs. Miller or Ms. Plante in the TC.

ATHLETICS

The girls cross country team will have a preseason meeting today in the West Faculty Dining Room from 3:40-4:30 p.m. If you plan on running cross country this fall, you need to attend this meeting. Coach LeVanti will be handing out information about summer running. If you have any questions, please contact her at mlevanti@d125.org.

CAREER EXPLORATION

No plans for the summer yet? Interested in a career in healthcare or medicine? We still have spots open in the second session of our Careers in Healthcare and Medicine course that will take place June 22-July 2 at Stevenson. There will be a variety of professionals presenting, as well as interesting field trips to help you decide what career might be a good fit. Register online by visiting www.d125.org/academic/summer-school.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Aptakisic student is Illinois’ only semifinalist in National Spelling Bee

Rauner paying education czar $275K from agency that funds autism services

Evanston’s effort to close achievement gap gets national attention

Glenbard District 87 to fund boys swim teams (DH – $)

“Hoop Dreams” filmmaker producing doc about race, achievement at OPRF

Batavia High may drop out of federal lunch program (DH – $)

Law firm looking into athletes’ allegations will charge UI $425 per hour

14 apply for vacant seat on Harper College board (DH – $)

Special Education District of McHenry County closing after 50 years

University of Chicago professor known for landmark translation dies

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Key numbers from national education report to Congress

Indiana governor replaces half of state’s board of education

Districts turn to automated essay graders, but do they work?

Private colleges target community college grads they once shunned

Non-academic skills are key to success. But what should we call them?

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