Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Students Earn Awards at ISU Technology Day

Fifteen students skipped their day off Friday to compete at the 15th annual Illinois State University Technology Day. Four teams of Patriots brought awards home, making it the school’s most successful Tech Day experience.

Alex Pieprzycki and Peter Drozdzewicz earned first place in Engineering Design. Aryn Harmon and Pratik Kamat earned second place in Engineering Design. Seth Katz and Tyler Eshkenazi earned third place in Structural Technology. The team of Hebron Taylor, Noah Salk, Abby Starr, Daniel Rong, Aryn Harmon, Joshua Kim and Alex Kim earned first place in the VEX Robotics competition.   

ISU’s Technology Day, which started in 2001, is a one-day series of STEM-based competitive events drawing between 300-400 middle and high school students. The day features five different competitions, with each having Level 1 for grades 6-9 and Level 2 for grades 10-12.

Alum Created HBO’s “Project Greenlight” Series

The Daily Herald today featured alumnus Alex Keledjian (Class of 1988), who created HBO’s “Project Greenlight” series, in a front-page article. (The article requires registration for full access.) Keledjian is also a producer of the Sunday night show, hosted by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.

Keledjian has spent the past two decades in Hollywood as a writer, producer and consultant. After graduating from Stevenson, he attended the University of Arizona for two years before transferring to New York University after his acceptance into its film school. Keledjian is working on a YouTube series “@SummerBreak,” and is writing a movie script about online sports gambling.

Debate Team Honored By National Group

Stevenson’s debate team has earned membership in the National Speech and Debate Association’s 100 Club, honoring the top 10% of schools nationwide. Students earn points and degrees based on competitive and service-related activities. To reach the top 10%, a school must achieve 100 or more degrees during a school year.

“This milestone is remarkable because it demonstrates outstanding commitment to teaching students essential life skills — including communication, research, listening, writing and organization,” said J. Scott Wunn, the association’s executive director. “The hard work you have invested to achieve this distinction will pay dividends for years to come.”


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Monday’s Varsity Results

Boys Golf

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Rockford Sectional: The Patriots finished third at Elliot Golf Course in Rockford, qualifying as a team for the state tournament for the first time in 10 years and only the fourth time in school history. SHS made it to state in 2005, 2001 and 1987. Freshman Jackson Bussell led Stevenson with a 1-over-par 73, which tied for ninth overall. James Dvorak (74) and Jedi Jhu (75), both juniors, followed the freshman. The Pats’ fourth-best score was a 76, which came from junior Kamaren Sandhu and senior Jake Labow. Zach Orlowsky, also a senior, shot a 77. – Official Results | Daily Herald (+)

Girls Golf

Stevenson at IHSA Class AA Glenbrook North Sectional: Alexia Fidman nearly qualified for state in the final round of her prep career. Fidman shot an 80 at Sportsman’s Golf Course in Northbrook, which tied for 10th and landed her in a three-girl playoff for the final state berth. Unfortunately, she bogeyed the first playoff hole and did not advance. Stevenson had two other sectional qualifiers: Myra Peterson shot a 92, and Olivia Stomberg had a 94. Peterson also played her final round as a Patriot, while Stomberg is only a sophomore. – Official Results

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Tennis

Stevenson hosted North Suburban Conference Tournament: The Patriots won their third consecutive conference title, and swept all five levels of play. Zoe Taylor won the No. 1 singles title and Dhwani Kumar captured No. 2 singles. Neither player lost a set, and Kumar didn’t surrender a game in three matches over two days. In doubles, the winning tandems were No. 1 Kate Harvey/Vinaya Rao, No. 2 Alexandra Zoubareva/Elizabeth Ferdman, and No. 3 Paige Nierman/Gwen Heidkamp. They also posted straight-set victories in their three matches. SHS posted a team score of 40 points, ahead of Lake Forest (25) and Libertyville (17). The Pats will play host to the IHSA sectional this weekend. – Daily Herald (+)

Girls Swimming and Diving

Stevenson at Conant Invitational: SHS won the team title with 228 points, ahead of Hersey (211), Crystal Lake co-op (169) and three other teams. Team scores were determined by results at all three classes of competition. SHS swept all three levels in eight events. In Class A, Casey Kirby won the 50-yard freestyle (25.28) and 100 free (55.12), Ashley Carollo captured the 100 back (1:00.96), Iza Pelka claimed the 200 free (2:00.82), and Irune Andres touched first in the 200 IM (2:14.33). Carollo, Andres and Kirby also teamed with Rachel Song for the winning 200 medley relay (1:52.22), while Song, Pelka, Carollo and Kirby won the 200 free relay (1:42.10). Song won two events in Class B: the 100 free (56.72) and the 100 back (1:03.09). Carollo captured the Class C 100 free (57.17). Other individual double-winners included Jessica Lenhart in Class B (200 free, 2:03.91, and 500 free, 5:29.71), Eva Holsen in Class C (200 free, 2:05.51, and 500 free, 5:27.90), and Danielle Fang in Class B (100 breast, 1:10.80) and Class C (200 IM, 2:23.72). Alexandra Kokhan won the Class B 100 butterfly (1:03.90) and Kamila Wawer captured the same event in Class C (1:06.05). Alyssa Mussar won Class C diving (287.10) and Morgan Bosse claimed the Class C 100 back (1:04.46). Bosse, Fang, Kokhan and Ming Lu won the Class B 200 medley relay (1:56.81). Lu also was part of two other winning relays in Class B: the 200 free with Kokhan, Wawer and Lenhart (1:47.65), and the 400 free with Lenhart, Holsen and Danielle Kameristy (3:58.25). In Class C, Callie Coffey, Elyse Spearman and Nicole Schwartz swam on three winning relays: the 200 medley relay, with Kameristy,  (2:03.72); the 200 free, with Holsen (1:52.01); and the 400 free, with Fang (4:07.11). – Daily Herald

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson at Glenbrook North Invitational: The Patriots (25-8) won three of five matches in the two-day tournament. SHS beat Glenbrook South (18-25, 25-21, 15-11), Buffalo Grove (25-9, 25-17) and DeKalb (25-23), and fell to York (23-25, 25-15, 25-18) and Nazareth (25-23, 25-15). Jori Radtke led the team with 56 kills and also had 60 digs and four blocks. Corissa Kurth dished out 100 assists, had 14 kills, made 23 digs and served four aces. Isabella Milejczyk had 36 kills, 42 digs and four aces. Chloe Robinson served six aces and made 43 digs, while Morgan Berland recorded 69 digs and four aces. Jordyn Taborek notched 15 kills and made 10 digs. Zoe Graflund and Sarah Woodstein each made five blocks. – Daily Herald

Friday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson 35, Lake Forest 10: The visiting Patriots (4-3, 2-2) kept their playoff hopes alive with a commanding performance that snapped a two-game losing streak. The SHS defense was stout, forcing the Scouts (4-3, 1-3) into four turnovers. Three came on interceptions by Connor Crawley, Ethan Masters and Ben Tauber, while the fourth was a fumble recovery by Charlie Bourbon. Offensively, the Pats were led by Jack Sorenson and Tyler Vincent. Sorenson completed 11 of 15 passes for 159 yards and one touchdown, and also ran another 61 yards and two TDs. Vincent ran for 174 yards on 20 carries and scored twice, and also caught three passes for 35 yards. Anthony Sibo caught the touchdown strike from Sorenson, and had a team-high four receptions. Matt Norton caught two passes for 62 yards, while Henry Marchese had a pair of grabs for 28 yards. – Daily Herald (+), Pioneer Press (+)

Boys Soccer

New Trier 2, Stevenson 1

Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Cross Country

Stevenson hosted SHS Mini-Invite: Jared Borowsky and Brett Lucas claimed the top two spots as the Patriots won the five-team event at Half Day Forest Preserve. SHS had a team score of 23, followed by Barrington (41) and Waukegan (74). Stevenson had five of the top eight runners. Borowsky cleared the finish line in 15:41.19, two seconds ahead of Lucas (15:43.81). Nikita Smyrnov was fifth (15:51.38), Adam Butler seventh (16:15.49), Jacob Sparreo eighth (16:18.29) and Caleb Oh 10th (16:27.62). Mattaeus Klonowski placed 13th (16:45.00) and Joseph Axelson was 16th (16:55.91).

Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Golf

Stevenson at IHSA Class AA Barrington Regional: Alexia Fidman, Myra Peterson and Olivia Stomberg advanced to the Glenbrook North Sectional based on their scores at Bonnie Dundee Golf Club. Fidman shot a 7-over-par 78, good for 10th place overall. Peterson was 16th with an 83, and Stomberg tied for 20th with an 86. Stomberg was the last individual to qualify for the sectional, beating a Lake Zurich player by one stroke in a playoff. Olivia Hancock carded an 89, Maddie Schaetzlein shot a 91 and Katie Hannahs had a 95. SHS placed fourth as a team with a score of 336, behind Barrington (296), Buffalo Grove (308) and Deerfield (328). The top three teams advance to the sectional. – Official Results

Boys Ice Hockey

New Trier Green 6, Stevenson 2: In Winnetka, Kyle Previn and Jordan Marcelletti each scored a goal for the Patriots. Daniel Levey had the only assist. Goalie Josh Pike stopped 35 shots.


Showcase Auditions Sign-Ups Start Wednesday

Audition sign-ups for Showcase, the Patriot Parent Association’s annual student variety show, will be held this Wednesday and Thursday, and next Tuesday and Wednesday, October 20-22, during all lunch periods in the Wood and Glass Commons. What kinds of acts are the PPA looking for? Visit www.d125.org/showcase for the answer to that question, the audition sign-up form, plus other important information.

Graduation Cap and Gown, Announcement Orders

Seniors can order their graduation caps and gowns, and graduation announcements, between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the Patriot Lobby by Room 2400.

Yearbook Re-Take Days Moved

The dates for yearbook re-takes have changed. They will now take place Wednesday and Friday, October 28 and 30, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall. This opportunity is available only for freshmen, sophomores and juniors (plus SHS teachers and staff). Seniors who want to have their yearbook portrait re-taken must contact Visual Image Photography at www.vipis.com or call 800-577-9570.

Learn About the ACT’s Updated Writing Section

Did you know the writing section of the ACT exam has changed? Any students that would like to review the new format or practice the new writing section can visit the Communication Arts tutors: Ms. Rabe and Mr. Kramer in the ILC, and Ms. Olkanetskaya in the ELC. For more information on writing section changes, click here. The ACT will be held at Stevenson on Saturday, October 24.

Sushi Station in the West Commons on Friday

Sodexo is offering a made-to-order sushi station in the West Commons during the lunch periods on Friday. You can mix and match from 15 different sushi types, made with either traditional sushi rice or healthy brown rice. Using only the finest ingredients, the products offer diners everything from raw, exotic fish to fully-cooked, traditionally-prepared seafood to vegan and vegetarian options. The sushi station will be located near the main cashier lines.

Homework Center Word of the Day Winner

Vikas Rao is this week’s Homework Center Word of the Day winner. He will receive a Sodexo smoothie gift certificate. Thank you to all who participated. Don’t forget to stop by the Homework Center in Room 1313. It’s a place where you can finish your homework or get peer tutoring, develop creative ideas and organizational skills, as well as motivation skills. The Homework Center also has “thinker toy” strategy games.


The following colleges are coming this week to visit Stevenson: Northern Michigan University, University of Alabama, Pace University, Georgetown University, Whittier College, Iowa Wesleyan University, University of Michigan, DePaul University, University of Nebraska, Auburn University, California College of the Arts, Cedarville University, University of North Carolina-Asheville, St. Louis University, Drake University, Grinnell College, Bethel University, Belmont University, Indiana Wesleyan University, Knox College, Texas State University, Rhode Island School of Design and George Washington University. Please check Naviance for the dates and times. Remember to check our website for instructions on how to sign up for a college visit on Naviance.  Please remember to print your confirmation page and have it signed two days prior to the college visit and have the page signed by your teacher.

College-bound students with an IEP or 504 plan are invited to attend the annual Choices Fair on Wednesday, October 21 at Niles North High School. The evening begins with breakout sessions at 6 p.m. and 6:50 p.m., followed by a college fair from 7-9 p.m. For more information about the fair, visit www.postsecondarychoices.org.


Are you interested in helping with this year’s Odyssey fine arts festival? The Odyssey Student Volunteer Club meets every Thursday from 7:30-8 a.m. in Room 2616. Starting in November, meetings also will take place in Room 2616 after school on Thursdays from 3:30-4:30. You can choose either time slot to fit your schedule.

The Black Association of Stevenson Students will host its first E-Board Elections at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 1414. The club is seeking students willing to participate in planning field trips, guest speakers, and other grand events for the school. Positions for election include president, vice-president, secretary, and marketing/media coordinator.

Interested in meeting great people, helping out the community, and earning service hours? Join Interact Club for its annual road clean-up Saturday from 9:40 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Email Ms. Smith (nbsmith@d125.org) for details and to sign up.


Save the date! There will be a Health Careers Night on Wednesday, November 4 at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge from 6-8 p.m. The event will be held in the Grainger Atrium and Yacktman Children’s Pavilion. Learn about health career choices; talk with people who work in various health-related careers; and obtain information about educational requirements and salary ranges. Advance registration is recommended. For more information and to register, please call HealthAdvisor at 1-855-312-KIDS; mention class code 8P54.

Interested in participating in a Career Shadow? The Career Exploration Program can connect you with a professional that will host you for a day-long job shadow in a number of different areas, including healthcare, business, engineering and others.  Career shadows provide you the opportunity to experience what it is really like on the job, and can connect you to lifelong mentors that can help guide your career direction and future. Please visit the Career Exploration web page and fill out a Career Shadow application or email Mrs. Willock in the College and Career Center at dwillock@d125.org.


Nominations are now being taken for the new ESPPA Awards. ESPPA stands for Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Award, and every season the Athletic Department will be honoring athletes at all levels for great performances. There are even awards for outstanding team managers and fans. You can nominate someone today by going to the ESPPA web page.


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