Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Science Olympiad Claims Hinsdale South Title

The defending state champion Science Olympiad team opened its season Saturday by dividing into two squads and capturing the top two places at the Hinsdale South Invitational. SHS won 13 of the 23 events and also had 11 second-place finishes.

Twenty students came away with first-place honors, and five of them won two events: Maitreyee Malpekar, Becca Nelson, Owen Simon, Daniel Tao and Rachel Zhang.

The first-place winners were: Julia Kim and Julianne Yang (Anatomy), Tao and Tony Tan (Astronomy), Zhang (Bridge Building), Eric Qian and Kevin Li (Chemistry Lab), Zhang and Jason Lu (Disease Detectives), Nelson and Malpekar (Fossils), Simon and Tao (Game On), Kevin You and Hannah Yan (Geologic Mapping), Shreya Karpoor and Nelson (Green Generation), Andrew Ding and Malpekar (Invasive Species), Amber Hu and Shu Zhang (It’s About Time), Simon and Austin Yang (Robot Arm), and Teresa Mao and Katherine Villevald (Wind Power). Click here to see the rest of the award winners.

Five Food Students Picked for FCCLA Sectional

Two teams of students in the Food Preparation course were selected to represent Stevenson at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America sectional in February, based on their performance in the Food Innovations Challenge.

In the event, student teams had to develop an original prototype formula containing a minimum of 10 grams of fiber to appeal to families with children between the ages of 2-15. The top seven teams presented their food products Friday to a panel that included 7-11’s Fresh Food Innovator, Claire Wilson, Sodexo’s General Manager of Food Services, Habib Osman, and Sodexo Executive Chef Joel Meyers.

The teams selected for the FCCLA sectional were “Fibertastic Fun,” featuring Deanna Feiger, Brooke Goelz and Nicole Greenstein, and “Leafy Lettuce and the Chicken Bunch” with Aidan O’Connell and Rachel Feirstein.

The other teams included Szymon Kasperek, Jakub Balicki and David Paper; Kyle Previn, Analese Demaio and Alexa Winer; Katie Mandera and Andre Aydam; Kira Sullivan and Thomas Daigler; and Kyle Ringham, Ben Torres and Vikrant Sriram.

The Food Innovations Challenge forced students to demonstrate their knowledge of food science, nutrition, and food preparation safety.

Fine Arts Finishing 2015 With a Flurry of Events

The Fine Arts Division concludes the 2015 calendar year with four events in the next three days. The Winter ArtFest public reception is tonight from 6-8 p.m. in Room 2104 and the Upper Forum of the West Building. (ArtFest displays also are open to students during school hours today and Wednesday.) Also tonight, the Improv Club will perform at 7 p.m. in the West Auditorium, mere steps from the Winter ArtFest location. The Baroque Ensemble and ViolConsort will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Recital Hall, and the Winter Choral Concert takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is $5 to the Improv Club performance; all others are free.

Special Ed Class Earns $100 for Paying It Forward

Jean Kell and her special education students earned $100 through the Daily Herald’s Believe Project. She has her students participating in a “pay it forward” project, in which they have to help three people in a unique and different way, but in a way that makes the biggest difference on their community.


Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Monday’s Varsity Results

Boys Bowling

Stevenson 3,019, Grayslake North 2,735: Three Patriots rolled 600 series at their home house, Lakeside Lanes. Richy Zenner led all bowlers with a 643 series, and also had the high game of the day for SHS, a 266. Eddie Mendrala shot a 626 (high game, 216), and Zach Singer added a 614 (221). Josh Singer contributed a 571 (234) and Ted Tapas chipped in with a 566 (208). Stevenson won all three games in addition to claiming the overall series.

Girls Bowling

Grant 2,644, Stevenson 2,573: Kaitlyn Rudy had the highest series and game for the host Patriots at Fairhaven Lanes. She rolled a 622 series that included games of 227, 225 and 170. Xanthe Coulson shot a 531 (high game, 188), Samie Schmidt had a 493 (206), Nina Wright rolled a 464 (185) and Neeraja Kadiyala added a 463 (175).

Sunday’s Varsity Results

Competitive Dance

Stevenson hosted SHS Challenge: The Patriettes won the Jazz Division and finished third in Lyrical.

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Competitive Dance

Stevenson at Waubonsie Valley Invitational: The Patriots placed third in Lyrical and 10th in Jazz among the 34 performances in Class 3A.

Sorenson, Marchese Earn Special Mention All-State

Jack Sorenson and Henry Marchese earned special mention honors on the 2015 Chicago Tribune All-State Football Team announced Sunday. Sorenson, a senior, was chosen at quarterback while Marchese, a junior, was selected at wide receiver.

Final Season Provides Spark for Kordek

Knowing this is his final season has spurred senior wrestler Michael Kordek to reach an even higher level of intensity than in his first three campaigns for the Patriots, Pioneer Press writes. The 182-pounder is currently ranked No. 12 in the state, with his losses coming to higher-ranked opponents.


Testing Center Closing Early on Friday

The Testing Center will close at 3:30 on Friday. If you need to schedule a time for a test, be aware of this schedule change.

Improv Club Performing Tonight

The Improv Club will be performing tonight in the West Auditorium at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5, and you can buy them at the Patriot Superstore during all lunch periods, or at the door.

Visit Winter ArtFest Today and Wednesday

You are cordially invited to attend Winter ArtFest 2015, the art show featuring the work of all of Stevenson’s first-semester art classes. The show will be open today, periods 1 through 8, and Wednesday, periods 1 through 7, in the Upper Forum and Room 2104 in the West Building. The public reception will be held tonight from 6-8 p.m.

Melange, Repertory Dance Company Auditions

Auditions for the Mélange and Repertory dance companies will be held today and Wednesday from 3:45-6 p.m. in the Dance Studio (Room 2010). Students should come dressed to dance and learn movement. Students must also come prepared to perform 90 seconds of their own original choreography. Students must be able to commit to all rehearsals Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3:45-6:30 p.m. during second semester. They also must be free every day after school during the week of the Spring Dance Concert (May 2-8).

NYC Fashion Trip Now Open to All in Grades 9-11

Do you want to go to New York and experience all that the fashion industry has to offer?  The deadline for the New York Travel Experience has been extended to Thursday, and has been opened to all SHS freshman, sophomores and juniors. If you would like more information and paperwork, visit www.d125.org/travel or contact the trip coordinator, Mrs. Erickson, at cerickson@d125.org.

SHS Needs Your Help With a 30-Second Survey

In 2010, Stevenson became the first public high school in the nation to earn LEED certification at the Gold level. This year, SHS is in the midst of the LEED re-certification process. As part of the process, the school is required to conduct a survey to determine how students get to school during a typical week. Please take 30 seconds to complete this survey, which only has five questions. If you include your name, you will be entered into a drawing to win a $5 Sodexo gift card.

OMNI Youth Services Looking for Peer Jurors

Omni Youth Services is looking for high school students to volunteer as peer jurors with local law enforcement. Peer jurors will be part of a leadership program in which a panel of trained teenage jurors meet once a month to determine the appropriate “sentences” that will repair the harm to the community committed by the defendant, a juvenile first-time offender. The offenders, who already have admitted guilt, are referred to the Peer Jury by law enforcement. Typical offenses committed by the defendants include curfew violations, disorderly conduct, criminal damage to property, truancy, and possession (marijuana, paraphernalia and alcohol). For more information or to express interest, contact Catalina Gomez at 847-353-1594.

Free Kindle for ILC Digital Library Check Out No. 10,000

The Information and Learning Center’s digital library, powered by Overdrive, has circulated nearly 10,000 books since its launch. A new Kindle eReader will be given to the lucky student who checks out No. 10,000.

Audition Packets Available for Winter Play

Audition packets for the Winter Production, Twelfth Night, are now available online at www.d125.org/audition. Scripts also are available for overnight checkout in the ILC. If you have questions regarding auditions, please contact C. Burrows in the Studio Theatre, Room 2204.

P.E. Leadership Applications Due Before Finals

P.E. Leadership Applications and Alternative P.E. Leadership Applications must be turned in before finals. To download an application or for more information, click here.


The Animal Welfare Club will be having a few special guests at its meeting today. Staff from a local pit bull rescue will be coming in to discuss their work and the amazing impact it has had on both dogs and humans alike! One of their rescue dogs, Huckleberry, will even be there to meet attendees! The meeting will take place in Room 2500 at 3:45 p.m. Come learn about and support a great cause!


The baseball team is raising money for travel next spring by holding its second annual Trivia Night on Friday, January 22 at The Arboretum in Buffalo Grove. The event will feature tests of trivia knowledge, raffle items, plus a live and silent auction, along with a full buffet dinner and dessert. Anyone age 21 or older is welcome to attend the trivia night. Details are on the baseball web page.


Attention seniors: Please check Naviance each week for new scholarships. If you have any questions, please stop in the College Career Center for help.


If you are interested in doing a Career Shadow, please note that at this time, we will not be accepting any new career shadow applications. We will begin accepting applications again after the new year. Please visit the Career Exploration web page or follow us on Facebook (SHSCollegeCareerCenter) for any announcements. If you have a specific inquiry, you may also stop by the CCC and ask for Mrs. Willock or send an email directly to dwillock@d125.org.


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