Friday, April 22, 2016

Three Seniors Earn Corporate-Sponsored Merit Scholarships

Three seniors are among several Lake County students who are in the first group of winners in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Reema Amin, Emery Liu and Adam Liu are part of a select group selected to receive corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards from local corporations, company foundations and other business organizations. Amin received a National Merit Scholarship from Walgreen Company, Emery Liu from Marsh and McLennan Companies, and Adam Liu from Aon Corporation. Still to be announced are recipients of college-sponsored National Merit Scholarships and the official National Merit Scholarships.

Sophomore Captures Another Piano Competition

Sophomore Tyeese Braslavsky won the third annual Nashville International Piano Competition April 2 at Vanderbilt University, earning a $10,000 scholarship. She was one of 15 finalists from around the country. The first-place finish was the third this semester for the Buffalo Grove resident. She also took top honors at the Berkley-Pendell Scholarship Piano Competition at North Central College on April 10, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Piano Competition in February. Braslavsky also finished second at the DuPage Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artists Auditions concerto competition in February.

Two Students Receive Honors in Poetry Contest

Four students took part in last weekend’s Northbrook Arts Commission’s Poetry Contest, and two came away with awards. Senior Anastasiya Loos won first place for “That Summer Moscow Metro,” and freshman Angela Spilatro earned first honorable mention for “Insurance.” The other readers from SHS were senior Jenny Callen and junior Amanda Weil. Also taking part in the contest was Communication Arts teacher Mark Patton. He received first honorable mention in the adult category for “And Moby Dick Was Left Behind.”

Senior Wins Skokie Idol Competition

Senior Jonah Rawitz won the Teen Division in the 2016 Skokie Idol competition last Saturday at the Skokie Theatre. Rawitz and two other Skokie Idol division winners will perform during a concert outside the Skokie Public Library on Wednesday, July 6. The winners also received $100 and a three-song recording session from Top Note Music Academy.

New York Times Publishes Alum’s Op-Ed Piece on Cook County

Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve, a 1995 Stevenson alumnus, wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times last Thursday discussing racism in the Cook County court system. Van Cleve is very familiar with Cook County courts, having worked in them for 10 years. She details her experiences in the upcoming book, Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America’s Largest Criminal Court. The book will be released May 1 by Stanford University Press. Van Cleve currently serves as an assistant professor of criminal justice at Temple University. She has appeared on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show and on CNN to talk about cultural problems within the Chicago criminal justice system. Van Cleve, who was known as Nicole Martorano while at Stevenson, will be coming to the University of Chicago on May 11 to talk about her new book.

“The Price is Right” for Alumni Magician

Scott Green (Class of 2002) appeared on “The Price is Right” game show on Thursday. The family friendly professional magician was the first contestant to earn a place on the stage, and won a motor scooter, a computer and a gaming table. He made it to the “Showcase Showdown,” but was outbid in the finale. In November 2012, Green won $56,000 on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”


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Thursday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson 11, Rolling Meadows 1 (5 inn.): Four players rapped out two hits apiece as part of an 11-hit attack for the host Patriots (12-4-1). Jack Cappalli, Charlie Ling, Henry Marchese and Dylan Molek each recorded a pair of hits, with Cappalli, Ling and Molek smacking triples. Pat Loeffler and Hayden Shape each drove in a pair of runs. Logan Lavelle was the winning pitcher for SHS, which limited the Mustangs to three hits. – Daily Herald

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson 15, Conant 10: The Patriots improved to 18-1 on the season with the win in Hoffman Estates. Allison Travetto led the way with seven goals, while Claire Haas, Amelia Eastman and Fiona Gaffney each scored two. Tanya Shkiler and Eileen Hoang also scored. Goalie Lauren Burns made 15 saves. SHS erupted for seven goals in the opening quarter, and extended their lead to 13-5 by the end of the third.

Boys Tennis

Stevenson 7, Lake Zurich 0: The Patriots (6-3) went on the road and shut out an opponent for the second straight day. Matt Harvey and Brian Weisberg posted a 6-1, 6-2 victory at No. 1 doubles, while Zach Kim prevailed at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 6-3. The other winning doubles teams were No. 2 Sam Komis and Ben Bush (6-0, 6-0), No. 3 Jeremy Park and Ryan Yoo (6-4, 6-1) and No. 4 Arjun Sheelvanth and Nicolas Ryding (6-0, 6-1). Aswath Viswanathan and Gary Braznichenko recorded 6-0, 6-1 decisions at No. 2 and 3 singles, respectively.


Grant 13, Stevenson 5: Vera Pflugradt homered for the visiting Patriots (7-6), while Trisha Porzycki tripled and Myra Peterson doubled. The Bulldogs (7-8) took an early 5-0 lead, but SHS chipped away and eventually pulled even at 5-5 after scoring two runs in the top of the sixth. Grant responded with eight runs in the bottom of the sixth. – Daily Herald

Boys Volleyball

Vernon Hills d. Stevenson, 25-15, 25-19: In the Sports Center, Alex Pieprzycki led the Patriots (9-11, 0-4) with four kills. Jeffrey Wang had eight assists and a service ace. The Cougars improved to 10-7, 3-1. – Daily Herald

Injury, Illness Sore Subjects for Volleyball Team

Every sports team has to deal with injuries, but the varsity boys volleyball team has been on overload this season. More than half of the 15-man roster has been hit by injury or illness, including top hitters Grant Maleski and Justin Leonard. Third-year head coach Eric Goolish, who also has battled illness, told the Daily Herald he’s seen more injuries this season than in any of his 10 years in the program. One player who has made it through the season unscathed is Jeffrey Wang. The senior setter, who also plays clarinet in the band program, talked with Pioneer Press about his improvement over the last two seasons.


Oscar-Winning Director Coming to Stevenson

Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone and American University history professor Peter Kuznick will screen an episode of their 10-part documentary film series, “The Untold History of the United States,” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 4 in the West Auditorium. They will show the third episode in the 2012 series, which focuses on the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The free event is sponsored by the Stevenson High School Foundation and open to the public. No registration is required. A question-and-answer session will follow the screening, and Stone and Kuznick will discuss the documentary as well as their companion book by the same name.

Summer Job Fair in Room 2104 Next Thursday

The school’s first-ever Summer Job Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. next Thursday in Room 2104. Approximately 20 employers will have representatives on hand. Stop by during lunch or your free period. Some companies will be interviewing, so bring a resume and dress appropriately! Snacks will be served, and there will be a raffle for a $25 Jazzman’s gift card.

Post-Prom Event Planned at Six Flags Great America

Anyone attending Prom is invited to a VIP post-Prom event at Six Flags Great America with students from several area schools, including Lake Forest. The cost is $55 per person, which includes unlimited access to all rides, a dinner buffet, DJ, dancing, transportation and more. Special buses will leave the Prom at 10 p.m. to go directly to Six Flags, and then depart at 3 a.m. to go back to SHS. Permission slips are required. Tickets can be purchased at the school store or online, wherever Prom tickets are sold.

Prom Tickets On Sale at Superstore, Online

Tickets for Prom are on sale at the Superstore and online until Monday, May 2. Tickets are $85 per person. The Prom will be held Saturday, May 14 at the Renaissance Convention Center in Schaumburg. Click here for details.

Key Club Selling Yuda Bands to Help High Schooler

The Key Club is holding a fundraiser during all lunch periods today in the Wood Commons, selling Yuda bands to help Tatenda, a 15-year-old boy from Zimbabwe whose family is having trouble paying for his education. By buying a band for $7, you will help support his dream of becoming a doctor, and also will help support the Guatemalan artists who make the Yuda bands.

Host an Exchange Student From Denmark This Fall

Learn all about another country and culture without leaving home by hosting an exchange student from Denmark this fall! Applications and information are available by opening this link or stopping by Room 2414.

Did You Take Wheel Throwing in Odyssey? Read This

Today is the last day for students who participated in the Odyssey Wheel Throwing classes to glaze their work. Stop by Room 1422 during first hour, or come to Room 1426 during fifth, sixth or eighth hour. If you do not come in to glaze or pick up your artwork today, your work will no longer be available to take home.


Attention juniors and seniors: We have two visits coming up on Monday. U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Eric Huot will be here during fourth period at 10:55 a.m., and College of Lake County Recruitment Specialist Ashley Ward will be joining us sixth hour at 12:45 p.m. These visits take place in the College Career Center and will last the entire class period. Please sign up in Naviance to attend. Print the confirmation page and have your teacher sign the page. Bring the signed confirmation page with you on the date of the visit. If you have any questions, please stop in the College Career Center – Room 1123.  Hope to see you there.


We are now accepting new Career Shadow applications for the summer. Applications must be received by May 9 in order for you to participate in a shadow over the summer. Please pick up an application in the CCC or download one from the Career Exploration page. Completed applications can be turned in to the CCC. Applicants will then be contacted by Mrs. Willock to schedule an appointment.


Are you interested in weather and always wanted to understand it better? The Meteorology Club meets at 3:45 p.m. Monday in Room 6036. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at


The Patriot girls basketball team is a finalist for Chicago Sky High School Team of the Year. Voting is open until April 30 at The winner will be announced at halftime of the Sky’s season opener on Saturday, May 14.

The girls lacrosse teams are selling Leider Greenhouse gift certificates to help benefit their annual spring trips. Certificates are available in amounts of $25, $50 or $100, and do not have an expiration date. You can order gift certificates by contacting any Patriot girls lacrosse player, or contact Michele Murphy at or 847-726-2254. The sale has been extended to May 16, so buy some for Mother’s Day!


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