Thursday, January 5, 2017

Stevenson Leads Country in New STEM Award

Stevenson High School has another honor to add to its extensive list. During the 2015-16 school year, Stevenson had the highest number of students earning a new credential sponsored by the College Board and Project Lead the Way (PLTW). The AP+PLTW Student Achievement Certificate recognizes students who successfully complete an Advanced Placement and PLTW pathway. Sixty-one students from Stevenson were among the more than 1,300 across the country who earned the award. SHS students earning the AP+PLTW Student Achievement Certificate were:

2016 graduates: Allison Bell, Matthew Doto, Peter Drozdzewicz, Daniel Engel, Bryan Gleason, Joshua Goldenberg, Samuel Herzog, Joseph Hong, Sabrina Illian, Harry John, Dae Hyun Kim, Joshua Kim, Rahul Krishnan, Jake Labow, Emily Leng, Dean Lim, Julian Malevanets, Jared Millman, Scott Morgan, Shosuke Naokawa, Alec Nolan, Maxim Papushin, Dhruven Patel, Parth Patel, Alexander Pieprzycki, Brendan Reifenberg, Robert Rivera, Peyton Russell, Adam Sagerman, Noah Salk, Michael Schodin, Myles Slavicek, Shobhanna Sunder, Jordyn Taborek, Hebron Taylor, Michael Usachenko, Henry Williams and Liyang Zhang.

Seniors: Rahul Arun, Akshay Chaubal, Ashwin Dandapani, Rahul Dhiman, Varun Ganesh, Mikhail Glikin, Sudhish Gogula, Samuel Gordon, Aman Grover, Aryn Harmon, Skanda Kaashyap, Seth Katz, Mia Kim, Adam Kody, Chris Lee, Hyung Seok Lee, Tae-Geun Lee, Jun Min, Dustin Nolte, Lisa Rosov, David Terpay and Zimo Zhu.

Juniors: Anisha Rao.

To qualify, students had to take at least one PLTW course, one AP course, and an additional course from either the PLTW or AP areas. They also had to earn a score of 3 or higher on any AP courses, and had to score “proficient” or better on the PLTW end-of-course assessment. Around 4,000 students nationwide submitted applications for the certificate.

Chicago Sculptor Visiting Artist of the Month

Chicago-based sculptor Charles Yost is the Art Department’s Visiting Artist of the Month for January. Samples of his work will be on display in the West Building’s Visiting Artist Gallery through Wednesday, February 8. To find out more about the artist, click here.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Bowling

Stevenson 3,057, New Trier 2,722: Three Patriots broke the 600-pin barrier at Classic Bowl in Morton Grove. Senior Josh Singer rolled a 666 series to lead SHS, with a team-best 238 game sandwiched by scores of 234 and 194. Senior Jake Kozak and junior Lucas Pinkus each recorded a 620 series. Kozak improved every game, going from 202 to 204 to 214, while Pinkus started with a 190 before shooting a pair of 215 games. Senior Gabe Gordon rolled a 584 series with a high game of 220, and classmate Zach Singer contributed games of 190, 187 and 190 for a 567. Stevenson outscored the Trevians in all three games.

JV Ice Hockey Team Wins New Trier Title

The junior varsity boys ice hockey team captured the New Trier Holiday JV Invitational championship during Winter Break. The Patriots claimed all five of their games at the Winnetka Ice Rink, extending their winning streak to eight games and improving to 17-8 on the season. Junior Trevor Hilt scored seven goals to lead SHS, including a three-goal effort in a 4-3 win over Providence. He also assisted on four goals during the tournament. Sophomore Adam Offenbach had four goals and five assists and classmate Billy Kopka registered five goals and two assists. Two freshmen tended goal for the champions. Jeremy Riback was in goal for three games, stopping 53 of 59 shots. Ben Newmark turned away 21 of 23 shots in his two contests, earning a 7-0 shutout in the opener against the coop team from Addison Trail, Willowbrook, Fenton and Montini Catholic.

Alumnus Among Iowa Gymnastics Leaders

University of Iowa junior Austin Hodges (Class of 2014) is listed as one of the Big Ten Gymnasts to Watch in 2017. He has reached the NCAA Championships in each of his first two seasons, qualifying on pommel horse and high bar in 2016. Hodges also excels in the classroom. He was named a First Team All-American Scholar Athlete by the College Gymnastics Association last August, and is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten Team member.


Best Voice in School? Vote Your Choice at S-Factor

The Kiva Club’s annual S-Factor singing competition is at 7 p.m. Friday in the Performing Arts Center. Fourteen students will perform in front of four teacher-judges for the opportunity to advance to the final round, where the audience will select the winner via text vote. Tickets are $7, with proceeds benefitting micro-loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries through the worldwide non-profit organization Kiva. To purchase tickets, go to the Patriot Superstore or click here.

Textbook Return, Pick-Up Information

Textbooks can be returned or picked up in Room 1416 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. Beginning Friday, all textbook needs will be handled in academic division offices.

Help Plan This Year’s Project Dance

Applications are now being taken for the Project Dance Planning Committee. Students on the committee will plan and run this annual fundraiser for the Riverside Foundation in Lincolnshire and the Stevenson Foundation’s Kids In Need (KIN) Fund. The committee will meet every Tuesday from 3:30-5 p.m. beginning January 24. Project Dance will take place April 8. To apply and for more details, click here.

Sign Up to Become a PE or Alternative PE Leader

If you are interested in becoming a PE leader or an alternative PE leader for the 2017-18 school year, please fill out an application by Monday. If you have any questions, contact Ms. Piekarski (for PE leader) at or Mr. Sommers (for alternative PE leader) at

Sign Up for the MLK Day of Service

Students are invited to sign up for the fourth annual Day of Service on Monday, January 16, which is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and a school holiday. Students will engage in two hours of work at local charity sites as part of a daylong event focusing on service. All students who take part will receive five service hours. Students may register individually or in teams of up to four people. There is a limit of 375 students for the Day of Service. The registration deadline is Monday. Click here to register.


The Animal Welfare Club’s January Dog of the Month is a 7.5-year-old Malamute/Husky mix named Cinderella and the Cat of the Month is a playful 3-year-old named Floyd. If you or anyone you know may be interested in welcoming a four-legged member to your family, please check them out on the Animal Welfare Club website at! These animals are available at Save-A-Pet, who can be contacted at 847-740-7788. Don’t forget to check out some of their friends at, all waiting for love!


Applications are available for the Lake County Federation of Teachers’ Joe Hutten $1,000 Scholarship. The scholarship was established to honor the late educator Joe Hutten. Students must intend to attend an Illinois public institution (two- or four-year) to qualify. All other scholarship requirements are listed on the application. Please stop in the College Career Center (Room 1123) for an application. The application deadline is January 23.

Seniors can pick up applications for the Illinois Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarship. Interested students must complete both the Illinois DAR Financial Need Form along with the application and plan to attend a junior college, four-year college or university in Illinois. Application materials can be picked up in the CCC and must be submitted by February 1.


The Career Exploration Program is accepting Career Shadow Applications for the 2016-17 school year. Please visit the Career Exploration web page to find out more about the program and to download an application, or stop by the College/Career Center to speak to Mrs. Willock (


The boys volleyball team will hold an informational meeting on Monday for anyone interested in trying out. Meetings will be held at 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. in Room 1922, and you only need to attend one. If you cannot attend one of the meetings, contact Coach Eric Goolish at


Morning Strength Training and Conditioning is open to all students from 6:15-7:15 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Cardio Room 5042. No one is too busy, it’s a matter of priorities!


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