Friday, January 27, 2017

WTTW Spotlights Project Lead the Way Success

The success of Stevenson’s Project Lead the Way program is featured in an article on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight website. The school was honored recently for having the highest number of students earn a new credential sponsored by the College Board and the national Project Lead the Way organization. Sixty-one students from Stevenson were among the more than 1,300 across the country who earned the award. WTTW’s Matt Masterson visited campus earlier this month to talk with Director of Applied Arts Dr. Wendy Custable, who oversees the PLTW program at Stevenson, and visited teacher Alex Mak’s Principles of Engineering class. Juniors Abby Starr and Aditya Mansharamani are featured in the article.

17 Senior Boys to Vie for Mr. SHS Title

Seventeen senior boys will compete for the title of Mr. SHS next month. Mr. SHS is the annual talent competition for boys in the senior class. This year’s contestants will be Leo Aquino, Johnny Barboza, Alexsandr Butovetskiy, Matthew Cabrera, Sam Khodadad, Michael Komarovsky, Jake Lapeire, Isaac Lippe, Martin Mann, Jeremy Raemer, Karan Rami, Eric Ren, Noah Silver, David Sladkevych, Nikolas Vukotic, Jared Woodard and Zimo Zhu. The student directors this year are seniors Sarah Park and Judy Kupchan. Tickets for the Mr. SHS contest are on sale for $5 at the Superstore and online. Mr. SHS will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, February 10 in the Performing Arts Center.

Alum Speaks Out on Fentanyl’s Growth in Suburbs

Stevenson alumnus Chelsea Laliberte (Class of 2003), who has become a leader in the fight against opioid abuse since the 2008 death of her brother Alex (Class of 2008), is quoted in a front-page Daily Herald article today about the rise of fentanyl-related deaths in the suburbs. Fentanyl is a painkiller much more powerful than heroin. Laliberte said opioid abuse has become a public health problem that can’t be ignored. “Denial is the most powerful drug,” she told the newspaper.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Swimming and Diving

Stevenson 147, Waukegan 30: Senior Matthew Krames broke his school diving record for the second time in a week as the eighth-ranked Patriots improved to 6-0 in dual meets. Krames earned a score of 307.10 on his six dives, breaking the mark of 285.5 he set last Thursday against Whitney Young. SHS won all 12 events in the Patriot Aquatic Center on Senior Night, with underclassmen leading the way. Sophomore Maxim Ryaguzov and freshman Niccolo Comini each had a hand in three victories. Ryaguzov won the 500-yard freestyle (5:09.62) and swam a leg in two relays: the 400 free with sophomores Joseph Song, Jacob Rosenkranz and John Roh (3:25.69), and the 200 medley relay with Roh, Comini and sophomore Phoom Lertsinsongserm (1:42.57). Comini also won the 200 free (1:57.96) and was part of the 200 free relay with freshman Jack Zhang, senior Varun Ganesh and junior Michael Lee (1:32.91). Jacob Minin, another sophomore, won two events: the 100 butterfly (1:00.23) and the 100 backstroke (1:01.00). Sophomore Richard Lee claimed the 50 free (24.07), sophomore Nathan Gates captured the 200 individual medley (2:06.08), junior Matthew Han touched first in the 100 free (52.02) and sophomore Topher Stensby won the 100 breaststroke (1:07.24). Other seniors on the team roster include Rahul Arun, Ryan Ginsberg, Zachary Hede, Benjamin Lauter, Hwajoo Lee, Tae-Geun Lee, Daniel Maleski, Daniel Mikrut, Andrew Shashin, Patryk Wierzchucki and Luke Williamson. SHS will look to complete a perfect North Suburban Conference regular season at Warren on Tuesday. The Pats are 5-0 in league meets. – Daily Herald

Fencing Teams in State Championships Saturday

The Patriettes and boys bowler Lucas Pinkus aren’t the only Patriot athletes involved in state tournament action this weekend. The SHS fencing teams will be competing in the state championships at Glenbrook South on Saturday, then wrap up their season at the Great Lakes championships at the Culver Military Academy in Indiana next Saturday.

Brunson Emerges as Force for Villanova

After earning a boatload of accolades including the Mr. Basketball award, Jalen Brunson (Class of 2015) did something not many stars would do when he began his college basketball career: He embraced a secondary role. Brunson took a back seat at Villanova last season to senior Ryan Arcidiacono. This year, Brunson has taken over as the defending national champions’ primary ball handler, and he is thriving. The sophomore is averaging 14 points and four assists per game. “None of us are surprised with how he’s playing this year,” Villanova head coach Jay Wright said. “We were more surprised with how he took on the role he did last year.”

Wicklund Getting Last Laugh for Girls Hoops

Senior Madison Wicklund brings a strong interior presence to the varsity girls basketball team. She also brings a good sense of humor, which is one reason why she’s respected by her teammates. “Madison is one of the most awesome captains I’ve ever been around,” assistant coach Tom Kelly told the Pioneer Press. “Not only is she funny, but she’s a great leader. Her teammates trust her.”

Herenton Emerges as Force for Boys Basketball Team

Boys basketball coach Pat Ambrose says senior guard Willie Herenton has emerged as an all-state caliber player in his second year at Stevenson. Herenton and older brother Rodney (Class of 2016), who now plays for Stanford, transferred to SHS from Whitney Young in the summer of 2015. This year, Willie is averaging 16 points per game for the Patriots, and is shooting 54% from the field and 80% from the free-throw line. “I think my confidence this year is at an all-time high, especially at the offensive end,” Herenton told the Daily Heralds Joe Aguilar. “I believe in my shot. I think I can make it every time. I think that’s been the big part of my game that’s changed from last year.” This Pioneer Press article discusses how Herenton and senior defensive whiz Eric Zalewski play key supporting roles for the team’s top player, fellow senior Justin Smith.


Showcase Needs Student Help With Videos and More

Showcase has always included amazing videos created by SHS students, and more are needed in 2017. If you have ideas for videos, would like to perform in videos, or can help produce videos, Showcase can make it happen. Showcase also is also looking for backstage help such as props masters, stage running crew and photographers. Check out the Showcase Facebook page (Showcase-Stevenson High School) for more information. Please email if you would like to help backstage during Showcase, or if you have ideas or would like to help with videos.

Fashion Show Volunteers Needed

The fourth annual 2017 Fashion Show benefiting Dress for Success will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 21. A meeting for interested volunteers will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 1612. If you are interested in modeling, make-up, hair, model dressing, staging, hospitality or photography, please come and learn more about the show! If you have any questions, please contact the fashion show faculty coordinator Mrs. Erickson at

SPARK Information Meetings Set for Next Friday

Informational meetings for the 2017 SPARK (STEM Professionals As Resource Knowledge) summer program will be held during the lunch periods (4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a and 6b) Friday, February 3 in Room 2104. Students should bring their own lunch and they’ll be provided with complete application information. All interested students must attend. A synopsis of the program can be found here.


Students interested in science and technology can apply for the Digital Learning Internship at The Field Museum in Chicago. The six-week paid summer internship will give students hands-on scientific research experience. Applications are available until March 17. Find out more by visiting and search Digital Learning Internship. For a list of more summer camps and internships, please see the Career Exploration webpage.

Career shadow applications are now being accepted for Spring Break. Please pick up an application in the College Career Center or go the Career Exploration web page to download one and turn in to the CCC. Please contact Mrs. Willock in the CCC at for any questions regarding career exploration!


The girls track and field team will have an informational meeting at 3:30 today in Room 7096. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Emma Degen at

There will be a girls soccer informational meeting at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday in Rooms 2004-2006. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Kevin Heffernan at


The Stevenson Styler Fashion Club will be meeting Monday in Room 1612 at 3:30 to watch the fashionista favorite The Devil Wears Prada. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Are you interested in meteorology? Would you like to learn how to forecast the weather? Do you want to earn volunteer hours while helping people who are suffering from natural disasters? Do you want to use Stevenson’s weather station? If so, come to Meteorology Club! Join us on Mondays at 3:35 p.m. in Room 6036. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at


Are you considering a “gap year” after high school? Check out the Gap Year Fair on Saturday at New Trier High School’s Winnetka campus. This Gap Year Fair is one of the largest in the nation with 52 different programs being represented. There will be a speaker from noon to 1p.m. and the fair will run from 1-3 p.m. For registration and more information, visit

Seniors can now pick up applications for the General Henry Dearborn American History Scholarship, which is part of the Illinois Daughters of the American Revolution North Shore Chapter. Applicants must plan to major in American History and plan to attend a junior college, four-year college or university in Illinois. Applications can be picked up in the CCC and must be submitted by Wednesday.

Seniors can now 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 Wednesday.


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