Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Debate Team Wins Top Honors at Addison Trail

Stevenson’s debate team earned a slew of awards, including the top overall honor, at the Illinois Congressional Debate Association varsity tournament at Addison Trail High School on Saturday.

SHS won first place in the sweepstakes contest, which acknowledges the best overall team performance, and had a pair of students claim top honors in the Outstanding Legislation category. Juniors Saketh Prazad and Abhiram Kakuturu were honored for their legislation, which sought “to put the justice back in mandatory sentencing.” Prazad also earned first place in the Tournament of Champion chambers, and was one of four TOC finalists from Stevenson. He was joined by seniors Serena Goldberg, Alexis Cacioppo and Aman Grover.

Goldberg received her second TOC bid, qualifying for the national Tournament of Champions at the University of Kentucky in April. Cacioppo had already qualified for the national tournament by receiving two previous bids. Grover and Prazad each received their first bid. Two bids are required for automatic qualification. Students with one bid can seek to qualify through an at-large admission.

Junior Ali Rahman won first place in the Overall Quality Speaker competition, with Kakuturu receiving second place. Kakuturu also won Best Presiding Officer honors along with junior Joy Wang.

Eight debaters won first place in their chamber during the invitational: Kakuturu, Rahman, seniors Dylan Irlbeck and Josh Zhou, junior Bhavana Muppavarapu, and sophomores Mary Polupan, Ali Chaudhary and Shreya Viswanathan.

Second-place awards went to Wang, senior Nikol Safronova, and sophomores Thivya Sivarajah, Aniket Nuthalapati, Nishant Jain and Josh Ezrol. Sophomore Megan Bi received third place.

Crimes of the Heart Takes Stage This Weekend

The SHS Theatre Department will present its freshman-sophomore play, Crimes of the Heart, at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Performances will take place in the Little Theater of the Performing Arts Center. Studio Theatre, which is located near the Sports Center. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased in advance at the Patriot Superstore, or at the door. Crimes of the Heart is Beth Henley’s 1981 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about three sisters from a dysfunctional Mississippi family who are reunited under tragic circumstances. Sophomores Amira Hady, Isabel Koleno and Ananya Shah play the three Magrath sisters. They are joined in the cast by classmates Arad Boxenbaum and Hailey Keenan, plus freshman Max Rubinstein. Freshman Riley Clark is the student director and senior Andrew Hirsh is the stage manager. Lauren Rawitz is the play’s director.

Table Tennis Team Earns Split at Triangular

The varsity table tennis team defeated Maine East, 5-4, and lost to St. Charles East, 5-4, in a triangular meet at Maine East Friday evening. The junior varsity squad won its match by a 16-4 margin. Stevenson’s varsity participants included seniors Akshay Chaubal, Reuban Gutmann, Al-Sadiq Rahemtulla and Tarun Rao, juniors Sathvik Gurupali, Amritjeet Johar, Rohan Tuli and Trever Pokot, sophomores Michael Hu and Nicholas Pantelis, and freshmen Grant Gillis, Andrew Lukz and Eric Wu.

Winter Guard Third in Season Opener

The SHS Winter Guard opened its competition season at Naperville North on Sunday, finishing third.


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Pep Bus Available to See State Cheerleading

The Athletics Division is offering a pep bus for any students interested in attending Friday’s Competitive Cheerleading State Finals at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington. Students must ride the bus to and from the event. The cost is $20, which covers the cost of admission and transportation.  Students should complete this permission form and return it to the Athletic Office with $20 before 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Students are responsible for their own meals and any other expenses. The bus will leave lot B at 1 p.m. Friday and return after the competition at approximately 10 p.m. The varsity cheerleaders perform at 4:35 p.m. The Athletic Office will notify the Attendance Office of the excused absence for sixth, seventh and eighth periods for all students participating in the field trip. Only one pep bus will be used, so students should return their form and money as soon as possible.

Dowd, Leptich Invited to Team Illinois Hockey Tryouts

Juniors Michael Dowd and Jackson Leptich are among 120 high school ice hockey players invited to try out for the team that will represent Illinois this spring at the 33rd annual America’s Showcase tournament in Pittsburgh. The showcase is considered to be the top high school hockey event in North America. Teams from across the United States will compete and showcase their talents to junior, college and professional scouts from the U.S. and Canada. Illinois tryouts start February 14 at the DuPage Ice Arena. Illinois has won the last three America’s Showcase titles. Stevenson has had players on Team Illinois in three of the last four seasons: Jake Cimarusti (2015), Jared Projansky and Michael Trapp (2014), and Trapp and Vince Moschea (2013).

Girls Ice Hockey Player Named to All-State Team

Senior Corynn Salazar has been named to the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois All-State Team. Salazar plays goalie for the Lake Forest co-op team, which includes players from Stevenson, Lake Forest, Highland Park, Deerfield and Libertyville. (Senior Katie Wynn also plays on the team.) Salazar has played in 11 games this season, allowing only six goals. She has made 135 saves. Salazar and the other all-staters will play in the 2017 Girls All-State Game at 6:30 p.m. Monday, February 13 at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville.

City-Suburban Showdown Ticket Sales Underway

Tickets for the boys basketball team’s game in the 22nd Annual McDonald’s City-Suburban Showdown are on sale in the Patriot Superstore before school and during lunch periods. Stevenson will play Morgan Park at 6 p.m. Saturday, February 18 at the Robert Morris University Convocation Center in Arlington Heights. General admission is $10, which includes the 8 p.m. game between Evanston and Simeon. Ticket sales end February 15.


Seniors, Fill Out the Parking Survey

Seniors, have you completed the 2016-17 parking survey yet? If not, don’t forget to do so! Check your school email or visit the link here. This survey is for all seniors, even those who did not park on campus.

Dance Class Placement Opportunity Thursday

Students with dance experience who are not currently enrolled in an SHS dance class can attend a placement assessment for the 2017-18 school year on Thursday in the Dance Studio (Room 2010). Dancers can pick one of these times: 7:30-8:15 a.m. and 3:30-4:15 p.m. Dress appropriately!

Taking an AP Art Class Next Year? Read This

All students who registered for AP Drawing, AP 2D (non-photo option), and AP 3D for next school year, please click here to download the AP Art Portfolio Review packet, or pick one up at the East Fine Arts Office (6080) or from your current art teacher. The Portfolio Review process is a required part of your registration in these courses. If you have any questions, please see your art art teacher, or contact Mrs. Hyken (khyken@d125.org). Portfolios are due no later than Friday, February 10 in the East Fine Arts Office (6080).

Fashion Show Volunteer Meeting Thursday

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 Christina Erickson at cerickson@d125.org.

Early Bird Winterfest Dance Tickets on Sale Monday

Early bird ticket sales for the Student Council’s Winterfest Dance will begin Monday and end on Friday, February 10. Tickets will be $20 until February 10. After February 10, the price will go up to $25. The Winterfest Dance is Saturday, February 25.

SPARK Information Meetings Set for 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 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.

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 edie0609@aol.com if you would like to help backstage during Showcase, or if you have ideas or would like to help with videos.


Ski and Snowboard Club members: This week’s trip is to Little Switzerland. Turn in your money to Student Activities by the end of the day Wednesday.


There will be a girls soccer informational meeting at 3:45 today in Rooms 2004-2006. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Kevin Heffernan at kheffernan@d125.org.

An informational meeting for boys gymnastics will take place at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in Room 2002. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Joe Rogalski at jrogalski@d125.org.

There will be an informational meeting for girls badminton at 3:30 p.m. Monday in Room 7096. If you cannot attend the meeting, please contact Coach Grant Johnson at grjohnson@d125.org.

The boys water polo preseason meeting will be held at 3:45 p.m. Monday in the pool balcony. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Sean Wimer at swimer@d125.org.


Freshmen, sophomores and juniors looking for unique summer enrichment opportunities? Check Naviance “Enrichment Programs” for details on summer opportunities at college campuses across the globe. These vary from week-long sessions to full-summer sessions.


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 fieldmuseum.org 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 dwillock@d125.org for any questions regarding career exploration!


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