Tuesday, April 11, 2017

FCCLA Members Win Two State Championships

Four members of Stevenson’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America club won first-place honors at the 2017 Illinois State Leadership Conference held last week in Springfield.

Seniors Madison Randol, Robin Cheifetz and Jordan Zatz won the Entrepreneurship event with their healthy food business plan. They also were awarded with a Johnson and Wales Scholarship. Freshman Mariam Reichert won the Fashion Construction event with the construction of her semi-formal attire. Randol, Cheifetz and Zatz also won a state title last year, capturing the Promote and Publicize event.

Six FCCLA members earned Gold Medalist honors: seniors Carly Roseman (Professional Career Image) and Hailey Kleinstein (Fashion Design), and juniors Alexa Weres (Recycle and Redesign), Isabelle Heichman (Food and Nutrition) and Ana Koruna and Sophie Sorrentino (Preschool Lesson Plan).

Six students were Silver Medalists: Senior Jamie Berman (Career Investigation); juniors Elmira Hezarkhani (Advocacy), Nora Berryhill (Fashion Construction), Laura Stein (Interior Design) and Stephanie Martin (Career Investigation); and sophomore Pallavi Panchpor (Nutrition and Wellness). Sophomore Laura Thornburg (Sports Nutrition) was a Bronze Medalist.

Eight students were invited by Illinois FCCLA to compete at the National Leadership Conference in July: Randol, Zatz, Cheifetz, Heichman, Weres, Kleinstein, Panchpor and Hezarkhani. The conference will be held in Nashville, Tennessee.

FCCLA is a national student organization that helps young men and women become better leaders in their families, careers and communities. Founded in 1945, FCCLA addresses important personal, family, work and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education. Stevenson’s FCCLA sponsors are Jamie Scharfe and Michelle Backes.

Retired Superintendent Receives National Honor

Retired District 125 Superintendent Dr. Timothy Kanold was honored with the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics’ Ross Taylor/Glenn Gilbert National Leadership Award at its annual meeting in San Antonio last week. The award is given annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to mathematics education.

Kanold is a past president of NCSM, and has co-authored several best-selling mathematics textbooks over three decades. He has written numerous articles and chapters on school leadership and development for education publications over the past decade. His most recent book, Heart! Fully Forming Your Professional Life as a Teacher and Leader, was published last month. Before becoming Stevenson’s superintendent in 2002, he led the school’s mathematics division for 16 years. The video at this link provides an overview of Kanold’s career in education.

Are You Coming to Day of Dance on Thursday?

Parents and guardians planning to attend the Day of Dance on Thursday are strongly encouraged to carpool and arrive early due to limited parking on campus. The primary parking options for parents are lots B, D and E. If those are full, the next options for parents are the “strip” parking lot adjacent to the varsity baseball field, and the parking lot off Port Clinton Road. Parents and guardians should allow plenty of time to find parking and for check-in at one of the school entrances. Please have identification such as a driver’s license, state ID or passport available when checking in. The Day of Dance will be streamed live throughout the school day Thursday at www.d125.org/sbn.

Three Earn Awards at Photography Exhibition

Three students who took part in Visual Image Photography’s seventh annual Student Photography Art Show on Saturday earned Honorable Mention honors: seniors Melanie Blake and Judy Kupchan, and junior Sasha Pinchuk. They were among 10 students from Stevenson whose work was displayed in the show.

Options Fair for Disabled Students Tonight

Stevenson students with disabilities and their families are invited to the 2017 Options Fair from 6-8 p.m. tonight at the College of Lake County. Fifty agencies and organizations will have representatives on hand to provide information on educational opportunities, employment services, vocational day programs, government programs, health services, recreational opportunities, referral sources, residential programs, transportation resources, vocational programs and trade schools. The Options Fair will be held in the Physical Education Center (Building 7) on the CLC Grayslake Campus, 19351 W. Washington St. Parking is available in lots 2 and 3 on the north side of campus. Find out more at consideroptions.org.


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14 Signing College Letters of Intent Wednesday

Fourteen senior student-athletes will sign national letters of intent on Wednesday to continue their athletic careers in college. They will be honored during a signing day recognition ceremony during eighth period (2:38-3:25 p.m.) in the Forum. Patriots who will be featured include Charity Shaw (girls soccer), Paige Nierman (girls tennis), Jessica Lenhart, Morgan Bosse and Rachel Song (girls swimming), Vera Pflugradt (softball), Isaac Lucas (baseball), Aidan O’Connell and Michael Marchese (football), Brian Weisberg (boys tennis), Zimo Zhu (boys fencing), and Rahul Arun, Dan Maleski and Andrew Shashin (boys water polo).

Boys Track Team Has Eyes on Patriot Relays Title

The varsity boys track and field team has been rolling through its dual-meet schedule this season, posting an 8-0 record thus far. Stevenson will face its toughest test yet on Thursday, when it plays host to 11 other schools in the annual Patriot Relays in the Stadium. Coach Andy Farrissey has a strong senior nucleus — including Jonathan Powell, Noah Lukz, David Goncharov, Caleb Oh and Jordan Eng — that is hungry for success beyond the dual-meet level. In the offseason, they and some other teammates worked out with SHS alum Brandon Stryganek, a former All-American and Big Ten champion for the University of Illinois. “We haven’t won a lot (at large meets) recently, so given that (the) Patriot Relays is coming up, that’s all I have my mind on right now,” Powell told the Pioneer Press. “Just getting that ‘W’ as a team, winning our own meet. The rest will work itself out.”

Oriatti Helps Lead Softball Team With Bat, Enthusiasm

Senior Emma Oriatti has been swinging a hot bat of late for the varsity softball team, collecting eight hits in her last three games. The four-year varsity player, a starter since sophomore year, talked with Pioneer Press about her improvement and her love for the game.

Basketball Assistant Picked for Niles West Post

Assistant varsity boys basketball coach Mike Wasilewski has been named head coach at Niles West. Wasilewski, who served as an assistant for Pat Ambrose the past two seasons, previously led the programs at Elmwood Park and Waukegan high schools. “He’s a strong coach who is very good at details and helping the players improve over a season,” Ambrose told the Pioneer Press. Wasilewski will be leaving his teaching position in the Social Studies Division for a similar post at Niles West, which is 15 minutes from his home.


Class of 2018: Schedule Your Senior Portraits

VIP Photography is ready to book your senior portrait session! Times are available as early as May 22, but they fill up fast. Please make an appointment online at studio.il.vipis.com or over the phone at 847-499-9300. Information about photo packages and pricing is available on the VIP website, studio.il.vipis.com. Please see the parent letter and senior portrait brochure for more information regarding available photo times and session information.

PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale Wednesday afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons! Pies, donuts, Puppy Chow and more will be available, all for $1.

Boys Volleyball Team Selling T-Shirts for Benefit Night

The boys volleyball team is selling T-shirts for its upcoming Diabetes Awareness Night to benefit JDRF, the leading global organization funding Type 1-diabetes research. Shirts are $10 for small through extra-large, $12 for XXL and $13 for XXXL. Shirts can be ordered at this link through Friday.

Students Invited to Day of Dance on Thursday

The Dance Department invites you to the “Day of Dance – Take It Outside” on Thursday. All dance classes will be performing their latest choreography throughout the school day in the Performing Arts Center. These presentations were created from a myriad of concepts based in nature and the skies, and convey literal or abstract concepts created by the dancers.

Taking a Non-SHS Student to Prom?

If you‘re taking a non-Stevenson student to the Prom, you must purchase their ticket at the Patriot Superstore. Non-student tickets cannot be purchased online or at the door. You will need to fill out this form and provide a copy of your guest’s photo ID to purchase their ticket. Prom tickets are $90 each, and will go on sale Monday, April 17.

Are You a Fan of TED Talks? Watch Them Live April 27

You can watch a live simulcast of the official TED Conference taking place in Vancouver from the comfort of the Vernon Area Public Library meeting room on Thursday, April 27. There are sessions at 4:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. (plus 1 p.m.). Join other TED enthusiasts to experience 18-minute talks from inspiring speakers from around the world. For details on the speaker lineup, visit tedx.vapld.info. The program is free and open to all. Registration is required. Register online, by telephone at 224-543-1485, or in person at any public service desk in the library.

Order Your Free Copy of the WIT

All students can receive a complimentary copy of this year’s WIT literary magazine by filling out this form and returning it to their English teacher, or to either Communication Arts Office. Students also may email the form to Mr. Barnabee at jbarnabee@d125.org. The deadline for returning the form is Thursday, April 20. In late May, students who turned in a form will receive an email announcing the WIT’s arrival.

Get Your Light It Up Blue Shirt for Autism Awareness

“Light It Up Blue” T-shirts will be on sale for $15 during the lunch periods this week. Light It Up Blue is the annual fundraiser for the Autism Speaks Foundation and autism awareness, sponsored by the Sophomore Class Board and Best Buddies. Everyone who buys a shirt is invited to wear it to the Allied Soccer game at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 22 in the Stadium. After the game, everyone will be invited onto the field for games and activities. There will be free food and games. If you wear your T-shirt, admission to the post-game festivities is free. Otherwise, the cost will be $10.


Peer Tutors Executive Board 2017-18 applications are available on the Peer Tutor Facebook site. All responses must be submitted on Google Forms by 11:59 p.m. Sunday. No late responses will be taken. An interview will be scheduled for the third week in April.


The girls lacrosse team is selling gift certificates to Leider’s Greenhouses in Buffalo Grove to raise money for its annual trips and other activities. Certificates are available in denominations of $25, $50 and $100, and they do not expire. Click here to download an order form. Order forms must be turned in by April 30. For more information, contact Caren Keane at carenkeane11@icloud.com.

Three students are in the running for Chicago Tribune Lake Shore Athlete of the Year. Jori Radtke, Matthew Krames and Topher Stensby are among the six winners of the Tribune’s previous monthly contests. Online voting ends at noon Thursday. You can vote at at this link.


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