Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Stevenson Leads Country in STEM Recognition Program

For the second straight year, Stevenson High School led the nation in a program designed to increase access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) career options.

Ninety-four Stevenson students received AP + PLTW Student Achievement certificates for completing an Advanced Placement and Project Lead The Way pathway during the 2016-17 school year, the most of any high school in the country. The PLTW program features courses in computer science, engineering and biomedical science. To earn the AP + PLTW recognition, students must: take one AP course, one PLTW course, and a third course that is either AP or PLTW; earn a score of three or higher on the corresponding AP exams; and score Proficient or higher on the corresponding PLTW end-of-course assessments.

Stevenson also had the second-highest number of AP + PLTW achievers among all school districts. Only the Montgomery County Public School District based in Rockville, Md., which had 170 students receive certificates, had more. The Maryland district has 26 high schools.

More Than 100 Educators Visiting SHS Thursday

Representatives from nearly 20 schools in seven states, including Illinois, will visit Stevenson on Thursday for the final Site Visit Day for Educators for the 2017-18 school year. Approximately 110 visitors will be on campus. The educational institutions outside of Illinois that will be represented are: Agua Fria Union High School District in Avondale, Ariz., Canyon View High School in Waddell, Ariz., Anderson High School and Nagel Middle School in Cincinnati, Ohio, Catoosa County Schools in Ringgold, Ga., Smitha Middle School in Marietta, Ga., Lander Valley High School in Lander, Wyo., Midland Freshman High School in Midland, Texas, and Northeast Community School District in Goose Lake, Iowa. The Illinois schools coming to SHS include Deerfield District 109, DRW Trading College Prep High School in Chicago, Fenton Community High School in Bensenville, Glenbard South High School in Glen Ellyn, and Lake Forest Schools (Districts 67 and 115).

Senior Honored by U.S. Figure Skating

Senior Jocelyn Kalkman has been honored by U.S. Figure Skating for achieving the top level in its Graduating Seniors Program. Jocelyn earned the Platinum level award in recognition of her achievements on the ice and in the classroom. She is a member of the Starlights Synchronized Skating Club from the Skokie Valley Skating Club. Jocelyn recently committed to join the synchronized skating team at Adrian College, an NCAA Division III school in Michigan.

Alumna Breaks the Mold With Cake in a Jar

Cake in a jar? It’s a thing, so big in fact, that SHS alumna Karen Stolman Firsel (Class of 1993) and her Northbrook restaurant, Jar Bar, were featured recently by Forbes. Firsel, a former producer for The Oprah Winfrey Show, said Jar Bar was born from her desire to offer clean and fast food options. The restaurant will celebrate its first anniversary next month.

Talking Graduation on “Lunch With Jim”

Graduation is the topic of the next “Lunch With Jim” Facebook Live session at 12:30 today. If you have questions about graduation, please share them during the livecast at Stevenson’s Facebook page.


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Tuesday, April 24 Varsity Results

Girls Badminton

Stevenson 21, New Trier 0: The Patriots (17-0) completed an undefeated dual-meet season for the second time in the past three seasons, rolling in their final tuneup before this weekend’s North Suburban Conference championships in the Field House. SHS captured all 14 singles contests in straight sets. The winners were Esther Shi (21-2, 21-2), Shibani Ram (21-5, 21-4), Jyotsna Harikrishna (21-5, 21-6), Emily Hu (21-8, 21-6), Jenny Yang (21-4, 21-9), Benna Li (21-7, 21-4), Kaitlyn Lu (23-21, 21-6), Shirley Cao (21-11, 21-14), Megan Wei (21-10, 21-3), Harini Shanmugasundaram (21-11, 21-9), Julie Zhu (21-7, 21-11), Thivya Sivarajah (21-11, 21-10), Riya Gyanmote (21-16, 21-11) and Amy Nowack (21-14, 21-11). The winning doubles teams were Jenny-Emily (21-3, 21-4), Benna-Jyotsna (21-9, 21-5), Esther-Shibani (21-4, 21-4), Megan-Kaitlyn (21-10, 21-12), Shirley-Thivya (17-21, 21-8, 21-13), Julie-Harini (21-8, 21-12) and Riya-Amy (21-11, 10-21, 21-18).

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson 8, Fenwick 6: Justin Ginsberg scored five goals on eight attempts as the second-ranked Patriots (20-2) won their 10th straight game by holding off a late rally from the host Friars. Goalie Charlie Day made 11 saves, including a block on a five-meter attempt in the first half as SHS took a 3-1 lead into intermission. Justin scored twice in the third quarter as Stevenson extended its lead to 6-2, then added two more goals in the fourth to counter four from fourth-ranked Fenwick. Collin Kapecki had two goals for SHS and Eric Osuch added one. –,

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 4, Zion-Benton 0: In Zion, the Patriots (6-3-2, 2-0-1) put on a dominating performance, outshooting the Zee-Bees 35-0. Four players found the back of the net for SHS, which scored once in the first half and notched three goals in the second half. Hannah Lapeire had a goal and two assists, while Brianna VanZanten recorded one goal and one assist. Abby Kalou and Isabella Michael also scored. Goalkeepers Zoey Friedman and Caitlyn Machado combined for the shutout, each playing one half.

Boys Tennis

Stevenson 7, Lake Zurich 0: The Patriots (6-0, 5-0) continued their roll through the North Suburban Conference, dropping only six games on the day at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. Zachary Kim, Sam Komis and Thomas Gong all posted 6-0, 6-0 decisions at Nos. 1 through 3 singles, respectively. Sai Merneedi and Eric Perkowski were 6-1, 6-1 winners at No. 1 doubles. They were followed down victory lane by the tandems of Arjun Sheelvanth-Andy Dong (6-0, 6-1) at No. 2, Payton Adkisson-Daniel Tulchinskiy (6-2, 6-0) at No. 3, and Michael Maryniuk-Jeremy Park (6-0, 6-1) at No. 4.


Stevenson 6, Lake Forest 5: The Patriots (4-7, 3-2) rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. –


Libertyville 12, Stevenson 9: The host Patriots (10-8-1, 6-5) came all the way back from a 7-0 deficit before falling short against the Wildcats. Pinch-hitter Hayden Brotz hit a bases-loaded double to tie the game at 8-8 in the fifth inning. Michael D’Angelo had an RBI double and scored two runs. Nick Bonk went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a run drive in. Isaiah Hart also had two hits. Evan Kiah walked three times, while Jack Housinger walked twice and scored two runs. –

Girls Lacrosse

Barrington 14, Stevenson 7: The two teams entered halftime deadlocked at 4-4, but the Fillies (6-1) outscored the Patriots (10-2) by a 10-3 count in the second half. –

Boys Lacrosse

Barrington 13, Stevenson 9: Ryan Walsh led the host Patriots (2-7) with three goals, and Cole Okmin and Austin Masters added two apiece. Caleb Benoit-DiMaria and Nathan Spina also scored. Cole recorded three assists, and Austin and Duncan Paul each had one. Goalie Jacob Guria made nine saves.

Monday, April 23 Varsity Results

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson 111, Libertyville 32; Stevenson 132, Waukegan 7: The Patriots dominated the triangular meet in Waukegan, winning 14 of 17 events.


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Seniors: Stay Connected With SHS After Graduation

Members of the Class of 2018 are invited to complete the Alumni Contact Form by Friday, May 4. As a member of the Stevenson alumni community, you’ll have access to a network of more than 30,000 fellow SHS graduates, learn about upcoming events — including Alumni Lounge and Homecoming activities — and receive class reunion information. Click here to complete the form.


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