Thursday, March 14, 2019

Sophomore Qualifies for International Science Fair

Sophomore Sayalee Patankar has been selected to participate in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest pre-college science competition. She is the sixth Stevenson student to receive an ISEF invitation, and the first sophomore. Sayalee joins the list that includes senior Varun Malladi, Justin Lee (Class of 2018), Rebecca Nelson (2016), Blandon Su (2016) and Itamar Allali (2014).

Sayalee was selected based on her poster presentation at Saturday’s Illinois Junior Academy of Science Region 6 Science Fair. Her display, “Fighting Zika: A computational drug discovery to inhibit the NS2B-NS3 protease of the Zika virus,” outlined Sayalee’s experiment to determine potential molecular compounds that could be used to fight Zika. She has been researching Zika and its impact since eighth grade. Sayalee will travel to Phoenix in May for the ISEF event, where she will be among approximately 1,800 high school students competing for $4 million in prizes.

Sayalee led an impressive list of Stevenson award-winners at the regional fair, which is split into two sessions, one focusing on poster presentations and the other on research papers. Forty-two of the school’s 50 competitors qualified for the state competition in May, and every student earned a Gold or Silver award.

Six Patriots received special awards, including Varun, who earned the Mu Alpha Theta Award for outstanding mathematics project, and also won Best in Category for his work. Other Best in Category recipients were freshman Rohita Kotyada (Zoology) and senior Poojan Palwai (Cellular and Molecular). Poojan also won the category last year. Junior Allison Liu was honored by the Optical Society of Chicago for creating the best project in optics. Caimin Xi, also a junior, earned the Certificate of Outstanding Achievement for Ability and Creativity in In Vitro Biology from the Society for In Vitro Biology. Junior Anto Michael received the Naval Science Award.

Learn About the “Dark Web” Tonight

Parents and guardians interested in learning more about the “Dark Web” and other Internet-based dangers are invited to a presentation tonight by Dean Kharasch, a special investigator in the Cyber Crimes Division of the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office. He will address a number of topics, including the ease with which teens can get fake IDs online, how to prevent cyberbullying, and Internet monitoring tools. Kharasch’s presentation is part of tonight’s Stand Strong Coalition meeting at 7 o’clock at the Lincolnshire Village Hall. Stevenson is a member of the Stand Strong Coalition.

Senior Featured in Article on Hebrew Study

Senior Abigail Lapins is featured in this Jewish United Fund article about the seven Chicago-area public high schools, all in the northern suburbs, that offer Hebrew in its curriculum. Abigail’s family moved from Kenosha, Wis., to District 125 for high school, and she began to study the language as a sophomore. “I take pride in taking Hebrew because it’s something really unique,” she said. “A lot of people say they take Spanish, but not a lot of people can say they take Hebrew.”

World Languages Teachers Presenting in Ohio

Five members of the World Languages Division are among the presenters at the 51st annual Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Language today through Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.

Spanish teachers Megan McCullough, Jori Greenhill, Jen Zizzo and Patrick Grady, along with Director of World Languages Justin Fisk, are leading three-hour workshops on evidence-based reporting today. McCullough, Greenhill and Zizzo will present “Us vs. Them: For Whom is the Feedback? Exploring Dialogic Student-Driven Feedback.” The workshop will emphasize how teachers can use the “co-construction,” or collaborative, process to draw students into becoming more active learners. Grady and Fisk will address “Building Language Proficiency with Standards-Based Grading,” showing participants the tools and framework for the grading practices used in Stevenson’s Spanish courses.

On Saturday, Grady and Fisk will lead a session on “A Culture of Literacy: Cross-Curricular Collaboration to Drive Proficiency.” The pair will provide a toolkit of strategies for teachers to promote and develop an interdisciplinary approach to literacy based on revised national standards. Fisk also will take part in a networking session for supervisors of foreign language programs. He is a member of the National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages advisory board, and that group’s Central States Conference representative.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 1, Buffalo Grove 0: Sophomore Abby Kalou scored the winning goal with 15 seconds remaining as the Patriots opened their season with a victory on the road. Abby’s goal came off an assist from senior Kalyssa VanZanten, who has committed to Notre Dame. – Daily Herald

Allied Basketball Team Competes in State Tourney Friday

The Allied Basketball team competes in the third annual IHSA Unified Basketball State Championships on Friday and Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center. The Patriots will play Vernon Hills in the second Division 1 semifinal game at 2:30 p.m. Friday. The winner will advance to the championship game at 11 a.m. Saturday against the winner of the other semifinal between LaSalle-Peru and Edwardsville. The Division 1 championship game will be streamed live on YouTube, courtesy of Homewood Flossmoor High School’s Viking Television program. The losing teams from the semifinals will square off in the third-place game at 11:10 a.m. Saturday, on a different court within the March Madness Experience Hall.

Wrestling Alumnus Finishes Fourth in Nation

Maryville University junior Tyler Harrington (Class of 2016) earned All-America status by finishing fourth at the NCAA Division II National Wrestling Championships in Cleveland on Sunday. The 165-pounder finished the year with a 35-10 record, and led the St. Louis-based Saints to a 12th-place finish at the national tournament. At Stevenson, Tyler finished fourth in the state at 182 pounds as a junior.

Leading SHS Football “Dream Come True” for Becker

New head football coach Brent Becker isn’t facing a steep learning curve in taking over the Patriot program. He’s been on the SHS coaching staff the past seven seasons, and served as assistant head coach last fall. “I love our kids, I love our staff, I live in the community and I told the team (at a March 4 meeting), ‘It’s really a dream come true for me,’” Becker told News-Sun reporter LaMond Pope. “I’m so grateful and honored to be chosen.” He’s also not new to leading a football program, having been the head coach at Lake Forest College for four seasons. Stevenson faces a stiff challenge to open the 2019 schedule: The Patriots play Lincoln-Way East, a Class 8A state semifinalist last fall and state champion in 2017, in Frankfort on Aug. 30.

Today on NFHS Network

Three Patriot athletic events will be streamed live today. The varsity and junior varsity girls lacrosse games at St. Charles East can be seen online, at 6 o’clock and 4:30, respectively, as can the JV girls soccer game against Buffalo Grove at 4:45 in the SHS Stadium. Watch the action on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page.


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Models Needed for Next Month’s Fashion Show

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