Thursday, April 11, 2019

Statesman Reporters Earn Awards in State Contest

Three Statesman reporters earned first-place awards and several others also received honors in the 2019 Illinois Women’s Press Association newspaper contest. Sophomore Ojasvi Saxena and junior Emily Lu won first place in Sports Writing for their piece about hate speech rules adopted by the Illinois High School Association and the North Suburban Conference. Sophomore Bradley Locker also received first place in Columns for his piece on athletes personalizing their uniforms as avenues for protest and support. Their pieces advance to the National Federation of Press Women Association contest.

Senior Ellie Baden and junior Trisha Patel won second-place awards for Opinion Writing (“Standing Up to Anti-Semitism”) and Editorial Cartoon (“Decision to Drink”), respectively. Ashley Mandel, a senior, earned third place for her Single-Page Design on Illinois’ governor’s race.

Five students garnered honorable mention: Senior Kendall Roberts in Editorial Writing (“Academic Dishonesty”), junior Alex Gergova in Graphics (girls volleyball), juniors Ayla Dursun and Janice Lee for Review Writing (“Listen Hear” podcast reviews), and Ayla and Ojasvi for Double Page Design (“Making Pour Decisions”).

Bass Fishing Team Hauls In Top-20 Finishes

Stevenson’s bass fishing team had two of the top 20 boats in the Illinois Bass Nation tournament last Saturday on the Des Plaines River. The tournament featured 75 boats. After a brief fog delay, Cameron Grisamore and Jack Grisamore (Boat 1) and Jason Qualich and Charles Zhang (Boat 2) were able to net two fish per boat, finishing in 17th and 18th place, respectively. The four Patriot anglers also competed in Grant High School’s Tuesday night bass fishing series on the Chain O’Lakes, taking second and seventh, respectively. SHS hauled in the heaviest bass, weighing in at 3.2 pounds. Stevenson hosts its first tournament of the year on Saturday, on the Chain O’Lakes out of Musky Tales in Antioch. Weigh-in is at 1 p.m. The event is open to the public.

Math Director Keynote Speaker at WIU Conference

Director of Mathematics and Computer Science Darshan Jain will be one of three keynote speakers at 68th annual Mathematics Teachers Conference sponsored by Western Illinois University on Friday. Jain will open the conference with a presentation aimed at helping teachers take advantage of inherent mathematical abilities within all students. He also will lead a workshop in the afternoon. Jain, who has led the Mathematics and Computer Science Division since 2013, has received two of the top honors for teaching: the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 2015, and the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2010.

Science Faculty Leading Presentations in St. Louis

Fourteen members of the Science Division faculty are attending the National Science Teachers Association’s national conference today through Sunday in St. Louis, and several of them will be involved in presentations.

This afternoon, Lauren Albert, Kristin One, Andy Fitz, Kristy Wrona and John Wilkie will lead a hands-on session for physics teachers entitled “Analyzing Lab Results Using Student-Led Discussion.” On Friday, Ashley Rose and Karen O’Connor will share “World of Wonder: See the World Through the Lens of a Scientist.” Also on Friday, Michael Nocella will be joined by a Texas educator to discuss how written correspondence between elementary and high school students encourages authentic engagement in science content, racial equity and social justice. Their session is called “Rooting Peer Learning Across Grades — Socially Conscious STEM and the Story of Science.”

Nocella will address the theme of race and science in two presentations Saturday with peers from Niles North and Niles West: Solidarity/Affinity Groups: Developing Equitable Working Environments to Support Diverse Science Faculty and Justice-Centered Mind-Sets,” and “Unpacking Race in the Chemistry Classroom.” Finally, Wrona, Fitz, One, O’Connor, Paige Lehman and Abbie Lueken will be part of a networking and idea-sharing session called “High School Share-a-Thon: Set Your Sights Higher!” Also attending the conference will be Jenny Ruda, Christine Pfaffinger, Jin Kyung Hwang, and Director of Science Dr. Steve Wood.

Order Your Free Copy of the WIT Today

Complimentary copies of this year’s WIT literary magazine are available to any member of the community. The WIT features student-created fiction, poetry, drama, nonfiction and art. To order a copy, fill out this form and return it by Saturday, April 27. The magazine will be available in May. Questions can be directed to Jim Barnabee at


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson d. Zion-Benton, 25-13, 25-14: Andrew Keevins was 14-of-16 serving with six aces to lead the Patriots (10-3, 2-0) on the road. Thomas Finn led SHS with six kills and Justin Ross added five. Will Sorenson dished out 17 assists and made a team-high five digs.

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 2, Lane Tech 0: Kalyssa VanZanten scored both goals in the first half and Jenny Staten made seven saves to earn her fifth shutout of the season as the Patriots (6-1-2) defeated the Indians in the Stadium as part of the Lou Malnati’s Deep Dish Classic. Alyssa Bende had the assist on both goals. – NFHS Network Replay

Girls Badminton

Stevenson 18, Thornton Fractional South 0: The Patriots (15-0) extended their winning streak to 38 consecutive matches with the victory in the Field House. Jenny Yang and Emily Hu were 21-2, 21-2 winners at No. 1 doubles, while Shibani Ram earned a 21-9, 21-6 decision at No. 1 singles. The other doubles wins came from Benna Li and Jyotsna Harikrishna at No. 2 (21-5, 21-1), Shibani and Kaitlyn Lu at No. 3 (21-7, 21-10), Julie Zhu and Thivya Sivarajah at No. 4 (21-4, 21-9), Megan Wei and Jasmine Zhang at No. 5 (21-11, 21-2), and Riya Gyanmote and Roshini Merneedi at No. 6 (21-9, 21-9). In singles, Kaitlyn was a 21-6, 21-11 winner at No. 2, followed by Jyotsna (21-7, 21-4), Emily (21-5, 21-3), Jenny (21-6, 21-2), Benna (21-6, 21-0), Megan (21-15, 21-13), Thivya (21-12, 21-10), Jasmine (21-9, 21-5), Julie (21-6, 21-8), Riya (21-13, 21-9) and Roshini (21-11, 21-8).


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Girls Water Polo “Frosty Friday” Fundraiser

The girls water polo team will hold another “Wendy’s Frosty Friday” fundraiser on Friday during the passing periods between sixth and seventh period, and between seventh and eighth period, plus after school. Chocolate and vanilla Frostys will be available for $2 in the Wood and Glass Commons.


The Deerfield Park District will be interviewing candidates for summer camp counselors and lifeguards from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18 at Jewett Park Community Center, 836 Jewett Park Dr., in Deerfield. Reserve a time slot at


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