Monday, March 31, 2014

Sophomore, Parents Killed in Car Accident
Yuki Hirayama, a 16-year-old sophomore, and his parents were killed in a car accident in Arizona during Spring Break. His 9-year-old sister survived and remains hospitalized in an Arizona hospital. No details of the accident are available, and funeral arrangements are unknown at this time.

Hirayama transferred to Stevenson at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year. He participated in the fencing program and also was a member of SPINS (Stevenson Patriots In New Situations), a club for transfer students. Click here for information on counseling availability for students.

Scholastic Bowl Team Second, Basketball Third in State
The Scholastic Bowl team finished second, and the boys basketball team was third, at their respective Illinois High School Association state tournaments during Spring Break. For Scholastic Bowl, it was the third runner-up finish in the last 10 years. The basketball team’s accomplishment marked its third top-four finish in the last seven years. During the boys basketball team’s semifinal loss to eventual champion Whitney Young, junior Jalen Brunson scored 56 points, the most ever recorded in an IHSA state tournament game.

Junior Reaches State Congressional Debate Finals
Junior Jenny Zhang reached the Finals Congress in the congressional debate division at the Illinois High School Association state tournament March 22. She was one of 16 debaters to reach the finals; 167 were entered in the competition. Zhang was one of five SHS debaters who made the semifinals. She was joined by seniors Peter Hwang and Dhruv Luthra, junior Michelle Hu and sophomore Alex Smith.

Genocide Survivor’s Visit Featured in Tribune
The Chicago Tribune today published an article about Rwandan genocide survivor Emmanuel Habimana’s March 19 visit to Stevenson.


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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Stevenson at Barrington quad: Emma Oriatti went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs, including one during the decisive fourth inning, as the Patriots (1-3) beat Elk Grove, 11-7, for their first win of the year. Oriatti singled home a run and Abby O’Connor added an RBI double as SHS scored four runs in the fourth to break a 4-4 tie with the Grenadiers (1-1). Vera Pflugradt also went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles as part of the Pats’ 15-hit attack. Lexi Yonkovic and Trisha Porzycki each collected two singles. Dana Morgan added an RBI single. Myra Peterson earned her first varsity victory on the mound. Earlier in the day, SHS lost to Barrington, 11-1. Porzycki hit a solo homer for the Patriots’ lone run. Pflugradt went 2-for-3. The win over Elk Grove left head coach Larry Friedrichs, who graduated from EGHS, three away from career victory No. 500. – Daily Herald

Girls Water Polo
Stevenson at Lyons Invitational: The Patriots (8-1) finished second, winning two games before tasting their first defeat of the season at the hands of the host school in the championship contest, 8-7, in overtime. SHS beat Lyons’ B team, 18-4, and Evanston, 8-7, to reach the championship game. –

Girls Lacrosse
Evanston 8, Stevenson 6 –

Friday’s Varsity Results

Barrington 7, Stevenson 2: At The Dome at The Ballpark in Rosemont, the top-ranked Fillies held the Patriots (0-2) to four hits. Abby O’Connor tripled and doubled, and scored both runs for SHS. She was driven in by a grounder from Kat Trotter in the second and a single by Dana Morgan in the seventh. – Daily Herald (linescore)

Baseball Team Serves Dinner for the Less Fortunate
The varsity baseball team served a community dinner for more than 200 people at the Emmaus House in Lake Zurich on March 23. Emmaus House is a non-profit organization that provides shelter, food and clothing to families and individuals in need.


Seniors: Jostens will be at school Thursday to deliver graduation announcement orders during lunch hours in the Wood Commons. Please stop by the Jostens table during your lunch hour to pick up your graduation announcement order.

Attention sophomores and juniors: Are you a creative, open-minded person who is kind, thoughtful and a great leader? Do you want to help ensure that all kids at SHS feel safe and have positive experiences? Do you want to help staff the student lounge and have the opportunity to meet and work with other students? Then Peer Helpers may be the program for you. Applications are now available online or in the Student Activities Office. They are due no later than Tuesday, April 8. See Ms. Polisky or Ms. Perkins for questions.

Do you want to earn 10 community service hours in one day? How would you like to volunteer with Special Olympics? Mr. Salituro is taking students to volunteer for the Special Olympics bocce ball tournament on Sunday, April 13. No experience with bocce ball is necessary to volunteer. We will leave school at 7:30 a.m. and be back at 4 p.m. Volunteers will get a free T-shirt and a box lunch. Signup at or contact Mr. Salituro in either Social Studies office for details.


Key Club meets Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 in Room 7036. Come sign up for community service trips. New members are always welcome.

Best Buddies is hosting a benefit night at Real Urban Barbecue in Vernon Hills next Monday, April 7 from 4:30-8 p.m. The night will support the Friendship Walk on April 13 that Stevenson’s chapter of Best Buddies is hosting. 25% of the proceeds from the benefit night will go to Best Buddies Illinois.

Color Guard clinics and auditions are approaching!Do you like to dance? Perform? Interested in combining it with flags? Come to the Color Guard clinics April 7, 9 and 10 (4-7 p.m. each day) to see if this is for you! Clinics are mandatory. The official audition will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, April 11. This is a great outlet for performing, making friends and gaining leadership opportunities! This past season, our team placed third at the Grand Championships! Color Guard is co-ed and auditions are open to all students grade 9-12. Next year, the guard will travel with the band to Walt Disney World in February! Click here to sign up for the clinics and for more information. Questions? Contact Ms. Hill in Room 6076 or email


Does your future hold a career in health care? Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital will be accepting applications soon for the Future Healthcare Professionals Internship Program for high school juniors, which will take place in June. Applications are online at

If you are interested in participating in a summer career shadow, please contact Mrs. Willock in the CCC for more information at Find out about more summer opportunities available in the area on the Career Exploration webpage.

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