Thursday, September 18, 2014

Political Action Club to Host Candidate Forum on Tuesday

The Stevenson High School Political Action Club is teaming up with the civics education group Mikva Challenge to present the 2014 Campaign Fair and Candidate Forum from 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Performing Arts Center. The event is open to all students and any community members interested in becoming more informed about Election 2014.

Campaign staff with candidates in the governor, U.S. Senate, the 10th Congressional District, and state representative races will be present to recruit student volunteers starting at 6 p.m. outside the PAC. At 6:30, Political Action Club members will moderate a candidate forum inside the PAC, where candidates and campaigns will get an opportunity to speak directly to students and community members, and to answer student questions written by the Political Action Club and submitted via #MikvaForum.

Featured speakers will include Brad Schneider and Bob Dold from the hotly contested 10th Congressional District. Candidates from the 59th State Representative race, as well as Lt. Gov. candidate Paul Vallas, also are scheduled to speak.

Collection Drive for Troops at Football Game

The Students Helping Soldiers club is holding a collection drive at Friday night’s varsity football game to create care packages for American soldiers serving abroad. Fans attending the game are asked to donate items such as sunflower seeds, trail mix, granola bars, beef jerky, “Slim Jims,” peanuts, tuna, Pringles and Pop Tarts. Collection bins will be located at the Stadium entrances. Friday is Military Appreciation Night. All active and retired members of the military will be admitted to the varsity game for free. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Collection bins also are located at the Field House and Sports Center entrances.

Grandmaster to Teach Chess Team

Stevenson’s chess team has always been good, but don’t be surprised if it gets even better this school year. Beginning today, and continuing monthly, the team will be receiving instruction and strategic tips from 2008 U.S. chess champion Yury Shulman, who is a grandmaster, the highest level in the game. He is going to address endgame technique, middle game planning, pawn structure, and other complex elements of chess. Shulman has taught chess throughout the metropolitan area for many years, and always makes an appearance at the state tournament in February to encourage and promote the game. Shulman is co-founder of Chess Without Borders, a Barrington-based nonprofit organization whose mission combines chess education with service and philanthropy. Students interested in seeing Shulman can attend the team’s next meeting after school today in Room 7022.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Field Hockey

Stevenson 1, Deerfield 0: Kristen Maleski’s goal late in the second half lifted the Patriots (3-5-1) at home and snapped a four-game losing streak.

Girls Tennis

Stevenson 8, Glenbrook North 0: The Patriots moved to 10-0 by sweeping all three singles and all five doubles matches in Northbrook. Kaylin Dong and Zoe Taylor posted a 7-6 (6), 6-2 decision at No. 1 doubles. They were followed in the winners’ circle by the tandems of Vinaya Rao/Katherine Harvey (6-0, 6-3), Gwendolyn Heidkamp/Michelle Tulchinskaya (6-0, 6-2), Caroline Kelmis/Lindsey Waxman (7-5, 4-6, 6-4) and Rachel Mopper/Nikki Rezania (6-0, 6-0). In singles, Kendall Kirsch was a 6-0, 6-0 winner at No. 1, followed by Zoe Manion (6-0, 6-0) and Bronwyn Heidkamp (6-3, 6-4).

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson d. Warren, 13-25, 25-23, 25-22: The host Patriots (7-9) rallied in the Sports Center to break a three-match skid. No details or statistics were available. – Daily Herald

Girls Golf

Libertyville 262, Stevenson 267: At Crane’s Landing, the Wildcats (11-0, 6-0) took sole possession of first place in the North Suburban Conference on the strength of a sixth-score tiebreaker. The two teams were tied at 169 through their first five golfers. The host Patriots (7-1, 6-1) were led by Myra Peterson, who shot a 39. Stephanie Namkoong and Alexia Fidman each had a 43, and Olivia Stomberg added a 44. Olivia Hancock shot a 46. – Daily Herald

Baseball Alum Excels in Summer Wood Bat League

Mike Martin (Class of 2011), an all-Ivy League senior outfielder for the Harvard University baseball team, added to his playing resume in the New England Collegiate Baseball Conference this summer. He was named the conference’s offensive player of the year, and earned selection to the all-NECBL first team as an outfielder. In 37 games, Martin hit .319 with a .413 on-base percentage, scored 29 runs, stole 19 bases in 20 attempts, and made no errors in 80 fielding chances. He helped the Plymouth Pilgrims to a 31-11 record, the second-best in league history. Martin also was a starting outfielder in the NECBL All-Star Game, and won two competitions at the event: the 60-yard dash and the outfield throwing contest.

McNamara’s Son Earns Player of the Week Honors

Head football coach Bill McNamara’s son, Connor, a junior and starting quarterback at Vernon Hills High School, was named Daily Herald Lake County Player of the Week after scoring a school-record six touchdowns during the Cougars’ 64-28 win over North Chicago last week. He also threw a TD pass.


Tickets On Sale for Fall Play

Tickets are on sale for the fall play, “Marvin’s Room,” which will be performed tonight through Saturday in the Studio Theater (Room 2204). Show times are 7 p.m. tonight, Friday and Saturday, with an additional performance at 2 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $5. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Patriot Superstore during the lunch hours, or in the half-hour before the school day begins. Remaining tickets will be available at the door on performance days.

Winter Guard Clinics/Auditions Tonight

Do you have dance experience? Looking for a competitive performance team? Did you miss auditions last spring for the fall season of Color Guard? Come to the Winter Guard Clinics/Auditions tonight from 6-8 in the Wood Commons. Email Coach Hill at with questions. More information on the website.

Charge Your Phone or iPad in the ILC

The ILC now has four 10-port USB AC chargers available for phone and iPad charging. These ports are situated on the counter tops around the staircase. All you need is your USB charging cord. Come try them out.

Pick Up Your Ceramic Pots

Attention students from Mrs. Sabbagh’s second-semester Ceramics class: Your pitchers are fired. Students that had Art and Design during the summer, your clay vessels are fired. Please pick them up in Room 1422 during periods 3, 4 or 5. Vessels that aren’t picked up by the end of September will be tossed.

Now Hiring Student Aides for ILC

The ILC is looking to hire student aides for periods 1, 4, 6 and 7. This is a paid position. You must have either a free period or study hall to be eligible. To apply for an ILC position, see Mrs. Cornille in the upper West ILC.


Juniors and seniors: The following colleges will be visiting Stevenson next week: University of Maryland, University of California-Davis, Willamette University, Ithaca College, University of Redlands, Clemson University, Chapman University, Ohio State University, Bates College, University of Texas, Boston University, Monmouth College, Manhattanville College, University of Wisconsin, Eugene Lang College, the New School for Liberal Arts, Saint Mary’s College, Emory University, University of Denver, Hope College, University of Arizona, Barnard College, University of Utah, University of Connecticut, Florida State University, Miami University and McGill University.

A complete list of rep visits can be found on our Naviance site and is updated twice per week; students should get in the habit of checking Naviance and then arranging to secure a pass to visit with these reps. Procedures to sign-up: 1) Find the list of upcoming college visits on your Naviance page. 2) Sign-up for the specific college on Naviance. 3) Print the sign-up confirmation page. 4) Put your ID number on the page. 5) Have the page signed by your classroom teacher at least two days prior to the visit and bring it to the College/Career Center on the day of the visit. 6) Bring the signed page to the CCC on the day of the college visit. If the college visit occurs during your lunch or free hour, follow the same procedure, but no signature is necessary on the confirmation page.


Need some extra cash? There are lots of part-time jobs available for students. View them all on the Career Exploration webpage at

Start planning for your future early. Find out how you can make the most of your career planning by visiting the Career Exploration web page or contacting Mrs. Willock in the College/Career Center at View upcoming events and opportunities and find out more about participating in a career shadow.

Mark your calendars! The biennial Career Fair is coming to Stevenson on November 5 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Get a chance to talk to professionals representing a variety of different careers in healthcare, engineering, technology, law, business, the arts and more!


Attention all students interested in joining Psychology Club: Our first meeting of the year will be held in Room 2612 today at 3:45. All are welcome; we will be trying to plan our agenda for the year, hope to see you there!

Life is tough. Law Club is the answer. Join us at 3:45 today in Room 7054. #LawClub

Video Game Club will have its first meeting of the year today in Room 6072 from 3:45 to 5:30. If you love to play video games, then this is the place for you! New members are always welcome.

The Speech and Drama Team meets at 3:45 today in the East ILC. Come and participate in one or more of 14 different events that span from humorous to dramatic acting, from prose and poetry to original speech writing, from impromptu and political speeches to radio broadcasts. New members, both experienced and inexperienced, are always welcome! Be a part of a friendly team where you’ll have fun and learn life-long, valuable communication skills!

Chess Club meets today in Room 7022. Meetings run from 3:30 to approximately 5 p.m.

Guitar Club will be holding introductory meetings after school Monday and Tuesday in the Orchestra Room. It is not necessary to attend both, but feel free. Guitar Club is primarily a casual, drop-in group in which students practice and jam. You can either bring your own guitars or use one of the classical acoustic guitars or basses available through the music department. Complete beginners and advanced players are welcome as well as singers and songwriters.

Are you interested in exploring, discussing, and competing against others in the field of biology? Then join Biology Olympiad, a club dedicated to the most lively branch of science. We meet Mondays in Room 1904 from 3:30-5 p.m.!

Are you interested in weather? Want to know how a thunderstorm becomes a severe storm? Are you interested in meeting with other Stevenson students who have a passion for Mother Nature? Then come out and join the Meteorology Club. Meetings are held every Monday at 3:45 in Room 2118. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information.

Do you like geography and learning about different countries? Do you want to learn about countries you may have never heard of before? Have you taken or are you currently taking AP Human Geography? Then get Djibouti over to Geography Club! We meet every Monday after school in Room 7004. Kenya make it?

Have you, your family or your friends been touched by cancer? Want to be part of the fight against cancer? Join the Relay for Life Club and be part of an incredible team that helps to plan the American Cancer Society event in June. There will be an informational meeting and Event Leadership Team sign-ups during lunch hours on Tuesday in Student Activities.


Have you registered for IM Yoga yet? If not, now’s the time! IM Yoga meets on Mondays and we hope to see you there. Register online or in the PREP office (Room 3040). More information can be found on the IM Yoga website: Register soon and start this Monday!


Students in orchestra, guitar or dance are invited to attend an information meeting at 7 p.m. Friday in the Little Theatre to learn more about the strings and dance programs’ combined performance trip to Spain and Portugal next March.

Have you ever hiked up a live volcano? Have you ever swum with sea turtles or been awakened by howler monkeys in the forest? Well, here’s your chance! The Stevenson Science Division is sponsoring another trip to beautiful Costa Rica next summer. For nine days in June, you will have the chance to conduct real scientific research while exploring the Costa Rican wilderness. There will be an informational meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in Room 7096 for all interested students and their parents.  Questions? Contact Mr. Carlson in the East Science Office (Room 8080).

The Stevenson Science Division is sponsoring a summer geology tour of Yellowstone, one of the United States’ two super-volcanoes and the Grand Tetons next summer. For 10 days in July, you will discover the formation of the Snake River Canyon, explore cinder cones and geysers, swim in pristine waters, and hike to the top of a mountain. Students gain a geology science credit while learning about the stunning features of the Western United States. There will be an informational meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in Room 7096 for all interested students and their parents. Questions? Contact Mr. Carmichael in Room 1618 or Mrs. Knauf in Room 8080.


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