Thursday, October 2, 2014

New Bus Tracking Option for Parents, Students

Starting today, Stevenson parents and students can track the progress of their school bus through a new web-based application called ZTA (Zonar Time of Arrival). With ZTA, parents and students can see their bus’ approximate location and estimated arrival time. This web-based application is different from My First Pass, which launched in January. My First Pass sends parents to messages when their child gets on and off the bus, but doesn’t offer any real-time information on bus location. ZTA uses a bus’ global positioning system (GPS) to track its movement and display it through a web-based browser. To sign up for ZTA, click here.

Tri-M Music Honor Society Inductions Sunday

Stevenson’s Music Department will hold its annual induction ceremony for the Tri-M Music Honor Society on Sunday. To qualify for Tri-M, students must be in Honor Band, Patriot Orchestra or Patriot Singers, and have a 4.0 grade point average in ensemble (unweighted) and a 3.5 grade point average (weighted) in other subject areas. Students also must perform six hours of community service.

First-year members include: Eugenie Bang, Kevin Cao, David Cao, Tiffany Chen, Maya Cohen, Lauren Cuasay, Patrick DeMichele, Alicia Ann Fazio, Kaitlin Feely, Koyomi Funahashi, Emily George, Marta Grigiel, Autumn Hoang, Monique Hsu, Andrew Jin, Gayoung Kang, Angelica Karim, Katie Ko, Heena Kuwayama, Phillip Kwon, Britni Lacher, William Langbo, Woojung Lee, Katharine Liebl, Cynthia Liu, Gabrielle Marzouk, Ashley Mathews, Avano Nakamura, Linsey Nowack, Allison Phillips, Megan Pinkley, Matthew Reitman, Hyun Jung Ryu, Dani Schur, Iris Tong, Colleen VanDerMeulen, Ajay Varadhan, Katherine Waks, Jeffrey Wang, Olivia Watkins, Megan Weaver, Max Wei, David Yan, Grace Yu, Jiyun Yu and Shu Zhang.

Second-year members include: Carl Ausmees, Stefanie Blake, Jonathan Chang, Joshua Cheng, Stephen Cohn, Anne Grujanac, Paul Halliday, Michelle Hu, Barton Huang, Aidan Jabbarzadeh, Alice Jeong, Timothy Klem, Alexander Knezevic, Daniel Ko, Jeremy Lan, Monet Lee, Michelle Ling, Sophia Liu, Cindy Luan, Kayla Merritt, Daniel Mortge, Yonglae Park, Lindsay Schwartz, Jamie Sergay, Joshua Song, Samuel Sussman, Mandy Weaver, Alyssa Wexler and Lauren Zanotelli.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Tennis

Stevenson 7, Deerfield 0: The Patriots remained unbeaten this fall, improving to 16-0 in dual meets with two matches remaining: Today at Lake Forest and Monday at home against New Trier. SHS prevailed in straight sets in every match against Deerfield. Kendall Kirsch was a 6-0, 6-0 winner at No. 1 singles, while No. 2 Zoe Manion earned a 6-2, 6-0 decision. The five winning doubles teams were No. 1 Zoe Taylor/Kaylin Dong (6-0, 6-0), No. 2 Kate Harvey/Vinaya Rao (6-1, 6-0), No. 3 Michelle Tulchinskaya/Gwen Heidkamp (6-0, 6-0), No. 4 Lindsey Waxman/Caroline Kelmis (6-1, 6-0) and No. 5 Rachel Mopper/Bronwyn Heidkamp (6-2, 6-0).

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 4, Deerfield 1: Jake Cimarusti scored three goals as the Patriots dominated the Warriors at Twin Rinks Ice Arena in Buffalo Grove. SHS outshot Deerfield, 38-18, with goalie Jacob Shellist turning away all but one shot. Justin Pantle scored the game’s first goal on an assist from Jordan Marcelletti. Cimarusti’s hat trick followed during the second and third periods to give the Pats a 4-0 lead. Luke Favia assisted on two of Cimarusti’s goals, while Richard Chen helped on the third. – Stevenson

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson d. Round Lake, 25-9, 25-12: The visiting Patriots (15-10), who won for the third straight night, were led by Jori Radtke’s 10 kills and Abby Trebilco’s 10 assists. Corissa Kurth had 6 assists. Stephanie Bulandr had 3 kills and 3 block assists. Anna Drozdzewicz and Zoe Graflund also had 3 block assists. Morgan Berland and Jennifer Lichtenstein each made 6 digs. – Daily Herald

Field Hockey

Highland Park 1, Stevenson 0

Football Team Prepared to Bear Down in Lake Zurich

Records can be deceiving; just ask Bill McNamara. A year ago, his Patriots started 0-2 and made it all the way to the state semifinals. The turnaround included rallying from a 17-0 deficit against Lake Zurich for a 24-17 win.

The Bears will be looking for revenge tonight on their home turf. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. For those unable to attend, the game will be streamed live on Lake Zurich’s NFHS Network channel.

The Bears enters tonight’s game with a 3-2 record, but McNamara’s not taking them lightly. “Don’t let the record fool you,” he told the Daily Herald. “Lake Zurich runs the ball well on offense and has an aggressive defense.” Speaking of aggressive defenses, SHS has one, too. The 5-0 Pats held Lakes – a team that had been averaging nearly 44 points per game —  to 3 points last week. Four players racked up double digits in tackles: Aaron Saper (17), Jimmy Marchese (13), Jason Vravick (13) and Nischay Vallabhaneni (12). The defense also features an inspirational story: senior Patrick O’Connell, who has returned from injuries that shelved him for most of the past two seasons.

Buzz Building Around Girls Tennis Team

The SHS girls tennis team hasn’t tasted defeat this season, winning all 16 of its dual meets and all four of its invitationals. Coach Tom Stanhope told the Chicago Tribune that his squad is on track to meet its goals for the year. “We start with three goals every year, and that’s to win conference, qualify the whole team for state and then win state,” Stanhope said. “And this year I think all three are attainable. Nobody’s talking about it. But I’m definitely feeling the buzz.


Need a Halloween Costume? Come to the Thespians’ Sale

October is here and that means “The Usually Annual Thespian Costume Sale” is here as well. Stop by the Glass Commons, right outside of the PAC, today during all lunch periods to purchase your perfect Halloween finds! Whether you have a specific idea in mind, or need inspiration, you will likely find both at the sale. Bring your friends and bring your cash!

Class of 2017 Class Ring Orders

Sophomores can place class ring orders with Jostens during lunch periods today and Friday in the Wood Commons. You also can come and place a ring order during Family Night tonight between 5-7 p.m. Please make sure you bring a minimum $50 deposit whenever you are placing a ring order.

Daniel Wright Snow Flake Performers Needed

Snow Flake at Daniel Wright needs performers for the opening ceremonies in February. If you are interested, please stop by Room 2702 after school on Tuesdays. No experience is necessary! All are welcome! If you have questions, please contact Mr. Foley. See you there!

West ILC Looking for Selfies to Promote Teen Read Week

As a way to help promote reading, and sharing students favorite books, we are looking for selfies of kids with their favorite books to create a collage in the ILC window for Teen Read Week, October 12-18. We will put a link on the photo that leads to the book in our library collection. Email your selfies to and include “I Read” in the subject line.

Homecoming Dance Tickets On Sale

Tickets for the Homecoming Dance are available through the Patriot Superstore. Tickets are $25 each. Click here for details.

Want to Be Published? Submit to The Half-Wit

Want to strut down the hallway and call yourself a published writer? Then submit your writings to by November 7 to have your work in The Half-Wit, Stevenson’s own literary magazine specifically for freshmen and sophomores.


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

Interested in a healthcare career? Apply for the Northwestern Medical Explorers Program. Applications must be postmarked by October 15. Find out more at or message Mrs. Willock at

Available lab technician internship available at local company. 10-20 hours per week. Please stop into the CCC to see Mrs. Willock if you are interested in this opportunity.

Now accepting career shadow applications for 2014-15: Career shadows are available to students throughout the year. If you are interested in learning first hand about a specific career, please email Mrs. Willock at to set up an appointment.

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!


Freshman Class Board: We’re meeting today after school in Room 2119. We need to finish our Homecoming entranceway and window designs. New members are always welcome!

Sophomore Class Board will meet today after school in Room 1500-1502.

Do you like building? Do you like candy? If the answer is yes to either of these questions then join Club Israel today. We will be making candy sukkot after school in Room 1414. Any questions? Ask Mrs. Argentar.

Are you interested in French culture? The French Club is having an informational meeting at 3:30 today in Room 2632.

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

Pass on the Beat provides service through music to the community. Membership is open to all interested students. The club meets every Thursday after school in the Band Room, aka the Bat Cave.

Video Game Club meets today from 3:45-5:30 in Room 6072.

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

Table Tennis meets today in the Lower East Commons from 3:30-6:30.

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.

The Ambassador, Stevenson’s yearbook, is looking for writers, photographers and editors. The club meets Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays after school in Room 2712.


Have you checked out the IM Open Gyms lately? Fencing, basketball, baseball and more … check out the schedules here: Everyone is welcome! No registration necessary!


Juniors and seniors: The following colleges and universities will be visiting Stevenson: Lawrence Technological University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, Johns Hopkins University, Grinnell College, Rhodes College, Denison University, Smith College, Clark University, Luther College, University of Michigan, Swarthmore College, Lawrence University, Oberlin College, Bentley University, Middlebury College, University of Minnesota, Fordham University, George Williams College of Aurora University, Duke University, University of Montana, Roanoke College, George Washington University, Northern Michigan University, University of Arkansas, and Knox College.

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.

Interested in Davidson College? Stevenson can nominate up to two students for The John Montgomery Belk Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to a student who represents the finest attributes of the Davidson student body: integrity, intellectual enthusiasm and excellence, global awareness and leadership. If you are interested in applying for this scholarship, come to the College/Career Center and pick up the nomination form. This form is due back to the CCC by October 20.


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