Friday, October 3, 2014

Math Team Wins NSML Opening Round

Stevenson’s math team got off to a strong start in the North Suburban Math League on Thursday, posting the highest score among the 56 schools competing at 11 sites in the Chicago area.

SHS traveled to Chicago for a matchup with defending state champion Whitney Young and the other schools that finished in the top five of the league last year. Stevenson, which was third in the state in 2014, tallied 323 points, edging Whitney Young by three points. Official Results

The freshman, sophomore and senior teams finished first among the Whitney Young quintet, and tied for the highest score in their division overall. The juniors were second in Chicago and tied for second overall. Tim Klem, a senior, won the oral presentation at Young and had the second-highest score in the league.

Klem was one of 19 SHS students who wrote perfect papers:

  • Seniors: Alex Hong, Junghyun Hwang, Jaymo Kang, Sergey Papushin, Brian Zhou, Tim Klem, Diana Kowalski, Emery Liu and Zachary Pease.
  • Juniors: Patrick DeMichele, Emery Liu and Teresa Mao.
  • Freshmen: Andrew Hwang, Terry Maeda, Daniel Wu, Josh Yoon, Haoyang Yu, Albert Cao and Derek Chung.

The North Suburban Math League holds five meets during the school year. Round 2 will occur October 30.

Orchestra Concert Monday Night

All three of Stevenson’s orchestras will perform during their concert of the year at 7 p.m. Monday in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. Seniors Monet Lee and Autumn Hoang will be featured soloists during the Patriot Orchestra’s performance. Click here to see the scheduled program.

Stand Strong Panel: There is No Such Thing as “Not My Kid”

This week’s Lincolnshire Review includes an article about Tuesday night’s Stand Strong event at SHS called “Not My Kid!?” The drug prevention forum brought together several people who work most closely with teens, including Stevenson’s Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator, Dr. Cristina Cortesi. She told the crowd that the idea of introducing alcohol to kids early so they’ll be better able to handle it in college is a myth.

“There is no evidence that indicates that if they start drinking before the age of 21 at home that they will be more responsible drinkers as adults,” she said. “There is, however, evidence that indicates that if you wait to have them begin drinking, they are less likely to develop a substance abuse disorder.”

The panel also included Sarah Rachel Comm, a 2013 Stevenson graduate who was an honors student while in school — and also was a regular user of benzodiazepines, alcohol and marijuana. She recently celebrated one year of sobriety.

“I have way more fun in sobriety than I ever did when I was drinking,” Comm said. “Now that I’m sober, I go dancing, I cook. I have a cup of coffee in the morning, and the simplest things are fun.”

SHS Online Auction Donation Deadline is Monday

Monday is the last day to donate items for the annual SHS Online Auction, which will be held October 20-27. This year’s event is a partnership between the Stevenson Foundation, Special Education Community Board, Band and Color Guard Parents, String Parents Association, Choral Guild, Sports Boosters, basketball parents, fencing team, and National Honor Society.

Since the online auction began in 2010, the event has raised $90,000 to benefit these and other booster groups’ essential support of our students’ academic and co-curricular needs. Auction organizers are asking for items with a minimum value of $75. Click here for more information on donating items for the auction.

Those Who Excel Winner: Lindsay Perkins

This month, several people associated with Stevenson will receive Those Who Excel awards from the Illinois State Board of Education. They also will be honored by the District 125 Board of Education in November. Today we continue our series on Stevenson’s 2014 Those Who Excel recipients by taking a brief look at Lindsey Perkins, who has earned the Award of Merit in the Student Support Personnel category.

Lindsay Perkins

Guidance Counselor Lindsay Perkins was honored in part because of her role in developing and coordinating Stevenson’s E-School program. The program, which began two years ago, provides an opportunity for students who are not finding success in the traditional classroom setting — and who are not responding to interventions — to complete a computer-based curriculum with a Stevenson teacher who provides individualized instruction.

Through the E-School program, many students have been able to graduate from Stevenson who were previously at risk of not earning a diploma. Perkins began having conversations with her colleagues during the 2011-12 school year about how to help such students.

“While Lindsay consistently advocates for her students on an individual basis, (she) distinguishes herself in her ability to consider the needs of the entire Stevenson student body, identify achievement gaps, and develop programs to provide additional support for groups of students,” said Director of Student Services Sarah Bowen.

A University of Illinois graduate, Perkins spent a year as an intern at Rolling Meadows High School before joining Stevenson’s counseling staff six years ago. Every one of her students has graduated on time. In addition to her caseload of 300 students, Perkins also has taken on several English Language Learning students. She also serves as sponsor of the school’s Peer Helpers program.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson 21, Lake Zurich 0: Kevin Pearson and Aaron Lund intercepted Lake Zurich’s first two pass attempts, with Lund returning his pick for a touchdown, sparking a dominating defensive effort for the visiting Patriots (6-0, 3-0). Nick Dillon, Rory Koenig and Jason Vravick all had sacks for SHS, which held the Bears (3-3, 2-2) to only three plays of 10 yards or more en route to its second shutout of the season. Lund’s “pick 6” gave the Pats a 7-0 lead, which was extended to 14-0 in the second quarter when Willie Bourbon hit Cameron Green in the end zone with a 14-yard touchdown pass. Tyler Vincent’s 1-yard TD run with about 2 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter capped the scoring. Bourbon was 18-of-26 passing for 184 yards. Jack Sorenson caught 7 passes for more than 85 yards. – High School Cube News, Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald |  NFHS Network Video

Girls Tennis

Stevenson 7, Lake Forest 0: At the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex, the Patriots clinched the North Suburban Conference Lake Division regular season title and improved to 17-0 on the year. SHS won six of the seven matches in straight sets. Kaylin Dong and Zoe Taylor led the doubles brigade with a 6-1, 6-0 decision at No. 1. They were followed by No. 2 Vinaya Rao/Kate Harvey (6-1, 4-6, 6-2), No. 3 Gwen Heidkamp/Michelle Tulchinskaya (6-0, 6-0) and No. 4 Lindsey Waxman/Caroline Kelmis (6-2, 6-2). In singles, Kendall Kirsch was a 6-0, 6-1 winner at No. 1, followed by No. 2 Zoe Manion (6-1, 6-0) and No. 3 Bronwyn Heidkamp (6-2, 6-1).

Ruiz Rounding Into Form for SHS Girls Swim Team

The butterfly suits swimmer Ashlin Ruiz just fine. The senior is rounding into form for the Patriots at midseason, posting her season-best split in the 200-yard medley relay and nearly breaking the 1-minute mark in the 100 fly.


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.

Class of 2017 Class Ring Orders

Sophomores can place class ring orders with Jostens during lunch periods today in the Wood Commons. Please make sure you bring a minimum $50 deposit whenever you are placing a ring order.


Interactive Gamers Club meets today after school in Room 1500. If you’re a fan of trading card games or role-playing games, come by to play games and learn about events here at SHS. If you’re interested in more information, or if you’re a beginner that would like to try playing any of those games, come to the meeting or email

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

Gay Straight Alliance meets Mondays after school in Room 6012. GSA is a club intended to provide a safe and supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning youth and their straight allies. The club provides a confidential place where you can be yourself.

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?

Meteorology Club meets Mondays at 3:45 in Room 2118. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information.

Anime Club meets Monday in Room 2113 at 3:30.

Do you have the talent for surprising your friends by knowing information about sports, art, science, history or another subject? Join the Frosh/Soph Scholastic Bowl team. All freshmen and sophomores are welcome. The first meeting is after school on Wednesday in 8046. Contact Mrs. Humes or Mr. Fedewa with any questions.

Do you like music? Do you like to dance? Do you want to be active and fit? Ditch the workout and join the party! Zumba Club. Informational meeting at 3:35 Thursday in Room 2626.


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!


Seniors: Do you have questions about the Common Application, applying to the University of Illinois, transcripts, etc? The College/Career Center will be open from 7:30-8:15 a.m. Tuesday so you can get your questions answered. The CCC will also hold drop-in days at the same time on these dates (all second day of the week schedule): Wednesday, October 15; and Tuesday, October 21.

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.


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

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!

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


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