Wednesday, October 29

Senior’s Project Earns Siemens Semifinalist Honor

Senior Jeremy Lan was named a regional semifinalist for the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology. He is the third Stevenson student to have earned Siemens regional semifinalist status in the past three school years. Two years ago, Rohan Dasika and Rahul Maramreddy were regional semifinalists.

With its high academic standards, rigorous judging process and emphasis on authentic scientific research, the Siemens Competition is regarded as the leading science and mathematics research-based competition for high school students.

Lan’s project, “Effect of Silica Substrate Type on Platinum Nanoparticle Catalyst Efficiency,” was among the top 300 projects out of approximately 1,800 entries. A record 4,428 students registered for this year’s competition. Lan completed his experimentation at Texas State University and presented as part of Stevenson’s SPARK program and the Science Reach club. List of Siemens Competition semifinalists (PDF)

AP Human Geography Teacher to Lead Webinar Tonight

Advanced Placement Human Geography teacher Greg Sherwin will lead a webinar tonight for the National Council for Geographic Education. Sherwin’s presentation, “Observing Cultural and Urban Landscapes Everywhere You Go,” begins at 7 p.m. Sherwin will show participants how they can apply geography in the classroom, whether talking about familiar places or exotic locations. The cost is free for NCGE members and $20 for all others. To register, go to:



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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson hosted IHSA Class 4A SHS Regional: The Patriots rallied past Buffalo Grove, 18-25, 25-20, 25-20, in the semifinals, and will take on Hersey for the regional championship at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Sports Center. Corissa Kurth had 7 aces, 5 kills, 22 assists and a pair of solo blocks to lead SHS (22-13). Jori Radtke had 17 kills and also added 2 aces. Isabella Milejczyk had 9 kills and 10 digs. Morgan Berland made 18 digs. – Daily Herald


Boys Basketball Fundraiser at Chipotle on Thursday

The varsity boys basketball team is holding a fundraiser at the Lincolnshire Chipotle from 4-8 p.m. Thursday. Mention the team or show the flyer posted on the boys basketball web page, and Chipotle will donate 50% of the order amount to the program.

Golfing Alum Earns Big Ten Honors

Stephanie Miller, a 2013 Stevenson graduate who was a two-time state champion golfer, was named Big Ten Co-Golfer of the Week for helping the University of Illinois women’s team capture the Hoosier Fall Invitational.

Alums From Same Family Playing Professional Basketball

Kelsey Simon (Class of 2010) will be playing for a professional women’s basketball team in Poland this winter. Simon, who graduated from Miami University in Ohio last spring, has a one-year contract to play center for Basket Gdynia. She didn’t begin playing basketball until her sophomore year at Stevenson, but went on to be a four-year letterwinner at Miami, and was the Redhawks’ starting center her senior year. Her older brother, David (Class of 2000), also is a professional basketball player. He played professionally in Europe for the past 10 seasons, and is about to begin his first season in South Korea


Blood Drive Registration Ends Tonight

Want to donate at Friday’s blood drive? The deadline to sign up is 11:59 p.m. tonight. Click here for information and to register. Reminder: The blood drive is open only to students and staff.

PPA Bake Sale This Afternoon

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale this afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons!  Pies, donuts, Puppy Chow and more. All items are $1.

Farmer’s Market in the Wood Commons Today

Sodexo is sponsoring a farmer’s market in the Wood Commons during the lunch periods today. Here’s an opportunity to have some fresh food for lunch!

Wearing a Halloween Costume to School? Check This First

Students are allowed to wear Halloween costumes to school on Friday. Because we want this to be a fun and safe experience for everyone, however, we ask that anyone wearing a Halloween costume adhere to a few long-standing school rules. These rules include:

  • No face coverings such as masks, disguising make-up, or sunglasses
  • No double-meaning suggestive phrases on clothing or anywhere on your person
  • No inappropriate props such as things that look like weapons.

The rules are in effect not only during the school day, but also during any after-school activity or event on campus Friday.

Senior Yearbook Portrait Appointment Deadline is Friday

The final deadline for seniors to make an appointment for a yearbook portrait is Friday. Seniors can call 847-499-9300 to make an appointment. This also will ensure that they will be featured in the 50th anniversary Ambassador yearbook.

Online Ticket Sales for “Cabaret” Underway

Tickets for the fall musical, “Cabaret,” are available online through the SHS Web Store. Tickets are $10 each. “Cabaret” will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, November 14-15, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 16.

Want to Become the Next Great Writer? Submit to the Half-Wit

Sophomores and freshmen: What’s the difference between you and great writers like Ray Bradbury, Sherman Alexie, John Steinbeck and J.K. Rowling? They submitted. Submit any and all short stories, poems, plays, songs lyrics, and essays to the Half-Wit and you could become the next great writer. Send all submissions to along with your name and ID number.


The Speech and Drama Team meets at 3:45 today and Thursday in the East ILC.

Write Club meets today after school in Room 7018.

Freshman Class Board meets Thursday after school in Room 2119. Don’t miss this week’s meeting! We’re having our yearbook club photo taken!

Pass on the Beat meets Thursday after school in the Band Room.

Law Club meets at 3:45 Thursday in Room 7054.


Interested in wrestling? The pre-season meeting is today at 3:30 in the Wrestling Room (Room 2111). Contact Coach Cook if you have any questions.

Attention sophomore boys basketball candidates: There will be a very important meeting at 3:40 Tuesday in Room 2900 for all those interested in trying out for the winter season. It is critical that you attend this meeting if you want to try out. If you cannot make the meeting, you must see Coach Hess in the ILC if you plan to try out.

The varsity boys basketball team will have a very important meeting at 7:30 a.m. Monday in Room 2900 for anyone interested in trying out. This meeting will be short and will cover the basics of trying out. If you cannot make the meeting, you must see Coach Ambrose if you plan to try out. If you are still in a fall sport, you must still come to the meeting.

The boys swimming and diving team will hold an informational meeting Tuesday in the pool balcony at 3:45. Please contact Coach Hartman at if you cannot attend.


The Stevenson Climbing Club informational meeting will be held after school on Wednesday, November 5 in Room 6012. For more information, visit the Climbing Club page at

The informational meeting for IM Basketball League and IM Volleyball League will be held at 3:45 Wednesday, November 12 in Room 2113. This is a combined meeting for both leagues. For more information visit the IM page at


Juniors and seniors: The following colleges will be visiting Stevenson next week: Winona State University, Truman State University, University of Illinois-Springfield, Colby College, St. John’s College, University of Kentucky, Eastern Illinois University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and IDC Herzliya-Raphael Recanati International School. A United States Army recruiter also will be visiting.

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.

Juniors and seniors: A United States Air Force recruiter will be visiting the College/Career Center (Room 1123) during fourth period Monday. A United States Army recruiter will visit the College/Career Center during fifth period on Wednesday, November 5. Students who are interested in meeting with either recruiter need to sign up in Naviance and have their printed attendance confirmation signed by the classroom teacher at least two days prior to the visit. If you happen to have lunch or no scheduled class during these periods, a pass is not required.


Save the date! The Career Fair is coming to Stevenson on Wednesday, November 5 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Forum/West Commons. Want to know which careers match up best with your interests? Curious as to which college or courses will be best for your career choice? Learn the answer to these questions and more by attending and talking to all types of professionals in all types of careers! More than 65 representatives from medicine, law, engineering, the arts, human resources, pharmacy, management, advertising, business ownership, entrepreneurship, fashion, finance, technology and many more!

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.


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