Monday, November 3, 2014

Website Ranks Stevenson No. 2 in Country

Stevenson has been ranked No. 2 among all public high schools in the country by, a website that uses data to help people find the top colleges, K-12 schools, and neighborhoods. SHS is rated behind only High Technology High School in Lincroft, New Jersey. Other public Illinois high schools to make the top 20 include Chicago selective-enrollment institutions Payton College Prep (6), Whitney Young (9) and Northside College Prep (17), followed by locals Glenbrook North (18), Glenbrook South (19) and New Trier (20).

Niche’s rankings include academics, administration and policies, educational outcomes, extracurriculars, food, health and safety, resources and facilities, sports and fitness, student culture and diversity, and teachers.

Stevenson ranked No. 1 in facilities and administration and policies, third in food, seventh in extracurriculars, 11th in sports and fitness, 13th in educational outcomes, 15th in academics, and 59th in health and safety. The rankings are a combination of data and student and parent reviews. No single factor accounts for more than 15% of a school’s overall rating. See details on Stevenson’s ratings.

Fast Company in September called Niche the most effective “data explainer” website.

Political Action Club Plans Live Election Night Special

Stevenson’s Political Action Club will broadcast live election coverage from a student perspective from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday on the Stevenson Broadcast Network (via High School Cube) and at The program will include student-produced segments on what to expect from Tuesday’s midterm elections, as well as live analysis of the results. Some special guests are expected to drop by the studio set up in the Information and Learning Center.


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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Cross Country

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Schaumburg Sectional: Senior Sam Oh finished ninth, qualifying for his first state meet and becoming the first Patriot to run downstate since 2010. Oh, who also is president of the SHS Student Council, ran the 3-mile course at Busse Woods in 15:18.10. He overcame a rough start, getting tripped and falling to the ground in the first 50 meters. Jared Borowsky was 14th in 15:34.82, missing a state berth by about 6 seconds. Stevenson finished 16th as a team. Other runners for SHS were Paul Udoni (16:29.97, 93rd), Nikita Smyrnov (17:18.12, 132nd), Adam Butler (17:20.85, 133rd), Malcolm Fitts (17:31.44, 137th) and Daniel Engel (17:53.87, 141st). – IHSA official results, | Daily Herald, Pioneer Press

Girls Cross Country

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Schaumburg Sectional: The Patriots finished 13th as a team and did not have anyone qualify for the state meet. Isabelle Sparreo placed 23rd among 140 runners, crossing the finish line in 18:18.33. She was one of only two freshman to place in the top 25. Jessica Philipp was 32nd (18:28.98). Other runners for SHS were Sydney Pacernick (19:33, 77th), Shea Kirby (19:44, 88th), Julide Ozmeral (19:46, 91st), Jessica Woodard (19:57, 101st) and Lauren Appell (20:31, 122nd). – IHSA official results, | Daily Herald, Pioneer Press

Boys Ice Hockey

Glenbrook South 4, Stevenson 2: Max Spiro and Luke Flavia had the goals for the visiting Patriots (7-7-2 overall; 4-4 Scholastic Hockey League) at the Glenview Ice Center. Spiro’s goal was assisted by Richard Chen and Daniel Levey. SHS outshot the Titans, 39-26. Goalie Jacob Shellist made 22 saves. – Stevenson

Friday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson hosted IHSA Class 8A First-Round Playoff: The top-seeded Patriots rallied to beat Lyons, 21-17, scoring the go-ahead touchdown with less than 3 minutes remaining and then recovering an LTHS fumble to clinch the win. SHS (10-0) advances to a long-awaited rematch with Loyola (8-2), which ended its 2013 season in the state semifinals. SHS will play host to the Ramblers at 1:05 p.m. Saturday in the Stadium. The 16th-seeded Lions (5-5) trailed 14-10 at halftime, but took the lead on a TD with 2:32 left in the third quarter. The Stevenson defense held firm from that point, stopping Lyons on fourth down on three consecutive possessions. Jack Joseph, who gained 100 yards rushing, ran for an 18-yard TD to regain the lead for SHS. On Lyons’ next possession, Tyler Vincent forced a fumble around midfield that was recovered by Pat O’Connell. The Patriots then ran out the clock. – High School Cube News, Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald | Stevenson Broadcast Network/High School Cube video

Girls Volleyball Prepares for Fifth Straight Sectional Semifinal

Stevenson’s girls volleyball team finds itself in familiar territory, preparing for its fifth consecutive appearance in the Illinois High School Association Class 4A sectional semifinals on Tuesday. The Patriots (23-13), seeded seventh, will take on third-seeded Carmel (32-5) at 6:30 p.m. at Glenbrook North. Last year, SHS beat the Corsairs to reach the Conant Sectional title match. The winner will face No. 1 Libertyville or No. 4 Glenbrook South, which square off at 5:30. The sectional championship match will be played at 6 p.m. Thursday.

SHS Hosting Class 2A Boys Soccer Supersectional Tuesday

Stevenson is serving as host for a IHSA Class 2A Boys Soccer Supersectional on Tuesday. St. Viator will face Foreman at 6:30 p.m. in the Stadium.


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.

Share Your Halloween Photos by Tuesday

It’s time for the second annual Ambassador Yearbook Halloween Photo Contest!  Students, upload your scary images by Tuesday to ReplayIt. The ReplayIt App is also available for your smartphone. Prizes will be awarded to the top three winners. Photos will be featured in the 50th Anniversary Ambassador Yearbook.


Save the date! The Career Fair is coming to Stevenson on Wednesday 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.


Looking to earn some volunteering hours? Want a free breakfast? Join us! Interact Club will be meeting Thursday morning from 7:20-7:50 in Room 2115-2117 (behind the lecture halls). We will share several exciting volunteering opportunities available in the next few months. This is a great way to earn volunteer hours and make new friends! New members are always welcome … and you can have bagels and cream cheese for breakfast! Contact the sponsor, Ms. Smith, via email with questions:

Help Animal Welfare club and Jamie Daigler (as part of his Eagle Scout project) collect supplies for PAWS, a local animal shelter. Donations may include pet food, blankets, animal toys, towels or gift cards. Boxes are located inside the Point, Sports Center and Field House entrances.

The Ambassador yearbook club meets today after school in Room 2712.

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

Geography Club meets after school today in Room 7004.


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.

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.

An information meeting for girls bowling will take place at 3:30 Wednesday in Room 2002. Please contact Coach Johnson at if you cannot attend.


Lewis University will be hosting its 10th annual Aviation Career Conference on Saturday, November 22. This is an opportunity for students to talk to professionals who work in the aviation industry. More information and registration can be obtained at


The Stevenson Climbing Club informational meeting will be held after school Wednesday 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


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