Thursday, January 22, 2015

Four Debaters Qualify for National Tournament

More than a dozen students won trophies at the final regular-season Illinois Congressional Debate Association Tournament on Saturday at Deerfield High School. Four also qualified for the national Tournament of Champions at the University of Kentucky in late April.

The Tournament of Champions qualifiers are seniors Jacob Glaser and Michelle Hu, and juniors Bill Wei and Pratik Kamat. All four qualified by becoming TOC finalists. Wei won First Place Speaker honors in addition to qualifying. Glaser won Second Place Speaker in the TOC semifinals, and placed sixth overall. Kamat earned Third Place Speaker in the TOC semifinals.

The national qualifiers led a list of Stevenson award-winners.

Sophomore Jake Davis earned Best Presiding Officer and First Place Speaker honors in the lower chamber among more than 300 debaters, and also received the First Quality Speaker award.

Other First Place Speaker winners were junior Patrick DeMichele (lower chamber) and sophomore Aman Grover.

Second Place Speakers included senior Tyler Kim, juniors Nathan Shlobin and Alex Smith, sophomore Serena Goldberg (lower chamber), and freshman Elmira Hezarkhani. Sophomore Aaron Merlin received Third Place Speaker.

Seniors Anvesh Jalasutram, Jenny Zhang and Matthew Rice were TOC semifinalists.

Stevenson finished second in the lower chamber sweepstakes and third in the TOC sweepstakes.

Next up for the debate team is the ICDA state tournament February 21 at Harper College in Palatine. The IHSA state debate tournament is March 19-21 at the University of Illinois-Springfield.


Senior Becomes 100,000th Visitor to Raupp Museum

Senior Jennifer Geary made history on Monday. She walked into the Buffalo Grove Park District’s Raupp Memorial Museum at 1:47 p.m., becoming the facility’s 100,000th visitor since it started tracking attendance in 1998. Geary received a handful of balloons and a gift bag filled with various items. Geary told Pioneer Press that she has been visiting the museum regularly since she was a little girl.



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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 42, Warren 25: Sophia Way scored 14 points and Ashley Richardson added 10, and the visiting Patriots forced 28 turnovers. SHS (19-3, 7-0) snapped a two-game losing streak to retain control of the North Suburban Conference Lake Division. Janine Fajardo and Skyler Blackstock each had 6 points for SHS, which played without Taylor Buford, who missed her fifth straight game because of a sprained ankle. The Blue Devils (6-10, 1-6) led 5-2 after the first quarter, but the Pats rebounded to take a 15-13 halftime lead. SHS then outscored Warren, 18-7, in the third quarter. – Pioneer Press, Daily Herald ($)


Wimer Earns Water Polo Coach of the Year Honor

Girls water polo coach Jeff Wimer has been named the 2014 Coach of the Year for Illinois by the National Federation of State High School Association (NFHS) Coaches Association. According to the Illinois High School Association, Wimer has the most wins of any coach in Illinois high school girls water polo history. He has won 497 games in 21 seasons, 14 of which have been spent at Stevenson. Wimer guided the Patriots to a 31-5 record and a third-place finish at last year’s state tournament. Under his leadership, SHS has had a trio of top-three finishes in the past seven seasons.

Wrestling Team Looks to Clinch Division Title Tonight

Stevenson’s wrestling team can clinch the North Suburban Conference Lake Division championship tonight by beating Warren in Gurnee. The Patriots carry an 18-3 record into the meet, including a 5-0 mark in the division. SHS is ranked No. 13 in the latest Illinois Class 3A ranking by Illinois Matmen, the first time the school has broken into the top 15. Stevenson improved five spots from last week after beating previous No. 13 Deerfield, Libertyville and Huntley.

Alum Wins Second Big 10 Wrestler of the Week Honor

For the second time this season, Danny Sabatello of Purdue University has been named the Big 10 Conference Wrestler of the Week. He was honored after posting wins over a pair of nationally ranked conference opponents at 133 pounds. Sabatello is now ranked No. 14 in the country in his weight class.

Basketball Game at Libertyville on High School Cube

Friday’s varsity boys basketball game at Libertyville will be streamed live on High School Cube beginning at 7 p.m. Click this link to watch the game.



Apply to Help With Project Dance

Students interested in helping to plan, promote and run Project Dance must apply by next Wednesday. Click here to read more and to apply.

Senior Class Party Price Going Up February 1

Seniors: The cost of attending the Senior Class Party will be going up February 1. Save money by signing up now! The permission form is available for download at Turn in your form to the Patriot Superstore. The Senior Class Party will be held June 3 aboard the Odyssey cruise ship on Lake Michigan. Don’t wait too long! Spots are going fast and the trip will sell out.

Families Needed to Host Visiting German Students

If you’re interested in hosting a student visiting from Germany from April 12-24, applications are still being accepted. Applications are available by opening this link or stopping by Room 2414. For more information, contact Suzanne Paloian at 847-415-4500 or

ILC Hiring Student Aides; Paid Position

The ILC is hiring student aides for most periods throughout the school day. This is a paid position! You must have either a free period or a study hall to be eligible. Please see Mrs. Gorman in the upper West ILC to apply.

Board Games in ILC Before, After School

The ILC is lending board games to students before and after school. At the moment, students can play chess, Apples to Apples, dominoes and Scrabble. Board games stay in the ILC.


Are you interested in earning service hours for creating artwork? The Poster Design Club is looking for student-artists to create the upcoming fine arts event programs and poster designs. All students are invited to attend our meetings to learn about the upcoming opportunities. Meetings take place in Room 6008 — today at 3:45 or Friday at 7:30 a.m.

Freshman Class Board has a new meeting location this semester: the College/Career Center (Room 1123). Our next meeting is after school today. ​Hope to see you all there! New members are welcome too!​

The Interactive Gamers Club will be hosting a Magic Sealed tournament Friday after school in Room 1500. Each student will receive six packs to use in the tournament. Cost is $5. New players are always welcome to join!

Attention animal lovers: Animal Welfare Club is having a movie night Tuesday in Room 2500 at 3:45. We will be watching Dolphin Tale (snacks will be provided). If you bring a towel, blankets, or newspapers for Orphans of the Storm, you will get one hour of community service. Bring them to 2500 after school. We will also have some petitions to sign for animal rights issues. Hope to see you all there. Bring your friends!


There will be a boys volleyball informational meeting at 3:30 Monday in Room 1508. Contact Coach Goolish at if you cannot attend.

Girls soccer will have an informational meeting at 3:45 Tuesday in Room 2004. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Heffernan at

Girls interested in track and field should attend an informational meeting at 3:30 Tuesday in Room 7096 (above the East Commons). If you cannot attend the meeting, contact Coach Degen at


Seniors: Next fall, the College of Lake County is offering an opportunity to participate in a program called “Engineering Pathways.” More information can be obtained at or The deadline to participate is Friday, February 26.


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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