Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Chess Team Finishes Second in State

Stevenson’s chess team finished second at the Illinois High School Association state tournament on Saturday, its fourth runner-up showing in the past six years. SHS also finished second in 2013, 2012 and 2010.

Four players earned top 10 honors on their boards. Alex Bian was second on Board 1, James Wei placed fourth on Board 2, Phillip Engstrom took fourth on Board 5, and Rahul Dhiman finished fifth on Board 6.

Head coach Vincent Springer’s squad rolled through its first six matches, beating Charleston (68-0), Metea Valley (68-0), Wheaton Warrenville South (63-5), Fremd (68-0), Evanston (52.5-15.5) and New Trier (47-21). In its final match, SHS fell to state champion Naperville North, 37.5-30.5, which won the overall title, 401.5-397.0.

18 FCCLA Members Qualify for State Leadership Conference

Eighteen members of Stevenson’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America club qualified for the state leadership conference based on their performance at the FCCLA Section 5 regional competition at Harper College on Friday.

Eleven students earned regional first-place honors: Larissa Laeder, Dara Dolinsky and Lexi Sandroff (Food Innovations); Jordan Zatz and Robin Cheifetz (Advocacy); Madeleine Lesser and Jessica Rainey (Life Event Planning); Jamie Berman (Sports Nutrition); Camryn Hirsch and Madison Randol (Focus on Children); and Melissa Mendoza (Hospitality).

Seven students qualified for state based on superior scores and rankings: Tanya Shkiler, David Wexler and Michelle Katz (Food Innovations); Alyssa Niedzwiedz and Heather Staples (Preschool Lesson); Elizabeth Stillings (Interior Design); and Talia Abrams (Job Interview).

Four other students received high rankings: Carly Roseman (Casual Wear Apparel); Aaron Kaboff and Rohan Bhattaram (Entrepreneurship); and Theodore Tapas (Food Production Salad).

The FCCLA State Leadership Conference will be held April 16-18 in Springfield. FCCLA addresses important personal, family, work and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA has more than 220,000 members and nearly 7,000 chapters from 50 state associations and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than 10 million youth since its founding in 1945.

Freshman Archer Brings Home Awards

Freshman Sami Hartman-Stackhouse won the Ninth Grade Girls Division at the Cupid Classic archery tournament at Armstrong High School in Armstrong, Illinois over the weekend. Her score of 277 was best among all 32 archers in her division, and also ranked her fifth out of 99 in the High School Girls Division, and sixth out of 205 in the Overall Girls Division. Hartman-Stackhouse hit 13 bullseyes. She and the rest of the Archery Club will play host to Shurz High School at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Field House.

Two Students in Cast of “Legally Blonde: The Musical”

Junior Barrett Winston and sophomore Noah Silver are in the cast of “Legally Blonde: The Musical,” which finishes its two-week run at the Buffalo Grove Community Arts Center this weekend.

Retired Faculty Member’s Car Hits the Big Screen

Retired faculty member Jim Feurer and his “Brazen Orange” 2006 Pontiac GTO were featured in the auto section of Friday’s Daily Herald ($). His car caught the attention of some Hollywood producers, who used the car in scenes from the movie “Jupiter Ascending,” which opened earlier this month. The car also was scheduled for an appearance in the TV series “Sirens.”



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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Bowling

Stevenson at IHSA Rolling Meadows Sectional: Kaitlyn Rudy became the first Patriot to win a sectional championship in eight years, earning a berth in the state tournament, which starts Friday at The Cherry Bowl in Rockford. The junior knocked down 1,407 pins, 87 ahead of the runner-up. She became the program’s first sectional champion since Jenn Lasky in 2007. Rudy rolled a personal-best 710 series in the three-game morning session, with games of 225, 226 and 259. She followed up in the afternoon with a 697 series that included games of 224, 219 and 254. Rudy will attempt to become the first girls bowler to earn a state medal. In the team standings, Stevenson finished sixth. – Official results | Daily Herald ($), News-Sun


Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Barrington Sectional: Two Patriots punched their ticket to the state tournament: Tyler Harrington and Eric Carter. Harrington (35-3) finished second at 182 pounds and will head to Champaign for the second straight year. Carter (31-14) placed fourth at 120 to earn his first downstate appearance. Harrington, a senior, reached the finals with a 5-2 win over McHenry’s Cam Pait, who suffered his first loss of the season. In the final, the state’s fourth-ranked 182-pounder, undefeated Tyler Demoss (34-0) of Rockton Hononegah, prevailed by a 10-3 score. On his way to the third-place match, Carter upended an opponent from Mundelein who had beaten the sophomore twice this season, and also beat wrestlers from Lake Zurich and Deerfield. –

Official results | Daily Herald ($)

Boys Swimming and Diving

Stevenson at North Suburban Conference Meet: The Patriots won their sixth team title in the past seven years, beating host Lake Forest, 337-317. SHS had two individual champions: Nick Baginski won the 100 butterfly with a personal-best time of 53.42, while Alan Fang claimed the 100 breaststroke in 1:01.76. Baginski also finished second in the 50 freestyle (22.09). Nick Koto had season-best times while finishing second in the 200 free (1:43.88) and 500 free (4:45.65), and also had a season-best split time of 22.26 as anchor for the runner-up 200 free relay with Alex Kapecki, Viktor Makarskyy and Dimitriy Pelutis. – News-Sun, Daily Herald ($)


Friday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 102, Mundelein 47: Ryuki Aoki tied a school-record with seven 3-pointers and scored a career-high 30 points as the host Patriots (20-2, 10-0 NSC Lake) rolled on Senior Night, breaking the 100-point barrier for the first time this season. Jalen Brunson scored 13 of his 20 points in the first quarter as SHS built a 25-7 lead, moving into second place on the Lake County career scoring list. Connor Cashaw had seven of his 15 points in the first quarter. Aoki scored all of his points over the last three quarters. Mundelein fell to 2-25, 0-11. – Daily Herald ($) | SBN/The Cube Video


Girls Basketball Team to Face Mundelein in Regional

Stevenson will face Mundelein in the semifinals of the Illinois High School Association Class 4A Carmel Regional at 6 p.m. Wednesday. MHS (12-18) beat Carmel, 51-45, in a play-in game Monday night. This will be the third meeting between the Patriots (25-4) and the Mustangs this season. SHS won the first matchup, 74-30, on December 19, and prevailed in the second, 61-42, on January 30. The winner of Wednesday night’s semifinal will face Buffalo Grove or Lake Zurich for the regional championship at 7 p.m. Friday.



Help Outfit Underprivileged Girls for Their Prom

The Student Council will be collecting dresses, shoes, jewelry and accessories to donate to underprivileged girls in the Chicagoland area through the Glass Slipper Project. Items will be collected through March 6 in the Student Activities Office. For students who turn in dresses, please attach a note with your name and ID number. Student Council will give one Ugive hour per dress up to a maximum of three hours to those students who donate.

Band Parents Fundraiser at Potbelly’s Wednesday

The Stevenson Band Parents Organization is having a fundraiser on Wednesday at Potbelly’s in Lincolnshire and Deer Park. The fundraiser runs from 4-8 p.m. Potbelly’s is giving 25% of all sales that night back to the BPO! No flyer is needed. Please spread the word to friends and family!

Sign Up for Next Month’s NHS Blood Drive

Will your heart still be pumping from Valentine’s Day? Don’t bypass a good opportunity, and participate in National Honor Society’s spring blood drive on Friday, March 6. Online registration is now available at www.stevensonblooddrive.wikispaces.com. The blood drive will take place in the Wrestling Room during all lunch, gym and free periods. You will be required to submit a health form available on the blood drive website, and a permission form in order miss any gym classes. Donate blood this spring — you’re somebody’s type! You must be 17 or older, and above 115 pounds to donate.

Lunar New Year Celebration Set for Friday

All students are invited to the first-ever Lunar New Year Celebration at Stevenson in the Recital Hall (Room 4100) on Friday. A short program will be performed by members of the Chinese Club, Korean Club, and Taiwan group at 4 p.m. A reception will follow the program. Admission is $3. Come and join us celebrating the Year of the Sheep!

Fashion Show Meeting on Thursday

Want to be involved in the Fashion Show on April 10 but couldn’t come to the meeting last week? It’s not too late! Stop by Room 1410 to pick up an information sheet and return the preference sheet to the same place. We will have another meeting on Thursday for you to find out what role you will have and additional information! If you have any questions, contact Mrs. Erickson at cerickson@d125.org.

NHS Letters of Invitation in the Mail

Letters of invitation for the National Honor Society have been mailed. Any sophomore or junior with a 3.9000 weighted, cumulative grade point average who has not received a letter should email Mr. Erdmann at berdmann@d125.org or stop by the Student Activities Office.

Odyssey 2016 Logo Design Contest for Students

The 2016 Odyssey Committee is holding a logo design contest with a $250 prize for Stevenson High School students. The new Odyssey logo will be used school-wide for all publicity, T-shirts and mailings for our biennial two-day fine arts festival that takes place in February 2016. Deadline for submission of entries to the Fine Arts Division Office is March 6.  Entries should be dropped off in person to Room 6076 in a sealed envelope between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Open this document for details. If anyone has questions, please contact Mr. Grice, Fine Arts Director, at jgrice@d125.org.

Feeling Stressed? Let Operation Snowball Recharge You

All students are invited to take part in Operation Snowball. In a school of nearly 4,000 it’s easy to get lost. Operation Snowball is a stress-free, weekend-long trip where students will have the opportunity to meet new people and it’s a great time for students to discover the community they go to school with. Operation Snowball is March 13-15. Students leave Friday after school and return on Sunday morning. Sign-up forms can be found in Rooms 7080 and 2628, Student Activities, and the Patriot Superstore. Forms are due by March 4.


Gay Straight Alliance meets today 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.

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

Pass on the Beat provides service through music to the community. Membership is open to all interested students. The club meets every Tuesday after school in Room 2202.

Write Club meets Wednesdays after school in Room 7018. The club features creative writing contests, poetry, fiction, college application essay help, and snacks.

Zumba Club is starting at SHS! We will meet for the first zumba session on Thursday at 3:45 p.m. in Room 5044 (behind the Glass Commons). Bring your workout shoes, invite a couple of friends and let’s start the Zumba party!


Boys track and field will have its first practice and informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. today in the Field House. Athletes should make sure their physical exam is up-to-date, and that all of their paperwork has been filed with the Athletic Office. Contact Coach Farrissey at afarrissey@d125.org if you have questions.

Girls softball will have informational meetings Wednesday. Meetings will take place at 7:15 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. in Room 7032. Do not go to both meetings; you only need to attend one. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Vikartofsky at avikartofsky@d125.org.


Reminder to all IM Ski Club members: Money for the February 21 Alpine Valley trip is due Wednesday by 8 a.m. Questions? Visit the Ski Club Website at http://www2.d125.org/im/ski.html or come to the PREP Office, Room 3040.


Now accepting 2014-15 Career Shadow Applications: Applications are available on the Career Exploration web page or in the CCC. Please note all applications for summer shadows are due no later than May 2. Questions? Please contact Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org to set up an appointment.

Interested in being a Lawyer? The Career Exploration Program will be hosting an informational session in the College/Career Center for all students interested in pursuing a career in law on Tuesday, February 24 from 7:30-8:30 a.m. You will hear from an attorney who is vice president of an executive search firm in Chicago, and who has extensive knowledge on the profession and the various specialties within this profession. Find out what law school is like, where the jobs are, what type of lawyer best matches up with your particular interests and get a chance to ask questions. Snacks will be provided and space is limited so please sign up online at http://goo.gl/rWKiQr or in person in the College and Career Center.



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