Friday, February 20, 2015

Scholastic Bowl Team Wins Conference Championship

The varsity Scholastic Bowl team won the North Suburban Conference championship Wednesday night. Stevenson defeated Warren, Lake Forest and Vernon Hills to secure the first-place finish. Sophomore Ali Saeed was the team’s most valuable player, and he was joined on the roster by seniors Braden McDowell, Jay Patel, Jonathan Mishory and Zach Pease, and juniors Marco Laudati and Kazuma Shimanaka.

Senior Elected President of International B’nai B’rith Youth Group

Senior Colin Silverman was elected Grand Aleph Godol (international president) of the B’Nai B’rith Youth Organization’s International Board last weekend during the BBYO International Convention in Atlanta. Silverman will be part of a 10-member teen board that will help chart the organization’s vision for the coming year, and provide leadership and support to teen leaders in local communities throughout the BBYO system.

Relay for Life Teams Up With Chicago Wolves

The Relay for Life team from Stevenson and Buffalo Grove high schools has teamed up with the Chicago Wolves for the hockey team’s Relay for Life fundraiser on Saturday, February 28 at Allstate Arena in Rosemont. The Wolves will play Grand Rapids at 7 p.m. For every ticket sold, $4 will be donated back to the American Cancer Society in the name of the fan’s designated Relay for Life team. Tickets must be ordered by Friday, February 27. To order tickets, contact Kayla Yingst at 847-832-1946 or Click here for more information.

Student Council Hosting Junior High Leadership Workshop

Stevenson’s Student Council will host its first-ever Junior High Leadership Workshop for seventh- and eighth-grade students in its consortium schools on Friday, March 20.

The fun-filled workshop will run from 5:30-10 p.m., and will include dinner, a guest keynote speaker, and a mixer (hosted by Stevenson’s DJ Club) to close the night. SHS Student Council officers will run the workshop, which will help students who want to prepare for future involvement in leadership roles at Stevenson High School.

The cost is $25, which includes a T-shirt and dinner. Payment can be made online through the Patriot Superstore, or students can pay with cash or a check made out to Stevenson High School when arriving at the workshop. The deadline to sign up for the workshop is March 13. Click here to sign up.

Stevenson Center on Democracy to Host Talk on Scottish Politics

The Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy in Mettawa is sponsoring “The 2014 Scottish Referendum: Democracy and the Future of the United Kingdom” at 2 p.m. Sunday. Euan Hague, chairman of the geography department at DePaul University, will speak. Admission is $15. To register or for more information, visit


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Thursday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Individual State Tournament: Tyler Harrington (36-3) pinned his first-round opponent at 182 pounds, Jake Mayon of Plainfield East (31-5), at the 3:10 mark. Next up for Harrington is Joey Vogeney of Maine West (45-1), whom he has faced twice before this season. Vogeney won by fall in the first matchup, while Harrington prevailed, 4-1, in their next meeting. Eric Carter (31-15) lost a close first-round match at 120 pounds against Andrew McFall (39-4) of Oswego, 3-2, and will attempt to battle back through the consolation bracket today. – IHSA website | Daily Herald ($)

SHS Sells Out Its Share of Tickets for Simeon Game

Stevenson has sold out of its ticket allotment for Saturday night’s McDonald’s City-Suburban Showdown game against Simeon at Niles West High School. Tickets will be sold at Niles West starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, but the gym won’t be open to the public until 5:15 p.m. The game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. The Daily Herald ($) offers a history of the City-Suburban Showdown in today’s editions.

Boys Basketball Team Receives No. 1 Sectional Seed

As expected, the boys basketball team was selected as the No. 1 seed in the IHSA Class 4A Waukegan Sectional, with Lake Forest No. 2. Maine South, Niles Notre Dame and Evanston round out the top five. Pairings are scheduled to be announced later today.

Big Weekend for Patriot Athletics

A big weekend is in store for Patriot athletics. In addition to two wrestlers continuing to compete in the IHSA state tournament, Stevenson also will have participants in two other state tournaments. Kaitlyn Rudy is in Rockford for the IHSA girls bowling state tournament, while Mikaela Webb and Elizabeth Shank will travel to Palatine High School for the IHSA girls gymnastics state meet. The girls basketball team takes on Buffalo Grove for the IHSA regional championship at Carmel High School in Mundelein tonight at 7 p.m., and the boys basketball team faces Lake Forest in the Sports Center tonight at 7. On Saturday, the boys swimming and diving team takes part in the IHSA Barrington Sectional, and the boys basketball team plays Simeon in the McDonald’s City-Suburban Showdown at Niles West High School.

Three Cheerleaders Earn All-Conference Honors

Three members of the varsity cheerleading squad have earned All-North Suburban Conference honors: seniors Sydney Sexner and Allie Walton, and junior Grace Robinson. They helped the Patriots win the NSC championship in January.

Chen, Patriot Hockey Team Prepares for State Tournament

Senior defenseman Richard Chen was the focus of an article in the Lincolnshire Review this week. He and his Patriots will open Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois state tournament play Wednesday against Deerfield at 8:30 p.m. next Thursday at Twin Rinks Ice Arena. The Patriots are the No. 12 seed and the Warriors are No. 21. The Patriot junior varsity, meanwhile, has already started its state tournament, beating Lyons Township, 6-0, on Monday. The JV will next face Evanston on Friday, March 6 at The Edge East in Bensenville.

Fencers Compete at Junior Olympics Competition

Sophomore Nikita Jhangiani finished 38th out of 175 fencers in the Cadet Women’s Epee Division at the United States Fencing Association Junior Olympics competition last weekend in Richmond, Virginia. Jhangiani’s performance qualified her for the Summer Nationals in San Jose, California. She also competed in the Junior Women’s Epee in Richmond. Joining Jhangiani in Virginia were sophomore Zimo Zhu, who took part in Cadet and Junior Men’s Epee, and sophomore Lisa Rosov, who participated in Women’s Junior Saber.


Project Dance Captains Meetings in Student Activities

Project Dance captains meetings will take place today during the lunch periods in the Student Activities Office. Captains will learn about the new Project Dance crowdfunding and registration platform that will allow students to register as teams and individuals online, and manage their own fundraising pages.

300 Club Applications Due by March 6

Seniors with 300 or more service hours accumulated during their high school years are invited to apply for recognition in the 300 Club at graduation. 300 Club members will receive a special tassel to be worn at their graduation ceremony. Applications are due in the Student Activities Office by 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 6. Click here for application information.

Lunar New Year Celebration After School Today

All students are invited to the first-ever Lunar New Year Celebration at Stevenson in the Recital Hall (Room 4100) today. 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!

Mr. SHS Applications Due By February 27

Senior boys are invited to apply for the annual Mr. SHS contest, which will be held Friday, April 17 in the Performing Arts Center. Applications are due by Friday, February 27. Click here to download the Mr. SHS 2015 Application Packet (PDF), or pick one up at the Student Activities Office. Contestants will be judged in talent, swim wear, formal wear, and their ability to speak publicly. The winner will be decided based on originality, personality, and presentation in each category. All seniors are invited to audition to emcee the event. Click here to download the Mr. SHS 2015 Emcee Application Packet (PDF), or pick one up at the Student Activities Office.

Get Your Hoops for Heroes T-Shirts During Lunch

Hoops for Heroes is at 7 p.m. tonight and it will be a “camo out.” If you ordered your camo T-shirt, they are available for pick up during all lunch periods. A limited number will be available for purchase for $15.

Pass on the Beat Holding iPod Drive for Charity

Pass on the Beat will be holding an iPod drive to support Music and Memory, an organization that works to help Alzheimer’s patients and people with special needs. Collection will take place in the Wood Commons during all lunch periods Tuesday through Thursday. All Apple music players in working condition will be accepted. Chargers are not required, but appreciated. Please contact Caitlin McGovern at with questions.

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

Showcase Ticket Sales Start Monday

Ticket sales for Showcase 2015 run every day from Monday through March 6 during all lunch periods in the Wood Commons. The first seven rows will be for students only and are general admission. All remaining seats are reserved. All tickets are $10 each. Limited tickets will also be available at the door on show nights. Tickets may be paid for at the Patriot Superstore with cash, check or student ID. Showcase 2015 will be presented on Friday and Saturday, March 6-7, at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Each show has a different lineup of student performers. Showcase is sponsored by the Patriot Parent Association.

Feeling Stressed? Let Operation Snowball Recharge You

Sign up for Operation Snowball weekend registration is now open through March 4. The Snowball weekend will be March 13-15, and sign-up sheets can be picked up in Student Activities, 7080 or 2628. Please see Mr. Mazzuca in 2628 if you have any questions.

NHS Blood Drive Registration Deadline February 27

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 The registration deadline is Friday, February 27. 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.

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 or stop by the Student Activities Office.

Yearbook Seeks Senior Selfies

Are you a senior running out of time to leave your mark on this school, but you’re already too busy with homework, clubs, sports, family, free time, etc.? Then say no more! Ambassador Yearbook is looking for seniors to submit their selfies for the 50th anniversary edition of the yearbook. Submit your silliest, prettiest and most photogenic selfie, and leave your mark as a Stevenson student. Submit your selfie to


The Stevenson Intramural Dodgeball League informational meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 2113. For more information visit the IM Dodgeball page at

Reminder to all IM Ski Club members: Money for the Devil’s Head trip on February 28 is due by 8 a.m. Wednesday. This is the last ski trip of the season. Questions? Visit the Ski Club Website at 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 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 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 or in person in the College and Career Center.


Attention seniors from District 96: Applications for the District 96 Foundation – Mr. Mark E. Spivak Service Scholarship and Dr. Thomas W. Many Educational Scholarship are available in the College/Career Center. These scholarships are in addition to the original Local Scholarship Packet currently in the CCC. The scholarships are available to District 96 alumni who have demonstrated high levels of academic dedication, leadership, and community or school service. Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded for each of the scholarships. The deadline to turn in the packets is Thursday, March 12.


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

Are you interested in weather and always wanted to learn and understand it more? Come to the Meteorology Club’s next meeting at 3:45 Monday in Room 2500. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at

Are you passionate about environmental, social, and economic sustainability? Sustainability Council meets every Monday from 3:40-4:40 p.m. in Room 2430. For more information, contact sponsor Sarah LaFrancis in Gold Student Services or at

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?

Anime Club meets Monday in Room 1414 at 3:30.


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