Monday, February 23, 2015

Science Olympiad Team Concludes Perfect Invite Season

Stevenson’s Science Olympiad team concluded a perfect invitational season by sweeping the top two places at Saturday’s Huntley High School Invitational. The competition featured 45 teams from across the northwest suburbs.

Every member of Stevenson’s two squads earned at least one medal, and several returned home with multiple medals. Head coach Amerigo Carnazzola highlighted two students who earned medals despite missing without their event partner: Elaine Xiao, who finished fourth in Disease Detectives, and Kevin Cao, who was fifth in Anatomy and Physiology. Click here for the complete list of medal winners.

Next up for Stevenson is the Illinois Science Olympiad Regional at the College of Lake County on March 14. The state competition will be held at the University of Illinois in April.

WIT Receives Excellent Ranking in NCTM Contest

The 2014 edition of the WIT earned an “Excellent” ranking from the National Council of Teachers of English competition for student literary magazines. The 2014 editors of the WIT included 2014 graduate Joanne Jun, and this year’s editors, seniors Kathryn Roach and Noelle Lee. The NCTE program to recognize excellence in student literary magazines recognizes students, teachers and schools for producing excellent literary magazines.

Educators From Five States Coming to See SHS

Fifty educators from seven schools in five states will be coming to campus Tuesday as part of the Site Visits for Educators program. Guests are expected from the following schools: Elkins Pointe Middle School in Roswell, California; Fulton County Schools-Central Learning Community in Atlanta, and Northwest Learning Community in Alpharetta, Georgia; Bishop Luers High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Munster High School in Munster, Indiana; Paw Paw High School in Paw Paw, Michigan; and Taft High School in Chicago.

Band Parents Fundraiser at Culver’s in Buffalo Grove

The Band Parents Organization is having a month-long fundraiser at the Culver’s in Buffalo Grove on McHenry Road (Route 83), beginning Tuesday. Whenever you make a dine-in or carryout order, just mention “SHS Band Fundraiser” or show this flyer and a portion of the sale will benefit Stevenson band students.

SHS Students Take the Plunge for Special Olympics

Stevenson’s Patriot Plungers — a mix of students ranging from those enrolled in Sociology to others on various athletic teams — raised more than $3,200 as part of the ninth annual Fox Lake Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Illinois on Sunday. With its fundraising total, SHS won the event’s “Cool School Challenge” for high school teams. Several Stevenson students, along with Sociology teacher Chris Salituro, were interviewed for this Chicago Tribune article. Also quoted is 2010 graduate Lauren Del Barto, who serves as manager of business development and partnerships for area chapters of Special Olympics Illinois.

SHS Hosts, Wins First-Ever Home Archery Meet

Stevenson held its first-ever home archery meet on Saturday, and beat Schurz High School of Chicago. Sami Hartman-Stackhouse won first place overall and first place among female archers with a score of 275, which included 10 bullseyes. Max Papushin was second overall and first among male archers with 246 points, including nine bullseyes. He had a perfect round with five bullseyes in five attempts. Naoki Maeda was third overall and second among males at 224 (six bullseyes). Shelley Siegel took third place in the female competition and Cole Tyrrell was third in the male division.



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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Bowling

Stevenson at IHSA State Tournament: Kaitlyn Rudy finished third, the best showing ever at state by a Stevenson bowler. She had a 12-game pin total of 2,639, for an average score of nearly 220 per game. The tournament opened Friday with a bang, as three bowlers rolled perfect 300 games. Rudy rose to the occasion, opening her first trip to state with a personal-best three-game score of 712, which included games of 279 and 248. Her previous best was a 705 series at the regional two weeks ago. After rolling a 639 series in the afternoon, she stood in sixth place. On Saturday, Rudy broke the 200-pin mark in all six games, recording a 626 in the morning and a 662 to close out the tournament. She vaulted from 12th to third by rolling a 247 in her final game, throwing eight strikes in her last nine frames. According to the IHSA, Rudy is the first Stevenson bowler, girl or boy, to earn a medal in the state tournament. – Official results | Daily Herald ($)


Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Individual State Tournament: Tyler Harrington concluded his high school career with a fourth-place finish at 182 pounds, earning his first state medal and becoming the first Patriot to earn a state medal at that weight. Harrington (40-7) is the third SHS wrestler to earn a medal in the past six seasons. He beat Maine West’s Joey Vogeney, 7-3, in the quarterfinals, then fell 4-3 to eventual champion Nathan Traxler (45-2) of Marmion Academy, 4-3, in the semifinals. In the third-place match, Harrington was beaten by Patrick Brucki (41-5) of Sandburg, 6-5. Eric Carter lost in the first round of the 120-pound consolation bracket on Friday, ending his year with a 31-16 record. – Official results | Daily Herald ($)

Boys Swimming and Diving

Stevenson at IHSA Barrington Sectional: The Patriots, winners of the North Suburban Conference championship last week, edged Barrington for the team title, 238-221.5. The sectional championship is the third in head coach Greg Hartman’s seven seasons, and the first since 2012. SHS will be sending five to this week’s state meet at New Trier High School: swimmers Nick Koto, Dimitriy Pelutis, Alex Kapecki and Nick Baginski, and diver Matt Krames. Koto won the 200 freestyle (1:47.57) and will compete in that event at state for the third straight year. He also advanced to state with a fourth-place finish in the 500 free (4:43:64), and led off the state-qualifying, second-place 400 free relay team with Pelutis, Kapecki and Baginski (3:12.54). Pelutis also qualified in the 200 free, placing fifth (1:44.59). Krames took fourth in diving with a score of 397.20. Stevenson had several top 10 finishers who did not advance to state. Pelutis was second in the 100 free (48.24), while Kapecki was fourth (48.80). Baginski and Kapecki tied for second in the 50 free (21.94), while Baginski finished third in the 100 butterfly (53.37). Daniel Ng placed fifth in the 200 individual medley (2:00.75) and sixth in the 100 backstroke (55.08). Alan Fang was sixth in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.71), while William Jiang was seventh (1:01.77). Patryk Wierzchucki took seventh in diving (332.90), and Andrew Lefebvre was seventh in the 500 free (4:52.32). Daniel Ko placed ninth in the 100 fly (55.03) and ninth in the 100 back (57.31). SHS also placed fourth in the 200 medley relay (1:39.20) and fourth in the 200 free relay (1:29.03) – Official results, State Qualifier List | Daily Herald ($)

Boys Basketball

Simeon 66, Stevenson 55: In a battle between the top two teams in the state, the Wolverines (24-2) ended the game on a 17-3 run and handed the Patriots their first loss against an Illinois opponent. Jalen Brunson led SHS (23-3) with a game-high 25 points, and had 5 rebounds. Connor Cashaw scored 21 points, 17 in the first half, and grabbed 11 rebounds. Cashaw moved into second place all-time in career scoring at SHS, behind Brunson. – Chicago Tribune, CSN Chicago, Daily Herald ($), Chicago Sun-Times


Friday’s Varsity Results

Girls Gymnastics

Stevenson at IHSA State Meet: Mikaela Webb and Elizabeth Shank competed in the individual event preliminaries, but did not advance to Saturday’s finals. Shank was 14th in the all-around competition. – Official results

Girls Basketball

Stevenson at IHSA Class 4A Carmel Regional: Buffalo Grove ended the Patriots’ season by claiming the regional championship, 59-55. The game was tied 49-49 entering the fourth quarter, and the Bison (21-10), seeded fifth in the sectional, built a 56-49 lead before withstanding a late charge by fourth-seeded SHS (26-5). Taylor Buford led the Pats with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Skylar Blackstock added 13 points and 6 rebounds. Sophia Way scored 10 points, and had 7 rebounds and 3 steals. Ashley Richardson chipped in with 10 points and Janine Fajardo had 9. This was the first time Stevenson head coach Tom Dineen had faced his former school, where he won 677 games and a state championship. – Daily Herald ($)

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 65, Lake Forest 48: The Patriots (22-2, 12-0) seized control in the second quarter, capping a perfect North Suburban Conference Lake Division season. Jalen Brunson led all scorers with 26 points, and also had four assists and four steals. Connor Cashaw added 16 points. Ryan Rosenbaum (8 points on 4-of-4 shooting) and Ryuki Aoki (6 on two 3-pointers) helped the Pats during a 13-1 second-half spurt that sealed the victory. Lake Forest fell to 23-2, 10-2. Stevenson will play Prairie Division champion Vernon Hills in the NSC Championship Game at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Sports Center. – SBN/Cube Video | Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times



NHS Blood Drive Registration Deadline Friday

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. The drive will take place in the Wrestling Room during all lunch, gym and free periods. You must be at least 17 years of age and weigh 110 pounds or more to participate. Online registration is available at and will close Friday. 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. If you are 17 years old, you will need a parent permission form. Sign up at this Facebook event page to spread the love. Donate blood this spring — you’re somebody’s type!

Mr. SHS Applications Due By Friday

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 this Friday. 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.

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.

Pass on the Beat Holding iPod Drive for Charity

Pass on the Beat is 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 Today

Ticket sales for Showcase 2015 run every day 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.

Relay for Life Starting Sign-Ups for June Event

Relay for Life continues its kickoff event Tuesday in the Wood Commons. You can join a team, create a team, or find out more information about the Relay for Life overnight event on Friday and Saturday, June 12-13. Students, family and community members are welcome to join.

Feeling Stressed? Let Operation Snowball Recharge You

Sign up for Operation Snowball weekend registration is now open through Wednesday, 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.

PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon

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


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.


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.



Students interested in creating artwork for the fine arts events posters can attend the Poster Design Club meeting Wednesday at 3:40 p.m. or Thursday at 7:40 a.m. in Room 6008. If you have any questions, please email Mr. Grice at

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 today in Room 2500. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at

Are you passionate about environmental, social, and economic sustainability? Sustainability Council meets today 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 today after school in Room 7004. Kenya make it?

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

The Ambassador yearbook club meets Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays after school in Room 2712.

Gay Straight Alliance meets Tuesdays 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.



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