Monday, March 9, 2015

“Planning Ahead” for Sophomore Families Wednesday Night

All sophomore families are invited to attend “Planning Your Future” at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Performing Arts Center. College Counselors Dan Miller and Sue Biemeret will give a formal introduction to the school’s online career and college program, Naviance, and also will help parents and students begin their college search, and give insight to commonly asked college questions. The goal of the program is to leave sophomores and their parents much better prepared for their junior and senior years.

Stevenson Wins NSML Title in Record-Setting Fashion

Stevenson won the North Suburban Math League championship for the second time in the past three years, and the third time in school history, by capturing the conference meet on Thursday. SHS posted a winning score of 292, five ahead of defending state champion Whitney Young, and better than 55 other schools. Overall, Stevenson had a score of 1,611 points (out of 1,700) in five league meets, the highest single-season total in NSML annals.

The freshman team of Haoyang Yu, Josh Yoon, Albert Cao, Andrew Hwang and Hideki (Terry) Maeda won the meet with a perfect score of 75. Yu, Cao and Maeda wrote perfect papers. The freshmen finished the year first in conference with a perfect score of 375.

The sophomore team of Kevin You, Zhenhao (Kevin) Li, Chris Lee, Jason Lu and Amber Hu also finished first with a perfect score of 75. Perfect papers were written by Li, You and Lu. The sophomores finished second for the season.

The senior team finished the year in first place as well. At the conference meet, the team of Tim Klem, Jaymo Kang, Alex Hong, Sergey Papushin and Emery Liu finished second, with perfect papers from Klem and Liu.

The junior team of Liu, Junghyun Hwang, Pat DeMichele, Teresa Mao and Allen Cao finished third at the meet, and was third for the season. Perfect papers on Thursday came from Liu and DeMichele.

Earlier in the season, Klem secured a second-place conference finish in the Oral Presentation event.

“The Laramie Project” Takes Stage This Weekend

The winter play, “The Laramie Project,” will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the West Auditorium. Tickets are $5, and may be purchased at the Patriot Superstore or by calling 847-415-4126. Click here to see the cast list.

SHS Alum, Ensemble to Perform in PAC Friday Night

2003 Stevenson alumnus Aimee Biasiello and the Chicago Q Ensemble will be performing Brahms, Mozart and more during their concert at SHS at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. The concert is sponsored by the Stevenson Foundation. Click here to order tickets.

Senior Wins Sonnet Writing Contest

Senior Chris Moseley won the youth division of the annual sonnet writing contest hosted by the Sacramento Theatre Company. His sonnet will be published in the Sacramento Poetry Center’s Poetry Now magazine. Moseley also has been offered a slot on the Young Professionals Conservatory trip to Ashland, Oregon to see the Oregon Shakespeare Festival this weekend. Click here to read Moseley’s winning sonnet.


Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson 86, Grayslake North 35; SHS 85, Waukegan 35: In the Field House, Janine Fajardo captured two events and was one of five individual winners. She won both hurdles events: the 55-meter high (9.3) and the 55-meter low (9.2). Isabelle Sparreo won the 800 meters (2:36) and also ran on two victorious relays with sister Natalie and the Sullivan sisters, Claire and Eliza: the 1,600 (4:34) and the 3,200 (10:47). Kesina Daley captured the high jump (4-6), Sydney Pacernick won the 1,600 (6:08) and Juhi Jhaveri finished first in the one-lap race (22.6).

Friday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 84, Zion-Benton 60: Jalen Brunson scored a game-high 31 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the host Patriots to their third consecutive IHSA regional championship, and sixth in the last 10 years. SHS (25-3) advances to the Waukegan Sectional, and will face Niles Notre Dame in a semifinal matchup at 7 p.m. Tuesday (see ticket and pep bus information below). Stevenson has won every home game the past three seasons. Justin Smith added 17 points, while Connor Cashaw had 14 points and 11 rebounds. SHS beat Zion (18-9) for the third time this season. The Zee-Bees, who played in the game after Niles North forfeited its semifinal win over them, pushed the Patriots, closing to within three points late in the third quarter, 48-45. Brunson then took over, nailing a trio of 3-pointers during a 14-4 run to conclude the quarter. – Daily Herald ($), Pioneer Press | SBN/Cube Video.

Sectional Basketball Ticket, Pep Bus Information

Tickets for Tuesday’s Waukegan Sectional semifinal basketball game are available in the Patriot Superstore and the Athletic Office on Monday. All tickets are $5. Stevenson will play in the first semifinal game at 7 p.m. against Niles Notre Dame.

The Superstore is open before school and during the lunch periods, and can accept cash, credit card, check or Patriot Dollars. The Athletic Office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, and from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, and can only take cash and check.

For an additional $5, students can purchase a seat on pep buses provided by Stevenson. Students must turn in a completed permission form, and purchase a game ticket and pep bus ticket. Permission form link:

Buses will leave Lot E at 5:30 p.m. and return after the game (to Lot E).  Students must ride the bus to and from the game.

Gymnastics Team Faces Long Odds With Small Roster

Stevenson’s boys gymnastics team finished second in the state last year, and third in 2013, but having only three varsity competitors this season will make returning tough. Third-year head coach Eric Liva has seniors Arie Feltman-Frank, who was third in the state on high bar last year and is a three-time state finalist in the event, and Elijah Klaber, who was sixth in Illinois on pommel horse; and sophomore Matt Krames. Liva told the Daily Herald ($) that Feltman-Frank continues to battle “serious wrist problems” from last year.


AP Exam Registration Deadline Today

The last day to register for Advanced Placement exams without paying a late fee is today. After today, you will have to pay an extra $25 per exam. You can find the registration link and other AP exam information on the AP web page. If you have questions, stop by Room 6000.

Children’s Play Auditions Wednesday and Thursday

Come audition for the Stevenson Foundation spring children’s play “The Magical Lamp of Aladdin.” Auditions will be held in the Little Theater on Wednesday and Thursday from 4:45 to 6:15 p.m. Have a children’s poem or nursery rhyme ready to perform for your monologue. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes that you can dance in for this audition. Be ready to answer the question: What you would wish for if you found Aladdin’s lamp? We will work through improv, dance, and script reading. Come join the fun as we present this classic story on April 19. Bring your enthusiasm and your energy!

Have You Registered to Vote? Tuesday is the Last Day

Have you registered to vote for the April 7 primary election? If you’re a U.S. citizen and going to be 18 by April 7, you’re eligible. Tuesday is the deadline, and there are people in the school who can take care of your registration. These seniors can register voters: Jalen Brunson, Victoria Cruz, Talia Grossman, Evan Helchen, Caitlin Keeley, Dan Mortge, Parker Nichols, Bryan Pinkley, Colin Silverman and Haji Seferian. In the West/East ILC, ask for Julie Wilson, David Hess or Sarah Walker. In Room 2434, Director of World Languages/ELL Justin Fisk can register voters. Also, these teachers can register you: Vanessa Lal, Dave Elbaum, Sandra Wright, Pat Block, Dan Larsen, Andy Conneen, Michelle Stone and Christina Anker.

Freshman Movie Night Scheduled for Friday

All freshmen are invited to Freshman Movie Night after school Friday in the Recital Hall (Room 4100). Freshman Class Board will be showing the movie, “Pitch Perfect,” and will have free ice cream and popcorn. Freshman Movie Night runs from 3:45 to 6:45.

Feeling Stressed? Let Operation Snowball Recharge You

Sign up for Operation Snowball weekend registration has been extended to Tuesday. The Snowball weekend is 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, or visit

PPA Bake Sale Wednesday

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale on Wednesday. All goodies will be $1. Come get your favorite snacks!

Graduation Speaker Application Window Now Open

Two seniors will be selected to speak at the commencement ceremony in June. If you would like to be one of those seniors, complete this application and return it to the Student Activities Office by Tuesday, April 7.

2015-16 Student Council Applications Being Taken

Anyone interested in serving on the Student Council for the 2015-16 school year is invited to apply online by Friday, April 24. Existing members must re-apply.

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 College of Lake County is hosting the Illinois Regional College Fair Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the Grayslake campus in the P.E. Building. Meet representatives from many in-state and out-of-state colleges and universities. For more information, please see their website:

Seniors: Looking for financial support for a two- or four-year college education? The Local Scholarships Packet is available for pick up in the College/Career Center, Room 1123. Pick up a packet today. Applications are due Thursday. (Notice: The Cannon Design Scholarship, Appendix L, has been discontinued for this year. Please disregard any information in regards to this scholarship in the packet.)

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.


Don’t forget that IM Dodgeball team packets are due next week! If your team has not picked up a packet, please do so ASAP in Room 3040.


There will be an informational meeting for Allied Soccer at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday in Room 6058.

All SHS female student-athletes are invited to attend a free screening of the documentary The Empowerment Project: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things, a documentary spotlighting 17 positive and powerful women leaders across a variety of lifestyles and industries. The documentary was made by five female filmmakers who drove more than 7,000 miles from Los Angeles to New York over the course of 30 days to interview the women. The documentary will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Wood Commons. Concessions will be available.


Geography Club meets today after school in Room 7004.

Sustainability Council meets today from 3:40-4:40 p.m. in Room 2430. For more information, contact Ms. LaFrancis in Gold Student Services or at

Meteorology Club’s next meeting is at 3:45 today in Room 2500. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at


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.


Hot off the press! A second Pasta Date Night Class has been added! The first class filled quickly and was such a hit that we decided to do it again. Reserve your spot quickly so you don’t miss out. Click here to register and for more information.

Did you know that your breath is an essential connection between your own mind and body? PREP instructor Vidya Nahar will discuss and demonstrate several breathing techniques during the Yogic Breathing Workshop from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 17. Click here to register.

PREP is excited to team up with The Olive Tap for Premium and Flavored Balsamic Vinegar of Modena from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17. Join us and learn how to add premium and flavored balsamic vinegar into your favorite recipes. Students will have the opportunity to sample taste several premium and flavored balsamic vinegar of Modena. Click here to register or for more information.

On Thursday, March 19, PREP will be holding its iPad Basics 101 class. If you’re not sure what to do with your iPad, then this class is for you! Participants will learn the basics of the iPad, from using its default applications to installing new ones, plus backing up your data, and general maintenance and troubleshooting. The class is $29 for adults and $19 for seniors. Reserve your space today at this link.


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