Thursday, April 16, 2015

Alumnus Wins $16K on “Wheel of Fortune”

Kim Wagner, a 2007 Stevenson graduate, appeared on “Wheel of Fortune” Wednesday. She won $16,795 and a trip to St. Lucia, and reached the bonus round. Wagner described herself as a retail manager and wine collector from Portland, Oregon. Wagner also shared that she once served as a cruise ship entertainment host.

Two Model UN Students Win Honors at Northwestern Event

Two students won awards at last weekend’s Model United Nations competition held at Northwestern University. Patrick DeMichele, a junior, earned an Outstanding Delegate award for his work in the United Nations Environment Programme as China, while classmate Max Weiss received Honorable Mention in the Commission on Narcotic Drugs as Indonesia. Stevenson brought a delegation of 36 students to the four-day conference, which featured peers from schools around the Chicago area and country. They represented countries in General Assembly-based committees, and also in more specialized, crisis-driven cabinets.

History Club Members Compete in Metro Fair

Ten History Club members qualified for the Chicago Metro History Fair Finals held Tuesday at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The students were senior Linsey Nowack; juniors Robert Brumer, Robbie Gurolnick, Anna Maria Kaparos, Jenna Levi, Gabrielle Marzouk, Myra Peterson and Riya Zachariah; and freshmen Samarth Madduru and Wilson Zhu. They are awaiting results to determine qualifiers for the Illinois History Expo, which will take place May 7 in Springfield. Stevenson’s History Fair Club coaches are Pat Ambrose and Dan Larsen.

Arias Picked to Present at Whole Language Institute

Jen Arias, who teaches Advanced Placement courses in Communication Arts and also Advanced Language Arts for the English Language Learning program, has been selected to give a presentation in Atlanta this summer. She will be giving a presentation on “Issues of Race, Space and Place: Teaching Multicultural and Postcolonial Literature” at the National Council of Teachers of English’s Whole Language Umbrella Literacies for All Summer Institute in July.

Sherwin to Speak at AP Human Geography Conference

Advanced Placement Human Geography teacher Greg Sherwin will discuss the iScore5 app he and alumnus Sonia Doshi developed at Saturday’s third annual AP Human Geography Conference at Plainfield East High School in Plainfield. The first two conferences were held at Stevenson.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson d. North Chicago, 25-9, 25-17: Eric Zalewski dished out 15 assists and served three aces for the visiting Patriots (6-3, 2-0), while Grant Maleski had four kills and three aces. Jesse Kesner also notched four kills. Luke Feder had two aces and four digs. Justin Leonard added three kills. – Daily Herald ($)

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 2, Glenbrook South 0: Jill Steinbrink scored on an assist from Kylie Kirsch in the first half, and Caroline Dempsey added an unassisted goal in the second half for the host Patriots (2-3). Goalkeeper Hannah Petrich earned the shutout. – Daily Herald ($)

Boys Lacrosse

Stevenson 10, Mundelein 2: In Mundelein, the Patriots won their second game in a row, improving to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in the North Suburban Conference. –

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson 18, Vernon Hills 4: The Patriots (17-0, 3-0) followed a familiar pattern in their home water, putting the contest out of reach by halftime. SHS jumped out to a 6-0 lead after the first quarter, and extended the margin to 12-2 at halftime. Allison Travetto and Melissa Gartenberg each scored four goals, while Joanie Newland had three. Alex Adams and Christina Spizzirri registered a pair of goals each. Annika Hotchkiss, Claire Haas and Jordyn Landau had one goal apiece. Goalkeeper Lauren Burns made eight saves.


Stevenson 15, Palatine 0: In the Field House, the Patriots won all but two of their matches in straight sets. The winning singles players were Margaret Chen (21-10, 21-10), Michelle Ling (21-6, 21-12), Michelle Hu (21-19, 21-17), Ashley Richardson (21-15, 21-5), Shu Zhang (21-14, 21-4), Nicole Xia (21-12, 21-9), Kelsey Huang (11-22, 26-24, 21-15), Naomi Ecanow (21-9, 21-11), Linsey Nowack (21-10, 21-7) and Shirley Cao (21-4, 21-10). The winning doubles teams were Xia/Richardson (21-10, 21-13), Huang/Zhang (21-12, 21-13), Chen/Ling (21-3, 21-10), Hu/Cao (21-13, 21-16) and Ecanow/Nowack (23-25, 21-4, 21-12). – Daily Herald ($)


Stevenson 4, New Trier 4: The two teams settled for a tie after nine innings. Patrick Loeffler (2-for-4, 2 RBI) and Willie Bourbon (1-for-3) doubled for SHS (8-4-1). Justin Kopech tossed four innings of scoreless relief. – Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald

13 Student-Athletes Announce College Plans

Thirteen student-athletes announced their college plans on Wednesday during a ceremony in the Forum. The Patriots continuing their playing careers are: Taylor Buford (women’s basketball – Butler University), Jason Gohde (men’s golf – Temple University), Sydney Goldberg (women’s lacrosse – University of Rochester), Nick Koto (men’s swimming – University of Illinois-Chicago), Carlie Manno (women’s cross country/track and field – Albion College), Jimmy Marchese (football – University of Illinois), Patrick O’Connell (football – Ball State University), Sammy Oh (men’s cross country/track and field – Harvard University), J.P. Petricca (Midwestern Preparatory Academy), Ashlin Ruiz (women’s swimming – University of Wyoming), Lindsay Schwartz (women’s lacrosse – Whitman College), Henry Sise (men’s track and field – Villanova University) and Robin Weis (football – University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse).

Five Patriots to Play in Lake County Senior Shootout

Five Patriot basketball players will participate in the sixth annual Lake County Senior Shootout Friday night at the College of Lake County gymnasium. The evening will feature all-star games with senior boys and girls basketball players from around the county, and also will include a coed 3-point contest and a slam dunk contest. Seniors Taylor Buford and Sophia Way will play in the girls game, while Connor Cashaw, Matt Johnson and Parker Nichols will participate in the boys contest. The girls all-star game is at 6 p.m., followed by a co-ed 3-point shooting contest. The boys game begins at 8 p.m., with a slam dunk contest scheduled for halftime. Admission is $5. Stevenson’s Pat Ambrose, who will coach the East boys all-star team, will be honored for winning the first boys basketball state championship in Lake County history. He also is the first coach to lead a Lake County boys team to three straight Final Four appearances at state.


ACT Exam Room Assignments for Saturday

Are you taking the ACT exam at Stevenson on Saturday. Click here to see which room you should report to by 8 a.m.

Order Your Free WIT By April 27

Complimentary copies of the WIT, Stevenson’s literary magazine run, written and produced by students, are available to anyone who is interested. Orders must be turned in by Monday, April 27. Click here to download an order form.

Mr. SHS Tickets on Sale at the Superstore

Mr. SHS is Friday night at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Pick up your tickets at the Superstore for $5. You can even buy tickets at the door the night of the show! Support the seniors and come on out and have a great night.

Last Chance to Buy Football, Basketball State Title Apparel

Patriot fans have one last chance to buy football and basketball state championship apparel this week. The ordering window closes at 5 p.m. Friday. Click here for ordering links.

Sophomore Class Board Leading Autism Awareness Fundraiser

The Sophomore Class Board and the Special Education Division want you to help create a “blue out” for the Allied Soccer game against Lakes at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Stadium. You can buy “Light It Up Blue’ T-shirts for $10 during the lunch periods or in the Superstore this week. If you wear the shirt on Saturday, you’ll get into the party after the game for free. Click here for details.

AP Macroeconomics Review Session Sunday

The next AP Macroeconomics review session will take place from 9-11 a.m. Sunday in Room 8036-8038.

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.

Don’t Wait to Sign Up for Summer School

Are you thinking about registering for summer school classes? Don’t wait and miss out on the class you want. You can sign up online at

New College Essay Workshop Coming This Summer

Attention junior students: Do you want help with your college essays? Would you like to complete most of the work before senior year so you can enjoy the fall? Join the 100 students who have already signed up for our college essay workshop this summer! The first week of each semester, you can get help on your personal statement for the common application, supplemental essays for specific colleges, and even scholarship essays! Get suggestions and feedback! Finish this over the summer before senior year begins! Register for this new summer school workshop on the summer school web page.

Calling All Student Poets

The ILC has turned its front glass wall into a Poetry Wall for the month of April. Stop by and create your own poem!

Want to Learn Russian or Chinese for Free?

Students who will be returning to Stevenson for 2015-16, and who have had no prior exposure to the Russian or Chinese languages, are invited to apply for the STARTALK program at Lewis University. There are no tuition costs, and successful students will receive three university credits. The program runs from June 15 through July 10 at Lewis University’s campus in Romeoville. The application deadline is May 4. Click here for more information.

Patriot Nation, Got News?

We want to hear from you! Share your stories, photos, videos, and more with us. Tag us using #shareSHS across all social channels, or email us at and get social at Stevenson. Big or small, we want it all. You just might see your news in the spotlight.


Attention Juniors: All junior families are invited to participate in our Narrowing Your Options program, which consists of individual 30-minute appointments with a college counselor (one appointment per family) through the end of June. Scheduling a Narrowing Your Options appointment will greatly assist you in the college planning process. Please fill out this form and turn it in by Monday.

Attention juniors and seniors: A representative from the College of Lake County will be visiting Stevenson on Tuesday during seventh period. If you’d like to attend, please sign up through Naviance. You can get full directions on the “College Rep Visit” link on the College/Career Center web page at You must get a pass signed by your seventh period teacher at least two days prior to the visit in order to attend.


The Interactive Gamers Club will host a free Hearthstone tournament after school on Friday in Room 2104. There will be prizes for the top finishers, and raffle prizes throughout the tournament. Players can use up to three decks, and each must belong to a different class. Blackrock Mountain cards are allowed.

Spanish Club will be having a movie night on Wednesday, April 22 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Room 7096. All students are invited to watch the movie El Dorado, and eat free food such as chicharones, flan and jarritos.

The Video Game Club meets today after school in Room 6072 from 3:45-5:45. If you have questions, contact Mr. Schroeder at

The Philosophy Club will meet at 3:45 p.m. today in Room 7060. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Patton at

Life is tough. Law Club is the answer. Join us at 3:45 today in Room 7054. #LawClub

Table Tennis meets today in the Lower East Commons from 3:30-6:30.


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.


The PREP Cheer and Dance Junior High Clinic will be held Monday and Tuesday. This two-day clinic will focus on dance/cheer technique and choreography. Participants will learn a variety of dance or cheer skills, plus a routine. Skills include: turns, leaps, jumps, motions, cheer and dance choreography. The clinic is for grades 6-8. Register today at

Have you checked out any of PREP’s amazing gardening classes this session? If not, don’t miss out on the last one for this Spring! Perennial Gardening from the Ground Up meets on Wednesday. In this two-hour presentation we will address selecting, planting and caring for perennial plants that are suitable for northern Illinois. Visit for more information and to register!


Former Oakland schools chief named new state superintendent

Feds investigating CPS chief, $20.5M contract to her former employer

Federal investigators probing College of DuPage

College of DuPage president spent $102K to wine, dine donors (DH – $)

Lake Zurich District 95 superintendent to retire in 2016 (DH – $)

Work begins on $23.7M Mundelein High expansion project (DH – $)

Crystal Lake South bleacher expansion rejected by city zoning commission

Grayslake District 46 looking to boost foreign language classes, technology (DH – $)

New science labs part of construction at Glenbard West this summer (DH – $)

Prairie Grove District 46 school board member resigns


Some parents oppose standardized testing in principle, but not in practice

Despite clamor, real conversation about campus sexual assault has hardly begun

A closer look at higher education’s love-hate relationship with rankings

Ohio State Board of Education eliminates “specialty teacher” minimums

Drought action leads to changes on California college campuses

State board suspends University of Minnesota-Duluth College of Education

Iowa school district gives all employees pink slips

Why is Teach for America struggling to recruit?


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