Monday, April 27, 2015

FCCLA Wins One Title, Multiple Medals at State

Stevenson’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America club brought home a slew of awards from the 2015 Illinois State Leadership Conference held April 16-18 in Springfield.

Robin Cheifetz and Jordan Zatz earned the state championship in Advocacy for their project developing lesson plans to promote healthy eating with children. Fourteen other students earned medals at the conference. Click here for all the details.

In addition, the two state champions and five other medal winners — Larissa Laeder, Dara Dolinsky, Camryn Hirsch, Madison Randol and Melissa Mendoza — were invited by the state FCCLA to participate in the national conference in Washington, D.C.

C-SPAN Bus Coming to Campus Wednesday

The C-SPAN bus is scheduled to visit Stevenson from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday. While here, C-SPAN representatives will honor seniors Saloni Nahar and Linsey Nowack, who earned honorable mention in the network’s 2015 StudentCam video contest. The pair, who took Advanced Placement Government with Richard Pierce during first semester, created a video called “Small Beetle, Big Problem.” The video describes the effect that Emerald Ash Borer beetles have had on Buffalo Grove, and what the government has done to combat them. Nahar and Nowack are scheduled to be honored around 9 a.m., followed by tours of the bus that will be open to students.

Fine Arts Faculty Members Discuss Literacy

Director of Fine Arts Jon Grice and Fine Arts faculty members Maureen LeVanti (visual arts) and Angela Dauphin (dance) gave a presentation at the Chicago Area Literacy Leaders (CALL) spring meeting on Friday at the District 128 administrative building in Vernon Hills. They spoke about how the Fine Arts Division has worked with Stevenson’s literacy coaches to incorporate literacy skills and strategies into their courses, and shared samples of what literacy looks like in visual arts and dance classes. The trio emphasized that the literacy skills help students build reading, writing, and speaking within the arts, while also improving the quality of their analysis and art creation.

Junior’s Play Chosen for St. Louis Festival

Junior Megan Rivkin’s one-act play, “Zodiac,” has been chosen as one of the high school finalists for the 2015 Neil LaBute New Theater Festival, which will be held in July at the Gaslight Theatre in St. Louis. Her play will be presented as part of the festival. She was the only high school student selected outside of St. Louis.

Final Site Visit Day is Tuesday

The final Site Visit Day for Educators will take place Tuesday. More than 40 visitors from the following institutions will be represented: Cherry Creek School District in Centennial, Colorado, and the Noel Arts Community School in Denver, Colorado; McLean High School in McLean, Virginia; KIPP NYC College Prep from the Bronx, New York, the University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse, and from Illinois, Bradley Bourbonnais Community High School in Bradley.


Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson hosted SHS Varsity Classic: The Patriots went 4-0 in the two-day tournament and remained undefeated at 23-0. SHS beat all four Michigan teams that took part: Rockford (12-4) and Okemos (11-3) on Friday, and Ann Arbor Skyline (8-3) and East Grand Rapids (18-2) on Saturday. Allison Travetto scored 13 goals in the tournament, while Claire Haas had nine and Melissa Gartenberg added seven. Goalkeeper Lauren Burns added four victories to her win total, surrendering only 12 goals in four games. –

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson at Palatine Invitational: The Patriots (13-8) finished second in the two-day tournament, winning four of their five matches. SHS opened play on Friday with wins over Fremd (25-21, 25-17) and Waubonsie Valley (25-20, 25-17), then returned Saturday and knocked off Lake Zurich (25-15, 25-20) and Libertyville (15-25, 25-23, 25-20) before falling to Joliet Catholic (25-19, 25-16). Grant Maleski recorded 50 kills in five matches, including 22 against Libertyville. Jesse Kesner had 36 kills in two days, including 10 versus Lake Zurich. Eric Zalewski dished out 105 assists. Justin Leonard added 18 kills. Luke Feder made 42 digs. – Daily Herald ($)


Stevenson 11, Rolling Meadows 1 (5 inn.): Michael Kingery pitched a five-inning complete game, giving up five hits while striking out five without a walk. Jimmy Marchese doubled and drove in four runs for the host Patriots (12-6-1), while Robert McGaha tripled and had three RBI. – Daily Herald ($)

Boys Lacrosse

Carmel 9, Stevenson 7: In Mundelein, the Patriots dropped to 3-6. –

Friday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson 8, Wauconda 4: The visiting Patriots (11-6-1) scored all of their runs in the last three innings to rally past the Bulldogs (8-7) in a North Suburban Conference crossover game. SHS was held to two hits in the first four innings and trailed 3-0. Pat Loeffler had a two-run double and Dylan Molek also doubled home a run. Willie Bourbon notched an RBI single, while Charlie Ling and Robert McGaha each had sacrifice flies. Justin Stark ended the game with back-to-back strikeouts, with two runners on base. – Daily Herald ($)

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 8, Round Lake 0: Rachel Aranyi scored three goals for SHS (4-5-1, 1-1-1). The other goals came from Briana Van Zanten, Kya Suzuki, Emma Jaeger, Jill Steinbrink and Savannah Kruse. Rachel Takaroff had two assists, while Steinbrink, Courtney Bruckman and Cassie Farber each had one. Goalkeeper Hannah Petrich made three saves en route to the shutout. Stevenson scored five of its goals in the first half. – Daily Herald ($), Chicago Tribune


Stevenson 15, Deerfield 3: In the Field House, the winning doubles teams were No. 1 Ashley Richardson/Nicole Xia (21-17, 21-10), No. 2 Michelle Hu/Shirley Cao (21-14, 22-20), No. 3 Margaret Chen/Michelle Ling (21-10, 21-13), No. 5 Naomi Ecanow/Linsey Nowack (21-16, 21-12) and No. 6 Sarah Hou/Sophia Liu (21-9, 21-18). The winning singles players were No. 1 Chen (21-16, 17-21, 21-14), No. 2 Ling (21-16, 21-12), No. 4 Richardson (17-21, 21-14, 21-9), No. 5 Shu Zhang (21-13, 21-15), No. 7 May Ling (21-10, 21-3), No. 8 Ecanow (21-15, 21-9), No. 9 Nowack (21-17, 21-10), No. 10 Cao (21-7, 21-8), No. 11 Hou (15-21, 21-10, 21-18) and No. 12 Liu (21-18, 21-12). – Daily Herald ($)

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson at Bob Cohoon Invitational: At Downers Grove South, Tim Vestuto and Jared Borowsky each posted a pair of third-place finishes. Vestuto was third in the 100 (10.98) and the 400 (50.62), while Borowsky took third in the 3,200 (9:22.35) and the 1,600 (4:22.08). – Daily Herald ($)


Stevenson 8, Lakes 5: The host Patriots scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth to overcome a 3-1 deficit. – Daily Herald ($)

Boys Gymnastics

Stevenson at John Cress Invitational: Elijah Klaber and Matt Krames finished second and fourth, respectively, in the individual competition at Niles North. Klaber won the high bar, was second on vault, third on pommel horse, fourth on parallel bars, sixth on still rings and seventh in floor exercise. Krames won the vault, was second on floor, third on high bar, fourth in still rings and ninth on parallel bars. SHS did not qualify for the team competition because it did not have three competitors for each apparatus.


Driver Education Permitting Tuesday-Thursday

The second phase of permitting for students taking Driver Education over the summer or in the fall is coming up! Remember to bring a signed application, money for the permit, and study for the test. Here are the dates, times and locations:

Tuesday, April 28 7-8:30 a.m. Room 6048-6050
Tuesday, April 28 3:30-5 p.m. Recital Hall (right of the PAC)
Wednesday, April 29 7-8 a.m. Room 6048-6050
Thursday, April 30 3:30-5 p.m. Recital Hall (right of the PAC)

Spring One Act Plays This Weekend

I Choose You, Superkid, because, Like Mother, Like Daughter, I’m OK, and you’re Bullet Proof, even on a Roller Coaster, and that’s Why I Stay.

Curious? Then join the SHS Theatre Department this Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the West Auditorium for the Spring One Acts: 7 plays and 3 monologues written by 8 SHS students, directed by 9 SHS students, designed by 3 SHS students, and acted by 31 SHS students. Tickets are on sale now at the Superstore before school and during lunch hours. Don’t miss these world premiers!

Got the Munchies? PPA Bake Sale Wednesday

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.

Odyssey Logo Design Winner Announced

With Odyssey 2016 less than a year away, we wanted to thank all those who submitted designs for the new Odyssey logo. Congratulations to Benjamin Odisho for his creative design that won the contest!

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.

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.

Seniors: Let Statesman Know Your Plans for Next Year

Seniors! If you know what your plans are for next year, let Statesman know so we can add you to the senior insert list that will be published in the final issue of the newspaper! Go to and sign in with your Stevenson Gmail account.


To make sure all seniors have a chance to attend, the last Breakfast with Books meeting has been moved to 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, May 19 in the upper ILC.


We have reached our capacity for summer career shadow applications, so we will no longer be accepting any new applications. For those students who have either turned in an application, or have spoken to Mrs. Willock in person or via email, you will be considered in the program and able to complete your shadow. Please contact Mrs. Willock at if you have any questions.


It’s almost time for PREP’s Colors of Spring photography field trips! Capture the designs of spring, as we travel through a different Forest Preserve each week (TBA) using the tools of the digital camera. You will photograph with the instructor in order to develop your visual elements, light, artistic portraits and understand correct exposure. More information and registration details can be found here.


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