Thursday, April 30, 2015

JV History Bowl Team Places in Top 10 in Nation

The History Bowl team competed at the National History Bee and Bowl Championship in Arlington, Virginia last weekend. The JV team of freshmen Chris Muth and Conrad Oberhaus, and sophomores Nathan Cha and Ali Saeed tied for ninth in the JV Bowl. They won their first nine matches before falling to a school from Oregon.

In individual events, Muth placed first in the JV Sports and Entertainment Bee, and Oberhaus placed third in the JV Geography Olympiad. Saeed was a semifinalist in the U.S. History Bee, and a quarterfinalist in the JV History Bee.

Junior Kazuma Shimanaka, competing alone for Stevenson in the Varsity Bowl, won six of 10 matches.

Model UN Students Win at Glenbrook South Conference

Stevenson’s Model United Nations club concluded its conference schedule last Saturday at Glenbrook South High School, competing in a General Assembly setting and in cabinet-size committees to solve current global issues.

SHS sent a delegation of 41 students, and seven came away with awards. Pawan Sajnani won Best Delegate honors for representing China in the Security Council. Natalie Wu (Spain – Security Council) and Max Weiss (Latvia – European Commission) gained Outstanding designations. Four others received Honorable Mention: Adam Katz (China – WHO), Jessica Shen (Sweden – WHO), Mariel Boden (Netherlands – NATO) and Samarth Madduru (Jordan – SOCHUM).

Seniors Honored by C-SPAN for Documentary

Seniors Saloni Nahar and Linsey Nowack were honored by C-SPAN on Wednesday for earning honorable mention in the network’s StudentCam video documentary competition. The pair received their awards during a brief ceremony in front of the C-SPAN bus, which stopped on campus and opened its doors to students for about an hour. The Daily Herald has an article about the C-SPAN bus appearance. ($)

More Than 100 Students Attending We Day Illinois

More than 100 students are attending the star-studded We Day Illinois event at the Allstate Arena today. They were selected for the honor based on their volunteer work and community service. The event lineup includes such names as Common, Jennifer Hudson, Selena Gomez, Tyrese Gibson and Magic Johnson. Fox News Chicago has a preview of the day.

Retired Teacher to Talk at Chicago Event

Retired Communication Arts teacher Mary Christel will be part of a roundtable discussion next week at a conference designed to expand the influence of documentaries that deal with social issues.

Christel will represent the National Council of Teachers of English at Good Pitch Chicago on Tuesday. The event brings together documentary filmmaking teams with non-governmental organizations, foundations, philanthropists, brands, technologists, social entrepreneurs and government. Good Pitch seeks to create coalitions and campaigns to bring selected documentaries to a wider audience.

Christel will participate in a roundtable discussion of “Romeo is Bleeding,” a documentary about San Francisco-area poet and activist Donté Clark as he fights to heal a community ravaged by gang violence by mounting an urban adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The roundtable will include Chaz Ebert, widow of the late film critic Roger Ebert.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Gymnastics

Stevenson at Independent Conference Meet: At Mundelein, the top-ranked Patriots won their second straight conference championship by posting their highest score of the season. SHS reached 155.05 points, well ahead of their previous best of 152.45, and comfortably ahead of runner-up Libertyville, which had 140.75. Elijah Klaber won the all-around with a career-high 52.4 points (8.73 average), and won the parallel bars (9.1), pommel horse (8.9) and still rings (8.8). He also finished second on vault (9.15), third on high bar and fifth in floor exercise. Arie Feltman-Frank was second in the all-around (52.1, 8.68 average), winning the high bar (8.7), placing second on floor exercise (8.9) and still rings (8.7), taking third on pommel horse, fourth on vault and fifth on parallel bars. Matt Krames won two events, floor exercise (9.3) and still rings (8.8), en route to a fourth-place showing in the all-around (50.55). He also placed second on parallel bars (8.45) and high bar (8.1), and was third on still rings. Next up for Stevenson is the IHSA Sectional, which will be held at SHS on Thursday, May 7. – Daily Herald ($)

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson 14, Palatine 11: At the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex, the Patriots defeated the 10th-ranked Pirates. Three goals from Eleanor Fisher, Melisa Dove and Lindsay Schwartz, along with outstanding defensive play by Anne Grujanac and goalie Katie Kritzmire, were key to the victory.

Boys Lacrosse

Stevenson 10, Grayslake North 9 (3 OT): Demetre Crews scored with 1:23 remaining in the third overtime as the host Patriots (4-7, 3-2) beat the 15th-ranked Knights (8-3, 3-2) and snapped a five-game losing streak. Crews had two goals in the game, as did Martin Mann and Alex Randall, whose score with 3:20 remaining in regulation tied the game at 9-9. Anthony Cucco, Colin Bowler and Lucas Wax also scored. – Stevenson Broadcast Network/The Cube video,


Stevenson 5, Lake Zurich 4: Evan Scaletta’s pinch-hit, two-run walk-off triple in the bottom of the seventh gave the host Patriots (14-6-1, 4-4) the series sweep over the Bears (3-5 NSC). Christian Dutler was 2-for-3 at the plate. Justin Stark earned the win in relief. – Daily Herald ($)

Boys Volleyball

Lake Forest d. Stevenson, 25-12, 25-22: Grant Maleski led the Patriots (13-10, 3-2) with eight kills. Jesse Kesner, Justin Leonard and Chris Song each had three. Eric Zalewski was credited with 17 assists. Luke Feder made nine digs and Jeremy Sandrof added seven. Kesner served both of Stevenson’s aces.

Boys Tennis Prepares for Pitchford 32 Invite

The varsity boys tennis team plays in the annual Pitchford 32 Invitational on Friday and Saturday, the most prestigious prep tournament in Illinois outside of the state tournament. Matches will take place at seven different Mid-Suburban League high schools. The Daily Herald has a tournament preview ($).


Spring Fling Packets Due By Friday

Remember to turn in your Spring Fling packets to Student Activities and submit the online form by Friday. No exceptions will be made, and if you have any questions find the Spring Fling event on Facebook!

Don’t Miss Out on the Senior Class Party Cruise

Space is running out for seniors who want to attend the Senior Class Party aboard the Odyssey cruise ship on Lake Michigan June 3, the day before graduation. Click here to download the permission form. Turn in your form to the Patriot Superstore. Don’t wait too long! There are only 35 spots left. Once those spots are filled, students will be placed on a wait list.

Color Guard Clinics May 5-7

Clinics and auditions for the Fall 2015 Color Guard season are quickly approaching! Be ready to: make new friends, be part of a team, learn to spin flag and rifle, dance, challenge yourself and have fun! All students of the 2016-19 graduating classes are welcome! Clinics will be held in the Wood Commons from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, May 5-7. Please wear athletic clothing. Sign up or ask questions to Coach Reber at

Relay for Life Sign-Up Opportunity Today

Relay for Life will have a sign-up table today for its overnight fundraiser, which will be held Friday and Saturday, June 12-13. Students, family and community members are welcome to join. There will be another sign-up table on Tuesday, May 19.

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 on 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!

ABC Countdown Days for Class of 2015

Seniors: What are you wearing to school tomorrow? Student Council has an idea for you. Check your SHS email for ABC Countdown Days, or click here.

Student Volunteers Needed for Focus Group

Stevenson’s Prevention Team is looking for students to participate in a focus group during their lunch period on May 18 to review ideas for next year’s drug prevention work and provide feedback. A diverse range of students is needed. If interested, please contact Mrs. Cortesi at

AP Exam Policy on Cell Phones and Other Electronic Devices

Cell phones and other electronic devices — which allow students to transmit exam questions in seconds to others around the world — are prohibited from any room in which an Advanced Placement exam is taking place and may not be used during the break. Each year, hundreds of students worldwide have their exam scores cancelled because they used a cell phone during the exam or on the break.

If a student uses electronic equipment (cell phone, smart phone, laptop, tablet computer, etc.), portable listening or recording devices (MP3 player, iPod, etc.), cameras or other photographic equipment, devices that can access the Internet, and any other electronic or communication devices in the exam room or during breaks, the device will be confiscated and the student dismissed. Thank you for helping us create a fair exam environment for all students!

Prom, Post-Prom Tickets On Sale at Superstore, Online

Tickets for the Prom are available at the Superstore in the Wood Commons, and through the Online Superstore. Tickets are $85 each. If you’re going to the Prom with a non-Stevenson student, you’ll need to fill out a special permission form. The form and other information are available at Ticket sales end Monday. You can also buy tickets to the post-Prom event at Great America, which runs until 3:30 a.m. the morning after Prom. Tickets are $50 for the post-Prom event. Click here for details and the permission form.


Zumba Club is meeting after school today in Room 5044, the East multi-purpose room. Bring your workout shoes, ditch the workout and join the party!

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

The Video Game Club is back! We meet on Thursdays after school in Room 6072 from 3:45-5:45. If you have questions, contact Mr. Schroeder at

The Black Association of Stevenson Students meets from 3:30-4:30 p.m. every Friday in Room 2620. Anyone is welcome, regardless of skin color.


U.S. says Illinois violated law by not administering statewide science tests

Legislature considering bill allowing students to opt out of state tests

College of DuPage board wants to place president on a second leave (DH – $)

Former Hinsdale Central teacher charged with sexual abuse

Bradley University names longtime administrator as interim president

Warren Township High school board: Students must leave for new school (DH – $)

Mothers renew call for Waukegan District 60 superintendent’s resignation

Group threatens University of Illinois with censure over Salaita controversy

Jobs tenuous for hundreds of Southern Illinois University instructors

University of Illinois to honor first Native American graduate

Bill allowing colleges to share mental health information with parents advances

District 214 says substitute teacher showed inappropriate video to class

New Palatine District 15 school board, same old discord (DH – $)

Parents criticize Homer Glen school for shutting down Easter-themed decorations

Unidentified corpses stored at City Colleges, lawsuit claims


Survey: Less than half of U.S. parents saving money for their kids to attend college

Far fewer new teachers leaving profession that previously thought, study says

Virtual schools coming to every Alabama school district by 2016-17

Obama pushes reading through e-book, library initiatives

What cities need to close the skills gap for “smart jobs”

Texas A&M professor reaches “breaking point,” fails entire class

Underground tunnels a selling point for northern colleges


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