Thursday, May 14, 2015

Sophomore Selected to U.S. Physics Team

Jason Lu, a sophomore from Lincolnshire, has been selected to the 2015 United States Physics Team. He is the only student from Illinois on the 20-member team, which was chosen through a rigorous exam process that began in January with approximately 4,300 students. Lu is the second Stevenson student in the last two years chosen for the team. Richard Zhu was selected in 2014.

The U.S. team will have a training camp at the University of Maryland next week, and five will be chosen to participate in the 46th International Physics Olympiad July 4-13 in Mumbai, India. The training camp is described as a “crash course” in the first two years of university physics.

The U.S. Physics Team announcement caps an extraordinary year for the sophomore. He was a member of the state champion Science Olympiad and mathematics teams, and recently learned that he was named a Gold Medal Semifinalist in the 2015 U.S. Physics Bowl. He earned the second-highest overall score among all students from this country and Canada in Division 2, which is for those who have already taken a physics course.

SHS Welcomes Rachel Barton Pine for Baroque Concert

Stevenson’s period-instrument ensembles, the Baroque Ensemble and Viol Consort, will perform tonight at 7 o’clock in the Recital Hall. They will be joined by internationally renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine. Admission is free. For those unable to attend, the concert will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network through High School Cube. Click here to watch.

Watch Wednesday Night’s Choral Concert

Wednesday’s Choral Concert was streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network. You can watch a replay here.


Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Buffalo Grove Sectional: The top-seeded Patriots (31-0) opened their quest for the state tournament with a 21-4 win over eighth-seeded Highland Park. The victory matches the school record for wins first set in 2006 and matched again last year. SHS quickly erased any doubt about the outcome, taking a 7-1 lead after the first quarter, expanding it to 12-2 at halftime and 19-2 after three quarters. Allison Travetto led the Pats with four goals, while Claire Haas and Autumn Hoang each scored three. Alex Adams and Jordyn Landau had two goals apiece, while Fiona Gaffney, Annika Hotchkiss, Eileen Hoang and Christina Spizzirri also scored. Goalkeeper Lauren Burns played the first three quarters, making nine saves. She was relieved by Brigitte Lefebvre, who had three saves in the fourth. SHS will face fourth-seeded Lake Forest in the sectional semifinals at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson d. Lakes, 29-27, 25-21: Grant Maleski had 13 kills and Jesse Kesner added nine for the host Patriots (18-15, 6-3) in the Sports Center. Eric Zalewski dished out 16 assists and Jeffrey Wang added 11. Luke Feder made nine digs and Peter Drozdzewicz contributed seven.

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson 14, Libertyville 8: The host Patriots improved to 8-9 overall and finished 3-2 in the conference. –


Mundelein 6, Stevenson 3: The Mustangs (22-7, 8-2) scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning and held on to retain sole possession of first place in the North Suburban Conference Lake Division. The Patriots (18-9-1, 4-5) opened the scoring, with Robby McGaha drawing a bases-loaded walk to score Jack Cappalli in the first inning. After Mundelein took a 2-1 lead, SHS bounced back to tie the game in the fourth on a suicide squeeze. The Pats took a 3-2 lead in the fifth after Christian Dutler’s sacrifice fly scored Willie Bourbon, who led off the inning with a double. – Daily Herald ($), @SHS_Baseball1

Boys Lacrosse

Libertyville 15, Stevenson 2

Boys Gymnastics Aims for State Title No. 5

The boys gymnastics team will attempt to win its fifth state championship when the Illinois High School Association state meet begins Friday at Hinsdale Central High School. Stevenson’s three-man team of Elijah Klaber, Arie Feltman-Frank and Matt Krames enters the meet as one of the front-runners, along with a co-op team from the Wheaton schools. The team and all-around championships will be determined Friday night, with individual event championships taking place Saturday. Since its program began in 1997, Stevenson has won four state titles. SHS was second last year and also has three third-place finishes. Daily Herald preview ($)

Badminton Team Prepares for State Meet at EIU

Stevenson’s badminton team, state champions in 2012, has four players in this year’s state tournament, which starts Friday at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. In singles, Margaret Chen will face Ashley Clark of Glenbrook South in the first round, while May Ling takes on Sara Temelkova of Hinsdale South. The doubles team of Ashley Richardson and Nicole Xia will battle Aayushi Patel and Bhavana Bheem of Conant. Chen is the only Patriot with previous state tournament experience. She won three of her five singles matches in 2014 after splitting four doubles contests with Monica Chen in 2013.


Mandatory Meeting for All Juniors on Monday

All juniors will have a mandatory meeting with their counselor during the activity period on Monday. Juniors must attend the meeting even if their club is scheduled to meet. Click here to see room locations.

Graduation Cap and Gown Distribution Tuesday

Caps and gowns will be distributed between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. All seniors should go to the West Building Lower Lobby near the College/Career Center to pick up their cap, gown and tassel. Seniors must show their student ID or a valid driver’s license to receive their purchase. Click here for more information.

Dance Company Auditions Next Week

Two-day general auditions for Stevenson’s Repertory and Mélange co-curricular dance companies (2015-16 school year) will be held Wednesday and Thursday, May 20-21, from 3:45-7:30 p.m. You must be present for both days to be considered. Auditions will take place in Dance Studio 2010. To register for the auditions and for more details, visit

Summer Travel Meetings on Wednesday

Students taking part in school-sponsored trips this summer are required to attend a meeting with their parents next Wednesday. Students going on the AP European History trip will meet at 6 p.m. in Room 2104. Students traveling to Spain or Germany will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the West Auditorium.

Spring Fling Food Wristbands For Sale

Are you going to Spring Fling? This week during lunch periods, you can buy wristbands for food at Spring Fling. Wristbands are available for $3 each, and with each one you get a hot dog or hamburger, a bag of chips, and a bottle of water.

Pick Up Yearbooks Next Week

Juniors and seniors can pick up their yearbooks on Tuesday. Freshmen and sophomores can pick up their yearbooks next Wednesday. Yearbooks will be available outside the Performing Arts Center and in the Patriot Lobby during lunch periods. Student ID will be required.

Senior Class Party Bus Sign Up May 19-20

If you want to sit with your friends on the bus going to the Senior Class Party cruise, make sure you sign up in the Patriot Lobby on Tuesday or Wednesday. If you don’t sign up for a bus, you’ll be assigned to one at random.

Freshmen Who Wear Red May 18 Get a Free Donut

All members of the Class of 2018 who wear red on Monday will receive a free donut during their lunch period. May 18 is the official day of the Class of 2018. On every May 18 before it graduates, Class of 2018 members will get a free treat if they wear the designated color for that day. For those planning ahead, the colors are blue in 2016, yellow or gold in 2017, and green in 2018.

Return Overdue Books, Pay Fines to ILC ASAP

Please return all overdue library books and pay any overdue fines to the ILC as soon as possible. Beginning Monday, no library materials may be checked out until books are returned and fines are paid.

Traffic Alert on Prom Morning

If you’re heading out for hair styling or a haircut Saturday morning before Prom, be aware that Riverwoods Road will be closed from 8-8:45 a.m. from Route 22 north to Riverwoods/Everett Road due to the District 103 PTO’s fifth annual Run for D103. If you want to run in the race, visit

Food Revolution Day on Friday

The students in the Family and Consumer Science Department will be participating in Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day on Friday! As a part of the day, 300 students from the Culinary Arts and Design courses will be making Jamie’s “Squash It” sandwich and watching a Jamie Oliver video! Food Revolution Day is a day to celebrate real food, inspire families to cook again and empower people everywhere to fight obesity. For more information about Food Revolution Day, visit How are you going to celebrate Food Revolution Day? Show us on Instagram #FRD2015 #SHSFRD2015

Sodexo Holding “Fresh Market” During Lunch Tuesday

Sodexo will have a “Fresh Market” in the Wood Commons during the lunch hours on Tuesday. Stop by for fresh fruits and vegetables, and other healthy items.


Freshman Class Board is meeting after school today in the College/Career Center.

It’s time for film and fondue with the French Club! Join French Club for chocolate fondue and a movie at 3:30 Tuesday in Room 2632.

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 in the upper ILC.


Can you believe that summer camps start next month? Camps are available in sports, music, engineering, arts and crafts and careers. Registration is now open so check out what’s available and register today!


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