Friday, May 22, 2015

New Stained Glass Window Installation Next Week

Work will begin in the middle of next week to install the new stained glass window above the Sports Center entrance. (Click here to see what it will look like.) The window, which is based on an initial design by sophomore Sabrina Zhang, will be dedicated at 10:45 a.m. Saturday, May 30 during the 50th Birthday Bash. (Birthday Bash details) Also, there are less than 100 tickets remaining in the Stevenson Foundation’s Vacation Getaway Raffle, which is benefitting the new Stevenson to College program. The raffle winner will be announced at the Birthday Bash. Raffle tickets are $50 each or three for $125. To buy a raffle ticket, and for information on the Stevenson to College program, visit

Foundation Honors Local Scholars

The Stevenson Foundation held its 15th annual Local Scholars Reception Thursday night at the Arboretum Club in Buffalo Grove. Nearly 40 graduating seniors received scholarships established through the contributions of families and businesses in the community. Click here to see the list of recipients.

Seven Students Honored in Journalism Contest

Seven students won awards in the Illinois Journalism Educators Association annual newspaper contest. Katy Roach and Hannah Jeon earned first-place honors in sports writing and advertising, respectively. Alice Vagun was awarded second place in both news writing and headline writing. She also received third place in two categories: front page design and infographic. Also earning third-place awards were Izabela Zaluska (review writing) and Brenda Reyn (editorial cartoon). Sabrina Szos (photography), Nitya Gupta (column writing) and Reyn (editorial cartoon) all received honorable mention.

SHS Hosts First Junior High Congressional Debate Tourney

Stevenson hosted its first Congressional Debate tournament for junior high school students on Monday, the culmination of a year-long effort. More than 40 students from Daniel Wright and Aptakisic junior high schools participated in the event, whose lead organizer was SHS junior Patrick DeMichele. Saketh Prazad, Nikol Safronova, Aman Grover, Aaron Merlin and Matthew Rice worked as judges, and Bhavana Muppavarapu and Alexis Cacioppo were presiding officers. The event also was graced by the presence of retired Stevenson tech trainer Charlene Chausis, who now works for Aptakisic-Tripp District 102.

Communication Arts Teacher Pushes for More Writing

An article written by Communication Arts teacher Stephen Heller appears in the latest edition of English Journal, a publication from the National Council of Teachers of English. His article, “Teaching Writing, Rather Than Writings,” argues that for students to become better writers, they must write more frequently. Combined with more frequent writing, though, must come faster feedback from teachers, he says. Article link (requires password)

Alum Chairs Upcoming Lupus Walk Fundraiser

Pam Selman (Class of 2010), is chairwoman of the upcoming Walk to End Lupus Now, a fundraiser for the Lupus Foundation of America. The event will take place Sunday, May 31 at Montrose Harbor in Chicago. Registration and details are available at Selman’s father, Phil, was diagnosed with lupus six years ago, and she spends much of her off-work hours caring for him and planning the walk.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson in IHSA State Tournament: The top-ranked Patriots twice overcame three-goal deficits to upend No. 2 St. Ignatius, 9-7, in the first quarterfinal to remain undefeated at 34-0. SHS will take on defending champion Fenwick (22-6-1) in the first semifinal at 9 a.m. Saturday. The two teams have faced each other twice in 2015. The Pats won 14-5 on March 24, then pulled out a 10-9 decision on April 11. Stevenson is one way from tying the state record for victories in a season, set by Lyons Township, which went 35-0 in 2010. There have been four undefeated seasons since girls water polo became an IHSA-sanctioned sport in 2001: Lyons in 2010, and Fenwick in 2004 (32-0), 2005 (32-0) and 2009 (33-0). Against St. Ignatius (25-2-1), Allison Travetto scored six goals to lead SHS, which rallied from deficits of 4-1 and 6-3. Melissa Gartenberg scored the other three goals. Annika Hotchkiss and Claire Haas each had an assist. Goalie Lauren Burns made 11 saves. The Patriots handed the Wolfpack their only other defeat on April 28. – Official boxscore | Pioneer Press, Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald ($)

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Palatine Sectional: Five Patriots qualified for next week’s state meet as SHS finished fifth in the team standings. Aaron Lund won the 110-meter high hurdles in 15.09 seconds to earn his first state berth. Sammy Oh qualified in two events. He was fifth in the 1,600 (4:21.36) and fifth in the 3,200 (9:21.61). Henry Sise placed third in the shot put (53 feet, 9 inches), while Tim Vestuto was third in the 400 (49.55). Jared Borowsky finished fourth in the 3,200 (9:21.16). Oh will be making his third state appearance, Borowsky his second and the other three their first. Oh qualified in the 3,200 and 1,600 last year, and in 2013 was part of the 3,200 relay team with Borowsky, who also qualified that year in the 1,600. – Official results | Daily Herald ($)


Stevenson 15, Round Lake 9: Taylor Koenigs hit two home runs and drove in four runs as the Patriots scored eight runs in the top of the first inning. – Daily Herald


Stevenson 9, Grant 3: Justin Stark gave the host Patriots (21-11-1) their third straight quality start on the mound, throwing five shutout innings and yielding only seven hits in the game. Offensively, Robby McGaha went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI. Willie Bourbon had two hits, drove in two runs and also scored a run. Pat Loeffler had a two-run single, while Evan Scaletta, Jack Trotter and Alex Hochman also had RBIs. Carter Baretz went 2-for-3 with a run scored, and Jimmy Marchese doubled and scored. Jack Cappalli scored twice. – @SHS_Baseball1, Daily Herald ($)

Boys Water Polo in State Quarterfinals; Soccer Seeks Regional Title

The boys water polo team plays Lincoln-Way Central in the IHSA state quarterfinals today at 5:45 in the Patriot Aquatic Center. The game will be televised by The girls soccer team faces Lake Zurich for the Glenbrook North Regional championship tonight at 7.

Gymnastics Alum Earns Academic Honor

Mike Wilner, a 2011 Stevenson graduate who just finished his collegiate gymnastics career at the University of Illinois, earned selection to the Capital One Academic All-District Team for the second straight year. Wilner is a computer engineering major who holds a 3.76 GPA. His is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. Wilner was a member of Stevenson’s 2010 state champion gymnastics team.


Watch SHS Play in the State Water Polo Tournament for Free

The first 50 Stevenson students attending today’s boys water polo state quarterfinal in the Aquatic Center will be admitted for free, thanks to the SHS Sports Boosters, who are paying their way. Make sure you have your school ID to take advantage of this great offer! The Patriots face Lincoln-Way Central at 5:45 today.

Looking for a Yearbook? Go to the Superstore

If you forgot to pick up your pre-ordered yearbook earlier this week, go to the Superstore to get your copy. Yearbooks can be picked up at the Superstore until June 5. Make sure you have your school ID. If you would like to buy a yearbook, a limited number are available for $50 at the Superstore. Cash, check, Patriot Dollars (student ID), Visas or MasterCard will be accepted.

Volunteers Need to Help Transfer Students

Student volunteers are needed to help transfer students this fall. There are a limited number of spaces available, so sign up as soon as possible in any Student Services office. Volunteers will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be a mandatory meeting for all volunteers from 8-8:25 a.m. Wednesday (second day of the week) in Room 6048.

Clean Out PE Lockers By June 1

All PE lockers must be cleaned out by the end of the last regular school day on Monday, June 1. Locks will then be cut off and any belongings left behind will be donated to local charities.


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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Former Waukegan teacher who dined with JFK’s mother dies

University of Illinois Alma Mater statue vandalized


PARCC tests will be 90 minutes shorter next year

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Temple physics department chair accused of selling sensitive information to China

Indiana University looking to freeze in-state tuition at its main campus

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The renaissance of student activism on college campuses

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